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Week 14
December 08, 2016
 

Tennessee Titans

AFC South

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    MIN @ TEN

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    TEN @ DET

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    OAK @ TEN

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ HOU

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    TEN @ MIA

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CLE @ TEN

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    IND @ TEN

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    JAC @ TEN

    10/27/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 9

    TEN @ SD

    11/06/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 10

    GB @ TEN

    11/13/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    TEN @ IND

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    TEN @ CHI

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    bye

  • Week 14

    DEN @ TEN

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    TEN @ KC

    12/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    HOU @ TEN

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

tennessee titans 2014 FF preview


 


 


Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


 


 


I said it after last year: “I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time”… with Jake Locker.


 


 


 


 







 


 


 


And yet, another fantasy football season is upon us, and Jake Locker is picked as a potential sleeper again. Granted, he has shown flashes. But let’s face it, the guy has played in 23 games out of a possible 48. Using my abacus here, I have determined that is not even 50%. In fact, Locker has only 18 total starts. Granted, he is the quintessential high risk, high reward guy. In three years, he has a career 57.2 completion percentage. His has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In that time, his highest fantasy rank at QB is #28. So, what has changed? Well, there are a few things that make him look a bit more appealing in 2014. For starters, it is a contract year. Look, guys perform when money is on the line, and here is a guy that needs a big year if he wants to make those ends. Also, he now has Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach. Last year, many attributed Rivers resurgence to Whisenhunt’s influence. The question remains, can he have the same impact on Locker? Only time will tell. Locker is currently going undrafted and can be had off the waiver wire if Whisenhunt’s wizardry seems to be working.


 


 




Part of Jake’s appeal this season is what he has around him.


 


 




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Okay, wrong Jake, but Locker has two wide receivers that have been garnering a great deal of attention. To begin with, the highest ranked fantasy WR on the Titans is Kendall Wright. Pyro has him tiered with guys like Brandin Cooks, Golden Tate, and Erik Decker. To be honest, I think I would take all of them over Wright. He only had two games that went over 100 yards last season. Before you say anything, I realize Tate had exactly the same amount, but Tate is now playing with Matthew Stafford. I do love Wright in PPR leagues. Last year, Wright got 140 targets, secured 94 of those for catches and amazingly had only 2 TDs. I have said this before and I will say it again, TDs are not predictable. But, there is no way a guy getting this much action will be held to only two TDs again. Looking at the top 50 fantasy WR from 2013, no other payer was less dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy value. In fact, touchdowns only accounted for 10% of the guy’s total fantasy worth, and he still ended up as the 31st ranked fantasy receiver. Give the guy just three more scores and he would have cracked the top 20 last year. Pyro has given him a preseason rank of 28 amongst WRs. Going with a My cousin Vinny quote: I think that a 28th ranking is about “dead on balls accurate, it’s an industry term”. As of the end of August, Wright is going in the 8th round in 12 team leagues.


 


 


 


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I realize I already took a nose dive by starting this preview off with a White Snake video, but HEY, sometimes you have to roll the dice. I am going to try and right this ship by giving you two of my favorites rolled into one video. Here is Levon Helm signing “Tennessee Jed” on Letterman.


 




 







 


 


 


One of my favorite Robert Hunter songs is the segue into another Hunter: Justin Hunter. Pyro likes him as a sleeper candidate. In fact, many people are keeping their eyes on this kid. He causes a mismatch with most any defender.  He is a freak. The guy is 6”4’, runs a 4.36 and has a 39.5’ vertical leap. With just 18 receptions in his rookie season in 2013, he doubled Wright’s TD totals with 4. Even though the kid only caught passes in 8 games, he put up at least 100 yards twice. If you want Hunter, you have to pay a price. His late August ADP has him going in the late 9th early 10th rounds for 12 team leagues. Pyro puts him two tiers below Wright in their final preseason collective tiers. He is joined with high up-side guys like Kenny Stills, and Mike Evans, just to name a few from that tier. Unquestionably, these young guys have that “it” factor. In Whisenhunt’s offense, I can easily see two receivers becoming fantasy gems. In fact, Hunter might have a higher ceiling than Wright, but certainly has not shown the consistency. At that point in the draft, I would weight drafting him with my other receivers. If I have a couple of those high ceiling/ low floor guys, I would stay away. If I find myself with some Reggie Wayne type players, than Hunter is exactly the type of guy I would be targeting in those later rounds.


 




Finally, we round off the Titans passing game with tight end, Delanie Walker. Last year was his 8th season in the league. He is a late bloomer even by tight end standards. His 2013 campaign saw career highs in most statistical categories. He ended the year with 571 yards from 60 receptions and totaled 6 touchdowns. Walker finished as the 12th best fantasy tight end. As Houdini says, career year beware. I would wager last year’s numbers are his ceiling. With the depth of talent at the position this year, I do not think his numbers will find him near the top 12 in 2014. Pyro has him rated as #20 for their final preseason ranking. I dropped him in my dynasty league last week, no one made a move to pick him up on the waiver wire. Now, once the season starts, that might be a different story, there are just too many guys with similar ceilings and there are several potential break-out candidates at the position this year.


 




If you have been listening to the Fantasy Fire podcast, then you know Houdini loves him some Bishop Sankey. Pyro likes this rookie above all others. In fact, Sankey is placed in the high 20’s for running backs. Some other guys in that collective tier are Toby Gerhart, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas. If you want to find out who else goes in that tier, check out the podcast episode 26: show 139. The boys dive into their collective tiers.


 


 



 


 


The bottom line is this: Tennessee has the 8th best rushing schedule this year. Plus, Bishop Sankey has the fastest path to RB#1 out of any rookie in the NFL.  I generally use one or two sites for my ADP references. I checked a few others on this one. Sankey is undoubtedly the highest ranked rookie running back out there. On average, as of the end of August, the guy is going in the late 5th round to early 6th round, in 12 team leagues. In mock drafts I have done, I have had no problem taking him in the 5th, and would not mind the 4th, depending on who is out there. In his three years at the University of Washington, his lowest yards per carry average was 5.0. In his final season, his average was 5.7. In that same year, he accumulated 1,870 rushing yards and score 20 times. Oh yeah, he is a dual threat, he scored another 6 TDs off receptions, there were only three games his last year he did not catch a pass. Out of 13 total games his final season, he crossed the end zone in every single contest. He went for over for over 90 yards rushing in all but two games. Finally, the biggest sign that points to Sankey starting sooner than any other rookie running back is quite simply, the guy in front of him: Shonn Greene. In fact, Greene is being taken after Sankey in all of the ADPs I checked. While I like many a rookie this year. If you listened to the PPR podcast, you know my love for Terrance West (even if my wife does not). While I still like West over Tate, I think Tate will have a longer leash.  There’s also Carlos Hyde, but the 49er’s are in no rush to sit Gore down. Comparing  all of the situations out there, Sankey is sitting pretty. This is a huge reason he cracks my preseason top 20.


 


 




So, Shonn Green is the only thing really standing in the guy’s way. Let me ask you this: How many of you even drafted Shonn Greene on you fantasy teams in the past, let alone, would give him the keys to the organization as RB#1? That is plum crazy, and I know crazy.


 











 


 




Green came into the league in 2009. Just to keep Houdini happy, I will give him his props. When he went to Iowa, he was chewing up yardage. He was the Big Ten player of the year in 2008. In fact, he was the only RB in the FBS to rush for at least 100 yards in every game that year. However, once he made it to the NFL, he struggled a bit. His two most productive years were 2011 and 2012 were he finished as 18th and 15th ranked fantasy running back respectively. If you look a little closer, you will see his yards per carry average has decreased in almost every season. In 2009 it was 5.0, then 4.1, to 4.2, down to 3.9, and finally 3.8 as of last year. In 2013, he was in a complimentary role to Chris Johnson, Green only carried the mail 77 times. After Chris Johnson was released last year and signed by the Jets, the Titans were faced with a telling decision. If they were confident in Greene’s skills, then why take him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft, especially considering their weakness at other positions? The Titans were in need of a corner back after they lost pro bowler Alterraun Verner. Also, with their woes at quarterback, many speculated they were going to grab a QB, but with a lack of talent at the position, it was not a sure thing. They ended up with Mettenberger in the 6th round. Out of all their needs, they turned to the running back position first. You know Green can’t get the job done, I know it, and obviously, the Titans executives knew it and showed their hand when they picked Sankey. Shonn Green will likely be used in a complimentary role, but sooner rather than later, Sankey’s talent will out weigh any inexperience he has shown. I still like West for his pure talent, but he may not get a chance to really put up some numbers until later in the season, Sankey, through sheer volume of work, could become the highest scoring fantasy rookie running back this year.


 




 







 


 


 


 


 

 


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Earl Christian Campbell

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955), and began playing football in the fifth grade as a kicker, but by the sixth grade, he was moved to running back. In 1973, he led the John Tyler High School to a Texas 4A State Championship, then moved on to play for the University of Texas.



Campbell put up amazing stats in college, and was awarded for his achievements. In 1975 he was named All-American. In 1977, he won the Heisman, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, which was awarded for the best player in the now defunct Southwest Conference. A consensus All-American in 1977, due to Campbell rushing for 1,744 yards and leading the nation. When he played his final game for the Longhorns, he finished with 4,444 career rushing yards. This led him to be the first pick overall in the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He signed for a six-year, $1.4 million dollar contract.



In his first year, he was unstoppable. On 302 rushing attempts he gained 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Campbell's greatness came from his ability to mix speed and power. He would plow over anyone, then go the distance. His Houston Oilers playing days (1978-1985) he carried the rock 1,979 times for 8,574 yards and 73 touchdowns. In 1979 earned him All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, the second of three consecutive seasons he led the league in rushing, and only Jim Brown previously accomplished that feat. Campbell led the NFL in rushing for the 1978, 1979, 1980 seasons. His nearly 2,000 carries in just seven seasons wrecked his longevity as a pro. Part way through the 1984 season he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He played just a season and a half in New Orleans, and had just one touchdown on 208 carries for 833 yards. During the preseason of 1986, Earl Campbell retired, citing that his body could not go through any more punishment, and it was time to hang up the cleats.



Five years later on July 27, 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 33 on the Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players, he was also ranked #12 on ESPN's Top 25 players in College Football History.



Campbell is widely known as being one of the best power backs in NFL history. He would love to punish anyone getting in his way, by using his 34 inch thighs. and his wrecking ball 5'11, 244 pound frame. Slow? try a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, this combination made him one of the most feared runners of his era. The University of Texas in 2006, unveiled a nine foot statue of honor of his Texas playing days, and in 2013 the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the best running back with ties to Texas.



Due to his consistent punishment on the football field, Campbell has trouble walking and sometimes will request a wheelchair. Campbell has developed severe arthritis in his knees, and aggravating back pain. He has had surgery to try to relieve the back pain, by having the surgical doctor remove three large bone spurs. Earl is still a prominent business man living in Austin, Texas and still participates in Texas athletics. He has his own meat company, which manufactures and sells Earl Campbell's Smoked Sausage, barbecue sauce, and he also owned a restaurant called the Earl Campbell's Lone Star BBQ, but sadly closed in 2001.


 


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WARREN MOON + RUN & SHOOT = MAGIC

 


the first black qb - warren moon and the run and shoot


Warren Moon was the starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1984-1993. He would put up decent numbers in his first six seasons, but only had a win loss record of 35-49. In 1990 Moon was paired with Jack Pardee, Kevin Gilbride and the Run & Shoot offense, which maxed out his abilities, and led to four straight winning seasons and a quarterback record of 44-26.

The Run & Shoot was an offense that was first conceived by Glenn “Tiger” Ellison during the 1960’s in Middletown Ohio. His offense averaged scoring a touchdown one of every ten plays, and his squad scored 98 points in a game.  The Philosophy of the Run  & Shoot is to run a ball control offense utilizing high percentage pass plays. The offense was not the Air Coryell offense that threw bombs; rather the Run & Shoot was a precision offense that utilized four wide receivers.  

The Run & Shoot needed to have the right personnel in order to run effectively. The first and most important component is the quarterback. The quarterback must be an accurate passer, as well as be athletic enough to throw on the run in the offenses many rollouts.  The next component is at least four receivers, as the offense usually employs four receiver sets. The running back in the offense was a lone back, so the teams running this offense did not need fullbacks, and rarely used the tight end. The offense moved the receivers in motion all over the offense, and each receiver had up to four different routes that they could run, which gave the quarterback essentially 16 different routes to choose from. The quarterback would need to be able to diagnose the defense he was facing, and then it became easy to find the open receiver in the offense.   
 
Jack Pardee was head coach at the University of Houston from 1987-1989, and he employed the Run & Shoot offense to great success. His offense produced Andre Ware, who was the first African American quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Pardee’s Houston Cougars became the first team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 yards of total offense, totaling 1,021 in a 95-21 trouncing of SMU, Southern Methodist University. Pardee’s success with the Cougars drew the attention of the Oilers, and in 1990 he was hired and installed the Run & Shoot for Warren Moon.

In 1990 Warren Moon was coming off his best season in the NFL. In 1989 Moon threw for 3,631 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 60% of his passes, which was the best mark of his career. Pardee knew Warren was the perfect man to run his offense, because he had the right personnel around him. The Oilers had a wealth of talent at wide receiver with Ernest Givens, Haywood Jeffires, Curtis Duncan, Drew Hill (1990-1991) and Webster Slaughter (1992-1993). From 1990-1993 all of these receivers enjoyed success, and most of all, so did Warren Moon. 

Warren Moon’s Receivers during the Run & Shoot era:

           Givens        Jeffires        Duncan       Hill            Slaughter
1990    72-979-9    74-1048-8   66-785-1    74-1019-5    
1991    70-996-5    100-1181-7 55-588-4    90-1109-4
1992    67-787-10  90-913-9     82-954-1                     39-486-4
1993    68-887-4    66-753-6     41-456-3                     77-904-5
    

Moon had his best statistical season in 1990. He threw for 4,689 yards, which is over 1,000 more than his career high set the year before. #1 also threw for 33 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. Moon completed 62% of passes and was named to his third consecutive pro bowl. The following season Warren would keep the pedal to the metal, throwing for 4,690 yards with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. The NFL had not seen back to back passing seasons like #1 dropped on them, and he gave the Run & Shoot legitimacy. Moon would lead the Oilers to three straight playoff appearances from 1991-1993, but their struggles in the playoffs led to the media slamming the Run & Shoot offense as a gimmick. It also did not help that their defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, was also a major detractor of the offense. 

During his four seasons quarterbacking the Oilers and the Run & Shoot offense, Warren Moon had a 44-26 regular season record. What he did throwing the ball was even more impressive. In 70 games Moon threw for 15,385 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 67 interceptions. Moon completed 61% of his passes, 1,293 of 2,105 attempted. Those numbers may not seem great by the standards of today’s NFL, but they were amongst the best passing numbers of his era.

The Run & Shoot is no longer employed in the NFL, but the many of philosophies of the offense are still alive. In the NFL of today quarterbacks are throwing the ball more than ever. Teams are utilizing four or more options on passing plays, which was a main component of the Run & Shoot. Receivers are also able to change their patterns to take advantage of the defenses they are facing. If you look at the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers offense, you see the short high percentage passes that were paramount in the Run & Shoot.   

Looking back there is no doubt that the Houston Oilers had the right personnel to employ the Run & Shoot, and they were also the most successful team to use it. Warren Moon was the main cog that made the Run & Shoot work in Houston, and it also allowed Warren to shot for the moon when it came to his stats. Houston had a tremendous amount of talent at wide receiver, and with Warren Moon leading the way were one of the most enjoyable offenses to watch on a weekly basis.


 







 







 


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Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


 


 


I said it after last year: “I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time”… with Jake Locker.


 


 


 


 







 


 


 


And yet, another fantasy football season is upon us, and Jake Locker is picked as a potential sleeper again. Granted, he has shown flashes. But let’s face it, the guy has played in 23 games out of a possible 48. Using my abacus here, I have determined that is not even 50%. In fact, Locker has only 18 total starts. Granted, he is the quintessential high risk, high reward guy. In three years, he has a career 57.2 completion percentage. His has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In that time, his highest fantasy rank at QB is #28. So, what has changed? Well, there are a few things that make him look a bit more appealing in 2014. For starters, it is a contract year. Look, guys perform when money is on the line, and here is a guy that needs a big year if he wants to make those ends. Also, he now has Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach. Last year, many attributed Rivers resurgence to Whisenhunt’s influence. The question remains, can he have the same impact on Locker? Only time will tell. Locker is currently going undrafted and can be had off the waiver wire if Whisenhunt’s wizardry seems to be working.


 


 




Part of Jake’s appeal this season is what he has around him.


 


 




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Okay, wrong Jake, but Locker has two wide receivers that have been garnering a great deal of attention. To begin with, the highest ranked fantasy WR on the Titans is Kendall Wright. Pyro has him tiered with guys like Brandin Cooks, Golden Tate, and Erik Decker. To be honest, I think I would take all of them over Wright. He only had two games that went over 100 yards last season. Before you say anything, I realize Tate had exactly the same amount, but Tate is now playing with Matthew Stafford. I do love Wright in PPR leagues. Last year, Wright got 140 targets, secured 94 of those for catches and amazingly had only 2 TDs. I have said this before and I will say it again, TDs are not predictable. But, there is no way a guy getting this much action will be held to only two TDs again. Looking at the top 50 fantasy WR from 2013, no other payer was less dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy value. In fact, touchdowns only accounted for 10% of the guy’s total fantasy worth, and he still ended up as the 31st ranked fantasy receiver. Give the guy just three more scores and he would have cracked the top 20 last year. Pyro has given him a preseason rank of 28 amongst WRs. Going with a My cousin Vinny quote: I think that a 28th ranking is about “dead on balls accurate, it’s an industry term”. As of the end of August, Wright is going in the 8th round in 12 team leagues.


 


 


 


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I realize I already took a nose dive by starting this preview off with a White Snake video, but HEY, sometimes you have to roll the dice. I am going to try and right this ship by giving you two of my favorites rolled into one video. Here is Levon Helm signing “Tennessee Jed” on Letterman.


 




 







 


 


 


One of my favorite Robert Hunter songs is the segue into another Hunter: Justin Hunter. Pyro likes him as a sleeper candidate. In fact, many people are keeping their eyes on this kid. He causes a mismatch with most any defender.  He is a freak. The guy is 6”4’, runs a 4.36 and has a 39.5’ vertical leap. With just 18 receptions in his rookie season in 2013, he doubled Wright’s TD totals with 4. Even though the kid only caught passes in 8 games, he put up at least 100 yards twice. If you want Hunter, you have to pay a price. His late August ADP has him going in the late 9th early 10th rounds for 12 team leagues. Pyro puts him two tiers below Wright in their final preseason collective tiers. He is joined with high up-side guys like Kenny Stills, and Mike Evans, just to name a few from that tier. Unquestionably, these young guys have that “it” factor. In Whisenhunt’s offense, I can easily see two receivers becoming fantasy gems. In fact, Hunter might have a higher ceiling than Wright, but certainly has not shown the consistency. At that point in the draft, I would weight drafting him with my other receivers. If I have a couple of those high ceiling/ low floor guys, I would stay away. If I find myself with some Reggie Wayne type players, than Hunter is exactly the type of guy I would be targeting in those later rounds.


 




Finally, we round off the Titans passing game with tight end, Delanie Walker. Last year was his 8th season in the league. He is a late bloomer even by tight end standards. His 2013 campaign saw career highs in most statistical categories. He ended the year with 571 yards from 60 receptions and totaled 6 touchdowns. Walker finished as the 12th best fantasy tight end. As Houdini says, career year beware. I would wager last year’s numbers are his ceiling. With the depth of talent at the position this year, I do not think his numbers will find him near the top 12 in 2014. Pyro has him rated as #20 for their final preseason ranking. I dropped him in my dynasty league last week, no one made a move to pick him up on the waiver wire. Now, once the season starts, that might be a different story, there are just too many guys with similar ceilings and there are several potential break-out candidates at the position this year.


 




If you have been listening to the Fantasy Fire podcast, then you know Houdini loves him some Bishop Sankey. Pyro likes this rookie above all others. In fact, Sankey is placed in the high 20’s for running backs. Some other guys in that collective tier are Toby Gerhart, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas. If you want to find out who else goes in that tier, check out the podcast episode 26: show 139. The boys dive into their collective tiers.


 


 



 


 


The bottom line is this: Tennessee has the 8th best rushing schedule this year. Plus, Bishop Sankey has the fastest path to RB#1 out of any rookie in the NFL.  I generally use one or two sites for my ADP references. I checked a few others on this one. Sankey is undoubtedly the highest ranked rookie running back out there. On average, as of the end of August, the guy is going in the late 5th round to early 6th round, in 12 team leagues. In mock drafts I have done, I have had no problem taking him in the 5th, and would not mind the 4th, depending on who is out there. In his three years at the University of Washington, his lowest yards per carry average was 5.0. In his final season, his average was 5.7. In that same year, he accumulated 1,870 rushing yards and score 20 times. Oh yeah, he is a dual threat, he scored another 6 TDs off receptions, there were only three games his last year he did not catch a pass. Out of 13 total games his final season, he crossed the end zone in every single contest. He went for over for over 90 yards rushing in all but two games. Finally, the biggest sign that points to Sankey starting sooner than any other rookie running back is quite simply, the guy in front of him: Shonn Greene. In fact, Greene is being taken after Sankey in all of the ADPs I checked. While I like many a rookie this year. If you listened to the PPR podcast, you know my love for Terrance West (even if my wife does not). While I still like West over Tate, I think Tate will have a longer leash.  There’s also Carlos Hyde, but the 49er’s are in no rush to sit Gore down. Comparing  all of the situations out there, Sankey is sitting pretty. This is a huge reason he cracks my preseason top 20.


 


 




So, Shonn Green is the only thing really standing in the guy’s way. Let me ask you this: How many of you even drafted Shonn Greene on you fantasy teams in the past, let alone, would give him the keys to the organization as RB#1? That is plum crazy, and I know crazy.


 











 


 




Green came into the league in 2009. Just to keep Houdini happy, I will give him his props. When he went to Iowa, he was chewing up yardage. He was the Big Ten player of the year in 2008. In fact, he was the only RB in the FBS to rush for at least 100 yards in every game that year. However, once he made it to the NFL, he struggled a bit. His two most productive years were 2011 and 2012 were he finished as 18th and 15th ranked fantasy running back respectively. If you look a little closer, you will see his yards per carry average has decreased in almost every season. In 2009 it was 5.0, then 4.1, to 4.2, down to 3.9, and finally 3.8 as of last year. In 2013, he was in a complimentary role to Chris Johnson, Green only carried the mail 77 times. After Chris Johnson was released last year and signed by the Jets, the Titans were faced with a telling decision. If they were confident in Greene’s skills, then why take him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft, especially considering their weakness at other positions? The Titans were in need of a corner back after they lost pro bowler Alterraun Verner. Also, with their woes at quarterback, many speculated they were going to grab a QB, but with a lack of talent at the position, it was not a sure thing. They ended up with Mettenberger in the 6th round. Out of all their needs, they turned to the running back position first. You know Green can’t get the job done, I know it, and obviously, the Titans executives knew it and showed their hand when they picked Sankey. Shonn Green will likely be used in a complimentary role, but sooner rather than later, Sankey’s talent will out weigh any inexperience he has shown. I still like West for his pure talent, but he may not get a chance to really put up some numbers until later in the season, Sankey, through sheer volume of work, could become the highest scoring fantasy rookie running back this year.


 




 







 


 


 


 


 

 


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Wright Slated for Nice MAtchup



Pyro's take: The Titans face the Bears in Week 12. Barkley is Chicago's starting QB. Because of that, they will not likely sustain many drives, thus giving the Titans more opportunities than a normal game-script would allow.

fantasy Goo: In the last 5 weeks, Chicago has surrendered 6 WR TDs. Plus, in the same span of time, their D has surrendered the most PPR points to opposing pass WRs. A big reason for that is Cre'von LeBlanc, the Bears slot corner. He has allowed a slew of TDs on his watch so far. Look for Mariota to take advantage and look for Wright.

11/26/16, 10:24 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
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Bottom Dollar Dart Throw



Pyro's take: Sharpe is minimum priced on Draft Kings.

Fantasy Goo: How do you spell regression? Well, I think Sharpe might be your answer as he has 0 TDs thus far. The man has 54 targets. Fellow Titan Matthews has 6 fewer targets and 5 TDs. Things will start to regress to the mean and Sharpe is due. He faces a banged up Packers secondary. In the last 5 games they have surrendered 7 WR TDs.

11/12/16, 07:30 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
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Should be a good day for Mariota



Pyro's take: The Titans have an implied team total 5 points above their yearly average.

Fantasy Goo: When the numbers are set with such an obvious discrepancy, fantasy players should take note. In recent weeks, the Colts have really given it up to opposing QBs: So far this year – Stafford put up 340 yards and 3 tDS; Rivers put up 330 yards; Blake Bortles nearly 26 FF Pts; Brian Hoyer through for 397 yards; Last week, even brock Osweiller – 269 yards and 2 TDs


10/22/16, 10:14 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.fftoday.com

Wright finally does something right



Pyro's take: Waiver Wire after Week 6: Wright finally showed up, catching eight passes for 133 yards with a touchdown. He has not been reliable all year and this is more of an anomaly. The Titans don’t throw enough, or well enough to warrant going crazy over this performance.

10/17/16, 09:04 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Justin Hunter Joins Robert Woods And Marquise Goodwin In The Bills Receiving Corps



Pyro's take: The Bills, who placed Sammy Watkins on injured reserve Friday, claimed receiver Justin Hunter off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. As of now the Bills receiving corps is led by Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.

Fantasy Goo: A second-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2013, he was a bust there, and he lasted only three weeks with the Dolphins. Ignore for now. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are the Bills' starting receivers.
Marquise Goodwin's world-class speed was used on an 84-yard touchdown bomb in Week 2 against my Jets. He's a one-dimensional threat but will likely get more deep shots now that Watkins is unavailable. Robert Woods is the top wideout in the pecking order and is the Bills receiver to own, especially in PPR.

10/01/16, 01:14 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Walker Ruled Out for Week 3

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Pyro's take: He is indeed out.

Fantasy Goo: Sharpe not only has the best possible WR/CB matchup, he now gets a larger share of targets.

09/25/16, 10:03 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: twitter.com

Walker to be a Game-Time Decision, Expect Huge Game from shapre

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Pyro's take: Walker will test his hamstring in warm-ups. Sharpe draws the worst graded corner according to PFF, Sean Smith.

Fantasy Goo: If Walker does not play, Sharpe is even better. While Fasano is there, so is newly acquired, Jace Amaro. Hard to tell which backup TE will be the big recipient, but grab Sharpe in your DFS line-ups. Sean Smith has given up the more FF Points per route run than any other NFL cornerback in two weeks.

09/25/16, 09:55 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: twitter.com

Sharpe a Slick Week 3 Play

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Pyro's take: Sharpe will likely matchup versus Oakland CB Sean Smith.

Fantasy Goo: This game should surpass the 46 point over/under. Not only that, Sharpe will likely get matched up against Smith who has given up the most fantasy points per route run to opposing WRs.

09/24/16, 03:55 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.mercurynews.com

D Walker Questionable - Amaro Waits in the Wings

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Pyro's take: Delaine Walker is listed as Questionable for Week 3. IF he does not go, Jace Amaro will get the start.

Fantasy goo: Walker did not practice on Friday which is never a good sign. If he fails to go, Amaro would be a great pickup. I am betting the over in this game, thus far Oakland's D has not lived up to the preseason hype. IF it is indeed Amaro, I like him as a GPP play in DFS. The Titans offense runs through the TE. Granted Amaro will not get the numbers Walker does, but could easily have a great day considering his low-end pricing.

09/24/16, 03:47 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.tennessean.com

Dexter McCluster Expected To Be Involved in Week Three Matchup Versus Colts

Newly signed

Pyro's take: Newly signed RB Dexter McCluster will step into the Danny Woodhead role in the Chargers offense and is expected to play Sunday. McCluster had no problem picking up the playbook: “I’ve pretty much got the offense down,” McCluster said Wednesday. “Right now, it’s just repetition, being on the same page as the quarterback.

Fantasy Goo: McCluster spent two seasons with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee, so San Diego was an ideal landing place for him. McCluster has big-play ability and is worth a pickup in PPR leagues.

09/23/16, 11:15 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Could Veteran Utility Player Dexter McCluster Be A Viable Replacement For Danny Woodhead? The Chargers Think So

The San Diego Chargers

Pyro's take: The San Diego Chargers are "expected" to sign free agent RB Dexter McCluster.

Fantasy Goo: The Chargers will likely replace Danny Woodhead, who was lost for the season this week, with all-purpose running back Dexter McCluster. McCluster could fill the role in San Diego's passing game that Woodhead left behind and quickly garner fantasy value. He would serve well as a third down pass catching specialist to pair up with second year back Melvin Gordon who should garner early down and goaline work. If signed, McCluster should be considered a must-add on the fantasy bench for upside purposes alone.

09/20/16, 09:30 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Titans Backs Dominate PFF Preseason Grades

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Pyro's take: According to the grades determined by Pro Football Focus, Henry and Murray, the two Titans RBs, shined in the preseason. On a points per snap basis, an excellent statistic in determining talent and current ability, they beat all other offensive skill positions sans the QB. Henry led by putting up .56 FF Points every snap. His teammate, DeMarco Murray, was right behind him logging .54 FF Points per snap in standard scoring. As a point of reference, the 18th best player in this statistical category averaged .31.

Fantasy Goo: The efficiency displayed by the two Tennessee backs is quite impressive. I thought Henry looked outstanding. d-Rx is a big fan of Murray ranking him inside his top 10 at the position for the year. Plus, Malarkey and company, are attempting to employ a run-heavy scheme. My only hesitation stems from potential game-scripts. According to Vegas, the Titans are just 1 of 3 clubs that are predicted to win less than 6 games this season. So, in all likely-hood, they will need to pass early and often. However, there are more reasons to be excited about the team and the ground game then there are causes for concern. After all, if Mariota does indeed take a step forward, this could be a surprisingly talented fantasy squad.


09/10/16, 08:12 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
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Kendall Wright Re-Injures His Hamstring

On his first

Pyro's take: On his first day back at practice after a month-long injury absence, Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright re-injured his left hamstring while running a short pass route.

Fantasy Goo: Wright is going to have a hard press time trying to find playing time if he can't get on the field. As of now, Wright is at best a late round flyer as Sharp, Matthews and Johnson seem to have a hold of things in the Titans WR department.

08/30/16, 01:28 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.tennessean.com

Hit the waiver wire for Tajae

Rookie Wide Receiver Tajae Sharpe had one catch for 61 yards that set up DeMarco Murray’s 2-yard touchdown run for an early 7-0 Titans lead.

Pyro's take: Rookie Wide Receiver Tajae Sharpe had one catch for 61 yards that set up DeMarco Murray’s 2-yard touchdown run for an early 7-0 Titans lead.

Fantasy Goo: The only person I know of named Tajae is someone to grab from your waiver wire or to draft if you have yet to draft this year. Many consider Sharpe the #1 receiver on the Titans roster ahead of Rishard Matthews with or without the depth chart saying so. So far this preseason Tajae is 4th in total receiving yards with 9 catches for 163 yards. Sometimes you have to take gambles to put your team ahead of the pack. Players like Tajae Sharpe are cheap waiver wire grabs that could pay off. Do not hold on to some veteran who scores 4 touchdowns every year. Put a little risk in your life. In Yahoo leagues Tajae is only 26% owned at this time.


08/29/16, 06:09 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: wkrn.com

Henry catches the attention of the ZOMBIES

Entering the game in the second quarter of Saturday's game against San Diego at Nissan Stadium, Henry had an immediate impact on the game.

Pyro's take: Entering the game in the second quarter of Saturday's game against San Diego at Nissan Stadium, Henry had an immediate impact on the game. He rushed 10 times for 74 yards in the quarter. Among his carries was a 6-yard touchdown run. Among his carries was a 6-yard touchdown run.

Fantasy Goo: And just like that one of my sleepers has just become a round more expensive to draft. Derrick Henry is going to backup DeMarco (also scored and looked GREAT) heading into this season. Henry could pound his self into additional playing time during the season if Murray slips like he did in Philly in 2015. For fantasy purposes Henry will be tough to predict on draft day because we all know there are owners who go ape-shit over preseason success. Now we know that Derrick Henry is not going to be a sleeper and has been outed like Glenn from The Walking Dead when he is banging his broad and the zombies smell her or hear the two of them bumping unwashed organs. Someone tell Carl he is killing the show. Since Carl is becoming a young man maybe he will spend most of his time beating off behind the barn and off my TV.


08/14/16, 06:23 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.tennessean.com

More of a Motor for Mariota in 2016?

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Pyro's take: The Titans plan to run what they are calling "Exotic Smashmouth". After doing some extensive research, it is definitely not an Eastern European cover-band. But I digress. The Titans are planning on running. That is evident with the Murray trade and the Henry draft pick. But coach Malarkey has also alluded to his QB taking on more rushing attempts this season, something Mariotta was known for in college, an aspect of his game that was surprisingly missing last season. In response, Mariotta said: 'If he wants me to run some more, I can". The real question, will this team, that Vegas has picked to win less than 6 games, be able to run it as much as they hope for.

Fantasy goo: While the Titans have the proverbial "too many cooks in the kitchen". While this can detract from any one pass catchers fantasy value, in can boost the overall fantasy production of the QB. Now, if you add more running into the mix, you could really have something there. Mariotta is a nice late round target. If he does in fact utilize his legs, he could easily end up top ten. Especially if they are down and need to pass. Think of how much Bortles benefitted from negative game script last year.


07/31/16, 07:56 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.foxsports.com

Veteran Receiver Andre Johnson Visits Titans

NFL.com

Pyro's take: NFL.com writer, Chris Wesseling reports veteran WR free agent Andre Johnson met with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. The 35-year-old played for the Colts last season before his release in February.

Fantasy Goo: It makes sense for the Titans to give Johnson a shot to make their roster considering they lack a proven consistent WR option. Andre appeared to lose a lot of speed when he played with the Colts last season, but the Titans don't necessarily need him to produce big time numbers. His leadership in the locker room could benefit the entire offense. If the Titans do end up signing Johnson he still wouldn't have much fantasy value unless he proved that he gained back some of the ability he had before when he played in Houston.

07/27/16, 02:22 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Harry Douglas In Danger Of Not Making Titans 53 Man Roster

The Titans

Pyro's take: The Titans' official website doesn't consider Harry Douglas a lock for the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Goo: Justin Hunter and sophomore Tre McBride are his competition for the team's final receiver spot. Douglas has plenty working in his favor, including his veteran status, a history with coach Mike Mularkey and a team that's prone to bad decisions. Douglas turns 32 in September.

07/22/16, 11:55 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.titansonline.com

I'll hand the ball off 40 times a game if we win games

In the offseason, the Titans brought in RB DeMarco Murray and C Ben Jones.

Pyro's take: In the offseason, the Titans brought in RB DeMarco Murray and C Ben Jones. In the draft, they added Michigan State OT Jack Conklin and Alabama RB Derrick Henry. Those additions alone should improve a running game that was 25th out of 32 NFL teams last season. Marcus Mariota, "I told Coach Mike (Mularkey) that I'll hand the ball off 40 times a game if we win games. That's what's important to me, to giving us an opportunity to win. Having those two workhorses back there should help us out."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy owners do not want to hear about a QB handing off 40 times per game however unlikely that could be. DeMarco and Derrick do have the keys to the car if they can drive which is great for whoever drafts either of the running backs. In the NFL football it is nice to assist your young QB with a sweet running game. A couple negatives for fantasy owners from this is that the clock expires rapidly while the running game chews the clock with each run and there being one less pass play. Three runs that end up in a three-in-out are what nightmares are made of for fantasy owners.

06/29/16, 04:57 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.dailypress.com

King Henry Catching On

Mularkey said @KingHenry_2 has been very impressive as a pass catcher. Since he's a big body, makes him even more dangerous.

Pyro's take: Mularkey said @KingHenry_2 has been very impressive as a pass catcher. Since he's a big body, makes him even more dangerous. Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

Fantasy Goo: Derrick Henry at 6’3” and 247 pounds hopes to be this eras Earl Campbell (the Titans were once the Oilers). Both weight and speed (both clocked 4.5 forty times) are punishing similarities. Yes, he is no Earl Campbell yet, and odds are against him slaughtering defenders as The Tyler Rose once did but, we have to let him go out on the field and let him show us what he has. Ahead of Derrick Henry is DeMarco Murray who has a long college and pro history of injury. The year Murray won the rushing title he had broken his hand and like a trooper he played through the pain. A young and hungry Henry will be nipping at Murray’s jersey for his own playing time and if Henry simply outplays DeMarco then playing time will come. In fantasy drafts owners usually select their handcuffs late but, you will have to go one round or two earlier than you might want to if you feel like rolling the dice.


06/23/16, 10:00 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

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