NFL free agency started on March 18th, but technically does not end until the end of the season. However, after a firehose of news the first week, and another run the second week, things quiet down to a trickle. There are still big names out there, but it’s going to take some time to get them signed, sealed and delivered.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at where teams stand after the early rush of free agency and what it means for fantasy football. We’re going to take a look at the skill positions, breaking down what the starting lineup and reserves will look like to assess fantasy value heading into August drafts.
Today, we’re taking a look at the Tennessee Titans roster for fantasy football. Their top fantasy players will all be back this season, as the team signed QB Ryan Tannehill and tagged rushing champ Derrick Henry. Unfortunately, they lost tackle Jack Conklin and DE Jurrel Casey.
Starter: Ryan Tannehill
Backups: Logan Woodside
Tannehill was outstanding after getting the nod over Marcus Mariota in Week 6. He finished as QB9 in fantasy points per game, finishing the season with 2,742 yards (70.3 completion percentage), 22 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing 43 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns.
Tannehill’s fantasy upside isn’t great in the Titans offense, but his floor should remain high due to the efficiency that comes from defenses struggling to stop Henry on the ground. Of course, if the run game falters, Tannehill’s upside goes up, but his floor goes down.
Starter: Derrick Henry
Backups: David Fluellen
Henry was an absolute beast last season, rushing 303 times for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 18 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. His lack of receptions will always be a problem in PPR leagues, which will keep Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley firmly ahead of him, but if he can somehow repeat his huge numbers on the ground, he’s still a top fantasy producer.
The Titans let Dion Lewis go and haven’t found a replacement on the market. That could mean a little more work for Henry in the passing game. He’s no doubt successful when getting the ball in space and receptions help give him room, but he’s never going to be an adept as a receiver.
Starters: A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, Adam Humphries
Backups: Kalif Raymond, Cody Hollister, Trevion Thompson
A.J. Brown put up some big numbers last season and finished as WR21 despite seeing just 84 targets. He also ran for a touchdown and showed great work after the catch. Overall, he caught 52-of-84 targets for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s still a little raw while Corey Davis hasn’t lived up to expectations. The receiving group lost Tajae Sharpe, which wouldn’t be a big loss, but their depth is quite shallow. The lack of depth does help concentrate work toward Brown, which should give him a safe floor in 2020.
Starter: Jonnu Smith
Backups: Anthony Firkser
With Delanie Walker gone, Smith will take over the lead role, but Anthony Firkser isn’t going to disappear, as he does contribute. Jonnu Smith should still have fantasy appeal as the starter and a thin wide receiver group. His upside isn’t great in this run-first offense but he also should be the No. 2 or 3 target on the team, keeping his floor strong.