Titans Fantasy News

Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham re-tweaks hamstring

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:17pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham strained his hamstring at the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month and missed last week’s workouts before returning to the field on Tuesday. His return was a brief one, however, as Green-Beckham again tweaked the hamstring and left the field.

“He felt a little pull,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “You walk that line of saying, `OK, get back in there.’ But if you pull it, you lose him for all the OTAs. You don’t want him missing any more time because you want him in there. We pulled him, but I think he’ll be all right.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Mariota are the real deal.

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AFC OC: Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham 'completely lost' on the whiteboard

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:00pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

WR Dorial Green-Beckham gives the Titans a high-upside target, but his off-the-field issues at Missouri led one NFC personnel man to tell NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that the wideout "couldn't keep himself out of trouble, had no structure growing up and didn't take coaching at Missouri," adding: "He's tall and fast and has good hands, but he can't be trusted."

From another AFC coordinator: "We had him in for a visit and put him on the board and he was completely lost. Whoever takes him better have a plan for him because it could be rough early on."

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans added Green-Beckham to shore up the receiving corps for their new quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The pick certainly is a long-term boost for Mariota, who now has a dangerous downfield threat with which to work. If he picks up things quickly (which is a big "if," considering the above comments) and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, Green-Beckham could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff.

Oddsmakers say Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is the favorite to win OROY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:06pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Las Vegas oddsmakers have made running back Melvin Gordon the favorite to with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The sportsbook Bovada.com lists Gordon's odds at 13 to 2.

Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, drafted first and second, are next at 7 to 1.

Behind them are three other players drafted before Gordon: receiver Amari Cooper 15-2, running back Todd Gurley 8-1 and receiver Kevin White 10-1.

Fantasy Impact:

All six players were first round picks. We agree that Gordon has the best chance to shine among the running backs, especially since Gurley is coming off of an ACL tear.

Titans agree to terms with WR Hakeem Nicks

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:38pm

Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have agreed to terms on a deal for former Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks, according to sources familiar with the situation.

"I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody," Nicks told FOX Sports' Mike Garafalo recently. "That's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it.

"I can't even describe the feeling to you. It's like a burning sensation inside of me. I just want to be the best. I know I have to work hard at it; it's something that's in me. It's just in me and takes over me."

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks was underwhelming in Indianapolis, catching only 55% of his targets while posting 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans also added Harry Douglas this offseason, so he and Nicks will join a receiving corps that already includes Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. There isn't much fantasy value here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:45am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In the four games that Giants RB Rashad Jennings sat out, RB Andre Williams never ran for more than 59 yards, and never surpassed 3.5 yards per carry.

Williams was partly victimized by an offensive line that lost way too many battles at the line of scrimmage, failing to open up holes long enough for Williams to exploit. Only one starting offensive lineman had a positive run blocking grade last season, per Pro Football Focus (left tackle Will Beatty at +6.1).

Williams also displayed poor vision in finding those holes and cutback lanes. At 5-11, 230 pounds, Williams is a bruising north-south runner with some giddy-up when he gets to the second level, but he had trouble grasping the patience aspect of being an every-down back. Instead of waiting a split-second after he was handed the ball for his blocks to materialize, Williams would often run straight ahead, knocking into the backside of his offensive linemen countless times.

Fantasy Impact:

That's not to say that Williams' rookie year was a complete lost cause, the story went on to say. He finally broke the 100-yard mark in Week 14 against the woeful Tennessee Titans, busting out for 131 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Two weeks later against a much better St. Louis Rams defense, Williams gashed them for 110 yards on 26 carries. Those performances give reason for optimism that Williams can develop into a nice complementary back in his sophomore season. But with Shane Vereen now in the fold as the likely third down running back behind Jennings, that leaves Williams' role this year up for question.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:13pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Nate Washington signed a one-year deal for $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington will provide depth in the Houston receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.

Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:54pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Anthony Fasano has agreed to terms on a deal with the Titans, who are busy this morning.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:30pm

Mike Garafolo, TwitLonger - [Full Article]

Titans QB Jake Locker is retiring.

Statement from Locker: "I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my family. I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL and for the lifelong relationships I developed because of that experience. Football has always played a pivotal role in my life and I love the game, but I no longer have the burning desire necessary to play the game for a living; to continue to do so would be unfair to the next organization with whom I would eventually sign. I realize this decision is surprising to many, but I know in my heart that it is the right decision and I look forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests.”

Schefter: Titans sign WR Harry Douglas

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:02pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans are signing former Falcons WR Harry Douglas to a 3-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This signing is somewhat puzzling since the Titans already have a superior slot receiver in Kendall Wright. In Atlanta, Douglas performed well when called upon, but struggled in 2014 due to a foot injury.

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (shoulder) is 100 percent

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:11pm

Paul Kuharsky, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger says he's been throwing, shoulder is 100%.

Fantasy Impact:

Mettenberger averaged 272 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 1.0 interception in the four games that he started and finished. He was also on pace for 329 yards and 1.8 TD against the Texans in Week 13 before missing nearly half the game with a shoulder sprain. He wasn’t effective against the Giants in Week 14 before re-injuring his shoulder. For the most part, what we saw was encouraging, especially since he was just a rookie. If the Titans enter the season with Mettenberger as the starter, then we can expect the solid QB2 numbers that he posted in 2014 -- he’ll be a committee and/or streaming candidate.

Titans reportedly hire Dick LeBeau to run the defense

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 8:25pm

Jim Wyatt, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau is expected to be named assistant head coach/defense with the Titans, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Ray Horton ran the defense last season but hasn't been fired, so he's likely to work under LeBeau in 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:03am

Jim Wyatt on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans will do their due diligence on guys like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, but I can't see them taking either with the No.2 pick.

Fantasy Impact:

That, of course, means the Titans may be fine with Zach Mettenberger at QB, which a few reports have indicated. Offensive line should be a focus in the offseason. RB Bishop Sankey never really got going behind the 2014 line despite being the first running back taken last spring. Having a running game will do the passing game a lot of good in 2015.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Charlie Whitehurst is expected to start against Indianapolis this week.

Kendall Wright active for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:11pm

Titans Inactives
Zaviar Gooden ILB
Terren Jones T
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Dontay Moch LB

Fantasy Impact:

Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, doubtful) did not practice Wednesday. Charlie Whitehurst is expected to get the start on Thursday.

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