Titans Fantasy News

Titans RB David Cobb out with a calf injury

Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:38pm

Jim Wyatt, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans RB David Cobb has a calf injury and did not make the trip to Kansas City.

Related Players: Bishop Sankey

Fantasy Impact:

Bishop Sankey will likely get more reps against the Chiefs. This has been an interesting camp battle, but the Titans are likely to go with a committee all year, so it's tough to see either player having significant fantasy value this season.

Chiefs still looking for a WR2

Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rookie wide receiver Chris Conley played in his first NFL preseason game last weekend and will try to take the next step by making his first catch for the Kansas City Chiefs in Friday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.

He should get enough chances. Conley led Chiefs wide receivers in snaps last week with 33, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson promised he would get even more work this time.

“He was kind of getting his legs back last week,’’ Pederson said of Conley, who missed the early part of training camp with a sore knee and didn’t play in the Chiefs’ preseason opener two weeks ago. “We wanted to get him back out there and get a couple of snaps. His play will increase this week. He’s a guy that’s in the mix. We’ve got to have a lot of reps on tape to evaluate him properly and see where he fits into out scheme.’’

The Chiefs are still looking for the emergence of a wide receiving option to Jeremy Maclin. The other starter, Albert Wilson, has been mostly quiet in training camp and the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Conley likely fills the role but he's not likely to be much of a fantasy factor playing third fiddle to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00am

Titansonline.com - [Full Article]

Titans tight end Delanie Walker can finally give a thumbs up when talking about returning to action.

Walker will make his preseason debut Friday night at Kansas City after missing the first two preseason games with an injured thumb. Walker needed 12 stitches to repair an injury earlier in camp.

He’ll get a chance to play in a game with quarterback Marcus Mariota for the first time.

“You always want to get to the regular season, but it’s good to practice and work the rust off, and I haven’t gotten the opportunity to play with Marcus yet, so I am looking forward to that,’’ Walker said. “Marcus is playing great.

“I’m looking forward to being out there with my teammates.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Walker, heading into his 10th NFL season, isn’t quite 100 percent. He’s been practicing with a small protective cast on the thumb area, and the device has forced him to catch the ball a little differently.

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:37am

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Whether the problem was with Bishop Sankey or the offensive line, the Titans’ running game came under plenty of criticism after the preseason opener.

But a re-shuffled offensive line opened bigger holes and Sankey looked a better runner as the Titans beat the Rams 27-14 at Nissan Stadium on Sunday.

Sankey, who was held to 15 yards on eight carries against the Falcons last week, ran six times for 45 yards against the Rams — including gains of 18 and 19 yards.

“The line was doing really well initially making holes, and I was just hitting the holes,” Sankey said. “This week, the big emphasis was (running backs coach Sylvester Croom) telling us to just hit the hole and not hesitate — and when I see a crease, hit it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Sankey is a bit of a forgotten man in drafts this year, mostly because of rookie David Cobb starting to get a lot of press. But it's also because of the Titans poor offensive line. If that part of the Titan offense can come together, Sankey could be a guy to take a shot on as he falls in drafts.

Titans TE Delanie Walker says thumb is 'tender but improving'

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:59pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Early in practice, Titans tight end Delanie Walker bobbled and dropped a Mariota pass, the kind that he usually hauls in with ease. I asked him if his injured thumb — he needed 12 stitches to close a cut earlier this month — was causing him any problems. He said the thumb is still tender but improving. Walker said he’ll test the thumb Sunday before a decision is made on whether he plays against the Rams.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year, Walker finished #9 in standard formats and #8 in PPR leagues even though he missed a game and a half in the middle of the season due to a concussion. He was #12 and #11, respectively, in 2013. In his last 22 games with the Titans, he has averaged 11.9 PPG in PPR formats, which would have been enough for a #6 finish last season. In Marcus Mariota, he should get an upgrade at quarterback and figures to remain a big part of the team’s passing attack. We're not too worried about the thumb injury, but it's something to monitor as the offseason draws to a close.

Whiz: Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham is 'making progress'

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:51pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Three weeks into his first training camp, Dorial Green-Beckham is making strides in his development, looking more confident in his patterns and getting open more often. But like most rookies, Green-Beckham – who missed almost all offseason work because of a hamstring injury – is still learning as well.

“I don’t think there is any question that Dorial Green-Beckham is making progress,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said when asked to update the rookie’s status.

“He is in a little better shape. He’s lost some weight, he’s made some plays out here in practice, and he made a play in the (Atlanta preseason) game. For him I just think it’s trying to expose him to more things and get him more comfortable.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly contribute early in the season. 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.

Whiz: Titans RB David Cobb will get 'an extended look' on Sunday night

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 3:11pm

Terry McCormick, Twitter - [Full Article]

David Cobb will get an extended look Sunday night says Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt.

Fantasy Impact:

He may just play more with the backups, but if he gets a chance to run extensively with the starters it could be a sign that he's passing Bishop Sankey on the depth chart. Stay tuned.

Titans GM complimentary of RB David Cobb

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 2:47pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

GM Ruston Webster: "David Cobb has kind of shown what we saw from him at the Senior Bowl and in college, his ability to run the football, his vision and his feet. If he continues along that path he can help us."

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb outplayed Bishop Sankey in the first preseason game, but this is likely going to be a committee. If Cobb continues to perform well in camp, then he'l likely be the better value on draft day.

Monday, August 17, 2015, 8:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Justin Hunter highlighted Tennessee Titans practice Monday, making several good grabs and looking like the type of target Tennessee longs for him to be.

We see him turn timid when things go bad early. That wasn't the case Monday, as he showed mounting confidence as he made plays.

He caught a deep ball up the left side, saw an incomplete pass go over his head, reached up to pull in another pass, controlled a throw even as it took him too far out of bounds, rolled right with Mariota and grabbed a ball in the middle of several defenders and had at least one more catch.

“He’s been trending up,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Hunter.

Monday, August 17, 2015, 9:25am

TitansOnline.com - [Full Article]

The bottom line is Zach Mettenberger looked sharp in his 25 snaps against the Falcons. He completed 8-of-11 passes for 129 yards in relief of starter Marcus Mariota, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rico Richardson. His passer rating was 104.0.

Mettenberger’s 2014 season was cut short because of a right shoulder injury, which caused him to miss the final three games after making six starts. The second-year quarterback rehabbed the shoulder at the end of last season and during the offseason, and said he feels good throwing the football.

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately for Mettenberger, he'll be behind the rookie Mariota. Mariota offers more fantasy upside because of his legs, even though both would play behind an offensive line that struggled last season.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:23pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans were without top tight end Delanie Walker (hand injury) on Friday in Atlanta, but that didn’t stop the rest of the team’s tight ends from shining.

Tight end Chase Coffman led the Titans with four catches for 58 yards, Phillip Supernaw added three catches for 43 yards and Anthony Fasano had two catches for 13 yards. Combined, the tight ends accounted for nine catches for 114 yards.

“If I was asked a question of what position groups that I thought did a nice job last night, tight ends was one of those,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I thought they were productive. They did a nice job, made some big plays. They blocked effectively at times, they were guilty of a couple of those missed (blocking identifications) that we had offensively, but as a group, they played well.

Whiz: RB David Cobb deserves first team reps

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:40pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

In search of big improvements this year in his team’s running game, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he expects to give rookie David Cobb more first-team repetitions as the preseason progresses.

Cobb made a good impression in Friday’s preseason loss to Atlanta, posting game highs of 11 carries for 53 yards. His first five runs in the third quarter picked up 8, 8, 7, 6 and 6 yards.

“Based on what you saw last night, I certainly think (Cobb) deserves (some first-team work),” Whisenhunt said. “We’ll work him in. The young man had to get in shape first. That’s been a process because of the quad injury (during the spring). But he did a really nice job last night and we’ll move him up in the rotation as the weeks progress.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's not the first story we had about Cobb possibly making an impact this year. A fifth-round pick out of Minnesota, Cobb isn’t blessed with blazing speed, but he manages to find holes and he doesn’t hesitate in punching through them. He didn’t get a lot of action during the OTAs and mini-camp because of the quad injury, but has gained steady momentum through training camp, the story said. Bishop Sankey led the way in 2014 with 569 yards, but only averaged 3.7 yards per pop and didn’t have a gain over 22 yards. In Friday’s preseason loss, Sankey carried eight times for just 15 yards. But Whisenhunt said the first-team offensive line was partially to blame for the low production. Sankey has not been helped by the struggles of the O-line so far in his career.

Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham has 'settled down' and has been 'more consistent of late'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:56pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans receiver Dorial Green-Beckham hasn’t played in a college football game since the final game of the 2013 season, a bowl game against Oklahoma State on January 3, 2014 while he was at Missouri. Green-Beckham sat out all of last season at Oklahoma. After watching him in practices over the last few weeks, his coaches are anxious to see how he’ll do in a game. Green-Beckham made a nice grab in practice on Wednesday, and he’s had some positive moments in camp. He’s also had some drops, but he’s settled down and been more consistent of late. His first big test will come in the Georgia Dome.

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly contribute early in the season. 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.

Titans say 'all signs point' to Justin Hunter 'having a really good year'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Titans WR Justin Hunter has done a good job focusing on football through 10 training camp practices. We still see the periodic drop, but he’s been more consistent.

“A lot of times, new receivers come into the league with the physical tools, but the mentality hasn’t caught up,” receivers coach Shawn Jefferson said. “We’re seeing his mental catch up to his physical skills now. He’s making some plays. It’s like now he expects to make them, when before he was unsure. He goes to the line now like, ‘Give me this rock.’ And that’s what you want to see.”

“There comes a time we’ve got to s--- or get off the pot, and this is his moment,” Jefferson said. “All signs point to him having a really good year this year.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're in the we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it stage of grief. There is plenty of opportunity in the Titans' passing game, but Hunter has to beat out two experienced veterans -- Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks -- and a talented rookie -- Dorial Green-Beckham -- if he hopes to play starter's snaps.

Marcus Mariota could help Titans run game

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Vince Young was quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans they were generally a good running team.

The threat of Young as a runner helped open things up for Chris Johnson and others.

Could Marcus Mariota have a similar effect on the Titans current crop of running backs, likely to work as a committee? The Titans certainly hope that as they look for an improved running game.

They average 4.1 yards per carry and 90.4 yards a game a year ago, when they ultimately turned to the immobile Zach Mettenberger as their starter.

Fantasy Impact:

Defenses have to be prepared for Mariota to take off at any time, with a designed running play, a zone read play, a bootleg that may turn into a run or a scramble. When a defense is working against an immobile signal-caller, it can neglect him as a run threat. That could be good news for Bishop Sankey, who was expected to make more of an impact than he did last year. The Titans O-line also struggled, which didn't help. Sankey is ranked just 40th on our list of RBs and is available as late as the ninth round in drafts.

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