Titans Beat: Big role for RB Dexter McCluster

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt projected the stats for the team's running backs:

Bishop Sankey: 980 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns; 27 catches, 287 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Shonn Greene: 523 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns; 17 catches, 136 yards, 0 touchdowns.

Dexter McCluster: 329 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 51 catches, 496 yards, 5 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: 

When these projections are applied to our rankings, Sankey's numbers work out to #16 and #25 in standard and PPR, respectively. Greene (#39 and #44) and McCluster (#34 and #28) are also very fantasy relevant. Specifically, the McCluster projection is eye-opening. Wyatt is expecting McCluster to assume the full Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense. For perspective, Woodhead rushed for 429 yards and posted 605 receiving yards, while scoring eight total touchdowns. Wyatt is projecting McCluster for 825 total yards, or roughly 80 percent of Woodhead's total production. He's also projecting a 21 percent increase in rushing yards (1,514 vs. 1,832) and a 119 percent increase in receiving yards (420 vs. 919) for the Tennessee running backs when compared to last season.

We are more bullish on Sankey and bearish on McCluster mainly because we believe that Whisenhunt will realize that McCluster is not as good as Woodhead on passing downs, and will elect to use Sankey more in that role. McCluster does seem like a good late-round flier in PPR formats in the event that Whisenhunt stubbornly feeds him the ball.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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