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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Draft Rankings

Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 2. Derrick Henry RB - (at JAC)
Those that faded Derrick Henry as a first-round pick in 2021 received suboptimal results. The Tennessee Titans running back led the position in fantasy PPR points per game (23.4) through eight weeks and bested his 2020 2,000-yard campaign by more than 2.5 PPR points per game.

The unicorn running back averaged 29.6 touches per game - seven more than the next closest running back before his injury. And although he didn't play again until the postseason, Henry still finished 15th in the NFL in total touches and as the RB20 overall in just eight games played.

No running back better depicts the "volume is king" mantra better than the King himself and his guaranteed volume make him near bulletproof.

Coming off an injury-plagued season does raise some concerns about whether Henry's body is going to break down because of his insane workload. And the lack of pass-game usage is a detriment to his value in PPR formats. But it's impossible to ignore his workload opportunity in 2022 within a Titans anemic passing offense. They don't have any reason to not feature him and there are no indications that they are going to stop with him due $15M this season.

Seems more likely than not they ride Henry did his contract expires before the 2024 season when he hits age 30.
6 days ago
Treylon Burks Note
Treylon Burks photo 91. Treylon Burks WR - (at JAC)
Treylon Burks finished first in his class in yards per route run (3.57) while also ranking No. 1 in yards per route run when lined up outside (6.08) among all receivers. It's an encouraging sign that a size-speed specimen delivered when aligned on the perimeter, as he spent 77% of his career in the slot.

The rookie's 8.5 yards after the catch rank 14th among 169 qualifying wide receivers (92nd percentile) over the past two seasons.His elite college production and top-notch 32% dominator rating speak for themselves.

And the best part is, he should produce from Day 1 after being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

There's hardly any competition for targets outside of Robert Woods), who is coming off a torn ACL. And with a similar YAC-ability to A.J. Brown, Burks should be able to step on the field on day one and offer immediate fantasy football appeal as a top-30 fantasy option.
2 weeks ago
Robert Woods Note
Robert Woods photo 98. Robert Woods WR - (at JAC)
Robert Woods was traded to the Titans after the Rams signed Allen Robinson in free agency. The move was less about Woods' ability, but rather his salary cap hit that the Rams were looking to free themselves from.

Still, entering his age 30-season fantasy managers should question whether Woods has the juice left to continue producing for fantasy. Often viewed as a safe fantasy WR2 during his time in L.A. - he was WR17 before his injury in 2021 - Woods might be subject to some poor game conditions in the Titans' run-heavy approach that could nuke his weekly fantasy appeal.

He's got a chance to be the No. 1 receiver if rookie Treylon Burks fails to hit the ground running, but anything less will not be fruitful for the seasoned veteran.

Over the past two seasons, production has not been kind to WRs over 30 years old. Only three receivers over 30 - Cole Beasley, Adam Thielen, and Marvin Jones Jr. - finished as top-40 fantasy options. If he stays healthy, Woods could easily beat his ADP.

But I'm just not sure how high his fantasy ceiling is based on the situation.
1 week ago
Ryan Tannehill Note
Ryan Tannehill photo 145. Ryan Tannehill QB - (at JAC)
A.J. Brown's absurd efficiency and YAC-ability in Tennessee was a primary driving force behind Ryan Tannehill's fantasy success as a Titan. Even with Treylon Burks in the fold, it's hard to get overly excited about the Tennessee QB in one of the NFL's most run-heavy offenses devoid of any elite, proven pass-catchers. He got exposed without offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and weapons last season in 2021, finishing the season with his lowest passer rating to date as a Titan (88.1, 23rd). Tannehill's passer rating off play action throws also fell off (96.1 versus 109.5). 2022 is going to be a rude awakening for Tannehill, who has the largest cap hit in the NFL this year ($38.6M).
7 days ago
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 191. Austin Hooper TE - (at JAC)
The Browns overpaid him in free agency two years ago, and fantasy managers have been overpaying for him in drafts ever since. After a mediocre 2021 campaign, Hooper joined the Titans. It's a slightly better situation for him, but he'll still be an afterthought in most 2022 fantasy drafts.
9 weeks ago
Tennessee Titans Note
Tennessee Titans photo 253. Tennessee Titans DST - (at JAC)
Randy Bullock Note
Randy Bullock photo 316. Randy Bullock K - (at JAC)
Hassan Haskins Note
Hassan Haskins photo 329. Hassan Haskins RB - (at JAC)
Malik Willis Note
Malik Willis photo 355. Malik Willis QB - (at JAC)
A slide into the third round of the NFL Draft was ruinous to Willis' fantasy value. He landed with the Titans, who don't seem to be in any hurry to replace starter Ryan Tannehill. Willis has a big arm and is a potential difference-maker as a runner, but he needs a lot of refinement. Whenever Willis gets his first NFL playing time, the results are more likely to be reminiscent of late-career Cam Newton than current Josh Allen.
3 weeks ago
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 380. Dontrell Hilliard RB - (at JAC)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 395. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR - (at JAC)
Kyle Philips Note
Kyle Philips photo 411. Kyle Philips WR - (at JAC)
Chigoziem Okonkwo Note
Chigoziem Okonkwo photo 430. Chigoziem Okonkwo TE - (at JAC)
Dez Fitzpatrick Note
Dez Fitzpatrick photo 479. Dez Fitzpatrick WR - (at JAC)
Geoff Swaim Note
Geoff Swaim photo 502. Geoff Swaim TE - (at JAC)