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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Draft Rankings

Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 7. Derrick Henry RB - (vs . JAC)
Derrick Henry made fantasy drafters that overlooked him look silly in 2022, finishing the season as the RB4 overall and in points per game (18.3). He finished second in carries and third in rushing yards (23.4 touches per game) while also posting career highs in targets, receptions and yards per route run. The bad offensive situation hardly influenced Henry's fantasy numbers and he did not seem hampered by the foot injury that knocked him out of the second half of the 2021 season. Fading Henry in 2022 was betting on him to hit the wall playing behind a shaky offensive line finally. And that bet did not go well. But another year of a heavy workload combined with the Titans' grim 2023 outlook with major questions on offense, will bring concerns about drafting Henry early in 2023.
20 weeks ago
Treylon Burks Note
Treylon Burks photo 78. Treylon Burks WR - (vs . JAC)
Treylon Burks dealt with numerous injuries throughout his rookie campaign but showed flashes of WR1 ability from Week 10 onward. In his final six healthy games played, Burks led the Titans in targets and receiving yards. He earned 6-plus targets in all but two games and eclipsed 66-plus receiving yards in half the contests.
In the 3 games started with Ryan Tannehill Weeks 10-12, Burks was very productive. Team-high 21% target share, 11.5 PPR points per game and 2.56 yards per route run.
With the 2022 TEN leaders in overall targets and red-zone target - Robert Woods, Austin Hopper - gone from the roster, Burks should see ample opportunities in his second year for volume and TDs.
2 days ago
Chigoziem Okonkwo Note
Chigoziem Okonkwo photo 107. Chigoziem Okonkwo TE - (vs . JAC)
A fourth-round draft pick from Maryland, Chigoziem "Chig" Okonkwo was a pleasant surprise for the Titans in his rookie season, catching 32 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 14.1 yards per catch and 9.8 yards per target, flashing impressive speed and tackle-breaking ability after the catch. Okonkwo is an exciting addition to the TE pool, although the Titans' grim QB situation might force us to temper our enthusiasm for this up-and-comer.
16 weeks ago
Ryan Tannehill Note
Ryan Tannehill photo 219. Ryan Tannehill QB - (vs . JAC)
Now in the twilight of his career, Tannehill should be considered a functional game manager with limited fantasy appeal. Tannehill finished as a top-12 QB in 2020 and 2021, but he boosted his fantasy value with seven TD runs in each of those two seasons, and we can't count on that sort of rushing production from a quarterback who'll be entering his age-35 season and had only two TD runs last season. Tannehill also has rookie QB Will Levis looking his shoulder, and it's possible the Titans could make a QB change at some point, particularly if they fall out of the playoff hunt.
5 weeks ago
Tyjae Spears Note
Tyjae Spears photo 261. Tyjae Spears RB - (vs . JAC)
Tyjae Spears boosted his draft stock dramatically as a buzzy player at the Senior Bowl, and his atomic rise up the draft boards continued at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Spears weighed in at 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds. He did not run the 40-yard dash but instead nearly jumped out of the building in the explosion drills. His vertical jump of 39″ ranked in the 92nd percentile and was second only to Chase Brown. Spears' broad jump ranked third in the class at 125″ which ranked in the 89th percentile.

The Tulane running back will be one of my top rookie running back targets after he posted a 31 percent dominator rating in 2022, finishing 5th in the FBS in rushing yards (1,586), second in rushing TDs (19), and fourth in yards after contact per attempt (4.55). Per Sports Info Solutions' total points model, Spears finished third in total points per game and total EPA generated per game. He also finished second in the class in pass pro snaps per game (8.1), something NFL coaches will drool over.

Throughout his career, he boasts an impressive 3.00 yards per play (seventh best in the class) - a great indicator of future success at the NFL level.

The Titans selected Spears in the 3rd round of the 2023 NFL Draft despite scary reports regarding Spears' short shelf life based on previous knee injuries. For 2023 alone, he's a high-upside handcuff option should anything happen to Derrick Henry.
5 weeks ago
Tennessee Titans Note
Tennessee Titans photo 292. Tennessee Titans DST - (vs . JAC)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 312. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR - (vs . JAC)
Hassan Haskins Note
Hassan Haskins photo 318. Hassan Haskins RB - (vs . JAC)
Will Levis Note
Will Levis photo 336. Will Levis QB - (vs . JAC)
Rookie Will Levis has immense potential but might need a few years before he's ready to fulfill it. Expected to be drafted in the first round but instead selected early in the second, Levis has prototypical size (6-3, 232 pounds), a cannon arm and dynamic rushing ability. But Levis is coming off a somewhat disappointing final college season at Kentucky, and he's expected to serve an apprenticeship behind incumbent Titans starter Ryan Tannehill in his first NFL season.
5 weeks ago
Kyle Philips Note
Kyle Philips photo 363. Kyle Philips WR - (vs . JAC)
Chris Moore Note
Chris Moore photo 396. Chris Moore WR - (vs . JAC)
Caleb Shudak Note
Caleb Shudak photo 465. Caleb Shudak K - (vs . JAC)
Malik Willis Note
Malik Willis photo 496. Malik Willis QB - (vs . JAC)