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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 PPR Draft Rankings

Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 4. Derrick Henry RB - (at HOU)
The man just keeps getting better... Every year he's been in the league, we've watched his rushing yardage go up by at least 250 yards. I'm sure he peaked last year with 2,027 yards on the ground, but now going to a 17-game season, maybe I'm wrong. Henry should be in scoring position quite a bit this year knowing the Titans went out and acquired Julio Jones this offseason. There's no scenario where your offense gets worse in that equation. However, we don't know how the offense is going to look in 2021, as Arthur Smith (offensive coordinator the last two years) is gone. Still, with Jones and A.J. Brown on the perimeter, it's going to be tough for opponents to stack the box the way they have against Henry the last few years, so his efficiency may actually go up. There are certainly some variables to his projections, but Henry has proven that despite his lack of usage in the passing game, he's going to make up for it on the ground.
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A.J. Brown Note
A.J. Brown photo 22. A.J. Brown WR - (at HOU)
Brown is a stud, plain and simple. He's defied the rule of regression and continues to blow the roof off normal projections. Based on the targets he saw last year and where on the field he saw them, he was supposed to finish as the No. 30 wide receiver. That's the opportunity he had. Well, he finished as the No. 12 wide receiver. The year before that, he was supposed to finish as the No. 49 wide receiver but finished No. 15 instead. The addition of Julio Jones will certainly limit his target ceiling, but based on what we've seen to this point, his efficiency should carry him to new heights in 2021.
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Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 35. Julio Jones WR - (at HOU)
The public perception on Jones is that he's towards the end of his career, but that's simply not true. In fact, he averaged a career-high 11.3 yards per target during the 2020 season and was the WR13 in half-PPR points per game while ceding plenty of work to up-and-coming superstar Calvin Ridley. It'll be a similar situation in Tennessee, as Jones will now play alongside what might be the next generation's Julio Jones, and that's A.J. Brown. Similar to Atlanta, Jones and Brown are going to cap each other's truly elite ceiling, but as Jones and Ridley proved last year, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibilities that they're both top-12 wide receivers, especially when you factor in Ryan Tannehill's efficiency. Oh, and stop calling Jones injury prone - he's played at least 14 games in seven of the last nine seasons, and has totaled at least 1,394 yards in six of the last seven seasons. You don't do that if you're injury prone.
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Ryan Tannehill Note
Ryan Tannehill photo 90. Ryan Tannehill QB - (at HOU)
Tannehill has been disrespected by the fantasy community long before Julio Jones was traded there. Tannehill became the starter of the Titans in Week 7 of 2019. Since that time, he's tallied 575.3 fantasy points, which ranks third among quarterbacks, behind only Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. That's right... despite ranking 16th in pass attempts during that time (26-game sample size), he's finished with more fantasy points than Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Deshaun Watson.
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Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 180. Anthony Firkser TE - (at HOU)
There was some real excitement surrounding Firkser a few months ago, but then Julio Jones was acquired, bringing that enthusiasm down a level. Still, there's no competition for targets among the tight ends, and with Arthur Smith out of town, it's very likely the Titans throw the ball more in 2021. The issue with thinking Firkser could be a breakout tight end is due to the fact that he's just 6-foot-2 and 246 pounds, which is not very big for a tight end, and it's shown in the red zone, as he's scored just three career touchdowns on 97 targets. There's going to be streaming opportunities when the Titans are playing in a projected shootout, but he's not someone you want to rely on week-in and week-out.
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Darrynton Evans Note
Darrynton Evans photo 210. Darrynton Evans RB - (at HOU)
I think most people were shocked when the Titans selected Evans in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, though I figured it meant they were going to start to lighten the burden on Derrick Henry, as Evans profiled as a timeshare back. Instead, it was all Henry, all the time. Will that change with Arthur Smith out of town? It's possible. I'm expecting a bigger role on obvious passing downs, while carrying some solid handcuff value in a high-scoring offense.
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Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 225. Josh Reynolds WR - (at HOU)
Tennessee Titans Note
Tennessee Titans photo 272. Tennessee Titans DST - (at HOU)
Brian Hill Note
Brian Hill photo 343. Brian Hill RB - (at HOU)
Dez Fitzpatrick Note
Dez Fitzpatrick photo 379. Dez Fitzpatrick WR - (at HOU)
Tucker McCann Note
Tucker McCann photo 402. Tucker McCann K - (at HOU)
Geoff Swaim Note
Geoff Swaim photo 418. Geoff Swaim TE - (at HOU)
Jeremy McNichols Note
Jeremy McNichols photo 464. Jeremy McNichols RB - (at HOU)
Cameron Batson Note
Cameron Batson photo 519. Cameron Batson WR - (at HOU)
Chester Rogers Note
Chester Rogers photo 546. Chester Rogers WR - (at HOU)
Mekhi Sargent Note
Mekhi Sargent photo 551. Mekhi Sargent RB - (at HOU)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 556. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR - (at HOU)