The Tennessee Titans are trying to give quarterback Marcus Mariota as many receivers as possible to try and help make him successful.
That’s good for Mariota, but it makes it really confusing on if you should draft a receiver on the Titans in your 2016 Fantasy Football draft.
This team is seemingly filled with talent, but the last receiver to finish with a 1,000 or more yards was Kendall Wright in 2013. Even though the Titans have spent several draft picks on receivers over the last several years, the team has been unable to produce an elite receiver.
For the 2016 Fantasy Football season, here’s what you need to know about the receivers on the Titans before your draft.
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Rishard Matthews
Because of the ineffectiveness of the receivers on the Miami Dolphins last season, Matthews saw the biggest workload of his career.
Even though he only played in 11 games, he posted a 43-662-4 stat line. Surprisingly, Matthews was the 25th-highest scoring receiver from Weeks 2-8.
With the Titans, Matthews is one of the most consistent receivers on the team. As of right now, he is going to be one of the two wide receivers who is out on the field in two-receiver sets.
Last year, Matthews was on the field for 50.3% of the offensive snaps. So a lot more playing in 2016 could help his Fantasy totals.
The issue with relying on Matthews, though, is Mariota is inconsistent. In six out of 12 games (not including Week 15 when he was inured), Mariota threw for 235 or fewer yards. There were also four games last year in which he didn’t throw a touchdown pass at all.
Head coach Mike Mularkey has said the 22-year old quarterback is going to run more, which could keep his passing attempts down if he is effective running the ball.
But where I do like Matthews is in MFL10s. It’s true that it will be extremely difficult to predict when Matthews will have be worth starting. But by adding him in an MFL10, you obviously don’t have to worry about missing out on starting him.
Right now, you can draft Matthews at the start of Round 15 in PPR leagues, according to MyFantasyLeague.com.
For potentially the best receiver on a team, that’s a pretty generous price tag.
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Kendall Wright
Wright looked like he’d be a promising receiver in PPR leagues after his 2013 performance. But since then, he hasn’t been worth starting on a consistent basis.
I’m going to make this section brief, because Wright is not worth drafting. He did post a 4-101-1 stat line in Week 1 last year and a 7-95-1 in Week 3, but he doesn’t have enough upside to even draft in the last round of a MFL10.
He currently has a hamstring issue and is sidelined. By the time he works his way back onto the field, he will be buried on the depth chart.
I’m not targeting him in any format I’m playing in this year.
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook: Dorial Green-Beckham
Green-Beckham had two games last year that showed why the Titans drafted him in Round 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft:
But like every other receiver on the Titans, Green-Beckham was inconsistent.
He’s still consider raw as a route runner, and his dedication has been questioned as he showed up to training camp out of shape last season.
But this is a receiver who Mike Mayock says looks like a young Randy Moss. The 23-year old receiver is built to dominate the league. He’s 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, and ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine.
Keep in mind, though, all of his physical gifts need to be fully utilized out on the field to make him worth starting in Fantasy Football leagues.
Like Wright, I’m not actively targeting Green-Beckham in any of my leagues. But sine he is a 10th-round pick, I don’t have anything against drafting him there. If he puts it all together, he will be a steal in Round 10.
I just don’t see him doing it, though, so I’d rather draft Tavon Austin or Torrey Smith, who are going right after Green-Beckham.
Wide Receiver Outlook: Tajae Sharpe
Sharpe is considered a starter right now, but don’t draft him and rely on him for the 2016 Fantasy Football season.
He’s a fifth-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, and Sharpe is getting first-team reps. That has more to do with the fact that the receivers on Tennessee have disappointed Mularkey than anything else.
Sharpe doesn’t necessarily excel in any categories, but he has been praised for his route running thus far. He also has solid hands, which is one of the reasons he could see a decent amount of playing time.
He’s one of the more reliable receivers on the Titans right now outside of Matthews.
But again, don’t draft Sharpe. Let him hit waivers and stay there unless he proves he should be on your team.
Outside of Sharpe, the Titans also have Andre Johnson, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas currently on the roster. I actually drafted Johnson in Round 20 in my 2016 Scout Online Championship league. There’s no risk in adding him there, and that could end up being the best pick of my draft if he finds a way to be relevant in 2016.
The Bottom Line: The only receiver I would consider drafting on this team is Rishard Matthews. But, it would only be in a MFL10 format. I would not want to rely on any receiver on the Titans consistently. I also would consider adding Andre Johnson at the very end of your draft.