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Coming off a brutal 3-13 season, the Titans seemingly have nowhere to go but up. QB Marcus Mariota is a top breakout candidate, and so are players like TE Delanie Walker and rookie RB Derrick Henry.
On top of that, the Titans should see significant improvement at nearly every offensive position, with additions such as veteran RB DeMarco Murray and former Dolphin’s WR Rishard Matthews.
2015 second-overall pick Marcus Mariota has a very high ceiling, and most likely will improve on an already impressive rookie campaign. He will be calling plays behind a much improved offence this season, and will be given the opportunity to take the reins for an entire season (as opposed to his 11 games started last year). Look for Mariota to begin to tear up opposing defences, both through the air and on the ground. He isn’t worth a start just yet, but should be by midseason, when he is able to settle in around his new teammates.
The Titans boast one of the mot interesting 1-2 punches in the NFL at the RB position, in Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray. Murray will come into the season as the starter, despite having a gong show of a 2015 season under Chip Kelly. Murray may not produce at the rate he did in 2014, but could have a big bounce back year after getting out of that mess in Philly. However, Henry, who the Titans spent the 45th overall pick on in this summer’s draft, will be clipping at Murray’s heals all season long. The Alabama back scored 45 TDs in college, to go along with a Heisman trophy, and should steal consistent touches from Murray throughout the season, especially after an impressive preseason. While Henry has the higher ceiling, both are worth a pick-up in a revamped Titans offence.
At the WR position, the Titans should see improved production, despite the departure of Dorial Green-Beckham. The newly acquired Rishard Matthews showed flashes of brilliance over his last season, before being shut down in week 11 after a rib injury. Had he played the whole year, Matthews would have registered 1,059 yards and 6 TDs. Expect numbers like that as he takes over as Tennessee’s WR1. Kendall Wright is expected to slot in as the team’s WR2, and could finally break through this season. He is a risky pick, and has failed to capitalize on his college success in Baylor, but could have enough upside with the improved Titans to warrant a late-pick. Rookie WR Tajae Sharpe also has the potential to slide in as a top-3 receiver on the team, as he continues to gain traction heading into the season.
In Delanie Walker, the Titans’ have a potential top 5 fantasy player at the TE position. He was one of the best in 2015, leading all Titans’ in receiving and putting up a 1,000 yard season. Expect much of the same this year, as Mariota loves throwing to TEs. He is worthy of a top-5 pick at the position in any draft.
K Ryan Succop is also worth a pick-up in deeper leagues, while Tennessee’s D/ST should be avoided, as they will continue to be one of the league’s worst.
QB Marcus Mariota; RB DeMarco Murray; RB Derrick Henry; WR Rishard Matthews; WR Kendall Wright; WR Tajae Sharpe; TE Delanie Walker; K Ryan Succop