Mike Vrabel is now the head coach and brought in a new offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, from the Los Angeles Rams. LaFleur did not call plays under Sean McVay, but will do so for Tennessee.
LaFleur was also with the Atlanta Falcons during the Kyle Shanahan years, so he knows what it takes to put together a prolific offense.
I am so excited about the Titans offense in 2018, and they all come at such a value in fantasy football drafts.
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Marcus Mariota added over five yards per attempt when using play action in 2017. pic.twitter.com/IeXSDMGiBe
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 29, 2018
Mariota had the worst year of his short career in 2017, throwing 15 interceptions and just 13 touchdowns. His adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) was just 5.51, 19th among QBs with 400+ pass attempts. However, that was higher than Cam Newton, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco.
While we all were hoping Mariota would come in and run all over opposing defenses, he has just 913 career rushing yards. He did rush for a career-high 5 touchdowns last season. He is one of just 6 QBs with 900+ rushing yards since being drafted, but we were hoping he would be up there with Cam Newton (1749), Tyrod Taylor (1575) and Russell Wilson (1398).
Mariota is not being drafted as a starting QB in leagues smaller than 16 teams, that start one QB.
Henry is 6'3 247 lbs, being selected in the middle of the RB2's. Despite being such a large man, Henry scored two 70+ yard touchdowns last year. He even scored on a 66-yard reception in week 17!
Lewis is 5'8 195 lbs, being selected at the top end of the RB3's. He is dangerous every time he touches the football and makes the most out of every touch.
There is so much to love about both running backs and both could finish better than their ADP.
There is a reason why Davis was drafted 1st overall in fantasy football rookie drafts last year. With what we assume is going to be an upgraded passing attack, Davis could be in for a breakout season. He even comes at a value in fantasy drafts, as he is being drafted as a WR3 with tons of upside.
Matthews is coming off boards around WR50 and has averaged 870 yards in his two years with the Titans, scoring 13 touchdowns. He has proven he can produce without a ton of targets.
Taylor is a sleeper pick and a WR I would target in deeper leagues. Last year for the Rams, Cooper Kupp (95) led the team with just 15 more targets than Sammy Watkins (70), who finished fourth. Taylor could benefit greatly if LaFleur can get Mariota to target all of his weapons as evenly as Jared Goff did in LA last year.
Delanie Walker's prowess from the slot sees him ranked as our third best tight end heading into the new season. See the full 1-10 ranking here: (via @PFF_Sam)
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 31, 2018
Mariota loves Walker and has targeted him 100+ times in each of the last three seasons. The offense is going to shift its focus to targeting WRs/RBs, but Walker is still going to be Mariota's safety net. No reason to believe Delanie doesn't finish as a top 10 TE in 2018.
There is so much potential on this roster, but so many question marks as well.
Can Mariota learn another new offense?
Is Derrick Henry capable of 20 carries per game?
Can a rookie head coach and first-time play-caller take this offense to the next level?
I am not sure, but I am very excited to find out!
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