Welcome back everyone, this time for the 2022 Fantasy Football Tennessee Titans Team Preview. They made one of the most shocking trades during the 2022 NFL draft. They traded stud wide receiver A.J. Brown
to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 18th overall pick which turned into Treylon Burks and a third-round pick. Brown and the Titans couldn't agree on a contract extension.
Trading A.J. Brown was a head-scratching move in my eyes. The Titans are coming off three straight playoff appearances. They were the number one seed in the AFC before losing to the eventual AFC champions, the Cinncinatti Bengals, in the divisional round of the playoffs.
It was a tough season for the Titans on the injury front, they lost Derrick Henry for nine games due to a foot injury. They also took a flyer on Julio Jones who dealt with a nagging hamstring injury all season long. Despite all of their woes, the Titans still managed to win 12 games.
Outside of the trade, the Titans have had a quiet off-season all in all.
Now let's take a look at the 2022 Fantasy Football Tennessee Titans Team Preview!
2022 Fantasy Football Tennessee Titans Team Preview
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Ryan Tannehill is leading this quarterback room for another season, and he is coming off of a disappointing season last year. He finished as QB12 last season in total points which doesn't seem that bad, but he averaged 16.5 fantasy points per game which was 15th overall, and six points down from the previous season.
Out of the 17 games that Tannehill played last season, he scored over 20 fantasy points in four games. The ceiling was just gone last season, the floor was there, however, he scored under 13 fantasy points just three times last season, so he didn't kill you most weeks.
The efficiency that Tannehill previously had just wasn't there last year with Derrick Henry not on the field. Tannehill had 50 more pass attempts from the previous season and threw ten fewer touchdowns.
The offensive line didn't do him any favors either, according to playerprofiler.com Tannehill threw the 3rd most pressured throws in the NFL with 130. That also caused him to be ranked 25th in the league in air yards per attempt with 7.4 yards compared to 16th the previous year, and 30th in deep ball completion percentage at 27.4%.
Tannehill is not someone I am targeting in drafts this season after losing his top target in AJ Brown. The ceiling just isn't there.
I do want to mention: the Titans used a third-round pick on Malik Willis out of Liberty University who was regarded as having the highest ceiling out of the quarterbacks in the draft and for fantasy football. I don't expect the athletic quarterback to make an impact this season, but for Dynasty purposes he could be the starting QB for the Titans after this season, as Tannehill is a cut candidate.
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Derrick Henry is coming off a season in which he played in the fewest amount of games in his career with nine. Henry suffered a foot injury in Week 8 that ended his regular season early. The Jones fracture that he suffered usually ends a player's season. The freak that Henry is, he was able to return for their playoff game, which was unheard of.
The big question for Henry heading into this season is, is this the start of the decline? In the previous two seasons, Henry had over 300 carries, which was over 100 more than the next closest running back. That's why Henry was a fantasy king during the 2019 and 2020 fantasy seasons, volume is king!
Coming into his age-29 season, I believe the Titans still plan on giving Henry a massive workload. So I am still all in on him this coming draft season. As long as he stays healthy for 15-16 games, he will be a top-five running back.
When you have someone like Henry in your backfield, nobody else is really relevant. I do like Hassan Haskins as a prospect and as a handcuff to Henry. Haskins is a similar type of player to henry meaning they are both between the tackle grinders. If Henry were to go down with an injury, Haskins should see most of the carries in his place in the offense.
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This wide receiver room has very big shoes to fill with the absence of AJ Brown who commanded a 27% target share which was ninth in the league. There is also just under 200 targets up for grabs with Brown, Julio Jones, and Chester Rodgers moving on.
Robert Woods is coming off of an ACL injury that he suffered during his Week 9 game in 2021. What's crazy is, that he is already doing drills during OTA's so it looks like his recovery is running smoothly. Do not forget two seasons ago, with Jared Goff as his quarterback, Woods finished as WR13 in half PPR formats.
I don't see that happening for Woods in this situation, but if he's healthy there is no reason why he can't finish as a top-36 wide receiver. He is currently going as WR50 in Underdog Best ball drafts. Just fantastic value there.
The most important player out of this group is Treylon Burks, the big-bodied wideout from Arkansas. There is a lot of pressure on this young man right out of the gate with him being pretty much acquired for AJ Brown. Burks is an extremely talented player who can go up and get the football. There are plenty of targets to go around, so volume shouldn't be a problem. It's the efficiency that worries me and that's something that AJ Brown thrived on.
Unfortunately, it hasn't been a great start for Burks health-wise during OTA's, since he has been battling asthma throughout. I'd like to think that will be straightened out by the beginning of the season, but it's something to monitor.
Austin Hooper is leading this tight end room after coming over from the Cleveland Browns, after two pretty disappointing seasons. We cannot forget how valuable Hooper was in Atlanta just three seasons ago, however. In 2019 Hooper finished as TE6 on the season and finished third on a point per game bases.
This is obviously a completely different situation now, but Hooper is still just 27 years old. Hooper is currently going off the board as TE23 which is honestly pretty solid value because I believe he can give you some TE1 weeks when he scores. He is someone worth keeping an eye on for streaming purposes. He is just touchdown-dependent based on how run-heavy this offense is, but most tight ends going that late in drafts are.
All in all there arent many players on this offense I want in my starting lineups besides King Henry, It just hinges on if he can stay healthy and he isn't starting to break down. I do not hate Robert Woods or Austin Hooper as late-round depth pieces, but they just don't have much upside. I also won't have many shares of Treylon Burks either. Burks coming in and seeing a lot of the team's best corners as a rookie is not an ideal situation for him. He may put up some big weeks, but I just don't see the consistency being a thing for him this season.
This Titans team will take a step back in the win column this year, but I still believe they will find a way into the playoffs. I hope you enjoyed the Tennessee Titans team preview, make sure to check out the rest of the team previews that our team has put together over at www.fantasysixpack.net, and the Fantasy Six Pack Youtube channel!
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