Can Both Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears Have Value? | 2024 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Dylan Clemons
Can Both Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears Have Value?

This Tennessee Titans team has been revamped during this offseason.  In this article, we will break down some of the biggest questions heading into the 2024 Fantasy Football season surrounding the Tennessee Titans. These include who is the best value in the backfield between Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard, is Will Levis a streaming option, and who is the top pass-catching target between De'Andre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley.

The Titans started the offseason by firing Head Coach Mike Vrabel and bringing in form Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Brian Callahan. Callahan did a great job helping develop Joe Burrow and figuring out ways to get the ball into his playmaker's hands. Let's hope that continues with this Titans offense with second-year quarterback Will Levis at the helm.

Not only did the Titans make changes to their coaching staff but the offense is revamped as well. Derrick Henry is gone, and Tony Pollard has come over from the Dallas Cowboys. They also signed former Falcons and Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley to a lucrative contract in free agency. For the second year in a row they also decided to attack the trenches in the draft, taking J.C. Latham an offensive tackle from Alabama.

That is enough about the offseason for the Titans. Let's go ahead and start diving into the biggest questions heading into the fantasy football season for this Titans team.

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Can Both Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears Have Value in Fantasy Football?

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Tony Pollard was one of the most disappointing running backs in all of fantasy football last season. He was going as the fifth running back off the board and was a borderline first-round pick. He was a clear-cut bellcow in the Cowboys backfield seeing the most carries of his career with 252. The problem was that the efficiency just cratered.

In 2022 when he was splitting carries with Ezekiel Elliot, he averaged 5.9 yards per touch and was fifth in the NFL. Last season as the lead back, he dropped to 4.3, 44th in the NFL according to PlayerProfiler.

However, I believe we are being a bit too harsh on Pollard as we have to remember that he broke his leg late in the 2022 season, and may not have had 100% of his explosiveness back. According to fantasypros.com, Tony Pollard has an ADP of RB28.5 and is the 100th player off the board. I will be snatching up that value in as many drafts as possible, being a year plus past that injury.

If you want to talk about someone explosive, let's talk about his new running mate Tyjae Spears. According to playerprofiler.com Spears ranked sixth in yards per touch, fourth in juke rate, and fifth in breakaway run rate.

If you are not able to scoop up Tony Pollard earlier in your drafts Tyjae Spears is a must-target. There is room for both of these fellas to have a solid role in this offense and you can get Spears as RB33 in drafts. You are getting Spears at his floor at RB33 because of his big play ability.

Is Will Levis a Quarterback Streaming Option for Fantasy Football?

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By hell, or high water, we will find out how good Will Levis is this season. Two things we know about Levis after one season is that he can chuck that pigskin. He averaged the highest average depth per target and ranked second in the NFL in deep ball catchable pass rate. The second thing is that the Titans are setting him up for success.

In the last two seasons, they have used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman, as they keep building in the trenches. They have brought in an offensive-minded head coach and solidified the backfield with two solid running backs. The Titans all of a sudden have solid weapons as well with both DeAndre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley in the wide receiver room. They also have Chigoziem Okonkwo leading the tight ends who we as fantasy managers have been begging to break out.

With the Titans offense trending in the right direction I believe Will Levis is someone who is going to have streaming appeal this year. I wouldn't advise drafting him in single quarterback leagues because of the start of his schedule. In the first three weeks Levis faces off against the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, and Green Bay Packers, which is a brutal start.

However, after that, the schedule improves with games against the Dolphins, Colts, Bills, and Lions which project to be shootouts. In weeks 13-17 which are the most important weeks of the fantasy season, they get Washington, Jacksonville twice, Cincinnati, and the Colts for one last time. I love the end-of-the-season schedule for Will Levis and the Titans, making him a viable quarterback option pending the matchups this season.

Who is the Top Target, DeAndre Hopkins or Calvin Ridley?

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Calvin Ridley comes over from the Jacksonville Jaguars to join DeAndre Hopkins and former first-round pick Treylon Burks in the Titans wide receiver room.

Ridley currently has the highest ADP out of the group going as WR36 off the board and DeAndre Hopkins sits behind him as WR43. It surprised me a bit to see Hopkins down that far with him finishing as WR32 in PPG last season. However, it was a roller coaster ride after Levis took over as the quarterback. He finished as a top-5 wide receiver twice after Week 7 when Levis took over but also finished outside the top 36 four times.

We know that in the past Hopkins has thrived with the volume as he routinely finished in the top-5 in target share when he was a top fantasy option. That just will not be the case with Calvin Ridley in town.

Ridley just could not get on the same page as Trevor Lawrence last season. Ridley finished 27th in fantasy points per game at 13.5 but finished 14th in expected fantasy points per game. A change of scenery could help Ridley this season and he is another year removed from the year-long gambling suspension.

Ridley is the pass catcher in this offense that I want. We mentioned above how Will Levis throws a beautiful deep ball and likes to chuck it. Well, When Ridley had his best season in 2020 he led the league in deep targets and air yards finishing as WR4 in PPG that season. However, last season Ridley struggled to separate as he was just 84th in target separation. If Ridley can be the guy he was in 2020 he and Will Levis could be a match made in heaven.

Final Thoughts

I am excited to see this new and hopefully improved Titans offense. They have some valuable pieces like Tony Pollard, Tyjae Spears, and Calvin Ridley on this offense that go pretty late in drafts that I will be targeting at the right price. A lot of the success for the Titans in fantasy and in football hinges on Will Levis taking a step forward this season. I feel as though the Titans have set him up to do so and I believe he will take a step forward, it is just a matter of how big.


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