Kendall Wright: Why the Titans' Rookie Receiver Could Be a Fantasy Sleeper
When Kendall Wright was drafted in April, many fantasy football players assumed he was at least a year or two away from making an impact.
After a strong training camp and preseason, Wright should start moving up boards and has earned later-round sleeper status as a result of the potential he has shown when on the field with the first-team offense.
With his skill set and growing role in the offense, there are four key reasons why you should keep an eye on Kendall Wright as your fantasy draft is winding down.
1. Chemistry with Jake Locker
Though Wright entered camp late and Locker only recently earned all of the first-team reps at quarterback, the two seem to have clicked, making plays throughout much of camp and bringing that success onto the field this preseason.
Perhaps the best example of their chemistry came against the Arizona Cardinals in the Titans' third preseason game. From the nine-yard line, Locker checked out of a run play and threw a back-shoulder pass to Wright, who adjusted perfectly, caught the pass and reached over the pylon.
Though just one pass, that kind of play is something that is rarely seen from a young quarterback and wide receiver duo. With Locker looking to find his go-to guy in an offense with a number of talented wide receivers, Wright may be slowly stepping into that role already.
2. Titans Shift in Offensive Philosophy
For much of the last two decades, the Titans have primarily been a power-running team with limited fantasy options in the passing game.
With Tennessee installing some Run 'N Shoot concepts, Wright should fit in well in an offense that will spread out the receivers and attempt to let the wideouts make plays after the catch. With a strong-armed quarterback in Locker, Wright will be given plenty of opportunities to get separation and make plays.
3. Question Marks Surrounding Kenny Britt
Though Britt is the Titans' most talented wide receiver, he is also coming off of an injury and facing a possible suspension from Roger Goodell after receiving a DUI earlier this offseason.
On top of that, Britt will have received zero reps with Locker throughout the offseason and will likely be playing catch up most of the regular season as he adjusts to a new quarterback.
Though Nate Washington proved to be a very steady option last year for Matt Hasselbeck, Locker is still looking for his top receiver. With Britt missing OTA's, mini camps and training camps, Wright will be given every chance to get on the field consistently.
4. Ability to Make Big Plays
Finally, Kendall Wright's skill set is arguably the biggest reason why fantasy owners should keep an eye on him.
Throughout his time at Baylor, Wright developed into a favorite of Robert Griffin III, culminated with a 108 catch, 14 touchdown season in 2011. His quickness and shiftiness allows him to make plays all over the field, often times turning small gains into lengthy touchdowns.
In an offense lacking a true playmaker outside of Chris Johnson, Wright will have the opportunity to develop into a deep threat as well as an underneath option for Locker.
Kendall Wright is unlikely to be a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in his first year in Nashville. However, when looking at players that offer low risk and high reward late in your fantasy draft, Wright has a chance to develop into a consistent No. 2 fantasy receiver as he continues to develop on the field.
Already entering the season as the Titans' second wideout with Kenny Britt still recovering from his torn ACL, Wright should see the field a lot early on, and if he impresses the coaching staff, he will have a chance to become a very productive member of the offense by the time the fantasy playoffs roll around in December.
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