Tennessee Titans Take Kenny Britt Off of PUP List: Fantasy Football Implications

Quinn CrettonCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans misses a catch against teammates Dawan Landry #26 and Courtney Greene #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during their season opener at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As Jim Wyatt tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, the Titans activated wide receiver Kenny Britt from the PUP list, enabling him to open the regular season on the team's 53-man roster.

Britt, who has had three surgeries on his injured knee since tearing his ACL in Week 3 of the 2011 football season, is facing a potential suspension after receiving a DUI earlier this season.

Though questions still surround his availability for Week 1 against the New England Patriots, the fact that he has now passed a physical and is thought to be prepared to take anywhere from 10 to 20 snaps should help ease the concerns of fantasy owners and drafters that have been wary of investing in the troubled but talented receiver.

After missing all of the offseason workouts and training camp while rehabbing his knee, Britt has slid down fantasy draft boards, as he is currently the 40th receiver according to the ESPN average draft position.

With a new offensive system built around run 'n gun concepts and Jake Locker under center, the Titans should be throwing the ball more often than in years past, and Britt should develop into a large part of that as the season progresses.

In his first two games last season, Britt caught 14 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns, flashing the potential that made him a first-round pick in 2009.

Though it often takes some time to work back into things after such a significant knee injury, as Britt develops chemistry with Locker he could develop into a force down the stretch, just as fantasy players get ready for the playoffs.

It's important for owners not to rely on Britt too heavily, particularly early in the season, but as a flier in the ninth or 10th round, Britt offers a lot of potential for whoever is willing to take a risk on a guy who is unlikely to be very productive over the first month of the season.

While Britt is unlikely to duplicate the success that made him one of the most intriguing fantasy players over the first two games last season, his combination of height, speed and strong hands should allow him to get more and more productive as the year progresses.

With Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, Jared Cook and Damian Williams serving as pass-catching options for the Titans, the team will look to use Britt primarily as a red-zone threat as he gets reintroduced to the speed of the professional game.

Regardless of how he is initially utilized, his talent is simply too good to ignore, particularly when looking at No. 3 or No. 4 wide receivers with the potential to give you high-end fantasy production should you need to call upon them.

Now that he has shown that he is able to pass a physical and should start catching passes next week, the time is right to make a move for one of the more underrated fantasy football prospects in the game.