Kenny Britt: Fantasy Owners Should Bench Tennessee Titans WR vs. Steelers

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

Aug 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) on the sideline during training camp workout at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

There will be a time this season when Kenny Britt will emerge as a legitimate WR2 or flex option for fantasy owners. This isn't that week.

With the Tennessee Titans set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football, its probably tempting for fantasy owners to insert Britt into their lineups. After all, he's listed as probable on the injury report and he's Tennessee's top option at wide receiver.

But for a player still probably a bit rusty—he's only played in two games this season, after all—the Steelers do not represent an inviting matchup. Pittsburgh is only allowing 184.8 passing yards per game (third in the NFL) and just 19.3 fantasy points per week to an opposing team's wide receiver (12th in the NFL).

While the Steelers will be without Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley on defense, Britt will likely have to deal with Ike Taylor all game long, a tough assignment for any wideout.

And it's not as though the Titans come into this game boasting one of the league's most dangerous passing attacks. While they've certainly thrown the ball better than they've run it—and given how terrible the running game has been, that's not saying much—the Titans aren't exactly striking fear in opposing secondaries these days.

Matt Hasselbeck didn't impress against the Minnesota Vikings, finishing 26-of-43 for 200 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked twice, and you can expect the Steelers will look to pressure him throughout with the zone blitz.

And if the Titans are to have any success in this game, it will be because the team can stay close and establish some semblance of a running game. The hope for Britt owners is that the team falls behind early on and Hasselbeck starts throwing the ball all over the field in garbage time.

I'm not saying that won't happen—it's a distinct possibility, in fact—but it's a risky proposition for fantasy owners.

Now, there is always the possibility that Britt catches a 20-yard touchdown pass and in one fell swoop makes himself worth the while at your flex. That's the gamble of fantasy football.

But if fantasy—like gambling—is all about maximizing value and minimizing risk, then the scale falls too far on the side of "risk" when it comes to starting Britt against the Steelers. If you are in a real pinch and don't have many other options, there are worse players to turn to this week, though.

But if you're expecting WR2 numbers this week, I think you're barking up the wrong tree. Wait until Week 7 when the Titans face the Buffalo Bills before getting excited about Britt.

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