Titus Young: Fantasy Owners Must Target Detroit Lions WR

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Titus Young: Fantasy Owners Must Target Detroit Lions WR
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young is coming off the first 100-yard receiving day of his young career on Sunday vs. the Seattle Seahawks, and that's excellent news for struggling fantasy owners looking for an explosive roster addition this fall.

Young is available in about 50 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues heading into November, but will likely be snatched up like a discounted iPhone on Black Friday before Week 9's matchup with the Jaguars.

As if Sunday's mighty performance wasn't enough to make you a believer, here's why fantasy owners must target Titus Young for the stretch run. 

 

Opportunity 

With Detroit losing veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson for the season to a broken leg, Titus Young has become the clear-cut No. 2 wide receiving option behind Calvin Johnson and the third option overall behind Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew in the NFL's second-best passing attack.

The Lions' running game is bordering on nonexistent this season (what else is new?), so Jim Schwartz and the Detroit coaching staff aren't going to take the ball out of Matthew Stafford's hands anytime soon. And that's where Young fits in. It's his second NFL season and he's in the midst of becoming the second-best pass catcher on a team that relies on having success through the air.

 

Increased Targets

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Young's 38 targets this season place him fourth among all Lions receivers, but that's including Burleson, who Young should pass in targets and receptions this weekend at Jacksonville.

The most promising trend though is Young's increased targets over the past month. Since Week 4, Young's target and reception counts have increased over every game. It all came together in Week 8 against Seattle, when he was targeted nine times, reeling in all nine balls for 100 yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winner with 20 seconds left).

It's simple, with more targets comes more production.

 

Big-Time Scoring Threat

Titus Young's three touchdowns this season are the most by any Detroit Lions wide receiver, that's including Megatron.

Sure, two of Young's scores came Sunday vs. the Seahawks, but that's what happens when you get the opportunity and increased targets that he is this fall. Matthew Stafford has one less option in the passing game, and if Young continues to catch the ball and make plays with it, he'll see even more thrown his way. 

Young doesn't boast the size and freakish athleticism of a Calvin Johnson, but at 5'11" he is quick and explosive running routes. He managed to get open nine times and score twice against one of the NFL's premiere secondaries in the Seahawks, and that speaks to his big-time scoring threat and potential as a fantasy star in 2012.

 

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