2011 Fantasy Football Tennessee Titans Preview, Auction Values: Waiting on CJ2K
Running back Chris Johnson and receiver Kenny Britt can be the most explosive players at their position, but it is tough to go top dollar on those guys this season.
Johnson seems to be making progress on contract negotiations, and it seems almost certain his holdout will end in time for the regular season. But you may get burned it you bid high on him and he sits out any games.
Britt's 225 yards and three touchdowns against Philadelphia last year made him a fantasy favorite. But he only exceeded 100 yards in one other game and did not have more than one touchdown in any other games. He was injured much of last year and is battling a hamstring injury in camp. Plus, there always seem to be off-the-field troubles that threaten to lead to a suspension.
QUARTERBACK: Matt Hasselbeck ($2)—Threw for more than 3,000 yards in Seattle last year, but for only 12 touchdowns. He's got better receivers in Tennessee, so those numbers should go up at least a bit, and if Chris Johnson's holdout lasts into the season, the Titans may throw more than expected.
RUNNING BACK: Chris Johnson ($52)—Bid a few more dollars if he ends his holdout, but if he hasn't before your draft, then beware going too early on him. He'll run for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns in a full season, but if he misses a couple games and your fantasy team loses as a result, those are tough to make up down the road.
RUNNING BACK: Javon Ringer ($1)—Worth a shot if he gets to start a game or two in that offense.
WIDE RECEIVER: Kenny Britt ($12)—Talked above about all the potential value and concerns about him, so I'm staying away unless he goes cheap and then his upside makes him worth a little risk.
WIDE RECEIVER: Nate Washington ($2)—Reliable receiver, but not worth a lot in fantasy unless Britt is out and he becomes the top target.
TIGHT END: Craig Stevens ($0)—Looks to be the starter, but no tight end had even 30 receptions last year for the Titans, so no value here.
KICKER: Rob Bironas ($1)—Has the potential to be the best at his position. He's got accuracy (24-for-26) and distance (long of 55 yards).
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS ($0)—Tough to play the defense when it faces Peyton Manning or Matt Schaub in one-quarter of its games.
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Written by Steve Mims exclusively for the The Fantasy Fix.
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