Fantasy breakdown: Deconstructing the Titans
The Tennessee Titans offense was a mess through the first six games of the season. However, after watching
The Titans gave Young the starting gig during their Week 7 bye week. Since that time, the self-proclaimed future Hall of Famer has led the squad to five straight wins and ignited the offense. Does this mean he's a recommended fantasy starter? Heck no.
Let's take a fantasy look at Young's rebirth and his impact on Tennessee's offensive weapons.
Young is still not a preferred QB1 option. In fact, he never has been one throughout his career. In his only two seasons as a full-time starter (2006 and 2007), Young was the 13th- and 19th-ranked QB, respectively.
Young has been an impressive game manager over his five starts this year (two INTs, one fumble lost) since he replaced
The dude's statistics are underwhelming. He has 1010 passing yards, 159 rushing yards and five total TDs. Notably, he's thrown for over 175 yards in only two of his five starts, and has failed to register two TDs in any of his games. It's not like he's putting up monster numbers with his legs either; he's only rushed for over 30 yards in one game. Weak.
Young's primary role is to hand the rock to
Start VY as an injury replacement, nothing more. He has some matchups against softer pass defenses such as Indianapolis, St. Louis and Miami on tap. That said, please don't go throwing him in the lineup over guys like
Young will post respectable yardage numbers because the Titans will be forced to throw to keep up with the Colts' explosive offense. However, he will turn the ball over three times due to a strong pass rush and the endless noise in the raucous Lucas Oil Stadium.
Seriously, how did Johnson slip to the second round in some drafts? The 5-11, 200-pound back has done more damage than
Johnson has put on quite a show since Young got behind center. Specifically, he has rushed for over 100-plus yards and compiled 150-plus total yards in every game Young has started. Johnson is as dangerous as they come because he can pile up the numbers in both the rushing and receiving game. For example, Johnson has had nine receptions and 85-plus receiving yards in two separate games this year.
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The Colts' 15th-ranked rush defense will attempt to shut Johnson down like they did in Week Five when they held him to 34 rushing yards. They won't be as successful this time around. Unlike Week 5 when Collins was behind center, the Colts will have to respect Young's skills (as opposed to disrespecting Collins' lack of skills). In addition, the strategy of frustrating Johnson by keeping him between the tackles won't work this game because the savvy RB has learned to take advantage of interior creases at the line of scrimmage.
Tennessee's wide receivers have been consistently sub-par in their rush-heavy offense.
There is one receiving weapon on the Titans that is starting to make some noise -- rookie
Britt is making me proud. After a slow start to the season, he has taken advantage of Gage's recent back injury and posted starter-worthy numbers over the past two weeks (11 receptions/170 receiving yards/two TDs). Britt is Young's top receiving option (11 targets last week); he isn't losing his starting job even if Gage returns. Consider the big-play rook a low-end WR3 with upside down the stretch.
The Colts' defensive scheme limits deep balls. However, the banged-up secondary has allowed wide receivers to rack up yardage and catches in recent weeks. As previously mentioned, the Titans will have to go the aerial route this week to keep the game close. Britt will lead the team in targets and post WR3 numbers this week.
Scaife has displayed faints signs of life with Young leading the show. Over the last three games, he has been targeted 23 times and caught 11 balls for 122 yards. Based on his increased involvement in the passing offense, grab Scaife off the waiver wire if you're looking for a backup option. Don't start him unless absolutely necessary because he's primarily a check-down option, and a red zone afterthought.
Scaife will be targeted as Young's safety valve. Don't expect him to post high yardage numbers or score his first TD because of his role in the offense, and the Colts' defensive scheme.