USA Today/Pete Rogers Illustrations

Tennessee Titans 2021 Fantasy Football Preview

You know the pieces to trust in this Titans offense. Here's a breakdown of the roster for fantasy this season.

It has been a long time since the Super Bowl, and remembering exactly how things left off last year can be a challenge. So, I’ll be writing up a fantasy preview for each NFL team to give us a quick refresher on what happened last year, and what changes took place in the offseason. All fantasy stats will be in ESPN scoring format unless otherwise noted. 

If I missed any change or left out any big notes, throw them down in the comments for me!

What Did They Do Last Year

The Tennessee Titans went 11-5, won the AFC South, and lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs, adding another chapter in one of the best new rivalries in the NFL. The Titans defense was one of the worst in the league (29th per DNEFF), giving up the 5th most points despite having a league leading +11 turnover differential. Their offense was one of the best (4th per ONEFF), scoring the 3rd most points.

Tennessee lost the man pulling the strings for that outstanding offense with Arthur Smith moving on to Atlanta to try his hand as head coach. Smith will be replaced by the internally promoted Todd Downing, last year’s tight ends coach. 

Shane Bowen was promoted from outside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator for 2021. Last year Tennessee did not have anyone designated as the defensive coordinator. Cory Bonini, of thehuddle.com, has a nice writeup on the coaching changes in Tennessee here

Quarterback
OVR
Rank
PlayerGCOMPATTYDSTDINTATTYDSTDFFPFFP/G
8Ryan Tannehill163154813,817337432667337.321.1
75Logan Woodside51370071001.30.3

Ryan Tannehill had another solid year under center accounting for 40 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions (and 3 fumbles lost). Even with an obvious run-first bent, Tannehill was a serviceable week-to-week starter despite stud receiver A.J. Brown missing time. 

Tannehill is currently being drafted as the QB14which is exactly where he’s ranked in our 2021 rankings—with an early 9th round ADP according to fantasyfootballcalculator.com. That rank and ADP feel about right for a position where the risk of shooting for upside is tempered mightily by the abundance of streaming options on most waiver wires week to week.

Wide Receivers
PPR
Rank
STD RankPlayerGTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
1410A.J. Brown14106701,07311171.312.2241.317.24
3029Corey Davis1492659845126.49191.413.67
109110Adam Humphries73523228234.8557.88.26
141139Cameron Batson913121001182303.33
145137Kalif Raymond8159187018.42.327.43.43
198195Nick Westbrook-Ikhine6722602.60.44.60.77
211208Cody Hollister1111201.21.22.22.2

Corey Davis and Adam Humphries have moved on. The A.J. Brown WR1 season is upon us. We’re firmly in on the hype as Brown is ranked our WR5 in .5PPR.

Running Backs
PPR RankSTD RankPlayerGATTYDSTDTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
31Derrick Henry163782,0271731191140312.119.5331.120.69
8182Jeremy McNichols15472041171255031.92.143.92.93
114104D'Onta Foreman5229501151163.2173.4
119109Darrynton Evans4145404227114.13.516.14.03
135137Khari Blasingame5000543903.90.87.91.58
158153Senorise Perry129000000.90.90.90.9

Derrick Henry rushed for two-thousand m-f-n’ yards last year. He may be a bargain at his current ADP of 1.04, RB3.

Tight End
PPR
Rank
STD RankPlayerGTGTRECYDSTDSTD PTSSTD PTS/GPPR PTSPPR PTS/G
159Jonnu Smith146541448899.27.1140.210.01
2632Anthony Firkser155339387144.7383.75.58
7465MyCole Pruitt58549216.93.421.94.38
6971Geoff Swaim612983114.32.423.33.88

Jonnu Smith has moved on to the New England Patriots. Despite his stellar athleticism, he wasn’t much of a fantasy option while playing for the Titans. 

Anthony Firkser is talented enough to be a week to week streamer, but picking him in fantasy as anything other than your Week 1 streaming option would be a waste of draft capital. He’s currently our TE23.

2021 Draft

The Titans draft didn’t provide many fantasy fireworks in 2021, the most noteworthy pick being their round six selection Racey McMath of LSU who will compete for best name in the NFL right out of the gate. 

The Schedule

The Titans get to play the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars twice a piece as divisional opponents, unfortunately one of those games against the Texans is in Week 18. Warren Sharp’s strength of schedule work pegs the Titans schedule as fairly middle of the road in both projected win totals and opponents projected defensive efficiency. 

What Does It All Mean?!?! (AKA – Bold predictions)

Derrick Henry is likely the safest RB on the board, well deserving an RB2 rank. 

A.J. Brown might just mess around and end up as THE WR1 this season. I’ll take him anytime after about eight or ninth pick depending on how the draft goes in front of me.

_____

Thanks to FFToday.com for hosting such great stats info!

Thanks to TheHuddle.com for their great Coaching Change Tracker