2010 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tennessee Titans:
Vince Young, QB, Titans. Bye: 9.
Vince Young is an erratic passer playing in a run-first offense, so he's not a consistent fantasy producer. His rushing yards sometimes make up for his pedestrian passing numbers, but that's not something you can count on.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans. Bye: 9.
Chris Johnson will be the consensus No. 1 fantasy player. He'll be ranked first in most publications. Just not here.
Two things with Johnson:
First, this may not seem like a big deal, but Alge Crumpler signed with the Patriots. Crumpler is no longer the pass-catching tight end he was in Atlanta; instead, he has transformed to a sixth offensive lineman. He was a very good blocker for the Titans, and played three-quarters of the team's snaps in 2009. The offensive line is still stout, but Crumpler will be missed.
Second, and more importantly, the running back to lead the NFL in rushing attempts failed to match his previous season's totals on all but three occasions since 1988. Click the link to see all of the failed attempts. I advised you to stay away from Michael Turner last year. Same thing with Johnson.
You may point out that Johnson is young and this shouldn't be applied to him. A valid argument, and that's why he's No. 2 in my overall rankings and not No. 5-6. But over the past two seasons, Johnson has received a combined 609 carries and 93 receptions. That's a lot of work for a 200-pound running back.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 1,550 rushing yards. 44 catches. 400 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 279. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 323.
Javon Ringer, RB, Titans. Bye: 9.
The handcuff you want for Chris Johnson. If Johnson gets hurt - which is likely because he was the running back to lead the NFL in rushing attempts - Ringer should be able to step in and compile great fantasy numbers. Ringer is a skilled runner who will have one of the top offensive lines in the NFL blocking for him.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 540 rushing yards. 15 catches. 130 receiving yards. 3 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 85. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 100.
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans. Bye: 9.
Kenny Britt is easily Tennessee's top wideout. He led the team in receiving yardage (701 yards, 3 TDs) last year, and should be able to do so again. The problem is that the Titans have a run-first offense, while Vince Young is a very inconsistent passer.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 50 catches. 800 yards. 5 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 110.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 160.
Nate Washington, WR, Titans. Bye: 9.
Nate Washington paced the Titans with six receiving touchdowns in 2009, but that number was a fluke; Washington managed to score only once in the final seven weeks of the season. Try to ignore those six touchdowns when you're drafting.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 42 catches. 550 yards. 3 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 73.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 115.
Justin Gage, WR, Titans. Bye: 9.
Justin Gage missed four games last year, totaling just 28 receptions, 383 yards and three touchdowns. He'll have to hold of Damian Williams as the No. 3 wideout.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 32 catches. 450 yards. 3 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 63.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 95.
Bo Scaife, TE, Titans. Bye: 9.
Vince Young loves Bo Scaife. In Young's 10 starts last year, Scaife caught at least four passes on six occasions. Unfortunately, he scored only one touchdown.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 53 catches. 525 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 64.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 117.
Rob Bironas, K, Titans. Bye: 9.
A great fantasy kicker, Rob Bironas was 27-of-32 last year, including 5-of-6 from 50-plus. Bironas is 10-of-12 from that distance in the past three years.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Stats: 28-33 FG (4-5 from 50+; 10-12 from 40-49). 36 XP.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Points: 136.
Tennessee Titans. Bye: 9.
The Titans managed only 32 sacks last year, but picked off 20 passes and scored four times defensively. If rookie Derrick Morgan can help with the pass rush, Tennessee will have one of the better fantasy defenses in 2010.