by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It was about three weeks ago that we mentioned the Titans’ Antonio Andrews as a potential deep league target (click here for the article). Since then, amazingly, the Tennessee rushing game may have actually gotten worse.
Bishop Sankey, also a rookie, has been expected to emerge as the lead back with Shonn Greene falling into the background. Unfortunately it just hasn’t happened. Maybe Sunday was the tipping point as Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean (click here for the article) gave the team’s rushing attack an “F” saying:
“The Titans continue to do nothing in the run game. Yes, Shonn Greene scored on a two-yard run, and Bishop Sankey had a nifty 13-yard gain. But the Titans managed just 52 rushing yards as a team on a 2.7-yard average and Sankey lost a fumble.”
Overall Sankey has been given 112 carries, taking them for 432 yards (3.9 YPC) and 2 TD. He’s had at least 9 carries in six straight games, yet hasn’t averaged more than 3.9 YPC in any game and scoring 1 TD. His best game came against the weak Jaguars defense and in that one he managed just 61 yards on 18 carries.
Both Sankey (stinger) and Dexter McCluster (concussion) are banged up heading into Week 13. Andrews was also active for the first time in Week 12, returning a pair of kickoffs (though not getting a carry).
While Andrews is hardly a guarantee, considering his questionable pass blocking and potential fumble injuries, why not see exactly what he could bring to the table? It’s a similar argument we’ve been making for the Raiders’ Latavius Murray and we all saw what he did this past Thursday (prior to being forced from the game with a concussion).
Just as a reminder of his potential, here’s what CBS Sports said about Andrews prior to the draft:
“Good vision and patience as a runner, considering his past at quarterback. Presses the hole when it is there but shows an impressive shoulder-dip and slide hesitation move to freeze defenders before cutting laterally. Deceptive burst and accelerates to top speed quickly to throw off defenders’ angles. Accelerates into would-be tacklers head on, lowering his shoulder and using his free hand to ward them off with a strong stiff-arm. Above average balance, especially for a big back. Can absorb a shot to his upper or lower body (especially straight-on) and while he may be knocked back for a split-second, often is able to gather himself and push forward for additional yardage, breaking free, on occasion.”
Time will tell what the Titans do, but don’t be surprised to start hearing rumblings about Andrews getting an opportunity. Maybe he’s not the long-term solution, but over the final few weeks the team should at least see if he can play a role in 2015 and beyond (because we know Greene isn’t the answer). Those in redraft leagues can just monitor his name, but if you are in a dynasty league (or a 14+ team league and are desperate) stashing him to see what happens makes a lot of sense.
Sources – ESPN, CBS Sports, The Tennessean
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