Fantasy Fallout: With Dorial Green-Beckham Gone, Is There Any Potential In Tennessee’s Receivers?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It would’ve been easy to argue that Dorial Green-Beckham had the highest upside of any Tennessee wide receiver, but he consistently fell into the coaching staff’s dog house. Ultimately it led to yesterday’s surprising trade to Philadelphia, where he will have to learn a new offense and adjust to a new quarterback. While that doesn’t mean he should be written off completely, for 2016 it’s hard to think he’s going to make a significant impact.

The next question is what that leaves in Tennessee. It’s clear that they are going to be a run oriented offense, behind DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, but they have to throw the ball some time. Yes they still have a talented tight end in Delanie Walker and a slew of mediocre veterans like Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas (plus Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter remain). It’s the two names currently sitting atop the depth chart, though, that bring the most intrigue:

 

Rishard Matthews
We will be taking an in depth look at him shortly, but he’s definitely not a receiver to overlook. Here’s an excerpt from that article:

“Now, let’s take that and project the same pace over a full 16 games:

69 receptions, 1,059 yards, 6 TD

Would anyone complain about that type of line coming froma player available in the later rounds of your draft? You can argue the move from Ryan Tannehill to Marcus Mariota is a downgrade, but it’s easy to imagine the sophomore quarterback taking a signifantly step forward in his development.”

In other words, don’t be surprised to see WR3 production from the now clear top choice for the Titans

 

Tajae Sharpe
A 6’2″ fifth round selection, he led the nation with 111 receptions as a senior in 2015. Prior to the draft NFL.com described him by saying:

“Sharpe has the athleticism, hands and feel for space to work from the slot and the size and route acumen to work outside. It might take a year, but he has the talent and football character to become a productive NFL receiver.”

While he’s currently listed as the starter, he easily could ultimately play behind some of the veterans the team has. That’s alright, as it likely will take him time to fully emerge. Still, it’s an intriguing skill set and he could become a target focus out of the slot if the team opts to utilize their tight end as more of a blocker than receiver (in a run based offense, that’s a very real possibility). In PPR formats consider him an intriguing late round flier to see if he develops.

Source – NFL.com

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