Fantasy football drafts are just around the corner and the emotional pull of drafting a player from your favorite team never fades. Many draft boards have been blown up because of this homerism, and no doubt many more will follow.
The key to channeling this emotional pull into success is using your knowledge of players on your team that casual fans around the league may not be familiar with, and drafting them at the appropriate time. Here I’ll go over some of the big names the Tennessee Titans have to offer in fantasy drafts everywhere, and I’ll throw in a couple of sleepers as well.
RB Derrick Henry
The King is no secret to your fantasy football comrades, and has the potential to go number 1 overall in your draft. If you want the King, you’ll have to draft high. Barring injury, I think this season has the potential to be the peak of Henry’s career.
WR AJ Brown
Any and all fantasy owners should be happy with an AJ Brown pick in the second round. Some higher player count leagues may see him go early. I hardly ever advise owners to draft too many players from the same team, for bye reasons, but starting your draft with Derrick Henry in the first round and AJ Brown in the second isn’t a bad decision. Gone are the days of reaching for Bishop Sankey and Justin Hunter in your draft. A Derrick Henry and AJ Brown 1,2 punch is legit.
QB Ryan Tannehill
This is where you can start to make your bacon in your fantasy draft. Around the league, especially with fans, Ryan Tannehill is still disrespected to a ridiculous degree. He’s a top 7 fantasy quarterback and in many leagues will still be waiting for you to steal long after that. Unless you’re in a Titans fan driven league, be patient and steal Tannehill in the mid rounds. You’ll be glad you did.
RB Darrynton Evans
ATOZ Sports recently wrote a piece on why Evans should play a bigger role in 2021, citing Vrabel claiming the Titans were excited about him. He was also spotted working out with recievers in mini-camp, which is not to say that the Titans want to use him there, but that they are willing to be creative with him to find ways to get him the ball. With the workhorse that is Derrick Henry in the backfield, Evans likely won’t get a ton of traditional RB carries, but I can see him being very flexible in this Titans offense, and that could lead to plenty of yards and touchdowns.
TE Anthony Firkser
Firkser is going to be asked to step up in his role in a big way this season. With the loss of Jonnu Smith, he’ll get a shot to really show his worth in the passing game. The most intriguing part of Firkser’s presence in the fantasy world is that he’s widely unknown. You’ll likely get to snag a TE 1 in very late rounds with him. If you’re looking for a FLEX or solid bench player that you can use as insurance or trade leverage later in the season, draft Firsker. His stock could rise quickly as the season progresses.
Julio Jones is a big name missing from this list. You can’t go wrong drafting Jones, but I’d like to see him in a Titans uniform for bit before making a verdict. We all remember how the Clowney situation went!