Titans Fantasy News

Chris Johnson signs a two-year deal with the Jets
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:07pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Titans RB Chris Johnson reached agreement with Jets on a two-year deal, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will form a one-two punch with incumbent Chris Ivory, who started to run better as the season wore on. Obviously this is bad news for Ivory, who isn't likely to see a 'bell cow' type workload with Johnson on the roster. Neither player looks like a fantasy RB2 until we have an idea of how the depth chart and workload shake out.

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Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:14pm

Jim Wyatt, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans QB Jake Locker said he's ahead of schedule in rehab. Still shooting for OTAs in May.

Titans plan to use a committee at running back
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:34am

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

It will be running back by committee for the Titans. Shonn Greene returns, along with Jackie Battle and Leon Washington. Dexter McCluster was signed the first day of free agency, and though he was primarily a receiver/returner for much of his time with the Chiefs, the Titans plan to line him up at running back. More help is needed, however. Although there aren't any great free-agent options left, the Titans are likely to pick a running back in the May 8-10 draft. Fresh legs are desired.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but we're not expecting Woodhead-type numbers. The Titans are not likely to be as good on that side of the ball as the Chargers were in 2013. McCluster may be usable as a spot starter in PPR formats.

Titans release Chris Johnson
Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:04am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans have released Chris Johnson, officially. Johnson free to sign with another team.

Fantasy Impact:

In standard formats, Johnson has finished #16 or better in each of his six seasons with the Titans, and managed to finish #12 and #9 in 2012 and 2013. He'll be 29 in September, but he's unlikely to land in a role where he'll get 300+ touches, which has been the norm in Tennessee. His detractors say that his explosion is no longer there, and while the Titans' O-line has struggled, Johnson hasn't produced as many big plays. From 2010 to 2011, Johnson gained 20+ yards on a single play 29 times. In 2012 and 2013, he gained 20+ yards just 18 times. He'll be fantasy relevant in 2014, but his days of 18+ touches per game are probably over.

Titans moving towards a RBBC
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:10pm

Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson's contract that calls for him to earn $8 million in salary this year clearly has been an obstacle to him staying in Tennessee. But even if the contract wasn't an issue the Titans probably would want to purge Johnson. The reason? New coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to spread around playing time and touches between multiple running backs. His plan is to have a running back by committee. Johnson is the type of player who demands the football and never would be happy as a role player. A trade or release, subsequently, is coming.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt ran the Chargers' offense last season, so it's conceivable that he plans to use Shonn Greene in the Ryan Mathews role and Dexter McCluster in the Danny Woodhead role.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:20pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Next shoe to drop in NFL: Impending release of Titans RB Chris Johnson. Should happen at the end of this week or beginning of next week.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems to be pretty common knowledge that Johnson will be on another team next year. As we learned from DeSean Jackson, it's not always the most obvious team that gets the deal done. The Jets have been linked since this rumor started.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Guys like Curtis Painter, Charlie Whitehurst, Luke McCown and Derek Anderson found work, while free agent Josh Freeman is wondering what happened to his once-promising career.

The Oakland Raiders were Freeman's best bet before free agency, but they preferred Matt Schaub. Freeman might have to wait until after the draft to find a team.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.

Rams sign Kenny Britt
Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The St. Louis Rams have signed former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The maximum value of the deal is $2.9 million, the source said.

Drafted 30th overall in the 2009 draft, Britt wowed the Titans with his ability to get off the press at the line of scrimmage. He caught 42 passes in each of his first two seasons, with nine touchdown catches in 2010.

But he's spiraled downward from there, suffering a torn ACL early in 2010. He has also caused the Titans headaches with multiple off-field incidents that drew police attention.

He looked primed for a big contract year with a solid training camp in 2013, but with early drops and penalty issues he became a non-factor, playing little once he lost his confidence and not dressing for three of the final four games.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a deal that's been rumored for a while. Britt has fantasy sleeper potential this season, but most owners have likely grown tired of waiting for that by now. Still, he could very well lead the Ram WRs this year if things work out. As the story points out, since 2010 he suffered a torn ACL, had multiple off-field incidents that drew police attention and last year had early drops and penalty issues which eventually moved him down the Titans depth chart.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:05am

Manish Mehta on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets whiffed on top free agent RB choice: Donald Brown. Missed out Maurice Jones-Drew too. NYJ has some level of interest in Chris Johnson if available.

Fantasy Impact:

CJ2K was linked to Atlanta just a few days ago, however the Falcons have since denied interest. But, it seems to be a given the Titans are going to release Johnson sometime soon, seemingly giving Shonn Greene the first crack at the job.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:40pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Barring a setback, Jake Locker will be the starter at QB for the Titans. Former Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tyler Wilson is under contract. Rusty Smith is a free agent.

The Titans are unlikely to pick up the option year on Locker's contract, so this is probably his make-or-break season. If he makes great strides, the Titans will try to re-sign him to an extension, but they need to protect themselves by developing another quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

Locker began to show promise last year but got hurt. The author thinks the Titans could take a QB later in the draft, but either way, this will be a key year for Locker.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:32pm

Jason LaCanfora on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans very likely to release RB Chris Johnson next week after failed trade attempts. Would draw strong interest as FA as DeSean Jackson did.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was linked to the Falcons by some Titans beat writers. Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle are next up on the Titans depth chart.

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:18pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans quarterback Jake Locker continues to make strides on the comeback-from-injury trail.

The fourth-year pro recently had surgery to remove the hardware in his right foot, which was surgically repaired following a Lisfranc injury last season. He’s out of a walking boot and has moved into a different stage in his rehabilitation.

“Surgery went really well. Foot feels awesome and rehab is up and rolling,” Locker said Thursday via text. “Doctors were happy with how things looked so (I’m) just continuing to follow that trend.”

Raiders trade for Matt Schaub
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN.

Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.

Not long after Houston acquired Fitzpatrick, Oakland made its final move on Schaub.

The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.

The trade between Oakland and Houston, two teams scheduled to pick in the top five, could impact the 2014 draft and how high quarterbacks will be selected.

Fantasy Impact:

Given Schaub's play in 2013, he's hardly a savior at QB, but the Raiders now have a stopgap option as they try to find a franchise passer. Consider this a boost for Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and the freshly signed James Jones.

Patriots still looking to upgrade at receiver
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:51am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Even by bringing Julian Edelman back and adding Brandon LaFell, the Patriots probably aren’t done adding bodies at receiver. They still brought in former Titan Kenny Britt for a visit on Monday, a source told the Globe, and have checked out names such as Jason Avant and Lance Moore in the past week.

Edelman is a roster lock, while Danny Amendola, who just had $2 million in base salary guaranteed last week, and Aaron Dobson, last year’s second-round pick, should be safe, while LaFell (6-2, 210) gives the Patriots a big presence in the slot.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Patriots want to hold a derby for the fifth receiver spot between fourth-round pick Josh Boyce, who was inactive for seven games and only caught nine passes last year, undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who did not catch a pass in the team’s final six games of the season, a veteran such as Britt, and perhaps a few rookies.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that beat writer Ben Volin believes that LaFell will play in the slot, even with Edelman and Amendola in the fold. Dobson is coming off of foot surgery, but figures to start outside if he's healthy. It sounds as if Thompkins or Boyce may be on the chopping block if the team adds another receiver in free agency or the draft.

Browns to sign Ben Tate pending physical
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:28am

Cleveland Plain Dealer - [Full Article]

The Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate on Saturday, according to a report.

Tate, who's been in Cleveland since Thursday night, should be under contract today as long he passes his physical, John Telich of Fox 8 News tweeted Saturday morning.

Tate is coming off broken ribs and has battled other injuries in his four-year career, including a broken ankle that sidelined him his entire rookie season.

Update: Adam Schefter reports that the deal is complete.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate wants to be a feature back and it looks like he'll have his chance in Cleveland if the team's doctors give him medical clearance. Tate has averaged 4.7 YPC in his career and has touched the ball at least 15 times in 13 career games, averaging 94.5 yards and 0.54 TD in the process. That equates to 12.7 fantasy points, which is about what Chris Johnson averaged as the #9 RB in 2013. Touchdowns are going to be tougher to come by in Cleveland than they were in Houston, but as a likely feature back, Tate's ADP will probably settle somewhere in the 3rd to 5th rounds depending on the quality of his backup.