It was a long time coming, but on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions finally cut ties with troubled wide-out Titus Young. Young has turned himself into one of the biggest locker room headaches in the NFL over the past couple months. Now, as fantasy football owners, we need to determine what the future holds for this one time promising draft pick.
I think that sometimes we overrate how important a fresh start can be for a player, but in the case of Titus Young, I don’t think that is possible. Things got so bad in Detroit that simply getting out of town and seeing new sights should bring him back to life and hopefully prompt him to get his act together.
The issue with Young has never been his talent level, it has always been a matter of maturity. Young is one of the quickest, most dynamic playmakers in the league, but you would never have known it based on his time in Detroit. He allegedly lined up incorrectly on purpose and engaged in a war of words on Twitter with the organization. Now that he is in a better place, hopefully he can regain his form that was so dynamic at Boise State.
In theory, Young being claimed by the St. Louis Rams was the best possible situation for the wideout. It is a dream scenario for a young, talented, wide receiver to come in and join a developing offense. All of the pieces are now in place for the Rams to have a nice offense. They have the first overall pick quarterback in Sam Bradford, a number-one receiver in Chris Givens, and the nifty slot guy in Danny Amendola. All the team was missing was the threat opposite Givens, and now he’s arrived.
Stepping into this St. Louis offense will be good for Young, because it will give him structure. He never knew exactly what type of role he was going to be playing in Detroit, and they used him all over the field. It’s not necessarily an indictment on Young’s football intelligence, but he just didn’t seem to be able to handle it. Things will be more cut-and-dry with the Rams.
I think this this move will greatly boost Young’s fantasy value. While I don’t see him as a top-10 or 20 guy in 2013, I certainly can picture big weeks and a bye-week filler type role on your team. In addition to boosting his own value, he will also greatly improve the value of Givens. I loved Givens already, but now that he has a viable running partner, I think he could be poised for an even bigger season.
Much like what the Rams are experiencing, drafting Titus Young for your fantasy team really is rolling the dice. He’s talented but erratic. However, I truly feel that he’s going to be in a better spot mentally in 2013 and will be worth your late round draft pick.