The Tennessee Titans made massive improvements to their guard position and this could mean an uptick in rushing performance by the enigmatic Chris Johnson, but that doesn’t mean everyone in this offense will benefit greatly.
(The following analysis is based on FantasyPros.com aggregate average draft position drawn from major websites. The first number in parenthesis is ADP overall in a non-PPR redraft format; the second is ADP by position. I am not saying these players will be terrible or amazing, just that I see them significantly outperforming or underperforming their fantasy value at the current ADP.)
Underrated: Chris Johnson (18, 13), Kenny Britt (93, 36)
The move CJ2K put on Bacarri Rambo in the Week 1 preseason game and his burst of speed thereafter is what we were all waiting for. Granted, Johnson did break a few big runs in 2012 to drag his YPC from 3.6 to the 4.5 average with the home runs added in, and this should only grow higher with the mauling force of Chance Warmack up front in the interior. Less dancing for CJ2K. Britt is worth a shot to me based on the incredible combination of size and speed along with the brief spurts of incredible production Britt has displayed at the pro level. Better than a flyer.
Overrated: Shonn Greene (172, 52), Jake Locker (244, 28)
Greene averaged just 3.9 YPC behind a criminally underrated run-blocking line with Gang Green. Now he joins an offensive line that should be much improved from last year but may not be any better than his previous front. It usually feels like Greene is torpedoing himself into the defense more so than displaying great natural running ability. Locker already ranks pretty low at No. 28 among quarterbacks and still wouldn’t get my pick based on some miserable accuracy issues last season. I won’t let the run ability enamor me.