2014 Fantasy Football Stock Rising: Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter

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Coming into the 2013 NFL draft, many analysts were very excited about the wide receiver prospects who were coming out of the University of Tennessee. Pundits were raving about the size and speed of eventual first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson. Due to the hype surrounding Patterson, many people overlooked the guy who played opposite Patterson in college. His name is Justin Hunter. He was taken in the second round by the Tennessee Titans, and fantasy football owners should get used to hearing his name a lot for many years to come.

The Titans wide receiver corps is already very crowded heading into 2014 with the likes of Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Damian Williams vying for playing time. However, Hunter certainly proved his worth in 2013. He finished his rookie season with 18 receptions for 354 yards and four touchdowns, while racking up an impressive 19.7 yards per catch. Most of his numbers were racked up towards the end of the season, so his sample size is really small. However, Hunter definitely earned himself the right to more playing time in his sophomore season.

Judging by his average yards per catch, it is easy to see that Hunter has the knack for making a big play, which should be very enticing to fantasy owners. He will enter the season as a high-end WR-5 or a low-end FLEX play with major upside. He can’t be placed in WR-4 territory just yet, because there are so many mouths to feed in the Tennessee offense.

Due to Hunter’s small sample size from last season, he could be one of those late-round under-the-radar picks that can change a fantasy season for owners. If you are able to get Hunter in the back end of the fantasy draft, then consider yourself lucky and enjoy his rise to fantasy power in 2014, because he won’t be a well-kept secret next year.

Alexander Muir is a writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AmuirAlex, “Like” him on Facebook or add him on your network on Google.


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  • http://profiles.sports.yahoo.com/user/YSCOZWLJRKAUQ2KVGJQLJY3ZLU?sport=football&groupby=0&sort=year&order=1 Dickey

    I wholeheartedly agree here. Coming into Justin’s sophomore campaign in Knoxville, he was being touted as the “next AJ Green” in the SEC. Unfortunately, a season-ending ACL injury against my beloved Gators thwarted those hopes. But then, it’s actually extremely impressive to see what he pulled off in his junior season, despite coming back from that injury. My only issue with Justin is not that he’s “surrounded by other mouths” (because I really don’t see Damian Williams as a threat–and he is a totally different type of WR than Washington and Wright); but that until either Locker shows he’s legit (or they bring in a consistent QB), he just doesn’t have anyone to get him the ball. Regardless, I think he definitely has the tools to be on fantasy radar for years to come…just ask AJ Green (who has to deal with Andy Dalton for the foreseeable future).