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|Of Tennessee’s top three receivers, Rishard Matthews was the most valuable fantasy commodity in 2015 and he feels like the safest bet to produce given the team’s desire to sign him as a free agent. He offers more athleticism and a better fit for the short to intermediate routes that this offense has lacked. He has a good chance to earn a starting job but until his true usage and targets shake out it will be tough to accurately assess Matthews’ fantasy value for 2016. Likewise, he is currently the first Titans receiver off the board in standard 12-team leagues. Tajae Sharpe is a rookie receiver out of UMass that will also be in the mix in the large battle at the position. His presence with the first team during OTAs appears on the surface to be a motivational ploy directed at Dorial Green-Beckham. Nonetheless, the team is high on the youngster and he may prove to be a long term option in the slot if Kendall Wright leaves in free agency next season. Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter are hanging around but the coaching staff seems to be abiding by the “out with the old, in with the new” adage at the receiver position. Tennessee could look to strike a deal or outright waive Douglas or Hunter before Week 1.
|Sharpe, Matthews lead Titans WR battle|
Green-Beckham considered "wild-card" of the group
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 14, 10:00 pm
|Rookie Tajae Sharpe has been the talk of camp. The other starting receiver thus far has been free agent import Rishard Matthews, who is cut from the same cloth as Sharpe, in that route-running and good hands are his trademarks as well. The Titans have told Kendall Wright that he must be more precise in his routes, and his role now looks to be as a slot receiver. The wild-card in the receiver corps is second-year pro Dorial Green-Beckham. HC Mike Mularkey has emphasized that DGB must become more of a student of the game and get himself in top shape. (Titans Insider)|
FFToday's Take: DGB owners shouldn't give up hope quite yet as the coaches would lose credibility if they name him the starter before he "proves it" in camp, but this is another reminder he is still very much an unfinished product and a risky fantasy bet. Matthews has as good of a chance as anybody to lead this group in receptions, although TE Delanie Walker should be considered the top passing-game target. Consider Matthews a WR4 and just about any other Titans' wideout a WR5 or beyond.
|Justin Hunter could be odd man out|
Projecting the Titans WR group
By: Mike Krueger | Mon May 9, 8:45 am
|So if Tajae Sharpe - who caught 111 passes last season for Massachusetts - looks good, it could mean trouble for Justin Hunter. The former second-round pick missed almost half of last year and hasn’t caught as many as 30 passes in three years.
FFToday's Take: The Titans drafted the rookie Sharpe in the 5th round and assuming Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas have roster spots locked up, Hunter could be on the outside looking in. While showing unique athleticism, Hunter has yet to crack 500 receiving yards in any of his three seasons.