Fantasy Football 2020: Tennessee Titans IDP Breakdown

by “The Don” Piccolo

 

Defensive Lineman

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Jeffery Simmons is a name all of you would know had his late-season contributions not been overshadowed by the likes of A.J Brown, Ryan Tannehill, and the Titans offensive line. After missing the first 5 games of the season due to an injury sustained in college, Simmons became a force on the Titans D-Line. A DT that lines up at DE, Simmons is a must-start in any DT-Start league. Below are his 2019 stats (9 games played).

 

Jeffery Simmons 2019 Stats 

Total Tackles: 32 (18 Solos) 

Sacks: 2 

QB Hits: 2 (5 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 1

Forced Fumble: 0

Fumble Recovery: 0  

 

He has a high motor with even higher Football IQ; his ability to hold the gaps down in the run game is suitable for no less than three tackles weekly. Simmons is going to bust out this year in this Titan defense as a solid DL3 with a high ceiling.

DaQuan Jones is the anchor in the middle of the line. He is usable for the DT start leagues, but is honestly merely a depth player. 

 

Linebacker

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The Titans have a multitude of appealing fantasy options from their Linebacker group (Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry, and Vic Beasley should all be owned), but not all of them will be listed as linebackers on your lineup.

 

In particular, I have my eyes set on Harold Landry. After a 9 sack season as a second-year player in the NFL, there’s no doubt he possesses the traits for a double-digit sack season.

 

Harold Landry 2019 Stats

Total Tackles 68 (43 Solos)

 Sacks 9 

QB Hits 14 (32  Pressures)

 Interceptions 1 

Pass Deflections 1 

Forced Fumble 1

Fumble Recovery 2 

 

For a 2nd-year edge rusher, he is worth the start in dynasty; he is on his way to stardom  in this defense. 

 

Beasley turned it on in his contract year in Atlanta and earned a contract in Tennessee. Still, he is more of the DL3 with upside in a stout defense. With Landry on the other side, this pass rush will compete with the top defenses in this league. 

 

Landry and Beasley are DL eligible, so they are players to have for your DL2/DL3 range. 

 

Rashaan Evans broke out in his 2nd year. His one drawback is pass coverage, but his job isn’t that it’s stuff the run and don’t miss tackles he does that quite well in fact. He is an excellent LB3 with LB2 upside certain weeks; grab him when you see his name.

 

Rashaan Evans

Total Tackles: 111 (69 Solo)

 Sacks: 2.5

 QB Hits: 8 (9 Pressures)

Interceptions: 0

Pass Deflections: 0

Forced Fumble: 0

Fumble Recovery: 1

 

Jayon Brown 2 Year Average

Total Tackles: 101 (67 solos)

Sacks: 3.5

QB Hits: 3 (5 Pressures)

Interceptions: 1

Pass Deflections: 7

Forced Fumble: 0

 Fumble Recovery: 1

 

I like Brown to crack the top 12-15 this season as a reliable LB1. His pass coverage has gotten better every year, and in my opinion that is what separates a lot of these LBs;  their ability to play at a high level in pass coverage. I believe he is on his way to making his presence known this season in the NFL.

 

Secondary

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Kevin Byard has been the staple in the defense for the last four years without missing a game. He has been consistently near the top of interceptions the past three seasons, including leading the league with (8) in 2017 with Darius Slay. He is a DB2 because of his interception ability, but still not a top safety option since the INT is so volatile.

 

Kenny Vaccaro had his most productive season since 2015, as well as a full season played. He is a DB3, but he’s a reliable option as he stays healthy and he’s going to register 1000 snaps which is always nice to have stashed for a tough time during the season. 

 

Jumping over to CB, Malcolm Butler is stable for CB must start leagues while helping in the bye weeks/injuries. Butler has put up a double-digit PD season, and it is a commodity knowing a guy like this will not get you the goose egg in the scoring column. 

 

This team’s front seven is primed to make some noise in the fall. It always helps to have one of the best ball-hawking over the top safeties in the game.. Look to own a lot of these guys when you have the chance, don’t wait too long; you will regret it. Side Note: remember the Titans are a high octane running team, so teams will look to score fast after they put up long drives deep in ball games.

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