by Alex Kurpeski and Angel Maldonado Tejada
Alex’s Pick: TE Jonnu Smith, ADP of 13.10 (As of September 1st, 2020)
A popular breakout candidate among the members of the Fantasy Football Twitter community, Smith has the opportunity to cement himself as the No. 2 option in Tennessee’s passing game this season behind A.J Brown. With Delanie Walker finally gone and few high-upside options behind Brown — unless you’re still into that whole Corey Davis thing — Smith could be in line for some heavy usage as the Titans primary tight end this season. At 6’3, 245 lbs, Smith possesses rare speed and agility for the position, with his 40-yard dash time (4.62), speed score (106.9), and Burst score (130.0) all in the top 20 percentile (per PlayerProfiler). Smith also happened to be extremely efficient and effective in a limited capacity for the team last season, as evidenced by these metrics:
Jonnu Smith averages (compared to other tight ends)
- 8th in YPC (12.5)
- 2nd in YPT (9.8)
- 11th in yards per pass route (2.14)
- 4th in catch rate (77.8%)
- 7th in true catch rate (89.7%)
- 2nd in target separation (2.41)
- 10th in fantasy points per pass route (0.51)
- 3rd in fantasy points per target (2.33)
As far as breakout candidates go at the tight end spot, Smith may be the equivalent of Chris Godwin. An elite athlete in a system that will set him up to see a truckload of premium targets — Ryan Tannehill targeted the position on 22.7% of his throws last season — Smith is an absolute bargain as the TE16.
Angel’s Pick: Darrynton Evans, ADP of Undrafted (as of September 1st, 2020)
Despite making the AFC Conference Finals in 2019, there aren’t many valuable fantasy commodities down in Tennessee. After impressing in his rookie season, A.J Brown is going high in drafts and can’t be considered a value. Derrick Henry is being properly valued as a first-round pick. So who can you look towards for value in this offense? I believe the answer is Darrynton Evans.
Darrynton Evans has the potential to serve as the lightning to Henry’s thunder. An explosive back, Evans had 43 rushes of 10 or more yards last season, third among draft-eligible backs. Dion Lewis wasn’t effective as a chance of pace option behind Henry and Evans will look to fill that role more effectively. Running behind a stout Titans offensive line will give him the chance to make the most out of all of his touches, especially since Henry isn’t much of a pass-catcher. There’s a role for Evans on this team and if you’re looking for a low-risk, high-upside option on this team, Evans has a chance to be a “poor man’s Alvin Kamara”.