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2011 Team Outlook: Tennessee

A fantasy football preview of the Titans this year. Profiled players include Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker, Chris Johnson, Ahmard Hall, and Jamie Harper.

The 6-3 Rutgers alum totaled 775 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 full games in 2010. Despite his knucklehead tendencies, Britt has prototypical size, speed and hands to emerge as a legit WR1 if he ever gets his head screwed on straight. The possibility of both league mandated suspension (2-4 games) and prison loom large after yet another run in with the law following a car chase in April. With either Collins or rookie Jake Locker under center and a potential suspension looming, Britt's fantasy value for 2011 takes a big hit. How Locker performs will determine his long term dynasty value. Britt has the talent to be a fantasy WR#1, but will probably be drafted as a fantasy WR#3 depending on length of suspension. It's worth noting that a suspension is not a lock depending on the rules of the new CBA.

The slot WR from the University of California was selected in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, but has failed to impress in three NFL seasons. Hawkins was active for only six games in 2010, finishing with five catches for 61 yards. He has now totaled only 19 career catches in three seasons and the likely #4 WR on the Titans roster should not be on fantasy radars (even in the deepest of leagues).

The former Steeler has yet to live up to the 6-year $27 million contract that he signed in 2009. In 2010, the six year vet finished with 42 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns -- not bad, but not exactly worthy of ever stepping foot onto a fantasy roster except in the deepest of leagues. He'll likely continue to split time with Justin Gage and has yet to top 700 yards receiving in any one season. The #2 WR in a run focused offense doesn't hold much fantasy value, but he could be WR3 worthy if Britt is suspended for the first month of the season.

The 3rd round pick from USC wasn't much of a factor in his rookie season, finishing with only 16 catches for 219 yards and zero TDs. Williams (6-1, 190) doesn't possess elite speed, but is labeled as a precise route runner with above average football IQ. He'll be given a chance to compete for a starting spot opposite Kenny Britt, but secondary WRs on run focused offenses don't hold much fantasy upside.

Gage's 4 year stint with the Titans has been less than impressive and his last two seasons have been even worse. In 23 games in 2009-2010, the former Chicago Bear has amassed only 48 catches for 649 yards and 4 TDs. The 30 year old WR could be a training camp casualty, which might not be a bad thing for his fantasy value. We expect 2nd year WR Damian Williams will be given a chance to unseat Nate Washington as the starter opposite Britt, making Gage an afterthought in the Titans' game plan.

New Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is rumored to be very impressed by Cook, giving him a chance to surprise in his 3rd NFL season. At 6-5, 246 pounds, the South Carolina alum has the athleticism to cause mismatches in the secondary. In the final 8 games of 2010, he caught 26 passes for 303 yards with a touchdown and has limited competition for the starting TE position. Cook has above average hands and the speed to succeed in the NFL (some have compared him to Jermichael Finley), but the uncertainty at QB will limit his fantasy upside for the foreseeable future. The lack of a true #2 WR on the roster and potential suspension of Kenny Britt could bode well for increased targets for Cook in 2011.

 
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