Dexter McCluster, RB, Titans
|RB - #52||188.29||TEN||Active||5 years||26||5'8||170||@dextermccluster|
2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Jul-11-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Dexter McCluster makes the move from Kansas City to join Tennessee this season. McCluster is the guy we love to watch with his speed and natural abilities, yet has never put it together to produce much of a fantasy season. In his new home he will have to compete for carries with Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene. McCluster's role in the running game will be a work-in-progress as the offense feels out the return of Jake Locker. The best guess is that McCluster will be used as a change-of-pace and on specialty plays where the Titans look to get him the ball in open space. If he is successful with his opportunities, he might get more snaps. He is a high-risk option due.
Editor's note: If we are to assume Greene is a bust, McCluster could walk into a larger role. The reality is that Greene is still in prohibiting McCluster's path toward more touches. There is some upside given McCluster's speed, but it is limited to very deep leagues.
Titans rookie Bishop Sankey has led the team's running backs in snaps in each of the past two weeks. Although he wasn't on the field for more than 30 plays in either game, no other Tennessee RB -- Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster -- was on the field for more than 20.
Sankey also paced the team in carries in Week 4 against the Colts and scored his first career touchdown. More snaps and carries, it's just the start for Sankey. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said as much during a Tuesday radio interview.
"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week.
"[Sankey has] made strides and done some of the things we've asked him, and in turn, he's going to get more reps and they're going to be earlier in the game. He's going to get in the game earlier no matter what because he's a good football player, but that's coming."
One of those things that the coaches have harped on with Sankey is footwork improvement, and Whisenhunt said he has gotten better in that area. Sankey averaged 5.9 yards per carry through the past two games while Greene averaged 3.3. With his technique getting better, Sankey deserves more carries. He is clearly the team's most talented running back and is rightfully separating from the herd. He has an unbelievably friendly short-term schedule coming up. He will get back-to-back home matchups against the Browns and Jaguars in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively. Sankey is a fine flex option for this week and a smart buy-low trade target.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/1 - Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt: RB Bishop Sankey will get more reps, play earlier
9/13 - Titans RB Bishop Sankey's role will 'gradually grow'
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|14.07||SiriusXM - Fantasy Exec - McCulster could catch 50 balls in Wisenhuts offensive system .|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.10||Draft Sharks - A true sleeper, which is tough to find nowadays. I expect McCluster to step into the role Danny Woodhead played in Ken Whisenhunt's offense last year. That could mean 100 carries and 50 catches.|
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