Tennessee Titans 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We now complete our tour around the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans smashed all expectations last season as Ryan Tannehill came in and ran shop on the league and the AFC elites until they almost made it to the Super Bowl.

The Tennessee Titans took two fantasy football eligible players in the 2020 NFL Draft, a running back and a quarterback. Do either of them matter for 2020 fantasy football?

FULL TENNESSEE TITANS DRAFT RESULTS
Rd Pick Player Pos School
1 29 Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia
2 29 Kristian Fulton CB LSU
3 29 Darrynton Evans RB App State
5 28 Larrell Murchison DT NC State
7 10 Cole McDonald QB Hawaii
7 29 Chris Jackson S Marshall

 

Round 3, Pick 29: Darrynton Evans, Running Back, Appalachian State (5’10” 203 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.41s (u) 20 reps 37.0 in 125 in

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
RB1        Derrick Henry
RB2        Darrynton Evans
RB3        Khari Blasingame
RB4        Cameron Scarlett
TALENT

Evans is constantly swallowed up at the line of scrimmage because he’s dancing looking to find the perfect running lane to hit a home run. He has great long speed but has trouble getting up to it because his vision is poor. Can take a big hole all the way, but needs a big hole to do much. He has trouble getting up to speed, and has bad vision, running straight into blockers a lot. Not a strong player. In the NFL he likely tops out as a change-of-pace guy/return man who could have DFS appeal against a bad run defense. Reminds me of a (bad) Justice Hill-type of home run hitter.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Evans profiles as the kind of player the Titans hoped they were getting with Dion Lewis, but never had. He has a one cut and go style that will work well as a change-of-pace back in the NFL, and the Titans will likely use him in that role to spell Derrick Henry as the season wears on. After all, Henry averaged 24.6 rushes per game in the stretch run and playoffs last season. He’s a monster of a man, but he’ll need rest. Evans likely gets 10-12 touches per game to help keep Henry from falling apart. Evans has a skill set that allows him to make the most of these limited touches.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

I’m not super interested in Evans outside of deep leagues, where handcuffs become necessary, and best-ball leagues. He’s the only game in town on the depth chart if Derrick Henry suffers an injury, and for that alone, he has fantasy football relevance. Still, it seems like the Titans want to get him involved before then and he has the skill set that would make for someone who might have bye week upside in the right matchup if you’re exceptionally desperate.

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Round 7, Pick 10: Cole McDonald, Quarterback, Hawaii (6’3” 215 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.58s (u) 36.0 in 7.13s 4.52s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
QB1        Ryan Tannehill
QB2        Logan Woodside
QB3        Cole McDonald
TALENT

His progressions are slow as molasses, he doesn’t throw unless the receiver is standing wide open, and even then, he probably will fire it straight at a linebacker. He has a beautiful deep ball but it usually ends up in the hands of the other team. He’s athletic enough to the point that it’s not a detriment, but not a strength. He has an absolute cannon. Always poised and calm; never hurried.

The best thing you can say about Cole McDonald is that no play is boring. Watching his tape honestly felt like a waste of time.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Ryan Tannehill has been exceptional pretty much only as a Titan. He has a definite chance of falling flat on his face, and I have no idea who or what a Logan Woodside might be. There’s a non-zero chance that we see Cole McDonald run the Titans this year.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

If the Titans get down to Cole McDonald, he could have relevance in 2QB leagues as a backend second QB. I’m not going out of my way to get him, even though he could have value in a poor man’s Daniel Jones sense.

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For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

The Rookie Roundup… Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap

 

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