It’s almost that time! The weather is at the brink of changing to Fall. We can now look forward to fire pits and keeping the windows open at night. When the weather changes, it automatically reminds me of football. It’s like the saying, “there’s something in the air.” We can likely all agree it’s true when it becomes football season. We are going to take a little trip around the league, take a look at all 32 teams and address one of the biggest questions about each team you need to be thinking about. After all, in terms of dynasty leagues, if you aren’t thinking about these things, you’re already behind!
Today, we’re taking a look at the AFC South.
Will there be a running game they can rely on?
When you draft a new quarterback, very seldom are they able to come into the NFL and take control. The running game needs to be there for Marcus Mariota to be efficient. Of course Mariota can scramble and tuck the ball and run on any play, but the Titans certainly don’t want to risk him getting hit on every play. The offensive playmakers are in place for Mariota to exceed as they have Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker and Dorial Green-Beckham. However, do they have any running game?
Bishop Sankey he was downright terrible last year. There are several fantasy analysts who still have some hope for him, however. When you look at his stat line from 2014, it shows 152 attempts for 575 yards on 3.8 yards per carry – that is not good. Sankey tied for 40th best in terms of yards per carry , as he was sandwiched in between Terrence West and Rashad Jennings.
The Titans finished 2014 with the 16th best running blocking offensive line – that is a good sign for things to come. A ranking like that doesn’t mean they are terrible, but they certainly have room to grow, which is perfect for this young team. The Titans drafted David Cobb and for good reason, too. The offense would have existed of an uninspiring group of Sankey, Dexter McClutster, Antonio Andrews and Jalston Fowler. There have been reports from ESPN and other various sites indicating David Cobb is expected to finish the season with more carries than any other running back on the team.
With a new quarterback and a new running back in town, look for the offense to be more relevant this season. There will be times where they run options and various other plays to keep the ball in Mariota’s hands, yet give other player makers a chance at the same time. This is offense won’t wow any one in 2015, but it’s on the rise and a good offense to start investing in for dynasty football purposes.