If Corey Davis' last game of his rookie season was any indication, the Titans have themselves a superstar. A hamstring injury kept Davis from playing much early on, but he scored twice in the Titans' postseason loss at New England and gave glimpses of being better than the guy we saw struggling to catch much more than half of his targets during the second half of the season. The hope is that new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will play to Davis' strengths and give him a chance to make plays, something the previous regime didn't always do. Staying healthy will go a long way in Davis progressing in his second year as well. The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder has tons of potential, which is why he'll get drafted in Round 5 or 6 depending on the league format. Just keep in mind that the Titans have had one 1,000-yard receiver since 2012 and would need to absolutely hammer Davis with targets in order to make him any better than a No. 3 Fantasy option. Draft him with modest expectations
The Titans' offseason moves hint at confidence that Davis can develop into a No. 1 receiver, ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe reports. The Titans didn't draft any wideouts and merely signed Michael Campanaro (31 career receptions) as a replacement for Eric Decker. The front office apparently has confidence in Davis and Rishard Matthews atop the depth chart, with Campanaro, 2017 third-round pick Taywan Taylor and 2016 fifth-round pick Tajae Sharpe likely slated for the Nos. 3-5 spots in some order. Taken with the No. 5 overall pick last year, Davis was nursing an ankle injury at the time he was drafted, then dealt with a nagging hamstring injury throughout much of training camp and the regular season. He ended up catching 34 passes for 375 yards (and no touchdowns) on 65 targets in 11 regular-season games, but did at least finish the year with five receptions for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 35-14 playoff loss to the Patriots. The Titans are banking on sophomore-year improvement, with the talented wideout likely getting a boost from the presence of new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, formerly of the Rams. A lack of overall volume was part of the problem for Davis, Matthews and Marcus Mariota last season, with Tennessee ranking 29th in snaps per game (61.1) and 28th in pass attempts (31.0).
Davis caught four of seven targets for 35 yards Saturday during a 22-21 win over the Chiefs in the wild-card round. Davis led all Titans wide receivers in targets, catches and yards, but the position had minimal involvement with Tennessee relying primarily on the running game and tight end Delanie Walker to move the ball. The talented rookie's price in postseason formats remains low, so he could be worth a flier in the next round despite having failed to score a touchdown thus far in his NFL career. Davis should have had one in this game, but Marcus Mariota overthrew him right at the goal line.
Davis was held without a catch in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars. Tennessee found a way to eke out a win and make the playoffs despite getting a combined four catches for 25 yards from its wide receivers against the stout Jacksonville secondary. Davis finishes an injury-plagued rookie year with 34 catches for 375 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games, but the fifth overall pick out of Western Michigan is still brimming with potential that he could start to realize as soon as the wild-card round against a shaky Chiefs secondary.
Davis caught three of his five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers. Davis continues to put up underwhelming performances, though quarterback Marcus Mariota is hardly doing any better relative to expectations. Rishard Matthews is the only wide receiver that can be trusted to produce at a respectable level in this offense right now.
Davis turned six targets into three catches for 29 yards in Sunday's 12-7 loss to Arizona. Davis finished second in targets to tight end Delanie Walker's nine, as fellow wideouts Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews saw only five apiece. While the rookie continues to see a decent number of looks per game, he's not making much of a fantasy case for himself after having failed to find the end zone or top 50 yards in a game since returning from a hamstring injury Week 9.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|10||11/11||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|13||12/02||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|15||12/16||@New York Giants||25||20.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||65||34||375||0||17||11.03||35|