Until Anthony Firkser finds meaningful playing time with the Titans this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Firkser dealt with an undisclosed injury during the offseason program, Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com reports. Firkser wore a yellow jersey during practice, which indicates he was still working his way back from an injury. He saw a relatively healthy amount of playing time last season due to injuries on the depth chart ahead of him, but he's no lock to make the final roster again this season. Thus, a healthy beginning to training camp will be a good start for the 24-year-old.
Firkser hauled in his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts. Firkser turned in another disappointing effort to close the season, with his lone catch coming late in the fourth quarter. After emerging in the middle portion of the season -- he hauled in at least three catches from Weeks 11-14 -- he ended the season with only three catches across his last three games. He's likely to end up on the periphery again in 2019 with both Jonnu Smith (knee) and Delanie Walker (ankle) expected to retake their roles as the top receiving options at the position.
Firkser hauled in two of his three targets for 16 yards in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington. Firkser failed to take advantage of the absence of Jonnu Smith (knee) for the second consecutive week. After catching at least three passes in four consecutive weeks, Firkser has just two catches in the past two weeks for a total of only 16 yards. His brief fantasy relevancy appears to have already disappeared.
Anthony Firkser is likely to see an increased role with Jonnu Smith and Delanie Walker both sidelined, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Speaking at Monday's press conference, coach Mike Vrabel said of Firkser, "I think we have to get Anthony in there more, regardless of who is healthy." While MyCole Pruitt and Luke Stocker will be available to play, they have both made negligible contributions in the passing game. That leaves Firkser -- who has recorded at least three receptions in each of his last four games -- as the most likely candidate to fill in as the primary receiving option at the position on Sunday against the Giants.
Firkser caught all three of his targets for 27 yards in Thursday's 30-9 win over the Jaguars. Firkser's night was highlighted by a 16-yard reception late in the game that gave the Titans a new set of downs and allowed them to run out the clock to end the contest. He has now recorded at least three receptions in four consecutive games, and has become at a consistent part of the Titans' passing attack. Jonnu Smith (knee) exited the game early, and if he misses any game action, Firkser appears likely to serve as the primary tight end.
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|7||10/20||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|8||10/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|10||11/10||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|16||12/22||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
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