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1 week ago

Titans LB Zach Brown missed some tackles in Friday night's game against the Chiefs. Afterward, HC Ken Whisenhunt called them "unacceptable," according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. Brown has the physical ability to deliver strong numbers to IDP lineups, but he entered the league with concerns about his tackling and will likely come off the field before fellow ILB Avery Williamson in some sub packages this season. That chips away at his fantasy upside. Brown's an upside reserve, but Williamson's a better IDP bet.

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Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt announced Monday that CB Jason McCourty has had surgery to repair a groin injury that has kept him out since Aug. 6. “It just wasn’t responding as quickly as we would’ve liked, so he had that surgery done and it went very well,” Whisenhunt said, according to The Associated Press. “And now it’s just a process of rehab. I don’t know the exact time of rehab, but I’m not ruling him out for the first game." McCourty's greatest asset as an IDP selection is his relative safety at a highly volatile position. This injury chips away at that and makes him less attractive for your fantasy football draft.

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5 months ago

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky said he believes Titans LB Zach Brown will start next season. He'll likely need to beat out veteran Wesley Woodyard for a job inside next to 2014 rookie Avery Williamson. Woodyard began last year as the play-caller and full-time player inside after signing as a free agent, but he gradually lost responsibilities to Williamson and playing time in general. Brown opened last year as a starter but suffered a season-ending torn pec in the 1st game. He delivered top-20 fantasy production as a 2012 rookie before taking a step back in 2013. Brown's speed will always give him scoring potential in IDP leagues.

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The Titans have signed free-agent OLB Brian Orakpo and re-signed free-agent OLB Derrick Morgan. Both players stood among the most talented edge rushers on the open market. Morgan tallied just 6.5 sacks last year but added another 7 QB hits and 30 hurries in his 1st season as a 3-4 OLB. Orakpo has lost 9+ games to injury 2 of the past 3 years but has reached 8.5 sacks in each of his other 4 years. The Titans quietly tied for 4th-most starter weeks (8) among team defenses in fantasy football last year. Look to them as a late-round draft option, especially with S Da'Norris Searcy also added and DE Leonard Williams potentially on the way in the NFL draft.

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5 months ago

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans have reached a 4-year, $24 million deal with S Da'Norris Searcy. That's clearly starter money for a guy who had trouble getting into and then staying in the lineup in Buffalo. Searcy did earn strong grades from Pro Football Focus for his play in 2014, though, and has flashed cross-category scoring potential for IDP owners. Look for Searcy to play SS next to Michael Griffin and probably land in DB2 territory when our 2015 IDP rankings come out.

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The Tennessean reports that the Titans informed S Bernard Pollard on Monday that they'll release him Tuesday. Pollard requested as much after the season but already looked like a strong candidate to be cut. The veteran turned 30 in December, about 2 months after a ruptured Achilles' tendon landed him on IR. Pollard's no lock to get back to full speed at any time in 2015 and has always been more of a thumper with limited coverage skills. Don't be surprised if he lands a new gig, but finding a full-time starting job figures to prove a little tougher.

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The Tennessean reports that Titans S Bernard Pollard has asked the team to release him. The 30-year-old is facing the final year on a contract set to pay him $3.1 million but reportedly wants to play for a contender. It's an understandable goal, but there probably aren't too many stable, contending franchises looking to promise a starting job to a 30-year-old coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. Pollard's well worth some IDP attention whenever he's starting, but we'll be curious to see how his offseason goes. George Wilson, who took over after Pollard got hurt, is set to hit free agency. So Tennessee could be looking for a new starter next to FS Michael Griffin.

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8 months ago

As expected, Titans S Michael Griffin is active and starting against the Jets today despite dealing with a back injury during the week. He progressed to a full practice Friday and looks fine to use in your IDP lineup as you normally would. The matchup only adds to Griffin's fantasy upside this week.

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8 months ago

Titans S Michael Griffin is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets because of a back injury. Griffin put in a full practice Friday, though, after missing Wednesday's workout and returning for a limited Thursday practice. We'd bet on Griffin playing Sunday. The 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff means that you'll need to wait to make sure he's active, but teammate George Wilson can serve as an insurance option for your IDP lineup. Other late-game insurance DBs include Jets S Jaiquawn Jarrett, Lions S Glover Quin and Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox. Check our Week 15 DB rankings for the best available DBs for your matchup.

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