Show Navigation
Show Menu

In This Article

Dynasty Player Spotlight: Tyjae Spears

By C. H. Herms | Updated on Thu, 18 Apr 2024 . 5:29 PM EDT

Let's Try to Pan for Some Dynasty Gold

Week 7 had so many notable storylines that it was difficult to focus on just one for this article.

That’s what makes developing a good topic for this every week challenging.

Let's hit on some contenders on the way to our main event ...

We Can't Not Talk Puka

Rams WR Puka Nacua is averaging 8.29 receptions per game. At this rate, he could surpass the rookie record of 104 catches set by Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle (2021) in just 13 games.

Nacua’s 17-game pace of 140.9 receptions and 1,825.8 receiving yards would compare favorably with the 2015 career highs of former Steelers WR Antonio Brown (136-1,834 in 16 games).

This kid might be extraordinary!

Of course, we already covered Nacua in this space. So there's not a whole lot more to say about him right now.

Have You Done Enough?

Conversely, Patriots rookie WR Demario Douglas is interesting ... but interesting enough to have the spotlight to himself?

Douglas did finish Sunday’s game vs. the Bills with 4 catches and 54 receiving yards. He's tied with JuJu Smith-Schuster for the Patriots lead with a 25% target per route rate.

There's room for Douglas to grow his role the rest of the way, especially considering the injuries and general lackluster play of Patriots WRs.

But can the rookie actually become a difference maker?

Stash him on your taxi squad if he’s available. But this isn't the type of moves that’ll help you bring home any hardware in 2023.

If that's what you're looking for, then maybe this next rookie can help ...

Never overlook value in your leagues.

Stay up-to-date with our dynasty rankings.

Get Ahead of the News

You already know who Titans RB Tyjae Spears is. He’s a talented, already-on-the-radar rookie. It's probably not going to shock you if I say he's worth buying.

But here's why you should acquire Spears now ... 

His Team is Selling

On Monday, the Titans traded former All-Pro S Kevin Byard to the Eagles for fifth- and sixth-round picks and veteran S Terrell Edmunds.

This deal has nothing to do with Spears directly, but let’s be real about where the Titans currently stand.

Tennessee sits 2-4 coming off its bye. The offense ranks:

  • 28th in yards per game (283.5)
  • 25th in points per game (17.3)
  • 31st in red-zone scoring rate (33.3%)

QB Ryan Tannehill suffered a high-ankle sprain his last time out, in the same ankle that cost him five games last year.

Now the team turns to rookie QB Will Levis, probably for multiple games. Combine that with the Byard trade, and you get a team that looks like it's heading into rebuild mode.

Here’s where Spears gets more interesting. 

A Battle For The Throne

Since 2019, Titans RB Derrick Henry has operated as one of the league's last workhorses.

He leads NFL RBs in carries (1,249) since then and hasn't fallen below a 78.5% share of Titans RB touches.

Henry's reign as a backfield king appears to be over, however.

He has still gotten 75% of RB carries so far in 2023. But Spears has played 50.8% of snaps and reduced Henry’s opportunity share (including targets) to 68.5%.

Spears has also produced more efficiently for fantasy. He’s averaging 0.96 PPR points per opportunity (sixth among RBs) vs. Henry’s 0.79 (22nd).

The rookie has proved especially useful as a receiver, drawing more targets (20) and catching more passes (15) than Henry (13 and 11, respectively) to date. 

Next Step: Henry Trade?

If the Titans are embracing the rebuild, why not trade Henry by the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline?

The soon-to-be 30-year-old back was the subject of multiple trade rumors this offseason. The only hurdle might be actually getting a worthwhile return from the acquiring team.

Even if Henry isn’t moved, though, he's in the final year of his contract. That sets Spears -- a third-round pick -- as the favorite to lead the 2024 backfield.

That’s why Spears sits 17th in our dynasty RB rankings.

Remember The Goal

Look, the person in your league who rosters Spears is probably aware of all the circumstances discussed in this article.

Spears has:

  • been very good on a limited workload
  • plays in one of the NFL's run-heaviest offenses, and
  • could be an RB1 in the near future.

You probably can't buy "low" on him at this point. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go after him.

TIP

Never make a deal without consulting our dynasty trade value charts.

Not every move you make in your dynasty leagues has to be a sneaky buy-low. Your primary objective in playing dynasty isn’t to be the most clever manager.

It’s to be the one who wins the league.

Put out some feelers and see if you can get Spears on your roster today.

 

Still Chasing That Elusive Dynasty Title?

Check out this video for more of our dynasty strategy ... 

Your Personal Dynasty Analytics Department... We dig deeper for you.

We have the tools to help you manage your team like a real NFL GM. Coaches like Belichick, McVay, and Reid all have an entire analytics team at their disposal -- from Draft Night and through the offseason. Now you do too!

With tools that:

  1. Customize and sync to your league scoring. Plug-and-Play functionality.
  2. Auto-adjust during your draft(s) based on positional scarcity, player availability, and individual team needs.
  3. Look to the future with 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-yr projections.
  4. Contain detailed breakdowns for trade analysis, start-sit decisions, and waiver wire management.

We’ve built a whole suite of Dynasty Tools to help you draft, trade, and research like a champion. You're the manager. We're here to help.

Explore Your New Dynasty Tools »
Winning Your League Starts Here Trophy
Why Wouldn’t You Invest
$36 to Win Your League?
Check out thisleague-winning info
2024 Draft Package Now - Sept 15

$39

Get Instant Access
2024 In-Season Package Sept 5 - Mar 7

$39

Get Access Sept. 5
2024 DFS Package Sept 5 - Mar 7

$49

Get Access Sept. 5
Best Value – All Access Pass
DS Insider Membership All 3 Packages

$127 $36

Semi-annual
Get Instant Access
Draft War Room Included Draft War Room Draft War Room Draft War Room Included Draft War Room
Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Included Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Unlimited Live-Draft Sync Included Unlimited Live-Draft Sync
Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings
3D Projections Included 3D Projections 3D Projections 3D Projections Included 3D Projections
In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles
Mock Draft Trainer Included Mock Draft Trainer Mock Draft Trainer Mock Draft Trainer Included Mock Draft Trainer
3D Values Included 3D Values 3D Values 3D Values Included 3D Values
The Perfect Draft Included The Perfect Draft The Perfect Draft The Perfect Draft Included The Perfect Draft
Breakout & Comeback Player Included Breakout & Comeback Player Breakout & Comeback Player Breakout & Comeback Player Included Breakout & Comeback Player
Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring
Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor
Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts
In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings
“Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool
“Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications
Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder
Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator
Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares
In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems
Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice
Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data
DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder
DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections
Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks
High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews
DFS Independent DFS Independent DFS Independent Included DFS Independent Included DFS Independent
Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles
Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates
Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates
To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives
All-Access Draft Sharks App All–Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App Included All-Access Draft Sharks App
Get Instant Access Get Access Sept 5 Get Access Sept 5 Get Instant Access

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play