Titus Young | Detroit Lions | WR
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Nate Burleson will likely hold onto a job in Detroit, but his days are numbered. Question is, will Titus Young unseat him on the outside as the No.2 receiver, during training camp?
It’s possible, especially with the news the Lions are talking about second-round pick Ryan Broyles as the teams future slot receiver.
I do believe Broyles can be an effective slot man, maybe not Victor Cruz but he’s somewhere in-between Cruz and Wes Welker, and should be a skilled talent when he’s fully recovered from his knee injury.
As for Titus Young, he made some big plays for this offense last year but I really wasn’t impressed with his game. It seemed he was immature on the field, but then again, he was a rookie so we will have to see how he develops.
Maturity will be the key for Young, if he’s to develop into a solid WR3 this year in fantasy leagues and wins a starting job.
Current ADP trends have Young landing in as the 43rd receiver off the board and I feel that is good value for an upside second year receiver.
We know the game scripts will tilt heavily to the passing game and with Matthew Stafford as the quarterback, he will benefit from one of the strongest armed passers in the game. I still feel Young will be an inconsistent player, but with this value going as a late WR3 to early WR4, he’s worth taking a shot on if he looks good in camp.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
I still believe Titus Young can make an impact in the Lions offense but he won’t be a starter this year, as a hamstring injury has cost him valuable time in the preseason. Nate Burleson is clearly the No.2 receiver on this team and is the option you should consider in the later rounds of your draft.
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If the Lions are going to turn the corner and start contending for the playoffs, Titus Young needs to give this team a viable vertical threat opposite Calvin Johnson. The key to Young having that success will probably hinge on the health of Matthew Stafford, but then again, this team won’t be pushing for the playoffs without Stafford anyway.
Young is in a great situation to be a fantasy factor in this rookie season as the Lions proved to be a high scoring offense even when Stafford was gone most of last season. Look for Young to get consistent one on one opportunities as Johnson will still command attention, and I anticipate defenses will need to give the Lions running game respect with Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure in the backfield.
Throw in Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew forcing defenses to pay attention to the short – mid passing game and Young could find himself the beneficiary of some blow coverage touchdowns. If Young shows he’s ready to make an impact in the preseason, he’s worth a selection in 12 team standard redraft leagues. For dynasty leagues, Young figures to find himself just outside the top five receivers for rookie drafts.