Rosters to Target for Instant Fantasy Impact: AFC South

During the free agency period and rookie draft season, you’ll see many write-ups about how a player ended up in the perfect “Landing Spot.” Even if you’re an advocate of talent over landing spot, you have to admit that landing plays a role in a players production. DFF has decided to take a look at every team, broken down by division, to see which teams roster lend themselves to instant production or at least the speculation for immediate production at specific positions. We can target players that land on these rosters either for short-term fixes, instant production or as flip candidates.  Today we’ll delve into the AFC South.

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Position looking for instant impact:

Tight End

Why this Roster:

The Jags TE position has been a dead-zone for fantasy production for basically their entire existence, or at least since Mercedes Lewis’s TE4 2010 season. Mercedes Lewis is now 34 years old and his days as a fantasy producer are long past. This season saw Lewis finish as the TE25 in overall scoring, which was an improvement on his TE46 finish in 2016 at least. The remaining tight ends on the Jaguars roster, Ben Koyack, and Michael Rivera are never going to amount to even fringe starters in TE premium leagues. With Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee headed towards free agency and Allen Hurns a potential cut candidate the Jags offense could certainly use a big bodied, athletic receiving option like free agent Trey Burton or a draft option such as Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.

Indianapolis Colts:

Position looking for instant impact:

Wide Receiver

Why this Roster:

During T.Y. Hilton’s run as the undisputed WR1 on the Colts, his running mates at the WR position have left a lot to be desired. Donte Moncrief flashed in 2015 finishing just outside the WR3 range. Outside of 2015, the best finish was a WR50 season by Reggie Wayne in 2014.

2017: Donte Moncrief – 391 yards 2 TDs(WR81)

2016: Phillip Dorsett – 528 yards 2 TDs (WR79)

2015: Donte Moncrief – 733 yards 6 TDs (WR37)

2014: Reggie Wayne – 779 yards 2 TDs (WR50)

2013: Reggie Wayne – 508 yards 2 TDs (WR70)

With Andrew Luck reportedly ready to return to action in 2018 (we hope?) the Colts offense should be back to the fantasy-friendly force.

Houston Texans:

Position looking for instant impact:

Tight End

Why this roster:

The Texans are in the running for the best starting WR combo in the NFL with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Though a slot receiver may have some low-end WR4 value, what the roster could use is a tight end. C.J. Fiedorowicz suffered multiple concussions in 2017 and at least four over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Additionally, Fiedorowicz’s contract allows for a significant reduction in salary if he’s cut due to a pre-existing condition, which includes concussions as stipulated in his contract. Ryan Griffin had multiple concussions in 2017 as well and can be released with no cap hit.

The only TE on the roster without a significant concussion history is Stephen Anderson. Anderson failed to impress in extended action last season, outside of a TE4 finish in week 14, posting a pitiful 47.2% catch rate on 53 targets. If the Texans invest any capital in the TE position, I will jump all over that player. In the interim, I’d be willing to ship out a 4th round rookie pick for Anderson just to hedge my bets since he could be the last man standing in a couple of months.

Tennessee Titans:

Position looking for instant impact:

3rd down receiving back

Why this roster:

The WR1 and 2 spots should be filled by Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews through at least 2018, with Taywan Taylor waiting in the wings for his opportunity. Delanie Walker is 33 years old but still performing at a high level, and Jonnu Smith is the heir apparent at the TE position. Assuming DeMarco Murray is let go that only leaves one roster position to look for new value, and even then it’s a specific role.

Derrick Henry is a monster, and I have no doubt he’ll be a beast on 1st and 2nd downs. What I am less sure of is Henry’s role in the passing game. Through his 1st two seasons, Henry only has 24 receptions and isn’t thought to be a tremendous pass catcher. This lack of usage in the passing game was under Mike Mularkey’s reign. Mike Vrabel might look at Henry and imagine the damage a 6’4” 247 pounder with a 116.3-speed score (93rd percentile) could do in the screen game and make him part of the passing attack. The draft and free agency periods will give a window into Vrabel’s thought process. If the Titans sign or draft a back known for their receiving skills, you’ll want to grab them for a low-end flex play.

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