2013 Outlook: Three games into the '12 season, CJ1K had produced 108 yards from scrimmage on 42 touches and sent his fantasy owners into anaphylactic shock. Things got better after that, but not good enough to save Johnson from a winter filled with questions about his desire. What's so maddening is that his speed and quickness are obviously still there, as evidenced by TD runs of 80, 83 and 94 yards last season. But too often he's willing to bounce runs outside, looking to crack a big one but failing to move the sticks. Now Shonn Greene is in Nashville to steal short-yardage totes, meaning you can forget an elite TD number from Johnson. He'll have to make his '13 bones with yards from big plays.
2013 Outlook: Britt has size and speed to burn, but now he's four years into his NFL career and he's yet to top 775 yards receiving in a single season. He tore both his right ACL and MCL in 2011, then last fall tore his left knee meniscus; the net result was a lost season in which Britt had a devil of a time gaining separation. Britt has talent enough to be a top-10 fantasy WR. But the Titans drafted Justin Hunter in the second round this April, officially putting the veteran on notice. If he doesn't break out in his contract year, Britt is likely gone from Tennessee.
2013 Outlook: We never understood the fantasy world's infatuation with Greene, all the way back to his rookie year when some players were taking him in the first round of their drafts. He's a sluggish 226-pounder who rarely moves the pile or makes anyone miss. The Titans will give Greene first crack at being their thumper, which makes him a candidate to vulture between six and eight TDs from Chris Johnson. But there's a chance he flops in the role. Consider Greene a deeper-league handcuff, but don't reach for him as a flex until the TDs start coming.
2013 Outlook: Sometimes we don't get the Titans' offense. Wright was 74th among all WRs in average yards at the catch last year, which ranked third-to-last among qualified receivers. In contrast, he put up huge numbers at Baylor, including eight games in his final season in which he had a gain of at least 36 yards. In short, he's not a player we'd relegate to screen and dump-off duty. Wright, Kenny Britt and rookie Justin Hunter would make an intimidating WR trio with open-field chops, though to achieve fantasy glory they'll all require Jake Locker to make a leap forward.
2013 Outlook: He's opportunistic, that's for sure. Washington grabbed two Super Bowl rings early in his career as a Steeler despite never breaking 40 catches in Pittsburgh, and Washington also has been Tennessee's leading receiver two years running despite the presence of the more talented Kenny Britt. Once again, thanks to a minor camp injury to Kendall Wright and rookie Justin Hunter's lack of readiness, Washington looks like a starter in Tennessee, but his upside is practically nil.
2013 Outlook: Hunter was a combine star, running 4.44 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and 196 pounds, while leading all wideouts in the broad jump and tying for the lead in the high jump. Long term, he's got No. 1 WR ability, but his hands are inconsistent, and he's not yet physically strong enough to get separation from NFL defensive backs. Plus, in his first training camp with the Titans, he constantly frustrated coaches with mental errors. Hunter may have a bright future ahead, but it probably won't begin in 2013.
2013 Outlook: Locker almost has everything. He's got a howitzer for a right arm. He's got 4.59 speed. He's big and he's a great athlete. But the one thing he's lacked from college into his first two NFL seasons is accuracy, and it's a killer. At the University of Washington his completion percentage was 53.9 percent. With the Titans, he's posted seasons of 51.5 and 56.4 percent. Even if Kenny Britt can stay healthy and Kendall Wright can break out, we're not convinced Locker can keep enough drives alive, and we're concerned his interception total will be sky high.
2013 Outlook: Walker got $8.6 million guaranteed from the Titans, and figures to be their every-down tight end while second-year athletic freak Taylor Thompson adjusts to the NFL. Walker is a great blocker but hasn't always featured the best hands; in 2012, playing for the 49ers, he had seven drops to just 21 catches. And expecting Tennessee to suddenly make full use of the TE position after years of allowing Jared Cook to rot is probably folly. We're open-minded about Walker because this is his first chance as a true NFL starter. But we only view him as a fantasy backup for now.
2013 Outlook: Last year Bironas had his worst season since '06, going 5-for-10 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards, which was surprising since his career success rate on such kicks coming into '12 was 81.1 percent. But we've been around long enough to know Bironas has one of the league's strongest legs, and that he regularly numbers among the NFL's more accurate bootsmen. Our problem is with the Titans offense. In a league where the most-used kickers see between 40 and 50 field-goal tries in a season, Bironas has topped 33 just once in his eight-year career.
2013 Outlook: Thompson was a defensive end at SMU, but the Titans drafted him in 2012 to convert him to TE. It's still a work in progress; he barely played on offense last season after struggling with drops and fumbles throughout his first training camp. But Jared Cook is gone from Nashville, which makes the Tennessee depth chart interesting. Delanie Walker got a bunch of money in free agency this winter, so he'll probably get a crack at winning an every-down job, but Walker doesn't have Thompson's freak athleticism. If the light bulb goes on, Thompson has rare dominant upside as a physical specimen.
2013 Outlook: The Titans finished as a middle-of-the-pack fantasy defense in '12, but scratch the surface and you find problems. Take away three games in which Tennessee scored eight D/ST touchdowns, and we'd be talking about the No. 31 fantasy defense. Behind Derrick Morgan and Kam Wimbley, the pass rush was pretty good. But the run defense very much wasn't. Adding Sammie Lee Hill and Bernard Pollard may help that, but we still view this linebacker corps as a major liability when it comes to run stoppage. Beware when a team's unsustainable skein of defensive TDs stops, because things can turn ugly.
2013 Outlook: Fitzpatrick is riding a streak of three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons, but he probably won't add a fourth. The Bills cut him in March, having tired of his weak arm, poor decision making and big contract, so FitzMagic will serve as Jake Locker's backup in Tennessee. The Titans would clearly prefer that Locker make strides with his accuracy and health in his third pro season, but by replacing Matt Hasselbeck with Fitz, they've at least ensured they have a viable big-league alternative should Locker's career stall out.