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Showdown: Kenny Britt vs Kendall Wright

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Titan fans want to see Wright make more plays downfield in 2013. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
Titan fans want to see Wright make more plays downfield in 2013. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

My name is Zach Law, and I am a Tennessee Titans fan. I feel much better.

In the history of the Titans, with the rare exception of a Derrick Mason or a Drew Bennett, the franchise has been a fantasy wide receiver wasteland. This year, there’s some intrigue. The main two guys are Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright. The question is, in your fantasy leagues, who are you going to pick?

The advantage of Kenny Britt is that you know who he is. He has everything you want in a wide receiver. He has the size, the speed, and the downfield moves. He’s the only receiver I’ve seen completely take over a game for the Titans. In a 2010 win over the Eagles, Britt caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. The following week, he pulled his hamstring on a slightly overthrown deep ball by Vince Young and missed more than a month. In 2011, he had 14 catches for 271 yards and three touchdowns in the first two weeks. The following week, he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee.

I’d bring up the off-field concerns, but for fantasy purposes, that’s not important. He was suspended for one game last year and should be fine going forward. The injuries are a concern. Britt had a follow-up procedure on the knee during last offseason and was slowed down considerably. A player who had a career-low 16.7 yards per catch in his rookie year averaged 13.1 yards per catch last year.

In four years, Britt’s season-high is 45 catches, 775 yards, and nine touchdowns. Based on last year’s PPR scoring, he would finish 33rd overall, one point ahead of Justin Blackmon.

The Titans surprised the rest of the league by taking Kendall Wright with the 20th pick of last year’s draft. The pick gave fans a couple of signs. One is that the team wants to be pass-first. The second is that they were preparing for a post-Britt future. In year one, Wright saw a good amount of targets but was not terribly impressive.

Wright caught a pass in all 15 games he played. He sat out Week 16 with a rib injury. The Titans threw a lot of screen passes and slants to Wright, which was a smart move to get him involved in the game and see what he could do in traffic. To show how it was all about the short game in 2012 for Wright, his average yards per catch was just 9.8, even with his explosive post-catch ability. Britt’s was 13.1.

With an entire offseason to work with Jake Locker, Kendall Wright is going to make major strides. Consider Randall Cobb’s 2012 (80/954/8) as the upside. Wright can put up numbers in year two that Kenny Britt won’t be able to match in year four. Both guys should be available in the WR4 range in your 2013 fantasy drafts.