The supposed Titans Juggernaut Offense has quickly unraveled, as both AJ Brown and Julio Jones will miss Week 4 vs. the Jets. Their absences open up massive target shares, even if this game doesn’t call for a shootout script.
Amidst a pile of dog crap, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine could pace the Titans’ WRs in looks this week. He’s competing for looks with only Chester Rogers and yet-to-be-seen Josh Reynolds. This gives Westbrook-Ikhine, rostered in only 10% of Yahoo leagues, an intriguing Week 4 fantasy football outlook. He’s worth considering as a desperation streamer in seasonal leagues, while the UDFA sophomore warrants DraftKings GPP looks at just $3200.
I can’t pretend to know much more about Westbrook-Ikhine than a quick google search and glance at his game logs provides. Let’s dive into the latter first.
Due to injuries, Westbrook-Ikhine saw his first meaningful NFL action last week. In 18 routes run, he drew 4 targets (2 in the Red Zone), hauling in all four for 53 yards & 1 TD. Solid production for a first at-bat.
At a minimum, Westbrook-Ikhine seems to have earned Ryan Tannehill’s respect and trust. Yes, last week helped, but this connection reportedly dates back to training camp. Here, “Tannehill’s connection to Westbrook-Ikhine started to kick into gear during joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in July. The second-year receiver made a series of contested catches during those practices that earned Tannehill’s trust.”
Tannehill praised him for his willingness to do the “little things,” raving:
“He does the dirty work for us,” Tannehill said. “He gets in there and blocks. He is physical. He is tough. He is a versatile guy who has size and strength, and who has made some big plays for us. I have a ton of confidence in Nick.”
Sure, exactly zero WRs may be viable in this offense. This is especially true with Derrick Henry, who has more receptions than Alvin Kamara in 2021, emerging as a legitimately viable threat. Any of Rogers, Reynolds, or even the returning Anthony Firkser could pace this team in targets… and if (when) Henry is steamrolling on the ground, I’d imagine the “Aerial Pie” won’t be sustaining many, if any, pass-catchers.
But if I had to bank on any Titan outside Derrick Henry, or want to save some DraftKings cash, Westbrook-Ikhine would be my top choice for a big play and/or score from this abysmal crew. He slides in at WR50 for me in my Week 4 Fantasy Football rankings.
PS: I’d be benching Ryan Tannehill for pretty much any one, especially Taylor Heinicke, given this cast of misfit toys he’s throwing to.