Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) runs the ball against Jacksonville Jaguars safety Josh Evans (26) during the second half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Tennessee Titans RB Rundown

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Each of the last two seasons, there have been rookie running backs who have found themselves in the right position and made big-time fantasy splashes.  The Titans made Washington’s Bishop Sankey the first running back off the board in the 2013 draft hoping he can emerge as their primary rusher after letting long-time top-Titan Chris Johnson head to New York this offseason.

The Titans are ready to go with a full-fledged running back by committee approach which usually drains the fantasy value of each member while limiting their value.  However, there’s always a chance that the committee dissolves and one player emerges.  Getting into that situation without realizing it can be maddening, so just make sure to expect some ups and downs based on timesharing if you take one of the Titans backs.

Here is my look at each of the members of the Titans’ committee as we continue our RB Rundowns.  The rankings included are from my top 80 RB which came out last week and which will be updated later this week.

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Bishop Sankey

RB, Tennessee Titans

Sankey hasn’t seized the primary role yet and has struggled with fumbling issues this preseason.  Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt is standing by him, which is a good thing, but ball security issues don’t bode well for getting much work during the season.  Sankey is expected to start the year as the back used in non-passing, non-goal line situations which should result in the majority of touches.  However, without high volumes in receptions or touchdowns, Sankey’s value will be limited.  I think of him as a high-risk RB3 since he doesn’t have a proven track record in the NFL or a well-defined role especially now that he’s having trouble holding onto the ball.
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Shonn Greene

RB, Tennessee Titans

Greene will be the bruiser in this backfield rotation and should get most of the goal line work.  If Sankey struggles or gets hurt, he could see an increase in his workload, but he’s mostly just a specialty back who will score enough touchdowns to make him a roll-of-the-dice flex play when we get to heavy bye weeks.  Greene’s role bears watching, but unless something changes, he’s a late-round touchdown specialist who can serve as roster depth in standard leagues.
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Dexter McCluster

RB, Tennessee Titans

Another specialty back expected to be in the mix for touches out of the backfield, McCluster was signed to be the Tiatans passing down running back.  He may earn enough opporutnities to be a fringe flex play in PPR leagues, but wait and see how the situation shakes out before putting in a waiver claim. In most formats, McCluster is a late-round flier with a low ceiling, so look elsewhere even late in your draft.

This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series.

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