2017 Outlook: Following a rough year in Philadelphia, Murray reassumed his spot as one of the game's top tailbacks with 1,664 yards from scrimmage in Tennessee last year. Murray averaged a healthy 4.4 yards per carry despite facing an average of 8.1 in-box defenders (fourth highest). Murray ranked third at the position in carries and sixth in receptions, which helped him to his third top-six fantasy season in four years. Once labeled as injury prone, Murray has missed one game in the past three seasons. Murray is now 29, and Derrick Henry's role only figures to expand, but the veteran remains the lead back and a three-down contributor in one of the game's most run-heavy offenses.
2017 Outlook: During his three seasons with the Jets, there were 31 games in which Decker was on the field for at least two-thirds of the team's pass plays. He averaged 8.3 targets per game (26 percent share) during that span. Decker posted a trio of top-15 fantasy campaigns during the four seasons leading up to a 2016 that was derailed by shoulder and hip injuries. Decker's consistency in 2015 was nothing short of incredible: He finished all 15 of his starts as a top-35 fantasy receiver. Now with the emerging Titans, the perpetually underrated Decker will compete for targets with Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker. The 30-year-old is best viewed as a flex option.
2017 Outlook: Walker has flourished since joining the Titans. He's posted a top-11 fantasy season each of his four seasons with the team, including a top-five finish in each of the past two years. Walker's targets, receptions and yardage fell off significantly from 2015 to 2016, but he set career highs with eight end zone targets and seven touchdowns. Walker turns 33 this year and has missed exactly one game each of the past four seasons, but he's one of the league's best two-way tight ends and a big part of Tennessee's passing game. He's a high-floor TE1.
2017 Outlook: Matthews was fantasy's No. 22 scoring wide receiver last year (No. 15 in non-PPR), but he was actually a part-time player until midseason. Matthews was on the field for 62 percent of Tennessee's pass plays during his first seven games, but 95 percent from that point on. Matthews handled 4.9 targets per game (16 percent share) during the first stretch and 8.0 (28 percent) during the remainder of the season. Matthews is a poor bet to repeat his touchdown total of nine, especially with Corey Davis and Eric Decker in the mix, but he's an underrated and reliable target who can work on all areas of the field. He's a solid late-round target.
2017 Outlook: The wide receiver-needy Titans selected Davis with the fifth-overall pick in April's draft. Davis found the end zone 19 times, averaged 10.9 yards per target and caught 71 percent of his targets during a dominant final campaign at Western Michigan. The 22-year-old combines great size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) with terrific route running. He obviously had plenty of success near the goal line, and his big frame will lead to a significant amount of work in that area at the NFL level. Davis has little blocking experience, but he can line up in all of the formations and make plays downfield. Tennessee's run-first offense hurts his upside, but Davis is good enough and will play enough to push for WR3 numbers as a rookie.
2017 Outlook: Henry played second fiddle to DeMarco Murray as a rookie, but the 6-foot-3, 247-pound bruiser still managed 110 carries for 490 yards and 5 touchdowns. That's a healthy 4.5 YPC, 1.8 of which came after contact. Henry faced an average of 8.2 in-box defenders, which was third highest in the NFL. He also showed off some receiving chops by catching all but one of his 14 targets for 137 yards. As one of the most intriguing running back handcuffs, the 22-year-old Henry will probably be drafted too early in most leagues, but he'd certainly be in the RB1 mix if Murray were to miss time.
2017 Outlook: The Titans took a flier on Sharpe in the fifth round of last year's draft, but it didn't take the rookie long to rise atop the team's wide receiver depth chart. Sharpe was on the field for 87 percent of Tennessee's pass plays but averaged 5.0 targets per game and found the end zone only twice. Sharpe stands 6-foot-2 but managed only three end zone targets. He averaged 2.1 yards after catch (third lowest) and caught 51 percent of his targets (13th worst), although, in his defense, 28.8 percent of balls thrown his way were off target (fifth highest). The 22-year-old is unlikely to take a major step forward this season with Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, Corey Davis and Eric Decker in the mix for targets in a run-heavy offense.