Titans Sign Eric Decker
Michael Nazarek - 6/18/2017
After taking his only free-agent visit and spending time with the Tennessee Titans, WR Eric Decker chose to sign with the young team, getting a one-year contract. Decker has roots in Nashville (his wife is a country singer), so he decided to take a short-term deal to stay in the area and work hard to hopefully earn a bigger (and longer) pay day next off-season.
In fantasy terms, this move adds another quality target for QB Marcus Mariota in 2017. Look for his fantasy ranking to possibly climb when we update our projections and rankings this week. FYI, our Mastermind Championship Projections (MCP) Board will debut on the site within a few short days. As for Decker, he's not a lock to start, but he will definitely see plenty of action, at the very least in multiple wideout sets. Alongside WR Rishard Matthews and rookie WR Corey Davis, Decker makes the Titans that much better, as the team should push seriously for a playoff spot in 2017.
Decker was injured (shoulder/hip) in 2016 and missed much of the season, but he's healthy now. In 2015, he scored 12 times as a Jet with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick targeting him. He may be 30 now, but he's far from done in this league. With a better quarterback targeting him this season, his projections are likely to rise from the slot where we projected him as a Jet. That said, fantasy owners should not assume that he will start and score double-digit TDs. Remember, the Titans also have one of the top tight ends in the league in TE Delanie Walker. There is only one football to go around. That said, there is some upside to Decker as a Titan, as long as he stays healthy and develops chemistry quickly with Mariota.
As for the receiving corps as a whole, Matthews and Walker could both lose some targets with Decker on the team now, making them a little more risky to draft (obviously Matthews more risky than Walker). As for Davis, he is a rookie, and although talented, he may find himself playing behind Decker if he doesn't impress in camp and during the preseason. In other words, this situation is very fluid, and things could change quickly from day-to-day later this summer with regards to the wideout corps and their roles. One thing seems fairly certain. Mariota just got a very good veteran receiver as a target, and that is only a good thing for him and his fantasy value.
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