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In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or kwrightmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at two Titans receivers in Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright.

WR-Justin Hunter, TEN– This second year receiver only received two targets this week against the Ravens.  There seems to be little wrong with his technique as he gets off the line quickly when he is going out on a pass pattern or blocking in the run game.  The wide out can seal off his defender when run blocking.  Hunter spent most of the time split out wide on the single receiver side.  He has good balance, adjusts well to the ball in the air, and can catch the ball at its highest point with his fingertips. 

The problem with this receiver is that he only catches around 40% of his targets.  Sure Hunter isn’t playing with any Hall of Fame signal callers with tremendous accuracy, but that is quite low especially when you compare him to the other Titan receivers. Until he packs on a bit more muscle on his 6’ 4” 203 frame and ramps up his concentration I’m afraid Hunter will be a very unreliable fantasy receiver.  This isn’t to say that the wide out isn’t an athletic talent, but his teammate Kendall Wright, whom I am discussing does a lot more with less.  As a dynasty owner of Mr. Hunter, I am happy to have him as a WR4, but would not want to rely on him more than a few bye weeks without dramatic improvement.

WR-Kendall Wright, TEN-The third year receiver spends a lot of his time in the slot and occasionally gets sent into motion to give him good matchups.  He does a great job adjusting to poorly thrown passes (the high ones and the worm burners).   This former running back is great in open space so he gets to run a sweep every once and awhile.  I love the way he uses every inch of the field, hugging the sidelines, and tries to create space wherever he can.

Wright gives full effort every time the ball gets thrown his way.  He has amazing foot speed and changes directions almost effortlessly including a spin move or two.  When the receiver saw a teammate fumble the ball, he scooped it up and advanced it fighting for a first down.  Wright is fearless catching the ball in the middle of the field and is willing to take the hits holding onto the ball.  He does have a bad habit of body catching which he needs to break.  Otherwise the receiver is a strong WR3, someone who is willing to do the dirty work, but struggles to get the volume or red zone work to be more fantasy-worthy than that.

Both receivers come with a share of risk with the uncertainty at quarterback in Nashville.  Wright can be an effective fantasy producer regardless of quarterback, while Hunter was must successful with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm.

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