Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Game Recap: Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings

2M0JJ19 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 4th Dec, 2022. Pennsylvania, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo (85) warms up before the start of a game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mandatory Credit Eric Canha/CSM/Alamy Live News

Chigoziem Okonkwo plays in 11 personnel: Okonkwo needed 11-personnel snaps to become a consistent fantasy starter, and he received them today.

Kyle Philips suffers a knee injury: Philips was expected to be the Titans' third wide receiver, but he left the game after just one play.

Jalen Reagor and Brandon Powell fight for the fifth receiver spot: Either player could win the punt-return job, which could determine who makes the roster.

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Chigoziem Okonkwo’s playing time increases, but only slightly: A season ago, Okonkwo ranked first at his position in most rate stats, making his playing time this season a big question mark.

  • The Titans made several changes at tight end this season. They released Geoff Swaim and Austin Hooper, added Trevon Wesco and drafted Josh Whyle.
  • The good news is that Okonkwo played 100% of the 11-personnel snaps with the starters. He played only 17.7% of snaps from that personnel grouping last season, so this is a dramatic increase.
  • He played only four of nine snaps out of 12 personnel after playing 51.7% of those snaps last year. That is a slight decrease, but it would have just taken one more snap for him to be slightly up.
  • Tennessee ran more out of 12 personnel today than they did last season, so it’s also possible he was kept out of 12 personnel more often today because they were running more.
  • Ideally, Okonkwo takes 100% of snaps from 11 and 12 personnel, but this is a big step in the right direction for Okonkwo’s fantasy value.
  • He was targeted on 33.3% of his pass routes, catching one pass for 19 yards from Malik Willis.
  • He should be a borderline fantasy starter but has more upside than the rest of the tight ends with a similar ADP.

Monitor the health of Kyle Philips: Philips suffered a knee injury and was deemed questionable to return.

  • The Titans didn’t have DeAndre Hopkins or Treylon Burks for this game.
  • Philips is expected to be the third receiver in 11 personnel — as he was last season when he was healthy.
  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chris Moore started the game, with Philips taking his only snap on the Titans' first third down.
  • Mason Kinsey took over as the primary slot receiver with the starters.
  • If this were a regular-season game with Hopkins and Burks, it would likely be Westbrook-Ikhine taking over in three-receiver sets. Westbrook-Ikhine led the team in snaps from the slot last season at 381.
  • The Titans have loved targeting Philips when he’s healthy, but staying healthy has been a struggle.

The Vikings' battle for the fifth wide receiver spot heats up: Jalen Reagor and Brandon Powell seem to be in competition for the fifth receiver spot.

  • Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Jordan Addison had the night off, while Jalen Nailor missed the game with an injury. Nailor is expected to be fourth on the depth chart.
  • Addison is in the concussion protocol, but there is a chance he would have sat this game out with the rest of the starters if he was 100%.
  • Reagor was fourth on the depth chart last season and played 82 offensive snaps. He was also the team’s punt returner.
  • Powell was a free-agent addition from the Los Angeles Rams. He is also capable of returning punts and was the punt returner in this game.
  • Reagor started for Minnesota and played nearly every snap in the first half. Powell played only in three-receiver sets, but his night was done on offense after just four drives.
  • Powell caught one pass for 11 yards, while Reagor caught two for 10.
  • We still don't know who will get the fifth job, but it did make it clear there is competition.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Hassan Haskins is in a battle with Tyjae Spears for the backup running back spot behind Derrick Henry. Haskins wasn’t practicing earlier in the week, so he didn’t play in this game. Spears could have taken the lead after a 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and 24 yards on his six other runs.
  • Ty Chandler is expected to be the backup and has the clear edge over DeWayne McBride, but we still haven’t seen Kene Nwangwu play in the preseason yet, and he was second on the Vikings' first unofficial depth chart.

 

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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