Prior to shredding his ACL/MCL Week 3 versus Denver last season, Titans receiver Kenny Britt was on the brink of a breakout. Against Jacksonville and Baltimore the two games before, he accumulated a ridiculous 14 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns. His chemistry with Matt Hasselbeck bubbled. No defensive back could cover him. The fantasy community was positively giddy.
Then the Britt hit the fan.
Unlike Jamaal Charles and amazingly Adrian Peterson, the target's road to recovery has been filled with endless potholes. In mid-May he underwent a minor clean-up procedure to help reduce swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Tuesday Titans insider Jim Wyatt revealed his supposedly healthy left knee was also recently scoped. Yikes. The unsettling details from The Tennessean:
After examining Britt at the end of June, doctors also decided it would be best for him to have arthroscopic surgery on the left knee after he experienced swelling.
It's yet another setback for Britt, who the Titans still hope will be available for the season-opener against the Patriots on Sept. 9 at LP Field. The most recent procedure, paired with his troubles with the right knee, could lead to Britt beginning training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, however.
Britt began running and cutting in June after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Earlier he'd been forced to slow down his rehab after swelling occurred in the days following his workouts. Britt has been working with trainers at Baptist Sports Park since his most recent surgery, and is a few weeks into his rehabilitation.
As Wyatt hints above, having Britt available Week 1 is a best case scenario. Likely unable to participate in training camp, and subsequently exhibition games, greatly hinders his conditioning and general preparation for the regular season. Even if deemed ready, an explosive start, similar to what he accomplished in 2011, appears to be a long shot. Vexing weekly questionable tags seem inevitable, placing unwanted stress on those who choose to invest in his services.
Let someone else handle the headache.
Even at his discounted price (52.5 Y! ADP, WR22), he's a commodity worth avoiding. Because of the pass-happy nature of today's NFL, wide receiver depth is bottomless in fantasy. There are several players typically available after pick No. 50 capable of delivering high-end WR2 totals in 12-team leagues (e.g. Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Brown, Eric Decker and Robert Meachem).
As for the Titans, when one man falls, another is given an opportunity to step up. Tennessee offensive coordinator, Chris Palmer, is committed to reviving the old Houston run 'n shoot. In order to execute his plan, Palmer noted earlier this summer he wants to limit Chris Johnson's rushing attempts to roughly 15-18 per game. However, Britt's health may greatly alter that design. But assuming everything remains status quo, Nate Washington, who was occasionally useful last year, and rookie Kendall Wright receive an uptick in value in light of the news. No matter if Hasselbeck or Jake Locker wins the QB job, each could play well-above his perceived WR5 label. Jared Cook, who seared down the stretch last year (21-335-1 Weeks 15-17), could also see additional targets, potentially developing into a reliable TE1 in 12-team leagues. At his current 143.6 ADP, the plus-sized weapon is a bargain basement buy.
With three knee surgeries under his belt, it's been a rough 10 months for Britt. At this point, his prospects for an immediate turnaround appear dim.
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