Regarding the fantasy football value of Tennessee Titans RB Tyjae Spears for the rest of this season, it comes down to two possible scenarios: 1) Derrick Henry is healthy all season, and Spears is the backup, and 2) Spears becomes the starter due to an injury or performance dip from Henry. Let’s dig in to see if Spears is valuable enough to pick up now in either scenario.
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Should Tyjae Spears Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 3?
Spears was one of my favorite running back prospects in the recent NFL Draft. He is explosive, a bruiser, and totaled 1,837 rushing/receiving yards with 21 touchdowns at Tulane. He only lasted until the third round because he was injured.
In this current running back climate, a third-round pick is usually considered a starter and is extremely valuable. So why would the Titans make such a pick with Henry and his over 8,000 career rushing yards in tow? It is because they know what we know: The end is near for King Henry and his almost 1,800 career carries.
It is abundantly clear that Spears can do the job, with 9.0 yards per carry in Week 1 and 6.1 in Week 2, so if he gets the staring gig for any reason, then it is evident that he should be picked up now.
But we don’t “know” that yet; what we do know is that if Henry gets hurt or benched this week, then Spears will be a full FAAB dump or the No. 1 waiver priority pickup. So, let’s grab him now and stash him.
So what do we do with him if he is not the starter at any point this season? I believe that even as Henry’s backup, Spears will see 5-10 carries for 40-60 yards and a catch or two, which makes him Flex-worthy as well. Pick up Spears now before someone else plays him against you.
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