32 Questions Part 1 - AFC South
By Sigmund Bloom
July 19th, 2011

Tennessee Titans - Can Kenny Britt stay out of trouble and what will the repercussions be for his offseason adventures?

No player was used a punchline more this offseason than Britt, who was arrested three times, bringing his total arrests to seven since he was drafted by the Titans in 2009. The team doesn't appear ready to abandon him, and it is unclear whether the league will punish players who misbehaved during the lockout. Even if Britt misses a game or two as discipline from the Titans, he was one of the more prolific TD scorers among wideouts last year, with nine in basically 11 games (he missed almost all of one with hamstring injury), even though he seemed to be on the outside looking in when the season started. Which leads to maybe the bigger question, can Britt take his conditioning and preparation seriously? That is what likely led to the hamstring injury that cost him four games after his 225 yard, three touchdown outburst, and that is what could torment his fantasy owners again this year. Britt's risk has been priced into his ADP, meaning he can be your high-risk/high-reward WR3 in the 5th or 6th round, a bold but justified move. Just remember that third-year TE Jared Cook and second-year WR Damian Williams could have breakthrough seasons if Britt can't get it together.

Indianapolis Colts - How to sort out a backfield in flux?

The Colts were abysmal at running the ball last year, eventually resorting to plugging in street free agent Dominic Rhodes yet again by season's end. The offense did still produce 13 rushing scores, so there is value to be found in the Indy backfield - but with who? Joseph Addai is a free agent, but he and the Colts are a great match, and he should come back to the team. Donald Brown is a first-round pick entering only his third season, but the team seemed to completely lose trust in him last year, turning instead to Rhodes and UDFA Javarris James once Brown finally got healthy. The most intriguing name is fourth-round pick Delone Carter, who has the take-no-prisoners mindset between the tackles that has been so sorely lacking from the Colts ground game. Addai is the boring but safe bench RB in PPR leagues, but Carter is the one with the highest payoff.

Houston Texans - Who will be the #2 wide receiver this season?

Whether it has been Kevin Walter or Jacoby Jones, often times the number two wideout in Houston has put up rosterable, if not startable fantasy numbers playing opposite Andre Johnson. Jones is a free agent and his return ability could draw more interest than a typical wide receiver with less 100 career catches and 10 career touchdowns. If Jones leaves, Walter could have 2008-level value, when he finished in the top 20 WR in non-PPR leagues, but a re-signing of Jones could signal that the Texans are ready to commit to the dynamic but inconsistent pass catcher as a full-time #2, greatly enhancing his value. Not to be forgotten in this discussion is tight end Owen Daniels, who signed a long-term extension right before the lockout and will probably be the #2 option in the passing game no matter who lines up at wide receiver.

Jacksonville Jaguars - How is Maurice Jones-Drew's knee and how much more work will Rashad Jennings get because of it?

Going into last season, MJD's right knee was subject to as much speculation as any body part in the league. Did he have surgery or didn't he? The mighty mite responded with a career high in yards per game including a six-game streak of 100+ rushing yards. He also ended the season on the shelf and promptly had surgery on that problem knee, which was described by Jones-Drew with the dreaded phrase "bone-on-bone". Most beat writers believe that Rashad Jennings will get more work this year to spell Jones-Drew, and Jones-Drew himself admitted that the team is "scared" of his knee and "anxious" to get Jennings more work. Even more ominous, Jones-Drew did not pronounce himself 100% as recently as July 1 and was likely only medically cleared to run in June. As the old saying goes, you can't win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. Until we see clear evidence that Jones-Drew's right knee is sound for the upcoming season, you can avoid being the latest example of that trusted fantasy adage by avoiding MJD in the opening frame of your draft - but don't be afraid to pounce if your league treats him like plutonium and lets him fall too far, as long as you make sure to get Jennings later in the draft.

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