Adam Humphries Preseason Usage Could Point to 2019 Fantasy Football Upside

Jason Schandl
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After seeing a career-high 105 targets with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, Adam Humphries was quietly a popular target in free agency. Among the teams courting him were the New England Patriots. They even offered him more money than he received from the Tennessee Titans, where he ended up signing.

It took just the first drive of his first preseason game to shine some light on why he may have chosen the Titans over a team that would pay him more and arguably give him a better shot at a Super Bowl.

Marcus Mariota was in the game long enough to throw eight passes, and an absurd 75.0 percent of those went Humphries' way. We can't read too deeply into a one-drive sample (especially in the preseason), but that's a good indicator that he's going to be a serious focal point of the Titans' offense in 2019. Corey Davis led the team in targets last year, and there were six games in which he didn't even see six targets.

Humphries hasn't ever been a high-profile player, but he's quietly been incredibly effective for Tampa.

He is one of only 22 wideouts to catch at least 50 passes in each of the last three seasons, and his 192 receptions in that time rank 24th at the position. He's not a high-yardage guy, typically working in the short areas of the field, but he thrives in his role.

The Titans haven't thrown with a ton of volume lately, running the league's second-fewest pass plays in 2018, but that's less of a concern when we factor in Humphries' draft cost. For teammate Corey Davis, who has an average draft position (ADP) of WR36, low volume could point to him being a potential bust.

Humphries is being drafted at WR75 though. The downside if his volume doesn't hold up is minimal, but early returns suggest that he has a legitimate shot to lead the team in targets this season. That upside is huge for a guy being taken right at the end of fantasy football drafts.

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