Would You Rather: Start Corey Davis or A.J. Brown for the Rest of 2019 Fantasy Football Season
By Max Staley
Tennessee Titans' wide receivers A.J. Brown and Corey Davis started the 2019 NFL season on drastically different notes. Davis was locked down in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, catching none of the three targets he saw. Brown, meanwhile, was excellent in his NFL debut, hauling in three passes for 100 yards.
With Brown getting off to a surprisingly fast start, let's break down which Titans' WR you'd rather own for the rest of the 2019 season.
Corey Davis Fantasy Outlook
Davis was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and while he's shown flashes, he's yet to fully realize his potential at the NFL level. The 6-foot-2-inch WR has been plagued by inconsistency throughout his career.
He's had performances like Week 4 of 2018 against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he turned 15 targets into 161 yards and a TD. But he was also held below 50 receiving yards 10 times last season. The early returns from Week 1 suggest that Davis will likely continue to be a boom-or-bust option.
Davis is likely going to explode a few times in 2019, but he's also likely to post plenty of duds as well, making him more of an unreliable fantasy option.
A.J. Brown Fantasy Outlook
Brown was terrific in his first game at the NFL level. He looked explosive while catching three passes on four targets and hauling in a 51-yard bomb from Marcus Mariota. Brown was taken in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, so it's clear the Titans have high expectations for the Ole Miss product.
However, similar to Davis, Brown will likely struggle with his consistency. He only saw four targets in Week 1, which tied him for second on the Titans with running back Dion Lewis. Tennessee has plenty of mouths to feed in Lewis, RB Derrick Henry, Davis and tight end Delanie Walker. Brown will likely need to continue making big plays to remain fantasy relevant, and that's tough to maintain on a week-to-week basis.
Additionally, it's not like Mariota has proven he can sustain that many fantasy options. Mariota has never topped 3,450 passing yards in a single season, and has never reached 27 TDs.
Davis is likely still the top WR in Tennessee, and he should be the better fantasy option going forward. That being said, there are a lot of weapons on this team, and it doesn't look like Brown or Davis will be much more than a WR3 in standard leagues this season.
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