News: The Titans' Craig Stevens, who has been getting more snaps at tight end with Jared Cook sidelined for the rest of the year with a torn rotator cuff, had just one catch for 7 yards Week 16 at Green Bay. He was targeted twice on the day.
Analysis: Cook has been inactive for two games now, and during that time, Stevens has a combined three catches for 23 yards. Granted, the poor play of quarterback Jake Locker hasn't helped, but clearly, Stevens is looking unlikely to make a relevant impact with Cook sidelined. You can leave him on waivers in Fantasy.
News: With Jared Cook out for the year with a torn rotator cuff, Craig Stevens will continue to get the majority of the looks at tight end for the Titans Week 16 at Green Bay. Stevens was targeted only three times with Cook sidelined last week, catching two passes for 16 yards. The Packers have allowed the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Analysis: Bigger role or not, Stevens doesn't look like a viable option for this week. The Titans' passing game is unreliable to begin with, and this matchup isn't particularly favorable. You can leave Stevens on waivers in just about all Fantasy leagues.
News: Titans tight end Craig Stevens caught two passes for 26 yards in Sunday's 51-20 loss to the Bears. He was targeted three times.
Analysis: Stevens out-gained Jared Cook, the more popular of the Fantasy tight end options on Tennessee, 26 yards to six. He's quietly racked up over 200 yards on the season, along with a touchdown. Still, in a year with a good amount of mid-range depth at tight end -- and a better option on his own team -- Stevens can be left on the wire in pretty much all formats.
News: Titans tight end Craig Stevens made a rare visit to the end zone Week 4 at Houston. Stevens' recorded his team's first touchdown during a 38-14 loss on a 19-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck, who replaced the injured Jake Locker (shoulder) in the first quater, at 7:52 of the second quarter. It was Stevens' first touchdown this season and fourth of his career. He finished with two catches for 24 yards.
Analysis: Stevens has been productive the last two weeks, totaling seven catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. However, it's nothing to write home about. Jared Cook is still the Titans' tight end to own in Fantasy. Stevens is on pace to set new career-highs across the board, but he is not a recommended Fantasy option heading into Week 5 at Minnesota.
News: Titans tight end Craig Stevens, who entered the game with just two catches all season, had five for 63 yards Week 3 against the Lions. He was targeted seven times, third-most on the team.
Analysis: Quarterback Jake Locker threw for a career-high 378 yards in this game, so all that extra yardage had to go somewhere. Jared Cook's early departure with a shoulder injury likely also helped Stevens' cause. Though Stevens typically starts for the Titans, he's more of a blocker than a receiver in their offense. You can continue to ignore him in Fantasy.
News: Titans tight end Craig Stevens was not much of a factor in Week 2 against the Chargers. Stevens finished with just one catch for 46 yards in the 38-10 defeat, which came on the final play of the game. It was his only target in the loss.
Analysis: Stevens is the Titans No. 2 TE and is normally is used as an extra blocker in short-yardage situations. He does not see a ton of targets most weeks, so Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the 28-year-old in the majority of formats heading into Week 3.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens had one catch for 5 yards on one target Sunday in Week 1 against the Patriots.
Analysis: Stevens is the No. 2 tight end for the Titans behind Jared Cook. He has minimal Fantasy value and is not worth using in all leagues in Week 2 at San Diego.
News: The Tennessean reports the Titans have agreed to terms with TE Craig Stevens on a new four-year contract worth roughly $15 million. "I am extremely grateful and glad they brought me back," he said. "I love this city and team." Stevens, a four-year veteran who caught nine passes for 174 yards in 2011, was scheduled to become a free agent in March.
Analysis: Stevens is a blocking TE and has minimal Fantasy value. It's a nice reward that he got paid, but he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues in 2012.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens had one catch for 31 yards Sunday against New Orleans in Week 14. He had three targets in the game.
Analysis: Stevens has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. Ignore him in all formats in Week 15 at the Colts.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens returned to action on Sunday in Week 9 against the Bengals after missing the Week 8 game against the Colts with a ribs issue. Stevens returned against the Bengals and recorded one big 25-yard catch from QB Matt Hasselbeck in the game. Stevens is the No. 2 tight end behind Jared Cook on the roster.
Analysis: Stevens is nothing more than the backup TE to Cook for the Titans. He's not a big-time weapon in the offense. The Titans play at Carolina and the Panthers have been middle of the pack against tight ends. That said, Carolina has only allowed two TE touchdowns all season, so Stevens is not a recommended Fantasy option at this time.
News: As expected, Titans TE Craig Stevens (ribs) was not included among the team's inactives for their Week 7 game against the Texans.
Analysis: Stevens' availability was anticipated by Titans coach Mike Munchak, even though he was still listed as questionable as recently as Wednesday. However, even when healthy enough to play, Stevens is merely a low-end option for Fantasy.
News: Titans coach Mike Munchak said on Wednesday that TE Craig Stevens is improving, though he remains questionable with a rib injury suffered in Week 4. Munchak added that he thinks Stevens will be a "full-go" for Sunday's game against Houston.
Analysis: Stevens, who suffered cartilage damage in his ribs in Week 4, was able to play Week 5 at Pittsburgh before the team's bye in Week 6. Fantasy owners should monitor Stevens' status leading up to Week 6. However, he should be considered nothing more than a low-end option at the position.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens, who suffered cartilage damage in his ribs in Week 4, was able to play Week 5 at Pittsburgh, but he sat out the final quarter of the lopsided affair to give the injury some extra rest. "The fact he was sore, we thought there was no reason to keep him in there," coach Mike Munchak said. Stevens didn't record an offensive statistic in the contest.
Analysis: Stevens scored a touchdown in Week 4, but he has yet to catch more than one pass in any game this season. Clearly, he's a minimal contributor on offense. He should be healthy enough to play Week 7 against the Texans following the team's bye in Week 6, but you shouldn't bother with him in Fantasy.
News: Titans coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Monday that TE Craig Stevens suffered cartilage damage in his ribs during Week 4 against the Browns. Munchak said Stevens sustained the injury sometime during the first half of the 31-13, but should be able to play in Week 6 against Pittsburgh. He is going to be very sore, and he might be limited (in practices) because of that, Munchak said. The cartilage is painful he doesnt want to laugh a lot, which he doesnt anyway. I think he has to be careful with who he hands out with.
Analysis: Stevens only had one catch prior to leaving Sunday's contest with his injury, although it was a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck. Still, Stevens is used more as a blocking TE, with Jared Cook getting most of the targets at the position. Fantasy owners should monitor Stevens' status leading up to Week 6. However, he should be considered nothing more than a low-end sleeper option, if he is healthy enough to play against the Steelers.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens, who had a 58-yard catch in Week 3, again had only one catch Week 4 at Cleveland, and it was again a big one. He scored on a 12-yard pass from QB Matt Hasselbeck in the first quarter. It was Stevens' only target in the game, though he did leave early in the contest with a rib injury. According to the Tennessean, he'll likely be fine for Week 5.
Analysis: Stevens isn't the Titans' primary pass-catching tight end. That role goes to Jared Cook, who had an 80-yard touchdown reception on Sunday. Still, the Titans clearly aren't afraid to go to Stevens in the clutch. Until he becomes a more consistent part of the passing game, though, you can leave him on waivers in Fantasy. The Titans visit the Steelers in Week 5.
News: In what was his only catch of the game, Titans TE Craig Stevens had a 58-yard reception in the fourth quarter to help put the Titans on top of the game for good.
Analysis: Stevens is more of a blocker than a receiver and won't put up stats on a regular basis. Keep him off rosters.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens, who got to start Week 15 against the Texans with usual starter Bo Scaife a healthy inactive, didn't record a single reception in the contest. He was targeted once.
Analysis: Stevens scored a touchdown in a reserve role last week, so this poor performance wasn't necessarily a foregone conclusion. Still, Jared Cook was expected to pick up most of the slack statistically for Scaife, and he did, catching three passes for 42 yards. Stevens remains little more than a last resort even in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News:Craig Stevens will start at tight end for the Titans against the Texans in Week 15 with usual starter Bo Scaife inactive. But according to the Tennessean, the Titans chose to make the healthy Scaife inactive to get Jared Cook involved more.
Analysis: Stevens may be the technical starter for the Titans, but Cook is more likely to make a Fantasy impact. Still, because Stevens caught a touchdown pass last week, he's worth a flier if you're desperate in a deeper league.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens came into the Week 14 game against the Colts with one career touchdown reception and he duplicated the mark on Thursday night. He caught three passes for 20 yards from QB Kerry Collins, who targeted him four times. The TD came on the opening drive of the second half, on a 7-yard connection with Collins.
Analysis: Stevens came into the game with eight catches on the year, and on Thursday night he added three more. For one, the Titans were passing a bit more than usual because of a 14-point deficit at the half and Stevens' TD cut Indy's lead to one score. Still, we don't foresee him overtaking Bo Scaife as the team's top TE. Don't consider him in Fantasy play heading into the Week 15 game against the Texans.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens had the finest performance of his career in Week 8 against the Chargers. After catching a pass from QB Vince Young a bringing the ball all the way down to the 1-yardline, he was rewarded two plays later with the first touchdown reception of his career. He finished the game with two catches for 29 yards in the 33-25 loss.
Analysis: Stevens entered Week 8 with just five catches for 54 yards on the year but set career highs in almost every category on Sunday. He serves mainly as a blocking tight end for the Titans, though, and is not a big part of their offensive plans. Despite his solid game, Stevens can be ignored in Fantasy formats heading into Week 10 against the Dolphins.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens had one reception for 11 yards in week 5 against the Cowboys. It was his only reception of the game.
Analysis: Stevens serves as the blocking tight end for the Titans and is not a big part of Tennessee's offensive plans. He can be ignored in Fantasy at this point.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens caught one pass for a 9-yard gain in Week 2 against the Steelers. He has totaled three catches for 27 yards over the team's first two games.
Analysis: Stevens is not featured enough in a very pedestrian pass offense to be considered useful in any Fantasy format. Unless that changes, he should be left on waivers in all leagues.
News: Tennessee TE Craig Stevens doubled his career production in Week 1 as the Titans dominated the Raiders. Stevens caught two passes for 18 yards as he came into the game with just one career reception for nine yards.
Analysis: Stevens is definitely going to have a career year with Tennessee. That said, his career year is not going to translate into much Fantasy value. Ignore him for Week 2 as the Titans host the Steelers. Bo Scaife is the better Fantasy tight end in this offense.
News: Tennessee TE Craig Stevens managed one catch in Monday's preseason win over the Cardinals. The grab went for 30 yards in the first quarter from starter Vince Young. Stevens showed Young he can catch passes down the middle and run with the ball.
Analysis: Stevens is No. 2 on the depth chart for the Titans at tight end. He is mostly a blocking tight end but does have some ability in the passing game. That could come in handy for Tennessee this season but he doesn't enter the year with any value in Fantasy play.
News: The Tennessean reports that Titans TE coach John Zernhelt is looking for Craig Stevens to help replace the departed Alge Crumpler, who is now in New England. "Craig Stevens had excellent OTAs with us," Zernhelt said. "There are things we always knew about him, but Alge got the reps through experience. Craig has shown he's a solid blocker, and his receiving ability and route-running is really right on track where it needs to be."
Analysis: Stevens will likely be the No. 3 TE for the Titans behind starter Bo Scaife and No. 2 option Jared Cook. Don't plan on drafting Stevens in the majority of leagues this year, but he is worth keeping an eye on in case you want to add him off the waiver wire if he's able to play like the Titans are hoping.
News: Titans WR Justin Gage, WR Lavelle Hawkins and TE Craig Stevens didn't record offensive statistics against the Rams in Week 14.
Analysis: Gage had a couple big games earlier in the year, but injuries have set him back. None of these players is worth owning in Fantasy.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens, QB Kerry Collins and WR Dominique Edison didn't record offensive statistics Week 12 against the Cardinals.
Analysis: None of these players ever does enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them all on waivers.
News: Tennessee had the following offensive players active but go without stats for the Week 11 win over Houston on Monday night: WR Dominique Edison, WR Lavelle Hawkins, TE Craig Stevens, TE Jared Cook and backup QB Kerry Collins.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value and can continue to be ignored in all formats. Only Collins would be viable if he overtakes Vince Young as the starter at some point later in the year. That seems unlikely to happen at this point, however.
News: Titans DB Nick Harper, RB Javon Ringer, DB Cary Williams, DL Jovan Haye, TE Craig Stevens, DL Jevon Kearse and RB Alvin Pearman have all been ruled inactive for Week 8 vs. Jacksonville.
Analysis: Harper and Kearse can be used as low-end Fantasy options in IDP leagues when active. Ringer is more of a long-term keeper since he is currently third on the depth chart. Most of the other players are reserves and have little to no Fantasy appeal. Make sure to keep them reserved in Week 8.
News: Tight end Craig Stevens was released from a hospital Monday with a concussion. Stevens was knocked out of Sunday night's 31-9 loss to Indianapolis after a helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate.
Analysis: Stevens has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in all leagues for Week 6 at New England even if he's able to play.
News: Titans TE Craig Stevens left Sunday's game against the Colts after he suffered a concussion in a head-to-head collision with S Michael Griffin on the opening kickoff. Coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that Stevens was having tests for a concussion.
Analysis: Stevens has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in all leagues for Week 6 at New England even if he's able to play.
News: Titans RB Javon Ringer, TE Craig Stevens and QB Vince Young all dressed for Tennessee's Week 4 loss to the Jaguars, but failed to record an offensive stat.
Analysis: Young is the only one in this group with any Fantasy value, as he could fill in for Kerry Collins at some point this season. The others can all be ignored in Week 5 vs. Indianapolis.
News: Titans RB Javon Ringer, TE Craig Stevens, QB Vince Young and WR Dominique Edison all dressed but failed to record an offensive stat during Week 1 against the Steelers.
Analysis: Young has been relegated to a backup role to Kerry Collins and that won't change unless Collins starts stinking up the joint or is injured. Pretty much all these players are backups or special teams contributors. They have little to no Fantasy value heading into Week 2 against the Texans.
News: The following Titans did not record an offensive statistic in Week 16 against Pittsburgh: QB Vince Young, WR Lavelle Hawkins, RB RB Quinton Ganther, RB Ahmard Hall, WR Brandon Jones and TE Craig Stevens.
Analysis: The Titans clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC with their win over the Steelers in Week 16. That means they will likely be looking to keep their starters fresh in Week 17 at Indianapolis. Look for Vince Young and Ahmard Hall to see some increased action as well as several of these players. They aren't players who should be entrusted with Fantasy titles in such a critical juncture of the Fantasy season.
News: In the Titans' 13-12 loss at the Texans in Week 15, TE Craig Stevens, WR Lavelle Hawkins and backup QB Vince Young were active and dressed but did not record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: Hawkins might be a decent Fantasy player in 2009, but he's not worth using now. Neither is Stevens. Young's future is up in the air following this season, which is a year he'd like to forget, as would his Fantasy owners. Don't use any of them when the Titans host the Steelers in Week 16.
News: Titans RB Quinton Ganther, WR Lavelle Hawkins, TE Craig Stevens and QB Vince Young all dressed for Tennessee's Week 14 win over Cleveland, but failed to record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value, so continue to ignore them in Week 15 at Houston.
News: In the Titans' 47-10 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving as part of Week 13 action, WR Lavelle Hawkins and TE Craig Stevens were active and dressed but did not record an offensive stat in the game.
Analysis: Neither of these players ever do enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them on waivers. The Titans host the Browns in Week 14.
News: Tennessee only had two players active and stat-less in Week 12's loss to the Jets. The following players did not have any stats: TE Craig Stevens and QB Vince Young.
Analysis: Neither of these players ever does enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them all on waivers.
News: Tennessee had two players not record any stats in Week 10's win over the Bears despite playing in the game. Tight end Craig Stevens and RB Quinton Ganther did not record any stats. QB Vince Young was active and dressed but didn't record an offensive statistic as he didn't get into the game.
Analysis: Quarterback Kerry Collins had his best game of the season in Week 10 and that means Young has no hope of returning to action anytime soon. Even with Young on this list, none of these Titans are worth owning at this point. The Titans play at Jacksonville in Week 11.
News: In a 19-16 win at home over Green Bay, Titans TE Craig Stevens, RB Quinton Ganther and QB Vince Young were active and dressed but didn't record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: Even with Young on this list, none of these Titans are worth owning at this point. The Titans play at the Bears in Week 10.
News: The following Titans players played in Week 7's win over the Chiefs but did not record any stats: WR Paul Williams, QB Vince Young and TE Craig Stevens. Wide receiver Chris Davis did not play in the game but was active.
Analysis: Aside from Vince Young, none of the players on this list are going to be in line for considerable playing time anytime soon. And Young probably won't either. Leave them on the waiver wire in all Fantasy leagues until further notice.
News: Titans RB Quinton Ganther, WR Lavelle Hawkins, TE Craig Stevens and backup QB Vince Young all dressed but failed to record an offensive stat Week 5 at Tennessee.
Analysis: Most of these players either see time on special teams or as reserves for the Titans. That includes Young, who will probably not play again this year unless starter Kerry Collins misses playing time. Tennessee is on bye in Week 6 and return in Week 7 to play at Kansas City. No one listed above is worth owning at this point.
News: Titans RB Quinton Ganther, WR Chris Davis, TE Craig Stevens and backup QB Chris Simms all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 4 vs. Minnesota.
Analysis: Most of these players either see time on special teams or as reserves for the Titans. They have a marginal role on offense and can be ignored in Fantasy. The Titans play the Ravens in Week 5.
News: Titans RB Quinton Ganther, WR Lavelle Hawkins, TE Craig Stevens and QB Chris Simms all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 3 vs. Houston.
Analysis: Most of these players either see time on special teams or as reserves for the Titans. They have a marginal role on offense and can be ignored in Fantasy. The Titans play the Vikings Week 4.
News: Titans QB Chris Simms, WR Chris Davis and TE Craig Stevens all dressed for Tennessee's Week 2 win over the Bengals, but didn't record an offensive stat.
Analysis: Simms might be worth having in super-deep leagues just in case Kerry Collins gets hurt, but none of these other guys have any Fantasy value.
News: The following Titans did not record an offensive statistic in Week 1 against Jacksonville: WR Chris Davis, WR Paul Williams, WR Brandon Jones and TE Craig Stevens.
Analysis: None of the players on this list are going to be in line for considerable playing time anytime soon. Leave them on the waiver wire in all Fantasy leagues until further notice. They've got some depth chart climbing to do.