Bishop Sankey has disappointed a lot of fantasy owners thusfar this season, but that may come to an end. In a perfect storm of events, Sankey has possibly the best possible opportunity to make a name for himself.
Here's 6 reasons why Bishop Sankey will break out this week on Monday Night Football versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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1. Sankey is the main man -the only one not injured or in the doghouse - in the Tennessee Titans' backfield. Shonn Greene fumbled in the first quarter last week, and gets his number called only when two TE's are in the game. This week, Delanie Walker has a concussion, so don't be surprised to see Greene playing even fewer snaps that he has recently. Leon Washington and Dexter McCluster are banged up. Fullback Jackie Battle has only touched the ball 7 times. Rookie Antonio Andrews is a big bruiser that could sneak into the picture, but doesn't have any fantasy relevance at this moment. He'll do a little of everything, but isn't lightning fast.
2. Sankey is employed with the "11" package, a 3WR set. Knowing that the Steelers have a solid offense this year behind Big Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell, the Titans will likely have to put points on the board. The Titans do have three decent-to-good WRs in Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Nate Washington that can draw defensive attention away from the run game. Speaking of the passing game, with Dexter McCluster limited in practice, expect Sankey to get more receptions this week, adding to a possible PPR Flex play.
3. Zach Mettenberger was acceptable in his NFL Debut. Expect him to get more confident in his second game in the NFL, and Sankey could benefit from a QB that utilizes all possible weapons.
4. Sankey's production per touch has been subpar, but a lot of that can be attributed to a mediocre offensive line. Remember Chris Johnson's struggles in Tennessee? That's right. They haven't been fixed. But a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers (allowing 4.4 yards per carry, 107.5 yards per game) could temporarily remedy this and give Sankey the confidence to continue proudction.
5. With Sankey's involvement in multiple aspects of the game, you can expect a high floor fantasy score from him. He will pick up some yards based on his opportunities. It is finding the end zone that will give him the high upside that we are waiting for in fantasyland. He's going to have an opportunity to show what he's got on Monday Night Football. He's humbled to hear that he was being used as the featured Titans player in the Monday Night Football promotion, saying that he hasn't done anything to warrant that recognition. With that attitude, he knows he needs better results. What better time than now to put up some gaudy numbers?