2011 Stats – 48 receptions for 607 yards averaging 12.6 per catch and 6 touchdowns.
Titus Young was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2nd round of the ’11 NFL draft. He has great speed with a knack for making big plays and the ability for tons if RAC. Some have compared Young as a cross between Eddie Royal and Desean Jackson which isn’t a bad thing.
The Lion’s offense broke out in ’11 with Stafford finally staying healthy and upright with Megatron taking his game to a whole new level. Calvin showed why he is already one of the all-time great receivers. While there are a few other mouths to feed such as Pettigrew and Burleson, Young has the ability to shine next season if he can get some more playing time. We’re definitely looking for an increased role and stats from last year, this shouldn’t be hard considering how he was trending towards the end of the year. Young was the 27th ranked WR last year from week 8 and on posting double-digits in five out of the last nine games. Here is his scoring output over the last 9 weeks in PPR format – 16.6, bye, 14.4, 9.4, 4.3, 9.1, 18.7, 13.5, 7.9 and 18.4. He still had some stinkers, but he definitely earned the trust of Stafford which was the most important part. Moving forward Titus should be able to take advantage of single coverage with Calvin commanding double and triple coverage on every play. You can feel safe expecting 60+ catches 900+ yards and around 6 TD’s from him in ’12 making him a strong WR3 who you can get in the double-digit rounds of your draft.
We also love Young’s dynasty value in the Detroit offense moving forward as they have a young nucleus of Stafford, Calvin and Pettigrew, this offense should be firing on all cylinders for the next 5-10 years barring a major setback with Stafford’s shoulder. You should be looking to buy this off-season, we would recommend trying to snag him with a mid-to-late 2nd round rookie pick.