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Tyjae Spears

RB TEN

College: Tulane | Rookie
Height: 0'0" | Weight: 0 lbs
Birth Date:
2024 Bye Week: 5

Total Pts: 124.8
Avg Pts: 7.34
Rank: 35 RB

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Spears was 34th overall in fantasy running back scoring despite backing up Derrick Henry. He got a ton of work in the passing game, catching 52 passes on the season. Spears had 838 total yards and three touchdowns. Spears had six games with double-digit fantasy points. Spears was looking good in year two until the Titans added Tony Pollard to the mix. Pollard should start with spears spelling him, playing a similar role to last season. Spears can get to the next level in a hurry, showing some of the best speed of any running back in the game. He has great speed for the position and does well in the open field. He lacks a little power, which is something to watch as he tries to establish himself as a three-down back. Spears is a good pass catcher, though, and can be a huge asset in the passing game.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Spears has a very high ceiling but likely hit or miss on a weekly basis. He will be hard to trust, splitting much of the work with Pollard. Consider Spears a No. 3 fantasy back. He can get around 800 total yards, 50 receptions and a few scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Derrick Henry is out and Tony Pollard is in. That's a big difference, and one that should grant 2nd-year back Tyjae Spears a few extra opportunities this season. When thrust into a workhorse role last season, Pollard saw his efficiency drop off significantly. It's clear he's better with a lighter workload, like how he operated with Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas from 2019-2022. That to say, the Titans would be better off with Pollard in a part-time role as opposed to letting him shoulder the load. That's where Spears comes in. In fact, Titans head coach Brian Callahan has referred to his running backs as interchangeable on multiple occasions this offseason. However, Spears flashed a ton of potential as a rookie that has many excited for his prospects this season. Per PlayerProfiler, he was 5th among running backs in yards created per touch (4.58) and breakaway run rate (7.0%). Spears was also 11th in yards per route run (1.52) and had a target share of 14.7%. It's possible the Titans start the season with both guys alternating series', but when push comes to shove, one guy is just 23 years old coming off a fantastic rookie season, and the other guy saw his efficiency tank with a heavier workload. Spears has skillset to take this job and run with it if he gets off to a fast start. Consider him an RB3 with RB2 upside in 2024.

Derrick Henry is out and Tony Pollard is in. That's a big difference, and one that should grant 2nd-year back Tyjae Spears a few extra opportunities this season. When thrust into a workhorse role last season, Pollard saw his efficiency drop off significantly. It's clear he's better with a lighter workload, like how he operated with Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas from 2019-2022. That to say, the Titans would be better off with Pollard in a part-time role as opposed to letting him shoulder the load. That's where Spears comes in. In fact, Titans head coach Brian Callahan has referred to his running backs as interchangeable on multiple occasions this offseason. However, Spears flashed a ton of potential as a rookie that has many excited for his prospects this season. Per PlayerProfiler, he was 5th among running backs in yards created per touch (4.58) and breakaway run rate (7.0%). Spears was also 11th in yards per route run (1.52) and had a target share of 14.7%. It's possible the Titans start the season with both guys alternating series', but when push comes to shove, one guy is just 23 years old coming off a fantastic rookie season, and the other guy saw his efficiency tank with a heavier workload. Spears has skillset to take this job and run with it if he gets off to a fast start. Consider him an RB3 with RB2 upside in 2024.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 13.30Tyjae Spears 27 rushing yds (2.70 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 reception (0.50 pts)
Week 26.50Tyjae Spears 49 rushing yds (4.90 pts)
Tyjae Spears 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Tyjae Spears 2 receptions (1.00 pts)
Week 32.90Tyjae Spears 6 rushing yds (0.60 pts)
Tyjae Spears 3 receiving yds (0.30 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 47.30Tyjae Spears 40 rushing yds (4.00 pts)
Tyjae Spears 18 receiving yds (1.80 pts)
Tyjae Spears 3 receptions (1.50 pts)
Week 513.90Tyjae Spears 1 rushing TD (5.00 pts)
. . . Tyjae Spears 19 yd TD rush
Tyjae Spears 34 rushing yds (3.40 pts)
Tyjae Spears 35 receiving yds (3.50 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 66.80Tyjae Spears 15 rushing yds (1.50 pts)
Tyjae Spears 48 receiving yds (4.80 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 reception (0.50 pts)
Week 7
Week 85.10Tyjae Spears 27 rushing yds (2.70 pts)
Tyjae Spears 9 receiving yds (0.90 pts)
Tyjae Spears 3 receptions (1.50 pts)
Week 94.20Tyjae Spears 18 rushing yds (1.80 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receiving yds (0.40 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 108.00Tyjae Spears 18 rushing yds (1.80 pts)
Tyjae Spears 42 receiving yds (4.20 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 113.60Tyjae Spears 14 rushing yds (1.40 pts)
Tyjae Spears 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)
Tyjae Spears 2 receptions (1.00 pts)
Week 121.20Tyjae Spears 6 rushing yds (0.60 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 reception (0.50 pts)
Week 1310.80Tyjae Spears 75 rushing yds (7.50 pts)
Tyjae Spears 13 receiving yds (1.30 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 1414.80Tyjae Spears 29 rushing yds (2.90 pts)
Tyjae Spears 89 receiving yds (8.90 pts)
Tyjae Spears 6 receptions (3.00 pts)
Playoff Week 14.20Tyjae Spears 30 rushing yds (3.00 pts)
Tyjae Spears 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)
Tyjae Spears 1 reception (0.50 pts)
Playoff Week 29.20Tyjae Spears 40 rushing yds (4.00 pts)
Tyjae Spears 27 receiving yds (2.70 pts)
Tyjae Spears 5 receptions (2.50 pts)
Playoff Week 34.90Tyjae Spears 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Tyjae Spears 4 receptions (2.00 pts)
Player Notes
May 29 4:50pm ET

Tennessee Titans running backs Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears figure to share the backfield in 2024 under new head coach Brian Callahan, and the Titans are high on both players as receiving threats. "Anytime we can find ways to match those guys up in the passing game on linebackers is a huge benefit to us. They are hard to cover. They can run routes like receivers, which is unique," Callahan said. "I have not seen guys like them very often and we have two of them...they catch naturally which is exciting." Pollard, who spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was often used as a receiver out of the backfield as a change-of-pace complement to Ezekiel Elliott. Meanwhile, Spears played 52.9% of Tennessee's offensive snaps last year -- primarily on passing downs. It's going to be a challenge to project each back's workload in the new-look Titans' offense, but given the predicted identity shift to a pass-first approach, both could have flex value in PPR formats. Pollard is being drafted as a low-end RB2 in early fantasy drafts, while Spears is going off the board around the low-end RB3 range.

From RotoBaller

Apr 10 11:10pm ET

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Nick Holz sees running backs Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard as 1A and 1B in some combination at the RB position for the team heading into the 2024 season. Holz said both backs will get a lot of touches. It's clearly bad news for Pollard's fantasy value after he served as the lead back for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023, recording his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season with six touchdowns but a career-low 4.0 yards per carry in 17 regular-season starts. Expecting a third straight 1,000-yard season in his first year in Tennessee would be unwise. If both Spears -- who had 453 rushing yards and 385 receiving yards with three total TDs as a rookies last year, -- and Pollard split the backfield work evenly, they'd both be more of RB3/flex plays in fantasy on a weekly basis in an offense that could be transitioning to more of a balanced attack rather than run-heavy.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 4:40pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears rushed three times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Week 18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. With Derrick Henry likely heading to a new organization this offseason, Spears could find himself as the team's RB1 in 2024. That said, Tennessee will surely add competition to the backfield, so this is a situation worth monitoring. Either way, it was a great performance for the rookie to close out his debut season.

From RotoBaller

Jan 4 2:20pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears has hauled in nine of his 12 targets for 56 yards over the last two weeks. Those games were played mostly by Ryan Tannehill, who could start in place of the injured Will Levis (foot) in the team's season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Although Spears is far from a sure thing in fantasy football, he's earned over a 23% target share since Week 16. This makes him a low-end flex consideration in deep PPR leagues. His upside is limited, so he's not worth consideration in DFS GPP tournaments.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 4:30pm ET

Tennessee Titans rookie running back Tyjae Spears rushed six times for no gain and caught three of his four targets for 29 yards in the Week 17 blowout loss to the Houston Texans. It was a disappointing performance for the rookie, but he's playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Spears could be the clear No. 1 running back in Tennessee next season, as there's a chance Derrick Henry is set to play in his final game for the organization on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Spears shouldn't be trusted in any leagues that extend to Week 18, but he'll be an interesting sleeper for fantasy football next year.

From RotoBaller

Dec 28 3:10pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears has played second-fiddle to Derrick Henry this season, but he is the RB35 in PPR leagues through 16 weeks of action. He has hauled in 12 passes over the last three weeks, which makes him a viable PPR flex option in deep leagues against the Houston Texans In Week 17. In Week 15 against Houston, Derrick Henry posted ten total yards on 20 touches, so it'll be interesting to see if Tennessee opts to get Spears more involved this time around. Ultimately, Spears is far from a sure thing, but if fantasy managers are desperate for flex production, he's in consideration. Whether Will Levis (ankle) or Ryan Tannehill starts, he should be a factor as a receiver.

From RotoBaller

Dec 21 4:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears has flashed upside during his rookie season, but Derrick Henry has remained the primary back for the team in 2023. However, Henry is coming off one of the worst performances of his career, posting 15 total yards on 20 touches. With Henry showing clear signs of regression and the Titans being eliminated from playoff contention, they might opt to give Spears an enhanced role down the stretch. The Seattle Seahawks have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs, so Spears could make the most out of however many touches he gets. With Will Levis (ankle) potentially out of action, veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill might lean on Spears in the passing game, too. Although he should be avoided in shallow leagues, he can be flexed in deep leagues.

From RotoBaller

NFL Week
OppPtsRush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
Fum
Lost
2023 Season124.8010045320523851700
Week 1@NO3.303270011040
Week 2LAC6.508490026020
Week 3@CLE2.90460043040
Week 4CIN7.3054000318040
Week 5@IND13.9073410435050
Week 6BAL6.8041500148010
Week 7bye
Week 8ATL5.103270039040
Week 9@PIT4.205180044060
Week 10@TB8.0051800442050
Week 11@JAX3.6041400212020
Week 12CAR1.20260011030
Week 13IND10.80167500413060
Week 14@MIA14.8072900689080
Week 15HOU4.209300017010
Week 16SEA9.2094000527060
Week 17@HOU4.906000429060
Week 18JAX18.1032510341130