Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Time: Thursday, September 19 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Jacksonville +1.5
Marcus Mariota – It was a much more Mariota like game in Week 2 as he barely topped 150 yards and only threw one touchdown. It is an impressive feat by him though to not throw an interception. He really just keeps the production of the rest of the offense now, and there is no situation where you should trust Mariota in your redraft lineups or DFS. It gets even tougher this week against the Jaguars who have one of the best secondaries in the league and just held the Texans to 13 points.
Derrick Henry – Despite the lack of a passing game in this one, Henry was impressive again with 81 yards on just 15 carries and a score against the Colts. He has clearly put himself in a grouping as an RB2 on a weekly basis. Henry looks to keep it going this week against the Jaguars who gave up 90 yards to an average runner in Carlos Hyde . Henry is a must start again in Week 3.
Corey Davis – The offense doesn’t throw a lot, and when it does it doesn’t do it very efficiently. Davis is a tall, athletic receiver, but there’s just not enough volume for him to be a consistent fantasy contributor. He was targeted only five times last week, and starting him against the tough Jaguars secondary is a fool’s errand.
A.J. Brown – Brown wasn’t able to follow up his Week 1 effort with another great performance. He had just three catches for 25 yards on five targets, and this is the concern with him. Like teammate Corey Davis there’s a ton of raw talent here, but he definitely needs more seasoning and a better quarterback. He definitely deserves to be on rosters, but there’s no way you can start him in Week 3.
Adam Humphries – A guy who came into the year hoping to be a PPR league asset, Humphries has been targeted three times in two games. He is a candidate to be dropped if there’s a hot free agent.
Delanie Walker – Walker led the team with both four catches and 39 yards, which sounds pathetic when you read it again. That was the most receptions on the team, and the most receiving yards. Walker is a good fantasy tight end, but it is hard to trust anyone but Derrick Henry on this team.
Gardner Minshew – He got off the plane this week looking like Freddie Mercury from Queen, but the Jaguars were not the champions on Sunday as they fell to Houston. Minshew also really came back to Earth after a magical Week 1 with just 213 yards and a touchdown. He did help those who believed in him this week with 56 rushing yards though, which is like another touchdown pass. It remains to be seen if Minshew will be fantasy relevant, which more than likely he won’t be, however he is good enough to keep the Jaguars receivers productive enough to be used.
Leonard Fournette – It was another less than stellar performance for Fournette with just 47 yards on 15 carries. The worst part was he didn’t quite have enough burst to convert a two-point conversion to win the game. He now has 113 yards on the season, after averaging just over three yards a carry on Sunday. Obviously, if you have Fournette on your redraft rosters you have to keep running him out there and hoping for the best, but Fournette is starting to look like a flex option and not a second or third round pick like he was drafted.
D.J. Chark – He was the most targeted receiver on the team by a nice margin, and it is looking more like Chark might be a receiver that you can trust on a weekly basis. He had seven catches for 55 yards and a short touchdown to make it a good fantasy day. There is concern with Minshew at quarterback, but right now it appears they have a nice chemistry. The Titans secondary is no joke, so this might not be the best week to put Chark in your lineups.
Chris Conley – It was another solid game for Conley as he led the team in receiving yards with 73 on four catches. He wasn’t able to score a touchdown, but this is another step in a positive direction. Conley has put together two straight good games, and if he is available on your waiver wire he should be added. This is going to be a tough week against the Titans, so on the bench is probably the best place for him this coming week.
Dede Westbrook – While a touchdown made Westbrook’s fantasy day somewhat of a success, there was no such save in Week 2. In fact he had just one catch on five targets for three yards. Concern has certainly set in for a guy who we thought was going to be a low end WR2 or high end WR3. He deserves to be sat on your bench this week against the Titans, and perhaps until you see some life from him.
Summary: On a Thursday Night with two lackluster offenses, this one will likely be ugly from a fantasy perspective. I have more faith in Gardner Minshew right now than Marcus Mariota. Both running backs should do fairly well, but there is a chance that neither team hits 20 in this one.
Prediction: Jacksonville 17, Tennessee 13