Have a Titan or two on your fantasy team?
We’re going to try to have a weekly check in with a fantasy expert to advise us on such matchups.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld was kind enough to share his thoughts on Tennessee plays for Week 2 in Houston.
Here are his thoughts:
“The Titans essentially announced what kind of offense they want to be in the opener, ripping off 42 run plays and using three-tight end power formations on 17 of those snaps. Jake Locker had 20 pass attempts and 11 completions, and the Titans won 16-9. Because the offense is decidedly run heavy, Locker is a low-percentage passer, and there are a lot of mouths to feed in Tennessee, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, and Delanie Walker are going to be unreliable fantasy players all year. Some will have big games here or there, but there's just not enough volume to maintain consistency. It's a huge fantasy headache.
“I was discouraged by the Titans' Week 1 usage of Wright, in particular. OC Dowell Loggains seems to believe Wright is a situational slot receiver only, like Eddie Royal or Davone Bess. He played 19 snaps. I'd consider dropping Wright in my fantasy league. Loggains has pledged to get Wright ‘more involved’ this week, so perhaps wait one more game. But I'm not optimistic. It's abundantly clear Wright is behind Britt and Washington on the depth chart.
“Chris Johnson should theoretically benefit from the heavy doses of rushing attempts, but Loggains obviously has no intentions of giving him goal-line work. Even with Shonn Greene sidelined last week by a knee injury, the Titans subbed in Jackie Battle in scoring position. As for Johnson in Week 2, a glass-half-full fantasy owner could point to the fact that he's had some recent success running on the Texans with 253 yards on 53 carries (4.77 YPC) over their last three meetings. I would start Chris Johnson as an RB2 this week, and leave the rest of the Titans' skill-position players on the bench or fantasy waiver wires.
“I'd also avoid Tennessee's defense and special teams unit in fantasy, especially this week. While Gregg Williams' blitz-heavy approach could result in a handful of turnover- and sack-heavy games over the course of the season, I don't think they have enough defensive talent to finish as a top-15 fantasy unit. Perhaps play the Titans' D/ST when they face the Jaguars. Not on the road against the Texans.”
I’d be more patient with Wright than Silva advises. Loggains loves Wright. The Titans will act as if they have there starting receivers even though they didn’t treat snaps like that in the opener. His playing time will increase and I think he’s going to produce. I still think he’s the most likely guy to lead the team in receptions.
I consider Silva's weekly matchup column a must read. While it's great for fantasy, it's informative on a level that goes beyond that. Check out this week's installment.