Derrick Henry - RBPosted 2/19/18 8:56pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry ranked third in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.09 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats. Henry decisively cleared 3.7 yards gained after close in five games, but he fell under that mark in all the others.
Huddle Up: Henry's inconsistency in making defenders miss from short range - or powering through those tackle attempts - is actually a bit troubling for a 247-pound back with impressive straight-line athleticism. The Titans figure to benefit from a chance at offensive coordinator as a whole - Matt LaFleur was hired to replace Terry Robiskie - and DeMarco Murray is a candidate for release this offseason, both of which could enable Henry to reach the ceiling he has displayed at times during his first two NFL seasons.
Delanie Walker - TEPosted 2/19/18 11:22pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker reached the 800-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season in 2017. He's the only tight end to reach that plateau even once in franchise history. In addition, he became the fourth player in the history of the Titans to record five consecutive seasons with at least 60 receptions.
Huddle Up: Arguably the most underrated tight end in all of pro football, Walker is never mentioned among the uppermost top tier at his position, but perhaps he should be given his notable consistency. This past season, Walker tied for third among tight ends in catches with 74 and also finished third in targets (111) and fourth in yards (807). He'll remain a TE1 going into next year.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 2/15/18 3:42pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray could be an option for the Detroit Lions if the Titans release him this offseason, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.
Huddle Up: The Lions will be looking to add at least one running back this offseason, and Murray likely will be released this offseason. Murray likely will be part of a committee no matter where he plays in 2018 and probably will be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 2/15/18 10:28pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota became the fifth quarterback in NFL history with at least 9,000 passing yards (9,476) and 900 rushing yards (913) in his first three seasons after his performance during the 2017 campaign.
Huddle Up: While 2017 was far from his best season, it should be noted that the former Heisman Trophy winner played through a mire of injuries, not to mention he was coming back from a fractured fibula at the end of 2016. The good news is he should be 100 percent healthy going into next year, and thus, he'll be a top bounce-back candidate with legit QB1 potential for all formats.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 2/8/18 10:24am ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee offense will be more aggressive in 2018 if new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has his way. LaFleur wants his talented young quarterback to be more comfortable but more aggressive in the Titans' offensive scheme. 'Our communication is going to absolutely critical to all of our success here,' LaFleur said. LaFleur wants Mariota to voice his opinion more as Mariota heads into his fourth NFL campaign.
Huddle Up: Mariota undoubtedly took a step backward in 2017, but a new coordinator and new scheme may give new life to the talented gunslinger. What makes Mariota more appealing from a fantasy perspective is his ability to run. He needs to be a part of the low-end QB1 conversation for 2018.
Delanie Walker - TEPosted 1/28/18 6:35pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker was named Offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, finishing with four catches for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Walker was one of the most productive players at his position in 2017, finishing tied for third in receptions and fourth in receiving yards among tight ends. He'll offer a safe floor as a TE1 in 2018.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 1/17/18 6:24pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota led all quarterbacks in passer rating on play action passes during the 2017 regular season, finishing with a 122.8 mark. Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins (118.7) and Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (117.4) finished second and third, respectively.
Huddle Up: Mariota regressed in several major statistical categories this season, including throwing for a career-high interceptions and career-low touchdowns, but the former Heisman Trophy winner also still managed to excel with certain parts of his game, lending plenty of hope that he can get back on track. It's a little concerning that he'll be playing for his third coach in four seasons, but Mariota will be one of the top bounce-back candidates going into next year.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/15/18 9:34pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray said he believes he is 'definitely' still a top-end feature back. 'I am very confident in myself and I am excited,' he said. 'I am excited about the future, and my future. I know what kind of player I am.' He added that he 'probably' would have been able to return from injury in the next game had the Titans not lost their Divisional Round playoff affair Saturday, Jan. 13, against the New England Patriots. Murray also mentioned that he envisioned returning to the team next season.
Huddle Up: Murray might be hopeful of a return to Tennessee in 2018 but his contract suggests otherwise, as the Titans would avoid owing him any of the $6.5 million he's set to make next season by cutting him in the coming months. That makes the most sense, as Derrick Henry is fully expected to take over the reins of the backfield. Murray's fantasy stock next year will depend on what backfield situation he lands in.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 1/14/18 8:43am ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps strain during the first quarter the Divisional Round playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Mariota will have the entire offseason to recover from the injury and should return to the field at some point during offseason workouts. He was a disappointment for fantasy owners this season and probably should be seen as a No. 2 quarterback next season.
Jonnu Smith - TEPosted 1/14/18 4:20pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee in the AFC Divisional Round playoff loss against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 13. He is expected to be recovered in six weeks.
Huddle Up: Smith could potentially see a larger role in 2018 depending on if Delanie Walker returns to Nashville. There is no reason to believe Walker won't be back, but if Smith elevates to the top of the depth chart he'd have some fantasy value going into the new season.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 1/13/18 8:54pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 22 of his 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns and rushed four times for 37 yards in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Mariota put together a decent game despite the lopsided nature of the score. Overall, his 2017 season was a disappointment from a fantasy perspective, and he will be an upside QB2 heading into 2018.
Corey Davis - WRPosted 1/13/18 9:11pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis caught five passes on eight targets for 63 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: His rookie year was marred by injuries, but Davis flashing his upside was the lone bright spot in an otherwise ugly playoff loss. He should be a solid fantasy sleeper for 2018.
Eric Decker - WRPosted 1/13/18 9:07pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker caught six passes on seven targets for 85 yards in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: It was only the second time all season Decker has topped 80 receiving yards, and he never really clicked with Marcus Mariota. He will be a free agent this offseason, and he will need to land in the right spot to resurrect his fantasy value.
Derrick Henry - RBPosted 1/13/18 9:01pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed 12 times for 28 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: New England shut down Henry early, and Tennessee had to abandon the run after falling behind. There is a chance DeMarco Murray doesn't return in 2018, and if that's the case, Henry will have RB1 potential.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/11/18 5:32pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has a 'decent chance' of not returning to the team next season. He's scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2018, which is 'probably too much money for a backup,' and the Titans would not owe any dead money if he is cut.
Huddle Up: Murray will be 30 years old going into next season, so it doesn't look like he has much time left as a feature back. Although he's proven to be durable throughout his seven-year career, the Titans have the younger and extremely talented Derrick Henry to ride with as their starting running back, making it unlikely Murray returns. Henry is on a roll right now and will certainly have RB1 potential in 2018 as Tennessee's lead tailback.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/10/18 11:50am ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) was sidelined during practice Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Huddle Up: Murray hasn't seen the gridiron since Week 16 after suffering an MCL tear. He appears to be headed for another inactive status, in which case Derrick Henry would receive the majority of touches out of the backfield. Henry's star is on the rise as an RB2 candidate in 2018.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/9/18 1:50pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) was not able to practice Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Murray has been dealing with this knee ailment for a while now. It's already caused him to miss the first round of the playoffs and he is at risk of missing a key tilt with the New England Patriots. If that is the case, we'll see a heavy dose of Derrick Henry again, a running back who has entered the RB2 conversation for 2018.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/8/18 11:18pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) is being considered day-to-day in regards to his status for the club's upcoming Divisional Round postseason game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Even if Murray does play, Derrick Henry is expected to start out of the backfield for the Titans regardless and will be the ideal choice for DFS players this weekend. Opposite the Chiefs in the Wild Card game, Henry ran wild for 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while also hauling in both of his targets in the passing game.
Derrick Henry - RBPosted 1/7/18 3:09pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is expected to start in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots, head coach Mike Mularkey indicated Sunday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Henry is expected to start, although DeMarco Murray (knee) hasn't been ruled out yet. Still, Henry is the player you want in fantasy postseason leagues and DFS play heading into New England.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/7/18 3:08pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has not yet been ruled out for the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots, head coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Mularkey expects Derrick Henry to haul the mail, but for now Murray still has a chance to join him in the backfield. Even so, Murray is a risky play in fantasy postseason pools and DFS play.
Delanie Walker - TEPosted 1/6/18 5:08pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker caught six passes for 74 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Walker was the main target in the passing game against the Chiefs and continues to be a reliable target for Marcus Mariota. He should be a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end next week.
Derrick Henry - RBPosted 1/6/18 5:02pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6. He also caught two passes for 35 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Henry received most of the carries during the game and was a big part of the team's success on offense. He likely will receive a lot of work next week if DeMarco Murray remains sidelined and would be a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 1/6/18 4:10pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 19-for-31 for 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6. One of Mariota's touchdown throws was a deflected pass that he caught and ran into the end zone. Mariota also rushed for 46 yards on eight carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Mariota struggled in the first half of the game but played well in the second half. He will face the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers in the next round and will be a risky fantasy option.
Rishard Matthews - WRPosted 1/6/18 5:23pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews caught one pass for 15 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Matthews is on a bit of a cold streak with only two catches and 22 yards over the last two games. He should have a solid role in the passing game in the Divisional Round and could be a flex option in some fantasy leagues.
Eric Decker - WRPosted 1/6/18 5:22pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker caught two passes for 21 yards and one touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Decker played well during the last month of the season but has only recorded two touchdowns on the season. He should receive some targets next week but is not a strong fantasy option.
Corey Davis - WRPosted 1/6/18 5:10pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis caught four passes for 35 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Davis has been receiving a solid amount of targets over the last month but has posted at least 50 yards in only games this season. He probably can be avoided in fantasy leagues next week.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/4/18 10:13am ET
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has been ruled out for the wild-card round of the playoffs with a sprained knee. RB Derrick Henry will start in his place.
Huddle Up: There will be a heavy dose of Henry with Murray sidelined. The bruising back is now in the RB1 conversation for those in fantasy playoff contests.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/4/18 10:03am ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) will miss another day of practice Thursday, Jan. 4, with his sprained knee.
Huddle Up: Murray will do everything he can to be ready for a crucial playoff game, but the Titans have Derrick Henry to fall back on if Murray can't go or is limited. The Kansas City Chiefs were better than average defensively versus the run in 2017, but they did yield 12 rushing touchdowns to the position, making Henry an RB2 or flex consideration for those in playoff contests.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 1/2/18 2:18pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) was held out of practice Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Huddle Up: There is a cloud hanging over Murray's future. It's not quite a cumulus cloud, but it's a cloud nonetheless. He'll be at the unenviable running back age of 30 next season and has 23-year-old talent Derrick Henry breathing down his neck. At best, Murray holds low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 value heading into 2018.
Eric Decker - WRPosted 12/30/17 12:21pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (hamstring) should be able to play in Week 17 even though he was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 29, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
Huddle Up: Decker has been playing well over the last three weeks with 14 receptions and 192 yards during that span. He has only one touchdown on the season and will be facing a tough Jacksonville Jaguars pass defense. He could be a flex option in some deeper leagues but can be avoided in most leagues.
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