Originally posted: October 13, 2017
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans, 8:30 PM ET
Location: Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
Weather Forecast: Clear
Gametime Temperature: 50°F
Probability of Precipitation: 5%
Wind Impact: LIGHT – N at 5 MPH
QB Jacoby Brissett
Since Week 2, when he took over as the full-time starter, Brissett is averaging 16 fantasy points/game, trading great weeks with subpar weeks. Off an 18-point day against the 49ers, he now gets to face a Titans defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, despite holding Jay Cutler to just 6.5 points last week. Brissett’s rushing ability in the red zone is raising his fantasy floor, with 3 rushing scores in the last three weeks. The Titans are also 31st in our aFPA vs. QB rankings. Brissett is a solid streaming option this week.
RB Frank Gore
Frank Gore is still the main man in the Colts backfield, averaging 16 touches per game. He faces a Titans defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in our aFPA vs. RB rankings. Rookie Marlon Mack flashed for 90+ yards on 9 carries last week, but stubborn Chuck Pagano said this week Mack is not ready for a featured or third-down back role (crazy, I know). That preserves Gore’s value as FLEX option for another week.
RB Marlon Mack
Marlon Mack faces a Titans defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in our aFPA vs. RB rankings. Mack flashed for 90+ yards on 9 carries last week and he also scored a touchdown, but stubborn Chuck Pagano said this week Mack is not ready for a featured or third-down back role (crazy, I know). That preserves Mack as a boom-or-bust, efficiency required proposition. It’s really hard to trust a situation like that.
WR T.Y. Hilton
Jacoby Brissett’s rapid development has put T.Y. Hilton back on the fantasy map while Andrew Luck is out, evidenced by last week’s breakout game of the season. The Titans are the second-easiest matchup in our aFPA vs. PPR WR rankings, too. Hilton has also put up a 5.0-92-0.5 line in his last four games against the Titans. Consider Hilton a low-end WR1 this week.
WR Donte Moncrief
Donte Moncrief’s stats are slowly deteriorating with Kamar Aiken earning more time in the Colts offense. Given his target share in recent weeks, Moncrief is not a viable fantasy option.
WR Kamar Aiken
Donte Moncrief’s stats are slowly deteriorating with Kamar Aiken earning more time in the Colts offense. He’s still not on the fantasy radar, but this trend should be monitored, especially when Andrew Luck comes back.
TE Jack Doyle
Jack Doyle is practicing but still working through the concussion protocol. Until he’s cleared from that, he’s nothing more than a bench stash.
TE Brandon Williams
Jack Doyle is practicing but still working through the concussion protocol. Brandon Williams is the back-up, but he’s not on the fantasy radar.
K Adam Vinatieri
Welcome back, GOAT. Four field goals and two PATs last week, but it’s still hard to trust a kicker in an offense with a back-up quarterback. Our rankings reveal better options.
QB Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel threw for 141 yards and a touchdown subbing for an injured Marcus Mariota last week and it appears Mariota could be out again this week, though check his Friday status. Indianapolis is 30th in points allowed to quarterbacks, having given up 2 passing touchdowns in each of the past three games. But Cassel doesn’t have enough on the ball any longer to necessarily take advantage of that. Don’t put him in your lineup if he plays.
RB DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray got 14 carries for 58 yards last week, adding 4 receptions for 11 yards. The 18 touches aren’t bad if you’re okay using Murray as an RB2. But Derrick Henry continues to chip away at Murray’s status. And if Matt Cassel starts at QB, it hurts Murray’s production. Use him as an RB2 again this week. The Colts are 24th in points allowed to opposing running backs.
RB Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry carried the ball only 4 times last week, rushing for a putrid 9 yards. Head coach Mike Mularkey said he needs to use the second-year back more. That is the way things had been trending. But even with a handful more carries, Henry is only worth using as a flex play.
WR Rishard Matthews
Rishard Matthews had just 3 catches for 34 yards last week and clearly misses a healthy Marcus Mariota, with whom he has a nice rapport. At this point, it doesn’t appear Mariota will play again this week. Use Matthews as a high-end WR3 and hope Matt Cassel is feeling a little more frisky this week in the passing game.
WR Eric Decker
Eric Decker matched his season-high with 4 catches last week but only had 34 yards receiving. He is averaging less than 10 yards per reception, which doesn’t bode well for him over the long term. Decker isn’t anything more than a flex play this week in all formats. We’re still waiting for the first touchdown catch from this supposed big red zone target.
TE Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker had 3 receptions for just 25 yards last week, though he did have a TD called back by penalty. With Matt Cassel in the lineup, Tennessee’s passing game is a crap shoot. The Colts have allowed a tight end touchdown in each of the past three weeks, so there’s some hope for Walker, who did score once in two meetings with Indianapolis last season.
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