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WEEK 6 NYG at CHI (THU) DET at CLE OAK at KC TEN at SEA
ARI at SF GB at BAL PIT at NYJ WAS at DAL
CAR at MIN JAC at DEN PHI at TB IND at SD (MON)
*UPDATED CIN at BUF NO at NE STL at HOU On Bye: ATL, MIA

Prediction: TEN 6, SEA 24 (Line: SEA by 13.5)

Players of Interest: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Update: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable because of his hip and was held out Friday to rest it but is expected to play without limitation. Zach Miller will be a game time decision. Shonn Greene is out again this week despite looking favorable earlier in the week. Jackie Battle will fill in for him.

The 3-2 Titans bring their 1-1 road record to Seattle where the Seahawks are fresh off their loss in Indianapolis. The question is how many points the Seahawks score and how few the Titans get. This is the most inhospitable place to play in the NFL.

1 @PIT 16-9 10 JAC -
2 @HOU 24-30 11 IND -
3 SD 20-17 12 @OAK -
4 NYJ 38-13 13 @IND -
5 KC 17-26 14 @DEN -
6 @SEA - 15 ARI -
7 SF - 16 @JAC -
8 BYE WEEK 17 HOU -
9 @STL - ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass
WR Justin Hunter 1-20
WR Nate Washington 5-40
WR Kendall Wright 4-30
TE Delanie Walker 5-50

Pregame Notes: The Titans go to their first road trip since week two and draw the short straw. The following week against the 49ers won't be much better. With the Texans dropping like a rock, the Titans have a shot at the division title but it will go through Indianapolis this year. That's going to be very tough is the offense cannot do any better than the very average showing so far this season. The run game is marginal against all but the weakest of teams and Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't promote much confidence about being enough to keep the Titans ahead in any tough matchups.

QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Fitzpatrick was better than expected when he passed for 247 yards and one touchdown against the Chiefs and he added a rushing score on his six scampers for 50 yards. But he also threw two costly interceptions late in the game to seal the loss. He's not likely to post any notable stats until after the bye when he faces the Rams and Jaguars.

RUNNING BACKS: Jackie Battle ran for around 40 yards in the last two games but he'll head back to the bench this week with Shonn Greene expected back. Greene will resume the goal line work for the Titans that has happened only once this year. Battle ran in a score in the season opener and no running back here rushed in a touchdown since. Chris Johnson started the year with decent enough rushing yardage - about 80 yards per week - but the last two matchups went against better defenses and left him with only 25 carries for 38 yards over those two games. Johnson scored a 49-yard touchdown via a reception but that was the first time this season where he turned in more than ten yards as a receiver.

Johnson is not getting the play as a receiver and is only marginal as a runner. No reason to expect any improvement with the Seahawks and 49ers up next but facing the Rams and Jags later on should be profitable if only then.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Titans have finally given up on Kenny Britt and his six catches for 52 yards on the year. Kendall Wright is the most consistent wideout though he topped out at only 74 yards this season. Nate Washington turned in 100+ yard efforts against the Jets and Chiefs but remained below 50 yards in the two previous road games. Washington has been the only real fantasy play here and even then he was held to only 30 yards by the Chiefs. This unit combined four receivers but gets only moderate production at best.

TIGHT ENDS: Delanie Walker blocks much more than he catches and has yet to gain more than 49 yards in any game. His two touchdowns tie him for the team lead but he's too inconsistent and unproductive to merit any fantasy consideration.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Let's not waste time here. No one has thrown a touchdown in Seattle and the Jaguars two scores came in trash time of a game they trailed by as many as 38 points. There is no starts worth making from the Titans this week. Not one. Walk on by.

WHAT TO WATCH: Ryan Fitzpatrick could do himself a lot of good by not being destroyed in this game. He probably will but he could buy a lot of good will by just not turning the ball over (which he will).

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 13 25 15 25 18 7
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 8 12 8 9 4 11

 

1 @CAR 12-7 10 @ATL -
2 SF 29-3 11 MIN -
3 JAC 45-17 12 BYE WEEK
4 @HOU 23-20 13 NO -
5 @IND 28-34 14 @SF -
6 TEN - 15 @NYG -
7 @ARI - 16 ARI -
8 @STL - 17 STL -
9 TB - ----- ----- -----
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SEA vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Terrelle Pryor 40 190,1
QB Russell Wilson 40 190,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 100,1 3-20
WR Doug Baldwin 3-40
TE Luke Willson 3-30,1
PK Steven Hauschka 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Seahawks take their first loss but it was on the road and out of the conference. The schedule through the week 12 bye seems to be a cake walk and should see them favored in all. Back at home, they have to decide if they want to trounce the Titans all game long as they did against the 49ers or let up late when it gets boring as they did against the Jaguars. Likely more towards the 49er game after losing for the first time.

QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson has been plenty disappointing to fantasy owners after only scoring more than once in the Jaguars win and never throwing any touchdowns in Houston. But in the Colts matchup when the Seahawks were finally challenged, he passed for 210 yards and two scores and added a season best 102 yards as a runner. Back at home this week, he's more likely to return to normal game manager duties.

RUNNING BACKS: While Marshawn Lynch still hasn't turned in a monster game this year, he remains effective each week since the opener. He's scored four times so far (three in the 49ers matchup) and gained over 100 total yards each week other than when the Jaguars came because that game was over before it started and Christine Michael took nine runs in that game. Back at home you can be sure that Lynch will be good. The question is when will he be great?

WIDE RECEIVERS: There is little fantasy value from this unit even if they total up for a decent amount. The six touchdowns caught by a wideout were split among four different receivers and Jermaine Kearse ended up with two of them despite only catching four passes all year. Sidney Rice had a nice effort against the hapless Jaguars and otherwise hasn't broken 40 yards in any game. Golden Tate finally caught a touchdown last week but his decent games are sandwiched by efforts below 20 yards. Doug Baldwin shows up randomly and then disappears just as fast. This unit is hard to forecast but in the end, it doesn't really matter because there isn't enough consistency or production to merit starting any of them.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value. Luke Wilson occasionally shows up but he and Zach Miller are no locks to have any catches in any game. Miller missed last week with a bad hamstring.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Titans are good against the pass but come off three straight home games. Their last road trip was to Houston where Matt Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns (four if you count the interception). They've surrendered four scores to tight ends but that impossible to rely on here. Their rush defense has been sound though Jamaal Charles just left Tennessee with 145 total yards and a touchdown. Expect a the standard one touchdown pass by Wilson and a good chance that Lynch manages to score as well. But the receivers are too inconsistent to consider.

WHAT TO WATCH: The defense has an excellent chance of scoring this week. There is not much else to watch when Seattle plays at home.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 8 14 12 20 5 5
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 7 17 3 25 8 7

WEEK 6 NYG at CHI (THU) DET at CLE OAK at KC TEN at SEA
ARI at SF GB at BAL PIT at NYJ WAS at DAL
CAR at MIN JAC at DEN PHI at TB IND at SD (MON)
*UPDATED CIN at BUF NO at NE STL at HOU On Bye: ATL, MIA


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