Two tackles on two sides of ball questionable for Titans
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (3:21 pm ET) Two tackles - one on offense and the other on defense - have been listed as questionable by the Titans for their Week 16 clash against Jacksonville. They are David Stewart (shoulder) and Mike Martin (ankle).
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/19/13) Earlier this season, whatever DST was facing the Jaguars in a given week was one of the most desirable in Fantasy. But as the Titans found out in Week 10, the matchup doesn't guarantee success. Beginning with that win, the Jaguars have gone 4-2 in their last six games, scoring 27 or more points in three of them.
Of course, they've still allowed the second-most Fantasy points to DSTs this year, behind only the Giants. Just last week, the Bills had five sacks and five takeaways against them. Still, the Jaguars offense has improved enough that the DST facing it isn't an automatic start in Fantasy.
The Titans DST has struggled of late, giving up an average of 44.0 points on 455.5 yards in its last two games. It has just eight sacks and three takeaways in its last five games. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, it has scored double-digit Fantasy points in just two of its last eight games.
If you need a sleeper DST for this week, the Titans' is highly available, but of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Nathan Zegura ranks it in his top 12 for this week.
Brown was upset by his benching Sunday against Arizona after playing just six snaps. He will likely not start in Week 16 against Jacksonville despite being second on the team with 104 tackles and adding four sacks.
Munchak said he had higher expectations for Brown. That came as a surprise to Brown, who offered that no coach has told him what he needs to do to improve. Brown said he suspects that he has been benched for freelancing too much.
"I was doing what they asked me to do, but at the same time, you've got to go make a play and I guess they didn't like that," Brown told The Tennesseean. "So for me, I'm thinking 'What you want me to do?' ... I'm not a robot. If you look at all the good players, they all take chances."
Titans place Cody Sensabaugh on IR, promote Khalid Wooten
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/18/13) The Titans have elevated cornerback Khalid Wooten from the practice squad and placed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh on IR with a foot injury. Sensabaugh has been an occasional starter this season. He tied a season-high with five tackles Sunday against Arizona.
Jurrell Casey makes franchise history
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey racked up another 1 1/2 sacks Week 15 vs. Arizona, giving him 10 1/2 this season. That's almost one-third of the team's 33 sacks.
Casey is the second defensive tackle in franchise history to reach double digits in sacks, joining Ray Childress, who had 13 sacks in 1982 for the Houston Oilers. Casey led Tennessee with nine tackles, five solo. He'll visit the Jaguars in Week 16.
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The Titans DST isn't bad, though the stats might not support such a statement. Totaling 39 sacks and 19 interceptions, the squad totaled five defensive touchdowns and a nutty four scores on returns (three by Darius Reynaud). But it still wasn't enough for them to finish as a Top 12 option as they ranked 26th against the pass and 24th against the run. The numbers are surprising considering the overall types of talent they have in all three levels of the defense but the reality is they've struggled to stay disciplined and have found ways to give up gobs of yardage and points despite the perceived talent (a league-worst 29.4 points per game!). You might find yourself picking the Titans up off waivers as a one-week replacement option or if they can put up a strong start but don't draft them. (Updated 5/15/13)