Titans DE Ropati Pitoitua seeking a cast for broken finger
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/14) Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who underwent surgery to repair a broken finger earlier in the month, will visit a specialist on Tuesday about creating a cast for his finger. Pitoitua suffered the injury Week 6 and was inactive against Washington Week 7.
The Titans will host the Texans Week 8.
Titans decent against backup quarterbacks
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/14) The Titans got only so much of an opportunity to take advantage of struggling quarterback Kirk Cousins Week 7 at Washington. Not long after he threw his one and only interception, the Redskins replaced him with Colt McCoy.
The Titans also recovered a fumble (by Cousins) in the first quarter and had three sacks in the contest. They limited the Redskins to 19 points on 351 yards.
It was the second straight game in which the Titans DST scored double-digit Fantasy points, going by standard CBSSports.com scoring, but of course, the previous one came against the Jaguars.
If nothing else, the Titans DST has shown it can make the most of favorable matchups. Because its next one Week 8 against Houston is only so-so, you may want to look elsewhere in Fantasy.
(10/13/14) After looking horrible the previous four weeks, allowing an average of 32.3 points on 406.5 yards, the Titans DST suddenly came to life Week 6 against Jacksonville. Funny how that works.
Actually, it's not. The Jaguars have allowed the most Fantasy points to DSTs this season -- and by a wide margin. They're a gimme in Fantasy. You want the DST of virtually any team that faces them.
If you want the numbers, not that they should matter since they certainly won't be the norm for other matchups, the Titans allowed 14 points on 379 yards. They piled up a season-high six sacks, recorded an interception and recovered a fumble. Though they now have 15 sacks on the season, tying them for seventh in the NFL, they had only one in their previous three games combined.
The Titans have what seems like a decent matchup Week 7 Washington, but given its performance in the four games leading up to this one, you should probably avoid their DST.
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The addition of coordinator Ray Horton and a move to the 3-4 scheme should make the Titans defense more aggressive, though they had their moments last season. Improving their run defense was be a priority after ranking 20th against the ground game and they did it by adding linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips from Denver. Losing cornerback Alterraun Verner will sting as he was a big reason for the Titans being good against the pass for much of the year. It could be a tough season for the Titans overall unless they make some shrewd draft moves. We'd pass on them as a DST save for favorable matchups during the bye weeks.