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22 Dexter McCluster WR/RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/170 | Birthdate: 8/25/1988 | Birthplace: Largo, FL, USA | Team: Tennessee | College: Mississippi | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 18/2 | Average Draft Position: 151.92
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If you need a last-minute Brandon Marshall replacement...


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) What is a Fantasy owner to do if Brandon Marshall's lingering ankle injury forces the Bears to sit him down in Week 4?

Luckily, the Bears play at 1:00 pm EST, so we will know if Marshall is inactive by 11:30 am, giving you plenty of time to shuffle your roster.However, if you don't have any capable replacements available on your bench -- remember, six teams are on bye this week -- here are some guys you may be able to snag in free agency at the last minute to fill in for Marshall, all of whom are listed among the top-50 at their positions by Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg:

Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (42 percent owned), Raiders wide receiver James Jones (68 percent), Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (29 percent), Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (66 percent), or Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (53 percent).

If you have Marshall slotted into the flex spot, consider running backs Jerick McKinnon (19 percent) of the Vikings, Justin Forsett (63 percent) of the Ravens, Jacquizz Rodgers (19 percent) of the Falcons, Jonathan Grimes (13 percent) of the Texans, or Dexter McCluster (19 percent) of the Titans. 


Bishop Sankey takes a step forward, at Shonn Greene's expense


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Titans running back Shonn Greene might have found the end zone in Week 3 against the Bengals, but he saw less of the field than any of his backfield mates in the 33-7 loss.

Maybe it was just the flow of the game, but Greene's role was much-diminished Sunday. Greene saw sporadic playing time, including deep into the fourth quarter, but took a big backseat to both Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey. Greene played 46 percent of the team's snaps in Week 1, but has seen that number fall to 16 and 20 percent over the last two weeks.

And while McCluster was the big winner in Week 2, his role fell to 26 percent of the snaps in Week 3. This time around, it was Bishop Sankey's turn to shoulder the load, as he jumped up from 10.9 percent of the snaps through two games to 42 percent Sunday. He responded to the increased role well, with 61 yards on 10 carries, as well as one catch for 9 yards on his lone target.

Sankey was considered a big-time sleeper heading into the season, but we knew he would have to fight for time in a crowded backfield. Based on Week 3, he just might have earned it. Now is the time to snatch him up in the 34 percent of CBSSports.com leagues he is still available in.  


Jason McCourty active for Week 3 vs. Bengals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.

McCourty was listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, but he'll suit up. Running back Dexter McCluster (foot), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (finger) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle) are also active after being listed as probable.


Titans fairly healthy heading into Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Titans are quite healthy heading into their Week 3 game Sunday in Cincinnati. They have four players on their Friday injury report - and three are probable. The lone exception is cornerback Jason McCourty (groin), who is questionable.

The probables are running back Dexter McCluster (foot), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (finger) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle).


Dexter McCluster, Shonn Greene splitting bulk of snaps through two weeks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The running back situation for the Titans remains a guessing game, as head coach Ken Whisenhunt continues to split the workload among four running backs.

Dexter McCluster dominated the backfield timeshare through two weeks, playing 52 offensive snaps to Shonn Greene's 40. However, Greene currently leads the team in rushing with 111 yards on 20 carries. McCluster has 59 yards through the ground on 13 carries, with two catches on three targets. 

Bishop Sankey has only played 14 snaps this season, 10 of which came in Week 1. He has eight carries for 28 yards, which ranks third among his running mates. Although Leon Washington has played 22 snaps, he's gotten only four touches. Washington has two carries for 23 yards through two weeks.


Dexter McCluster able to practice in full


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Titans running back Dexter McCluster was able to practice in full Thursday.

McCluster popped up on the injury report Wednesday with a foot injury. The fact that he was upgraded to full practice bodes well for his status Week 3. 


Dexter McCluster able to get in some practice reps


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Titans running back Dexter McCluster was limited in practice Wednesday due to a foot injury. The Titans are at Cincinnati in Week 3.

Dexter McCluster dealing with sore foot; more info Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Titans coach Ken Whizenhunt would only tell reporters that running back Dexter McCluster has a sore foot Monday, and that additional details will be known Wednesday. McCluster was spotted leaving the locker room with a walking boot on his foot after Sunday's game.  

Dexter McCluster spotted with walking boot on right foot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Titans running back Dexter McCluster left the locker room after Sunday's loss vs. Dallas with his right foot in a walking boot, according to The Tennessean. McCluster had four carries for 30 yards and one catch for 9 yards in the 26-10 loss.

The Titans are back in action Week 3 against the Bengals.


Titans' RB situation remains a guessing game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Titans used four different running backs -- Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, Bishop Sankey and Leon Washington -- during a Week 1 win at Kansas City, with Greene leading the way with 71 rushing yards on 15 carries.

Though, the pecking order at running back appears to be a flexible situation heading into Week 2 against the Cowboys.

"We're going to have different personnel in and out and I think that's what's going to make this group special," McCluster said, per ESPN. "As far as me, we really don't have a set amount of carries, plays or touches. It's just kind of all how the game unfolds. It's how the game comes. With us really not knowing who's going to get in next, it keeps the defense in a frenzy, too."

Sankey didn't get his first carry until the third quarter Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said that wasn't the plan regarding the rookie running back.

"It just evolves," Whisenhunt said. "He could be in the first snap this week. It really depends on the plan and what we are doing. The thing that is important to me, it’s what he did when he went in it was how he played. I thought he did a nice job."


Titans to use four backs every week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) The Titans' official website expects coach Ken Whisenhunt to continue splitting the workload among four running backs. In the Week 1 win at Kansas City, Shonn Greene got 15 carries, Dexter McCluster nine, Bishop Sankey six and Leon Washington two.

"The number of carries will vary per week depending on the situation of the game, but it is clear that all four guys will be a part of the Titans' game plan on a weekly basis," the website said.


Dexter McCluster nets 10 touches in Week 1 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Titans running back Dexter McCluster was more of a factor in the running game than passing game during a 26-10 win Week 1 at Kansas City.

McCluster finished second on the team with nine carries for 29 yards, which trailed Shonn Greene's team-high 71 rushing yards on 15 carries. McCluster did factor into the passing game, but he had just one catch for 17 yards. He was targeted twice.

The Titans are back in action Week 2 against Dallas.


Dexter McCluster more of a PPR option Week 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Dexter McCluster will open his fifth NFL season in a game where the Chiefs are on the field. Only this time he will be on the opposite sideline, making his regular season debut for the Titans after spending his first four seasons in the NFL with Kansas City.

McCluster did have a career-high 511 receiving yards, 53 catches and two touchdowns in 2013 for Kansas City. Though, he had just a career-low eight carries for 5 yards. 

Running backs did all right against the Chiefs in 2013. They averaged 18.1 Fantasy points per week, which included a playoff game against the Colts. For the season, running backs averaged 95.2 rushing yards and 42.4 receiving yards against Kansas City, but had much better success against them down the stretch. Over the final nine games, including the playoffs, running backs averaged 117 rushing yards and totaled eight eight rushing touchdowns.

The Titans will probably use McCluster in a similar way to how the Chiefs used him as a pass-catching option. Though, much like Kansas City as well, the running back depth chart is stacked in Tennessee, with Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey ahead of McCluster on the unofficial depth chart heading into Week 1. 

McCluster is probably a better option in PPR formats heading into Week 1 than standard leagues. But he still remains a low-end start in PPR formats.


Coach on Shonn Greene as starter: 'We had to list somebody'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated that his initial depth chart at running back -- Shonn Greene as starter, followed by Dexter McCluster and rookie Bishop Sankey -- isn't exactly written in stone.

"We had to list somebody at one," Whisenhunt told The Tennessean. "We're rotating those guys, and he was the senior member. He came back and has worked hard. That's where we are right now."


Shonn Greene got the nod because of experience


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Shonn Greene is the No. 1 running back because he's the most experienced, reports TitanInsider.com. On the team's initial depth chart, Greene was listed ahead of Dexter McCluster and rookie Bishop Sankey.

Titans pencil in Shonn Greene as starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Shonn Greene is the Titans' starting running back, according to the team's first depth chart. He's followed by Dexter McCluster, rookie Bishop Sankey and Leon Washington.

The depth chart contradicts the conventional wisdom that Sankey, the first back drafted, will end up leading Tennessee in carries.


Dexter McCluster expects big role


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Titans running back Dexter McCluster is expecting a big role this year, reports the Tennessean.

"I see myself running a lot, and that's what has me most excited right now," McCluster said. "I'm ready to get back out there and see how things unfold."

McCluster is expected to work in committee with Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene, but he could be the change-of-pace rusher and catch passes out of the backfield.

"I guess it was based on everything I did in OTAs," McCluster said. "I did pretty much everything, but I was more excited about how much I've been running the ball."

How many times per game does McCluster expect to carry the ball this season?

"I don't know. I joked around all last year (with the Chiefs), saying, 'Hey, coach, just give me my 10 (carries) and I can make something happen,'" McCluster said. "But really, I'll take as many as I can."


Titans could use committee approach in backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Even though rookie running back Bishop Sankey is expected to "be the busiest back this season in terms of carries and production" for the Titans, the team could still use a running back by committee approach, reports the Tennessean.

The report says Sankey will share playing time with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster. The Titans want Greene to be their power back in goal-line and short-yardage situations, and McCluster has to prove he's more than a specialty back and pass catcher.

The Tennessean recently projected Sankey for more than 1,200 total yards and seven touchdowns. Based on those projections, Sankey would have finished as a Top 20 Fantasy running back in 2013.


Walker fond of Dexter McCluster


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Titans tight end Delanie Walker expects to see new running back Dexter McCluster making plays this season, reports ESPN.

"He's the Swiss Army knife now for this team," Walker said of McCluster. "He can play multiple positions, and I think you’re going to see Dexter moving around making great plays for us."

McCluster is expected to be used in a Danny Woodhead-like role for the Titans based on new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was the offensive coordinator in San Diego last season.


Dexter McCluster to be used at running back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) The Titans plan to line up new acquisition Dexter McCluster, a receiver and return man, at running back, reports The Tennessean. McCluster carried only 20 times over the past two seasons with the Chiefs, but in 2011 he ran 114 times for 516 yards (4.5 ypc) and a touchdown.


TItans GM: We're looking for a three-down back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) The Titans plan to add a running back in the draft to team with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster, and general manager Ruston Webster wants that pick to be an all-around back, reports ESPN.com. Tennessee released Chris Johnson on Friday.

"I think moving forward we're going to look for another back with just some all-around ability, with size and speed, some explosiveness and possibly one that could stay on the field all three downs," Webster said in a radio interview.


What's the Titans' plan at running back?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) With the release of running back Chris Johnson, the Titans plan a committee approach in 2014, reports The Tennessean. Shonn Greene is "likely to see a big boost in his responsibilities," the report said. "Greene isn't a breakaway threat, but he's proven he can be a workhorse."

Dexter McCluster is expected to get more touches at running back after getting 20 combined carries the past two years in Kansas City. He'll be the primary receiving threat out of the backfield. Jackie Battle is a 6-2, 240-pounder who's see most of his snaps in short-yardage or goal-line situations, the paper said.

The Titans also have Leon Washington and likely will draft a running back, perhaps Auburn's Tre Mason, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey or Washington's Bishop Sankey, the report said.


Report: Titans plan running back by committee


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt envisions a running back by committee this season, according to NFL columnist Dan Pompei. Assuming Chris Johnson is released, the committee presumably will feature Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster and possibly Jackie Battle or a rookie.

Sounds like Dexter McCluster will have role similar to Danny Woodhead's


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Ken Whisenhunt was very happy with how Danny Woodhead's 2013 season panned out while with the Chargers. So when he became the Titans' new head coach and one of his first moves was signing free agent running back Dexter McCluster, many believed he would play in that "air back" role like Woodhead was. 

Whisenhunt isn't saying that he exactly will fill that role but did suggest that is the direction the Titans are moving in. 

"[W]e'll get an opportunity to see what Dexter can do," Whisenhunt told CBSSports.com from the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando. "I know he can be successful in the slot, I know he can be successful out of the backfield, I know he can be successful as a returner, but how much we are going to be able to play him is going to be a function of the different roles that he can handle. ... [D]o I see a lot of similarities from the standpoint of matchup problems that you can create? Yeah I'd like to think so."

Whisenhunt added that there are roles they haven't seen McCluster in that they'd like to try, such as running through the A-gaps and pass protecting. He also noted that he can line up in the slot, something Woodhead didn't do much of in San Diego. The more McCluster can do, the more the Titans will use him. 


Dexter McCluster gets $4.5 million guaranteed


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Titans gave receiver/returner Dexter McCluster a three-year deal worth up to $12 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.