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Marcedes Lewis has chance for even more
With wide receiver Cecil Shorts going on IR in the days leading up to the game, the
His matchup Week 16 against Tennessee should only further his cause. The Titans rank a discouraging 10th against the pass, allowing 225.9 yards per game, but tight ends are responsible for most of the damage against them. The Titans have allowed the 13th-most Fantasy points at the position.
Judging by the matchup data, the Jaguars will most likely lean on their running game in this one, but on those occasions when they have to pass, Lewis is the most logical target. He's about all they have left.
As a result, Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura both kind of like him this week, ranking him among their top 12 tight ends. You wouldn't bench a reliable option for him, of course, but if you're hurting at the position, he's worth a look.
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Ace Sanders will give it another go
Most likely, things won't get much better for him Week 16 against Tennessee. The Titans rank 10th against the pass, allowing 225.9 yards per game, and have given up the second-fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers this season. They've been much more vulnerable to the run, so more likely than not, that's how the Jaguars will attack them.
Sanders still has the potential to be a high-volume receiver out of the slot, but now probably isn't the time to take a chance on him.
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Chad Henne figures to take a back seat
Even though he's coming off back-to-back-to-back games with two touchdown passes -- the only times he's thrown two touchdown passes all season --
For starters, he had arguably his worst performance in a season with no shortage of bad ones when the Jaguars last faced the Titans in Week 10, throwing for 180 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes. He isn't the only quarterback to struggle against the Titans this year. They rank 10th against the pass, allowing 225.9 yards per game, and have given up the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
The Titans are much more vulnerable to the run, ranking 23rd in yards allowed, so whether Maurice Jones-Drew or Jordan Todman starts at running back for the Jaguars, Henne figures to hand off the football plenty.
None of Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura rank him among their top 24 quarterbacks for this week, which is typical. He's nothing more than a last resort in Fantasy.
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Jordan Todman coming through for Maurice Jones-Drew
Whichever running back starts in Week 16 has a favorable matchup. The Titans rank 23rd against the run, allowing 119.1 yards per game, and have surrendered the second-most Fantasy points to running backs this season. They gave up a combined 140 rushing yards to the Cardinals' duo of Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington last week and a combined 155 rushing yards to the Broncos' duo of Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball in Week 14.
Of course, Jones-Drew had only 41 yards on 21 carries when he faced the Titans in Week 10 --part of a pattern of inconsistency that may have Fantasy owners hoping for Todman in Week 16. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all consider it a likely scenario, ranking him among their top 20 running backs for this week, with Nathan slotting him the highest at 12th.
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Titans DST not the sleeper it may appear
Earlier this season, whatever DST was facing the Jaguars in a given week was one of the most desirable in Fantasy. But as the
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.
Andre Ellington puts in limited practice
Chris Houston returns to practice
Detroit hosts the Giants on Sunday.
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Matchup makes Cordarrelle Patterson risky
Though he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and has shown a knack for making big plays,
Patterson has proven to be risky regardless of the matchup. Though he scored a touchdown in an extremely favorable one last week against the Eagles, he had only 35 yards on five catches. Only twice this season has he exceeded 50 receiving yards in a game. It just so happens the best of those games came Week 14 at Baltimore, when he caught five passes for 141 yards.
With a more favorable matchup, maybe you roll the dice on Patterson with the Vikings' passing game performing so well in recent weeks, but with this one, it's too risky outside of points-per-reception leagues. It's not like he's the go-to guy Greg Jennings is.
Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard is willing to rank Patterson 23rd among wide receivers for this week, but I'm inclined to agree with Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura, who rank him 31st and 35th, respectively.
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Will stars align for Greg Jennings again?
Against an Eagles defense that ranks 31st against the pass,
So what's stopping him from having another big game Week 16 at Cincinnati? Namely, the Bengals defense, which ranks seventh against the pass, allowing 219.6 yards per game, and has given up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers.
True, the Bengals aren't invincible to the pass. Just a couple weeks ago, they gave up six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns to the Colts' Da'Rick Rogers, a complete unknown at the time. Jennings is clearly Cassel's favorite target, and the Vikings' passing game has a good thing going.
So no, you wouldn't be crazy to start Jennings in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 24 at wide receiver for this week. But understand that last week's performance had as much to do with the Eagles' shortcomings as Jennings' abilities.
Zach Miller misses practice
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