Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers: Fantasy Football Outlook
Our boy Marcus is on a fantasy football tear at the moment. Throughout the past five games, Mariota is THE QB1 in fantasy football. No other quarterback has scored more fantasy points than him over the last five weeks. He’s had the help of really good matchups, but 15 total touchdowns over five games is nothing to sneeze at. Regardless of his real-life costly interceptions, Mariota has become a fantasy stud over the course of the season. This week, he gets a Packers defense that is middle of the pack in most pass defense categories and is missing Clay Matthews. Fire up Mariota with confidence.
Murray, and the entire run game, is coming off arguably their worst performance of the season. They couldn’t get much of anything going against an underrated San Diego Chargers front seven, but they were missing starting linebackers Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman, so there’s some cause for concern for the Titans. Adding to that concern this week is the No. 1 ranked Packers run defense, which has stifled nearly every rushing attack except for the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott.
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All of that said, Murray is in line for a big workload with Derrick Henry working back from a calf injury. Murray’s receiving usage and touchdown potential (touchdown in four straight games) gives him a floor rarely seen at the running back position in fantasy football. A huge game shouldn’t be expected, but owners can’t bench his high floor at a volatile position.
Matthews’ ascension to No. 1 receiver in the offense was cemented once Andre Johnson retired. Matthews is playing over 80% of offensive snaps since then, and has been the Titans most consistent receiver, especially in the red zone. He’s scored five touchdowns in his last five games. While he isn’t racking up big catch totals due to the spread-out nature of the Titans passing offense, he’s making all of his catches count. In fantasy football, touchdowns are king. Matthews is increasingly looking like the best bet for fantasy production within the Titans receiving corps, outside of Delanie Walker. He’s a worthy flex play in a good matchup.
After a semi-slow start to his season, Rodgers has been unstoppable over the past three weeks. During that span, he’s combined for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns, with just one interception. He’s also added 103 rushing yards over the past two games. He’s done that against the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts, but there’s no reason to believe the Titans pass defense will offer any resistance whatsoever. The Titans defense has given up a combined 1301 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past four weeks to Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Blake Bortles (lol), and Cody Kessler (LOL). They haven’t registered an interception over that span. Despite not looking all that comfortable and their offense struggling a bit in previous games, Rodgers could very well finish as the top scoring fantasy quarterback this week.
The Packers’ main “running back” since Eddie Lacy and James Starks went down, Montgomery now has wide receiver AND running back eligibility on Yahoo! and ESPN fantasy sites. In his first two games of full action, Montgomery caught 10 passes in each game. Over his last two games, he has rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries, good for a whopping 7.06 yards per carry. He’s really good as a runner, but he hasn’t been getting too many carries. Still, the combo of about eight rush attempts and plenty of passing game work out of the backfield has made him a solid floor play in PPR formats. This week should be another good performance against a Titans defense that is getting gashed at all levels of the field.
Packers Wide Receivers
The Packers don’t really use much of a run game. That could change once James Starks is back and fully healthy, but they’ve been giving Montgomery sporadic carries and are using short passes as their run game. Because of that, the Packers receivers have been superstars over the last few weeks in fantasy football, particularly in PPR leagues. This week should be much of the same.
Randall Cobb should be close to full health and resume his role as a reception machine. Going up against slot corner Brice McCain, he should dust him constantly in this one. Jordy Nelson has bounced back from a one-catch effort three weeks ago, and has racked up 94 yards and a touchdown in each of his last two games. Davante Adams has really come on as of late and might have the best day of all three if he lines up against Perrish Cox for most of the afternoon. Adams has scored three touchdowns in his last three games and caught 29 passes over that span.