Thursday Night Fantasy Football Preview: Titans at Jaguars

BY Fox Sports • December 18, 2014

In the final Thursday night game of the 2014 season, two teams with a 2-12 record square off in a battle of…um…heck, I can’t even sell this. Other than the parents of these players, fantasy football teams still alive will be the only viewers of this contest.

Well, Vegas will be watching, too. They have the over/under set at 40 total points with the Jaguars as 3 ½ point favorites. That’s a projected score of 22-18, Jacksonville.

Strong plays:

None – With all of the injuries and unpredictability between these two teams, there isn’t a single player that I feel confident enough to deem as a strong play.

Medium plays:

Toby Gerhart, RB – Gerhart earned the start with Denard Robinson out last week and he rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries. Robinson remains out, Gerhart is still the starter. Even though Blake Bortles is the team’s heathiest leading rusher, Gerhart will look to improve upon his 3.1 yards per carry. The Titans have allowed 686 rushing yards to the opposing RB in the past five games (137.2 yards per game), while also allowing seven total TDs to the opponent’s running back in that span.

Josh Scobee, K – Sticking with the last five games statistics, Tennessee is allowing an average of 11.8 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers (highest in NFL). In those five games, kickers have attempted 17 field goals (3.4 tries per game). Last week, Scobee nailed two 53-yard field goals. This was really close to a strong play.

Delanie Walker, TE – The questionable tag on the injury report prevents me from making Walker a strong start. Last week, Walker caught four passes on five targets for 93 yards. Justin Hunter and Dexter McCluster are out, but so is Zach Mettenberger. Do you trust Charlie Whitehurst?

Jaguars WRs – Take your pick. Cecil Shorts leads the team in targets (93) and has 21 in the past two games. However, he only caught eight passes for 79 yards in that span. Allen Hurns leads the team in yards (636) and TDs (six). However, he only tallied more than 50 receiving yards once in the last five games. Marquise Lee has potential, but he only recorded 14 yards on four catches last week.

Weak plays:

Bishop Sankey, RB – This season, Sankey’s game-high is 61 for rushing yards. He hit that number twice, against the Bengals and the Jaguars. However, Sankey hasn’t rushed for more than 43 yards in five straight games. He also hasn’t scored in four straight games.



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