Titans Fantasy News

Schefter: Redskins bench RG3 in favor of Colt McCoy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 2:21am

Adam Schefter, Facebook - [Full Article]

Washington is planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday at Indianapolis, per a team source.
While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source.

Yet right now, Washington is hitting the reset button, though it might not last long, a source cautioned.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy has played a game and a half of football this season, relieving Kirk Cousins in the second half of Week 7 against the Titans. In that game he threw for 128 yards, which included a 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon. He started the following week in Dallas, throwing for 299 yards and an interception, while also rushing for 16 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, the Redskins beat the Cowboys, 20-17. The thing that jumps out about McCoy is his YPA, which is 10.2 on 42 attempts. This is a rather small sample size, but it is an encouraging sign for McCoy backers. The move may be good for DeSean Jackson, who had six catches for 136 yards in McCoy's start against Dallas. Jackson had a nice Week 8 game with Griffin against the Vikings, but only caught six passes for 74 yards combined in the last two games. McCoy doesn't have a bad matchup the rest of the way.

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Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:19pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that running back Arian Foster could return to action Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Foster has missed the Texans’ last two games due to a groin injury.

“There’s a potential that he could play,” O’Brien said Monday at NRG Stadium. “He feels better (Monday). Hopefully he’ll be out there at practice and hopefully that’s something that he’ll be able to help us on gameday.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's not a lot to go on, but it's only Monday. Rookie Alfred Blue has filled in as the Texans’ primary back but failed to gain traction last Sunday during a home loss to Cincinnati.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Hunter’s return to full participation is a strong indicator that he’ll be fine for a great matchup against the Eagles.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Hunter’s return to full participation is a strong indicator that he’ll be fine for a great matchup against the Eagles.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hunter wasn’t limited against the Steelers, so for now we’ll assume he’ll be out there against the Eagles. If he’s out, Nate Washington will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Walker hopes to be cleared by an independent neurologist on Thursday in order to play in Week 12. He’s on track to play.

Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Steelers have dumped running back LeGarrette Blount.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

Blount, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent after a strong playoff performance with the Patriots, reportedly left the playing area in Tennessee last night before the game against the Titans ended. Starter LeVeon Bell (who was the other half of the alleged preseason pot-smoking Pittsburgh duo) gained more than 200 yards on the night; Blount gained none.

Eight weeks ago, Blount had 113 yards in a prime-time win over the Panthers. Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount had been an “internal problem” over the past month, and Blount had been “dragging down” Bell.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount will now be eligible for waivers, just like Ben Tate with the Browns who was released just hours ago. The Steelers will likely have to make a move for another back as only Dri Archer and Will Johnson sit behind Bell on the depth chart. Like we said about Tate, perhaps take a wait and see approach on Blount, as it's possible he lands in a situation that could end up being better. Given the choice, teams in need of a RB would likely rather have Tate.

Broncos want to get back to running the ball

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As the Denver Broncos sifted through the what-happened list from Sunday's 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams, there were plenty of numbers they didn't like, starting with the ones on the scoreboard.

But one of the other red-flag numerals was the team's rushing attempts against the Rams, as in just 10 for the entire game, one of those a kneel-down from quarterback Peyton Manning just before halftime. The Broncos finished with just 28 yards rushing and as a result held on to the ball for just 24 minutes, 10 seconds in the game.

It was the third game this season when the Broncos have finished with fewer than 50 yards rushing and the Broncos are 0-3 in those games, with road losses at Seattle, New England and Sunday's in St. Louis.

"There's no doubt to be the kind of team we want to be, we have to run the ball more," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "There's a mindset, mentality, whether you're on defense trying to stop the run and whether you're on offense running the football … Right now it's something we have to do more, we have to execute better."

Fantasy Impact:

Based on last week against the Rams, maybe even Peyton Manning and the Broncos can't get away with dropping back to pass as much as they have as defense can eventually adjust. The story went on to say the 10 carries tied for the Broncos' lowest total since the start of the 1981 season -- two years before the team traded for uber quarterback prospect John Elway. The Broncos had 11 rushing attempts against the San Diego Chargers last season -- the previous low since quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the team -- and the Broncos had 10 carries against the Chargers in the 2008 season finale, Mike Shanahan's last game as the team's head coach. The story went on to say the Broncos are also one of seven teams in the league with fewer than 245 rushing attempts for the season and Denver is the only one of those seven teams with a winning record -- the other six teams have a combined 13-47 record, a list that includes the 0-10 Oakland Raiders as well as the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both 2-8. This week may not get much easier with the Dolphins in town. C.J. Anderson looks like he's going to have to carry the load with both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman out.

Delanie Walker (concussion) INACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:16pm

Titans Inactives
Antonio Andrews RB
Kris Durham WR
Delanie Walker TE
Charlie Whitehurst QB
Brandon Harris DB
DaQuan Jones DT
Will Svitek T

Fantasy Impact:

With Walker out, Chase Coffman is next up on the depth chart. He has just two catches this season, both coming back in Week 2. He was targeted three times last week and should only be an emergency option if you counted on Walker.

Steelers, Titans injury report for Saturday (MNF)

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 5:36pm

Pittsburgh Steelers

DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)

CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), LB Arthur Moats (not injury related), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)

Tennessee Titans

DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring), RB Dexter McCluster (knee), TE Delanie Walker (concussion), RB Leon Washington (hamstring), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)

Fantasy Impact:

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) returned to take limited reps Saturday and is questionable for Monday Night Football. Look for a more reliable TE option this week.

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Steve Smith redemption song has skipped in recent weeks.

The veteran wide receiver began the second chapter of his distinguished NFL career in wildly successful fashion, emerging immediately as Joe Flacco's favorite target with the Ravens. Smith was putting up All-Pro numbers, and making the Panthers look foolish while he was at it.

It was a win-win situation for the outspoken star.

Smith's impact has lessened in recent weeks, however. Smith had just three receptions for 17 yards against the Titans on Sunday. He's been held under 40 yards receiving in each of the last three weeks. This comes after an open to the season in which Smith eclipsed 100 yards receiving in four of Baltimore's first six games.

"It's getting spread around a little bit, but I think that's the nature of the game," Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said, according to CSNBaltimore.com. "I think Torrey (Smith) is playing as well as he's played all year the last few weeks. ... I have to always find ways to get guys the ball."

Fantasy Impact:

Torrey Smith was supposed to be the Ravens' No. 1 option when the season opened, the story said. Perhaps this is simply a case of the offense clicking into place. He has five touchdowns over the past five weeks. We figured Smith wasn't going to be left out of the offense forever. He's always been a boom or bust type of fantasy play but Smith certainly has big-play potential.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. If McCluster can’t play, it opens the door for a big workload for Bishop Sankey, though the Titans also like to use Leon Washington in the passing down role.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Titans RB Leon Washington (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Friday.