What has changed: Tyjae Spears has served notice: He is the most talented running back acquired by the Titans since they drafted Derrick Henry in the second round in 2016. He’s going to matter this season.
I thought Jonathan Ward would make this team as the No. 2 third-down back, with Julius Chestnut essentially backing up Henry. But Ward hurt his knee in the preseason opener and, though Hassan Haskins is also nicked up now, he and Chestnut do enough on special teams to both make the team.
The story went on to say: Chestnut was the star Saturday with 98 yards rushing and a touchdown rushing and receiving. His TD catch was excellent, and everyone should listen to Vrabel when he says Chestnut, “embodies what we believe in.” It seems like a crowded backfield behind Henry, but it sounds like Spears could have a role in the offense with, perhaps, Chestnut an injury away from a significant role.
TEN RB Julius Chestnut - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys
Julius Chestnut appears set to take on some pass catching duties for the Titans with Derrick Henry looking questionable for Thursday night's game and Dontrell Hilliard on IR. Chestnut has surpassed five touches in a game once this season and would likely split work with Hassan Haskins even if Henry sits out. In a tough matchup against the Cowboys' ferocious defense, Chestnut is not an advisable fantasy play in what could be a completely lifeless offense for Tennessee with Malik Willis under center Thursday night.