Titans finally win one at home 36-22 against the Jags

Marcus Mariota accumultaed 270 yards and 2 touchdowns, leaving behind the losing woes at home. The Tennessee Titans had their best game of the season in offense in their Thursday Night Football 36-22 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars (Enter NFL Contests). Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the Titans had a 3-0 record against the Jags and a 1-17 versus all other NFL teams. They hold a 3-8 record at home with Mariota in the lineup. The quarterback completed 18 of his 22 pass for a total of 270 yards and a efficiency rating of 148.1. It’s his second highest total in career.

Tennessee’s running back DeMarco Murray collected 123 rushing yards, and added a touchdown to his stats line. The Titans (4-4) accumulated 494 yards in offense, a season best this season. They’ve won three of their last four games. They’ve also scored points in six straight possession during a sequence that started in the first quarter of the game and ended in the third. Wideout Rishard Matthews crossed the end zone, as well, in a 4 yard pass from Mariota.

The Jaguars (2-5) was trailing 24-0 when they gained their second first down of the game. It was halfway through the second quarter. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw three touchdown passes. He completed 33 of it’s 54 passes for 337 yards. His production mainly came at the end of the game, when the victory was already out of reach for Jacksonville. Allen Hurns, Julius Thomas and Bryan Walters all scored a touchdown during that second half push from the Jags.

Next up for the Titans is a Sunday visit to San Diego against the Chargers. The Jaguars will, on their end, meet the Chiefs on Sunday as well.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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NFL We Build Champions Roster – Week 12

This week the stack of ‪Russell Wilson‬ and ‪‎Doug Baldwin‬ were the most valuable picks. Those two combined for 3 passing touchdowns out of Russell Wilson’s total 5 passing touchdowns. There were several other multiple touchdown performances this week including ‪Adrian Peterson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, ‪CJ Anderson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, and‪ Brandon Marshall‬’s 2 receiving touchdowns. Receivers ‪Wheaton‬,‪ Landry‬, and ‪Thomas‬ only scored 1 touchdown each, but were able to create huge ‪‎fantasy value‬ with receptions and receiving yards. One very important factor to consider is the PPR (point per reception) scoring system such as the one used by Fanpicks.

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Fantasy Draft News September 2nd 2015

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced his starting quarterback for week 1 and it is Kirk Cousins. The future for Robert Griffin III is in doubt as he is owed 16 ½ million dollars next season and may be cut to avoid paying that high salary. Should Griffin III get traded it is doubtful he will be in a starting role. Fantasy owners were burned last year by selecting Cousins on their rosters. He saw action in six games in 2014 and threw 10 touchdowns but had 9 interceptions. Washington was 2-4 in games Cousins played in 2014. There was a stretch where the Redskins lost four straight with Kirk Cousins under center.

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan named his starter as well for week one and its Tyrod Taylor. He beats out Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel and Matt Simms. Taylor has bounced around the league for five years. He spent most of his years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. In mop up roles in 14 regular season games Taylor has hit on 54% of his passes with no touchdowns and two picks. His starting wide receivers are Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. Taylor’s mobility gave him an edge over the competition as he may be asked to make plays with his legs if Harvin and Watkins can’t get open.

Jacksonville Jaguars suffered some bad news as their tight end Julius Thomas is considering surgery on his finger. The Pro Bowler could miss up to four weeks of the regular season. He was acquired by Jacksonville as a free agent during the offseason from the Denver Broncos. Thomas put up some good numbers with Peyton Manning throwing him the football. His production would be lower with Blake Bortles passing to him.

The Cleveland Indians have gotten hot and are still in contention for an AL Wildcard spot in the stretch run. The win streak is now six straight and the team is four games back of the Texas Rangers for the final AL Wildcard spot with just 32 games remaining to be played. The pitching has been good for the Indians as the staff has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of their past eight games. Starter Danny Salazar has been outstanding. In the victory at the Blue Jays on Monday the Indians right hander allowed two earned runs and struck out ten batters in seven innings. Salazar has allowed six of his past seven opponent’s two earned runs or less. His strikeout numbers are phenomenal with 172 in 151 1/3rd innings.

The Baltimore Orioles are a team on the skids losers of 10 of their past 11 games after a 6-3 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team has fallen well behind in the race for the AL Wildcard at 63-68 to date. Baltimore is having trouble scoring runs and many of the Orioles every day hitters are battling slumps. Making matters worse is that many hitters in the Baltimore lineup have not hit Rays pitching this year.

The LA Angels are now a game under .500 at 65-66 after a loss at Oakland on Monday. They sit 3 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers for the final AL Wildcard spot. The Angels pitching staff has been tagged for 8 runs or greater over their past three games. The team is 2-5 on this road trip. Mike Trout is happy to see the month of August come to an end as the center fielder is trapped in a .227 hitting slump with only one home run.

In a marathon game at Dodger Stadium LA was able to win Game 1 of this key series 5-4. They were able to rally from a 3-1 deficit as Adrian Gonzalez had a two run home run to tie the game at 3-3. He got the game winning hit in the 14th for LA for a three RBI night. Both teams went deep into their bullpens as San Francisco used nine pitchers on Monday and for LA seven pitchers took the mound. Great pitching matchup on Tuesday as Zach Greinke faces off with Giants left hander Madison Bumgarner.

 

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