Preview: Jaguars at Titans

The Tennessee Titans were 15 minutes away from a third consecutive loss that would have all but snuffed out their postseason hopes, but a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback on Sunday has the team back in contention. The Titans will look to sweep the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second straight season when the AFC South Division rivals square off on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

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Tennessee erased an early 16-point deficit in Sunday’s 26-22 victory over the New York Jets but is among four teams trailing the Baltimore Ravens by one game for the sixth and final playoff slot in the AFC. “When you’re playing on Monday night and Thursday night, you’re playing good football and getting more TV games,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “We have to take advantage of those and worry about us, not any of those other teams in the hunt.” The Jaguars showed they haven’t given up on the season, halting a seven-game losing streak by pitching a shutout in a 6-0 win over the red-hot Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. “The best we can do is play a bunch of spoilers to a bunch of teams who are in the hunt,” Jacksonville safety Tashaun Gipson said. “We want to end the season in the right way. Who says we can’t win five out?”

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Titans -4. O/U: 37.5

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (4-8): Jacksonville’s only loss in September was a 9-6 setback to the visiting Titans in Week 3 but that was without star running back Leonard Fournette, who also sat out Sunday’s victory while serving a one-game suspension. Quarterback Cody Kessler, taking over for a benched Blake Bortles, posted his first win in nine NFL starts by throwing for 150 yards and completing 18 of 24 against Indianapolis. The running game managed only 79 yards in the absence of Fournette, who rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns in his previous two games. The Jaguars, who held Tennessee to 233 yards of total offense in the first matchup, blanked an Indy offense that averaged more then 34 points in its previous five games.

ABOUT THE TITANS (6-6): An ailing Marcus Mariota came off the bench to lift Tennessee over Jacksonville in Week 3 and produced another comeback last week by leading the Titans to 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a winning touchdown pass with 36 seconds left. “I’d rather him not have to do it, but if we have to, that has really been fun to watch,” coach Mike Vrabel said. “It is exciting to have him be able to do that and keep his composure, find the guys, make plays.” Wide receiver Taywan Taylor provided a spark to the offense Sunday, returning from a three-game absence with three receptions for 104 yards — all in the fourth quarter. The Titans rank in the top 10 in total and passing yards allowed but give up 119.8 on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tennessee has limited Jacksonville to 32 points while winning the past three meetings.

2. Fournette has 197 yards from scimmage and a TD in two matchups against the Titans.

3. Mariota has eight TD passes and two interceptions in seven games versus the Jaguars.

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Preview: Titans at Texans

Their ugly start to the season now a distant memory, the Houston Texans can set a franchise record when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Texans own a two-game lead atop the AFC South and will go for their eighth consecutive victory after opening the campaign with three straight losses, including a 20-17 setback at Tennessee in Week 2.

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Surging Houston is coming off consecutive two-point triumphs at Washington and Denver, giving the team four victories by three points or fewer during its winning streak. “We just try to keep on stacking wins and put us in position for later on down the season,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson told reporters. “It’s a very important game. It’s a home game. We want to win those. It’s a division game. We have to make sure we prepare well and get ready for it.” The Titans squandered a chance to make Monday’s matchup a showdown for division supremacy, following a pair of decisive wins over Dallas and New England with a 38-10 loss to Indianapolis last week. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was knocked out of that game with a stinger, but he practiced fully on Friday and Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur pronounced him “ready to roll.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Texans -6. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (5-5): Mariota had his two best games in the wins over the Cowboys and Patriots, and it was feared that last week’s injury was related to the elbow issues that have plagued him for most of the season and forced him to miss the Week 2 matchup versus Houston. Running back Derrick Henry, who was used out of the wildcat in the first meeting, could be in line for a heavier workload as part of a backfield tandem with Dion Lewis, LaFleur said after Friday’s practice. Corey Davis is Mariota’s top target with 45 receptions, but it’s unclear if fellow wideout Taywan Taylor will return after a two-game absence. Tennessee had the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense until it was shredded by the Colts.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (7-3): Watson had his NFL coming-out party against Tennessee last season in his third career start, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another as Houston set a franchise record for points in a 57-14 rout. He has not thrown for more than 239 yards in his last five starts and the Texans have scored more than 23 points just twice, but wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has at least one TD catch in five straight games and eight overall after posting an NFL-high 13 receiving scores last season. Running back Lamar Miller is providing balance to the offense with at least 18 carries and 86 yards rushing in three of the last four games. The Texans are fifth in scoring defense (20.5 points).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Hopkins has at least 100 yards in three of his last four versus Tennessee, including 110 and a TD in Week 2.

2. Mariota had a passing and rushing touchdown in his last matchup against Houston.

3. Texans DE J.J. Watt has registered 10 sacks on the season, including one in each of his last three games.

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Preview: Titans at Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans each have the luxury of playing in mediocre divisions, but both teams are in danger of falling too far back in their respective conference playoff pictures with another loss. The Titans and Cowboys also share the similarities of owning identical 3-4 records while coming off a loss and a bye heading into Monday night’s clash in Dallas.

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The game will mark the Cowboys debut of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was acquired from Oakland for a first-round draft pick to put some juice in Dallas’ struggling offense. “He’s electrifying. He’s one of those guys you hold your breath every time he catches the ball,” running back Ezekiel Elliott told reporters regarding Cooper. “He’s a great addition to this offense and I’m excited.” The bye week couldn’t come soon enough for Tennessee, which followed a three-game winning streak by scoring a total of 31 points during a three-game slide that includes a pair of one-point defeats. “It’s our fault, you know what I’m saying?” Titans Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard told reporters. “We’re not doing the right things to win these games, and we have to find ways to turn that around.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Cowboys -5.5. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (3-4): Marcus Mariota injured his elbow in the season opener and has been dealing with numbness in his throwing hand, but he finally was able to discard the glove he’s been wearing since getting hurt. That, and the loss the of tight end Delanie Walker to a season-ending injury in Week 1, has contributed to Mariota’s woes – he has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions while being held to 129 yards or fewer in four of his six games. The running back tandem of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry also has struggled, although Lewis gained 155 yards from scrimmage in Tennessee’s last contest. The Titans rank 19th in the league against the run, permitting 112.3 yards per game.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (3-4): The offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten has grounded Dallas’ aerial attack, prompting the move to bring in Cooper to jump-start a passing offense ranked 29th in the NFL (183.1 yards). Whether Cooper is the answer for Dak Prescott remains to be seen – the former No. 4 overall pick had 48 receptions and seven touchdowns last season while recording 22 catches and one score for the Raiders this year before the trade. The Cowboys have the league’s fourth-ranked ground game thanks to Elliott, who is second in the NFL in rushing with 619 yards and has three 100-yard performances. Dallas ranks third overall in total defense (313.7) and against the pass (217.4).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dallas (17.6) and Tennessee (18.1) rank second and third, respectively, in the NFL in points allowed.

2. Mariota has thrown 24 TD passes and seven interceptions in his last 12 games versus NFC opponents.

3. Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has registered seven sacks in his last five home contests.

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Complete AFC South Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Titans, Colts, Jags and Texans this season…

Jacksonville Jaguars

Years of high draft picks and free-agent spending paid off with a 10-6 record. Now it is all about taking the next step — if they get a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the conference title game, the Jaguars believe they are better equipped to finish off the win. The keys will be keeping RB Leonard Fournette healthy, getting more big plays out of the passing game, continuing last year’s dominant pass rush and improving against the run. Do that and the Jaguars should be considered a Super Bowl contender.

Tennessee Titans

The AFC South is a winnable division — with Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Houston’s Deshaun Watson both returning from injury and Jacksonville staying the course with Blake Bortles. Anything short of a return to the playoffs will be considered a failure. GM Jon Robinson has built a talented roster with no glaring weaknesses. This season is a referendum on QB Marcus Mariota, who is only signed through 2019. If he is indeed a franchise-caliber QB, Tennessee will establish itself as a legitimate contender this season.

Houston Texans

If QB Deshaun Watson can stay healthy, the Texans are capable of winning any game. His three losses as a starter were one-score games, including three-point defeats at New England and Seattle. Improvement in the offensive line is paramount and not just for Watsons’ benefit. The running game needs to become more productive and consistent. The defense could have three new starters in a secondary that should benefit from a more effective pass rush. If the Texans aren’t hammered by injuries again, they should be good enough on both sides of the ball to get back into the mix for a spot in the postseason.

Indianapolis Colts

The AFC South isn’t a cupcake division as in years past. Tennessee won a playoff game last year, and the Jaguars reached the AFC title game. Houston has won the division four times since 2011. That leaves the Colts with an arduous climb just to be competitive, especially with a schedule that has them on the road for four of the first six games, including away games at Super Bowl finalists Philadelphia and New England.

As GM Chris Ballard learned last year, there’s only so much that can be accomplished in one year with so many holes to fill. A healthy Andrew Luck at quarterback gives the Colts a shot at being respectable, but the run game is still an uncertainty and the defense is still lacking playmakers, even if the newcomers prove capable of making immediate contributions.

If the Colts show the expected modest improvement, 8-8 is probably the ceiling with 6-10 more likely. The fan base — which was spoiled during a run in which the Colts made the playoffs 14 times in 16 seasons from 1999-2014 — probably won’t be satisfied unless this team makes the postseason. But that remains a long shot in the short term.

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 23 days, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s AFC South. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

The good news this year is that Jacksonville appears to have found a quarterback. Their answer lies in Blake Bortles who seems to have taken a leap compare to last season. Bortles will be coupled with a few top receivers this year enabling the Jaguars to move the ball effectively through the air. Jacksonville has a pair of running backs capable of generating yardage on their own.

The return from injury of Dante Fowler will also be crucial. If Fowler can hit the ground running, the Jaguars’ defensive front will be much-improved. The addition of CB Prince Amukamara to a group that already includes Aaron Colvin and Davon House gives Jacksonville three solid corners, and Tashaun Gipson could add the playmaking touches to an already reliable unit. Improving against the pass would give the Jaguars a real chance to compete in the AFC South.

 

Key additions:   OT Kelvin Beachum, CB Prince Amukamara, S Tashaun Gipson, DT Malik Jackson, RB Chris Ivory

Key losses: None (C Stefan Wisniewski remains an unrestricted free agent)

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are still coming into this season as sleepers in the AFC South. WR Rishard Matthews was one of the best-value additions in the entirety of free agency thus far. With Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, and Delanie Walker already in the fold, the Titans have a solid set of pass-catchers. DeMarco Murray may not be the player he was in 2014, but he’s a worthwhile low-risk investment for a team that has struggled to find talented running backs. Tennessee has a number of solid players in their front seven. Jurrell Casey is a stud, but otherwise the Titans lack difference-makers. Outside linebacker is a position of particular concern. Brian Orakpo had a decent season in 2015, but isn’t getting any younger. Derrick Morgan recorded his lowest pass-rush grade since 2011. The Titans lack the pass-rushers to conceal the deficiencies of a secondary full of holes. Brice McCain is certainly not the answer and Perrish Cox had an average 2015 season with Jason McCourty recording the worst coverage grade of his career. The Titans are relying on resurgence from both Cox and McCourty to be competitive on the back end in 2016.

 

Key additions: HB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones

Key losses: CB Coty Sensabaugh

 

Indianapolis Colts

Predicting the Colts’ 2016 season outcome is almost impossible because of the enigma that is Andrew Luck. Luck wasn’t quite at his best last year, to the point where Hasselbeck’s proved an upgrade in on-field production. Luck may have been struggling with injuries but his performances offer no confidence that he will lead the Colts to a division title next season. His supporting cast does, however, remain amongst the best in the division. T.Y. Hilton should get some help from a healthy Phillip Dorsett in the passing game, while Donte Moncrief is an underrated No. 2. The loss of TE Coby Fleener is not particularly significant, especially with the re-signing of Dwayne Allen and with the Colts retaining one of the better offensive lines in the division.

The Colts lost their highest-graded defender, Jerrell Freeman to the Bears. CB Vontae Davis remains an excellent player, but Indianapolis is yet to find a complement across from him.

 

Key additions: None

Key losses: LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, QB Matt Hasselbeck, TE Coby Fleener

 

Houston Texans

We cannot be sold yet on Osweiler being a franchise QB, but he’s undoubtedly an upgrade over the combination of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The Texans may have been forced to pay a king’s ransom for a mid-level starter at the position, but Osweiler possesses the upside to be more than that. He flashes big-time talent on some throws, but struggles to generate the consistency of the top NFL signal-callers (in his small sample-size of games, at least). With that said, Osweiler has the potential to improve with live experience in a QB-friendly system.

 

Key additions: QB Brock Osweiler, G Jeff Allen, RB Lamar Miller, G Tony Bergstrom

Key losses: G Brandon Brooks, C Ben Jones

 

 

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AFC South

NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs Preview

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and we’re less than a week away. This NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs preview of all the AFC south teams is brought you by FanpPicks. FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016.

Houston Texans

The Texans kind of lacked last season in terms of Wide Receiver and speed offensively. They filled their void with the signings of QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. Those additions will take off huge needs off the draft board for Houston. With Duane Brown coming back from a big enjury and their center spot still unsettled with the loss of Ben Jones, the Offensive line position will definitely is going to be looked over this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd, 52nd, and 85th selections.

Indianapolis Colts

With franchise QB Andrew Luck missing 9 games last year and the Colts giving up 118 QB hits, an Offensive Line recruitment is critical and needs to be addressed quickly. With a few of their cornerbacks set to become free agents this offseason, they should look into recruiting in that position after taking care of the pass rush issue.

Top 3 round picks: 19th and 48th, 82nd selections.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With the addition of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler’s return, the pass rush should be resolved for the Jaguars. But they definitely need to recruit more talent to be competitive in those secondary positions. They will definitely need to step up their running game as well and find the right fit to fill the interior.

Top 3 round picks: 5th and 38th, 69th selections.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are set when it come to their defensive line but may recruit further talent with so many talented defensive linemen in the draft. They will also need to focus on their offensive tackle to build their QB’s confidence and protect him as well as solidify their offensive strategy.

Top 3 round picks: 15th and 43rd, 45th selections.

 

 

 

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LA Rams acquire first overall pick from Titans

Talk about respect.

Making a trade for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is usually the biggest news in the sports world. But, the Rams even held off announcing the move until they deemed fit.

What could possibly be more important than announcing Los Angeles had just acquired the first overall pick?

Well, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher was quoted as saying “the night belonged to Kobe”.

Respect.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, let’s break down the momentous move.

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The Titans received picks number 15 (1st), 43 (2nd), 45 (2nd), 76 (3rd), and 2017 1st and 3rd rounders. They already hold the 33rd overall pick (second pick in 2nd round), and 64th (first in 3rd round). The Rams received the first overall pick, pick 113 (4th), and 177 (6th).

The Titans now own six of the first 76 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, enough ammo to rebuild any franchise let alone one with a few solid building blocks already in place. Namely, a (potential) franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota.

We knew Tennessee wasn’t in love with consensus top pick OT Laremy Tunsil, but that wasn’t enough to pull the trigger just yet. New GM Jon Robinson played his cards just right, and optimized the return for a position he didn’t need to be in. Word is they like the next set of best available OL, and taking Tunsil at number one didn’t necessarily optimize their needs. The Titans and Jack Conklin apparently have mutual admiration, news that surfaced yesterday sparking trade talk among fans and media alike.

When asked if any NFL Head Coaches have made an impact on him through the draft process he responded with “One [NFL head coach] that’s really stood out to me is Mike Mularkey. I really liked him because I see a lot of similarities between him and [Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio]. That really intrigues me because that is somebody that I trust and thrived under.”

While there it’s no sure thing that the Titans draft an offensive-lineman, their strategy was spot on. More importantly than the 15th overall pick, is perhaps the three second-rounders they now own. The 2016 draft is the kind you want to own a plethora of early to mid-round picks. A number of potential stars will be plucked between numbers 32 and 98.

A young running back to groom behind Demarco Murray, a talented wide receiver to pair with the developing Dorial Green-Beckham, and an athletic tight-end are all needs on the offensive side of the ball. While a youth infusion is needed on defense, as their linebacking core and secondary could use a serious upgrade after letting a few veterans go via free agency.

The Rams logic was simple. Get a franchise quarterback, now!

I’ve heard whispers that projected number two overall pick Carson Wentz will now go one, but I think Cal’s Jeff Goff will be the man.

Goff was the consensus top QB all season long, and the only reason Wentz name has been glued to the Browns is because new Head Coach Hue Jackson is enamored by the North Dakota State QB. He’s a great fit in Cleveland, as the more steady, blue-collar type. If in fact, the Browns opt to select him at number two, he would become the highest-drafted non-FBS quarterback in NFL history.

In my opinion the hometown Goff is a perfect fit for the Rams, as his gunslinger style is made for the lovely people of California. The fans will be able to deal with his growing pains, and by handing the ball off to Todd Gurley the team can limit his responsibilities early-on.  A luxury the Cleveland Browns certainly do not possess.

No matter who goes where, the draft process has been especially exciting this year and it can only get better the closer we inch to draft day.

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Fantasy Football Impact

The first day of free agency has come and gone. It was fast and furious, exciting and dramatic depending on who you root for. A ton of players changed uniforms, and it has definitely had a major impact on fantasy football heading into 2016. Over the next few days we will go over some of the players and situations it has impacted the most.

Starting with…DeMarco Murray.

D Mo is heading to the Titans. It’s a big move, but what does it all mean for the fantasy football world?

Word is Murray and his agent worked to find a team who was interested in acquiring the 2014 NFL rushing leader. It’s a terrific fit. They have no one at the position (sorry Antonio Andrews, your day was short lived), they have the money, and are in line to draft a tackle first overall. Oh yeah, and they have this kid named Marcus Mariota playing quarterback. The 2015 second overall pick out of Oregon had his moments as a rookie, but lacked any real support and wore down as the season expired. The Titans know they must insulate their franchise player.

I was inspired to write this article comparing this move to a young Michael Turner joining the Falcons to support an even younger Matt Ryan back in the day. Murray will come in and take the pressure off Mariota. Run, run, run, then throw a play-action pass. That’s Mike Mularkey football. The strategic symmetry was uncanny. Then, halfway through this piece it hit me…Mularkey was the offensive coordinator of the Falcons at that time. I should’ve known immediately, this is the NFL afterall.

This one will likely go down as one of the best fits of the off-season. Yes DeMarco Murray had the same 3.64 yards-per-carry average as current starter Antonio Andrews, but that was in Philly…for Chip Kelly. He is no longer there, and neither are more than half the players he acquired last summer. Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell were also shipped out, heading to Miami in a swap of top picks. It’s clear that what went on there wasn’t good for anybody involved, so look for some of these talented players to land on their feet in the next chapter of their careers wherever it may be. DeMarco Murray might be the most talented one.

Look for Murray to run the rock a ton, and be the Titans number one red-zone threat. This will open up rollouts for Mariota, and eventually things in the passing game. They are not the Cowboys, or Eagles with a deep investment in the 28-year-old. Tennessee will run him until he runs out of gas, the only question is the interior of that offensive line. Chance Warmack isn’t the player he was suppose to be coming out in 2013, while Brian Schwenke and Quinton Spain aren’t exactly household names.

I expect him to grow into the consistent veteran, rather than the enigmatic center of attention he’s been his whole career.

Murray should easily top 1000 (1250?) yards and get close to 10 TDs on over 250 carries. I give him a high second-round grade in fantasy football drafts.

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Tennessee Titans versus Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-19-2015

Thursday Night Football will be a battle in the AFC South division as the Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Tennessee Titans. DFS draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network on November 19th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their NFL one day fantasy league picks.

It has been a difficult year for the Tennessee Titans as the team is 2-7 entering play. They have struggled at home with a 0-5 mark but are 2-2 on the road. These teams have split their two regular season meetings the past five years. After their 34-28 road victory at New Orleans two weeks ago the Titans hosted the Carolina Panthers last week and fell 27-10. The offense has been stagnant in recent weeks as the team has been held to ten point or fewer in four of their past five games. The only game where they got over 10 points was their win against the worst defensive team in the NFL in the Saints. The Titans are 30th in the NFL in total offense as they gain only 324 yards per game on the season. The defensive play has been better as the club is fifth in total defense by allowing 326 yards to their opponents.

The Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly finds itself in the midst of an AFC South division race with a record of 3-6. They sit just one game back of the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans atop the division. They have won two of their past three games after a 22-20 victory on the road last week at the Baltimore Ravens. It was a better defensive performance by the team as they had given up 28 or greater points in their previous four games. As a result the Jaguars are 30th and third worst in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 28.3 points per game. Offensively the team ranks in the lower third in most categories on the campaign.

Tennessee Titans QB:

Marcus Mariota

The rookie quarterback of the Titans is completing 65.6% of his throws this season with 1795 yards with 13 touchdowns and 6 picks. He has missed two games due to injury. In the loss to Carolina last week Mariota hit 66.7% of his throws for 185 yards with no touchdowns and one pick. Two weeks ago at New Orleans Mariota threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns. In week one at Tampa Bay he had 209 yards passing with four touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans RB:

Antonio Andrews

It has been running back by committee for the Titans with three backs sharing carries in the backfield. Andrews leads the team with 298 yards rushing on 84 carries. He is averaging 3.5 yards a carry and has two rushing touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans TE:

Delanie Walker

Walker leads the team by far with 45 catches for 508 yards with three touchdowns. Last year he averaged 14.1 yards a catch. Two weeks ago in the win at New Orleans he grabbed seven passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In the loss to Carolina Walker had three receptions for 52 yards which averaged out to 17.3 yard per catch.

Jacksonville Jaguars QB:

Blake Bortles

The second year signal caller for the Jaguars is completing 55.3% of his throws for 2381 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has shown improvement from a rookie campaign where he played in 14 games and had 11 touchdowns with 17 picks. Bortles has thrown for two touchdowns or greater in five straight games and seven of his nine games. He completed only 49% of his throws last week but did have two touchdown passes with a pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars RB:

T.J. Yeldon

The rookie running back has seen the bulk of the work in the Jaguars backfield. He has 133 rushes for 531 yards and a touchdown. Yeldon is running for 4 yards per carry and has contributed in the passing game with 24 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR:

Allen Robinson

Robinson leads the Jaguars with 45 catches for 758 yards with seven touchdowns. He has blown away his rookie numbers. The second year wide out is averaging 16.8 yards per catch.

NFL Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Blake Bortles (Jaguars)

RB: T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars)

WR: Allen Robinson (Jaguars)

TE: Delanie Walker (Titans)

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