Fantasy Football 2014: Titans at Jaguars 12/18/14 Week 16 Preview
Tennessee Titans (2-12) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 16 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a game that won’t necessarily be all that entertaining from a competition standpoint, but will have heavy implications on the upcoming draft. The Titans (2-12) lost a close one to the Jets in their last outing. Meanwhile, the Jaguars (2-12) lost to the Ravens by eight in Week 15.
Even with the sketchy records between these two teams, we’ll still be seeing a few notable fantasy players out on the field. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the key (albeit low-end) names who may be impacting your roster this week.
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Locker started the game against the Jets, but he didn’t finish it. He was knocked out with a shoulder injury and wasn’t able to return, giving way to Charlie Whitehurst.
Locker didn’t do much before leaving, throwing for 57 yards on 6-of-11 passing. He’s a low, low-end fantasy starter and should only be relied on in a desperation play even if he takes the field this week. Same goes for Whitehurst.
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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bortles was harassed all day by the Baltimore defense in Week 14. He was sacked eight times for a total loss of 63 yards on the way to 210 yards passing on 21-of-37 attempts and an interception.
Bortles hasn’t thrown a multiple-touchdown game since November 2 in Cincinnati. There’s absolutely no reason you should be using him in fantasy unless you’re in the deepest of deep leagues or a two-quarterback format (that’s also a deep league).
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans: Sankey has found a niche as a low-end flex play in certain weeks, and he certainly didn’t pay off against the Jets. He carried only three times for eight yards as Shonn Greene registered 17 touches for 63 yards.
The Tennessee backfield is a mess fantasy-wise, so it’s best to just stay away, even if you’re in need. Greene may post a decent fantasy day if he gets as many touches here as he did against the Jets, but it’s hard to predict.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars backfield has been in a state of flux ever since Denard Robinson went down for the season due to injury. This past week, Gerhart got the majority of the work, toting 13 times for 54 yards and catching two passes for nine more yards.
Even with the paltry numbers in his last outing, Gerhart has some low-end appeal going into this Tennessee game. The Ravens are good against the run; Tennessee is not.
Delanie Walker, WR, Tennessee Titans: Walker actually had a pretty good fantasy outing last week, even though he failed to get into the end zone. He put up four grabs for 93 yards, but was out-gained by Nate Washington’s 102 yards on six grabs (10 targets).
Walker and Washington roll into the Jacksonville game as low-end wide receivers or flex plays, but with the quarterback difficulties here there’s no guarantee of anything. Tread with caution as always.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Hurns had an okay day through the air against the Ravens, considering the circumstances. He caught six balls on nine targets for 70 yards, but was out-targeted (11) and out-gained (76) by Cecil Shorts this time.
Hurns seems to have become touchdown-dependent on a week-to-week basis, so he’s really nothing more than a low-end flex play in fantasy. He’s got a bright future, but might not get there if he stays in Jacksonville.
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