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AFC South Player Analysis
Matt Wilson,, Staff Writer

Tennessee Titans (vs Cincinnati Bengals)

QB Jake Locker: After teasing fantasy owners with a nice Week 1 showing against the Kansas City Chiefs, Locker disappointed with a dud outing in Week 2 against a very soft Dallas Cowboys defense. The grossly inconsistent passer is not a recommended start against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. ( 186 yds pass; 23 yds rush )

QB Charlie Whitehurst: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Shonn Greene: The lead dog in Tennessee's fantasy unfriendly committee backfield hasn't been targeted in the passing game two weeks in a row, and Greene's value obviously is dependent on goal-line chances. Consider him a weak play as a flex versus a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has yielded 95.5 rushing yards per game and just one rushing touchdown on the season. ( 63 yds rush; 1.56 catches for 12 yds )

RB Bishop Sankey: On the season, the rookie has toted the rock just eight times for 28 yards and hasn't had a touch in the passing game. Until he carves out a bigger role, park Sankey on your bench. ( 21 yds rush; for 5 yds )

RB Dexter McCluster: The third-down specialist's workload is inconsistent from week to week. On the season, McCluster has amassed just 85 combo yards on 15 touches. He offers very little fantasy appeal. ( 9 yds rush; 1.45 catches for 15 yds )

RB Leon Washington: ( 1 yd rush; for 1 yd )

WR Kendall Wright: The Titans' slot receiver is talented, but Wright is underperforming because of Jake Locker's struggles. The Cincinnati Bengals defense has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to enemy receivers, but Tennessee's Locker-led aerial attack is nowhere good enough to exploit that weakness. Consider Wright a middling flex option at best in PPR leagues. ( 6.42 catches for 65 yds )

WR Nate Washington: Washington is the third option at best in the sub-par Tennessee passing attack, and the talented Justin Hunter is starting to siphon snaps away from him. Washington offers very little fantasy appeal. ( 4.31 catches for 57 yds )

WR Justin Hunter: The talented second-year wideout played 41 of 49 snaps last week, so the Titans finally have decided to increase his playing time. However, Hunter and Jake Locker need to improve their chemistry (and Locker needs to play with better consistency). Don't expect a much-anticipated breakout performance from Hunter against the Cincinnati Bengals. Park him on your bench. ( 2.56 catches for 38 yds )

TE Delanie Walker: Although Jake Locker struggled last week, he was able to get the ball to Walker with surprising consistency. The Cincinnati Bengals defense ranks close to average in fantasy points allowed to enemy tight ends. Consider Walker a high-end fantasy TE2 play this week. ( 5.3 catches for 58 yds )

TE Craig Stevens: ( for 5 yds )

TE Taylor Thompson: ( for 7 yds )

PK Ryan Succop: Tennessee's Jake Locker-led offense will struggle against an elite Cincinnati Bengals defense. You should be able to find a safer option than Succop in your free-agent pool. ( 2.21 XPs, 1.55 FGs )

Def Tennessee Titans: Tennessee played like world beaters against a struggling Kansas City Chiefs offense in Week 1, but the Titans played like eggbeaters versus a solid Dallas Cowboys offense in Week 2. The Cincinnati Bengals offense has not allowed a sack or committed a turnover this season. Consider Tennessee a weak play. ( 2 sacks )

Indianapolis Colts (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)

QB Andrew Luck: It looks like the Colts want to run the football whenever possible with their Trent Richardson/Ahmad Bradshaw tandem, but the Indianapolis offense still flows through Andrew Luck. He is a rock-solid play versus a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed an average of 266.5 passing yards and 2.0 touchdown passes per contest. ( 280 yds pass with 1.31 TDs; 19 yds rush )

QB Matt Hasselbeck: ( 19 yds pass )

RB Trent Richardson: Statistically, T-Rich is coming off one of his best outings in a Colts uniform. he racked up 21 carries for 79 yards and one catch for 16 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Richardson also fumbled twice, which is why Ahmad Bradshaw likely will continue to operate as the team's third-down specialist and goal-line runner. Richardson looks like a decent play as a flex option or fantasy RB3 against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed an average of 168 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns per game. ( 58 yds rush; 2.91 catches for 28 yds )

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Although he is operating in a backup role behind Trent Richardson, it looks like Bradshaw, who outplayed Richardson on Monday Night Football, will handle the Colts' passing/change-of-pace and goal-line duties going forward. Consider Bradshaw a solid fantasy RB2 in PPR leagues against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to enemy running backs. ( 43 yds rush; 3.09 catches for 31 yds )

RB Dan Herron: ( 5 yds rush; for 3 yds )

WR Reggie Wayne: Don't sour on Wayne after his disappointing performance on Monday Night Football. Andrew Luck targeted him seven times, but he and Wayne didn't get in sync partially because of the Colts' run-heavy game plan. Wayne should bounce back as a fantasy WR3 in PPR formats against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks just 18th in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. By the way, he ranks second on the team in targets (20) behind T.Y. Hilton (22). ( 7.96 catches for 88 yds )

WR T.Y. Hilton: He enters Week 3 as the Colts' most heavily targeted receiver (22 targets), but Hilton hasn't broken off any big plays or scored. Start him as a boom-or-bust fantasy WR3 with upside against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks just 18th in fantasy points given up to enemy wideouts. ( 5.65 catches for 65 yds )

WR Hakeem Nicks: Operating as Indianapolis' No. 3 receiver, Nicks' targets have varied from five in Week 1 to just three in Week 2. As long as Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are healthy, consider Nicks a No. 5 fantasy wideout. ( 3.38 catches for 33 yds )

WR Donte Moncrief: ( 1 yd rush; 1.01 catches for 10 yds )

WR Griff Whalen: ( 1.88 catches for 18 yds )

TE Dwayne Allen: The Colts went with a run-heavy scheme in Week 2, which mostly explains why Allen was targeted just one time and didn't catch any passes. He blocked well, but that obviously won't generate fantasy points. As long as the Colts seem content to use Allen mainly as a blocker, his fantasy appeal is low. ( 4.22 catches for 54 yds )

TE Coby Fleener: It looks like the Colts are showing a strong preference for a run-heavy attack. Since Fleener is not known for his blocking skills (Dwayne Allen is far and away the better blocker of the two), it means vastly fewer targets for Fleener. His fantasy appeal is low right now. ( 3.31 catches for 35 yds )

TE Jack Doyle: ( for 4 yds )

PK Adam Vinatieri: Vinatieri looks like a solid play in what should be an Indianapolis rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. On the season, the Jaguars have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing kickers. ( 2.73 XPs, 2.11 FGs )

Def Indianapolis Colts: Can an Indianapolis Colts defense that has tallied just one sack on the season find pass-rushing success against a Jacksonville Jaguars offense that has given up a league-high 13 quarterback takedowns? One would think so. The Colts also have compiled just one interception. Jacksonville ranks 30th (tie) in scoring (13.5 points per game) and has committed just two turnovers. Consider Indianapolis a risky plug-and-play option. ( 1.86 sacks )

Jacksonville Jaguars (vs Indianapolis Colts)

QB Chad Henne: Even though the Jaguars rank last in total offense and 30th (tie) in scoring, it looks like Henne will get the start in Week 3. He has been sacked a league-high 13 times (10 sacks came in Week 2), and the seventh-year pro's receiver corps is banged up. However, Cecil Shorts (hamstring), who missed Week 1 and Week 2, could return. Even with a healthy Shorts back on the field, you should consider Henne a low-end fantasy QB2 against an Indianapolis Colts defense that has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. ( 162 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

QB Blake Bortles: ( 22 yds pass )

RB Toby Gerhart: It's been a tough stretch for Gerhart. A nagging ankle injury has depleted his athleticism. Gerhart has averaged just 2.0 yards per carry. Opposing defenses are stacking the box, because they don't respect Jacksonville's Chad Henne-led passing attack. Even though the Indianapolis Colts defense has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, there is little reason to trust the less-than-100-percent-healthy Gerhart as a fantasy starter right now. Make him earn his way off your bench. ( 44 yds rush; 2.54 catches for 19 yds )

RB Denard Robinson: 'Shoelace' offers only weak handcuff value for Toby Gerhart. ( 11 yds rush; 1.21 catches for 9 yds )

RB Jordan Todman: ( 17 yds rush; 1.23 catches for 10 yds )

WR Cecil Shorts: After sitting out Week 1 and Week 2, Shorts (hamstring) tentatively is expected to return against the Indianapolis Colts. If he is healthy enough to suit up, consider Shorts a middling flex option with upside as Chad Henne's top target in a favorable matchup. ( 5.66 catches for 70 yds )

WR Allen Hurns: Heading into late Wednesday morning, there was no definitive word on whether Hurns (ankle) would play in Week 3. If Cecil Shorts (hamstring) returns as expected, Hurns likely will be bumped down the depth chart behind Shorts and Marqise Walker. If Hurns operates as Jacksonville's No. 3 receiver, he wouldn't have much fantasy appeal. ( 4.77 catches for 47 yds )

WR Marqise Lee: Despite a favorable matchup against a leaky Indianapolis Colts secondary, the rookie possession receiver offers only low-end fantasy WR4 or high-end fantasy WR5 value.

WR Mike Brown: He is buried on the depth chart behind Cecil Shorts, Marqise Walker and Allen Hurns. Barring a slew of injuries, Brown lacks fantasy appeal. ( 3.46 catches for 33 yds )

WR Allen Robinson: ( 1.03 catches for 10 yds )

TE Marcedes Lewis: Lewis (high ankle sprain) has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated To Return List. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.

TE Clay Harbor: Harbor (calf) is expected to replace Marcedes Lewis (high ankle sprain) in the starting lineup, but Harbor isn't fantasy relevant right now.

PK Josh Scobee: You should be able to do much better than the guy who kicks for an offense that ranks 30th (tie) in scoring. ( 1.14 XPs, 1.31 FGs )

Def Jacksonville Jaguars: Seriously? The Jacksonville Jaguars defense currently ranks 29th overall and last in points allowed (37.5 per game). Strangely, the Jaguars rank second in sacks (8.0), but they have tallied an anemic three takeaways. This is not a team defense that fantasy owners should trust. ( 2.34 sacks )

Houston Texans (vs New York Giants)

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The New York Giants have yielded the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing passers. However, it's very unlikely that Fitzpatrick will step out of his game-manager role and throw the rock a ton as long as Arian Foster is piling up the rushing yards. Fitzpatrick rates as a low-end fantasy QB2. ( 181 yds pass; 8 yds rush )

QB Ryan Mallett: ( 17 yds pass )

RB Arian Foster: Heading into Week 3, Foster ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (241) and leads the league in carries (55). He is a strong play as a fantasy RB1 versus a New York Giants defense that has surrendered an average of 100 rushing yards per game along with three rushing scores. Since Foster is on pace for more than 400 carries, the Texans say they want to lighten his workload a little bit. Don't worry - even with a slightly smaller number of touches, Foster still rates as a strong RB1.

RB Alfred Blue: Last week the rookie sixth-round pick ran ahead of Jonathan Grimes, toting the rock 11 times against the Oakland Raiders in junk time while Grimes received just three carries. It's not clear whether Blue has officially passed Grimes on the depth chart, but fantasy owners need to keep an eye on the pecking order in the Texans' backfield. Blue offers only handcuff value. ( 88 yds rush; 2.44 catches for 17 yds )

RB Jonathan Grimes: Grimes' status as Foster's handcuff is strongly in question. He carried the ball just three times last week, operating behind both Arian Foster and Alfred Blue, who toted the rock 11 times. Fantasy owners should closely watch Houston's backfield pecking order. ( 15 yds rush; for 5 yds )

RB Ronnie Brown: ( 6 yds rush; for 2 yds )

WR Andre Johnson: Although Johnson hasn't hit pay dirt this season, his week-to-week production has been consistent with streaky Ryan Fitzpatrick slinging the rock in a conservative run-first offense. The top pass-catching option in the Houston passing attack looks like a solid play as a fantasy WR2 against a New York Giants defense that has yielded the fifth-most fantasy points to enemy receivers. ( 7.36 catches for 85 yds )

WR DeAndre Hopkins: Hopkins' two touchdown grabs is tops on the Texans, but his receiving yardage numbers have varied wildly (89 yards in Week 1 but only 22 yards in Week 2). It's also hard to see him sustain a one-touchdown-catch-per-game pace in a run-heavy offense. Consider him a somewhat risky fantasy WR4 play against a New York Giants defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the wideout position. ( 3.32 catches for 46 yds )

WR Keshawn Martin: ( 1.42 catches for 14 yds )

TE Garrett Graham: Making his 2014 regular-season debut last week, Graham was targeted just once during Houston's victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Texans were using their running game to shred the Raiders and passed only 19 times, so we still don't know what Graham's role is in the offense - assuming there is a role. He lacks fantasy appeal right now. ( 3.92 catches for 44 yds )

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz: ( for 8 yds )

TE Ryan Griffin: ( for 13 yds )

PK Randy Bullock: The Texans offense perked up last week. Bullock erupted for 12 points. He looks like a solid play against a New York Giants defense that ranks fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing kickers. ( 1.94 XPs, 1.86 FGs )

Def Houston Texans: Consider Houston a solid play against the New York Giants. The Texans have allowed a league-low 10 points per contest. They also have compiled three sacks and six takeaways. The key to this matchup is the struggling mistake-prone Giants offense. Big Blue ranks 28th in scoring (14 points per game). New York also has committed six turnovers and allowed four sacks. (, 1.6 sacks, 1.38 Fumbles )

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