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AFC South Player Analysis
Matt Wilson, FantasySharks.com, Staff Writer

Tennessee Titans (vs Indianapolis Colts)

QB Jake Locker: If Locker (sprained wrist - throwing hand) is healthy enough to play, he would draw a favorable matchup against an Indianapolis Colts defense that has surrendered an average of 276.3 passing yards and 2.0 touchdown passes per outing. UPDATE 9/27/14: Locker (sprained wrist) was limited in Friday practice and is listed as QUESTIONABLE. It sounds like Locker is shaping up to be a GAME-TIME DECISION. We'll update his status Sunday morning.

QB Charlie Whitehurst: If Jake Locker (sprained wrist - throwing hand) isn't healthy enough to play, Whitehurst (finger) likely would get the start. However, the ninth-year pro has made just four career starts (the last one happened in 2011) and has a 54.2 completion percentage. Whitehurst obviously lacks fantasy appeal as a spot-starter. ( 196 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 20 yds rush )

QB Zach Mettenberger: ( 3 yds pass )

RB Shonn Greene: The lead dog in Tennessee's fantasy unfriendly committee backfield scored his first touchdown of the season last week, but he still hasn't been targeted in the passing game. Greene's value remains dependent on goal-line chances. Fantasy owners should consider him a middling flex option this week against an Indianapolis Colts defense that has yielded 111.3 rushing yards and one rushing score per game. ( 37 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Bishop Sankey: The rookie toted the rock a career-high 11 times last week thanks to some garbage-time work. Shonn Greene, however, is still the top option in the Titans backfield, and Dexter McCluster remains in the mix. Since Sankey's week-to-week workload remains unpredictable, it's hard to trust him as anything more than a desperation flex option. The Indianapolis Colts defense has given up an average of 111.3 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown per contest. ( 34 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Dexter McCluster: The third-down specialist's inconsistent workload has ranged from a high of 10 combo touches (Week 1) to a low of three combo touches (Week 3). McCluster is a desperation play at best. ( 11 yds rush; 2 catches for 22 yds )

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

WR Kendall Wright: The slot receiver and second option in the Tennessee passing attack has averaged 4.6 catches and 40 receiving yards per game, and has scored once. Assuming Jake Locker (sprained wrist) plays, Wright looks like a decent start as a flex or Bye-week replacement against an Indianapolis Colts defense that ranks close to average in fantasy points allowed to enemy receivers. If Locker doesn't play, consider sitting Wright for another option. ( 6 catches for 62 yds )

WR Nate Washington: Although he continues to start opposite of Kendall Wright, Washington is now the fourth option in the Tennessee passing attack. He has caught just five passes for 60 yards on the season. Washington lacks fantasy appeal. ( 4 catches for 49 yds )

WR Justin Hunter: The talented second-year wideout is overdue for a breakout performance mainly because of Jake Locker's struggles. Hunter hasn't caught more than three passes or amassed more than 63 receiving yards in a game so far. Touchdowns? Nope. Make Hunter earn his way off your bench. ( 2 catches for 35 yds )

WR Derek Hagan: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Kris Durham: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

TE Delanie Walker: The No. 1 option in the Titans passing attack draws a nice matchup versus an Indianapolis Colts defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the tight end position. However, heading into late Wednesday morning, the Week 4 playing status of Walker (shoulder) was uncertain. Fantasy owners obviously should keep an eye on his status. If Jake Locker (sprained wrist) isn't healthy enough to suit up, Walker would become a riskier play with backup Charlie Whitehurst likely starting. UPDATE 9/27/14: Walker (shoulder) was limited in Friday practice. He is listed as QUESTIONABLE. It sounds like Walker will be a GAME-TIME DECISION. We'll update his status Sunday morning. ( 5 catches for 53 yds )

TE Craig Stevens: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

PK Ryan Succop: Succop kicks for an offense that scored 10 points and seven points, respectively, in the last two weeks. Look for a better option in your free-agent pool. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Tennessee Titans: Following a great start to the season, the Tennessee defense has gotten progressively worse. During the last two weeks, the Titans have allowed an average of 29.5 points per game. They also have averaged just two sacks and one takeaway per contest. Tennessee is a weak play against an Indianapolis Colts offense that has scored 29.6 points per game. The Colts also have given up just 1.67 sacks per contest and turned the ball over 1.67 times per outing. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Indianapolis Colts (vs Tennessee Titans)

QB Andrew Luck: Although the Colts likely will go run-heavy against a sagging Tennessee Titans defense that has yielded an average of 134.3 rushing yards per game and four rushing scores, Luck should still do more than enough to provide his owners with a nice outing. He currently leads the NFL in touchdown passes (nine) and ranks third in passing yards (912). ( 261 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 21 yds rush )

QB Matt Hasselbeck: ( 20 yds pass )

RB Trent Richardson: The third-year pro has been toting the rock mainly between the 20-yard lines as an early-down runner while Ahmad Bradshaw handles the third-down and red-zone duties. Richardson, however, looks like a decent play as a flex option or fantasy RB3 with upside against a Tennessee Titans defense that has given up an average of 134.3 rushing yards per game and four rushing touchdowns on the season. ( 56 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: The Colts' third-down and red-zone specialist is a solid play as a fantasy RB2 versus a Tennessee Titans defense that has surrendered an average of 134.3 rushing yards per contest and three rushing touchdowns. Bradshaw leads all NFL running backs with three touchdown receptions. ( 43 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds and 1 TD )

RB Dan Herron: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR T.Y. Hilton: The boom-or-bust Hilton (ankle) offers flex option or fantasy WR3 value versus a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Hilton, who is overdue for a visit to the end zone, failed to score in two games against the Titans last season. UPDATE 9/27/14: Hilton (ankle) took part in a full Friday practice, and he is listed as PROBABLE for Week 4. ( 7 catches for 83 yds )

WR Reggie Wayne: What has become a spread-the-wealth Colts passing attack clearly has dragged down Wayne's production. Consider him a flex option or low-end fantasy WR3 against a Tennessee Titans defense that has given up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to enemy receivers. Wayne is overdue for his first scoring grab of the season. ( 5 catches for 58 yds )

WR Hakeem Nicks: Operating as the Colts' No. 3 wideout, his usage has been predictably inconsistent. Nicks scored in two of his first three games, but his weekly receiving yardage totals have varied from minus four to 50. Nicks remains a boom-or-bust fantasy WR4. If T.Y. Hilton (ankle) isn't healthy enough to suit up, Nicks likely would start in his place and offer fantasy WR3 value against a Tennessee Titans defense that has given up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to enemy receivers. ( 4 catches for 36 yds )

WR Donte Moncrief: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 16 yds )

WR Griff Whalen: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Dwayne Allen: Allen's usage has been inconsistent and very hard to predict. The third-year pro hit pay dirt in Week 1 and Week 3, but he posted a goose egg in Week 2. On top of that, the Colts sometimes use him as a blocker, and Coby Fleener is still stealing targets. The Tennessee Titans defense ranks 12th in fantasy points allowed to the tight end position. Consider Allen a risky fantasy TE2/Bye-week replacement option. ( 4 catches for 53 yds and 1 TD )

TE Coby Fleener: His week-to-week production has been uneven. Fleener amassed a 3-21-0 stat line (eight targets) in Week 1, a 1-13-0 stat line (one target) in Week 2 and a 4-49-1 stat line (seven targets) in Week 3. In addition, the third-year pro still loses targets to Dwayne Allen. As usual, consider Fleener a risky fantasy TE2/Bye-week replacement option. ( 4 catches for 39 yds )

TE Jack Doyle: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Adam Vinatieri: Vinatieri looks like a solid option against a struggling Tennessee Titans defense that has yielded the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing kickers. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Indianapolis Colts: The Colts played like an elite unit last week (four sacks, two picks, one fumble, one touchdown scored), but the Jacksonville Jaguars offense can make life easy for any defense. Indianapolis, however, actually looks like a decent plug-and-play option against a sagging Tennessee Titans offense - especially if Jake Locker (wrist) isn't healthy enough to play (Charlie Whitehurst likely would start in his place). On the season, the Titans offense has allowed eight sacks and thrown four interceptions. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Jacksonville Jaguars (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB Blake Bortles: The rookie will make his first career regular-season start on the road against an improving San Diego Chargers defense that has allowed an average of 226.3 passing yards and 1.67 touchdown passes per game. Bortles is way too risky to start, but he is definitely worth monitoring. Since the Jaguars likely will be playing from behind regularly, Bortles could rack up a lot of weekly garbage-time production. ( 217 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 12 yds rush )

QB Chad Henne: Rookie Blake Bortles has been named Jacksonville's starter for the rest of the 2014 season. Henne obviously has been demoted to backup. ( 66 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

RB Toby Gerhart: Gerhart (ankle) continues to disappoint. He hasn't scored or rushed for more than 42 yards in a game. The fifth-year pro also has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. In addition, his backup, Denard Robinson, is starting to see more action (8-33-0 rushing last week). There is some hope for Gerhart's fantasy stock with the strong-armed Bortles leading the offense now. However, Gerhart looks like a weak play versus a San Diego Chargers defense that has yielded an average of 101.3 rushing yards per game and just one rushing score. Make him earn his way off your bench. ( 36 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Denard Robinson: It looks like 'Shoelace' is starting to cut into Toby Gerhart's touches. Last week Robinson carried the ball a season-high eight times for 33 yards. He still isn't receiving enough touches to be fantasy relevant. However, Robinson's role in the offense could continue to grow, so keep an eye on him. ( 13 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Jordan Todman: ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Storm Johnson: ( 2 yds rush; )

WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts (hamstring) made his 2014 debut last week, hauling in five balls for 35 yards and one garbage-time scoring reception from new starter Blake Bortles. Since Shorts should continue to operate as Jacksonville's top receiving threat on a team that should be throwing the ball often in comeback mode, start him as a flex or fantasy WR3. ( 7 catches for 78 yds and 1 TD )

WR Allen Robinson: Robinson currently leads Jacksonville in receptions (12) and receiving yards (154). The rookie second-round pick made his first career start last week in place of the injured Marqise Lee (hamstring), racking up seven catches for 79 yards on 10 targets. Since Lee is expected to miss Week 4, it looks like Robinson will make another start. With strong-armed Blake Bortles now under center, there is a good chance for some junk-time production from Robinson. He has flex option value. ( 6 catches for 65 yds )

WR Allen Hurns: Since Marqise Walker (hamstring) has been ruled OUT for Week 4, Hurns likely will operate as Jacksonville's No. 3 receiver. He hit pay dirt in Week 1 and Week 3, but he racked up just two catches for 13 yards in Week 2. The rookie is too inconsistent to trust as anything more than a desperation play. UPDATE 9/27/14: Hurns (ankle) took part in a full Friday practice. he is listed as PROBABLE. ( 3 catches for 39 yds )

WR Marqise Lee: The rookie Lee (hamstring) has been ruled OUT for Week 4.

WR Mike Brown: He remains buried on the depth chart behind Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. On the season, Brown has been targeted an average of three times per game. He has amassed just four catches for 50 yards and obviously lacks fantasy appeal. ( 2 catches for 31 yds )

TE Clay Harbor: Harbor (calf), who was inactive last week, is expected to take on a larger role in place of the injured Marcedes Lewis (high ankle sprain). Even if Harbor plays this week, fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with him. UPDATE 9/27/14: Harbor (calf) participated in a full Friday practice. He is listed as PROBABLE. ( 2 catches for 35 yds )

TE Marcedes Lewis: Lewis (high ankle sprain) was placed on short-term Injured Reserve. He is expected to miss at least five more weeks.

PK Josh Scobee: Let's see if Blake Bortles can jumpstart the Jacksonville offense before you consider using Scobee in your starting lineup. The Jaguars currently rank 31st in total offense and 30th (tie) in scoring. ( 1 XP, 1 FG )

Def Jacksonville Jaguars: Although Jacksonville has racked up an impressive 10 sacks, this unit still isn't a starting option. The Jaguars have allowed a league-worst 39.7 points per game. They also have notched just three takeaways, which all came in Week 1. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Houston Texans (vs Buffalo Bills)

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Buffalo Bills have allowed 267.3 passing yards and 1.67 touchdown passes per game. Even though the opportunity is there for a nice outing from Fitzpatrick, fantasy owners shouldn't trust the capable-but-streaky triggerman (he tossed three picks last week) as anything more than a boom-or-bust fantasy QB2. ( 180 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 13 yds rush )

QB Ryan Mallett: ( 16 yds pass )

RB Arian Foster: Foster (hamstring) missed Week 3. Heading into late Wednesday morning, his Week 4 playing status was unknown. If he suits up, Foster will battle a Buffalo Bills defense that has surrendered only 83.7 rushing yards per game and no rushing touchdowns. UPDATE 9/27/14: Foster (hamstring) has taken part in just limited practices all week. He is listed as QUESTIONABLE and is considered a GAME-TIME DECISION. We update right up until game time so be sure to check back with us. ( 76 yds rush; 2 catches for 17 yds )

RB Alfred Blue: Making his first career regular-season start in place of the ailing Arian Foster (hamstring) last week, Blue compiled 78 rushing yards on 13 carries and 10 receiving yards on one catch. The bulk of his rushing yards came on a 46-yard gallop. While Blue can run with power between the tackles, he lacks big-play speed. If Foster is a scratch once again, Blue would get the start against a Buffalo Bills defense that has given up 83.7 rushing yards per contest and no rushing touchdowns. He would have middling fantasy RB2 value. ( 27 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB Jonathan Grimes: With Alfred Blue starting for the ailing Arian Foster (hamstring) last week, Grimes carried just one time for five yards and caught one pass for 31 yards while operating in a small change-of-pace role. He won't see much action unless both Foster and Blue are out due to injuries. ( 9 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB Ronnie Brown: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Andre Johnson: Don't overreact to Johnson's disappointing stat line (4-24-0) from last week. He spent most of the afternoon toiling away against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Keep Johnson (ankle) in your starting lineup versus a Buffalo Bills defense that has given up the 10th-most fantasy points to enemy receivers. UPDATE 9/27/14: Johnson (ankle) took part in a full practice. He is listed as PROBABLE. ( 6 catches for 72 yds )

WR DeAndre Hopkins: The No. 2 option in the Houston passing attack has played his way into flex option or fantasy WR3 status. Ryan Fitzpatrick rarely targets the Texans' secondary receivers or tight ends, which means more targets for Hopkins. Keep him in your starting lineup versus a Buffalo Bills defense that has yielded the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. ( 6 catches for 65 yds )

WR Damaris Johnson: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR DeVier Posey: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Keshawn Martin: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Garrett Graham: Although Fitzpatrick likes to throw to his tight ends, Graham has been targeted just seven times in two games played. Consider him a desperation fantasy TE2 play against a Buffalo Bills defense that has surrendered the 13th-most fantasy points to the tight end position. ( 5 catches for 57 yds )

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Ryan Griffin: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

PK Randy Bullock: The third-year pro's week-to-week scoring has been inconsistent. He tallied five points in Week 1, 12 points in Week 2 and five points in Week 3. Bullock will face a Buffalo Bills defense that has ceded the 10th-fewest fantasy points to enemy kickers. You should be able to find a safer option in your free-agent pool. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Houston Texans: The Texans look like a weak play. On the season, Houston has averaged 1.33 sacks, 0.67 interceptions and 1.67 recovered fumbles per game. The Buffalo Bills offense has allowed just 1.33 sacks per game and has turned the ball over just once so far in 2014. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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