Game Predictions & Player Projections - CLE , TEN

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Prediction: CLE 23, TEN 20 (Line: TEN by 1.5)

The 1-2 Browns come off their bye looking for their first road win though their two losses were both by three points or less. The 1-3 Titans are on a three game losing slide and looking for their first home win. This is a coin flip game and the rested Browns could surprise.

Cleveland Browns

1 @PIT 27-30 10 @CIN —–
2 NO 26-24 11 HOU —–
3 BAL 21-23 12 @ATL —–
4 BYE —– 13 @BUF —–
5 @TEN —– 14 IND —–
6 PIT —– 15 CIN —–
7 @JAC —– 16 @CAR —–
8 OAK —– 17 @BAL —–
9 TB —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
CLE @ TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Austin Davis 240,2
RB Isaiah Crowell 30,1
WR Andrew Hawkins 8-90

The Browns are close to turning a corner despite an apparent lack of personnel. The running game has been solid to very good and works with any of the three backs. The looming schedule appear kind for now with the Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers waiting but for now, the Browns have to just figure out how to win on the road.

QUARTERBACK : The Browns are sticking with Brian Hoyer at least for now and in his defense he has been consistent. Hoyer passed for a touchdown in each game (but only one) and has yet to turnover the ball – that helps win games. At least eventually. Hoyer is only throwing for lower 200’s in yardage and is just another mediocre quarterback in fantasy terms.

RUNNING BACK : Ben Tate is practicing and appears likely to start this week. That throws the backfield into even more disarray since Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell both had nice efforts while Tate was out. It is likely that Crowell has been impressive enough to merit a bump over West to be the #2 back behind Tate. This offense has just three passing scores but five rushing touchdowns. I will project for Tate starting and hold off on the other two since we can’t know what ratio of carries will be used now that the backfield is much different than in the season opener when all three were last healthy.

WIDE RECEIVER : No changes here. Andrew Hawkins is the lead receiver with at least six catches and 70 yards every week though without any scoring yet. Miles Austin snared two touchdowns in the last two games but has never gained more than 51 yards in a game. The passing here is mediocre at best and these are mediocre receivers as well.

TIGHT END : Jordan Cameron’s season continues to be a disappointment with only three catches on the season and now a sprained AC joint in his shoulder that is going to be an issue for the rest of the year. It is a surprise that Cameron has been the #3 or #4 receiver targeted each week.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Titans rank well against the pass mostly because they are bad at stopping the run. They have allowed six touchdowns to the position this year and DeMarco Murray burned them for 167 yards. The Browns will run as much as possible. That makes Tate a starter. Cameron is a moderate start given his slow start to the year but the Titans have been allowing touchdowns to tight ends. Any other Brown is just a risk to rely on.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 30 15 5 22 20 15
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 6 21 12 22 25 21

Tennessee Titans

1 @KC 26-10 10 @BAL —–
2 DAL 10-26 11 PIT —–
3 @CIN 7-33 12 @PHI —–
4 @IND 17-41 13 @HOU —–
5 CLE —– 14 NYG —–
6 JAC —– 15 NYJ —–
7 @WAS —– 16 @JAC —–
8 HOU —– 17 IND —–
9 BYE —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Bishop Sankey 70,1 2-10
WR Harry Douglas
WR Justin Hunter 3-40
WR Kendall Wright 5-50
TE Delanie Walker 5-60,1
PK Ryan Succop 2 FG 2 XP

The season opening win over the Chiefs made it seem like a good year was in store. That was wrong. Now a three game losing streak is underscoring how important a quarterback is to the offense and somehow the defense gets a little worse every week. If the Titans cannot get it together well enough to win this week at least the Jaguars come to town in week six.

QUARTERBACK : Jake Locker missed last week because of his wrist but may return in time to start. But Locker has been no difference maker this year with only three scores in three games and forgetting the opener, he only managed one score against four interceptions in his last two games. Charlie Whitehurst (177-1-1) subbed for him in Indianapolis with predictable results. The passing results are just not as good as last year with Ryan Fitzpatrick (and they were not that great then).

RUNNING BACK : Each week Shonn Greene starts, does little and gives way to Bishop Sankey late in the game. The rookie then looks much better but the coaches stick with Greene. Last week in Indy it was Greene (3-10) and Sankey (6-34, TD). HC Ken Whisenhunt said that Sankey’s footwork still needed work but recently that it is improving. It already averaged 5.9 yards per carry these last two weeks. At some point Sankey becomes the primary back but for whatever reason Whisenhunt is letting progress happen slowly despite losing games.

WIDE RECEIVER : The breakout year for Justin Hunter is not happening. He gets as many targets as any other wideout but the passes are just not there the same as for the other wideouts. All combined, the group only scored once and that was in the season opener. None has topped 65 yards in any game. Even Kendall Wright is stuck at 55 yards as a season best.

TIGHT END : Delanie Walker has been the lone bright spot. He has three of the four passing touchdowns this year. He even topped 80 yards twice even though he gets fewer targets than most of the wideouts. Walker is the only element of the passing game that is safe to start each week.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Titans have a chance to run in a score against a team weak against running backs. What the split will be and who benefits most is hard to say since reason would have Sankey taking all the carries but that is not happening. The only safe plays here are Walker and then Greene/Sankey are risky plays with some upside. One will score a touchdown.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 27 27 31 7 23 22
Preventing Fantasy Points CLE 13 31 7 25 29 2

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