Game Predictions & Player Projections - TEN vs WAS

Game Predictions & Player Projections - TEN vs WAS


Game Predictions & Player Projections - TEN vs WAS


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Prediction: TEN 17, WAS 24 (Line: WAS by 5)

UPDATE: Jake Locker was limited in practices all week and listed as questionable. Charlie Whitehurst worked with the first team all week and is the more likely starter. I am making Whitehurst the projected player. Shonn Greene missed practices and is not expected to play leaving Bishop Sankey will another chance to do something as the starter.

The 2-4 Titans come off a close win over the Jaguars which by itself says a lot. The 1-5 Redskins are on a four game losing streak and looking for someone to get them back on track. Oh look. Here come the Titans.

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 28-29 14 NYG —–
6 JAC 16-14 15 NYJ —–
7 @WAS —– 16 @JAC —–
8 HOU —– 17 IND —–
9 BYE —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Bishop Sankey 70 2-20
WR Justin Hunter 3-40,1
WR Kendall Wright 5-50
TE Delanie Walker 5-60,1
PK Ryan Succop 1 FG 2 XP

The Titans finally win a close one even if it was against the visiting Jaguars and involved only one touchdown scored. The Titans are facing a weaker portion of their schedule but don’t have the offense to do much about it. The last two road games resulted in losses by 24+ points.

QUARTERBACK : Jake Locker remains out with his thumb injury and Charlie Whitehurst took his second start but only threw for 233 yards and no scores. While there is a chance that Locker could return for this game, that won’t be known until later in the week. There is no confusion here – if Locker can play he will be the starter. Whitehurst was never intended to control the offense. I will assume that Locker can play and update as needed.

RUNNING BACK : Shonn Greene was out with a sore hamstring last week and that allowed Bishop Sankey to take his first start. He ended with 61 yards on 18 runs and one catch for seven yards but facing the Jaguars meant much higher expectations. By HC Ken Whisenhunt said that Sankey was nervous in his first start and he did little in the game until the second half. Worse yet the Titans used Jackie Battle to hawk the only touchdown in the game. Even if Greene returns, Sankey is expected to remain the primary back though whatever that means has yet to produce that much fantasy value.

WIDE RECEIVER : At least for the last two weeks at home, Justin Hunter was able to catch three passes for 99 yards and a score against the Browns and then 77 yards on three receptions versus the Jaguars. Kendall Wright is no favorite of Whitehurst and only managed one catch for six yards against the Jaguars. Wright scored twice in the Cleveland loss but still has not topped 55 yards in any game. Short of a home game against a really weak secondary, these wideouts have no real reliability. Hunter is improving but Wright seems stuck at 50 yard games.

TIGHT END : Delanie Walker only scored once in the last four games but has been rock solid at 50+ yards per week with as many as 142 yards. He’s barely an average fantasy start from a lack of scoring but at least provides some yardage in every game.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Redskins weakness is against the pass where they have already allowed 13 touchdowns and two 300 yard games. But the Titans are hardly a passing machine and there is no guarantee that Locker will play. The rushing defense is very good with only one rushing touchdown allowed to running backs and never more than 66 rush yards to a visiting runner. That makes Sankey a flex play at best this week and his lack of receptions means he’s always a risk for a bad game. Consider Sankey a marginal start. Walker is always a moderate start but even Justin Hunter carries more risk because he’s not been good away from home yet.

Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 23 28 30 11 24 19
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 32 3 24 21 24 28

Washington Redskins

1 @HOU 6-17 10 BYE —–
2 JAC 41-10 11 TB —–
3 @PHI 34-37 12 @SF —–
4 NYG 14-45 13 @IND —–
5 SEA 17-27 14 STL —–
6 @ARI 20-30 15 @NYG —–
7 TEN —– 16 PHI —–
8 @DAL —– 17 DAL —–
9 @MIN —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
WAS vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Kirk Cousins 320,2
RB Pierre Thomas 30,1 4-30
WR Pierre Garcon 6-70
WR DeSean Jackson 5-100,1
WR Andre Roberts 5-40
TE Vernon Davis 4-40,1
TE Jordan Reed 6-80,1

The Redskins are careening towards another bad season and this may be as good of a matchup as they can hope to face save for perhaps the Buccaneers in week 11. What has fallen apart so quickly is the passing defense which has cascaded negatively into all the other facets of the team. Errors have been another problem and big enough to make Cousins likely to quietly hand the starting job back to Robert Griffin III when the time comes. But for fantasy purposes – even the lower scoring hasn’t stopped a few players from being worthy of a start.

QUARTERBACK : Kirk Cousins has all the passing yardage you want – at least 250 yards every week and as high as 427 yards. He scored two or more times in all but one game. His downfall is an inability to mount a successful comeback and the fact that he threw seven interceptions over the last three games. Winning a few games would go a long way for Cousins but as it currently stands, RG3 should be back probably week 11 after the bye.

RUNNING BACK : Alfred Morris is more of an afterthought in this offense. He rarely gets more than 15 carries in a game – certainly not in a loss – and he rarely has any catches. Darrel Young, Roy Helu and Silas Redd all have stolen touchdowns from a runner who usually puts up about 60 yards or so per week. Morris has some marginal fantasy value but only in non-reception point leagues.

WIDE RECEIVER : One player who would really miss Cousins is DeSean Jackson who has topped 100 yards and scored in three of the last four games and that includes against the Seahawks and Cardinals. Pierre Garcon has been stuck facing Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman lately with predictable results but has one decent game with 138 yards and a score in Philly. Garcon also scored in Arizona but only managed four catches for 31 yards. Andre Roberts remains outside of the fantasy radar.

TIGHT END : It did not take long. Niles Paul only caught one pass for seven yards in Arizona while Jordan Reed finally returned from his four game absence. Reed ended with eight catches for 92 yards and immediately becomes a must start tight end.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Titans have allowed ten passing scores this year despite playing against a few of the weaker quarterbacks in the league. Brian Hoyer recently threw for 293 yards and three scores. Blake Bortles posted 336 yards and one score. No reason why Cousins at home won’t end up with his standard two touchdowns with upside for more. The Titans are also weak against tight ends and gave up four scores to the position in just the last three games. Expect a nice one here from Reed and Jackson though Garcon deserves consideration as well. This is the best chance for the Redskins to post some points in many weeks.

Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 9 8 7 12 26 29
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 15 16 22 24 20 15

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