By: Matt Higgins
Again, TNF features another low scoring over/under of 39.5 with the Jaguars being 1-point home team dog. So here are our picks for players we like to “Beat the odds” or will finish “Against the odds” in their consensus weekly rankings.
Mariota is 27th in passing as the Titans continue to be one of the worst teams through the air. Any success that the Titans will have should be a result of Derick Henry and the Titan defense. All the Titans can ask out of Mariota, is to protect the football to give them a chance. Mariota is a game manager and shouldn’t be started in any format.
Who would have guessed that the Jaguar passing game would be the reason to watch TNF? Gardner Minshew is becoming America’s quarterback. His fame continues to grow thanks to his haircut, chest hair, near nude locker room antics, and partly thanks to his somewhat adequate 0-2 QB play. Gardner threw for 213 yards and a TD, and added 56 yards on the ground last week, as the Jags had their hearts broke trying to play spoiler in a 13-12 loss against the Texans. Yet, Gardner should only be started in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Derrick Henry RB12. Beat the odds
Henry set the team record in rushing last season against the Jaguar’s defense by rushing for 238 yards. This Jaguars defense played well on the road last week, but the wheels could fall off at any moment with reports out that Ramsey is asking for a trade. There is no way fantasy owners can sit Derrick Henry this week. He has been a consistent fantasy performer dating back to last year. Also, the Jags just gave up 90 yards to Carlos Hyde of all people last week.
Leonard Fournette RB 18 Against the odds
Fournette is going up against a stout defense in Tennessee that just held Marlon Mack to 2.5 yards a carry. the matchup is bad, but still start Leonard Fournette as an RB2 and temper expectations. There are so few players that garner the lion’s share of the work but, he’s u likely to return RB 18 value.
Against the odds on all WRs
The WR position is one to be avoided for fantasy purposes. DJ Chark is the highest rated WR coming in with a ranking of #44, followed by Dede Westbrook #45, and the titans Corey Davis comes in with a ranking of #54. Jalen Ramsey will be guarding Corey Davis who has done nothing all season and is a potential drop candidate for those of you believers. The jaguars Dj Chark is a hot name to grab off waiver wire. Chark has put up over 200 yards and caught 2 TDs this season and has emerged as the leading option on this team. The matchup is beatable for Chark if you believe in Gardner, but The WRs in this game are best to be avoided all together
Delanie Walker TE11. Beat the odds
Old reliable Delanie walker lead the Titans in target last week. Look for Walker to get some chances as the defense loads the box to stop Derick Henry. The Jaguars are 17th against the TE this season, but he’s the most trusted pass catcher in this game.