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AFC South

Titans vs Dolphins: Preview

by Dante Pitts

The Titans are coming back from a tough loss in Buffalo and will look to defeat a Miami Dolphins team that is coming off of a bye. Both the Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins are in the same spot as both franchises are suffering from 3 game losing streaks. Both teams are desperate to win and could yield big results for fantasy players. The Dolphins have fired their head coach and their defensive coordinator and have provided lackluster results on both sides of the field.  The Tennessee Titans should be able to take advantage of these spots.

Marcus Mariota has started off on a strong rookie campaign by throwing 8 touchdowns and only has 3 interceptions for the year. Although the Rex Ryan-led Bills’ defense held Mariota to 187 passing yards last week, I predict Mariota will have a bounce back game. Look for the Titans to start Bishop Sankey but I foresee Antonio Andrews getting a number of carries. It appears the Titans’ head coach Ken Wisenhunt is going to stick with a running back by committee offense and that usually isn’t a productive strategy for fantasy football owners. Andrews has been able to produce 58 rushing yards in two games this season and has found the end zone in both. I believe Andrews could be a potential RB2 or RB3 as the season carries on but will not be a number one option. Last week Sankey and Andrews both got the same amount of carries although Sankey was named the starter.

Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright are both locks for this week, owners should be optimistic for their match up against a lackluster Dolphins defense. Wright expressed frustration with his role in the Titans offense, as he wants to be the “primary receiver”. Mariota has said that we will “find ways to get him the ball” and Sunday may be where Wright will see those targets.

Defensively, the Titans will be another solid option against the Dolphins, the Titans’ defense has been particularly stout and I do not predict a change against the Dolphins. The offensive line of the Dolphins have not been able to open up and holes for their running backs and the front lines of the Titans will be able to expose them.  The Titans’ defense is also the number one ranked passing defense, giving up 166.5 yards a game – the only issue is the Titans are notorious for giving up big passing plays. Last week, the Titans gave up a 46 yard bomb, to Chris Hogan which was ultimately the teams’ demise. The Dolphins receivers aren’t poised to have a breakout game and I don’t see them having big time production against the Titans.

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