Week three is officially upon us! The Titans and the Jaguars are about to throw down in Jacksonville this Sunday. This divisional rivalry has intensified after the last three games. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has made a point to call out a lot of quarterbacks he views as overrated this offseason. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was on that list, known as a game manager. Is Mariota going to rise to the occasion or is Ramsey going to look like a genius? Let’s explore the key fantasy matchups this Sunday.
Corey Davis is likely to be shadowed by either Jalen Ramsey or AJ Bouye. Either way that isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement in starting Davis this week. If you play daily fantasy sports (DFS) Davis might be a great contrarian play. Davis is still a physical freak and a contested catch nightmare. Volume might be Davis’ best friend this week. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Davis receives 21% of the targets per route run. Pair volume with physicality and red zone opportunities and Davis might overachieve this week. Look for Davis to catch around six passes for 68 yards and a red zone touchdown.
Derrick Henry is going to have to have his big breakthrough game this week for Tennessee to have a chance. Henry has averaged an anemic 2.9 yards per carry (YPC) on the season and has only amassed 82 yards rushing. Needless to say, Henry has looked lost so far in this offense. Jacksonville is a big, fast, physical team and the Titans will need to match fire with fire. The Titans offensive line is at a disadvantage acccording to PFF’s OL-DL matchup tool. Henry is going to have his breakout game, rushing 18 times for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Bortles deserves some love for his play dating back to last season. Bortles may have had a ho-hum performance in week one. However, in week two Bortles got things rolling against the Patriots. With Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler having a rocky start to his Titans season Bortles has no reason to fear passing the ball. With a stable of receiving weapons at his disposal, look for Bortles to have another big game this week. Look for Bortles to complete 22 of 34 passes for 280 yards 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Leonard Fournette needs a strong, healthy showing to help put his lower leg demons to bed. Fournette has been bothered by tacky tack lower leg injuries dating back to his high school days. Before suffering a hamstring injury early in week one Fournette looked explosive and dangerous. Against a Titans defensive front that gives up 1.46 yards before first contact Fournette should be able to impose his will. The fact that the Jaguars offensive line allows 2.1 yards before first contact is also an advantage to them. Fournette should put up numbers around 20 rushes for 95 yards and a touchdown.