Fantasy football is a fun, fickle game. As we approach week four I hope many of you are finding success on the fantasy gridiron. There are a lot of juicy matchups this week, including that incredible game Thursday night. Hopefully, some of you didn’t go against the death stack of Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp. If so, well, you may not want to finish reading this column and move on to week five. With that being said, the Titans host the defending super bowl champion Eagles this week. Let’s get to my key player fantasy projections for this week.
Carson Wentz wasted no time in his return from a nasty ACL injury late last season. Wentz completed 25 of 37 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown, one interception, and one fumble lost. Wentz lacked that magic that made him an MVP candidate last season and this Titans D has been STINGY! Since that week one debacle against the Dolphins, the Titans have allowed just 15.1 points per game against opposing defenses. The Titans D forces Wentz to wait at least one more week before rounding back into form. Wentz completes 25/36 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one pick.
Zach Ertz is going up against a buzz saw this week. No team has been stingier against the tight end than the Titans. On the season the Titans have given up only 4.6 PPR points per game to opposing tight ends. To be fair though, those numbers are a little skewed when considering the quality of tight ends Tennessee has played against. None anywhere near the caliber of Ertz. Ertz catches five passes for 60 yards and Wentz’s only TD pass.
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Marcus Mariota is due for a bounce-back game this week. Okay, hear me out. I know the Eagles defensive front is terrifying and swarm the quarterback. Mariota’s throwing difficulties with his throwing injury could very well help him this week. His ability to scramble out of the pocket and keep plays alive will give his receivers time to get open downfield. This should put the Titans receivers in a position to exploit the Eagles suspect secondary. Mariota completes 20 of 32 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He also rushes five times for 28 yards.
Okay so I know I have ridden Corey Davis every week so far and that trend is going to continue this week! Davis is in a great position this week with Rishard Matthews’ departure leaving a void in the receiving core. Not to mention no cornerback in the league has given up more points to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles’ Ronald Darby. Davis will either be shadowed by Darby or Jalen Mills, who allows a catch on 62% of his targets defended. Neither one scares me much personally. Davis finally rewards those brave or desperate enough to start him with six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Kickoff this week is at high noon. Titan Up!