Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins: Fantasy Football Outlook

Oct 18, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry (14) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry (14) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

If you’re a Titans fan that also plays fantasy football, then you know that this year’s Titans games have not been conducive to big fantasy football production. DeMarco Murray has put up massive points in every game this year, but he’s pretty much the only Titan to do that all year. Titans opponents have not had big fantasy weeks either. Some opposing receivers have had some solid games, but running backs and quarterbacks have been pedestrian. This matchup is looking as fantasy football-bleak as the others.

Marcus Mariota

Mariota’s struggles are well documented on this site and we won’t beat a dead horse. Mariota had a rough game against the Dolphins in last year’s meeting, throwing for only 219 yards on 33 passes and throwing just one touchdown in comparison to two interceptions. It was quite possibly the worst game of his career. While the Dolphins defense isn’t nearly as good as it was at that point in time, this game still gives me pause to use Mariota in fantasy.

The Dolphins pass defense has given up the 11th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and the Titans passing offense has been an absolute mess. I believe in Mariota to get it going sooner than later, and this may be the matchup to signal that start, but I wouldn’t start him until he shows some consistency.

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DeMarco Murray

Miami’s defense has allowed the most touches to opposing backfields this season. Murray is the No. 1 overall fantasy running back. An unstoppable force meets a very movable object. Murray has laid waste to any committee concerns that were present in the preseason due to Derrick Henry’s performance. While Henry should begin to get mixed in more as the season goes on, Murray is still handling most of the touches and doing a lot with them.

The Dolphins defense hasn’t given up many rushing touchdowns, but they are giving up 120 running back rushing yards per games. They also haven’t faced a complete back yet, one that can run and catch like Murray can. Murray’s usage and great matchup makes him a top 5 running back in fantasy football this week (and pretty much every week).

Delanie Walker

Walker’s return didn’t do much to jumpstart the Titans passing offense, but he’s still our most reliable and most explosive weapon through the air. The Dolphins have given up the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Those tight ends include Luke Willson, Martellus Bennett with Jimmy Garappolo, a struggling Gary Barnidge, and C.J. Uzomah. Not exactly a murderer’s row.

Walker will easily be their toughest test, and their linebackers aren’t good or athletic enough to keep up with him. We saw some of that last year, when Walker pasted the Dolphins defense for eight catches and 97 yards. Walker should be over his hamstring injury and back to being a top tight end play in fantasy football.

Ryan Tannehill

Opposing quarterbacks are scoring the fifth-fewest fantasy points against the Titans this year, and that includes high-volume throwers like Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr. Those two each threw one touchdown and one interception a piece, while Brock Osweiler three two touchdowns and two interceptions against us last week.

Tannehill has been a popular streamer this season and had two 20+ point games in weeks two and three, but only hit 15 in week one and had an absolute clunker last week in an 8 point debacle in Cincinnati. The offense looked out of sync last Thursday night, and it might look out of sync again on Sunday. Considering Tannehill’s affinity for turning the ball over, the Tennessee defense makes for an appealing streamer.

Jarvis Landry

Whether the offense looks out of sync or not, Landry always has a safe floor in fantasy football. His average depth of target and low yards per catch make for a WR2 in standard leagues, but his reception totals/floor make him a borderline WR1 in PPR leagues. Tennessee has been middle of the pack in fantasy points given up to opposing wide receivers, and Landry presents problems because he plays in the slot a lot of the time.

Considering Brice McCain plays in the slot and might be matched up often against Landry, this matchup gives me nightmares as a Titans fan and would bring me excitement as a Landry owner. Tennessee is weak against the tight end position, and with Jordan Cameron out, Miami has been relying on three-receiver sets often while using Landry plenty of the middle of the field instead of a traditional tight end. Landry is a more-than-safe play in this one.

DeVante Parker

Parker has shown flashes of being a dominant pass-catcher at the highest level, but hasn’t shown the consistency many expect of him. Some of that is due to the offense he is a part of, with Tannehill relying mainly on Landry and the Dolphins using Kenny Stills as the deep-shot guy. That leaves Parker as the intermediate guy. He’s also the Dolphins best red-zone option, but the Dolphins just haven’t been getting there as often as they’d like.

It’s possible Parker will be matched up plenty with Perrish Cox, who is a true enigma at this point. Cox struggles through games, but ends up making one or two big plays by the end of them. But his struggles allow for production from opposing receivers and Parker could benefit greatly from it. Parker is an upside FLEX play, but is a bit boom-or-bust. Go in not expecting much, but be pleasantly surprised if he gets over 10 fantasy points.

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