Biggest fantasy football note: Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts
By Will Lomas
Something that everyone seems to be ignoring about the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts matchup.
As all Tennessee Titans and fantasy football fans know, there are no moral victories in sports…unless you are the Indianapolis Colts.
Most of the national media haven’t seen the Colts without a franchise QB since they were in high school, so history has slowly convinced them that there is a silver lining to everything the Colts do.
So, it is natural that despite losing their franchise QB in the preseason and losing in Week 1, some people think that the Colts should be favorites against the Tennessee Titans.
When you follow up, people point to good coaching and a much improved offensive line. Let me tell you know, both of those things are absolutely correct.
If that is the end of your argument, alright I get it. That isn’t the end all, be all but it is a great foundation to have with a decent quarterback.
However, if you are a fantasy football player and you think you can get an advantage by starting Mack know this, the biggest misconception of the Colts roster is that Marlon Mack had a huge Week 1 against the L.A. Chargers, so that means that the running game is going to be great for the Colts.
Let me explain why that isn’t even half of the story.
You might not know if you didn’t watch the game, but a huge part of the reason why Mack was so successful had nothing to do with the Colts at all. The Chargers were missing huge chunks of their defense, specifically their run defense.
Going by 2018 stats, their 2nd best run defender was safety Derwin James, who you might remember is injured after a freak injury in practice this summer.
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Their best run defender in the front seven for 2018 was Corey Liuget who the Chargers let walk in free agency.
Speaking of the front seven, did you know that the Chargers starting linebackers Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman didn’t play either. That left them with Kyzir White and Thomas Davis as the starting linebackers.
Now, Davis isn’t bad but he just doesn’t have the same speed to get to the ball nor does he have a good DL in front of him to protect him.
So sure, give credit to Marlon Mack and the Colts OL for beating up a banged up run defense, that is what good players and well coached teams do. However, don’t mistake this for being the Dallas Cowboys and Zeke Elliot or the 2017 L.A. Rams with Todd Gurley.
Against bad and banged up front-7s, sure go ahead and take your shot and start Mack. However, in his career Mack averages 12 carries for 52 yards against the Titans. With the defense’s primary focus likely being to stop the run and to get in the backfield (because Mack had some big negative plays last week) they will probably do their best to put the clamps on him.
Start him if you want to, but know that history says that is a bad decision.