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Appreciate you, U.K.!!! We want to cultivate your country to become a big American football market – so, our gift to you is Titans-Chargers…the battle of Anthony Lynn v. Mike Vrabel. You’re welcome! It could worse…we could send you the Jaguars to watch for another year in-a-row! *checks Week 8 schedule* Whoops, my bad. Enjoy the Cody Kessler takeover this week.
This game felt like ‘all’ Chargers all game, and then the next thing I know…Tennessee goes down the field late for a TD and gets to within a point (20-19) with seconds remaining, and they go for two. They get two shots at it, due to a penalty, but fail both times. Their plays designs and execution were the worst.
The Chargers win a game they typically lose and rise to 5-2. They’re playoff bound almost for sure…it’s a sad year for the AFC. The schedule ahead is set up to get LAC to at least 9 wins. 9-10 wins is their projection and a likely top wild card. No way they bump KC for the AFC West unless Mahomes goes down.
Tennessee falls to 3-4…which is deserved. A terrible offense, a solid defense – random lucky wins and losses all year. They’ve lost three in-a-row…and four more losses in-a-row could be added to it with three road games and New England ahead. 6-7 wins is their projection to the finish.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Dion Lewis (13-91-0, 6-64-0/6) was the MVP of this game…wow, an impressive performance of tough running and finding extra yards all over. You forget how solid/good he is because he’s stuck with this terrible offense.
In this game, he proved he was not only a nice passing game option RB but the best runner of the ball as well over Derrick Henry. Considering the tailspin the Titans are about to find themselves in – they need all the offensive firepower they can get. Lewis is their only hope at RB.
Lewis’s touch counts have been all over the place this season but have wavered between good touch counts and great. 14.4 touches per game this season – and higher in games that are back and forth. He’s the go-to RB for this offense…he’s just not scoring any TDs because this offense is terrible. He’s a solid-ish RB2 option in PPR.
-- I still don’t believe Tyrell Williams (4-118-1/4) is anything more than a WR3. You know I love him, I discovered him in fantasy back when he was a guy being cut by the Chargers as a UDFA rookie – I still had him as a top 25 dynasty rookie that year. I have always been biased towards Tyrell...I just don’t see anything radical happening here for FF. Nothing like his magical 2016.
Williams hit a 75-yard TD right off the bat…and then the next 54 minutes of the game he caught 3 passes for 43 yards on 3 targets. As many catches as Antonio Gates (2-11-0/3) in that span.
It was a low volume game, but I just don’t see Rivers working Williams like a trusted/needed partner.
-- I’d trust Tyrell way before Tajae Sharpe (7-101-0/9). I don’t like Sharpe as a useful FF WR, and I sure as heck don’t trust Marcus Mariota helping any of his WRs consistently.
Corey Davis (3-010-0/7) is about cut-able in redrafts and Taywan Taylor (1-8-0/2) is in a witness protection program.
Rookie Cameron Batson (1-0-0-1/) could be something like a Jakeem Grant homerun hitter…but likely not here.
-- Once again, can I say – Titans LB Jayon Brown (7 tackles, 1 sacks, 1 TFL) looks FANTASTIC!
8.5 tackles per game the last 4 games. A sack registered in three of his last 4 games. Most of that with Wesley Woodyard (4 tackles) out and Brown forced into playing. This game – Woodyard was back, and Brown played 73% of the snaps…rookie LB Rashaan Evans barely played.
It looks like Brown has stolen that job…and right fully so…and righteously an IDP ace sleeper, if you can even say ‘sleeper’ now.
-- IDP crashing…my beloved Jatavis Brown (4 tackles). Played half a game here and cannot leave this situation/team fast enough. He’ll be a great Patriot for years to come, I’m sure.
-- Austin Ekeler’s (12-42-0, 5-26-0/7) big chance to start went about as I expected – he’s not a legit starting RB. He can’t carry a backfield. His role is ‘limited touches’ and occasional big plays in the screen game or change-of-pace carrier of the ball.
After a hot first two games, Ekeler has been an RB3-4 since.
-- The Chargers-DST is set to get Joey Bosa back for Week 9…and then have a favorable schedule stretch of SEA-OAK-DEN-ARI. Could be FF sweet the next 4 weeks, but Seattle can be tricky. Still, in the topsy-turvy world of fantasy DSTs right now…LAC at SEA with Bosa back will be one of the better plays next week, I’m sure.
Dallas-DST hosting TEN is the Week 9 gem to get ahead on.
Snap Count of Interest:
42 = Ekeler
05 = Justin Jackson
45 = Dion Lewis
24 = Henry
03 = Fluellen
42 = Woodyard
32 = Jayon Brown
23 = Landry
28 = Evans