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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY WRAPUP: TITANS/COLTS

Fantasy football Week 6 wrapped up with the Colts taking on the Titans in a matchup where the backup running backs caught more attention that the starters.  Only one came through.  Let's get to all of it. 

-Leading into the game, there was a ton of focus on Titans backup power back Derrick Henry and Colts backup Marlon Mack due to promises by their head coaches to get each more involved over a fading/aging veteran ahead of them on the depth chart.  Well in the case of Henry it more fruit as the second-year former Heisman winner rushed 19 times for 131 yards and a score, while also adding one catch.  While DeMarco Murray also scored, he received just 12 carries for 40 yards and continues to deal with a bad hammy that could blow on any one play.  Clearly the Tennessee coaching staff thinks a changing of the guard is in order at least in terms of running the football and that is the right call since Henry is the better player on that front now and with much fresher legs.  Murray will still have a role as the primary receiving back and get 10-12 carries a game so don't drop him just yet.  But it Henry is available on your waiver wire, go get him.

On the other side, it was still all Frank Gore as the ageless one kept Mack glued to the bench as he rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries.  Mack only got two measly carries for 18 yards in a complete no-show outing.  Not that you should have started Mack anyways but those who ran to the wire to pick him up last week now realize this is not gong to happen anytime soon.

-Marcus Mariota made his return Monday night and looked pretty good in going 23-for-32 for 306 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  The numbers have not been flowing at a high rate this season for Mariota and he remains anchored into a run-heavy offense that could continue to make that a challenge but at least he looked good physically.  Meanwhile Jacoby Brissett continues to show some ability in completing 21-of-37 passes for 212 yards and a score.

-Jack Doyle has predictably become a safety valve for the raw Brissett and delivered a nice outing Monday night by catching 7 balls for 50 yards and a score.  Over the concussion that had hiss status a bit murky, Doyle should be owned everywhere given his very good pass receiving skills.  There was also a Donte Moncrief sighting as he grabbed 5 balls for 67 yards.  Still Moncrief should really not be owned unless/if Andrew Luck gets back.

On the Titans' side, Eric Decker caught 7 balls for 88 yards in showing a good rapport with Mariota.  With the Titans still absent Corey Davis, this is all Decker's show in terms of the team's wideout production. 


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