Collins had one of his few productive fantasy games of the season in Week 13. Although he only threw for 155 yards he did throw a pair of scores in helping the Titans roll over Cleveland. He gets a favorable matchup this week again against a Houston pass defense that gives up 214.9 yards a game. But the Titans could very well run and run and run and not ask Collins to do too much so he comes with plenty of downside and only minimal upside. He's only worth starting in very large leagues because of that.
Johnson took awhile to deliver but a big TD run and another long run in the fourth quarter helped him finish with 136 yards rushing. That put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He also caught four passes and now has nine receptions in his last three games. The Texans are awful against the run, giving up 127.2 yards a game, so Johnson (and LenDale White) will flourish once agein. He'll deliver nicely as your RB1 on Sunday.
White looked like he was being phased out of the offense a few weeks ago but he's burst back onto the scene in a big way. He rushed for 99 yards in Week 14 and has 205 yards and three TDs in his last two games. Much to the chagrin of Johnson owners, he's getting a healthy number of carries again (47 in the past two games). The Titans will run it 45-50 times again this week and there will be plenty of production to go around for White. Start him as your RB2 and enjoy the ride.
Gage only caught two passes last week but one of them went for a touchdown. However, he remains a poor fantasy option as he only has five receptions in his past three games. This offense is built around the running game so there isn't enough consistent passing production to go around. In this critical fantasy week, you shouldn't be gambling that Gage will have a strong game. The risk is too great.
Jones' fantasy value appeared to be on the rise a few weeks ago but he's done nothing of late. He caught only two passes last week and has only seven receptions in his last three games. He isn't worth starting in any fantasy league this week despite the favorable matchup.
Scaife is enduring a slump. He's caught only six passes in his last three games and is no longer a sure-fire starter in PPR formats. The good news is he did score in the first meeting with the Texans this season and Houston has had problems stopping TEs of late (Donald Lee scored on them last week). He isn't a strong opton by any means because there is plenty of downside here as the Titans could just run the ball all day. But in larger PPR leagues, Scaife has a chance to deliver if you really need him.
Bironas had a quiet Week 14 as the Titans finished their scoring drives and leaving him with only four extra points to deliver for his fantasy owners. He's having a great season, however, as he's scored 108 points through the first 13 games. Despite the lackluster Week 14 production, he's a must start in all formats this week against a bad Houston defense. He'll come through so start him with confidence.
The Titans bottled up Cleveland and continue to be stingy in terms of points allowed, surrendering only 15.4 per game. Matt Schaub looked very good in his return from knee injury last week and at home the Texans will have plenty of confidence. But the Titans have an aggressive defense and Houston continues to struggle with turnovers -- especially critical TOs in the red zone -- so the Titans have an excellent chance to pile up some takeaways. You'll need to have a pretty strong alternative to bench this defense this week.
Schaub started off strong in his return to the starting lineup last week, throwing a 58-yard TD to Kevin Walter in the first quarter, and he never let up in leading the Texans to the upset win at Green Bay. Schaub tore the heart out of the Packers' defense, throwing for 414 yards and two TDs. The matchup isn't as good this week as the Titans give up only 181.4 passing yards a game. However, this offense has talent and is capable of moving the ball on any defense so Schaub is worth a look even though things don't look good on paper. At home, he'll find a way to put up solid numbers at least.
Slaton has emerged as one of the game's most exciting RBs. He had another great game in Week 14, rushing for 120 yards and catching three passes for 40 more. He has now rushed for 250 yards in his last two games and he's had at least 120 yards rushing in three of his last four games. He's become a Must Start against any defense, even one as good as Tennessee's, which gives up only 92.4 rushing yards a game. At this point, you had better have some sick talent at RB to be sitting Slaton.
Johnson didn't get a lot against Green Bay's Al Harris, but he got enough to satisfy his fantasy owners, catching four passes for 55 yards and a TD in the win at Green Bay. The Titans shut Johnson down in Week 2, holding him to only two receptions for 29 yards. So there is a measure of concern here. But Johnson has stayed healthy this season and he's showed why many scouts believe he's the most talented WR in the game. The matchup isn't great on paper, but playing at home I like Johnson's chances to score again this week.
Walter was a fantasy stud last week, catching six passes for 146 yards and a TD. That continued a trend which has seen Walter perform better in even numbered weeks than odd numbered weeks. With this being an odd numbered week, the trend doesn't bode well for Walter. What does bode well is the fact the game is at home and Schaub looked terrific last week. The Titans will focus on Andre Johnson and that will give Walter chances to operate in the intermediate areas. He'll come through with at least 4 receptions this week and is a solid WR3 as always.
All Daniels needed to snap out of his recent slump was to get Sage Rosenfels out of the starting lineup and get Schaub back in. With Schaub at QB, Daniels had a strong game against the Packers, catching six passes for 55 yards. His biggest mistake was fumbling a certain TD at the Green Bay 1. But his fantasy owners had to be pleased to see him get back involved in the passing game. That won't change this week so start Daniels with confidence.
Brown is on a serious roll. He's made 13 FGs in his last five games, including the game-winner as time expired last week at Lambeau Field. The Texans have a strong offense and can move the ball effectively against any defense. But the Titans could stop them a time or two in the red zone, enhancing Brown's potential for points. He's become one of the best kickers in fantasy so he's clearly a strong start in all leagues this week.
The Titans continue to offer little fantasy juice. They rank 20th in the league in total defense and are giving up 25.5 points per game. The Titans rolled up 31 points on them in Week 2 and there's no reason to think Houston will slow Tennessee down this week. They're a poor starting option in every fantasy league this week.