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What to do with Corey Davis, A.J. Brown in Week 8 fantasy football

The Titans’ passing game looked a lot better in Week 7 with Ryan Tannehill under center. Does that mean we can trust two Tennessee wideouts in a great matchup this Sunday?

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis takes the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

For as much as I don’t want to allow myself to believe that Ryan Tannehill is capable of rejuvenating a team’s passing attack for any sustained length of time, the better way to look at Tennessee’s new direction might just be to acknowledge things are better off without Marcus Mariota. Nowhere is that philosophy more true than in the specific case of Corey Davis. Simply put, he and Mariota were a bad partnership. Untapped potential and uncatchable passes aren’t exactly a sought-after combination when it comes to Fantasy Football. Anyway, Davis’ first opportunity to work with Tannehill went about as well as you could hope for, with the former first-round pick catching six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in a win over Los Angeles. Now, its a matter for carrying that success over into an unmistakably great matchup in Week 8.

Tampa Bay has been absolutely pitiful when it comes to stopping wide receivers so far in 2019. The team owns the 25th-ranked pass defense according to DVOA and the Buccaneers have the lone secondary surrendering more than 200 yards per game to opposing WR corps. Conversely, Tampa Bay can lay claim to Football Outsider’s No. 1 rushing defense, which might explain why teams appear to be so inclined to attack the Buccaneers through the air. In fact, opponents have averaged an NFL-high 41.7 passing attempts per contest against the NFC South inhabitant. That’s an undeniable amount of volume; however, whether or not the always run-oriented Titans choose to take advantage of this weakness is another matter.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Tennessee Titans WRs Corey Davis and A.J. Brown

While it makes me uneasy to trust multiple Tennessee wideouts in the same week, Delanie Walker’s absence makes things a little more palatable when projecting volume for both Davis and A.J. Brown; especially when you consider Walker was being targeted on a whopping 21 percent of his routes so far this season. Still, it must be noted that Davis, who has seen 24.4 percent of Tannehill’s 45 attempts directed towards him, is the safer option here. Brown may have out-snapped Tajae Sharpe 39-to-25 in Week 7, but that only makes him a FLEX option at best in most formats.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Davis. Start Brown.