The promotion of Ryan Tannehill to starter has been good for the Titans and the passing game, but there are still inconsistencies that hurt Corey Davis and A.J. Brown in fantasy. Since Tannehill took over three games ago, Davis has 12 receptions on 18 targets for 137 yards and one touchdown while Brown has 12 receptions on 18 targets for 161 yards and one touchdown. Both have upside, as they are good receivers, but they cap each other’s ceiling on a team that wants to run the ball.
Corey Davis also has a hip injury which kept him out of all three practices this week. he’s listed as doubtful, and on the off chance he plays, he won’t be 100 percent.
Fantasy football analysis: Tennessee Titans WRs Corey Davis, A.J. Brown
The Titans take on Kansas City at home, and it looks like Patrick Mahomes might return this week. Matt Moore has played well in Mahomes’ place, but there’s no replacing the MVP. His presence should change the game script for the Titans, as they will have trouble holding Mahomes down.
The Titans want to run the ball with Derrick Henry, and Kansas City will likely oblige them due to their awful run defense. The trouble is, if Mahomes can do his usual, the Titans will need to throw the ball. Tannehill has thrown it much more than Mariota already, with 29, 33, and 39 pass attempts for six touchdowns and two 300+ yard games. Mariota had seven touchdowns and one 300 yard game in seven starts. There is upside in this passing game, and Brown and Davis are the most likely beneficiaries.
Kansas City’s pass defense has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers and hasn’t given up a 100-yard game since Week 1 to D.J. Chark and only four touchdown receptions to wide receivers since that game.
Much will depend on Davis’ availability, but this matchup isn’t good enough to throw an injured Titans receiver into your roster. But Davis’ injury should boost Brown’s workload, even if Davis ends up playing.
Traditional Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start A.J. Brown as a WR3.
Sit Corey Davis even if he plays.
DraftKings DFS Recommendation
Davis costs $4,400 while Brown costs $4,300. I’m off of Davis due to his hip injury, and if he doesn’t suit up, Brown becomes someone I will target at DraftKings.