The Tennessee Titans will host the Houston Texans in Week 6 after thrashing the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday Night. The Titans have kicked off the 2020 season with a 4-0 record and appears to be one of the best teams in the NFL, so it’ll be hard for the 1-4 Texans to compete.
Ryan Tannehill is as efficient as ever and was involved in four touchdowns in Week 5. He threw for three touchdowns despite only tallying 195 passing yards against the Bills and ran for a score as well. A.J. Brown’s return from a knee injury gave him a go-to target through the air and Derrick Henry remains an immovable force on the ground. A slew of positive Covid-19 tests hasn’t stopped Tennessee from performing at a high level. The Titans’ run-powered offense should perform at a high level against Houston’s terrible run defense.
The Texans got their first win of the season in Week 5 following the firing of Bill O’Brien. Deshaun Watson threw for a season-high 300 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars thanks to a breakout game from Brandin Cooks while David Johnson racked up a season-high 96 rushing yards on 17 carries. Can Houston continue to play inspired ball again as in navigates through a season without DeAndre Hopkins? We’ll find out on Sunday.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Texans: #12 Overall — #18 offense, #18 defense, #14 special teams
Titans: #10 Overall — #5 offense, #12 defense, #12 special teams
Texans: +3, +148
Titans: -3, -167
OUT: TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion)*, RB Buddy Howell (hamstring)*, LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring)*
QUESTIONABLE: CB Cornell Armstrong (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT DaQuan Jones (foot)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Deshaun Watson, QB, $7,000
Watson is a capable dual-threat quarterback coming off his best game of 2020. He notched a season-high 300 passing yards and threw for two touchdowns with no picks in Week 4. The Texans appear to have new energy now that Bill O’Brien has been axed, and Watson’s chemistry with his receivers is improving.
Brandin Cooks, WR, $5,000
Cooks was targeted more times (12) than Will Fuller V in Week 4 and turned recorded eight receptions for 161 yards and a score. He’s a premier deep threat can rack up chunk yardage in a hurry.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, $5,900
Tannehill leads one of the most efficient teams in the NFL when it comes to scoring in the red zone. While he could be down two key receivers, he can make plays with anyone on the outside and has underrated mobility. The return of Brown could give him a big boost through the air.
Derrick Henry, RB, $7,300
Henry has two 100-yard games under his belt and has yet to dip below 25 carries in a game. He’s up against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL with a depleted receiving corps, Few backs have a floor as high as Henry’s.