The 9-4 Tennessee Titans will continue to battle for a division title, while the Detroit Lions are simply fighting to stay mathematically eligible for the postseason at this point at 5-8 as they play their final road game of the season.
Tennessee is in a tie for first place atop the AFC South alongside the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans won three of their last four games including a 31-10 beat down of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Derrick Henry appears ready to put the team on his back once again down the stretch of the regular season, as he rushed for 215 yards against Jacksonville.
Detroit is winding down its season without a whole lot of excitement. Already with an interim head coach, the Lions have lost three of their last four including a 31-24 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Detroit took an early 7-0 lead on its first before falling behind by two possessions on a few occasions in the second half. Matthew Stafford left with an injury and never returned, being replaced by Chase Daniel in the fourth quarter. Detroit might be without its starting quarterback against Tennessee.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 20
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Marvin Jones, WR, $5,700
Against the Packers, Marvin Jones caught four of eight targets for 48 yards. Jones is consistently getting a lot of targets his way, and it doesn’t appear Kenny Golladay is set to return to the lineup. A lot will depend on the status of Stafford, but this is a pretty good matchup against the Titans’ pass defense.
D’Andre Swift, RB, $6,400
Swift carried the ball seven times for 24 yards with a touchdown against Green Bay and added 26 receiving yards, catching four of five targets. This was his first game back in the lineup after missing the previous three games with a concussion and illness. Swift should get the ball more against Tennessee, especially if Stafford is out or not at 100%.
Corey Davis, WR, $5,800
Against Jacksonville, Corey Davis was fairly quiet. He was targeted just three times, but he caught all three passes that went his way for 34 yards but lost a fumble. The yardage total was his second-lowest output all season, only to the game against Chicago when he didn’t catch a pass. Davis went for 182 yards the week before, so the evidence has shown this season that fantasy owners shouldn’t panic about his performance against the Jaguars.
Jonnu Smith, TE, $3,700
Jonnu Smith caught both of his targets on Sunday for 20 yards. He got off to a relatively hot start to the season, but he hasn’t had a whole lot of consistent production in recent weeks. Smith had at least 36 yards receiving in each of his first four games, but he has failed to reach that number in every game since then. It’s tough to trust Smith at this point with so many weapons on Tennessee’s offense including other tight ends on the roster.