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Tennessee Titans

Stadium: LP Field | Coach: Ken Whisenhunt
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th110.4 (17th)209.9 (28th)
Defense20th123.7 (22nd)247.9 (20th)

Next Game

Sun, October 26, 1:00 PM EDT
LP Field
TV: FOX
Houston Texans
at
Tennessee Titans

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 26 - 10at KC
Recap
Sun Sep 14
L 26 - 10DAL
Recap
Sun Sep 21
L 33 - 7at CIN
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 41 - 17at IND
Recap
Sun Oct 5
L 29 - 28CLE
Recap
Sun Oct 12
W 16 - 14JAC
Recap
Sun Oct 19
L 19 - 17at WAS
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
FOXHOU
Preview
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
at BAL
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 17
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
at PHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at HOU
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
NYG
4:05 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
NYJ
8:25 pm EST
Thu Dec 18
at JAC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
IND

Standings

AFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Indianapolis5-2-03-0-0
Houston3-4-00-1-0
Tennessee2-5-01-1-0
Jacksonville1-6-00-2-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1414107553
Delanie Walker could use a change
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

In Weeks 1-4, with Jake Locker primarily under center for the Titans, tight end Delanie Walker averaged 5.5 catches for 79.3 yards with three touchdowns. But the more backup Charlie Whitehurst saw of him, the less he liked. Whitehurst did fine with Walker in Week 4, but in Weeks 5-7, Walker averaged just 3.0 catches for 40.3 yards.

So if you own Walker in Fantasy, you can only be encouraged by the Titans' change at quarterback for Week 8 against Houston, even if it's not the one you wanted. Locker is healthy again, but rookie Zach Mettenberger will get the start.

Granted, such an inexperienced and unheralded quarterback generally isn't good for anyone on the receiving end, but that's not always true for a tight end, who often becomes a security blanket underneath. Of course, despite ranking 26th against the pass, the Texans have allowed the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to tight ends, so that may not be the case for Walker in this one.

It's a coin flip whether or not you start him in Week 8. Tight end isn't the deepest position, and most likely, you won't want to roster two. For what it's worth, though, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Walker outside of their top 12 for this week.

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New quarterback for Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The good news for Titans wide receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter in Week 8 is that they're facing the Texans, who rank 26th against the pass, allowing 268.7 yards per game, and have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. The bad news for Wright and Hunter is that they'll be working with a rookie quarterback who'll be making his first NFL start.

Zach Mettenberger was only a sixth-round pick, but he's getting the start even though Jake Locker is set to return from a two-week absence for a thumb injury. Having Locker under center would have been a best-case scenario for Wright and Hunter. As it is, you shouldn't expect them to contribute much more than they did with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback for most of the last three games.

Wright is probably the safer bet of the two because he's more of an underneath route runner. What he lacks in yardage he makes up for in catches, and unlike some players with a similar role, the Titans don't shy away from him in the red zone. Hunter, as more of a downfield threat, may have a harder time connecting with Mettenberger, so you'll want to sit him for now.

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Whisenhunt claims Titans QB Locker handling demotion well
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Ken Whisenhunt has admitted that deposed Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker is unhappy about losing his job to rookie Zach Mettenberger.

Whisenhunt, however, told The Tennesseean that Locker is handling the news well. "I love Jake Locker," Whisenhunt added.

Locker has missed three games this season due to injury and has been unimpressive when on the field. He has completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Titans coach proclaims QB Mettenberger his Sunday starter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was suspected is now official: Zach Mettenberger is set to start at quarterback for the Titans against Houston on Sunday. Jake Locker will serve as his backup.

That news was announced Thursday by Ken Whisenhunt. Locker had been dealing with a thumb injury and Whisenhunt had previously claimed he would regain the starting position when healthy. But his apparent availability to play against the Texans could mean that Mettenberger has overtaken him.

Also in the mix had been veteran Charlie Whitehurst, who started in Locker's absence and completed 60.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Mettenberger played briefly in Week 4 at Indianapolis and connected on two of five attempts for 17 yards while throwing an interception.

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Titans' Whisenhunt explains why Akeem Ayers was traded to Patriots
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt expressed Wednesday part of the reason the team traded Akeem Ayers to the Patriots was that he didn't provide a big enough boost on special teams, according to The Tennessean. Ayers, who was inactive for five of the team's seven games, was a second-round pick in 2011.

"I think we had an opportunity, and I think it was good for both parties,'' Whisenhunt said. "It gave Akeem a chance to get a fresh start, and it gave us a chance to get something in exchange for that.

"I think really a big part of it was special teams. When you're in that role, you've got to be able to contribute special teams wise, and we needed that, and we just didn't feel like we were getting enough in that area."

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