Texans at Titans: NFL DFS Advice, Week 2, 2018
Welcome to NFL DFS advice for the Texans at Titans matchup during Week 2 of the 2018 season. Every week, Joshua Huffman will preview some of the main participants from the Titans’ weekly contests. These guides will include player pricing, injuries, potential mismatches, and anything else players should consider when choosing players from Tennessee and/or their opponents.
Texans at Titans: Key Players & Pricing
WR DeAndre Hopkins ($8000)
QB Deshaun Watson ($6300)
QB Marcus Mariota ($5600)
RB Lamar Miller ($5400)
WR Will Fuller ($5300)
RB Derrick Henry ($5200)
WR Corey Davis ($5100)
RB Dion Lewis ($5000)
WR Rishard Matthews ($4200)
RB Alfred Blue ($3900)
WR Bruce Ellington ($3800)
WR Taywan Taylor ($3600)
WR Tajae Sharpe ($3300)
TE Jonnu Smith ($3100)
TE Ryan Griffin ($2700)
D/ST Texans ($2600)
D/ST Titans ($2400)
Texans at Titans: Key Injuries (Injury Report)
QB Marcus Mariota, OT Jack Conklin, OT Taylor Lewan, OT Dennis Kelly, WR Corey Davis, LB Harold Landry, LB Derrick Morgan
DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney, CB, Johnson Bademosi, WR DeAndre Hopkins, WR Will Fuller
Texans at Titans: Key Matchups
- Titans OL vs Texans Pass-Rush
- Texans OL vs Titans Pass-Rush
- Dion Lewis vs Texans D
- Corey Davis vs Texans cornerbacks
- Titans’ ability to contain Deshaun Watson on broken plays
Texans at Titans: Preview
Houston opened this game as two-point favorites. The over-under was set at 45. As of Thur. Sep. 13, there were minimal changes to these lines. Expected conditions are 82F with 10MPH winds and partly cloudy.
Tennessee’s home-opener features two AFC South rivals whom desperately want to avoid 0-2 starts. While Tennessee has the home-field advantage, they have a slew of offensive injuries that could, much like in Week 1 vs the Miami Dolphins, stranglehold them from operating first-year offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur’s offense. Tennessee could enter this game without both of their starting offensive tackles. That’s a big obstacle when facing Houston’s J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, the latter who is questionable to play.
Remember when these teams met with a healthy Deshaun Watson? Houston 57, Tennessee 14. That was in Houston. It wasn’t long before a torn ACL ended a spectacular rookie campaign. Watson makes his first trip to Nissan Stadium. He too must play behind a suspect offensive line that had him running for cover in a Week 1 loss vs the New England Patriots. Further complicating matters are injuries to both of his top wide receivers, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Both are expected to suit up.
First-year Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was Houston’s defensive coordinator in 2017. That should give him an understanding of his opponent’s weaknesses. One can bet that Tennessee will try everything to get Dion Lewis involved. Houston has a knack for allowing PPR-backs to produce against them. Nothing changed when 12 of Tom Brady’s 39 Week 1 passes were targeted to James White and Rex Burkhead. Checkdowns galore may occur with an injured-elbow starting quarterback possibly missing his far-and-away No. 1 wide receiver (Corey Davis) and both All Pro-caliber offensive tackles (Jack Conklin, Taylor Lewan).
Tennessee has a formidable secondary with three solid cornerbacks (Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson, Logan Ryan) and safety Kevin Byard. Blame the weather and lack of game flow, but Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills burned them for four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 75-yarder against Butler. An $8000 Hopkins is definitely playable. In 10 career games vs Tennessee, Hopkins averages 101 yards. On DraftKings, five receptions (five points), for 101 yards (10.1+3=13 points) and a touchdown (six points) would net you 24.1 points. Very doable.
Houston has some beatable outside cornerbacks. PFF list Johnathan Joseph (0.38 fantasy points per route, 1.8 yards per route covered) and Johnson Bademosi (Grade: 58/100) as the starters. Both Rishard Matthews and Davis are playable, although I’m unsure whether a hobbled Mariota and backup offensive tackles make this a great situation to play them. Davis showcased his first-round pedigree with 13 Week 1 targets. He only caught six of them.
My favorite plays for this Texans at Titans Week 2 contest include RB Lewis and WR Hopkins. Hopkins is a no-brainer. Lewis is a $5000 PPR-back who could secure 15-20 carries in the ground game. He’s an explosive playmaker who can pay off most of that price tag on one simple dump off. The biggest concern is whether Derrick Henry steals his goalline carries.
Both teams are stackable. I’m a big fan of home underdogs in divisional matchups. Cue Tennessee. They have some very affordable and quality plays. A RB Lewis – WR Davis stack could pay dividends, maybe even throw in some Mariota for a high-risk play. Can’t forget about a $2400 home defense.
Keep an eye on updated injury reports.
Joshua Huffman was born and collegiately edumacated in Middle Tennessee. That said, Huffman spent 13-plus years with the type of Northern Wisconsinites and Yoopers who turn Nashville bars into alcohol wastelands whenever NFC North teams travel to play the Tennessee Titans. This makes him the NoBro of SoBros. He has published content for Yahoo! Sports (via Contributor Network) and Titan Sized, among other venues. At SoBros, he’ll provide Daily Fantasy Sports suggestions and broad sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter.