Week 9: Titans at Rams
There were a lot of good fantasy nuggets in this matchup. The two things that really jump off the screen when you watch the game are tailbacks Chris Johnson for the Titans and Zac Stacy for the Rams.
Johnson ran with the kind of burst and speed that we’ve come to expect over the years but did not see enough of in the first half of the season. As we have been saying for months, Johnson has an excellent second-half schedule which is why he was part of our trade targets article last week. Johnson now has a chance to finish the season strong. I hope you traded for him last week when his price was still reasonable. He may be a little bit tougher to get after yesterday’s breakout game.
Stacy on the other hand, put together his second straight outstanding performance. If you’ve never gotten a good look at Stacy, check out our predraft scouting report and watch the videos. This is the same player we saw on film at Vanderbilt. You saw it all yesterday, the burst the short area quickness, the north-south running style and the lateral agility. He was also targeted frequently in the passing game finishing with six receptions for 51 yards. Stacy has a chance to be very good in 2014, once the Rams figure out the quarterback position and get their offense righted.
While the starting tailbacks stole the show, there were some other things of note in this game. The big one was the other Titans tailback Shonn Greene, who was featured in last week's Watch List V. Greene is finally looking healthy after an early-season knee injury. He was effective as a rusher and as a receiver. Greene scored his first touchdown as a Titan on a 5 yard run in the first quarter. He looks like an excellent handcuff option for Johnson owners and he has some flex value in his own right. The big thing to note with Greene is that he looked healthy.
Another thing worth noting is the play of Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens. Clemens looked much more comfortable in his second start and did find Jared Cook on a 10 yard touchdown pass. Clemens also avoided interceptions which is a plus moving forward. He may be able to play well enough to give the Rams receivers some value. Chris Givens appeared to be Clemens’ favorite receiver. Givens had four catches for 55 yards. That being said, Clemens did spread the ball around hitting seven different receivers on the day. This is a situation to watch going forward and Clemens is a player to watch next week, when the Rams visit the Colts.
Titans quarterback, Jake Locker, had a rough day with 13 of 22 passing and two interceptions. That said Locker did run for a score and lead his team to victory on the road. He looks like a player that has a chance to keep improving. As far as fantasy is concerned Locker is still a player that’s tough to trust and he won’t have a whole lot of value once we get past the bye weeks.
A few other things of note. Rookie receiver Justin Hunter was active for the Titans with two catches for 13 yards. Hunter is healthy now and has an immense amount of talent. He is a player to watch over the second half of the season.