The Washington Redskins were absolutely decimated Monday night in a 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. So does that mean that you should bench all the Redskins players on your fantasy team and start every offensive player on the Tennessee Titans?
No, probably not.
These two teams haven't met since 2006, with the Titans prevailiong 25-22. The stars of that game were Mark Brunell and Travis Henry. A lot has changed since then, but some of the players remain the same. We'll take you through the projected fantasy values of each player, old and new, on both teams for this Sunday's matchup. As always, for the sake of consistency, we use Yahoo! Public League fantasy scoring for our discussions.
Donovan McNabb enters this game fresh off his contract signing and a 295-yard passing performance with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Titans are ranked 25th against the pass in the NFL, meaning they are fairly susceptible to some big yardage, but have given up just 11 touchdowns through the air. Don't count on McNabb to get much higher than his 16.06 fantasy point total from Week 10.
Vince Young was the 29th rated quarterback last week, just behind Tyler Thigpen, and 28th rated quarterback over the course of the season. Facing the second worst passing defense in the league, Young might be a decent bye week fantasy replacement, but there are no more bye weeks. With other mediocre quarterbacks like Matt Cassell and Jon Kitna putting up good fantasy numbers, you could probably do better than Young.
If you took our advice and started Ryan Torain last week, we sincerely apologize. He was what the hockey world would call a late scratch on Monday night. If it makes you feel any better, I lost a fantasy game because of Torain too. We may have had the player wrong, but we had the analysis right, because his replacement Keiland Williams was the leading fantasy running back of Week 10 with 89 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving, and three touchdowns. The Redskins running back situation is likely to remain confusing right up until kickoff, and probably just past it as well. We're once again confident that Torain will be a good play against Tennessee, but you may want to hold off on starting Williams or Clinton Portis until we see how things shake out.
If Jerome Harrison can break off a 50-yard run against the Redskins, just think what Chris Johnson will do. Last year's top rusher will be hard to stop, and is a must-start in Week 11. In fact, he's a must-start every week. Even if the Titans were to travel back in time to 1984 to take on the Chicago Bears, Johnson would still be a must-start.
Since we expect this game to be fairly low scoring with both teams placing more of an emphasis on the run than the pass, the Redskins wide receivers aren't expected to put up big numbers. Anthony Armstrong might haul in a long catch or two, but neither he nor Santana Moss is likely to win you your fantasy matchup.
Against elite wide receivers in the past two games, the Redskins have given up 28.10 fantasy points to Calvin Johnson, 16.30 to DeSean Jackson, and 15.00 to Jeremy Maclin. What does that mean for Randy Moss? He may have only had one catch in his first game with the Titans, but he's due for a quality fantasy performance as he becomes better acclimated with the Tennessee offense. Also, Nate Washington has quietly averaged 13.15 fantasy points over the past two weeks, and may be worth looking for on the waiver wire.
Bo Scaife and Chris Cooley each had underwhelming performances in Week 10. Scaife hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 6 and Cooley hasn't since 2007 (okay, actually Week 4). Unless you've been sleeping on some excellent recent tight end pickups like Jacob Tamme, Marcedes Lewis, and Brandon Pettigrew, you want no part of either of these players.
Sad as this may seem, other than Chris Johnson, Titans kicker Rob Bironas might be the only consistent fantasy player in this game. He's ranked fifth in the league, which is eight spots ahead of Graham Gano.
Even when ranking next to last in overall yardage, the Redskins defense was typically a good fantasy play. At least they were before Monday night. Washington's fantasy defense production amounted to a whopping sum of -3 points against the Eagles. The Titans haven't been much better, averaging just four fantasy points over their past two games.