Shark Bites

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Jaguars S Jonathan Cyprien has reached a deal with the Titans. Cyprien heads to a defense that supplied little fantasy football production from safeties in recent seasons. DC Dick LeBeau's system also didn't tend to produce big tackle numbers from the safeties. That category has driven Cyprien's IDP value to date, so it's tough to like his outlook. Unless his ADP falls, we'd bet on Cyprien being overrated in 2017 drafts.

We passed along earlier this week HC Mike Mularkey's hint that Titans RB DeMarco Murray might draw even more pass targets in 2017. Well, Mularkey has also answered the question of whether Murray will remain the workhorse he was in 2016. “Derrick [Henry] is an important part of our offense,’’ Mularkey said, via the team’s website. “Obviously DeMarco Murray is the guy. He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy. But I will say this: Each week we put a different game plan together. We spend a lot of hours preparing to play the opponent. And Derrick, and as you saw, some games he was more involved than others. And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent." We'd bet on Henry being at least a bit more involved on offense on a regular basis this season. But don't draft him like he's ready to take Murray's job -- or even half of it -- especially in early drafting. It might take a Murray injury or big drop-off in performance come summer to give Henry such an opportunity. Of course, another season as 2nd fiddle could make Henry a solid "buy" candidate in dynasty formats.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey wants his RBs to focus a bit less on pass protection and a bit more on getting out into their routes. (You don't hear that too often!). “I’d say we’ve got to get our backs out quicker,” Mularkey said. "... We may have over-emphasized it too much that the backs are waiting for something to happen and trying to get an extra chip. But we’ve got to get them out quicker." DeMarco Murray caught 53 balls on 67 targets last year -- both top-8 marks among RBs. It sounds like there's a chance he sees even more action in the passing game in 2017. The big question for the 29-year-old Murray is whether he can hold off Derrick Henry.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that the team will be "very cautious" with QB Marcus Mariota, and that the plan is to hold him out until training camp. "He's right on schedule," Mularkey added. Mariota will spend the majority of the offseason rehabbing that broken fibula, which obviously isn't ideal for a 3rd-year QB. He'll at least be returning to the same offense, though, so there's no learning curve there. Mariota will certainly be worth targeting in 2017 fantasy drafts if the price is right. He was sitting 8th among QBs in fantasy points through 16 weeks this past year.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray told reporters after Sunday's season finale that he's been playing through a torn plantar plate in his foot. That injury presumably happened in the Week 8 game against the Jaguars, when he suffered a foot injury. Murray averaged 4.55 yards per carry in the 7 games leading up to that one vs. 3.99 over his final 8. The injury shouldn't impact his 2017 offseason, but Murray will come with plenty of risk in 2017 fantasy drafts. He'll be a 29-year-old with over 1,400 career carries and a talented youngster behind him in Derrick Henry.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is expected to be sidelined 4-5 months after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair his fractured fibula. “From what I am told, he shouldn’t (lose any mobility) if the surgery goes well," HC Mike Mularkey said. Mariota might miss some or all of OTAs and minicamps, but he should be ready to go for training camp. He turned in a strong 2nd season, tossing 26 TDs vs. just 9 INTs. Mariota is sitting 8th among QBs in fantasy points through 16 weeks. QB Matt Cassel will start Sunday's finale vs. the Texans.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota fractured his fibula in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. He's done for the season -- even if Tennessee makes it to the playoffs. They'll need the Texans to lose to the Bengals tonight to have a shot at the postseason. QB Matt Cassel will step in as the Titans' starter the rest of the way. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in mop-up duty vs. the Jags.

Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot) is active and returning to action today against the Chiefs. He missed last week after getting hurt before the Week 13 bye. Casey put in limited practices all week, though, and should be playable as a lower-level fantasy D-lineman.

Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He missed last week's game but put in limited practices all week. We'd bet on him playing, but we'll update his status Sunday.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews predictably struggled to post numbers against the Broncos on Sunday. He caught just 1 of 3 targets for 26 yards. The targets and yards both ranked 2nd on the team to TE Delanie Walker on a day where QB Marcus Mariota completed just 6 passes for 88 yards. The schedule holds at least 2 more tough matchups, with next week's trip to K.C. potentially tough as well. Matthews is no more than a WR4 the rest of way.

Titans TE Delanie Walker drew a team-high 7 targets against the Broncos but caught just 2 of them for 30 yards. Both of those marks also led the team on a day where QB Marcus Mariota completed only 6 throws for 88 yards. Walker's fantasy outlook hasn't changed. His schedule stays tough going forward, though, at Kansas City and Jacksonville before a finale at home against Houston.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed just 6 of 20 pass attempts for 88 yards in Sunday's win over the Broncos. It was a predictably tough matchup heading in, but even Mariota's 38 yards on 8 rushes couldn't get him close to quality fantasy numbers. He gets tough draws the next 3 weeks as well: at Kansas City, at Jacksonville and home against Houston.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray rushed for 91 yards and a TD on 21 carries in Sunday's win over the Broncos. His 4.4 yards per rush beat rookie Derrick Henry's rushing average by nearly 1 full yard, as Henry garnered 12 attempts for 42 yards. Murray caught neither of the 2 pass targets that came his way, but QB Marcus Mariota completed only 6 throws all day against the stifling Denver pass defense. Murray stays locked in as a fantasy RB1.

Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot sprain) is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He had been a game-time decision but didn't practice all week. Karl Klug will start in his place and carries some upside in a positive matchup for D-linemen.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Friday that DE Jurrell Casey will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with Denver, according to the team website. Casey missed practice all week with a foot sprain that he suffered in the Week 12 game at Chicago. It's obviously bad news that a Week 13 bye didn't allow him to practice at all. Even if Casey's active, he'll be a high-risk IDP play.

After sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday, Titans RB Derrick Henry (calf) put in a full practice on Friday. “I am ready," he said afterward. “It felt good." The rookie will play against the Packers this weekend but doesn't figure to see more than a handful of touches behind DeMarco Murray.

Titans RB Derrick Henry has been diagnosed with a strained calf, HC Mike Mularkey announced Monday. “That is kind of an injury where a lot of it is pain tolerance," Mularkey added. "It could be a day, it could be up to a couple of weeks." We’ll keep an eye on Henry throughout the week, but he shouldn't be in your Week 10 fantasy plans. Antonio Andrews will serve as Tennessee's #2 RB if Henry misses more time.

Titans RB Derrick Henry injured his calf in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. He tweaked that groin on Thursday and sat out Friday’s practice. We haven’t heard that Walker will be limited today, but it’s certainly possible. Consider him a lower-end TE1 for Week 9.

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) is "likely" to play against the Chargers today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Walker hurt his groin on Thursday and was held out of Friday's workout. It's certainly possible that he's on a snap count today, and he's at risk of an in-game aggravation. Walker is a risky Week 9 fantasy starter.

 
 
 

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