The Week 2 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions could be a blowout matchup in favour of the home team. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans appear to be in full control during the first half of last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The team then started to turn the ball over and gave up not one but two touchdowns to Minnesota’s defense. Mariota threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns to go with 19 rushing yards against the Vikings. The problem is that he also lost a fumble and threw an interception, both of which led to points for Minnesota. Mariota is going to have to outgun Matthew Stafford this week. It’s a tall order for him to do it and walk away with the win, but fantasy owners will likely benefit from the end stat line even if he loses the game.
Running back DeMarco Murray should also be productive this week. After a dismal lone season with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, Murray looked like he had turned back the clock a little bit last week against the Vikings. He only managed 77 total yards on 20 touches, but two of his receptions went for touchdowns. Although he did lose a fumble in the game, in general he looks better as a Titans player than he ever did as a member of the Eagles. Murray should be utilized heavily all season by a team still building for the future. He should see plenty of action in Detroit this week.
Many in the fantasy community must have been wondering if quarterback Matthew Stafford could produce the kind of numbers he has in the past without wide receiver Calvin Johnson. With Johnson now retired and guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars taking up his free time, Stafford was still able to walk into Indianapolis in Week 1 and toss for 340 yards and three touchdown passes. The Lions also won the football game. To say the least it was a good afternoon for Stafford. He should be able to capitalize on a less than average Titans secondary unit. Throwing for over 300 yards and putting up another three touchdown passes is totally possible this week.
Some of those yards and touchdowns may fall into the hands of running back Theo Riddick. Riddick is going to split touches with teammate Ameer Abdullah early on in the season, but even with that being the case, he’s got a special appeal in deeper PPR leagues. Riddick received 12 touches for 108 yards and two touchdown scores last week. While it will be tough to repeat those numbers on a regular basis he might just be able to do it for a second game in a row against Tennessee.