NASHVILLE — Sizing up Tuesday night’s game between the Titans (3-0) and Buffalo Bills (4-0) from a fantasy football perspective:
Derrick Henry leads the league with 27.3 carries per game — about seven carries more per game than he averaged in 2019, when he was the NFL’s rushing champ — and he seems poised for an even bigger workload against the Bills.
For one, the Titans are depleted at wide receiver. Top target A.J. Brown could make his return from a knee injury after missing the last two games, but the Titans will likely be missing Corey Davis and Adam Humphries, both of whom were placed on the COVID-19/reserve list amid the team’s outbreak. Without them, finding success on the ground will be important.
And then there’s what a big day for Henry would mean for the Titans defense. Keeping quarterback Josh Allen and the surging Bills offense off the field for as long as possible will be key for a Titans defense that is missing its best player in Jeffery Simmons, who also is on the COVID-19/reserve list. A steady, unrelenting stream of Henry carries will do well to allow the Titans to dictate the game’s flow.
A side note: before Tuesday’s game, the Titans activated cornerback Kristian Fulton and linebacker Kamalei Correa from the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list while elevating offensive lineman David Quessenberry, defensive back Kareem Orr, wide receiver Cody Hollister and linebacker Daren Bates from the practice squad to the active roster. Fulton and Correa are inactive.
Titans inactives: CB Kristian Fulton, OLB Kamalei Correa, OLB Derick Roberson, OL Daniel Munyer
Speaking of Simmons…
Without him in the mix, Bills running back Devin Singletary has his most tantalizing matchup of the season. Even with Simmons in the lineup through the early part of the season, the Titans are ranked second-worst in run defense with 166 rushing yards allowed per game.
Singletary, meanwhile, has seen his workload increase through each of the four weeks, including 18 carries in Week 4. The third-year running back has yet to reach 80 rushing yards in a game this season, but after Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook torched the Titans for 181 rushing yards in Week 3 and Jacksonville’s James Robinson went for 102 rushing yards against them in Week 2, this could be Singletary’s breakout.
Bills inactives: QB Jake Fromm, WR John Brown, RB Zack Moss, CB Tre’Davious White, LB Matt Milano, OL Quinton Spain, TE Lee Smith
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