WR Eric Decker - Tennessee Titans
|6-3, 217||Born: 3-15-1987||College: Minnesota||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Marcus Mariota continues to present a mixed bag. He's improving in some real-life aspects of the game, like negotiating pressure, but his fantasy contributions are actually declining. Week 10 marked just his third 2017 line of 250+ yards, and he's averaging a modest 1.0 touchdowns across his 7 full starts. Some of that can be chalked up to volume, as the Titans remain a run-heavy team, but Mariota's efficiency has mostly trended down since a solid 2016. He's dipped majorly in adjusted yards per attempt, and he's been one of the league's worst short-yardage passers (just 4 of 10 with 1 touchdown from inside the 10). He remains a strong weekly fantasy play due to his rushing potential, but has yet to show much dynamism through the air, even with a stocked cabinet of receiving talent. Eric Decker has been largely phased out of the offense, while Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, and Corey Davis have all had their big-play and touchdown upsides capped. Until we see more commitment to the pass - and more efficiency from Mariota and his receivers - we should treat this as a volatile unit that's underwhelming a lot more often than erupting. As smothering as their run defense has been, the Steelers have been flat-out dominant against the pass. Aside from the Jaguars, no unit has suffocated opposing passing games quite to this level. They've allowed 246 yards or fewer in 8 of their 9 games, and only Jacksonville has allowed fewer touchdown passes. Granted, the Steelers have built those numbers against a who's who of poor starting quarterbacks; among their nine opponents, six have been DeShone Kizer, Case Keenum, Mike Glennon, early-season Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, and Jacoby Brissett. But predictably, they've utterly suffocated each of those passing games, with only 2 opposing wideouts on the year (Detroit's Golden Tate and Marvin Jones) managing to top 61 yards in a game. The unit will feel some sting with cornerback Joe Haden forced out of Week 11 action, but not a ton of it. Haden has been extremely up-and-down in his Steelers debut and has relied quite a bit on safety help thus far. His absence upgrades the outlooks of the Tennessee wideouts, but not overwhelmingly so. This will still be exceptionally rough sledding for Marcus Mariota and his weaponry.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker had few highlights in this game where he received only four targets, but he did find the end zone for the first time this season on a designed misdirection play where Mariota bootlegged right before cutting back to the left and throwing to Decker for the score. Outside of that play, Decker was not heavily utilized at all as it looks like he is expected to slide into a role as the third receiver now that Corey Davis has returned.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker followed up his best game of the season by not making a single catch from his two targets in this week's game against the Brown. This was the first time Decker had been held without a catch in a game he started since the 2011 season.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (9 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker led the Titans in receiving this week, hauling in seven of nine targets for 88 yards. This was easily Decker's best performance of the year, as he finally appeared to be a focal point of the Titans pass attack. Decker's first catch of the game was his longest play of the season, a 40-yard grab coming from a deep crossing route where the Colts simply left him uncovered as they were partly fooled by the play action. Decker hauled in another long pass for 21 yards in the third quarter, again off play action. That drive was a good one for Decker, as he caught three passes in total. Decker has still yet to find the end zone this season though, despite coming to the Titans as a guy they thought would be as impactful in the red zone as he has been in previous seasons throughout his career.
2017 Week 5 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker had another mediocre outing this week, amassing only 34 yards from four receptions. Decker tied for the team lead in targets with six, which is encouraging from a usage perspective as he has been an afterthought in this offense for most of the season. Three of Decker's four receptions came on the Titans only touchdown drive on their first possession after halftime. Outside of that drive, Decker was ineffective as this entire offense struggled.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker caught his only two targets for 13 yards. He caught one pass early from Marcus Mariota, and another late in the fourth quarter from Matt Cassel. Decker was not at all a factor in this game as the Titans offense struggled overall.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker posted season-highs with four receptions for 49 yards, but he had a rather forgettable day as he tangled quite a few times with Richard Sherman and others in the Seahawks secondary. The very first pass thrown Decker's way was intercepted by Kam Chancellor but called back due to offsetting penalties between Decker and Sherman. On the next pass thrown his way, Decker snagged a toe-tapper while falling out of bounds to set up the Titans in scoring position. On the next pass play though, Decker canceled out his gain plus more with back to back penalties (holding, then offensive pass interference). Mariota went right back to him on a long third down for 16 yards, but it was not enough for the first down. That drive accounted for most of Decker's production as he only caught one pass in the second half for 11 yards.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker started hot by hauling in the first two receptions of the game for the Titans. His second catch was his longest, for 16 yards, coming as Decker stopped on a dime and hauled in a slightly overthrown ball for before being immediately tackled. Decker hauled in one additional reception later in the second quarter, then was not targeted again as the Titans threw only a handful of passes in the second half.
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker did not look sharp in his Titans debut, catching three of his eight targets for 10 total yards. Decker was definitely out-shined by his counterparts Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis, despite his relatively equal target share. Decker was routinely covered and rarely open. In one opportunity to make a big third down catch mid-way through the third quarter, Decker simply tripped up on his route instead of hauling in what would have been at least as 15-yard completion. On a positive note though, Decker did receive a couple of targets in the red zone - an encouraging note for a proven red zone threat such as Decker.
Latest NewsTitans | Eric Decker hauls in three (Fri Nov 17, 02:03 AM) - Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker grabbed three passes for 37 yards in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story Titans | Eric Decker held to two catches (Sun Nov 12, 05:55 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker caught two passes for 19 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10. link to story Titans | Tennessee's Week 10 injury report (Fri Nov 10, 06:00 PM) - Tennessee Titans OG Quinton Spain (toe) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 10, and has been ruled out for Week 10. TE Delanie Walker (ankle) and S Brynden Trawick (neck) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. WR Eric Decker (illness), LB Derrick Morgan (knee) and LB Nate Palmer (ankle) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. Titans | Eric Decker not on injury list (Fri Nov 10, 05:59 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 10, and is not on the injury report for Week 10. Titans | Eric Decker absent from practice (Thu Nov 9, 03:26 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Eric Decker (illness) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 9. Our View: Decker had a touchdown last week, but too often he's been far less effective. If he does play, we aren't expecting a repeat this week against Cincinnati.
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