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RB Dexter McCluster - Tennessee Titans

5-9, 172Born: 8-25-1988College: MississippiDrafted: Round 2

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Week 5: vs Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Before the bye week, Tennessee watch Antonio Andrews post 12/49/1 rushing and 1/12/0 receiving against Indianapolis while Bishop Sankey ground out 5/10/0 rushing and 2/31/0 receiving in his time on the field. Some fantasy owners are hoping that Andrews will win the starting job here in Week Five after the bye - however, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said on October 2 that the team will take a 'week to week' approach to the running game. That may signal a 'hot-hand' committee of backs where the Titans favor whoever looks strongest in any given game. Right now the situation is a muddle, though we do know that Dexter McCluster will get some gadget plays and passing-down snaps each week (17/113/0 rushing with 5/61/0 receiving to date for McCluster). The Bills' rush D is ranked third in the NFL after three contests, averaging 78.5 yards rushing allowed per game, with one rushing score given out to date. Last week, New York managed 28/92/0 on the ground, while two weeks ago Miami managed 20/102/0 rushing vs. the Bills. This is a bad matchup for the muddle of backs making up the Tennessee stable.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at TB 14 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.8
2 at CLE 47 10 98 0 4 4 26 0 0 12.4
3 vs IND 36 5 7 0 2 1 35 0 0 4.2
5 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 2 * * * *
5 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 1 * * * *
5 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs IND (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)

Dexter McCluster got the start ahead of Bishop Sankey. He carried the ball on the first snap of the game too, but couldn't make any ground between the tackles. Sankey didn't stay in for the third down that followed his first couple of snaps, leaving Antonio Andrews to drop a pass that would have gone for a first down. McCluster eventually caught his first pass of the game during the second quarter. He ran a deep out route from the slot for a big play against Mike Adams. McCluster gave way to Andrews as the primary runner before long, but he continued to play a role in the offense as a receiving option and a runner.

2015 Week 2 vs CLE (10 / 98 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

The Titans appeared to have specifically targeted the edges of the Browns run defense with the same running play that featured McCluster. It was a stretch handoff that created a lane for McCluster to run through repeatedly, giving him free lanes onto the second-level. McCluster made defenders miss in space when confronted and had decent explosiveness to eat up the space in front of him.

2015 Week 1 vs TB (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dexter McCluster had a very limited role in this game. He was on the field, but he only had two carries and didn't catch a pass. McCluster could see plenty of games like this throughout the season based on how the offense is built. Mariota is comfortable pushing the ball downfield while the Titans were happy to use the running back in play action situations often instead of having them as a receiving option from the backfield or out wide.


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