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RB Dexter McCluster - Tennessee Titans

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

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McCluster has become one of the most dangerous punt returners in the league, earning him a Pro Bowl nod in 2013. If the Titans can provide solid blocking, the team should have one of the better return games this season.

Week 8: vs Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. With Shonn Greene shelved due to a balky hamstring, Bishop Sankey has received his chance to be a featured running back. At Washington he posted 16/56/0 rushing with one target for zero receptions. Vs. Jacksonville he had 18/61/0 rushing with 1/7/0 receiving. Currently averaging 4.0 yards per carry this season (66/267/1 rushing with 4/39/0 receiving), Sankey is the 50th-ranked fantasy running back in the land - he is the mediocre talent many thought he is, but Sankey is the best back the Titans have with Greene out. Jackie Battle (2/3/0 rushing and 2/13/0 receiving at Washington) and Leon Washington (1/8/0 rushing and 1/9/0 receiving last week) provide change-of-pace options to Sankey. The Texans' rush D averages 118.6 rushing yards allowed per game (20th in the NFL) with four rushing scores given up to date. They held Pittsburgh to 25/76/0 rushing last week, and kept the Colts to 35/93/1 rushing two games back. The defensive front is playing pretty well entering Week 8, despite their middling season average. Advantage, Houston.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 at IND 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
5 vs CLE 3 10 0 2 1 -2 0 0
6 vs JAX 2 6 0 6 6 52 0 0
7 at WAS 1 -1 0 1 1 6 0 1
8 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds 2 * * 3 * * *
8 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay 2 * * 1 * * *
8 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CLE (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

McCluster was still receiving his touches despite the increased role of Bishop Sankey early in the game. He had a few touches that were limited as he couldn't find space, before he should have had a big touchdown reception. McCluster beat the coverage down the sideline with a double move to come free in a huge amount of space in the end zone. Jake Locker badly overthrew him though. McCluster was used very sparingly in this game.

2014 Week 6 vs JAX (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)

McCluster was heavily involved on offense for stretches of this game, but he was primarily used as a receiver. This says more about Whitehurst's preference to make simple throws rather than push the ball down the field over any renewed emphasis on getting the ball in McCluster's hands with Greene sidelined.

2014 Week 7 vs WAS (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

McCluster had one target and one carry. On both plays he was given no space to work in and he couldn't make defenders miss.

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Footballguys Articles

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  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
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  Cian Fahey - April 11
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  Matt Waldman - May 4
Draft Kings Bargain Buys
  Heath Cummings - September 7
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 8
  Greg Russell - October 21
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 7
  Greg Russell - October 15
Dynasty Movement: Week 6
  Jeff Tefertiller - October 8
Returner Recap and Latest News: Week 6
  Greg Russell - October 7
Using Running Back Tiers as a Tool for Waiting on the Position
  Matt Harmon - August 14
Roundtable #5
  FBG Staff - October 2

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Schedule

8vs Houston Texans
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Baltimore Ravens
11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Philadelphia Eagles
13@ Houston Texans
14vs New York Giants
15vs New York Jets
16@ Jacksonville Jaguars
17vs Indianapolis Colts