RB Javon Ringer - Tennessee Titans
|5-9, 205||Born: 2-2-1987||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 5, pick|
Week 20: at Kansas City Chiefs - $
FBG says: Good matchup. The dominance of Derrick Henry was on full display yet again last week as he helped to lead this Titans team past the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens for their second playoff win. Henry has seen immense volume as the clear top contributor for the Titans offense during this magical run, rushing 30 or more times for at least 180 yards per game in their last three games. Good things happen for Tennessee when they lean on Henry, as this team is undefeated (8-0) when Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards this season. Henry had amassed over 180 yards in just one other outing this year, and that just so happened to be against the Chiefs back in Week 10 as he put up 188 and two touchdowns in that contest. The Titans offensive line has been good for most of the season in the run-blocking department, but they have been nothing short of great over the course of this playoff run--clearly dominating in the trenches. The left side, in particular, has been elite with strong play from Taylor Lewan while left guard Roger Saffold has finally started to click after a slow start with the Titans. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has also made his mark on this rushing offense. While he may not qualify as a dynamic mobile quarterback, Tannehill is not shy to tuck it and run. He picked up a few key first downs in last week's game while also pounding his way into the end zone for his fifth rushing touchdown this season. The Chiefs have had a questionable run defense for a few years now, and this season was no different as they finished the regular season allowing 128.2 rushing yards per game (26th) and the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. While the last four weeks of the regular season looked great on paper with this defense limiting running backs to just 3.7 yards per carry with no back amassing more than 60 rushing yards, the level of competition was relatively low while the Chiefs' offense was in full control of all four games. The Texans ground game actually looked good last week until they were thrust into catch-up mode throughout the second half. Tackling looks to be the key issue for Kansas City this week, as their linebacker group is one of the worst in the league. While they rank just 17th in missed tackles, the Chiefs have clearly shown a deficiency against running backs that make it beyond the line of scrimmage. That poses a huge problem for them this week, as Derrick Henry ranked second during the regular season in yards after contact (967) and has seen 299 of his 377 rushing yards in the postseason come after initial contact. The Titans offensive line should have a clear advantage in the trenches here, even if defensive tackle Chris Jones manages to make his return from injury. Look for the Titans to lean heavily on their ground game yet again, and the best answer the Chiefs may have is to keep running up the score on offense.
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Javon Ringer's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.