WR Tajae Sharpe - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 194||Born: 12-23-1994||College: Massachusetts||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
Week 20: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Titans low-volume passing attack squeaked by on the heels of their dominant ground game and defense last week. There is no question that Ryan Tannehill has been a very strong starter and one of the top offseason acquisitions for any team in football, but he certainly has not been lighting up the scoreboard for this passing offense as of last. Tannehill has passed for fewer than 90 yards while completing fewer than nine passes in each of his two postseason games, completing season-lows of 53.3 and 50 percent of his passes in both games. While he hasn't looked particularly bad by any means, Tannehill has made big throws when it counts--which has been his calling card all season. He had fewer than 20 pass attempts in five of the last eight regular season games, but he still managed to lead the league in both yards per attempt and yards per completion on the season while passing for multiple touchdowns in all but one game started. A.J. Brown ended the season vying for offensive rookie of the year honors, but he has been absolutely shut out of both postseason games in the midst of tough cornerback matchups and the overall low production of this passing offense. The same can be said from most weapons in this passing offense, but Brown still remains the clear front-runner for a bounceback in what should be a more desirable matchup this week. The Chiefs passing defense finished the regular season as one of the top units in football, allowing just 6.1 yards per attempt and 224 passing yards per game with only 10 passing touchdowns given up over the last eight weeks of the season. Last week's performance painted a slightly different picture though, as three Texans receivers finished with 80 or more receiving yards with DeAndre Hopkins dominating the game on most of his routes. Cornerback Charvarius Ward is their top option and should see most snaps against A.J. Brown, who caught just one pass for 17 yards in their last matchup. Brown has struggled in recent weeks against tough coverage, but Ward is no match for the talent Brown has faced in recent weeks, so look for Brown to have the edge here. However, Brown's primary calling card has been big plays, which the Chiefs have done an excellent job against this season by holding offenses to just 46 passing plays of 20 or more yards (8th-fewest). A big reason for that has been their strong pass rush, which comes into this game with a big question mark due to the lingering calf injury of Chris Jones. Jones leads the Chiefs in sacks (9) and racked up a couple of sacks the last time these two teams faced each other. Kansas City still managed to be effective in rushing the quarterback without Jones last week though, sacking DeShaun Watson four times. They also finished the regular season with 45 sacks (11th-most) while the Titans allowed the third-most sacks in the league (56). However, this Titans offensive line has played their best football of the season over these past two games, giving up just two sacks while keeping a relatively clean pocket for Tannehill's few dropbacks. The Jones storyline will be one to watch here, as his absence would tilt this matchup in the trenches to much more of a neutral one than otherwise. If Jones does suit up, however, the advantage goes to the Chiefs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tajae Sharpe's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 16 vs NO (6 / 5 / 69 / 2 rec)
Tajae Sharpe had a big day as he led the Titans in targets and found the end zone for his third and fourth touchdowns of the season. His first touchdown came on a play where Sharpe did a nice job finding open space in the defense just in time for Tannehill to find him about five yards downfield. Sharpe then turned up towards the end zone and made it in for the 36 yard touchdown reception. He would grab a couple short passes on third downs during the following possession. Sharpe then scored his second touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter as he was the recipient of a bullet from Tannehill, elevating in the back of the end zone to snare the catch from seven yards out.
2019 Week 14 vs OAK (4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Tajae Sharpe was heavily involved on the first drive, hauling in three quick passes for a combined 17 yards. Sharpe would see just one more target in the game, coming near the end of the third quarter as he hauled in an eight-yard catch on 3rd-and-4 to keep the chains moving for Tennessee.
2019 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)
Sharpe hauled in all three of his targets for 18 yards and a touchdown this week. His first catch was the biggest as Sharpe was the recipient of a very well-thrown fade to the corner of the end zone from six yards out, hauling it in for his second touchdown of the season. Sharpe now has scored in back-to-back games despite receiving a very low volume of targets this season. Sharpe did also make a big catch in the fourth quarter as he hauled in a contested ball on a short third down to keep what would end up being the game-winning drive alive for the Titans.
2019 Week 7 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Sharpe caught just two passes for 19 yards as he was minimally involved in the offense, but he did find the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. His touchdown catch came on a wide-open look in the back of the end zone. The throw was a little high, but Sharpe easily hauled it in and tapped his toes for the score.
2019 Week 3 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 70 / 0 rec)
Tajae Sharpe had a couple of big plays leading to his finish with 70 receiving yards in Week 3. Sharpe's first catch came on the second drive as he nabbed a 23-yard reception with Mariota hitting him perfectly in stride. His next reception was even more impressive though, as Sharpe bested Jalen Ramsey for a 47-yard gain from a nice deep ball put exactly where Sharpe needed it. Sharpe would see a couple more targets but would not bring in another reception in this game.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Sharpe made a spectacular catch for his first reception of the season. Coming on the third drive of the game, Sharpe was targeted on the left sideline and made the catch while falling out of bounds, but just managed to drag both toes while maintaining control. It would be a 15 yard gain and a first down. Sharpe would not be targeted again until late in the fourth quarter as he did a great job coming back to a wobbly pass from Mariota, but instead cut backward instead of forwards to the first down marker and was subsequently ruled short.
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