TE Anthony Firkser - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 241||Born: 2-19-1995||College: Harvard||Drafted: ---|
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.
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Anthony Firkser's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 18 vs NE (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Backup tight end Anthony Firkser caught the game's first touchdown on a very crisp route in the red zone from 11-yards out. He easily beat the Patriots defender in coverage and found himself wide open for an easy catch--his second touchdown of the season. Firkser has seen very little involvement in the passing game with more than one reception in just three games during the regular season.
2019 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Given the continued absence of Delanie Walker, tight end Anthony Firkser was back involved in the Titans offense as he saw four targets this week, hauling in three of them for 36 yards and a touchdown. Firkser's touchdown came early in the second quarter as he took advantage of a defensive back falling down as Firkser laid out for a dart of a pass and hauled it in on the end zone from nine yards out. Firkser made another huge catch with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as he brought in a 20-yard reception under tight coverage to move the Titans downfield and set up the game-winning touchdown.
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