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RB Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans

5-7, 193Born: 9-27-1990College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 5, pick 2011

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Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Titans rushing offense was shuffled up again in Week 2 as we saw usage shift towards Derrick Henry in a much more run-friendly game script. Henry out-touched Dion Lewis 18-to-14 on the ground as he was the lead back on all but one full offensive series. Lewis, however, did play more snaps than Henry with 56 percent of snaps compared to Henry' 44 percent. Neither running back found much room to run last week though as the Titans entered the game missing three offensive linemen, including both starting tackles Taylor Lewan (concussion) and Jack Conklin (ACL). Backup right tackle Dennis Kelly was hospitalized with an illness the night before the game, causing the Titans to sign a free agent to help chip in as this rag-tag offensive line tried to hold it together until their star tackles return. They did a decent job in pass protection but were not as effective as usual in run blocking outside of a few key plays. While Conklin may still be a week away, Lewan could return for this week's game--so keep an eye on the injury reports. The Jaguars smothered an ineffective Patriots rushing offense last week, allowing only 3.4 rushing yards per attempt for 82 total yards on the ground. The game script was certainly favorable for a rushing defense as the Patriots fell to an early deficit, but the Jaguars defensive line simply outplayed the Patriots offensive line for most of the afternoon. This unit is healthy and loaded with elite talent on the defensive line, capable of matchup up well against most offensive lines in the league. While they have allowed a few chunk plays in the past, including the big run to Saquon Barkley in Week 1, the Jaguars have stifled opposing rushers more often than not. With the Titans rushing offense averaging a fourth-worst 3.4 yards per rush attempt behind a banged-up offensive line (which may be missing both starting tackles again), the Jaguars should make it tough to find room on the ground this week no matter how run-heavy the Titans' game plan ends up being.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIA 49 16 75 1 8 5 35 0 0 17
2 vs HOU 33 14 42 0 1 1 1 0 0 4.3
3 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 3 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 4 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Dion Lewis's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs HOU (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis took the back seat to Derrick Henry in this game, getting out-touched 15-to-18 as Henry was the clear feature back on most series. Lewis saw a few carries to spell Henry throughout the first half and was featured on one full possession before halftime. Lewis had a few decent runs throughout the first half, but nothing spectacular as he was running behind a banged-up offensive line missing three of their primary tackles. Lewis had the longest run of the game for 13 yards midway through the fourth quarter as he was set up with some nice blocks that allowed for a huge hole for Lewis to blast through, running nearly 10 yards before being touched. The Titans went mostly to Derrick Henry on this last drive, but coming off a time-out late in the drive, Lewis questionably was given a short carry on 3rd-and-1 carry with which he gained no yards leading to the game-winning field goal on fourth down.

2018 Week 1 vs MIA (16 / 75 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis did not see his first touch until the Titans' third series, a few minutes into the second quarter. His first carry actually went for negative yardage as Lewis made a poor attempt to cut back on a toss before being smothered behind the line. Lewis would haul in a dump-off and make some nice juke moves to gain 12 yards on the next play though. On the next drive to close out the first half, Lewis shot out of the backfield and plowed over a defender on his way to a powerful 9-yard gain. This would be the last play prior to the first lightning delay of nearly two hours. Lewis looked unstoppable on his longest run of the day near the end of the third quarter as he cut back to find a hole before spinning to avoid a defender and powering his way 26 yards downfield requiring two defenders to take him out of bounds. Later on that drive, it was Lewis who got the nod from within the five-yard line for his first rushing touchdown of the season. This was a big carry for Lewis, as everyone expected Henry to be the primary goal-line back. Lewis ended the day as the Titans' second most targeted receiver with 21 overall touches.

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Latest News

Titans | Dion Lewis totals 15 touches in win (Sun Sep 16, 10:11 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dion Lewis rushed 14 times for 42 yards in Week 2 against the Houston Texans and he added one reception for just one yard.

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Titans | More targets for Dion Lewis? (Mon Sep 10, 08:23 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dion Lewis could be in line for more targets out of the backfield, especially on third down, with TE Delanie Walker (ankle) out for the season.

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Titans | Dion Lewis the preferred RB option in Week 1 (Mon Sep 10, 12:41 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dion Lewis out-snapped Derrick Henry 49-20, including a 14-0 advantage on third down in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. Lewis also saw six snaps in the red zone, compared to Henry's two.

Our View: It's clear that Lewis has an edge in the pecking order. Fantasy GMs can trust him as a RB2, especially in PPR leagues. Henry's fantasy value is lower than that in this current role.
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Titans | Dion Lewis piles up 110 yards (Sun Sep 9, 09:23 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dion Lewis rushed 16 times for 75 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 35 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

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Schedule

3@ Jacksonville Jaguars
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ Buffalo Bills
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7@ Los Angeles Chargers
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs New England Patriots
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12@ Houston Texans
13vs New York Jets
14vs Jacksonville Jaguars
15@ New York Giants
16vs Washington Redskins
17vs Indianapolis Colts