RB Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans
|5-7, 193||Born: 9-27-1990||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2011|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Lewis will have value if Derrick Henry goes down before the end of the season
Week 14: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Titans have one of the hottest rushing offenses in football over the past three weeks as they are simply rolling over opponents with an average of 201 rushing yards per game over that span. Derrick Henry has rushed for 149, 159, and 188 yards with five touchdowns in these past three games. He has broken at least one run of 30 or more yards in each of those games, but the big plays are only accentuating what has been a string of very dominant performances with consistently productive plays on behalf of Henry. He started the season as one of the least productive running backs on a per-carry basis, but Henry is yet again showing how he can excel late in the season as defenses are more worn down than they were to start the year. The Titans offensive line is playing tremendously as a run-blocking unit and ranks as one of the top tier offensive lines in the game according to Matt Bitonti of Footballguys. The Raiders run defense has actually been a solid unit despite the shortcomings of their passing defense. They are giving up a below-average 4.0 yards per rush attempt and the 12th-fewest rushing yards per game (103.6). Running backs have struggled to be productive on a consistent basis against this defense, as only two running backs have cleared 50 rushing yards against Oakland in the past five weeks. However, this group has also given up four rushing touchdowns to running backs over that while allowing over 100 rushing yards to Melvin Gordon in Week 10. Both Johnathan Hankins and P.J. Hall are their top run-stoppers on the inside, but the linebacker position poses a liability here--especially considering the Titans offensive line should have the edge in the trenches while Derrick Henry requires elite tacklers to bring him down at the second level.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Dion Lewis's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs JAX (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis saw a season-high five rushes for 21 yards while also hauling in screen pass on the first drive of the game that he took for 24 yards, showing great speed as he shifted through defenders while sprinting downfield. The rushing production for Lewis came on the heels of an impressive day for Derrick Henry, as Lewis saw four of his five carries late in the fourth quarter once Henry had been benched for the afternoon.
2019 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis saw a season-high nine touches for 53 total yards in this game. He had a nice run of seven yards up the middle on the Titans third drive of the game, but Lewis followed that up with a costly fumble just two plays later. Lewis was active in the passing game, hauling in a short pass in full stride on the last drive before halftime that he took for 24 yards to get the Titans into Panthers territory. Lewis would haul in a few more screen passes in the second half, but all were for negative or short gains--as has been the case with much of his production this season.
2019 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis finished with four receptions from five targets, but only four total yards. He is being used almost exclusively on screens which went absolutely nowhere. Three of his four receptions were for negative yardage, while his longest catch went for an 11-yard gain.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The first touch for Dion Lewis came on a flukey pass on a third-and-long that Marcus Mariota barely got off, allowing Lewis to run for five yards before easily being brought down. He would finish with just three rushes and that one single reception for a total of 14 yards.
2019 Week 1 vs CLE (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis had a rough day as he managed only 13 total yards on six touches. He was not a factor on the ground with Derrick Henry carrying 19 times to just three for Lewis. His day through the air did not get off to a great start either as Lewis dropped an easy screen pass on third down, leading to a failed conversion and field goal on the opening drive. Most of his targets came either on designed screens or as the final read as a check down. His only truly positive play came as the last read on third-and-long where Lewis hauled in the short pass for seven yards but failed to convert for the first down.
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