Right tackle Jack Conklin will not suit up for the Titans as they take on the Dolphins meaning journeyman Dennis Kelly will man the position. Tennessee’s right side of the line was already its weak spot with Josh Kline, who struggles in run blocking, playing right guard. Kelly, who gets a “poor” overall grade from Pro Football Focus overall, should have his hands full against Cameron Wake and Miami’s bevy of pass-rushers.
The Titans will also be without rookie Harold Landry, and Derrick Morgan is expected to hampered with a knee ailment. Tennessee could keep Delanie Walker in on the right side to help with pass protection but that would be giving up an edge over Miami’s defense. The Dolphins gave up 60 yards per game on 8.1 targets to opposing tight ends last season. Walker, who isn’t listed on the injury report after nursing a toe injury in the preseason, should have a good game. Expect him to be around top-5 among tight ends in fantasy this week.
New OC Matt LaFleur should probably lean on the run as Marcus Mariota gets acclimated to a new offense. Miami has been average or worse in stopping the run in each of the past five seasons.
On the other side, Tennessee allowed a league-high 967 receiving yards to running backs last season and coach Adam Gase will likely go with a risk-adverse game plan in Ryan Tannehill‘s first regular season game back from the ACL injury. A bet on the Dolphins today is a bet on Kenyan Drake and he has the ability to deliver. Let’s hope Frank Gore (He’s a Hall-of-Famer, but shouldn’t be a co-starter at age 35) doesn’t get in the way.