By Christopher Harris

ESPN.com

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Week 17

Tennessee Titans

(6-9)

Indianapolis Colts

(9-6)

Analysis: In Week 17, the Titans will: try to play the role of spoiler. Chris Johnson has a (very outside) shot at his second straight rushing title (he's 111 yards behind Arian Foster and 55 behind Jamaal Charles), and he lit up the Colts for 179 yards from scrimmage just three weeks ago. Jeff Fisher's coaching status is also uncertain, but one wouldn't suppose the result here really factors into his potential firing. In Week 17, the Colts will: not rest a soul. Normally the poster children for December fantasy frustration, Indy's midseason lull ensures that they need a win here to secure the AFC South title (a Jacksonville loss will also do the trick, but the Jags/Texans game takes place at the same time, 4:15 p.m. ET). This is the first time since 2006 the Colts will truly be playing for something on the season's final weekend.

Fantasy Up: So Peyton Manning gets a reprieve from his typical Week 17 blues, and Curtis Painter should see action only if Manning has had a mighty good day. But what about Reggie Wayne? I mean, he'll play, but that sure was a disappointing performance versus the Raiders, who used Nnamdi Asomugha on him just about the entire day (it seemed to me that all four of Wayne's catches came on plays when Nnamdi was not covering him). But unless the Titans defense changes from its usual tactics (and the tactics they showed the Colts just three weeks ago), Wayne, who lines up on the offensive right side, won't see very much of top Tennessee corner Cortland Finnegan, who plays the defensive right side. Heck, Wayne had four grabs for 106 yards versus the Titans (mostly against rookie Alterraun Verner) in Week 14. Use him, and fear not. Pierre Garcon will see Finnegan, and while that puts Garcon outside my top 20, he's still a fine No. 3 fantasy wideout. … Kenny Britt didn't disappoint in fantasy title games last week. Down 24-0, the Titans took a deep shot to Britt (his third target of the game, but his first in which Brandon Flowers played elsewhere; Brandon Carr was on Britt), and Kerry Collins converted a 53-yard bomb for a score. With about a minute gone in the third quarter, the Titans called the exact same play from almost exactly the same spot on the field, and Britt got open on Carr exactly the same way, but this time Collins underthrew him, or Britt would've notched two long scores. I counted four other deep to intermediate shots to Britt in the second half, including two that were picked off (one of those was called back because of an illegal hit to Collins' head), so you know the Titans are going to force Britt the ball. He's a top-10 play Sunday. … Jacob Tamme got back on the fantasy gravy train last week, with nine targets, seven grabs, 78 yards and a score, as Oakland's linebackers and safeties seemed focused on anything but stopping the tight end. Tamme isn't automatic, a la Dallas Clark -- he had failed to exceed 50 yards or score a touchdown in three straight -- but those guys don't exist in the NFL right now. Use him, too. … Oh, and let me reintroduce you to Jared Cook. Finally, after nearly two full seasons, Cook has flashed for the Titans. He's a physical freak, and Collins used him ahead of Bo Scaife last week, and Cook was great. I ranked him 12th among fantasy tight ends this week; start him if you're desperate.

Fantasy Down: What do we make of the Indy running back situation? Well, a week after lighting up the Jaguars with the best game of his career, Donald Brown looked like he'd carry the effort over against the Raiders. He had all five carries on the Colts' first two drives (for 24 yards), and I didn't see him do anything wrong on those possessions. The plan seemed to be to give Joseph Addai the next series, and Indy did. And Addai looked fine, rushing it twice and getting a six-yard score. Then the next possession, Dominic Rhodes got his turn, and he had four carries for 15 yards. On all four of those drives, the man who'd been "assigned" that drive played every down. On the fifth drive, Brown was out there for two plays: He carried the ball in the first one, he pass-blocked the second, and he didn't appear to make any mistakes (Manning didn't get hit). But you know what? I reviewed the game tape with a fine-tooth comb, and I didn't see Brown on the field for a single offensive snap thereafter. Addai got the two-minute drill at the end of the half, though Rhodes was on the field when Tamme scored. And then Rhodes got most of the second-half work, with Addai filling in. I don't know what happened. Clearly Brown's pass-protection skills have been called into question in previous games, but he didn't seem to do anything wrong here. I guess all this is my way of saying I really don't know what to expect. I ranked Addai highest, but only barely over Rhodes. Each is in deep flex territory. Brown? I guess you can't play him. I just don't know what's going on there.


Christopher Harris is a fantasy analyst for ESPN.com. He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner. You can ask him questions at www.facebook.com/writerboy and follow him at www.twitter.com/writerboyESPN.

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