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Corey Davis Flashes WR1, Target Hog Upside as Marcus Mariota’s Health Improves

Leading to Sunday versus the Eagles, Titans WR Corey Davis had steadily lead the team in targets each week, but the production failed to match the volume. This all changed on Sunday, with Davis hauling in 9-of-15 targets for a whopping 161 yards and a game-winning TD. Unsurprisingly huge: Marcus Mariota looked back to health for the first time this season, chucking for 344 yards and 2 TDs on 43 attempts (while adding 46 and a TD on the ground). Plus, new OC Matt LaFleur’s downfield, screen-heavy attack finally appeared to finally click after three stagnant weeks. With a perfect blend of “Individual Talent,” “Usage,” and now “Surrounding Talent” and “Coaching Scheme” all meshing, Davis drips in genuine WR1 Upside from here on out.

Yes, Davis feasted on struggling Eagles CB Jalen Mills (had allowed 75% catch rate, 2 TDs, and 147.7 passer rating before getting dismantled by Davis). Still, this performance was absolutely massive for Davis’ ROS outlook. On the year, Davis leads the league with a 33% target share, and this feels fully sustainable: Matt LaFleur hails from the Kyle Shanahan tree of peppering “Alpha Target Hog” X-Receivers, while the removal of both Delanie Walker (injury) and Rishard Matthews (released) opened up massive target voids. With this volume coming in a creative attack and with an ascending Mariota, Davis could truly explode for Top-10 numbers here on out. He should be considered no less than a High-Upside No.2 option, and will be among the largest risers on this week’s Rest of Season Big Board.

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