Jake Locker: Sources Say He'll Start Sunday; Should He Be in Your Lineup?

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 10, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30:  Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans is helped up by Tennessee Titans medical staff after he took a hard hit from Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Arena at Reliant Park on September 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans has been out of commission with a shoulder injury since the first quarter of a Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Locker is a go for this Sunday when the Titans head to Miami to take on the Dolphins. There has also been speculation that he will start.

In Week 3, the week before he went down with the injury, Jake Locker threw for 378 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 35 yards on the ground on four rushes.

He couldn't have chosen to come back at a better time, as the Titans square off against a Miami Dolphins defense that ranks third-worst in the NFL, giving up 298.3 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks.

From a fantasy perspective, the matchup seems promising for Locker. If you have one of the 12 top fantasy quarterbacks in the league, starting Locker isn't necessarily the right decision for you. Although, if you have Aaron Rodgers or Robert Griffin III and are looking for a replacement option this week, Locker should do a solid job filling their shoes.

Locker's comeback also opens up the door for wide receiver Kenny Britt, who has struggled to get it going this year. Locker will make Britt's fantasy outlook much brighter, assuming they both stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Last week, the Miami Dolphins gave up 433 yards to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck. They have struggled all year to handle receivers and stop quarterbacks. They do a great job in the run game, which should limit the amount of carries Chris Johnson receives. The Titans will rely more on Jake Locker's arm to win the game.

Start Jake Locker this week if you need a quarterback due to bye weeks, injuries or poor matchups.