Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, Delanie Walker and Corey Davis are going to help you win some weeks in fantasy football this year. I know that a lot of you have at least one, if not all 4, ha!, on your fantasy team(s). They are going to help you win some weeks this season, but this is not one of them. With the exception of Delanie, the rest of the Titans offense should probably stay on your bench this week.
Here are what some people around the internet have to say about the Titans match-ups on Sunday:
Pro Football Focus has Marcus Mariota on their “busts” list at quarterback this week:
Mariota faces a Jaguars defense that pummeled the Texans on the road last week. Mariota is no Tom Savage, we know this to be true. However, in the face of pressure, he was actually worse. Mariota’s QB rating was just 53.8 against the blitz. The Jaguars had three edge defenders finish in the top eight in pass-rush productivity in Week 1, totaling 14 pressures between them. Expect Jacksonville to bring the rush early and often, and Mariota to hand the ball to his talented backfield even more often than he did in Week 1.
Mike Clay listed Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews as having one of the toughest cornerback match-ups this week (In$ider):
Ramsey moved around and shadowed top receivers throughout his rookie year, but he was not asked to do that against Houston in Week 1. The likely reason for that is the presence of Bouye opposite him in the formation. Bouye was targeted 11 times in Week 1, but allowed only five catches for 40 yards. Ramsey allowed four catches for 27 yards on eight targets. The dynamic duo rarely moves to the slot, which means Davis (12 percent slot in Week 1) and Matthews (21 percent) will see them most often this week. That obviously means both should be downgraded. Eric Decker, meanwhile, lined up in the slot on 76 percent of his Week 1 routes. Aaron Colvin is a solid slot corner, but Decker and Delanie Walker should be peppered with targets considering the tough perimeter matchups.
So there you have it. You aren’t ever sitting Delanie because he always has top 5 TE upside, but you probably have better options than Mariota, Davis and Matthews this weekend.
As for DeMarco, you probably don’t have a better option than him on your team unless you are in a pretty shallow league. He had 21/123/1 in the first meeting with the Jaguars last year. That was the Thursday night game at Nissan Stadium where the Titans jumped out to a lead early (it’s also the game he injured his toe). He only had 14/42/0 in the game at Jacksonville, but the game script hurt him there as the Jaguars jumped out to a lead.
The type of day he has in this one will probably be dependent upon the game flow. I don’t see the Titans getting behind big again here, so I think DeMarco ends up being a pretty solid option here.