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QB Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

6-4, 222Born: 10-30-1993College: OregonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 13): Mariota's running ability was back in effect and he also had all of his weapons available and healthy. He faces a tough Steelers pass defense this week, but it's also one that just lost two starters. He's in QB1 consideration this week and going forward.

General News (Wed Nov 15): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 14): practiced fully on Tuesday.

General News (Mon Nov 13): is dealing with a sore shoulder and mild ankle sprain in the wake of his team's Week 10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but he is fully expected to play Thursday, Nov. 16, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mariota was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Nov. 13.

Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Marcus Mariota continues to present a mixed bag. He's improving in some real-life aspects of the game, like negotiating pressure, but his fantasy contributions are actually declining. Week 10 marked just his third 2017 line of 250+ yards, and he's averaging a modest 1.0 touchdowns across his 7 full starts. Some of that can be chalked up to volume, as the Titans remain a run-heavy team, but Mariota's efficiency has mostly trended down since a solid 2016. He's dipped majorly in adjusted yards per attempt, and he's been one of the league's worst short-yardage passers (just 4 of 10 with 1 touchdown from inside the 10). He remains a strong weekly fantasy play due to his rushing potential, but has yet to show much dynamism through the air, even with a stocked cabinet of receiving talent. Eric Decker has been largely phased out of the offense, while Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, and Corey Davis have all had their big-play and touchdown upsides capped. Until we see more commitment to the pass - and more efficiency from Mariota and his receivers - we should treat this as a volatile unit that's underwhelming a lot more often than erupting. As smothering as their run defense has been, the Steelers have been flat-out dominant against the pass. Aside from the Jaguars, no unit has suffocated opposing passing games quite to this level. They've allowed 246 yards or fewer in 8 of their 9 games, and only Jacksonville has allowed fewer touchdown passes. Granted, the Steelers have built those numbers against a who's who of poor starting quarterbacks; among their nine opponents, six have been DeShone Kizer, Case Keenum, Mike Glennon, early-season Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, and Jacoby Brissett. But predictably, they've utterly suffocated each of those passing games, with only 2 opposing wideouts on the year (Detroit's Golden Tate and Marvin Jones) managing to top 61 yards in a game. The unit will feel some sting with cornerback Joe Haden forced out of Week 11 action, but not a ton of it. Haden has been extremely up-and-down in his Steelers debut and has relied quite a bit on safety help thus far. His absence upgrades the outlooks of the Tennessee wideouts, but not overwhelmingly so. This will still be exceptionally rough sledding for Marcus Mariota and his weaponry.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at CLE 72 21 34 203 0 0 1 8 0 0 10.95
9 vs BAL 52 19 28 218 2 1 3 6 0 0 18.5
10 vs CIN 90 25 44 264 1 1 6 51 0 0 21.3
11 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 20 33 * * * 4 * * * *
11 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 4 * * * *
11 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 23 32 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (25 / 44 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 51 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota got off to a hot start leading the Titans offense as he completed all four of his passes for 55 yards on the first drive that would end in a touchdown. Mariota had a nice 28-yard run on an option play that included Adoree Jackson as the decoy. He showed no signs of a hamstring injury this week as Mariota ran a few designed runs throughout the game, including one that nearly went for a touchdown as he dove for the pylon but was just short. Near the end of the first half, Mariota did give up an interception to a leaping Bengals defender that Mariota didn't notice in his passing lane. Mariota was not sharp after halftime though as he took back to back sacks on one drive while missing on some good opportunities to make easy plays on their first few drives of the second half. Later in the fourth quarter, he did a great job running five yards for an important first down near the goal line, but Mariota was shaken up on the play as his head slammed against the ground. He came immediately back into the game and overthrew his receiver in the end zone on back to back plays before finding Demarco Murray on a short dump-off for his only passing touchdown of the day to win the game.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (19 / 28 / 218 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota looked as healthy as he has been since his Week 4 hamstring injury as he put up a decent fantasy outing with his second multi-touchdown game of the season. Mariota started the game with a nice deep ball for 29 yards to Rishard Matthews, his only completion of the Titans' first drive. This would not be his only nice deep ball on the day as Mariota ended up completing four of seven passes of 20 or more yards accounting for 93 of his passing yards. One of those completions was an incredible back shoulder strike to Corey Davis late in the first quarter for 23 yards. Mariota's first touchdown came on the very next play, a 16-yard strike to a wide open Rishard Matthews set up by the Ravens linebackers biting hard on Mariota's play action fake. Mariota's lone interception came early in the fourth quarter as he overthrew Matthews on a deep ball that went right into the hands of Ladarius Webb. One of Mariota's best throws aside from the back-shoulder strike to Davis came midway through the fourth quarter as he found Delanie Walker over the middle, throwing it just over the head of a sprinting defender for Walker to turn and make the catch falling backwards - good for 25 yards. That play helped set up Mariota's second touchdown of the game to Eric Decker. Mariota finessed well-led ball to Decker from 11 yards out on a nicely designed misdirection play for what would be the touchdown needed to help lead the Titans to victory.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (21 / 34 / 203 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

The Titans passing attack struggled mightily in what should have been a soft matchup against a Browns defense missing a couple of key pieces of their secondary. Marcus Mariota had another lackluster performance this season, failing to post any real fantasy-relevant numbers with neither a touchdown nor an interception, just over 200 passing yards, and only nine rushing yards as he continues to be limited with a hamstring injury. This was his first game of the season without either a rushing or passing touchdown. Mariota made some good throws throughout this game, but he rarely tried to throw downfield, taking mainly short / medium length opportunities. Mariota will look forward to the bye week as an opportunity to get healthy and prepare for the Ravens.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (23 / 32 / 306 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota was not his usual mobile self on Monday night, but he managed to lead the Titans to a big win over the Colts. This was Mariota's first 300+ yard game of the season as he passed for 306 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Titans moved the ball well throughout the game as they only had to punt one time, scoring on all but two of their possessions. The Titans' first drive stalled as Mariota overthrew Eric Decker followed by passing to triple-covered Delanie Walker, which was thankfully another overthrow. Mariota's second drive was much improved as he made a great 40-yard throw to Eric Decker, followed by an 18-yard pass to Demarco Murray while facing tough pressure in his face from the blitz. Mariota could not make the throws he needed to early in this game when the Titans were in Colts territory, leading to five straight field goals before the Titans put together three touchdowns in a row to close out the game. His interception came on his first pass of the second half as John Simon snatched the pass at the line of scrimmage and ran it back for a touchdown. Mariota's only touchdown pass was a beautiful deep ball to Taywan Taylor, hitting him for a 53-yard touchdown pass to take the lead in the fourth quarter when the game was tied.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 10 / 96 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 39 / 2 rush)

Marcus Mariota was forced to leave Week 4's game against the Texans mid-way through the third quarter due to a hamstring injury he sustained on his second touchdown run. Before his injury, Mariota and the entire Titans offense struggled to get anything going against a Texans defense that was firing on all cylinders. Mariota threw an interception on the third play of the game to set the tone for what would be a very tough game all around. He had a couple of highlights with his legs here as he logged two rushing touchdowns from a total of 36 rushing yard. His first rushing touchdown came as Mariota read the defense well enough to know he should keep it and scamper out to the left side of the line. Mariota found an open hole and showed very nice burst as he accelerated past the entire Texans secondary on his way to a 34-yard touchdown. His second rushing touchdown was only for two yards, but Mariota again showed great acceleration as he beat the defender to the pylon. We later found out that Mariota suffered his hamstring injury on that play. He tried to play through it, but threw his second interception near the end of the second quarter while also playing poorly into the second half before being pulled for Matt Cassel.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (20 / 32 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 27 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota had a rough start to this game with a number of sluggish plays and overthrows while leading his team to four consecutive three-and-outs. Emotions were running high in this game as Mariota took a late hit from Richard Sherman mid-way through the second quarter. This seemed to really fire up the Titans offense after halftime, as they led off with three straight touchdown drives. Mariota was using his legs well today as he rushed seven times for 24 yards. Mariota had what would have been a very impressive 14-yard touchdown scramble to lead off the second quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. His first touchdown pass came on what was a simple wide receiver screen that Rishard Matthews turned made the absolute most of, zipping past multiple defenders for the 55-yard touchdown. Mariota's second touchdown came to wide open Jonnu Smith who lined up at fullback, completely fooling the Seahawks defense.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (15 / 27 / 215 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 24 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota turned in another mediocre performance this week as he passed for only 215 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Mariota led only one drive over 50 yards in the first half as the Titans as a whole started slow. He had a few bad reads and overthrows mixed in with some solid passes throughout this half, but overall, his play was relatively sloppy to start. Mariota's interception came midway through the second quarter as Telvin Smith got a great jump on Mariota's short pass intended for Jonnu Smith. In the second half, Mariota looked much better as the Titans capitalized on some Jaguars mistakes to jump out to a quick lead, which then turned their offensive strategy into a more run-heavy approach. He threw a beautiful deep ball to rookie Taywan Taylor mid-way through the third quarter, leading him perfectly in stride with Taylor making the diving reception. That would be Mariota's longest pass of the day. Mariota only had nine pass attempts in the second half but completed six of them for 135 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass came on a screen to Jonnu Smith, who ran it 32 yards after the catch for the score.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (25 / 41 / 256 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 26 / 1 rush)

Marcus Mariota had a mediocre day on the stat sheet as he completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 256 passing yards and no touchdowns. Mariota's first drive of the game was definitely his best, as he led the team 75 yards to their only touchdown of the game. Mariota looked poised in the pocket on this drive as he converted three third downs of eight or more yards thanks to plenty of time from his offensive line along with very impressive throws to Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis. Mariota also looked very impressive rushing as he tucked it away for a 10-yard rushing touchdown to cap off that drive. Outside of this first drive, things did not look great as the Titans offense really fizzled with Mariota taking much heavier pressure from the Raiders pass rush. He made some solid throws in the second half, but also made some very bad reads throwing into double coverage on multiple occasions. Next week, Mariota will have to visit a Jaguars defense that looked rock solid against the Texans this week.


Latest News

Titans | Mike Mularkey defends Marcus Mariota (Sat Nov 18, 09:53 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota doesn't receive enough credit for the good plays he makes, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and Mularkey said he is still pleased with the pace of Mariota's progression.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota throws four picks (Fri Nov 17, 01:07 AM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 33 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in the team's 40-17 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Nov. 16. Mariota also ran for a touchdown.

Our View: Mariota's interceptions were mostly on him, although rookie Corey Davis appears to cut a route short on the second interception of the night. He was still a solid fantasy play and should be considered a QB1 next week at Indianapolis.
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Titans | Week 11 injury report for Tennessee (Wed Nov 15, 02:53 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (forearm), QB Marcus Mariota (ankle) and OG Quinton Spain (toe) all participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, and have been removed from the injury report in advance of the team's Thursday Night Football game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin Week 11.

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Titans | Delanie Walker, Marcus Mariota good to go (Wed Nov 15, 02:34 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (wrist) and QB Marcus Mariota (shoulder, ankle) fully participated in practice for a second straight day Wednesday, Nov. 15, and will play Thursday, Nov. 16, against the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off Week 11.

Our View: Walker is a TE1 and Mariota is a QB1 for fantasy owners in Week 11. It is Thursday night, but there's a chance this game could be more high scoring than some think.
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Titans | Marcus Mariota listed as limited (Mon Nov 13, 06:22 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (ankle) was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Nov. 13.

Our View: Mariota was beat up against the Bengals on Sunday. The team is likely to have him limited this week in practice, especially because it's a short week and they play on Thursday night against the Steelers.

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