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WR Tajae Sharpe - Tennessee Titans

6-2, 194Born: 12-23-1994College: MassachusettsDrafted: Round 5

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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.

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Schedule

11@ Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Houston Texans
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars