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QB: Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton
RB: Melvin Gordon, Christian McCaffrey, Mark Ingram, Rob Kelley, Adrian Peterson, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Stewart
WR: Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Michael Crabtree, Larry Fitzgerald
TE: Martellus Bennett
PK: Wil Lutz
TD: Cincinnati Bengals
In a competitive league, almost every team has a weakness. It's almost impossible to build a team that is strong at all three core positions (quarterback, running back and wide receiver). As you probably suspect, we perceive your weakness to be at the quarterback position. Of all the deficiencies to have though, this is usually the easiest one to mask.
Footballguys owner David Dodds even recommends you go into your draft with the goal of landing the top RBs and WRs while waiting to grab QBs late. Value-Based Drafting principles also suggest that teams constructed in this manner end up being strong. But for this team to reach it's full potential, you might need to have a quick trigger finger at the QB position and stay on the look out for good quarterback help. Last year Dak Prescott could be had very cheap in August, but ended up contributing to a lot of fantasy championships. In 2015 it was Blake Bortles; in 2014 it was Ben Roethlisberger; in 2013 it was Nick Foles. Quarterbacks like these can be found every year, and that could be the key to your team's success.
So although this team isn't perfect (few are), it should still be a strong contender.
Players we particularly like on this team include Michael Thomas, Rob Kelley, Andy Dalton, Jonathan Stewart, and Wil Lutz. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.Bottom line:
- With great inseason management, we think you have about a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs.
- With good inseason management, we think you have about a 80 percent chance of making the playoffs.
- With average inseason management, we think you have a 71 percent chance of making the playoffs.
In any event, we wish you the best of luck. Here's hoping all your weeks are like week 9 of 2016:Melvin Gordon vs. TEN: 261 combined yards, 1 TD
Mark Ingram vs. SF: 171 combined yards, 2 TD
Marcus Mariota vs. SD: 313 passing yards, 4 TD
Michael Thomas vs. SF: 73 receiving yards, 2 TD
Julio Jones vs. TB: 111 receiving yards, 1 TD
We have Marcus Mariota rated #11 among quarterbacks, which makes him a viable starter if not an exciting one. Andy Dalton, our #16 quarterback, should be solid as a backup, but we're not sure if he can hold down the fort as a starter if circumstances force him to be one.Incidentally, these two have a terrific combined schedule and a decent playoff schedule too. If you simply played the one with the better matchup each week, this is the schedule you'd face:
OAK | JAX | GB | CLE | MIA | IND | CLE | IND | BAL | TEN | PIT | CLE | PIT | ARI | SF | DETRB Summary:
Your starting running backs should be adequate but not great. They don't stand out as difference-makers, but both should be OK. Our projections have Melvin Gordon ranked sixth and Christian McCaffrey ranked 20th.
Your bench looks good and should help offset the unexciting starting unit. We love Mark Ingram as a third running back. Rob Kelley is also a very nice RB4.
Since you're strong at the position, you probably don't absolutely need to roster more than four players here. Stashing Jonathan Stewart, however, is probably a wise move in case something happens to McCaffrey. The rest might be considered expendable if you find you need roster space elsewhere.WR Summary:
Nice work here. We like all your starting receivers, as our projections indicate that they give you a combined 5.4 point-per-game advantage over an average opponent in this league. Julio Jones is our #2 ranked receiver, Michael Thomas is #5, and we have Michael Crabtree 20th.
Your bench also looks good. We love Larry Fitzgerald as a fourth receiver.
We might suggest adding a bit more depth here. See the end of the report for some suggestions on who to pick up.TE Summary:
Martellus Bennett, who we have ranked #11, is below average but probably adequate as a starting tight end. You might get by with only Bennett, but some additional help here probably wouldn't hurt.Kicker Summary:
With Wil Lutz, you should be above average at the position.Defense Summary:When you don't have an elite defense, one option is a committee approach. That is, try to get two cheap defenses whose schedules fit well together. Here are a few teams who we think may be available and whose schedules fit best with the Bengals', along with the combined schedule that each would create: Bengals + Jaguars = BAL | TEN | BAL | NYJ | BUF | LAR | IND | IND | JAX | LAC | CLE | CLE | IND | CHI | HOU | SF
Bengals + Rams = IND | HOU | SF | CLE | BUF | JAX | ARI | IND | JAX | TEN | DEN | CLE | ARI | CHI | MIN | TEN
Bengals + Ravens = BAL | CLE | JAX | CLE | BUF | CHI | MIN | IND | JAX | TEN | DEN | CLE | DET | CHI | CLE | IND
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Schedule AnalysisGreen means GO (good matchup), red means STOP (bad matchup). Main starters highlighted At the bottom of the table, the Relative Strength row shows you how strong we project your team to be, relative to your usual strength, in that week. This accounts for byes and matchups.
- Please note that the Relative strength numbers above account for both byes and matchups.
- Remember that you might have starters on bye in a given week, but still have a high relative strength. This could occur because of favorable matchups, or it might be because you are projected to be missing less production than an average opponent will (your opponents have to deal with byes too).
- Week 5 presents serious bye week issues for you: Mark Ingram, Rob Kelley, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and Wil Lutz are off.
- Week 8 presents moderate bye week issues: Marcus Mariota, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Martellus Bennett are not playing.
- Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart are out in week 11, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
- Andy Dalton and Cincinnati Bengals are out in week 6, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
- In weeks 4, 7, 9, 10, and 12 you'll probably be better off than your opponent, as far as byes are concerned.
Potential Free AgentsListed in order of preference. We don't know exactly who is available in your league, but here is a list of players who might be available and could be upgrades over some of your depth players, listed in order of preference. Your players are listed in red for comparison. Players who might not mesh well with the bye weeks of your key players are grayed out.
QB: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here. RB: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here. WR: Kenny Stills (1), Marqise Lee (8), Cole Beasley (6), Kendall Wright (9), John Brown (8), Tyler Lockett (6), Marquise Goodwin (11), Mohamed Sanu (5), Corey Davis (8), Allen Hurns (8), Torrey Smith (10), Taylor Gabriel (5), Robert Woods (8), Josh Doctson (5), Terrance Williams (6), Chris Conley (10), Seth Roberts (10), Paul Richardson (6), Cooper Kupp (8). TE: Delanie Walker (8), Hunter Henry (9), Kyle Rudolph (9), Martellus Bennett (8), Eric Ebron (7), Coby Fleener (5), Jack Doyle (11), Charles Clay (6), Jason Witten (6), Julius Thomas (1). PK: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here. TD: Baltimore Ravens (10), Philadelphia Eagles (10), Carolina Panthers (11), New York Giants (8), Pittsburgh Steelers (9), Cincinnati Bengals (6), Jacksonville Jaguars (8), Green Bay Packers (8), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1), Los Angeles Rams (8).
Projections and Player Summaries
Andy Dalton - Dalton and AFC North counterpart Joe Flacco are similar to evaluate. Both have been successful enough to remain unquestioned starters on their teams, but neither has been among the league's highest caliber of quarterbacks. There's enough sample size on them to know that the range of outcomes they have produced thus far in their careers isn't likely to change. One thing that isn't similar between the AFC North foes is that Dalton has an elite wide receiver in A.J. Green, and his other weapons have improved this offseason as well. John Ross was drafted ninth overall to give them team a deep threat with blazing speed, and Joe Mixon was drafted in the second round to add a playmaker to the backfield. Even Dalton's incumbent weapons should improve this season simply by being healthier. The all-world Green only played 10 games last season, as did Giovani Bernard. Tyler Eifert, a touchdown threat on any play inside the 20, only played eight. The whole offense should have some positive regression this season, even with some losses on the offensive line. Dalton should be in for a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy behind a patchwork offensive line.
Marcus Mariota - Building on an impressive rookie season where he played behind a limited offensive line and receiving corps, the Titans made improvements that helped Mariota become a more efficient passer. Mariota's yards per game dropped from 234 in 2015 to 228 in 2016, but his rate of passing touchdowns increased to 1.7 per game, and his interception totals dropped from 10 to 9 despite playing 3 additional games. Credit for these improvements also goes to the bolstered the offensive line and the ground game. The Titans got strong production from rookie tackle Jack Conklin and free agent running back DeMarco Murray. Rookie runner Derrick Henry also looked formidable in a part-time role. The result was power offense with a dangerous play-action component that also featured set looks for Mariota's running ability and helped him become highly productive in the red zone. The Titans have developed a framework that should allow Mariota to grow into a productive quarterback rather than expect him to carry the offense immediately. Mariota was the No.13 quarterback last year; expect a similar result this year.
Mike Gillislee - While Mike Gillislee is slated to take over LeGarrette Blount's 'big back' role in the offense, he's not remotely the same back. He gives two inches and 33 pounds to Blount, and does not run with the same violence as Blount does either. That said, as of now, Gillislee is going to see the early-down and short yardage work, and if he gets the majority of Blount's carries from 2016, that's a significant amount of work assuming the number of carries continues. There's no sure bet it will, as the backfield is healthier than 2016 was and the team may decide to take it easier on the slightly smaller back. Gillislee may have had a 5.7 yards per carry in 2016, but that was on 101 runs , while Blount carried the ball 299 times. Gillislee wearing down is a real concern.
Melvin Gordon - Facing high expectations entering 2015 rookie season, Gordon didn't come close to meeting them. He averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry and failed to score a touchdown on 217 touches. Even so, Gordon ran hard despite lacking the quickness and speed evident on his college game tapes. It was hard to thoroughly evaluate his ability to find the hole because many of his runs were to assigned gaps that didn't open. Once fully recovered from offseason microfracture surgery, Gordon was substantially better in 2016 despite a 3.9 yards-per-carry average. He earned 1,316 total yards and 12 touchdowns, including 41 receptions--good enough for the No. 8 RB spot in fantasy football. Gordon wasn't known for his receiving ability at Wisconsin because the Badgers don't throw the ball a lot to its backs, but he showed good hands in limited targets as a collegiate star. The fact that he performed well as a receiver soothed some of the sting of losing Danny Woodhead. He'll be the feature back again this year. The only concern is that it's his second year in a row that he didn't start all 16 games (PCL tear in Week 13).
Mark Ingram - As sparingly as Mark Ingram has been used, it is somewhat surprising that in his seventh NFL season, he remains in New Orleans. It should not be a surprise that the team signed Adrian Peterson in April, which will again limit Ingram's carries. Ingram has two years remaining on the contract signed in March of 2015, with salaries of $3 Million this year and $4 Million next, but the guaranteed amounts expired last season. He had career highs last year with 1,043 yards rushing, 5.1 yards per rush and 10 total touchdowns including four on receptions. Even with those career highs, Ingram had only one game with 20 carries and topped 100 yards rushing only three times. The signing of Peterson, as well as the drafting of Alvin Kamara confirms that Ingram will again share snaps and carries. It is even conceivable that Peterson could have a larger role. Ingram has greatly improved as a receiver since early in his career. He was not used much in the passing game his first three seasons, but has averaged 48 receptions the past two seasons. Ingram's usage in the passing game could also be challenged in 2017. The Saints traded a 2018 second rounder and this year's 7th round pick to draft Kamara, who could fit in nicely in a receiving role.
Rob Kelley - Kelley led Washington with 168 carries for 704 yards (4.2 per carry) and six rushing touchdowns as a rookie last year. His play was adequate, but the reality is he benefited from a roster of flawed or one-dimensional competitors. Kelley can be functional as a full-time player, but he's better suited to a committee role. Rookie Samaje Perine should push for playing time if he can grasp pass protection. Until then, Kelley has a chance to parlay a strong camp into fantasy RB2 value.
Christian McCaffrey - After being picked eighth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Christian McCaffrey signed a four year, $17.224 million contract with Carolina on May 4 - there will be no protracted negotiations to worry about as he takes over as the lead running back for the Panthers this year. McCaffrey had 632/3,922/21 rushing and 99 receptions at Stanford (with two return TDs as well) - he is a proficient dual-threat back. Additionally, McCaffrey comes from a NFL family (former Broncos' receiver Ed McCaffrey is his dad) so he's seen the grind of the pro game up-close-and-personal - he should be more ready for the off-field challenges of the league than any given prospect from a non-NFL home. He should be a three-down back for the Panthers, though they may prefer veteran Jonathan Stewart in short yardage/goal-line situations. Footballguy Matt Waldman summarized McCaffrey's prospects in the 2017 Rookie Scouting Portfolio, Post-Draft Edition, as follows: 'McCaffrey played in a Stanford scheme that has a ground game nearly identical to Carolina. He'll fit immediately as a two-down runner and three-down weapon when used as a receiver. Think of him as the new DeAngelo Williams to pair with Jonathan Stewart short-term. As his pass protection develops, and the Panthers learn to maximize his receiving skill, McCaffrey has RB1 upside.'
Adrian Peterson - Adrian Peterson has been one of the NFL's best running backs over his career which began a decade ago after being drafted 7th overall by Minnesota. The Vikings declined to pick up his 2017 option and essentially released him. He recently turned 32 years old and has had injury problems in two of his last three seasons. However, he averaged 4.5 ypc in 2015, rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 TDs and also caught 30 passes for 222 yards. He has garnered abundant positive comments so far and has a history of overcoming obstacles, so it would not be wise to sell him short this year.
Jonathan Stewart - As he did in 2015 (242/989/6 rushing while seeing 21 targets for 16/99/1 receiving), Jonathan Stewart managed to appear in 13 games last season for the Panthers, piling up 218/824/9 rushing with 21 targets for 8/60/0 receiving to his credit - he was back below four yards a carry last season, averaging 3.8 yards per tote. Now 30 years old, Stewart has played nine seasons in the league, and the Panthers made a move in the first round of the 2017 draft to get younger at this key position. Rookie Christian McCaffrey figures to be the new starting running back, and he has three-down skills (having caught 99 receptions while at Stanford). Stewart likely has a role as the short yardage/goal line/change-of-pace back for the Panthers this year as he mentors the heir apparent, McCaffrey.
Michael Crabtree - Crabtree will turn 30-years old early in the 2017 season and remains in his prime. He spent his first six years with San Francisco before signing with Oakland as a free agent in 2015. In his first two years with the Raiders he led the team 146 targets in 2015 and 145 targets last season. Despite many predictions last offseason that Amari Cooper would steal many of Crabtree's targets, he retained an identical market share and remained Carr's go-to receiver in the red zone. Crabtree has grabbed 17 touchdowns in his two seasons in Oakland and is a strong bet to lead the team in receiving touchdowns again in 2017. Crabtree is an excellent route runner and plays a physical brand of football. His skills should continue to age well as he enters his age-30 season because he isn't overly reliant upon his athleticism. Crabtree should continue in his role as the co-#1 receiver alongside Cooper and is a rock solid fantasy WR2 with low-end WR1 upside.
Larry Fitzgerald - A 13-year veteran whose resume includes 5 seasons as a top-5 fantasy WR Fitzgerald had a top-10 season as a slot receiver in 2015 and followed up as the No. 17 fantasy receiver in 2016. An aging player entering his final year, Fitzgerald has performed well as a slot receiver. Despite lacking the top-5 upside of his prime, Fitzgerald is a workout warrior who keeps himself in supreme shape and still has some of the best hands in the game. Despite dealing with an MCL injury to begin the year, Fitzgerald earned 107 receptions. The Cardinals scheme moves him around the formation to create mismatches and if the team can get consistent play outside from a healthier John Brown, look for another productive fantasy year for the veteran.
Julio Jones - Julio Jones is in the prime years of his NFL career, as he proved in 2016 with an elite showing of 129 targets for 83/1,409/6 receiving (sixth-best fantasy wide receiver during 2016) over 14 games played. He did see a dip in targets during 2016 after handling a ridiculous 203 targets for 136/1,871/8 receiving during 2015. Jones is just 28 years old and has missed just three games over the last three seasons while going over 1,400 yards receiving in each of those campaigns (he had 163 targets for 104/1,593/6 receiving during 2014). He seems set to dominate the opposition again during 2017, even though the team is transitioning to a new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. One quick medical note on Jones - he had surgery to repair a bunion on his foot that had been bothering him for years, according to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Rapoport reported that he was told the surgery will not affect Jones' availability for training camp.
Michael Thomas - The Saints drafted Michael Thomas (6'-3" and 212 pounds) in the 2nd round a year ago. He earned Brees' confidence early and had a team leading 92 catches for 1,137 yards and a team leading 9 TDs in his rookie campaign. Thomas showed promise early in last season's pre-season work-outs and was productive out of the gate catching 6 passes on 6 targets for 58 yards in his first game. After he was drafted by the Saints, Thomas remarked that he considered his competitiveness, route running, hands and passion for the game as his greatest strengths. His self evaluation rang true during his rookie season. The Saints trade of Brandin Cooks shows the team is confident in Thomas's ability to be their top receiver. On the down-side, he will undoubtedly draw the top corners this season
Martellus Bennett - The Packers have been looking for a big bodied and effective 'move' tight end for a long time. Jared Cook seemed like the answer, though he was a bit inconsistent, and moved on in free agency. Despite being a journeyman, Bennett has been effective four out of the last five years and looked great stepping up in lieu of Rob Gronkowski when the Patriots tight end was hurt last season. The math on a new contract didn't work for New England, but their loss should be Green Bay's gain as Aaron Rodgers gains another vertical threat who can make tough catches.
Player News (last 7 days)
"Our view" written by footballguys.com's Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom. Click here for all the news around the NFL, updated constantly.Redskins | Rob Kelley fine with committee - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley said it 'wouldn't be beneficial' for him to receive all the carries, especially with RB Chris Thompson playing so well. 'Whatever Coach needs, I'm there for,' Kelley said. 'If he wants me to run it the whole time, I can run it the whole time. If he wants to split carries, I can do that, too.' Fri Oct 20, 09:30 PM [Link to story] Redskins | Rob Kelley expected to start MNF - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley is expected to start in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, head coach Jay Gruden said Friday, Oct. 20. Fri Oct 20, 06:59 PM [Link to story] Panthers | Jonathan Stewart off injury report - Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 20, and has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 7 game with the Chicago Bears. Fri Oct 20, 06:09 PM [Link to story] Panthers | Carolina injury report for Friday - Carolina Panthers S Demetrious Cox (ankle), LB Luke Kuechly (concussion), OT John Theus (concussion) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. Kuechly practiced on a limited basis, while the other three sat. WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), S Kurt Coleman (knee), PK Graham Gano (knee), DE Charles Johnson (groin), C Ryan Kalil (neck) and C Greg Van Roten (shoulder) practiced in full and are considered questionable. LB Thomas Davis (groin), TE Chris Manhertz (shoulder), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) and RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) each practiced and were lifted from the injury report. Fri Oct 20, 06:07 PM [Link to story] Titans | Week 7 injury report for Titans - Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) and SS Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and have been ruled out for Week 7. TE Delanie Walker (calf) did not practice and is listed as questionable. LB Derrick Morgan (abdomen) and RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report. Fri Oct 20, 05:51 PM [Link to story] Titans | Marcus Mariota on track to play - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. Fri Oct 20, 05:50 PM [Link to story] Redskins | Rob Kelley limited in practice - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 20. Fri Oct 20, 05:07 PM [Link to story]
|Footballguys view: Even if Kelley is set to go and start this week, the Eagles run defense is among the league's best and one to be avoided when running backs of Kelley's caliber are facing them.|
|Footballguys view: Allen is a new addition to the report after a fall in practice yesterday. The team is hopeful that he will play, but you need to have a backup plan in place if you are starting him.|
|Footballguys view: Crabtree caught the game-winning score to save his fantasy night, but took a backseat to Amari Cooper the rest of the night. He seemed like a reliable low WR1 going into this one, but his weekly floor is going to be lower in light of this result.|
|Footballguys view: Gordon should be good to go against the Broncos on Sunday. The Giants were the first team to have success on the ground against Denver in 2017, and perhaps Gordon can duplicate that. We like him as a low-end RB1 in Week 7.|
|Footballguys view: We like Mariota this weekend against Cleveland. Start him as a low-end QB1.|
|Footballguys view: Kelley it's stuck behind Chris Thompson and is no more than a RB5. Thompson is a borderline RB2/RB3.|
|Footballguys view: They're just taking it easy on him, and we think Stuart will be a decent RB2 this week. However monitor his practice Friday.|
|Footballguys view: Dalton and the Bengals continue to be a hot mess, so unless you're desperate we wouldn't have him in a lineup.|
|Footballguys view: Gordon is going up against a tough Broncos rush defense on Sunday. The Broncos held him to 54 yards on 18 carries in Week 1. However, this same defense was just gashed by Giants RB Orleans Darkwa on Sunday night. Perhaps the Chargers can expose some weaknesses in the Broncos rush defense that the Giants took advantage of. Gordon is a low-end RB1 for fantasy owners this week.|
|Footballguys view: Cam Newton wants Stewart more involved going forward. We'll see if that's the recipe for success against the Bears in Week 7.|
|Footballguys view: Mariota did most of his damage against the Colts through the air (306 yards passing). He only had two rushing attempts that went for zero yards. No setbacks is a good thing, and as his hamstring continues to feel good we should see Mariota get back to running a bit more.|
|Footballguys view: Let's pump the brakes a little here. The Titans played against the Colts on Monday night, so it's not like they torched the 'No Fly Zone' of the Broncos. The Colts pass defense gives up an average 295.8 yards per game, ranking 30th in the league in that category.|
|Footballguys view: Mariota is cool under pressure because he's athletic enough to get out of trouble that is swarming around him. It's no surprise he would put up these numbers with his athleticism and the pass-catching talent around him.|
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners aren't happy with his lack of involvement either. Quinn said he was not satisfied with how often Jones was seeing the ball, adding that more offensive plays in general will help that cause. Jones has only one 100-yard game this year (Week 2 against the Packers) and has yet to score a touchdown in 2017.|
|Footballguys view: Kelley missed the game against the 49ers on Sunday and Washington split time in the backfield between Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine. We'll see if he can practice fully later in the week.|
|Footballguys view: He played 45 snaps in four games with the Saints in 2017. He clearly wasn't a good fit for New Orleans, but Peterson looked right at home as the lead ball-carrier for the Cardinals on Sunday. So long as the Cardinals can play with a lead, then Peterson has at least RB2 value for fantasy owners.|
|Footballguys view: Chalk this one up to Darius Slay, who is one of the more unheralded shutdown corners in the NFL. Thomas should have a better time of it and stay in our lineups against the Packers next week.|
|Footballguys view: The Saints had a huge lead in this one, allowing Ingram get a ton of carries and also rewarding him with goal line opportunities. His fantasy scoring was mediocre through four games, but this game reminded us of his high weekly ceiling as the lead back in a high-powered offense.|
|Footballguys view: Gillislee fumbled in the first half and didn't see a carry for a long stretch after that. He isn't the clear goal line back and isn't clearly worth a fantasy roster spot heading into a game against Atlanta.|
|Footballguys view: Samaje Perine will get the start with Kelley out. He's a solid flex play and reasonable RB2 in a pinch against the porous 49ers defense.|
|Footballguys view: It's not safe to wait around for Mariota, and his upside wasn't very high this week with limited effectiveness as a runner. HIs floor is also lower with the potential for re-injury. If Matt Cassel goes, it will be a blow for the whole Titans offense, so that must be factored into any start/sit decisions with Delanie Walker, Rishard Matthews, or Demarco Murray.|
|Footballguys view: Mariota has been trending the right direction all week. Fantasy owners that are considering Mariota as a possible starter in Week 6 should see him as a QB2 if he plays on Monday night against the Colts. You likely have a better option than Mariota in his first game back since missing Week 5.|