by Dante Pitts
The Tennessee Titans had an impressive debut in week 1 of the NFL season with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota putting up stellar numbers; 24 fantasy points in his first outing. His second week was not as magical as he faced a Cleveland Browns defense with a stellar secondary. Mariota has taken 9 sacks in the past two games, due to a shaky offensive line that will not be playing starting guard Chance Warmack against the Colts in week 3.
From a fantasy standpoint, Mariota still went 21 of 37 for 257 passing yards along with two touchdowns. Along with the sacks he took, he also had three fumbles and lost two. Mariota is a rookie quarterback and he is bound to make rookie mistakes. Although these weren’t terrible numbers, it is possible the Mariota will have his outings where he reminds us he is a “rookie”. Look for Mariota to be a low-tier QB1
Many fantasy gurus thought that Bishop Sankey was ready to give us the output he owes us from last season. He came out against the Bucs and looked like the fantasy stud we all thought he would be. Unfortunately, against the Browns he had 42 yards on 12 carries and was not able to haul in the two targets he got during the games. Dexter McCluster did contribute to some of the running game by taking in 14 touches. I predict McCluster to get a bulk of the touches. Also, with Terrance West in the mix the Tennessee Titans are still using a carousel of running backs.
Delanie Walker is still dealing with a wrist injury that left him unable to play week 2 against the Browns. Walker is optimistic about playing in Week 3 against the Colts, and is motivated about not letting the Colts dominate the AFC South. I predict Walker to play against the Colts in Nashville and have solid production, as he will be another target for Mariota to throw to. In the event that Walker does not play, the Titans are pretty deep at tight end with Chase Coffman and Anthony Fasano who caught a touchdown pass in week 2. I wouldn’t look to start any of these players coming up.
Dorial Green-Beckham caught his first touchdown pass during week 2 which was his only catch of the game. Scoring from 13 yards out, the rookie showed some promise but only has 2 targets through two games. DGB is a legitimate red zone threat due to his physical size. Kendall Wright was a non-factor in week 2, he caught 2 out of 4 passes for 17 yards. Look for Wright to be a low end WR3.
The Colts’ offense has not looked up to par as it did in the past couple of seasons. T.Y. Hilton looks hobbled and Darrelle Revis gave the wide out a match up problem. The Titans don’t have a lockdown corner like Revis, and the Titans’ secondary looked weak against Johnny Manziel and Travis Benjamin. I still believe the Dick Leabeau-led Titans’ defense could give Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense some resistance.