Marcus Mariota Fantasy Football News 2018

Titans HC Mike Vrabel said Monday that QB Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger in the loss to the Colts, rather than an aggravation of his elbow injury. Mariota did experience some numbness after taking a hit to the head, though. Vrabel added that he's "hopeful" Mariota will be able to play against the Texans on Monday night. We'll monitor his progress throughout the week, but don't plan on using Mariota in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered an elbow injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Colts. This is presumably an aggravation of the issue that bothered Mariota earlier this season. He's officially questionable to return, but QB Blaine Gabbert is in the game to start the 2nd half.

Titans HC Mike Vrabel confirmed on Wednesday that QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) will start this weekend's game against the Eagles. Mariota was serviceable in relief of QB Blaine Gabbert this past Sunday, completing 12 of 18 passes. But he totaled just 100 passing yards and clearly wasn't at 100%. Vrabel did add that Mariota is "getting better every day" and that he doesn't expect to have any playbook limitations this weekend. But util we see that arm back to full strength, Mariota shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.

Titans QB Blaine Gabbert sustained a concussion in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That's forced Tennessee to turn to QB Marcus Mariota, who is still dealing with his elbow injury.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars but is expected to back up QB Blaine Gabbert. Avoid this situation in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is not expected to play against the Jaguars today. He "has not experienced enough improvement" in that throwing elbow, according to Rapoport. So QB Blaine Gabbert gets another start in a brutal matchup. Your best bet is to avoid Tennessee's passing game today.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and reportedly still wasn't throwing with his normal velocity. HC Mike Vrabel said Friday that he’d make a decision on Mariota’s status by Saturday night. At less than 100% and in a brutal matchup, Mariota shouldn’t be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. QB Blaine Gabbert will get another start if Mariota can’t go.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) remained limited on Thursday but is "moving in the right direction," HC Mike Vrabel said. OC Matt LaFleur said Mariota threw “the best he’s thrown the ball since all this occurred against Miami." He remains iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars (fantasy owners should be hoping the Titans sit Mariota), but there at least appears to be a light at the end of this tunnel.

Former NFL team doctor and now sports medical analyst David Chao doesn't believe Marcus Mariota's elbow is as "close" to a return to normal as the QB says. "The ulnar nerve injury affects the ability to strongly grip the football and flex (actively bend) the wrist for follow-through," Chao writes. "This injury thereby affects accuracy – especially when pushing the ball down field – and makes it difficult to throw tight spirals." He adds that "the physiology of nerve recovery is that it either returns quickly or it lingers." This doesn't mean that Mariota can't play. If it did, the Titans obviously wouldn't have him on the active roster. But it does mean we probably shouldn't expect Mariota to start in Week 3, and his throws might be impacted into October. We'll keep watching the situation, but Mariota's current status makes him droppable in some fantasy leagues.

"I think it's close," Titans QB Marcus Mariota said of his injured throwing elbow on Wednesday. "But we'll take it one day at a time." Mariota threw during the open portion of Wednesday's practice, but his "velocity didn't look great," according to insider John Glennon. We'll continue to monitor Mariota's progress, but he shouldn't be in your Week 3 fantasy plans with a meeting with the Jaguars on tap.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He’s dealing with a pinched nerve in his elbow and reportedly didn’t throw much in pregame warmups. It sounds like QB Blaine Gabbert will get the start here. Avoid the situation in fantasy lineups.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota didn't throw much in pregame warmups and is still struggling to grip the football, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "It's looking like" QB Blaine Gabbert will start against the Texans, Schefter adds. We'll find out Mariota's official status by noon ET, but you should be avoiding this situation. Corey Davis is a low-end WR3 for Week 2 if Gabbert is under center.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) will "try to play" against the Texans today. Mariota is reportedly dealing with a pinched nerve in that elbow and still hasn't regained complete feeling in his fingers. "There is no telling how he’ll respond," Rapoport adds. "That’s why Blaine Gabbert is expected to rotate in." This remains a situation to stay far away from in Week 2 fantasy lineups. And it has Corey Davis looking like a risky WR3 play.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Texans. HC Mike Vrabel said Friday that he anticipates both Mariota and QB Blaine Gabbert playing on Sunday. We're not exactly sure what that means, but this is obviously a situation to avoid in Week 2 fantasy lineups. Tennessee will also be missing LT Taylor Lewan (concussion) and RT Jack Conklin (knee) in this one. The Texans defense is a strong fantasy play.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) remained limited in Thursday's practice. He's expected to play against the Texans this weekend, but it looks like he'll be at less than 100%. Mariota is an extremely risky Week 2 fantasy start.

Titans HC Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that QB Marcus Mariota is "feeling good" and is "good to go" for this weekend's game against the Texans. Mariota was spotted throwing in the portion of practice open to the media. He said afterward that his elbow is feeling ok but that there's "still a little tingle," per insider Terry McCormick. We'll be on the lookout for more updates on Mariota's status over the next few days. For now, he looks like a risky Week 2 fantasy play.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Miami with an elbow injury. Blaine Gabbert is under center for Tennessee. We'll update Mariota's status when we know more.

"Explosive" isn't a word we tend to hear associated with QBs. But it's how Titans insider Jim Wyatt described QB Marcus Mariota in this week's OTAs. "It’s already clear he has his wheels back," Wyatt wrote. "He opened it up one day this week, and he was really moving." Mariota has averaged 304 yards and 3 TDs on the ground through his first 3 NFL seasons. But there's upside for more. He topped 700 rushing yards in all 3 years at Oregon and totaled 29 TDs. Mariota clocked a 4.52-second 40 time at the Combine and registered a 96th percentile SPARQ score. We're hoping new OC Matt LaFleur fully unleashes Mariota's rushing ability in 2018.

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The Titans selected Washington State QB Luke Falk in the 6th round. Falk’s stock took a hit after a relatively disappointing 2017 season, completing 66.9% of his passes for 3,539 yards and 30 TDs. Those marks were all down from his averages of 69.7% completions, 4,515 yards and 38 TDs across the previous 2 years. Falk is coming from HC Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense and will need to adjust to a more pro-style scheme. But he does have the size and arm talent to have a shot to develop into an NFL starter. He’ll open his career competing for backup duties with Blaine Gabbert behind Marcus Mariota.

 
 
 

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