Fantasy Football Outlook 2017: Marcus Mariota

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 24: Marcus Mariota /

Fantasy Football is right around the corner and it never hurts to look at the potential Tennessee Titans that can help your team.

Just like every NFL football team, every fantasy football team needs a quarterback. One of the biggest sleepers going into the 2017 NFL season is Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. According to the most recent list of Fantasy Football Quarterbacks by Pro Football Focus, Marcus Mariota is the 13th ranked fantasy quarterback in the NFL. Given that most fantasy football leagues have 12 teams or less, Mariota will probably be available as a low risk, high reward option.

Dual Threat

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The luxury of Mariota is that he is a dual threat quarterback. That should automatically give him an edge over others that are similarly ranked. It is possible on any given week that the Titans signal caller will give you five extra points with yardage on the ground. With a revamped receiving corps, Mariota will certainly have improved passing numbers as well. New acquisitions like Corey Davis, Eric Decker, Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith bring a lot of fire power to the Titans offense. This will certainly improve Mariota’s numbers.

Last Season

Last season was a bit of an up and down one for Mariota. He had success in the middle of the season, but was inconsistent early on and towards the end. Of course, an injury in Week 16 did not help anybody’s playoff aspirations. The middle of the season showed extreme promise for the young quarterback. Mariota had 4 games of 34 points or more according to CBS Sports, by way of standard fantasy football scoring. An average quarterback gets around 20-25 points and most of Mariota’s performances fit that mold.

The problem was that there were a few really bad games that ruined his fantasy season. After the bye week in Week 13, Mariota did not score more than 10 fantasy points in any one game. These are all inconsistencies that come with young quarterbacks. Mariota may not be your first option off the board, but he could be the sleeper that brings your team to a championship. You can probably get Mariota in the 10th round of your draft. He is a solid QB2 option and is an excellent backup option for when your other quarterbacks are on bye.