We’re going to take a look at some start or sit advice for Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, the Titans D/ST, and quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Tennessee Titans had a slew of fantasy studs in Week 1, including tight end Delanie Walker, quarterback Marcus Mariota, and the team’s defense.
Is it safe to roll these three out once again in Week 2? Let’s find out!
Delanie Walker: Start
Delanie Walker is a must-start tight end on a weekly basis, regardless of matchup. Granted, this has been the case with Walker for years now, but it was no longer a foregone conclusion to some experts with doubts about his future viability coming into 2019.
Walker showed he is back after he totaled five catches for 55 yards through the air, and found the end zone twice in Week 1, further proving his strong connection with Marcus Mariota is still alive and well.
A Week 2 matchup with the Colts is a favorable one, especially considering Indy allowed Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry to nab four catches for 60 yards, leading to a healthy 15 yards per reception. Henry also suffered a knee injury during the game, so he could have had more if he was at 100 percent.
Titans D/ST: Start
Like Walker, the Titans D/ST can be rolled out with confidence every week. After finishing as the No. 3 scoring unit in the NFL last season, the Titans defense got off to a great start in Week 1.
Tennessee totaled three interceptions, five sacks, one safety, one touchdown, and allowed just 13 points against a Cleveland Brows offense that is loaded with talent. The Titans D/ST had one of the best fantasy outputs in the regular season opener.
The Colts do have a far better offensive line than the Browns, however Indy no longer has Andrew Luck, and this Colts offense simply won’t be able to score points the way it did with Jacoby Brissett now under center. It’ll be a struggle for Brissett, who averaged just seven yards per attempt last week, to make big plays and score points against this stout Titans defense.
Marcus Mariota: Start
If you’ve decided to go the route of picking up Marcus Mariota off the waiver wire this week, you can start him right away.
Mariota totaled 248 yards through the air and three touchdowns against the Browns, to go along with 24 yards on the ground. It was a solid performance despite the Browns defense getting consistent pressure on Mariota.
The Oregon product draws a much more favorable matchup against a Colts defense that doesn’t have quite as good a pass-rush, and allowed 333 passing yards to Phillip Rivers in Week 1.
And with the Colts focusing on stopping Derrick Henry in this one, expect Mariota to have a lot of room to sling it. Also, per usual, Mariota has a safe floor thanks to his ability to run the football.