Fantasy start or sit Week 3: Delanie Walker, A.J. Brown, Marcus Mariota
Here’s some fantasy football start or sit advice for Tennessee Titans pass-catchers Delanie Walker and A.J. Brown, as well as quarterback Marcus Mariota.
If you have any Delanie Walker, A.J. Brown and/or Marcus Mariota on your fantasy team, you’ve got to make a start or sit decision rather quickly with the Tennessee Titans playing on Thursday Night Football.
The Titans will draw the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3, and the Jags have historically had a tough defense in recent years.
Let’s see who deserves to start, and who deserves to sit this week between Walker, Brown and Mariota.
Delanie Walker: Start
Delanie Walker’s Week 2 showing was a disappointment after he posted one of the better fantasy weeks for a tight end in the season opener. Walker caught four passes for 39 yards (7.9 fantasy points in PPR), both team-highs.
Walker leads the Titans in targets (12) and receiving touchdowns (two), and is second in receiving yards (94). His position as Marcus Mariota’s favorite target remains true, and that only adds to his overall fantasy value.
He draws a Week 3 matchup against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position thus far.
A.J. Brown: Sit
We just don’t know what to expect from A.J. Brown this week, and we can say the same for the Titans passing offense as a whole.
In Week 1, he totaled 100 yards, but in Week 2, Brown was a victim of what was an inept Titans passing attack that saw Mariota total just 154 yards through the air. Brown finished with just 25 yards on three catches (5.5 fantasy points in PPR).
Mariota has not done a good job getting his receivers involved early on, and while Brown does seem to be on the track to being this team’s No. 1 receiver, we simply can’t trust him enough to give him consistent starts.
Marcus Mariota: Sit
A tough matchup with a stingy Jaguars defense is enough to make you shy away from this one. The Jags also held Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in check, en route to the signal-caller totaling just 12 fantasy points in Week 2.
But there are deeper issues here for Mariota. He hasn’t looked so hot to start the season, and the Titans offensive line has not done him any favors with poor protection. In a much more favorable Week 2 matchup, Mariota was a dud with 13.4 fantasy points.
On a short week and with Mariota being listed on the injury report with a quad issue (he did practice fully on Tuesday), the smart move would be to sit him this week.