Marcus Mariota is one of the most talked about players coming into the NFL this year. The real question is whether or not he is a viable fantasy football option. I’ll breakdown the possible pros and cons of Mariota as a fantasy quarterback.
First of all Mariota certainly has a lot of potential, and is in a pretty decent situation to be successful as a rookie signal caller. Mariota has also been notorious for taking care of the football, and is immediately one of the most threatening running quarterbacks in the NFL. Also, the Tennessee Titans have are a very underrated team in terms of offensive fire power. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pieces Mariota is going to get to play with this year:
At running back: Bishop Sankey and David Cobb are both very skillful traditional running backs, and Dexter McCluster is one of the toughest third down backs to cover in the entire league.
At tight end: Delanie Walker is an exceptional tight end, which is the best friend to a rookie passer who will undoubtedly be trying to get rid of the ball more quickly than he is used to in the lightning fast NFL.
At wide receiver: Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Dorial Green-Beckham! Wright and Hunter are commodities that have proven they can compete at the NFL level, neither of them are superstars but both are undervalued, and for Green-Beckham the sky’s the limit on how good he can be. Harry Douglas helps round out a Titans passing attack that could be surprisingly good this season.
It seems like I’m saying a lot of good about Mariota, but truthfully I’m not that high on him. He has looked shaky so far throughout the preseason, and hasn’t been using his legs as much, or as well, as one would hope. His slender frame also worries me, considering he has to play against monsters like J.J, Watt twice a season. I question if he will be able to take the beating required to be an NFL quarterback.
Because of his running ability, and his track record of taking care of the football from college, Mariota is a low-end QB2 with a high upside. Worth drafting if you got a proven QB1 or as a QB3 if you are in a 2 QB league, of course, but probably not a guy you need to worry about much in 2015.
What do you think of Mariota’s value this fantasy season? Let us know in the comments!