Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
Sunday, 25 September @ 1:00 PM
The Slash Brothers look to cut-down Mariota and the Titans
START: WR, Tajae Sharpe
The Oakland Raiders have shown they are susceptible to the pass in their match-ups against the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.
You probably won’t see Marcus Mariota go for almost 400 yards, but he should get some opportunities to throw as long as his offensive line can give him a few seconds to find Sharpe.
The rookie has busted down the doors after being underrated in this year’s draft and has given Titans fans a reason to cheer early.
He leads the team currently with 18 targets through two games with the second most targets going to tight end Delanie Walker with 11.
It’s clear Sharpe and Mariota are looking to connect often, and Oakland has been a pass friendly defense in 2016.
SIT: RB, Latavius Murray
Latavius Murray was thought to be the Raiders feature back entering 2016 but the running back hasn’t gotten the workload many hoped he would.
The intention may be keeping him fresh for a playoff push, but fantasy football owners don’t want to hear it I’m sure.
DeAndre Washington has eaten up 12 carries in two games while breakout star Jalen Richard has taken nine himself for 101 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the starter has had just 22 carries in the same span and totaled 116 yards while scoring twice.
The talent is still there, so we have to believe the coaches are just preserving him, but if you want to preserve your fantasy chances then leave him sitting until his time comes later in the season.
SLEEPER: QB, Marcus Mariota
I just can’t imagine Marcus Mariota going for 350+ and three touchdowns, even against the Raiders defense.
Still, here we are and Oakland certainly looks vulnerable to a shoot-out with plenty of opportunity for the former Duck to air it out like he used to.
The duo of Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin will definitely be looking to put the pressure on the second year quarterback, so he’ll have to stand up to the intensity if he’s going to get his team their second win of the year.
For fantasy owners though, we don’t need him to win, we just need him to throw touchdowns. He may, and he may throw more than a few.
Start him at your own risk, but it could be big.
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