There should be no reason that any Fantasy owner in a one QB league would be starting Mariota against the tough Jaguars defense. I might argue that he is a borderline start in two QB leagues as well. Look for him to have his usual 200-ish yards passing and 1 TD.
Gardner Minshew II
With each passing game, I like more and more of what I see from Minshew. He got much more comfortable in the 4th quarter against the Texans, and I think he could have a respectable game against the Titans. That said, I would not start him unless I had no other realistic options. He should have about 220 passing yards and 1 TD in this contest.
If there is one player who is a must start in this game, it’s Henry. Henry ran for over 200 yard and a whopping four TDs the last time these two teams played. While I do not think that he will come remotely close to those numbers again, I do think that 100+ rushing yards and a TD is a definite possibility.
Tennessee is going to force Minshew to beat them with the pass, so I would expect the Titans to go all in on stopping Leonard Fournette. The interesting thing about Fournette is that he’s had eight receptions on 12 targets I the first to games of the season. If this continues Thursday night, he should be good for 12-15 Fantasy points regardless of how well he runs the football.
In what could be Jalen Ramsey’s last game as a Jaguar, I would expect Davis to see as much of Ramsey as the Jaguars will allow. Davis did not have a catch in Week 1 and only had three catches in Week 2, making him a very suspect start on Thursday.
Brown is simply too unreliable to start with any confidence. The Titans don’t throw enough to make three receivers viable starts.
Recently, Humphries said that he still needed to get on the same page with Mariota. This worries me, especially considering that we are in Week 3 and they obviously have no rapport.
I think it’s fair to call Westbrook a disappointment thus far, considering that he only has six receptions on 11 targets in two games. I am torn about starting Westbrook this week, as I know he has the ability, but with a backup quarterback under center, I worry that the Jaguars will limit his passing attempts like they did against the Texans. In the end, I think I will start Westbrook, but I will keep my expectations to a minimum.
Conley is the WR3 and he is best used in games where the Jaguars are playing from behind. Thursday night’s game looks to be low-scoring and one with not too many pass attempts. So, although I like the player, I am just not sure I am in love with the matchup.
Chark has been outstanding thus far, arguably becoming the Jaguars top receiver in the team’s first two games. I don’t foresee a huge night for him in this contest, but in deeper leagues he is certainly worth consideration. I think he will have about 60-70 yards receiving and 5-6 receptions.
No other Titan receiving threat can be counted on other than Delanie Walker. He is Mariota’s go-to guy and he is the one player outside of Derrick Henry who can be considered a “must start” each week.
Tennessee has allowed the fifth-most points to opposing tight ends thus far this season, so if you are feeling lucky you might take a flyer on O’Shaugnhessy and hope that he catches 3-4 passes.