August 22, 2017
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's fantasy stock continues to rise ahead of the 2017 season. USA TODAY Sports/ Trevor Ruszkowski

Titans QB Marcus Mariota’s Fantasy Stock Continues To Rise With Decker Addition

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s fantasy football stock is on the rise in 2017.

The third-year quarterback is coming off an impressive sophomore season that was cut short by a broken fibula in Week 16, but fantasy owners won’t be sleeping on the 6-foot-4, 222-pound quarterback entering the 2017 season.

Mariota finished with the 13th most fantasy points for a quarterback in standard leagues last season, and that was without Tennessee’s newly added weapons.

The Titans used two of their first three picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to bolster their receiving corps, selecting Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor. Davis is expected to make an immediate impact for Tennessee’s offense in his rookie year, and was considered the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s draft class by multiple analysts.

The Titans also have two-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker and 2016 breakout receiver Rishard Matthews returning this season and have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

Tennessee’s front office also added another weapon to the offense this weekend, signing three-time 1,000-yard receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal on Sunday.

The addition of Decker gives Mariota a proven veteran receiver that should help open up the field for his teammates.

While there surely is concern with Mariota’s ability to stay healthy, the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft is expected to be completely ready for the start of training camp next month.

If Mariota was able to finish in the top 15 of fantasy quarterbacks with Tennessee’s receiving options in 2016, it’s completely reasonable to think he could finish in the top 10 this season.

The Titans 23-year-old quarterback was a ninth-round selection on average in standard fantasy drafts ahead of last season, but is quickly becoming one of the hot name quarterbacks to target for fantasy football in 2017. 

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