We wrote earlier on Friday about the unlikelihood of Jimmy Garoppolo and Josh Gordon being worthy starts in such a high leverage week of fantasy.
So let’s discuss some other guys who’ve spent most of the year off the radar, yet not only loom large but are ready to help owners live large in crunch time.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota ($7,400 on FanDuel) — QB22 overall, Mariota has totaled 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in what most anticipated would be the third-year pro’s best season. He’s eclipsed eight rushing yards once since Week 4. Why, then, should owners trust him Sunday? The Texans ‘D,’ that’s why. It hasn’t weathered the losses of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus — not that any unit could — and has ceded a combined 12 passing touchdowns and 1,122 yards through the air in three road games prior to facing Joe Flacco.