Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
vs 5 16
@ 3 16
@ 18 19
vs 10 19
@ 24 20
vs 13 19
@ 14 19
vs 9 18
vs 17 19
@ 9 18
vs 25 20
@ 32 24
vs 20 20
BYE
- -
@ 5 16
@ 29 21
vs 12 19
vs 24 20
Player Outlook
Mariota has the chance to be the starting quarterback for the Falcons this season, and he has some sleeper appeal if he's under center in Week 1. He's not worth drafting in one-quarterback leagues, but he should be considered a mid-round pick in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. First, Mariota has to prove he's better than rookie Desmond Ridder in training camp, which won't be easy. We expect Mariota to win the job, but he likely won't have a long leash, especially if the Falcons are losing games. That said, Mariota could emerge as a good Fantasy option given his ability to make plays with his legs, and he has quality targets in the passing game, including Kyle Pitts, Drake London and Cordarrelle Patterson. If Mariota remains the starter for the Falcons all season, Fantasy managers could consider adding him off waivers in one-quarterback leagues, especially as a bye-week replacement. Just keep an eye on what happens in training camp with Mariota and Ridder, and it will be fun to see what Mariota can do if he's starting in Atlanta.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 4 87 1 141.4
2020 226 1 1 88 1 2727
3y Avg. 478 3 1 101 1 518.5
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Fantasy News

  • Falcons' Marcus Mariota: On track for Week 1 start

    Mariota continues to dominate first-team snaps in practice and has looked "crisper" and "more accurate" than rookie Desmond Ridder, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports. Mariota looks like one of the lesser Week 1 starters around the league, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be rapidly unseated by a rookie third-round pick. Then again, Mariota struggled to stay healthy when he was the starter in Tennessee, and that was behind much better O-lines than what the Falcons have fielded in recent years. While an injury or benching is certainly possible, it doesn't look like Ridder has much chance to earn the Week 1 starting job. Still, he'll be one of the players to watch closely this preseason, with his development potentially impacting Atlanta's plans for not only this season but also next year's draft. Mariota, meanwhile, arguably offers more upside for fantasy than real life, as he had at least 252 rushing yards and multiple TDs in each of his first NFL seasons, despite playing in offenses that didn't give him many designed runs. Those designed QB runs haven't been a huge part of Falcons coach Arthur Smith's offenses in the past, but he may reconsider that approach now that he's working with Mariota and Ridder instead of Ryan Tannehill or Matt Ryan.
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  • Falcons' Marcus Mariota: Expected to open season as starter

    Mariota is expected to be the Falcons' starting quarterback to start the 2022 regular season, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports. Mariota signed a two-year contract with the Falcons at the end of March and was the de facto starter with Matt Ryan off to Indianaplis for a third-round pick. However, Desmond Ridder fell to Atlanta in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, sparking speculation that perhaps the rookie could compete for the No. 1 spot, but after the draft coach Arthur Smith said, "With Marcus being the veteran, that's the way it'll go for now." Even with the loss of Calvin Ridley (suspension), Mariota likely will have strong expectations in his first season with Atlanta after they drafted pass catchers with top-10 overall picks in back-to-back years, but the Falcons offense now features a trio of dynamic playmakers in Drake London (ankle), Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Gets season-high five snaps Week 17

    Mariota played five snaps on offense Sunday in the Raiders' 23-20 win over the Colts, throwing an incompletion on his lone pass attempt and carrying three times for 16 yards. Mariota reclaimed backup quarterback duties from Nathan Peterman as he made his return to the lineup after a one-game absence while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test for the virus. Though he was unable to connect on a deep shot to wideout Hunter Renfrow, Mariota's mobility provided an added dimension to the Las Vegas offense. Expect him to have a small role on offense in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Chargers.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Activated by Vegas

    The Raiders activated Mariota from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Mariota spent five days on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he'll be able to rejoin the team ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. He'll serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Derek Carr in Week 17.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Placed on COVID list

    Mariota has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In a corresponding move, the Raiders elevated Nathan Peterman from their practice squad to back up Derek Carr in Week 16. Mariota will thus be unavailable to serve as the Raiders' No. 2 QB until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Comes off IR

    Mariota (quadriceps) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports. Mariota returned to practice this week, prompting his return. The Raiders had hinted the mobile quarterback would be used in a number of sub packages designed specifically for him earlier this year, but the resignation of coach Jon Gruden could complicate that notion. Expect Mariota to assume the backup job behind Derek Carr.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Back at practice Wednesday

    The Raiders designated Mariota (quadriceps) to return to from injured reserve Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. As expected, Mariota will return to practice this week, opening a 21-day window for him to be activated from injured reserve. It's unclear if the 27-year-old will be available for Sunday's game at Denver, but once he's deemed ready to go, he should supplant Nathan Peterman as Derek Carr's top backup.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Nearing return to practice

    Coach Jon Gruden believes Mariota (quadriceps) will return to practice this week, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mariota has spent the first five weeks of the season on injured reserve with the quadriceps issue, but he's apparently close to receiving the return designation and taking the practice field. It remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old is back in time to suit up for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos, but he appears to be in the final stages of his recovery.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Moved to IR

    Mariota (quad) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It's not a surprising development given Mariota was expected to miss multiple weeks after aggravating a quadriceps injury in Monday's overtime win over the Ravens. The 2015 first-round pick was essentially a gadget player to begin the season, but the designation means Nathan Peterman will be the top backup behind starter Derek Carr.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Facing multi-week absence

    The Raiders expect Mariota to miss multiple weeks after he aggravated an existing quadriceps injury in Monday's 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Mariota picked up the injury on a 31-yard run on what proved to be his lone play of the game in the season opener. While Derek Carr is secure as Las Vegas' No. 1 quarterback, head coach Jon Gruden had planned to make use of Mariota's running ability in a few packages per game, so the signal-caller's expected absence will rob the Raiders of a dynamic weapon. Nathan Peterson will step in as the top understudy to Carr for however long Mariota is sidelined.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Does not practice Wednesday

    Mariota (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Mariota injured his quadriceps in his only snap in Monday's season-opening win over the Ravens. The quarterback was able to run for a big gain early in the game, which resulted in his injury. If Mariota is unable to play Sunday against the Steelers, expect Nathan Peterman to takeover as Derek Carr's backup.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Aggravates quad injury in opener

    Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Mariota aggravated a strained quadriceps during his 31-yard run in the first quarter of Monday's 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mariota created a big gain with his legs on his lone snap of the day, and Gruden suggested the quarterback likely would have been featured in a few more packages over the course of the game had he not suffered the injury. The Raiders aren't yet aware of the extent of Mariota's injury, but Gruden said he fears the No. 2 signal-caller could be headed for a long-term absence after the quad issue kept him sidelined for the entire preseason, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic. If Mariota isn't available for the Raiders' Week 2 game in Pittsburgh and beyond, Nathan Peterman would serve as the backup to starter Derek Carr.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Absent from injury report

    Mariota (quadriceps) isn't listed on Thursday's injury report ahead of Monday night's matchup against the Ravens. Mariota was held out during the preseason since the team wanted him to fully recover from a quad strain, but he appears to be back to 100 percent ahead of the season opener. He'll serve as the top backup to Derek Carr in 2021.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Won't play in preseason finale

    Coach Jon Gruden doesn't want to play Mariota in Sunday's preseason finale because he has not fully recovered from his quad injury, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Mariota is cleared to play, but Gruden is hesitant to throw the quarterback -- due to his play style -- into preseason action until he is 100 percent recovered. The Oregon product doesn't appear to have suffered a setback, but rather the Raiders are just treating their backup quarterback's injury with an abundance of caution. In his only appearance last season, Mariota threw for 226 yards and ran for 88 more while scoring two total touchdowns. In his absence, Nathan Peterman is expected to play the entirety of Sunday's contest.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Sits due to quad strain

    Mariota didn't play in Saturday's 17-16 preseason win over the Rams due to a quadriceps strain, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Though Mariota dressed for the contest and was expected to make his preseason debut, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after the game that the quarterback was "just not ready to go" while he works back from a quad strain. Fortunately for Mariota, he's not believed to be dealing with a major setback and still was available in an emergency Saturday, so he doesn't appear at risk of being sidelined to begin the regular season. Gruden remains hopeful Mariota will be ready to go for the preseason finale Sunday, Aug. 29 versus the 49ers.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Cleared to play Saturday

    Mariota (leg) will play Saturday against the Rams, Alex Leatherwood of The Athletic reports. Mariota missed the opening preseason tilt, although it seems likely the veteran could have played if necessary given that he warmed up prior to the contest. The Raiders are expected to utilize third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman heavily, with Mariota mixing in minimally along with nominal starter Derek Carr.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: May not play Saturday

    Mariota may be unavailable for Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks due to leg soreness, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. Coach Jon Gruden reportedly described Mariota as questionable, while hinting that the backup quarterback may be trending in the wrong direction for Saturday. If Mariota is indeed unable to play in the contest, Nathan Peterman and Case Cookus could see increased opportunities for preseason run.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Poised to sign re-worked deal

    Mariota is expected to sign a re-worked contract with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per the report, Mariota is in line to ink a one-year deal with the team worth $3.5 million, with a chance to make up to $8 million, including incentives. There had been speculation that the QB might be on the move, but this agreement will allow Mariota to reprise his role with Las Vegas, behind starter Derek Carr.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Facing pay cut ultimatum

    The Raiders told Mariota he will be released (or traded) if he doesn't accept a pay cut to $3 million for 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.725 million in the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders aren't likely to find a trade partner, but Mariota should be able to generate interest as a free agent, and he could ultimately get more than $3 million. Any hope for a trade would depend on a contract renegotiation that put Mariota's salary somewhere between the two aforementioned numbers.
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  • Raiders' Marcus Mariota: May leave Raiders

    Mariota could be released this offseason, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.625 million base salary in 2021 in the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders might be interested in keeping him around as a backup QB, but probably not at that price. Mariota played well in his one 2020 appearance, piling up 226 passing yards, 88 rushing yards and two total TDs in a 30-27 loss to the Chargers in Week 15. He otherwise spent the season on the bench behind Derek Carr, who threw for 300 yards four times in the final five weeks.
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