After running 31 yards on a designed quarterback keep in his only snap of Monday's showdown against the Ravens, Mariota will sit on IR for the next 3 weeks. He will be eligible to return Week 5 against the Bears. Expect Jon Gruden's golden boy, Nathan Peterman, to slide in as David Carr's primary backup.
LV QB Marcus Mariota - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 16 vs. Miami Dolphins
Marcus Mariota took over for the injured Derek Carr last week against the Chargers, and he played admirably, despite the narrow loss. Mariota was 17 of 28 for 226 yards, a touchdown and a pick. He added 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground though, something he’s been able to do consistently throughout his career.
Mariota is expected to start this week, but it’s a tough matchup against the Dolphins, who rank fifth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. Expect some flashy plays, but also some turnovers. He adds enough on the ground to make him worth considering as a flyer if you’re desperate, but we have him ranked as a lower-end QB2 option in most leagues.
Update: Carr sounds like he may start, but he's even less interesting than Mariota because he doesn't add anything rushing. Stay away from both Raiders quarterbacks this week.