Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has claimed through Instagram that he will play in the Sunday playoff game against San Francisco.
"Damn right I'm playing wouldn't miss this for the world," he wrote per the Charlotte Observer.
Smith is listed as questionable with a knee injury. The team has yet to confirm his availability.
This needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Smith loves to banter with the press, but even without the team giving him the OK, I would expect him to be out there for the matchup against the 49ers. Keep you eye on the injury report today or tomorrow morning if you plan on using him in your daily lineup.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said the team is giving Marcus Mariota more chances to run the football.
One of the bigger surprises this fantasy season has been the lack of running by Mariota, considering he came from a read option offense in Oregon. However, the rookie quarterback has still been a solid fantasy option despite the lack of running, so this will give a slight boost to his value if he is able to churn out a few yards on the ground. It’s always a tough situation when quarterbacks run more as they open themselves up for injury, but the Titans must feel confident that Mariota will know how to protect himself when he decides to take off and run. Analysis: Phil Backert