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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 11
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Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Denver, N.Y. Jets, San Diego

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger: The Browns have given up the most passing touchdowns (25) in the league.

Grab a Helmet

Ben Roethlisberger @ CLE: Listen, it’s no secret the Browns are playing dead on defense this season. They lack talent up front, and everything collapses from there. They’ve given up 20-plus fantasy points to every quarterback NOT named Fitzpatrick, and Roethlisberger comes off a 400-yard, 3-touchdown gem against the Cowboys last week. Big Ben looked much healthier in that game, and although he lacks consistent options outside of Brown and Bell, the Browns have little hope of stopping the Steelers. After a four-game skid, the Steelers HAVE to have this one and as bad as they are on defense, they’ll probably continue to score as many points as possible. Fire Ben up as a top tier QB1.

Cam Newton vs. NO (THU): Although they’ve given up some monster yardage games this year, I was surprised to learn the New Orleans defense hasn’t given up more than two passing touchdowns in a game. Both teams are likely playing for their season, and I think superman puts his cape on this week. Newton has been well off his MVP pace this year. Big hits, injuries to his line and a defense that isn’t getting as many turnovers have all contributed to the fall of fantasy’s former No.1 QB. Newton was solid in a tough road start at Kansas City last week, and he had his best rushing performance since Week 1 with 54 yards and a score. The Saints defense is improving slightly and had some takeaways last week against Denver, but Newton absolutely dominated this team in their two games last year, and with the season on the line I trust Cam to put up QB1 numbers.

Marcus Mariota @ IND: With so many juicy quarterback matchups in Week 11, I’m not about to leave Marcus out of the mix. There’s perhaps no hotter quarterback in the league over the last six weeks. The second-year signal caller out of Oregon has spread the ball around to a bevy of receivers and was an absolute surgeon last week against the Packers. The Titans running game makes the play action pass deadly, and Mariota’s ability to extend plays with his legs give more chances for big plays. He sports a 17-3 touchdown to interception ratio over his last six games, and has two 60-plus rushing yard games. The Colts have predictably struggled to generate any pressure and Mariota should have time in the pocket to find his receivers down field. That rough four-game stretch to start the season seems like a distant memory. Start Mariota with extreme confidence.

Grab a Headset

Carson Wentz @ SEA: Wentz has cooled considerably after a surprisingly hot start. With only 2 touchdowns over his last five starts, and an offense that looks to be going run heavy with their stable of runners Wentz’s stock is way down. A rookie on the road against a team that blanked Tom Brady last week is a terrible spot. The Hawks have only allowed 4 touchdown passes in their four home games so far, and have more interceptions than touchdowns (6-7) given up on the season. Wentz is well on his way to being waiver fodder, so keep him far away from your lineup.

Jay Cutler @ NYG: A few weeks ago Cutler returned to the lineup and played a near perfect game against what we thought was a vicious Viking defense. Turns out, Cutler still stinks and that Vikings defense isn’t so menacing. A four turnover game against the hapless Bucs defense was all you need to see. If the Bears had another quarterback to turn to, they surely would, but they’ll trot Cutler out against a surging Giants defense. He’ll be without his best lineman and best receiver and should be nowhere near your starting lineup.

Dak Prescott vs. BAL: Prescott’s season has been magical so far, but I think the fact that the Cowboys offense hasn’t exactly faced a murder’s row of defenses has been understated. Baltimore represents easily the best defense Prescott has faced since Week 1. They’ve only allowed one 300 yard passing game and 7 touchdowns passes in nine games. The Ravens have the talent on the second and third levels of their defense to give the Cowboys some problems and I think Prescott will struggle for stretches in this game. He’s white hot, so sitting him is always a risk, but there are so many positive matchups this week I’d go with another if I had the roster flexibility.

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