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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 15
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Philip Rivers

The last time the Raiders gave up 300-plus yards to a QB was back in Week 5... against Philip Rivers.

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Jameis Winston @ DAL: Winston and the Bucs are growing right before our eyes. Heís cut down on his early season turnovers and given his team a chance not only to stay competitive, but win some games down the stretch to be in playoff contention. The Cowboys play a solid brand of bend-but-donít-break defense thatís buoyed by a clock eating offense. Tampa wonít get many chances on offense, but I think Dallas will have a tough time with Mike Evans, and I think Charles Sims could be a huge weapon out of the backfield. Winston certainly has a lowish ceiling here, but the quarterback options are few and far between with injuries, ineptitude, and frigid weather creeping in. In a huge game for both you and the young Bucs, trust in Jameis!

Philip Rivers vs. OAK: Rivers was a mess last week against Carolina, forcing passes for most of the game in an attempt to come back from a huge early game deficit. With Melvin Gordon set to miss this game, I think the Chargers employ a pass heavy game plan to try and steal one from their division rivals. These two teams combined for 65 points in an early season matchup and while the Raiders pass defense hasnít given up a 300-yard game since that one against Rivers in Week 5, they have difficulty when Khalil Mack isnít a one man wrecking crew. Rivers has a healthy stable of pass catchers and nothing to lose, so fire him up as a top QB1.

Kirk Cousins vs. CAR: Carolina has stemmed the early season bleeding in their secondary, but Washingtonís pass offense has been pretty much match-up proof. They have a host of receivers who can win at all levels, and Jordan Reed played a bunch of snaps last week despite his low production. As soon as Washington realizes theyíll have to win in the air, Cousins will be up to the task. Heís been a really solid starting option as the overall QB4, so why quit now.

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Matthew Stafford @ NYG: Despite trying to downplay the injury to his throwing hand, Stafford looked incredible shaky last week in the Lions come-from-behind win. Itís going to be sloppy in New York this Sunday, and the conditions certainly wonít favor a dome quarterback with torn ligaments. Fun Fact: The Lions havenít played a game outdoors since Week 4 in Chicago. Three of the four Lion losses have come outside as their quick release passing game doesnít function as crisply as it does inside. The Giants defense has been killer against the pass, and this matchup is absolutely miserable for Stafford. Heís been a QB1 all year, but in a must win fantasy playoff game I simply canít start him.

Andrew Luck @ MIN: Much has been said about the criminal understaffing of the Colts offense, and Luck seems to rely on guts and moxie to keep his team in games. They lost a tough one last week to Houston, and their playoff hopes are officially on life support. In most weeks Iíd still feel comfortable trotting Luck out there as my guy, but the Colts go on the road to rowdy Minnesota to face a Vikings defense that has its swagger back. Luck has lost yet another starter along the line this week, and the Vikings are going to live in the backfield. Minnesota is going to play like a cornered animal with their playoff hopes on the line as well. With Donte Moncrief likely out, and T.Y. Hilton being shadowed by Xavier Rhodes, itís going to be a long afternoon for Luck.

Colin Kaepernick @ ATL: The 49ers offense looked awesome for about 10 minutes last week against the Jets. Kaepernick, back from his banishment last week against the Bears, had another hot start turn into a turd by the 4th quarter. This offense lacks playmakers outside of Carlos Hyde, and Atlanta has the potential to run away with this game quickly. The Falcon defense will be able to tee off in the Dome, and Kaepernick is going to struggle to push the ball downfield. Atlanta needs this game badly, and the Niners seem intent on packing it in early. Always a threat to be benched, and with nothing much to play for, I wouldn’t go near Kaepernick.

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