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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 5
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Bye Weeks: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is coming off his first 300-yd passing game and gets a shoddy Lions pass-D in Week 5.

Grab a Helmet

Carson Wentz @ DET: The pride of North Dakota takes his show on the road to Detroit in Week 5. Wentz is one of several young quarterbacks across the league putting up solid numbers and coming off a bye, gets a reeling Lions team that played as poorly as possible against the hapless Bears. Chicago moved the ball up and down the field last week, and I expect the Eagles to do the same. The Lions are getting terrible play from their line, and have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks, with Marcus Mariota and Brian Hoyer being two of the four they have faced. The Eagles trust Wentz to make all the throws, and his floor should be 200-plus and a two touchdowns on Sunday.

Eli Manning @ GB: Manning is the 20th ranked fantasy quarterback despite being 8th in completions and 5th in yardage. The pathetic 4 touchdowns in four games is whatís killing his value. I expect that to spike in a big way the next several weeks, and it starts this week in Green Bay. The Packers are the stingiest team in the league against the run, and one of the worst against the pass. New York has gone back to the ineffective tandem running back scenario due to injury, and Beckham is waiting to explode (in more ways than one!). Manning is completing a career high 66 percdent of his passes, and the plays should be there this week, making Manning a strong start with the rash of injuries and byes at the position.

Tom Brady @ CLE: Youíve been waiting for this for weeks now. The Mighty Brady returns against the factory of sadness, looking to right a listing New England offense. Shut out last week against the Bills, New England has struggled to generate much offense while Brady and Garoppolo were out. Look for a pass heavy game plan against a defense that has given up the 3rd most touchdown passes in the league.

Grab a Headset

Brock Osweiler @ MIN: Iíve been absolutely DREADFUL picking quarterbacks to sit this year. The only saving grace for me has been selecting the quarterbacks facing Minnesota. The Vikings have sacked and pillaged every offense to come their way this year, and the advantage they have in their new building is legit. Houstonís offense perked up last week against Tennessee, but Osweiler has a underwhelming 5-to-6 touchdown to interception ratio. The Texanís are 26th in the league in passing yardage and wonít get healthy against a defense that totally blanketed the Giants offense on Monday night. This game is going to be a battle, one which Houston isnít going to be able to win with a big offensive game.

Jameis Winston @ CAR:
Winston is completing less than 58% of his passes and has an unacceptable 8 interceptions in the seasonís first four games. His coach has acknowledged that Winston has to be better, and has vowed to dial back on the passing attempts, much like he did last year. Carolina is licking their wounds after being manhandled last week, and should be incredibly grumpy. The problem with dialing back the passing game is that the running game hasnít exactly been effective either. This Bucs team is young, and inconsistency is expected. Iíd definitely look to go in another direction this week if I had options.

Marcus Mariota @ MIA: Mariota has legitimately been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league the past two weeks. He’s struggling to complete half of his passes, and hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 2. The “exotic smash mouth” offense of the Titans has taken the air out of this offense, but it’s also kept the team competitive, which means it’s not going away any time soon. Mariota struggled against this defense on the road in 2015, and his upside is limited by scheme and passing game weapons. Another poor week, and it will become harder to justify keeping Marcus rostered. Look for other options at your starting quarterback position.

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