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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 7
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Bye Weeks: Carolina, Dallas

Drew Brees

Bench Brees: In 2 games on the road this season, Brees is averaging 235 yards and 1.5 TDs per game.

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Kirk Cousins at DET: Would it surprise you to know that Cousins, who finished 2015 as one of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks in the league struggled mightily during the first six games of last year? After six games last season he had a 6-6 touchdown to interception ratio and went over 300 yards just once. This season he’s sporting a 9-7 ratio and has gone over 20 fantasy points in four of the six games. He’s left a ton of points on the field this season due to some accuracy issues, but I think the breakout comes this week. The Lions secondary has been run out of the building on multiple occasions this season, most recently making Case Keenum look like the second coming of Kurt Warner. They’ve surrendered a league high 17 touchdown passes, and have only forced 3 interceptions. Washington’s big play receivers should have a field day this week, and Cousins could be looking at a 3-plus touchdown day. Roll the former Spartan out as a QB1.

Andy Dalton vs. CLE: The Bengasl offense is a smoldering fire, failing to score more than 23 points in a game this season, but lucky for Dalton and his offensive teammates, the Brown defense comes to town carrying a gallon of kerosene to throw on the fire. Cleveland has given up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and will have a heck of a time trying to stop the Dalton-to-Green machine this week. The Browns have given up 2-plus touchdown passes to every quarterback they’ve faced, and 66 total fantasy points over the last two games. Dalton had 3 touchdown passes in his last home game against Cleveland, and I think history repeats itself. Dalton should be a bargain, especially in daily leagues, or as a sneaky streamer.

Blake Bortles vs OAK: Bortles was the darling value pick at quarterback a year ago, far surpassing the fantasy expectations of most. Those expectations were raised this year, as the Jaguars returned all of their skill position starters. Bortles has largely fallen flat on his face, as he’s failed to generate much offense this season, and sits a disappointing 18th in fantasy scoring. The offensive line has struggled, but Bortles has shown a real lack of poise, continuing to turn the ball over. So how in the world can you trust Bortles this week? Well you really can’t but the Jags picked up a big win last week in Chicago on the back of a late game 51-yard touchdown pass. Sure it was a bit fluky, but this passing game has a chance to get on a roll, especially at home against the Raiders who continue to struggle defensively. 300 yards and 2-plus touchdowns isn’t out of the question, putting Bortles squarely in the QB1 conversation.

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Carson Palmer vs SEA: I’m going to take a break picking quarterbacks vs Minnesota (sit Wentz) and instead look for the trusty Seattle secondary to help me out. True, the Legion of Boom looked quite ordinary last week against Atlanta, especially in the 3rd quarter. Missed assignments were the culprit, and I expect the Seattle to clean that up this week against a familiar foe. The problem for the Arizona is that Palmer looks anything from familiar. Old Man Time seems to be catching up to Palmer, as he’s off to a very shaky start. Combine the concussion issues with a shaky completion percentage, and sorry looking 6-5 touchdown to interception ratio, and Palmer looks like a very weak option this week. He has replacement and injured guards and with no ability to step up to avoid pressure, Palmer and the Cards could struggle.

Brock Osweiler @ DEN:
For 58 minutes Osweiler looked like a quarterback on the fast track to the bench. Then the Colts imploded, Osweiler made a few nice throws, and just like that a crisis has been avoided. This week Osweiler gets a shot against the team he spurned, and the Texans hope their return on investment gets a lot better. That isn’t likely to happen, as the vaunted Broncos defense will be rested after 10-days off, and have a chip on their shoulder against their former teammate. The Texans offensive line is in shambles, DeAndre Hopkins is struggling against a bevy of double teams, and a long, long afternoon awaits Osweiler and this passing game.

Drew Brees @ KC: The ageless Brees continues to put up legendary numbers for a team that needs him to play lights out every week to even have a chance to win. But it’s no secret that Brees has an entirely different ceiling when playing in a stadium without one. An unstoppable force when in the confines of a dome, specifically the SuperDome, it’s not without reason that Brees can and will struggle in hostile Arrowhead. The Chiefs have been lights out at home against Rivers and Fitzpatrick this season, and should give Brees his toughest test on the road so far this season. In two road games this year, Brees has failed to top 276 yards, and has a total of 3 touchdowns. Of course you have to roll with the future Hall of Famer, but temper expectations.

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