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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 8
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Bye Weeks: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson in Week 8: What's the best thing for a quarterback in a slump? The Saints defense.

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Alex Smith @ IND: So with bye weeks and mediocre play making quarterbacks more unreliable than normal, itís time to consider streaming options on a weekly basis. Smith is never an attractive option, but the match-up and a few interesting stats make me believe heís got a chance at being a solid start this week. In 2015 Smith completed 20 or more passes only seven times. So far in 2016, heís completed 20-plus passes four times, and heís been over 30 attempts in four of the six games this year. Heís also facing an Indy defense that is struggling to slow teams down. I think the Colts sell out to stop the run this week, and run some single coverage looks. Smith has been protecting the ball, and I see a host of scoring chances for this offense. His potential volume and match-up is just right to make him a sneaky spot start this week.

Derek Carr @ TB: Carr is a lucky dude. Not only does he throw one of the prettiest balls in the league, but heís got two solid pass catching options out wide, and a really cheap laundry bill. Carrís quick release and stout pass protection means he has a chance to progress through his reads and make the right play. Heís got a sterling 13-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Heís thrown at least one touchdown in every game this season, and sits as a QB1 despite going over 300 yards just twice this season. The Raiders are 4-0 on the road, and they get a very burnable defense this week in Tampa. The Bucs were roasted by Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan earlier this year, and Carr has a chance to do the same. 300 yards and a pair of scores is a decent bet for the ascending signal caller.

Russell Wilson @ NO: To say Wilson has been a fantasy bust is quite the understatement. Iím not sure why his poor play isnít getting more attention. In many leagues he was one of the first quarterbacks selected, and yet heís the 27th ranked QB, sitting amongst the Blaine Gabberts, and Brock Osweilers of the world. Heís rushed for exactly 3 yards total in his last four games and only has 5 total touchdowns on the season. Somethingís not right with him physically, as he lacks the explosive escape ability that made this offense frightening down the stretch of last year. But when youíre offense is sick and struggling the New Orleans defense provides the perfect remedy. Like a bowl of soup, this Saints defense has been boiled on a weekly basis. They are 28th in the league in sacks with only 9, so Wilson should have time to work the pocket and hit his receivers all day. The Saints can score on anyone, and I think this game should yield a fair bit of points. This could be Wilsonís best game to date, so donít miss out.

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Tyrod Taylor vs NE: With nearly every possible weapon on offense hurt, Taylor faces the unenviable task of fronting a New England defense thatís playing great football. With McCoy and his top three receivers out last week, Taylor tried his best to claw his team back against Miami, and he just couldnít do it. Taylor will likely be forced to lean on the top flight combination of Justin Hunter, and Walter Powell at receiver, and Mike Gillislee at running back. Taylor was decent in their meeting a few weeks ago, but that was with a full stable of playmakers. This offense is going to struggle to sustain drives and make big plays giving Taylor a low floor this week.

Kirk Cousins @ CIN: Cousins had good numbers last week against the Lions, but they should have been better. He simply hasnít been able to put together a complete game this year, and travels across the pond to take on a Bengals team that should be able to generate consistent pressure. Starting blindside tackle Trent Williams will be hobbled with a knee injury, the backfield is in flux, and tight end Jordan Reed is iffy. Cousins and this Washington offense is largely match-up dependent and this one isnít a positive one for Cousins and the Skins.

Blake Bortles @ TEN (Thu): I made the unfortunate mistake of thinking Bortles could bust out of his funk at home against a shaky Oakland defense. He fell on his face with a thud, punching in a meaningless garbage time score. He’s not on the same page with any of his receivers, is completing an incomprehensible 59 percent of his passes despite having better than average skill position players. He’s thrown more passes to the other team as he’s found the end zone (9-9) and while the Tennessee defense has given up back-to-back 300-yard passers, they are still one of the top-10 defenses against the pass in the league. Now the second I bash him, Bortles will probably go out and throw for 400 and 4 scores, just because that’s the way this season is going for me this year, but at this point Bortles has given you absolute zero reason to trust as your fantasy quarterback.

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