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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 12
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Jared Goff

Jared Goff: The Saints defense is improved, but may be missing a key piece in CB Marshon Lattimore.

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Jared Goff vs NO: Lucky for me I get to take over the SCR after Joseph held down the fort for all these weeks. Even with 12 weeks of insight, I know I’m bound to mess up a few from here on out, but at the start of the season I never would have imagined having Goff in this spot. Coming off a humbling 24-7 loss on the road to the Vikings, the Rams go “home” to face a white hot Saints team. Goff has been masterful in running Sean McVay’s offense, and I think last week is a blip. Up until last week against the Redskins the Saints defense had been a revelation, but I think they are ripe here coming off a game they should have lost. The defense lost productive pass-rusher Alex Okafor for the season with a torn Achilles, and dynamite rookie corner Marshon Lattimore went down with an ankle injury. I know Goff will be without his No.1 receiver in Robert Woods, but I think the McVay system proves to be the catalyst here, and Sammy Watkins picks up the slack. The Saints defensive resurgence has been somewhat of a smoke screen, as before facing off against Kirk Cousins, they faced a murderer's row of Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Tyrod Taylor. This game has a chance to be a good old fashioned West Coast shootout, so I’m happy to start Goff.

Cam Newton @ NYJ: The title of the Panther’s season so far could be “Superman Returns”, and while a mediocre DC movie, the one playing out in Carolina is much better. The former MVP looks fully back from his offseason shoulder surgery, playing with the reckless abandon that made him a fantasy darling in 2015. It seems the Carolina coaches have just resigned themselves to the fact that in order to get the most out of Newton’s abilities they have to let him play his game, no matter how much harm it puts him in. The Jets are a scrappy, overachieving team, but they’ve been bleeding fantasy points to quarterbacks all year. They’ve given up 2+ touchdowns to QBs in five of the last six weeks, and I think Newton adds to that total this weekend in New Jersey.

Alex Smith vs BUF: Smith’s deficiencies were on full display in the swirling wind of the Meadowlands last week. Several of his passed were chewed up and spit out, and he clearly doesn’t possess the arm talent to overcome elements like that. Luckily for Smith and the Chiefs, Kansas City heads home this weekend to take on a Buffalo team sinking faster than a submarine with screen doors. Their defense has vanished and the offense is in disarray. Smith’s early season magic has dulled, as KC has lost 4 of their last 5. I think the Chiefs get back to basics this week and make a better effort to run the ball. This should open up the play-action and give KC a chance at some big plays. The yardage could be limited, but I think Smith finds the endzone a few times.

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Tom Savage @ BAL: Hopefully you aren’t relying on Savage at this point in the season, but with as many injuries to the position as there are, deep 14+ team leagues and two-QB leagues, owners might be considering Savage as a starter. While he showed improved efficiency last week against Arizona, he hits the road against a Baltimore defense that has only given up more than 15 fantasy points to quarterbacks twice this year. They’ve squashed every mediocre quarterback they’ve played this year not name Blake Bortles (I can’t figure it out either), and they head home after shutting out the Packers. Savage presents as possibly worst quarterback matchup of the week.

Matthew Stafford vs MIN (Thu): Turkey Day brings a nightmare matchup for Stafford and the Lions. Minnesota is playing some of the best defense in the league, and Stafford and the passing game were throttled in their Week 4 contest. Despite a 14-7 win, the game was Stafford's worst of the season by far, and Minnesota is a much better team than they were almost two months ago. The Lions have started off slow the last couple of weeks and I don’t know how long they can continue to rely on Stafford’s heroics, especially against aggressive defenses. The Lions can strike quickly, and have been explosive at home, but I think points will be at a premium in this one, and Stafford will underperform his scoring average.

Blaine Gabbert vs JAX: Arizona is one of a handful of teams relying on 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks to lead the offense. While a slight upgrade on Drew Stanton last week, Gabbert gets a “revenge” game against the team that made him the 10th overall pick. Usually the player is the one getting the revenge, but with how poor he played when he was a Jaguar, I think Jacksonville is the one who gets the payback in this one. There are precious few quarterbacks I would feel ok about starting against the Jags, and Gabbert sure as heck ain't one.

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