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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 15
12/14/17
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Bye Weeks: N/A

His elite days are over but Drew Brees still has bullets left in the chamber. Fire him up as high-end QB1.


Grab a Helmet

Drew Brees vs NYJ: Itís clear that the days of Brees leading a high flying circus are over. Heís likely going to finish with the fewest yards, completions and touchdowns in a long while. But while the elite QB1 days might have come to an end, he still heads a potent offensive attack, and gets a Jets pass defense that is languishing near the bottom of the league. Gang Green has surrendered 25 passing touchdowns this season, and even made Trevor Siemian look respectable last week. The Saints passing game has hardly had a better matchup all season, so fire Drew up as a top end QB1.

Matthew Stafford vs CHI (SAT): Stafford hasnít been a spectacular fantasy quarterback this year, but gosh has he been consistent. Heís yet to have a truly terrible week, finishing with at least 10+ fantasy points in all games this season, despite playing banged up and with minimal threats in the backfield. Staffordís numbers are buoyed by the 4th most pass attempts in the league, and a defense thatís proved to be quite leaky, especially early in games. The Lions host a Bears team thatís played respectable defense for a large portion of the year, but are hardly world beaters. Stafford is in his home dome and has plenty of big play options to throw to. He was solid several weeks ago (299 yards, 2 touchdowns) in Chicago, and should have no problem matching those numbers this week. While not exciting, Stafford projects as a solid QB1.

Dak Prescott @ OAK: It took a while, but the Dallas offense finally looked in sync last week against the hapless Giants. Prescott protected the ball, his receivers made big plays after the catch, and Dallas rolled to a victory they had to have. Prescott and the Cowboys welcome the Raiders, and their sieve like defense. Oakland is swimming at the bottom half of the defensive rankings and have somehow only picked off two passes all year, while giving up 20 touchdowns. If Prescott can continue to play within his means, and let his playmakers make plays, he offers enough upside to be a solid option in Week 15.

Grab a Headset

Andy Dalton @ MIN: Andy Dalton is a likeable fellow, so I do generally feel bad for him this week. After a horrific performance in all phases last week at home against the Bears, the Bengals get to hit the road to take on what should be a very inspired Viking defense. Dalton has a banged up backfield, only one reliable target, and is the captain of a sinking 5-8 ship. Minnesota has given up the 2nd fewest passing touchdowns (13) and can essentially win the NFC North with a victory. Dalton has been a starting option in plus match-ups only, and this certainly DOESNíT qualify as one!

Alex Smith vs LAC (SAT): Iíve flip-flopped on Smith several times already this back half of the year, and while a majority of the struggles of KC canít be laid on Smithís lap, he also hasnít been the type of quarterback to overcome them either. Smith is at his fantasy best when he can line up and hit a few deep balls to his receivers. It happened a ton against the Jets two weeks ago, and he barely missed on a few last week. Unfortunately the Chargers are only yielding 10.4 yards per completion, good for 2nd best in the NFL. Big plays are going to be a premium for Smith, and he should be under plenty of duress with the Chargers pass rush chasing him around. Smith is a low-ceiling play for fantasyís crucial playoff week.

DeShone Kizer vs BAL: Another guy I feel sorry for this week is DeShone Kizer. Coming off a heartbreaking loss in possibly his best game as a pro, Kizer gets a proud Baltimore defense that gave up 39 points and almost 600 yards of total offense against the Steelers. Baltimore will be out for blood, and need this win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Kizer leads the NFL in turnovers and while he’s typically got a high floor because of the points he earns with his legs, the only running he’ll be doing this week is for his life.


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