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The Shot Caller's Report - QBs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 4
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs


Start 'Em:
Quarterbacks Who Will Outperform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

J.T. O'Sullivan @ NO
Another Martzian creation, former NFL Europa MVP(!) Sully is completing well north of sixty percent of his passes for a stellar 104.6 QB rating. He’ll produce good numbers this against the Saints despite already being sacked 13 times. Play him while he’s still vertical as a great bye week filler for Peyton Manning.

Trent Edwards @ STL
Edwards will take advantage of a Rams pass D best described as “under-achieving” or possibly just “craptacular.” Ignore the loss of wideout Roscoe Parrish—Edwards did. The Bills might lean on their running game, but even with conservative QB play-calling Edwards will post low QB#1 numbers.

Jason Campbell @ DAL
Last week I suggested that Jason Campbell might never be a good WCO QB using an old Greek paradox empirically proven day in and day out to be wrong. This week, in the interest of never making the same mistake twice and always finding new and more mind-boggling ways to screw up, I’m firmly calling Mr. Campbell to put up a top 12 score based on the cold hard data from his last two good games (averaging 20 ff points). The Cowboys are weaker against the passing game, and this should be another 20-point weekend.

Derek Anderson @ CIN
The mighty Quinn is breathing down Anderson’s neck and he just lost guard Eric Steinbach. There’s no underestimating imminent job loss as a motivator, and last year’s breakout star has just this game to resuscitate a rapidly flat-lining season. Plus, he’s beat the Bengals like a rented mule in the not-so-distant past. Starting him will be licking honey off a razor blade.

Jake Delhomme v. ATL
He hasn’t shown yet this season, but the Ragin’ Cajun is capable of putting up great numbers with Steve Smith running routes. The Panthers will be carrying (transporting? conveying? perambulating?) the ball against a suspect Falcons line but Delhomme will find Smith down the sidelines for a score or two.

Brian Griese v. GB
I was going to make an argument for Kerry Collins here, marshaling a dizzying array of figures and insightful psychological calculations into one kick-ass rhetorical masterpiece, but I opted to go with the other former drunk reclamation project instead, the one who actually played quite well last Sunday. The Packers will miss Al Harris, out with a ruptured spleen (right down there with the appendix as one of the least useful organs).

Bench 'Em:
Quarterbacks Who Will Under Perform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

Trent Green v. BUF
You picked him up off the waiver wire with visions of 2005 dancing in your head. He’s not the same player and he’s just one hit from making the dude in “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” look like Usain Bolt. The Bills are pretty good too.

Kyle Orton v. PHI
The Iggles pass rush will destroy Kyle “Got a Beard, Don’t Be Skeered…Just a Beard” Orton. Yes, he had a good game against the Bucs, but no matter how much the bye week hurts, don’t start him. If you’ve got Matt Ryan, start him instead.

Carson Palmer v. CLE
Two QBs go into this game looking for redemption, but only one will emerge triumphant, and my money’s on Anderson. 85 is clearly hurting and despite the dubious playcalling of Crennel, the Browns might have enough to pull this out. If not them, the other guys.

Ben Roethlisberger v. BAL
Ben’s big enough to withstand a lot of punishment but the sacks have taken their toll. This will probably be a low-scoring affair decided by two good defenses. Ben is not likely to play like the QB#1 you drafted.

Matt Schaub @ JAX
One good game, one bad game—the pattern says this week should be a good one, especially since the bad one last week came against the ferocious Titans. Jacksonville has a serviceable defense. If Johnson stops dropping TDs, this could be a very bad call.

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