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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 15
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Nobody needs to be told starting Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, or Calvin Johnson is a good idea. Duh, right? You can’t have studs at every position, though, unless you’re in the shallowest of leagues. This is where the Shot Caller comes in. Need help deciding which bargain basement QB to use and which to ignore on Rodgers’ bye week? Let’s talk. Looking for solutions at running back because Peterson is a game-time decision? Look no further. Need to know which of your unproven targets to start and which to sit since you ignored Megatron and went RB-QB-Jimmy Graham in your first three rounds? I’m your huckleberry. Past results may not guarantee future success, but I believe ignoring them entirely can ruin your Sundays in a hurry. Read on for a little history and, hopefully, a little sage advice..

Note: Fantasy points based on FF Today’s default scoring system.

Bye Weeks: N/A

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Philip Rivers

Rivers has thrown 29 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions.

Philip Rivers @ DEN: In a battle that pitted the Chargers’ current franchise QB vs. the franchise QB that famously spurned San Diego, Rivers got the best of Eli Manning last Sunday, outscoring the Giants’ struggling signal caller by a healthy 7.5 fantasy points in the Bolts’ blowout win. That moved Rivers into a tie with Cam Newton for fifth overall at the QB position (23.4 points/game). Surprising, huh? This might surprise you even more: Rivers is now on pace for a career high in fantasy points. Not hampering that effort will be a potentially prolific (and entertaining, for a change) Thursday night matchup with the Broncos. Denver’s D was bending an awful lot prior to last week’s shutdown of Ryan Fitzpatrick (oops) and I suspect Rivers will bend it plenty on Thursday even if his squad ends up on the business end of a Broncos beatdown…which they will.

Jay Cutler or Josh McCown @ CLE: How does the old saying go? If you have two starting quarterbacks, you have no starting quarterbacks? I don’t think that tired saw applies in the case of Chicago’s QB controversy, but not because the Bears possess two legendary quarterbacks. Rather, Marc Trestman is the envy of most NFL coaches these days because he possesses two super-sized and super-talented receivers who would make almost ANY triggerman look good. It doesn’t really matter who lines up under center in the Windy City, in other words, so long as he’s throwing to the devastating combo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Those two have combined to average almost 14 receptions and 212 yards per game the last three weeks and each would command permanent double coverage if opponents could afford to put that many DBs on the field. Roll with whomever Chicago does this Sunday (Cutler if he’s healthy).

Nick Foles @ MIN: I wasn’t watching games first thing Sunday morning, but when I saw the halftime score of the Philly-Detroit tilt, I started to worry. 8-0? How could Foles and Co. come up bubkas against an occasionally salty but fairly generous Lions defense? And why 8? It all made sense once I started watching and, perhaps coincidentally, the Eagles’ offense started clicking at about the same time. They didn’t let up until they’d buried Jim Schwartz’s charges in six inches of Lincoln Financial Field powder. Foles salvaged what could have been a gruesome statistical day by throwing for one second-half score and running for another. He should find the sledding much easier this Sunday in the climate-controlled comfort of Minneapolis’ Metrodome. What’s even more comforting for Foles’ owners, I imagine, is the matchup with Minnesota’s defense. The Vikes are yielding a whopping 26.0 pts/game to opposing QBs, second only to Dallas. In Foles you should trust.

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Eli Manning v. SEA: If you’ve been waiting all season for Manning to wake up, it’s too late. He’s already cost you a playoff berth, most likely, and if he hasn’t, he’s about to cost you a championship. Despite facing San Diego’s below-average secondary last weekend in a game he should have been plenty motivated to win, the two-time Super Bowl MVP managed only 259 passing yards and a score (plus two picks) for a measly 17 fantasy points. Predictably, the G-Men got boat raced 37-14 and probably can’t wait for a disastrous 2013 campaign to end. This just in: There are a lot better teams to face when playing out the string than a ticked-off Seahawks squad that just got nipped in a divisional grudge match. Seattle is yielding 15.7 points/game to opposing QBs, tops in the league, and should ensure Manning’s season is his worst since 2008 this Sunday.

Matt McGloin v. KC: Just two weeks ago, I had this to say about the scrappy feel-good story from Scranton, PA: “McGloin is a great story, but I highly doubt we’ll be talking about him much come 2014.” As if on cue, the Raiders went back to Terrelle Pryor for a series last Sunday and indicated they’ll use him again this weekend, a tandem approach that’s exceedingly rare at the college level and virtually unheard of in the NFL. Here’s what it means: “We don’t really know what we have at QB so we’re going to give both guys a chance and see what happens.” Pryor was the starter back in October and here’s what happened then: 18 for 34, 216 yards, a score, three picks, and 60 yards rushing. There’s really no reason to suspect McGloin can top that as he’s not a threat to run and the Chiefs are giving up only 17.2 points/game (fourth best in the league). That spells trouble for a troubled Raiders offense.

Mike Glennon v. SF: I expressed some serious doubts about Glennon earlier this season, as well, recommending sit-downs on more than one occasion even as he stubbornly accumulated useful fantasy stats in his first couple starts as Josh Freeman’s replacement. That usefulness has greatly diminished this past month or so and the former NC State star is averaging only 14.2 points over his last five starts. If you’re scoring at home, that ranks him 33rd overall in a 32-team league and puts him directly behind retreads like Matt Flynn and Chad Henne. Ouch. Squaring off against a San Fran defense, BTW, that just put the clamps on one of the league’s hottest field generals, is no way to get better. If Glennon helped you sneak into the playoffs, he probably killed you in Week 14. If you managed to survive even that 12.5-point performance, don’t give him another chance to derail your title hopes in Week 15.

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