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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 8
10/25/18
QBs | RBs | WRs

Nobody needs to be told starting Russell Wilson, Todd Gurley, or Antonio Brown is a good idea. Duh, right? You canít have studs at every position, though, unless youíre 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 Wilsonís bye week? Letís talk. Looking for solutions at running back because Gurley 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 Brown and went RB-RB-Gronk in your first three rounds? You get the idea. Past results may not guarantee future success, but ignoring them entirely can ruin your Sundays in a hurry (maybe even your Mondays and Thursdays). Read on for a little history and, hopefully, a little sage advice.

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

Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Dallas, LA Chargers, Tennessee

Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky has posted 300+ passing yards and 45+ rushing yards in three straight games.


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Mitchell Trubisky v. NYJ: I was dubious of Trubiskyís staying power coming off that gigantic performance against the bumbling Bucs defense back in Week 4. Yet, here we are, weeks later and almost halfway through the 2018 campaign, and only two QBs are better on a per-game basis. You read that right and one of them is currently on clipboard duty (Fitzmagic). It isnít always pretty and heís lucky defenders canít catch, but Chicagoís main man appears to be a must-start option you definitely didnít overpay for back on draft day. I know my brother sure didnít, which is one reason heís undefeated (the other being Todd Gurley) and has wrapped up bragging rights for another year. I promised Iíd give him a Shot Caller shout-out if he won our recent grudge match, soÖthis oneís for you, Little Bro. Well done. Now, try not to screw it up, would yaí?

Jameis Winston @ CIN: Fitzmagicís otherworldly start was obviously unsustainable, so it was asking a lot of Winston to match his teammateís production fantasy point for fantasy point coming off that three-game suspension. Iíll be danged if he hasnít done exactly that, and then some. In two starts since reclaiming his job, the Bucsí controversial slinger has averaged 34.4 points/game, almost 3 more than Fitz did in his four starts. Itís a small sample size, sure, and heís turning the ball over at an alarming rate (six picks in two games and change), but Tampa doesnít have a functional running game or defense, so itís Winston or bust the rest of the way. I love this Sundayís matchup against a demoralized Cincy squad that has been blistered by opposing QBs to date (27.6 points/game). For that matter, Iím pretty high on the guy Winston squares off against, Andy Dalton.

Jared Goff v. GB: Nobody can stop the Rams these days and that has pundits dusting off superlatives last used to describe the í07 Patriots and the í13 Broncos. The difference between those teams and this Los Angeles one? Those teams were each led by the unquestioned QB1 (Tom Brady and Peyton Manning) while this oneís helmed by the current QB8. Eighth overall is no slouch, in Goffís defense, but two straight pedestrian performances have folks worried. They neednít be this coming weekend with a well-rested Pack bunch visiting Tinseltown. Green Bay has enough firepower to force LA out of Todd Gurley-and-a-cloud-of-dust mode but not enough defense to actually stop the Rams from doing what theyíve done to every comer so far: whatever the heck Sean McVay wants them to. I suspect McVay will want more of Goff and his receivers against a very susceptible Pack secondary Sunday. Start him.

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Brock Osweiler @ HOU (Thu): Osweiler has been shockingly serviceable in two games of relief duty for the dinged-up Ryan Tannehill, but heís beguiled before. Remember that time Houston inked him to a 4-year, $72-million contract? Yikes. The question isnít so much IF the Brock Star will disappoint but WHEN and Iíve got a feeling it could be as early as this Thursday against the very team that once considered him worth 72 large. The Fish will be playing on the road on a short week (rarely a recipe for success) and, to make matters worse, will be down several key players in this tilt. Kenny Stills (groin) has been ruled out and, perhaps even more importantly, Miami just placed explosive WR Albert Wilson (hip) on injured reserve. That leaves Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant, DeVante Parker, and Leonte Carroo to catch passes. Yup, youíre thinking what Iím thinking. Steer clear.

Carson Wentz @ JAX (London): The battle of supposed Super Bowl contenders that havenít looked like Super Bowl contenders for at least a month takes place this coming Sunday in London. Maybe a change of scenery will shake them out of their respective slumbers? Phillyís never played internationally, but Wembley Stadium has been a virtual second home for the Jaguars of late (three wins in three consecutive seasons). They say defense travels and if thatís the case, Wentz could be in for a rough day. The Jags are yielding a mere 17.5 points/game to opposing QBs, second best overall, and seem likely to turn this into a low-scoring slugfest with the newly acquired Carlos Hyde taking some pressure off a struggling Blake Bortles. Iíll put it this way: Ainít no way Iím waking up at 6:30am PDT to find out. Give Wentz the week off if you can afford to.

Cam Newton v. BAL: Eric Weddle, Baltimoreís stud safety, called Cam Newton a “fast dinosaur” earlier this week. Uhhh…say again? His point, I think, was that Newton is a unique (nearly extinct?) quarterbacking specimen who’s more inclined to run people over than zing passes by them. He’s not wrong, of course, but it seemed like one of those compliments that doesn’t sound entirely like a compliment and may, just may, have been intended to get inside Cam’s head. “Oh, you think I’m just a glorified running back, eh?” Pre-game flattery often carries an edge, so it’ll be interesting to see how this affects the way Newton attacks the Ravens. I’m not sure it’ll matter, frankly, as they rank No.1 overall against opposing QBs (16.9/game). The Panthers are catching points at home, which you should absolutely take, but that doesn’t mean Cam is a recommended play. Sit the big guy down.


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