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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 13
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers turned in his worst fantasy performance of the season last week against the Vikings.

Grab a Helmet

Case Keenum @ CIN: Keenum grabbing a helmet certainly says more about the state of the Bengals defense than is does for Keenumís fantasy numbers. Although he put in a workmanlike effort in the win against the Steelers last week, Keenum has failed to hit 300 yards since Week 6, and heís got a paltry 14 total touchdowns on the season. But to say Cinci is playing historically bad defense isnít an understatement. They remain on a historic pace for yards given up, and while not exactly explosive, Denver should spend lots of time in the red zone. 250 yards, and 2+ scores gets Keenum a look as a spot starter or DFS option in Week 13.

Jameis Winston vs CAR: Winston had a predictably solid game last week against the Niners, completing 76% of his passes for 300+ yards and 2 scores. Most notably, it was the first game of the season he didnít turn the ball over. Tampa is at home again this week facing a reeling Carolina team. Lost in the mire of their three-game skid is the fact that the Panther pass defense has been absolutely crushed this season. They have given up the 6th most fantasy points to quarterbacks (just slightly behind Tampa), including 300-yard 2+ touchdown games to Eli Manning, Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson. Tampaís offense isnít the reason this team has only fout wins, so I expect them to move the ball consistently against Carolina. This game should be a fantasy bonanza, and I want a spot at the table. Get Winston in your lineups as a QB1.

Jared Goff @ DET: The Rams were lucky enough to get a late season bye and they seemed to need it. After a whirlwind few weeks of wildfires, travel, and high profile games, the Rams head to Detroit to take on the outmatched Lions. Goff should have a field day against a Detroit secondary that constantly gets lost in coverage. Their man defense is going to struggle to keep up with the crossing and option routes the Rams run, and Goff should be able to pick apart a defense that has to go out of its way to manufacture a pass rush. The Rams have had a few weeks to adjust to the loss of Cooper Kupp, and Josh Reynolds looks like a capable replacement. Unless you have a stacked set of QBs, Goffís upside and consistency make him a weekly must-start.

Grab a Headset

Aaron Rodgers vs ARI: After a beating by the Chargers last week, Arizona has gone into offseason mode, releasing several underperforming starters on offense and defense, and sending their best linebacker to IR. But they can still generate a pass rush, and Patrick Peterson can still ball. Something with Rodgers is alarmingly off. Rodgers has missed some very big throws the last two weeks, both to wide open receivers for game changing plays. The offense hasnít found a consistent threat opposite Davante Adams that Rodgers trusts, Jimmy Graham is a decoy with a broken thumb, and Aaron Jones isnít reliable as a receiver because of his limited route running skills. The offensive line is still a mess, and while there is always a chance of that typical Rogers magic, Iím skeptical itís going to materialize at this point in the year. I think the Cards run a conservative ball control game, limiting Rodgers fantasy upside.

Carson Wentz vs WAS (Mon): Another flawed quarterback on a broken offense, Carson Wentz has struggled mightily in his return from injury this season. Every pass play seems like a struggle, as the only reliable receiver making plays and getting open is Zach Ertz. The lack of a downfield threat allows the defense to be aggressive, and they are destroying the timing of the offense. The Eagles have failed to integrate Golden Tate in a meaningful way, and with Wentz holding the ball way to long behind a suspect line, he's taken a beating. Like Rodgers and the Pack, I donít expect the Eagles offense to suddenly figure things out. This is a division game against a staunch rival, and points will be hard to come by. Iíd certainly have to think long and hard about trusting Wentz so late in the fantasy season.

Eli Manning vs CHI: The rebirth of Manning and the Giants didnít last long as they suffered an ugly loss last week. Sure, Manning’s numbers look great lately with the improved protection, but this offense has come to life against teams playing some of the worst defense in the league. On the flip side, Manning and the Giants host a Bears defense playing some of the BEST defense in the league. I have no idea how this offensive line is going to keep Manning alive this week. Look for the Giants to funnel the ball to Saquon Barkley and hope to keep the game close. If Manning has to drop back more than 30 times in this game he’s going to get destroyed. With such a low ceiling, Manning is at best a bench stash this week.

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