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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 15
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Jared Goff

Rebound Candidate: Jared Goff is in a better spot this week against the leaky Eagles defense.

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Jared Goff vs PHI: So apparently the flip of the calendar to December didnít just cool down the weather, it cooled down most of the offenses in the NFL! Top-10 quarterbacks have had some abysmal performances the past two weeks, none worse than Goffís four-interception disaster at Chicago on Sunday night. The Ramsí six-point dud proved that stout defense and the cold weather can conspire to shut down elite offenses. Lucky for LA, neither of these things will be the case this week against the Eagles. The Rams host the leakiest secondary in the NFL, fresh off giving up a 400+ yard day to Dak Prescott. Goff has struggled on the road at times this year, but has been top-3 elite at home most of the time. Donít be afraid to trust Goff in your fantasy playoffs.

Deshaun Watson @ NYJ (Sat): So everything I said about Goff struggling on the road in the cold should apply to Watson this week. Heís a warm weather/dome QB heading out on the road against a ďgot nuthiní to lose Jets team. The difference here is the Jets arenít nearly the defensive team the Bears are. Watson has been consistent if not spectacular this season, cutting down on his early season turnovers in a big way. The more conservative approach has adversely affected his overall fantasy scoring, but New York just doesnít have the bodies in the secondary to slow the Houston passing game down much. Look for at least 250 yards and 2 scores, solid numbers that wonít lose you a week.

Ben Roethlisberger vs NE: The sky is falling again in Pittsburgh. After the calamity of the start to the season was calmed by a six-game winning streak, the Steelers have now lost three in a row, and are in serious danger of losing what seemed like a locked in playoff spot. Pittsburgh has gone decidedly pass heavy the last month, with Big Ben hoisting up 45+ receptions in 4 of the last 6 games. Despite getting beat up and missing a few series last week against Oakland, he completed nearly 90% of his passes and had nearly identical numbers from the loss against the Chargers. With James Conner unlikely to play, Pittsburgh doesnít have a back capable of carrying the ball 25+ times, so look for a pass heavy game plan against the suddenly desperate Patriots. This game should have one of the biggest over/unders of the week, so put your money on Big Ben.

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Jameis Winston @ BAL: Another team putting a kibosh on fantasy scoring this season has been the Baltimore Ravens. Back to playing a rambunctious brand of disruptive defense, Baltimore may have lost last week at KC, but they certainly made the Chiefs earn every yard. Winston was dreadful last week against the Saints, completing less than 50% of his passes and turning the ball over. Winston hasn't played many games on the road in cold weather cities in his career, but in general he hasnít played well on the road outside the division. Baltimore has too much to play for, and should be able to dominate time of possession. Look for the Ravens to force Winston into a few mistakes, making him a desperate Week 15 play.

Matthew Stafford @ BUF: The ship probably sailed on Staffordís fantasy season several weeks ago, but any hope his owners had to resurrect last season value is all but gone this week. Yet another dome quarterback hitting the road, this time in hostile Buffalo, Stafford just isnít a fantasy option in any format this week. He has 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions over his last four games combined, and has been mediocre at best in December road games the last few seasons. I know there's more than a few teams out there that might have cut Stafford by now, but donít be tempted to try and test the match-up.

Aaron Rodgers @ CHI: Resident Rodgers fanboy Huthcins isnít going to like this, but for my 2nd straight SCR I have to advocate sitting Rodgers. Barely clinging to top-10 status, Rodgers hasn’t topped 300 yards passing since Week 11 and has been a run-of-the-mill as possible the last three weeks. Despite a solid Week 1 against this same Bears team, this game is on the road, and the Bears are fresh off asserting their will against the Rams. Look for the Packers to try and spread Chicago out and pepper them with short crossing patterns. Stranger things have happened, and it’s always a risk to sit a Hall of Famer during fantasy’s do or die weeks, but I’d look in another direction at quarterback if I had the depth.

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