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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 17
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan has been a top 12 fantasy quarterback in each of the last three weeks.

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Matt Ryan @ TB: Although they have been a bit more stout lately, the Tampa defense isnít a unit Iím prepared to shy away from. Ryanís home/road splits for fantasy production have been terribly imbalanced, but this a match-up Ryan is used to putting up Top-5 numbers against. Hot over his last three games (9 total touchdowns and 23+ fantasy points in each) the Falcons are playing only for pride in the final game of the season. In a contest that has the highest potential scoring output, Iím more than happy to roll with Ryan during a muddled Week 17 slate.

Jameis Winston vs ATL: Everything I said about Ryan applies to Winston this week. Winston has weathered a tough end of the year schedule to be a QB1 option each week. Despite two fumbles versus Dallas last week, he hung one of the few QB1 weeks on the Cowboys defense with 336 yards and a score to go along with a 70%+ completion percentage. Winston seems to have righted the ship, and proven to the Bucs that heís the long term answer in Tampa. Iím not sure about all of that, but heís a high end starter for the seasonís final week.

Nick Foles @ WAS: Foles once again brought the Eagles back from the brink with a masterful performance last week against the Texans. He set the Eagles franchise record with 471 yards passing, and his willingness to take chances downfield has totally opened up this offense. Previously left for dead receivers Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery have had season-best games with Foles at the helm. The magic might end for this team regardless of the result against Washington, but itís clear this Philly team has a new lease on life. I like the Eagle offense to keep rolling despite a road division game.

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Baker Mayfield @ BAL: Mayfield has been a revelation since the departure of Hugh Jackson and Todd Haley. This offense is now built to suit his talents, and he has a creative offensive staff that keeps defenses honest. With that said, Baltimoreís defense put another notch in its belt by absolutely throttling the Chargers on the road last week. The Ravens are playing a brand of football that few in the NFL can match or handle, and they seem to have the perfect formula for putting the brash rookie in his place. I have a soft place in my heart for the rookie from Oklahoma, as he won me a league this past week, but Iíll take the Ravens defense at home in a must-win game.

Mitchell Trubisky @ MIN: Two reasons Iím not a fan of Trubisky this week. No.1, the Vikings defense. Minnesota has given up the 3rd fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, including a suffocating performance against Trubisky in Week 11. The other reason Trubisky makes for a shaky proposition this week in the dreaded Week 17 factor. The Bears have a very small chance of improving their playoff seeding, and considering that coach Matt Nagy wasnít afraid to sit his young quarterback ALL preseason, I donít think heíll hesitate to rest his starters if this game, or the Rams game is getting out of hand. In Week 17 you have to go with players you are sure to give you full four quarters of football and Iím not sure Trubisky fits the bill.

Marcus Mariota vs IND: Supremely talented, but equally fragile, it seems like Mariota simply isn’t going to have much a career if he can’t stay healthy. Another shoulder/arm/elbow injury caused him to miss most of the Week 16 win against Washington. This injury has lingered since Week 2, and the most innocuous of hits seem to trigger it. Mariota will likely play through this latest flare up, but he’s proven multiple times this season that he doesn't play effectively with it. Tennessee will likely employ a very run heavy-based game plan this week in an effort to protect their quarterback and keep the other one off the field.

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