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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 11
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Bye Weeks: Green Bay, N.Y. Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Derek Carr

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Derek Carr vs CIN

The Oakland offense seems to have found its equilibrium, scoring at least 24 points in all of their last seven games. Sure Carr’s numbers haven’t been eye popping by any stretch, but he’s protecting the ball, and has had a high floor with at least 15 standard fantasy points in all but one game this season. The Raider offense has some soft matchups in the back half of the season, and they start with the 0-9 Bengals this week at home. Cinci has been torched by opposing quarterbacks all year, and Carr should have plenty of chances to find the endzone this week. With a ton of guys hurt, or on bye, Carr is worth a look as solid spot start.

Drew Brees @ TB

The Saints were on their bye Halloween week, so it makes total sense that they would save their most frightening performance of the year a week later. Inexplicably the New Orleans offense failed to score a touchdown at home against one of the worst defenses in the league. It’s quite strange to see such a flat performance from offensive stalwarts like Brees and Peyton, so I expect a huge rebound this week in Tampa. The Bucs can score with anyone, but their defense is a sieve giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. With another week farther away from his surgery and with something to prove, Brees makes for a high-end QB1 in Week 11.

Philip Rivers vs KC (Mon)

Rivers imploded last week against the Raiders with one of his worst games of the season. The three interception game was his first since Week 15 of the 2017 season against these same Chiefs. With both franchises coming off crushing defeats, itís getting to be do or die time in the AFC West. With Patrick Mahomes on the other side of the field you know this game is sure to be a shootout. Look for the Chargers to continue their run heavy ways, limiting the yardage ceiling for Rivers, but L.A. should have chances in the red zone. The Chiefs defense, already struggling to rush their passer, just lost their best edge rusher for the season last week. The 52.5 over/under is currently the highest of Week 11, so even the sharks expect fireworks. Roll with Rivers as a QB1.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick vs BUF

I can’t really explain what the Dolphins are doing. Seemingly left for dead after the first few weeks of the season, they’ve played incredibly competitive ball for several weeks now, and have a two-game winning streak to show for it. Say what you will about Fitzpatrick, but the guy is a ferocious competitor. But while I’d take him on my franchise any day, my fantasy roster doesn’t need the magic Fitz is peddling in. The Bills are going to be grumpy after dropping last week’s game to the Browns, and the Buffalo pass defense could easily force Fitzpatrick into a bunch of turnovers. Steer clear of the Ivy League wonder this week.

Jared Goff vs CHI

Through sheer volume alone Goff remains a viable fantasy quarterback, but it’s clear as a sunny Southern California day that this offense is broken. The offensive line is in shambles, and the running game can’t get cooking. Without a clean pocket to read the defense and throw on platform, Goff is scuttling. He hasn’t completed more than 60% of his passes since Week 4, and a stiff breeze seems to knock the ball out of his hands. With yet another lineman down this week, the Rams will again have to shuffle things around for Goff. Both of these teams are on life-support, but I have more faith in the Bears harassing Goff into another bad afternoon to keep him far away from my starting line-up.

Nick Foles @ IND

Out since Week 1 with a fracture in his shoulder, Foles returns to the starting line-up this week. Minshew Mania was fun while it lasted, but the Jags hope Foles can come in and keep the season alive. I wouldn’t be so sure. Foles has been out for a while, and hits the road against a feisty Colts defense that was just embarrassed at home by the Dolphins. Indy hasn’t given up multiple touchdown passes in a game since Week 4 and on the road against this team isn’t the best place to shake off the rust. Unless you are desperate at the position, take a wait and see approach.

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