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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

Jameis Winston

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Tom Brady @ HOU

Is Father Time finally catching up to Tom Terrific or is the loss of Gronk and the young receiver corps more to blame? Itís likely a little of everything, as the Patriot offense is in a funk we havenít seen in quite some time. After feasting on a very weak early season schedule, this offense has taken a step back these last several weeks, scoring only 50 points. Brady hasnít had a true QB1 week since Week 6 against the Giants, but this is a ďget rightĒ matchup against the Texans. Currently yielding the 6th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, this is a secondary that Brady should be able to pick apart all evening. Play the match-up and roll with Tom as a top-10 option.

Andy Dalton vs NYJ

The Red Rifle returns. After being unceremoniously benched for 4th round rookie Ryan Finley, the Bengals turn back to Dalton. Dalton was actually putting up decent fantasy numbers over the first 8 games, as he was on pace for over 4,000 yards and close to 20 touchdowns. Not surprisingly the offense sputtered behind the rookie, so itís Daltonís last chance to prove to the 31 other teams that he is worth a look in the offseason. The Jets defense has been white hot lately, but they are a middle of the road pass defense that can be exploited out wide. There are a few bullets left in the gun, and a big chip on his shoulder.

Jameis Winston @ JAX

More of a stat compiler than a quality real life quarterback, thereís little debate that Winston has been a fantasy stud this season. Third in the NFL in touchdown passes (22) and 2nd in yardage, Winson is also a turnover machine, leading the league with 20(!!!) interceptions. In fantasy you take the good with the bad sometimes, and thatís likely what youíre going to get this week against Jacksonville. Winston has two elite weapons to throw to, two underwhelming backfield mates, and a defense just bad enough to make most games offensive shootouts. These are the ingredients for fantasy success, so just grab your ticket to the Winston rollercoaster and hold on tight!

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Deshaun Watson vs NE

Although I donít subscribe to the theory that the Pats defense is a historic unit (their numbers are padded) I do think they have plenty to make life rough for Watson. While Watson is a dynamic playmaker, heís not the threat to run like Lamar Jackson, and penning him in the pocket will be priority No.1 for the Patriots. Watson struggled in a Week 1 loss to this team last season, grappling to get past 150 yards passing. Being at home will be a huge help, but with New Englandís ability to limit big plays in the passing game, Watson must take a more patient, conservative approach. All the signs point to a limited ceiling for Watson and this offense this week.

Baker Mayfield @ PIT

Emotions are going to run high this week, and the brash young gunslinger from Cleveland is going to get caught up in it. The Browns are going to be subject of relentless torment from the Pittsburgh faithful, and then they have to deal with an aggressive attacking Steeler defense. Baker has turned it on of late, totaling 9 touchdowns to only a single turnover during the last four games. The offense now runs through the playmakers more consistently, as Kareem Hunt has added a dimension to the offense that must be respected. But the Browns have shown a real undisciplined streak, and with the expected intensity of this game, I can see Mayfield trying too hard and turning the ball over multiple times. Brighter weeks are ahead.

Derek Carr @ KC

Carr and the Raiders might as well have stayed in Oakland, as they were trounced in the Meadowlands by the hapless Jets last week. Unable to establish the run game, any threat of play action was eliminated and with receivers unable to beat their men one-on-one, the Raider offense crumbled. The Raiders are in a really tough spot this week, having to come back across the country to play in one of the most hostile environments in the NFL. Andy Reid is a master coming off bye weeks, and windy weather could play a factor. This entire team has overachieved so far this season, but I feel a regression coming down the stretch. This is a game K.C. knows they must win, and they will play like it.

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