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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

Daniel Jones

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Jameis Winston vs ATL

His 400-yard, 4-touchdown streak came to an end in a crash and burn performance last week against Houston. After losing his top two targets, Winston had timing issues with a few of his new guys and it led to his third 4+ interception game of the year. Luckily for us fantasy fools, Winston is piling up stats at a frenzied pace, and despite their improvements in the last month, Atlanta is still an attackable defense. This is Winston’s final chance to prove to the franchise he’s worth a future investment. With the uncertainty surrounding Week 17, I have to run out the guy leading the league in passing yardage and 2nd in touchdowns.

Matt Ryan @ TB

Vegas seems to think this game is going to be the highest scoring of the week, so naturally I want Ryan this week as well. Ryan is one of five quarterbacks already over 4,000 yards, and he’s combined that by currently being in the top-10 with 25 touchdown passes. Ryan struggled mightily earlier this year against Tampa, but has historically been pretty great against the Bucs. If you are playing meaningful fantasy games in Week 17 focus on ascending teams trying to set the tone for the offseason. This fits Atlanta perfectly.

Daniel Jones vs PHI

This one admittedly scares me a bit. Jones is coming off a monster 5-touchdown game, easily the best of his young career, but he faces a desperate Eagles team playing in a “win-and-in” game. Although it looks like the Eagles pass defense was solid last week, holding the Cowboys offense in check, it was more about Dallas missing plays than the Eagles preventing them. Prescott and the receivers left a ton of yards on the field because of misthrows or drops, and the Giants offense has frankly been pretty explosive all year. Look for Jones to rely heavily on the play action and screen game to slow the Philly rush and make plays downfield. Trying to save their coach, and rewrite the season narrative, I expect the Giants to compete in this one.

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Deshaun Watson vs TEN

These are the type of decisions that make playing games in Week 17 a nightmare. Coach O’Brien has stated his team will “play to win the game”, but I’m not really sure what that means. Sure, Houston has a chance to move up to the #3 seed, but only if the Chiefs lose at home to the Chargers. I frankly don’t see that happening, so that means by kickoff at 4:25 Houston will likely have nothing to play for. In that scenario, Watson could be resting on the bench by halftime. Doesn’t sound like a situation I want to get into.

Jacoby Brissett @ JAX

It sounds like we’ve seen enough from Brissett this season to come to the conclusion that he’s not the franchise quarterback capable of leading the Colts into the post-Luck era. Limited athletically, Brissett lacks the elite tools to be a frontline NFL starter. He’s hovered right around 50% completion rate over the last three weeks, and has failed to even sniff 200 yards in the last two. A mid-season knee injury has sapped some of his mobility, and his numbers are way down from where they were early in the year. I know Jacksonville has basically been walking dead for weeks now, but they would love to finish the year with a win at home, so I think they make things difficult for the Colts.

Kyler Murray @ LAR

Murray has proven the skeptics wrong all season. As the only player in the NFL with 3,300+ yards passing and 500+ yards rushing, his playstyle as a poor-man's Lamar Jackson has put the NFL on notice. But bothered by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the 2nd half of the game last week he’s tough to trust in the season’s final game. Even if the hamstring injury is minor, it should still limit his mobility, and that’s scary against an aggressive Rams defense. He’s been a fringe low-end QB1 this season, but I’m shying away this week.

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