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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 1
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Jimmy Garoppolo

Grab a Helmet

Jimmy Garoppolo @ TB:

From a physical standpoint Garoppolo has had a smooth return from ACL surgery. It's the mental part that has caused some consternation in fantasy circles this offseason, so much so, that Jimmy G was going undrafted in some leagues a few weeks ago. Things seemed to have righted themselves, but I think this Niner offense is being undersold here in Week 1. Yes, the receivers are young and raw, but this week against a bad Tampa defense has a chance to be very high scoring, as Vegas has this game as the fourth highest over/under. With Nick Bosa coming off a long pre-season layoff, San Fran is going to have trouble stopping the Bruce Arians passing game. With a potential shootout in the Florida sun, I like JG as a sneaky QB1 value play to start the fantasy season.

Jacoby Brissett @ SD:

Iím all about finding value at the QB position, especially in Week 1 when everything is fresh and new. Fewer things are more fresh then the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck, and the subsequent ascension of Brissett. Thereís plenty of analysis out there about Brissettís season long outlook, but I actually think this is a great spot in Week 1. The Chargers donít have much of a home field advantage playing in a little league stadium, and the loss of Derwin James makes this secondary suddenly vulnerable. Sure they still have an elite pass rush, but the Colts have the horses up front to hold things down, and Brissett has a much better set of skill position players to work with that he did the last time he started in 2017. I think the Colts rally around their new leader, and he makes a few big plays, enough to sneak into starting territory. If you are playing QB roulette, or in a daily fantasy or auction league, Brissett could be great value.

Carson Wentz vs. WAS:

Itís been a rough couple of seasons for Carson Wentz. On the fast track to stardom after an MVP-level season in 2017, a late season ACL tear cost him a chance to play for a Superbowl. Rusty from the rehab, Wentz lacked the precision of his pre-injury form before going down yet again, this time with a back injury. The good news is that Wentz enjoyed a healthy offseason, and the Eagles threw all their weight behind their franchise player with new long-term contract. Surrounded by the best skill position players of his career, the sky's the limit for Wentz in 2019. The Eagle offense should have their way in this one against their division rival, as I envision a 300-yard, 3 touchdown down QB1 week.

Grab a Headset

Patrick Mahomes @ JAX:

Nope, your eyes do not deceive you. Mahomes is indeed in the ďGrab a HeadsetĒ section this week. Readers of the SCR know that players here are not necessarily ďsitĒ candidates, but sometimes guys that might fail to score to their draft position or expectations. This is likely the only chance Mahomes has to see this area of the column (unless Joseph getís real brave), so hereís why. Jacksonville, much like 2017, is sneaking up on people again. They have been very quiet this offseason, and are anxious to put their disappointing 2018 behind them. The Jaguars have the pass rushers and guys in the secondary to frustrate Mahomes and match his physical gifts. Maybe itís misguided faith, but the Jags will be fired up at home against a team many predict to go to the Super Bowl and I wouldnít be shocked to see Mahomes as a lower scoring QB1 this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. BAL:

Itís hard to feel sorry for a Harvard educated, professional athlete whoís made millions of dollars in his career, but I truly worry about Fitzpatrick this week against Baltimore. The Dolphins traded away the anchor of their offensive line and a major playmaker at receiver just a week before the regular season. They will have to adjust on the fly against what is traditionally one of the best defenses in the league. Fitz is a gritty, gutty vet, but heís going to be a constant threat for an in-game benching for Josh Rosen. Iím trying to find ways that Miami can stay competitive in this game, and Iím struggling to come up with any reasons. Fitz might be the worst fantasy start of any quarterback in the league in Week 1.

Marcus Mariota @ CLE:

Injuries and inconsistency have combined to make Mariota, a once rising fantasy star, into nothing more than a QB2. He and the offense have looked terrible this offseason, unable to generate much of a rhythm. Having a revolving door of offensive coordinators certainly hasnít helped, but Mariota has trouble with his deep ball accuracy, mid-level touch and quick decision making. Things got so bad this summer that there were rumblings around Ryan Tannehill taking his job. Ouch! The Titans are going to try to keep this game close with a conservative run-based game plan, especially with the loss of their anchor left tackle Taylor Lewan. Mariota was sacked 11 times in a game last year, and if they have to throw to stay in the game, we could be looking at a repeat.

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