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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 7
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Bye Weeks: Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

Jared Goff

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Jared Goff @ ATL

Goff was historically bad last week in the drubbing at the hands of the Niners. Passing for a measly 78 yards on 13 completions helped this once unstoppable offense sink to depths not seen since the Jeff Fisher days. The entire Rams offense is out of sync and has been all year despite some gaudy numbers at times. Defenses have caught on to the scheme, and the offensive line has been a nightmare. But there is light on the horizon! The Falcons defense is the perfect tonic for even the most ailing offenses. The Falcons have surrendered the 2nd most passing touchdowns in the NFL, and 3rd most fantasy points to quarterbacks. L.A. should be able to get healthy on the fast turf of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If there is ever a week Goff returns to streamer status, this has to be it.

Josh Allen vs MIA

Fresh after a bye week, Allen and the Bills get another one as they welcome the winless Dolphins to Upstate New York. After a disaster against the Patriots, Allen was more settled in a 14-7 battle against the Titans in Week 5. In that game he completed a career high 72% of his passes and had a season-high 10 rushing attempts (abet for only 24 yards). The game plan was much more conservative against the Titans than I expect this week to be. With the likely return of home run hitting running back Devin Singletary the offense should open up a bit, and the Phins can be exploited by John Brown’s deep post routes. Look for Allen to be more efficient on the ground and hit a few big plays in the passing game. A few scores and 250+ total yards make Allen a high floor quarterback choice this week.

Daniel Jones vs ARI

When in doubt, play the matchups. Forced to battle the Super Bowl champs with practice squad level talent last week was a recipe for disaster, and that’s exactly how things went for Jones. It’s troubling that he’s now turned the ball over eight times since coming in for Manning in the third week of the season, but he should get most of his horses back this week against the woeful Cards defense. Arizona hasn’t even faked playing pass defense, failing to register a single interception, while giving up a league high 16 passing touchdowns. If Engram and Barkley return healthy, this game has some shootout potential as the Giants aren’t exactly playing much defense either. Jones has a chance to be a streaming option with a QB1 matchup.

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Patrick Mahomes @ DEN

The last time I waded into these dark waters I came up looking like a fool. Mahomes shredded the Jaguars defense and all was right with the world. Well things have changed drastically in the last few weeks for Mahomes and his merry men. After completing passes at a near 70% clip the first few weeks, Mahomes has barely been above 50%, as the Chiefs have dropped two in a row, failing to score 30 points in either contest. A badly sprained ankle, and opposing offenses playing keep-away have really held this passing game in check lately, especially in the 2nd half of games. Denver finally seems to have their defense squared away and they do have the running game to control time of possession. You’re never sitting Mahomes, but until he gets healthy, the numbers might be down a bit.

Andy Dalton vs JAX

This offense has been an unmitigated disaster after a fairly decent start. The Bengals are just the latest offense to prove how vitally important a cohesive offensive line is to the efficiency of the offense. Since they can’t run the ball and are down to starting mediocre talent at receiver, it’s an absolute miracle Dalton has been able to compile any numbers at all. Look for Dalton to be running for his life against an angry defense that has been backed into a corner. Unless they find a way to manufacture an effective run game, this offense is going to be a fantasy black hole.

Teddy Bridgewater @ CHI

Teddy B has done a fantastic job of keeping this team afloat since the injury to Drew Brees. Helped by a ferocious defense, the Saints offense has done just enough to win some close games, as Bridgewater pilots the gameplan. But the game this week against the Bears, on the road, might just be too much to overcome. Bridgewater lacks the timing and anticipation of Brees (most quarterbacks do!) and doesn’t pose a threat to make plays out of the pocket, something you have to be able to do against the Bears attacking front. Chicago is fresh off their bye and it’s their first game since getting whipped by the Raiders in London. In two of the last three, New Orleans has failed to score more than two touchdowns. This one has the makings of another slugfest.

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