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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 9
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Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans

Lamar Jackson

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Russell Wilson vs TB

Despite a flaming hot start, Wilson has cooled some the past two weeks against Baltimore and Atlanta. The Seahawk run game won it last week, but I get the feeling that Seattle is going to have to throw a bit more this week against Tampa. Not only are the Bucs one of the best run defenses in the NFL, but their offense can score points in bunches, and the Seahawk defense just gave up a 400+ yard day against the ghost of Matt Schaub (I didnít know he was even still in the NFL!). The offensive line is going to have to compensate for the loss of their starting center so look for Wilson to be forced to make some plays with his legs this week. Fire him up as a surefire QB1.

Dak Prescott @ NYG

Prescott has been a harbinger of doom is his last two games against the Giants, smashing the G-Men to the tune of 792 yards and 8 touchdowns. Fresh off a bye, and in a dogfight for the division, Dallas should continue to carve up a New York secondary that has yielded five 300-yard passing games so far this year. Miscommunication and general lack of talent cost NY multiple times last week against the Lions, and Prescott, with a stable of healthy weapons, should again be a great bet as a QB1. Plus thereís that whole contract motivation thing still going!

Lamar Jackson vs NE

Iím actually flabbergasted at the level of quarterbacks the Patriots defense has gotten fat against this season. Four of the eight quarterbacks will likely be out of the league in the next several months, and the other starters were old and broken vets (Roethlisberger, Fitzmagic) or guys 22 or under (Jones, Mayfield, Darnold, Allen). This defense showed some cracks last week, and had Cleveland not imploded with self-inflicted wounds, that game could have gone very differently. Much has been made about Belichickís record vs young gunners, but Jackson possesses a skillset that is very difficult to scheme against. With two weeks to prepare, and at home, Iím not scared to start Jackson. Baltimore has the tools to be physical against the Pats and take it to them. With the position in shambles at the moment, Iím sticking with Jackson as a QB1 despite the on-paper matchup being unfavorable.

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Kyler Murray vs SF (THU)

The buzz saw that is the San Fran defense has chewed and spit out multiple quarterbacks this season, and Murray is in grave danger of being the latest. The Cards yield 3.4 sacks per game, good for 6th worst in the NFL, and that is music to the Niner front seven. Led by rookie phenom Nick Bosa, San Fran has unleashed a ferocious and unrelenting pass rush this season. Their 27 sacks are good for 4th in the NFL. Murray struggled mightily against a similar Saints defense last week. Over the first half of the season there are some clear splits in his efficiency numbers when playing against top tier defenses. Scoring enough to reach QB1 status is just going to be too much of a slog this week to risk Murray as a starter.

Mason Rudolph vs IND

The quarterback position is a downright mess this season with a host of guys like Mason Rudolph being thrust into starting roles. Some shoddy defensive schemes and a solid 2nd half helped Rudolph overcome a near disaster against Miami last week, but with a hobbled running game, the Colts might be able to tee off and come after the young signal caller. Heís shown flashes of effectiveness this year, and has a strong 9-3 touchdown to interception ratio, but itís clear heís not ready to put this team on his shoulders and win games just yet. He might be forced to do that this week against a game Colts team, and I donít like his chances.

Kyle Allen vs TEN

Another guy forced into a starting role, both in real life and fantasy is Kyle Allen. Solid in his four starts in place of Cam Newton, the nightmare game finally arrived last week against the Niners. A 3-interception, 158-yard day probably silenced all those who wanted to see Allen keep the job when Newton gets healthy. I think the ship has sailed on Allen as a fantasy possibility, even in two-QB leagues. Against a stout Titans defense, look for Carolina to play conservatively on offense and try to slug it out with the Titans. This game has the 4th lowest over/under of the week at 41.5, and I’d avoid Panther offensive players not named McCaffrey.

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