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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 13 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 12/3/20 |
Bye Weeks: CAR, TB
QBs | RBs | WRs

Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins vs JAX

Look who’s joined the QB1 party! Heating up in a big way over the last four weeks (11 touchdowns, only 1 INT) Cousins has helped Minnesota rise from the dead, especially last week where he did the heavy lifting in a big comeback win against the Panthers. Yeah, he’s taken advantage of some lesser defenses along the way, but that’s exactly what he gets this week against Jacksonville. The Jags are one of the most generous defenses in the league against quarterbacks, and with Cook banged up, and Thielen set to return, Cousins could be looking at a third straight 300-3 game.

Derek Carr @ NYJ

The Las Vegas Grudens took one of the chin last week, getting pummeled by the spoiler playing Falcons. Carr, who has been so good all year, was an absolute disaster, turning the ball over 4 times, and totally failing to get anything going against a defense that has been a punching bag much of the year. Let’s call last week a mulligan for the Raiders, as they now enter the dreaded “must win” territory. What a perfect time to feel better about yourself than spending an afternoon hosting the 0-11 Jets. The J-E-T-S made Brett Rypien look like an NFL caliber quarterback, and are only playing for pride at this point, which doesn’t mean as much to million dollar athletes. With Josh Jacobs nursing an ankle injury, I think Gruden let’s Carr sling it more than normal, which should be enough for a solid fantasy outing.

Taysom Hill @ ATL

If you are a Kamara owner, just the name Taysom probably brings your blood to a boil. But while he is slowly sabotaging the season for some of the other Saints skill position players, he’s carving out a nice niche for himself as a fantasy quarterback. Yet to throw a touchdown, Hill has found the end zone 4 times on the ground in his two starts, and has established a very palpable floor as a starter. Hill was fantastic when these two teams met a few weeks ago, and I think he’s a good bet for another multi-touchdown game.

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Andy Dalton @ BAL

After looking more like a popgun than a Red Rifle in his first few Cowboy appearances, Dalton has been better the last few weeks. But as the fantasy playoff push begins, better isn’t going to cut it. Baltimore desperately needs to scrape together a few wins, and although their defense is a shell of their former selves, they have plenty to overwhelm the Cowboys.

Alex Smith @ PIT

Taking nothing away from the immense courage and strength Smith has shown just to return to an NFL field, this is a fantasy article, and frankly, he wouldn’t be on the field if Washington had another option. They can’t beat Pittsburgh by throwing the ball around, and Smith can’t play the Lions every week. No longer the threat to run he once was, Smith is not a realistic fantasy play.

Deshaun Watson vs IND

53-879-8. No, that’s not a partial phone number on a bathroom stall, but rather the stats of one Will Fuller, the freshly suspended wideout of the Houston Texans. Replacing that production is one thing, but trying to replace his field stretching ability that opened up the entire offense is going to be impossible. Watson loses the team’s only legit deep threat, and now must rely on Brandin Cooks to be the WR1, something he’s not exactly suited for. I fully believe Watson to be an elite talent, and the type of quarterback who makes those around him better, but this loss is going to be felt against a tough Colts defense.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers