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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 1 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 9/9/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford vs CHI

Rescued from the depths of a perennial failure in Detroit, Stafford finds himself at the helm of a team with Super Bowl aspirations. In only a few months in L.A. Stafford has seemingly proven to be the missing piece of this McVay offense. One of many quarterbacks to not take a single preseason snap, nonetheless reports from camp on Staffordís mastery of the offense have been glowing. The former Lionsí arm talent should force the Chicago defense to account for the entire field and with an injury-ravaged backfield look for the Rams to be among the league leaders in pass attempts. What an ironic twist that he heads to sundrenched Los Angeles, only to match-up against a very familiar NFC North foe. In his last game against the Bears in 2020, Stafford went for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns, numbers he has a chance to approach in his west coast debut.

Trevor Lawrence @ HOU

Although it has largely been a series of mishaps and disasters for the Jags this pre-season, it hasnít nearly approached the circus down in Houston. Against a real NFL team, Iíd likely avoid Lawrence in his first NFL start, but Houstonís gutted roster is an enticing fantasy matchup for many of the Jacksonville skill players. While Shenault, Jones, and Chark might have struggled to crack the lineup when Lawrence was at Clemson, they are miles better than what the Texans can muster in their secondary. Ye of the zero-QB, or DFS league world would be wise to consider Lawrence as an option this week.

Jalen Hurts @ ATL

The reality of the fantasy world is that dual-threat quarterbacks have a huge advantage over their less fleet footed counterparts. Although Hurts left a lot to be desired as a thrower in his four-game audition to end last season, he still managed 68 yards per game on the ground, including three rushing touchdowns. A shaky at best preseason hasn’t instilled much confidence that Hurts has developed significantly since last season, but for now he’s all the Eagles have. Luckily one of the worst defenses in the league welcomes Hurts and the Eagles in Week 1. Atlanta was the most generous defense in the NFL to fantasy quarterbacks in 2020, so the former Heisman finalist should enjoy a high scoring floor in Week 1.

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Joe Burrow vs MIN

I think the Bengals are making a terrible mistake rushing Burrow back from his devastating knee injury. I donít feel like heís fully gotten over all of the necessary mental and physical hurdles quite yet, and Mike Zimmer is going to blitz Burrow relentlessly on Sunday. Practice reports out of Cinci camp havenít been pretty, and the measly three snaps he got in the pre-season finale showed nothing. Eventually Burrow and this offense will gel and be potent, but Iím not betting on him getting it done enough to justify a start in Week 1.

Tua Tagovailoa @ NE

Despite the siren song of Deshaun Watson, and the relentless question marks about his physical and mental ability, Tua has had a strong camp, and looked dynamite in the last dress rehearsal. But tossing the rock around against back-end roster defenders is a long way from a road game at Billís house. Belichick feasts on young quarterbacks, especially ones that lack the athletic ability to physically overcome or outthink his schemes. Tua hasnít worked with his starting receivers much this preseason, and the running game doesnít scare defenses. In a Week 15 loss to a much less talented Patriot defense, Tua went for only 145 yards, and no touchdowns. He will undoubtedly flash this season, but Iím not banking on it happening on Sunday.

Jared Goff vs SF

Goff has quickly gone from being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl to a bridge quarterback for one of the worst franchises in professional sports. Goff, born and bred in California, is a misfit in a cold weather, blue collar city like Detroit. He proved his toughness last season playing on a surgically repaired thumb, but despite being a No.1 overall pick, he was always reliant on the skill players around him, rather than lifting the roster like franchise quarterbacks have to do. The Detroit coaching staff is full of eager former players short on experience, and the talent around Goff echoes that. San Fran simply has too much talent on defense and their familiarity with the former Ram will also be a detriment to his fantasy success. A LONG season for Goff and Detroit starts Sunday.

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