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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 9 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 11/4/21 |
Bye Weeks: DET, SEA, TB, WAS
QBs | RBs | WRs

Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins @ BAL

Falling a bit flat last week in Dallas, Cousins has a true blow-up spot in a potential shootout with the Ravens this week. The Baltimore secondary has been bombed often this year (317 passing yards per game allowed) giving up two 400-yard games. The Vikes defense should struggle to contain Jackson and his receivers, as this game has one of the highest implied totals of Week 9. All of these factors give Cousins a high volume floor and a chance at QB1 numbers.

Taysom Hill vs ATL

Assuming Hill will be fully cleared from concussion protocol after a scary couple of weeks, the dual threat quarterback makes for a strong start in Week 9 against a listless Atlanta defense. In two games against the Falcons last year, Hill compiled 465 yards passing, 132 yards rushing, and 4 total touchdowns. With the keys to the offense fully in his possession, Hill could be a strong fantasy asset down the stretch.

Dak Prescott vs DEN

Oh so close to suiting up last week, Prescott has already gotten in a full practice this week, and should be back to his elite ways against Denver. Yeah, the Broncos have been solid against the pass, but Dallas just has too many threats to deploy, and can attack all levels of the field. While not exactly at the torrid pace of his pre-2020 injury form, Prescott is a rock solid weekly QB1.

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Derek Carr @ NYG

Carr has been masterful this season, especially in the two games since the resignation of John Gruden. Hes spread the ball out more this season, utilized the athleticism of his receivers better, and largely carried an offense that has struggled to run the ball consistently. A solemn cross country trip against the backdrop of what happened earlier in the week with Henry Ruggs III, and a wounded and angry Giants defense that has rebounded after a slow start, leaves me wanting to avoid Carr at all costs.

Ryan Tannehill @ LAR

Henry was the V12 engine that powered this offense, so Im very curious to see how the Titans function without him. The threat of #22 running downhill enabled the play-action and roll-out based offense that was a perfect fit for Tannehill. Without that, they become one-dimensional, and on the road against an aggressive Ram defense is not where I want to be at starting quarterback.

Mac Jones @ CAR

As far as rookie quarterbacks go, Jones is leading the way. His 9-6 touchdown to interception ratio may be underwhelming, but he’s managing games pretty well and giving his team a chance to win close games. But make no mistake, this is a run-first and often team, and Jones simply doesn’t have difference making pass catchers, so you’ll have to be happy with a dink and dunk offense. This isn’t a great spot match-up wise, and Jones’s ceiling is just too low to take a chance.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers