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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 5 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 10/5/23 |
Bye Weeks: Cleveland, L.A. Chargers, Seattle, Tampa Bay
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Sam Howell

Sam Howell vs CHI (THU)

If getting roasted by the likes of Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield wasnít enough, the Chicago defense let Russell Wilson and the broken Broncos mount a 21-point comeback in the 2nd half last week. Chicago has been unable to get to the quarterback (last in the NFL in sacks) which is great news for Howell, as heís been taken down a league high 24 times. With time to throw, Howell should build off his strong game against the Eagles and pick apart the banged-up Chicago secondary.

Matthew Stafford vs PHI

Stafford and McVay have been magical this season, overcoming the loss of Cooper Kupp, and a makeshift offensive line to not only be 2-2, but to support two late round league winning fantasy players. Stafford (hip) got beat up a little last week, but has only absorbed nine sacks so far, and the Eagles defense has looked very ordinary. Mac Jones, Kirk Cousins and Sam Howell had top-10 days against this secondary, and so can Stafford.

C.J. Stroud @ ATL

The rookie continues to ball out last week against the Steelers, as he now sits 4th in the NFL with 1,212 passing yards. Heís thrown for six touchdowns and has yet to throw a pick. Heís been able to buck the rookie QB trend by being much more than a game manager, and heís had a solid fantasy floor with very little in the way of rushing stats. Stroud and this passing game is on fire, and nothing about Atlantaís defense makes me shy away.

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Jared Goff vs CAR

Goff was workman like last Thursday against the Packers as the Lions went run heavy. Carolina has been lights out against quarterbacks, giving up a league low 13.5 fantasy points-per-game to the position. The early return of Jameson Williams certainly gives the passing game a new wrinkle, but the Panthers have played some scrappy defense. Carolinaís offense just canít cut it, so I see a similar conservative run-first game plan for Detroit.

Russell Wilson vs NYJ

Wilson has quietly put together a strong fantasy start to the season. Heís already thrown for more touchdowns (9) than he did in the first 13 games of 2022, and heís got a pair of QB1 finishes. Unfortunately, the Jets defense is more stout than anything Wilson has seen thus far and makes Russ a real risky start in Week 5.

Derek Carr @ NE

Playing with a sprained AC join in his throwing shoulder, Carr dinked his way to a 23 completion, 127-yard (5.5 yards per completion if you are keeping track) day vs the Bucs in Week 4. While he came out of the game no worse for wear, he’s been unusable all season even when healthy. The Pats are battered and broken (especially on defense) but I wouldn’t touch Carr this week, even with a few teams on byes.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers