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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 14
QBs | RBs | WRs

Nobody needs to be told starting Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, or DeAndre Hopkins is a good idea. Duh, right? You canít have studs at every position, though, unless youíre in the shallowest of leagues. This is where the Shot Caller comes in. Need help deciding which bargain basement QB to use and which to ignore on Mahomesí bye week? Letís talk. Looking for solutions at running back because McAffrey is a game-time decision? Look no further. Need to know which of your unproven targets to start and which to sit since you ignored Hopkins and went RB-RB-Kelce in your first three rounds? You get the idea. Past results may not guarantee future success, but ignoring them entirely can ruin your Sundays in a hurry (maybe even your Mondays and Thursdays). Read on for a little history and, hopefully, a little sage advice.

Note: Fantasy points based on FF Today’s standard scoring system.

Bye Weeks: N/A

Ryan Tannehill

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Ryan Tannehill @ OAK

Has Tannehill resurrected his career in Nashville? It sure seems like it at this point. The former Dolphin has averaged 25.3 FPts/G since he took over the Titansí offense, well above his career average, and seems to be the perfect complement to road grader Derrick Henry and a rugged defense. Iíve especially liked the way heís utilizing his legs, having scored three TDs with them in his last four games. This was always the element Marcus Mariota was supposed to bring to the offense (and did, at times) and if Tanny can continue to be a threat with his feet, his squad will be a tough out come playoff time. Speaking of playoffs, Tennessee could go a long way toward securing a spot by beating the Raiders this Sunday. Start him against an Oakland secondary yielding 25.8 FPts/G to the position so far.

Tom Brady v. KC

Now that New Englandís lost two of four after kicking off the season with an eight-game winning streaking, everyoneís asking whatís wrong with Tom Terrific. Weíre used to watching the ageless one elevate the play of those around him, but somethingís been off since the midway point of the season. He clearly misses Gronk, doesnít have a legitimate second WR, and isnít getting much help from a lackluster rushing attack (96.3 yds/game, 21st overall). Nevertheless, we saw something last week that might be played back again in Week 14. The Pats quickly fell behind, stopped pretending Sony Michel is a difference-maker, and turned the offense into the James White and Julian Edelman show. 326 yards, three TDs, and 29.6 fantasy points later, Bradyís owners could breathe a sigh of relief. Heís still a Top 10 QB and KC is still a great matchup.

Carson Wentz v. NYG (Mon)

Bradyís Super Bowl LII adversary isnít a Top 10 QB this season and has similarly suffered through the seasonís second half. From Weeks 7 through 12, heís averaged just 16.9 FPts/G, a full point better than the future HOFíer in Foxboro but well off his career pace. A 30th-ranked WR corps hasnít helped (16.5 FPts/G), but things are trending upward, at least fantasy-wise, after a solid Week 13 effort against the Fish (27.5 pts). Next up, a Giants defense thatís surrendered fewer than 23.5 points to the position just twice this season, Dwayne Haskins/Case Keenum in Week 4 and Kyler Murray in Week 7. Murray only threw the ball 21 times in that second one, played in lousy weather. This is a great spot for Wentz and his Eagles and they need a W in the worst way.

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Gardner Minshew v. LAC

Minshewís been tabbed to close out whatís been a lost season for the Jaguars and it appears the team is already looking to move on from Nick Foles and his four-year, $88 million contract. Itís hard to blame them. Foles was injured early and ineffective upon his return and, while he was out, the rook from Washington State looked like a cheaper alternative with significant upside. Heís averaged 20.2 FPts/G this yearótied with Philip Rivers and better than several more established signal callers (e.g., Jared Goff and Drew Brees)óand brings noticeable spunk to a franchise desperately in need of it. Unfortunately for him, Riversí teammates are giving opposing QBs fits this season. The Bolts have allowed ONLY two opposing slingers to top 23.5 points, Deshaun Watson and Ryan Tannehill, so it might be best to wait a week on Minshew Mania.

David Blough @ MIN

Bloughís rookie year couldnít have gotten off to a better start. A surprise Thanksgiving Day starter, the undrafted FA from Purdue connected with Kenny Golladay for his first NFL completion, a 75-yard touchdown heave. The Lions would go on to squander this early lead, but the former Boilermaker was terrific throughout, throwing a later TD pass to Marvin Jones and closing the day with 280 yards and 22.1 fantasy points. That would be good for 13th at the position, meaning Blough went from no name to surprise starter to fringe QB1 in a matter of days. What a league, huh? Jeff Driskelís now been placed on IR, meaning the kid makes his first road start this Sunday in Minnesota. I can think of better places to make oneís first NFL road start. He may have saved your bacon last week, but donít expect miracles this week.

Drew Brees v. SF

New Orleans is sitting pretty at 10-2 and looks primed to avenge last season’s brutal NFC Championship loss, especially if they’re able to best the Niners at the Superdome this coming weekend and set themselves up for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. To do so, they’re going to need more from their future HOF wheelman. Brees’ season has been interrupted by injury, yes, but regardless, he’s averaging only 19.6 FPts/G, his worst mark as a Saint. Yup, the last time he averaged fewer than 20 per game, he was wearing a SD Chargers jersey. It’ll be tough getting to 20 this week considering San Francisco allows only 15.6 on average. Kyle Shanahan’s crew struggles with mobile quarterbacks, but Brees is the furthest thing from that. You may not be able to afford reserving him, but if you have a solid backup, consider it.

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