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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 6
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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 Barkley 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: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oakland

Kyle Allen

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Kyle Allen @ TB (London)

From a purely statistical standpoint, Allenís looked more like a backup QB than a start-worthy headliner since that 29-point performance against the Cardinals back in Week 3. Nevertheless, his record as an NFL starter is still unblemished (4-0) and he hasnít, in his defense, had to do much other than hand the ball off to Christian McCaffrey lately. Carolinaís offense essentially IS CMC these days, as the Stanford stud accounted for 53% of the yards and 75% of the Panthersí TDs in Week 5. I wonít say he canít duplicate that feat in Week 6, but if he does, heís unlikely to get most of it on the ground. Tampaís yielding just 69.8 rushing yds/game (No.2 overall) and 3.1 yds/carry (No.1). By contrast, the Bucs have surrendered a staggering 379.5 yds/game the past four weeks. Allen becomes more important this Sunday.

Matt Ryan @ ARI or Kyler Murray v. ATL

Arizona finally got Coach Bro his first NFL victory, setting the stage for a battle of one-win teams desperately hoping to build some positive momentum. Barring a tie (another one, in Arizonaís case), the team mostly likely to do that is the team which does a better job slowing down the opposing slinger. The Falcons and Cards are yielding almost 27 FPts/G to opposing quarterbacks and have combined to give up 24 TD tosses against only two picks through five weeks. Thatís a roundabout way of saying we might be in for an olí fashioned shootout, just 200 miles up the road from Tombstone AZ, site of the most famous one in history. Each of these guys will account for 300 yards, one way or another, and it wouldnít surprise me if they were both Top 10 performers in Week 6.

Gardner Minshew v. NO

Did somebody say Top 10 performer? Minshew isnít technically thatóheís QB11 through five weeksóbut weíre making him an honorary member of the club due to the fact he didnít start all five games. Since taking over for an injured Nick Foles about 10 minutes into the opener against the Chiefs, all the rook from Wazzu has done is complete two-thirds of his passes, average north of 250 yards/game, and sport an impeccable, un-rookie-like 9-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio. Oh, and he can run a little too (124 yards, fifth overall). This week, Minshew and the Jags host a 4-1 Saints squad that has somehow been outscored by opponents (116-115) and gives up over 27 FPts/G to opposing signal callers. Only Miami and Tampa have been worse thus far. Expect Joe Public to be all over New Orleans. My money will be backing Minshew Mania. Start him.

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Daniel Jones @ NE (Thu)

New York GM Dave Gettleman was crucified for selecting Jones sixth overall in Aprilís draft, so he mustíve felt sweet vindication when the former Dukie terrorized Tampa in his first NFL start (332 yards passing, two passing TDs, and two rushing TDs). I was part of that critical chorus back on draft day and, thus, have to admit we were too hard on the Giantsí shot caller. That doesnít mean Jones is a surefire star after one good game against Tampaís rotten secondary. Heís been pedestrian in successive outings against Washington and the Vikings and now faces his toughest test yet, a Thursday night roadie against Bill Belichickís Pats, with very few weapons. New England is holding opposing passers to a brutal 44.0 passer rating so far, about 20 points LOWER than Luke Falkís current rating. Jones might be the future, but he sits now.

Marcus Mariota @ DEN

Pundits were much higher on Mariota back in 2015, present company obviously included, but even a homer such as myself canít keep making excuses for Oregonís only Heisman winner (GO DUCKS!). Not that I donít have plenty at the ready: His receivers stink, his line stinks, and heís been through FIVE offensive coordinators since he entered the league. That said, he doesnít seem to process plays fast enough, is inconsistent with pigskin placement, and isnít thick enough to use his wheels more often, the dimension that made him lethal in college. Mariota will have some good games the rest of the way and Iím not even sure the Titans canít make the playoffs still, but to do it, theyíll likely revert to the conservative formula that worked late last season: a whole lot of Derrick Henry and a whole lot more defense. Sit Marcus against Denver Sunday.

Joe Flacco v. TEN

In fact, sit the guy heís opposing too. This rash of early-season quarterback injuries puts guys like Mariota and Flacco on our radar (especially in two-QB leagues) and the latter, admittedly, hasnít been as awful as I thought heíd be. Though he ultimately got outdueled by Gardner Minshew in Week 4, the former Raven threw for over 300 yards and three scores in that one, and then followed it up in Week 5 by leading the Broncos to their first W of the season, a surprise road victory over the Chargers. Tennessee is no great shakes, but they do present a different sort of challenge: they really get after the quarterback (17 sacks so far, tied for fourth overall). Flacco is one of the least mobile QBs around and could struggle against Dean Peesí aggressive front seven. This has all the makings of a 14-10 dud.

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