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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 2 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 9/17/20
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Grab a Helmet

1) Ryan Tannehill vs. Jacksonville

When you think Titans you think Derrick Henry and pounding the rock. Yes, they will do that too, but Tannehill has become a serviceable passer and facing a toothless Jaguars pass rush which couldnít sack a slow-footed and immobile Philip Rivers even once, should allow the Titans quarterback plenty of time to hit a trio of underrated receivers in Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries. A couple of touchdown passes and 275 yards is certainly possible.

Tom Brady

2) Tom Brady vs. Carolina

In years past you would never need to be told to start Tom Brady, but after his first start with the Buccaneers, you might need a push to play him again in Week 2. Players are rarely as bad as they seem or as good and in this case Brady looked horrible against a tough New Orleans Saints defense. This time around, he gets one of the worst defenses in the league, one in which the Raiders racked up 34 points and even made Derek Carr look like a solid quarterback. Mike Evans will be one week healthier and an angry Brady will not make multiple mistakes in consecutive games. This game has 300 yards and three touchdown passes written all over it unless Bruce Arians calls off the dogs early.

3) Philip Rivers vs. Minnesota

The Vikings secondary was abused by Aaron Rodgers and itís going to happen again this week. Give Rivers time and he wonít throw interceptions and Minnesota managed zero sacks in Week 1. Additionally, the loss of Marlon Mack means the Colts backfield is a rookie and a pass-catching specialist, Nyheim Hines. Rivers was 8-for-8 when targeting Hines on Sunday, reminiscent of his fondness for Austin Ekeler and he was even 6-for-6 with rookie Jonathon Taylor. T.Y. Hilton should thrive against a defensive backfield of Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris.

Grab a Clipboard

1) Deshaun Watson vs. Baltimore

Iím sure many of you are saying Iím not sitting Watson against anybody, heís my plug-and-play guy. Be forewarned, this is not the time to be stubborn. The Ravens juggernaut is stingy on defense and good when playing with a lead which is often when Lamar Jackson is your quarterback. They yielded just 282 points in 2019 (third-best) despite playing a lot of prevent defense in the fourth quarter (yielded more than 30% of their points in the fourth quarter). These two teams met a year ago and it wasnít good for Watson. His team was shutout for three quarters before one of those late garbage-time touchdowns and the Texansí quarterback went 18-of-30 for 169 yards, no scores and one interception. Since that meeting Baltimore traded for All-Pro DE Calais Campbell, signed Derek Wolfe and spent a No.1 draft choice on LSU linebacker Patrick Queen. The rich getting richer. They were the only team to hold an opponent to single-digits in Week 1.

2) Matt Ryan @ Dallas

Ryan wonít be horrible, itís just after Week 1 expectations will be far too high. The Seahawks, without Jadeveon Clowney, have no pass rush to speak of. Dallasí pass rush is much more formidable. In the loss to the Rams the Cowboys couldnít stop the run, and I expect the Falcons will look to the ground game a lot more than the paltry 18 times they ran while far behind Seattle in Week 1. Between Todd Gurley, Brian Hill and Ito Smith I see close to 30 carries leaving less opportunities for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and in particular Russell Gage.

3) Drew Lock @ Pittsburgh

The Steelers defense is one to avoid at all costs. They have talent at every level with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree rushing the quarterback, linebacker Devin Bush roaming the middle and both Joe Haden and Minkah Fitzpatrick in the secondary. Lock was decent in a loss against a strong Tennessee defense without his No.1 receiver (22-of-33 for 216 and 1 TD). Even if Courtland Sutton (shoulder) returns to the lineup across from rookie Jerry Jeudy and talented TE Noah Fant this isn’t the time to challenge a defensive Goliath to a fight. Use your backup or find another inexpensive option like Tannehill to fit your DFS budget.

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