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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 16 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 12/22/22
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

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1) Sam Darnold vs. Detroit

It’s about the only situation where you can type Sam Darnold’s name into a lineup… against the Lions. Despite their winning ways of late (six-of-seven), Detroit is still the most generous of pass defenses allowing a league-high of 27.4 FPts/G over the last five and 27 FPts/G for the season. It would be a “Hail Mary” type play, but if you are stuck for quarterback options, it’s going to be there as he’s rostered in just six-percent of all leagues.

2) Geno Smith @ Kansas City

Smith ranks sixth-overall this season averaging 23 FPts/G and faces a Chiefs’ pass defense which is giving up the fourth-most points thru Week 15 and even worse over the last five (25.6). They have allowed a league-high 11 wide receiver touchdown passes since Week 11. That makes Smith a must start.

3) Zach Wilson vs. Jacksonville (Thu)

The Jaguars rank 27th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (23.3) and even worse over the past four games allowing 24.9 FPts/G. With Mike White still sidelined (ribs), Wilson will make a second consecutive start. He produced a solid 24.6 fantasy points in Week 15 versus the Lions (18-of-35 for 317 yards, two TDs and one INT) worthy of a top-10 result. He faced Jacksonville in Week 16 of 2021 and put up 24.2 fantasy points mostly because of his legs (4-91-1). You could do a lot worse.

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1) Andy Dalton @ Cleveland

Teams are too busy, and too successful, running on Cleveland to throw the ball that much. The Browns rank fifth against fantasy quarterbacks and 30th against running backs. Dalton has cracked the 20-point mark just once in the last seven games and twice all season. After throwing the ball just 17 times in Week 15, he’s not about to see enough action to produce big numbers in Week 16 against the Browns.

2) Brock Purdy vs. Washington

Sure, Purdy has produced three wins in three games, but he’s only averaging 20.2 FPts/G which ranks 15th for the last three weeks. While the Commanders rank just 14th in QB fantasy points allowed for the season, a further examination shows they rank third (16.4 FPts/G) since Week 11. Expect a low-scoring battle here (O/U 39.5) leaving few opportunities to post a big number.

3) Kenny Pickett vs. Las Vegas

Pickett is expected to return to the starting lineup, but even if it’s Mitchell Trubisky, this is not a great place for a Steelers quarterback. The Raiders were one of the worst teams over the first nine games (25.2 FPts/G allowed), but has become one of the best over the last five allowing just 16.9 FPts/G.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers