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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 4 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 9/29/22
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Geno Smith

1) Geno Smith @ Detroit

The Lions have been a very generous defense, allowing quarterbacks an average 26.4 FPts/G which partially explains how they can own a 1-2 record despite scoring the second-most points in the league through three games (95). Geno Smith has been accurate (77.5% completion rate) and the Lions’ haven’t picked off any passes this season. The Seahawks running game has not been good (240 yards at 4.0 ypa), therefore they will go to the air to win this game behind Smith, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

2) Cooper Rush vs. Washington

Dallas management has grown more confident in Cooper Rush’s ability to handle the offense with each win and now will let him open up the offense against a Commanders’ defense which has allowed a league-high eight touchdown passes. Rush can be a replacement for an injured quarterback (possibly Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones) or one with an ugly matchup (see below).

3) Russell Wilson @ Las Vegas

Russell Wilson has too many good weapons to be stuck in 26th place among all quarterbacks this season (15.8 FPts/G). That should change against a Raiders’ pass defense which has allowed 25.4 FPts/G, including a pair of QB rushing touchdowns. Wilson gets healthy here by using his legs as well as his arm.

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1) Matthew Stafford @ San Francisco

Stafford is one of two quarterbacks, ranked in the top-20, who has fewer touchdown passes than interceptions (4-5). He’ll face a 49ers pass defense which has allowed just two touchdown passes in three games and a league-low 503 passing yards (167.7 ypg). Stafford threw for less than 300 yards in both regular season games last season and after throwing the ball just 25 times last week in Arizona may not throw the ball enough by design to warrant a fantasy start this weekend.

2) Tua Tagovailoa @ Cincinnati

First, there are questions about his health (both back and ankle issues) and his ability to get back onto the field for the Thursday night game versus the Bengals. Second, Cincinnati has allowed just 14.9 FPts/G through the first three weeks of the season though the quality of the quarterbacks they have faced has not been elite (Mitchell Trubisky, Cooper Rush and Joe Flacco). Still, the Bengals have allowed just two passing touchdowns to date. The Dolphins might try to protect their injured quarterback with a conservative game strategy this week.

3) Patrick Mahomes @ Tampa Bay

OK, no one is going to sit Patrick Mahomes in season-long leagues, but this isn’t a great matchup for daily play. The Bucs are allowing just 15.9 FPts/G to opposing quarterbacks. They have held the Cowboys, Saints and Packers offenses in check and none has scored more than 14 points against their defense.

Note: depending on path of Hurricane Ian, this game could be changed to a later date or moved to Minnesota.

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