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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 8 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 11/9/23
Bye Weeks: N/A
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1) Jared Goff @ Los Angeles Chargers

Goff’s production ranks 13th overall (21.3 FPts/G), but has a good chance to improve on that total against the worst team in the league – the Los Angeles Chargers (allowing 26 FPts/G). Don’t be fooled by the Chargers defensive work Monday night… it was against the Jets, who have no OL or QB. The Lions have both and a gaggle of pass-catchers in Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Jameson Williams, the newly acquired Donovan Peoples-Jones and talented rookie tight end Sam LaPorta. Coming off a bye they should be healed, rested and ready against a team on a short week.

2) Will Levis @ Tampa Bay

Through two games, Levis has proven to be a pretty good rookie quarterback. He has shown the arm and poise. The Bucs rank 31st against opposing quarterbacks (25.9 FPts/G) and Levis is averaging 250 passing yards and two touchdowns per start. Tampa Bay was lit up by another rookie last week for 470 yards and five scores and only once all season has held an opposing QB under 20 fantasy points.

Geno Smith

3) Geno Smith vs. Washington

Geno Smith had a tough time in his last start against Baltimore, but who doesn’t struggle against the No.1 team against opposing quarterbacks? Washington may be close to Baltimore on a map, but their defenses are worlds apart. The Commanders rank 30th in fantasy points allowed and have yielded a league-worst 20 touchdowns (19 passing, one rushing) through nine games. Smith rebounds here for at least 25 points.

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1) Deshaun Watson @ Baltimore

Watson was solid last week against a bad Arizona squad, but against the league’s best, he’s not a good option. The Ravens are allowing just 14.5 FPts/G to opposing quarterbacks. Watson has thrown for more than 250 yards just once this season and teams don’t get “healthy” against Baltimore, particularly in Maryland where in four tries no QB has cracked through the 16-point barrier.

2) Tyson Bagent vs. Carolina (Thu)

Fields has got in two “limited” practices but will not play Thursday night. He’s certainly a better option than Bagent, who was a nice story when he first got a chance, but showed all his flaws last weekend against New Orleans with 3 INTs. Bagent did rush for 70 yards against the Saints but the Carolina defense has allowed a league-low three yards rushing to opposing quarterbacks on 24 attempts.

3) Kenny Pickett vs. Green Bay

I thought Pickett would be improved this season, then his No.1 target, Diontae Johnson went down. Johnson is back but tight end Pat Freiermuth was placed on the IR and won’t be back until Week 11 at the earliest. Pickett hasn’t thrown for 240 yards in a game and has produced just two touchdown passes in the last five games. The Packers rank sixth against opposing quarterbacks having allowed just eight touchdown passes in eight games and 17.4 FPts/G.

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