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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 4 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 9/28/23
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Grab a Helmet

1) Jimmy Garoppolo (if he passes concussion protocol but not backup Brian Hoyer) @ LA Chargers

“Jimmy G” is coming off his first 300-yard passing day since Week 7 of 2022, but at some point in the game took a blow to the head and is in concussion protocol. If allowed out to play by Sunday at 4:05 pm, he faces the horrible pass defense, the Chargers, who allow a league-worst 30.2 FPts/G to opposing quarterbacks, which included making Ryan Tannehill look good in Week 2. With Jakobi Meyers back alongside the unstoppable Davante Adams, Garoppolo should post a second-consecutive 300-yard day.

Matthew Stafford

2) Matthew Stafford @ Indianapolis

Stafford is fourth in the league in passing yards despite playing against two tough defenses in San Francisco and Cincinnati. In Week 4, he gets a shot against an “inferior” pass defense which has allowed the third-most fantasy points (27.2). He’s got three solid targets - Puka Nacua, Tutu Atwell and Tyler Higbee. He’s a very good fantasy-worthy option.

3) Andy Dalton vs. Minnesota

The veteran Dalton and the Panthers got in a shootout last weekend and he threw the ball 58 times. If rookie Bryce Young sits out a second game, Dalton could be in for an encore against a generous Vikings’ pass defense which is allowing 26.8 FPts/G. The Minnesota offense will score, so the Panthers’ offense will have to keep pace or get blown out. Dalton keeps them close.

Fourth choice if Jimmy G is declared inactive or Dalton sits...

4) Russell Wilson @ Chicago

Wilson currently ranks ninth among starters with at least two starts, which is well ahead of last season when he ranked 20th among those with more than one start. His production is up four points, from 19.1 FPts/G to 23.1 points, and he’s thrown for 300 yards or more in two of the three games. The Bears have allowed the fifth-most points (25.6).

Grab a Clipboard

1) Lamar Jackson @ Cleveland

Lamar might be a top-10 quarterback, but not when he plays the tough Browns defense. He’s posted just 11.9 and 19.1 fantasy points in the two full games he’s played against them since 2021 (15.5 FPts/G). The Browns are No. 1 against opposing quarterbacks through three games this season allowing just 7.9 FPts/G to Joe Burrow, Kenny Pickett and Ryan Tannehill. They step up in class here to face Jackson, but history, and a Browns’ defense which has limited his running to 127 yards and no scores on 27 rushing attempts in two games means sitting Lamar if you have a solid backup.

2) Anthony Richardson/Gardner Minshew vs. LA Rams

The Rams have yielded just one passing touchdown in three games this season against decent competition (Geno Smith, Brock Purdy and Burrow). They have also allowed just 577 passing yards (192.3 ypg). Richardson’s passing game isn’t ready to beat this quality of defense and coming off a concussion the Colts shouldn’t allow him to run much. Minshew is a nice backup, but isn’t going to blow up here either. Look elsewhere.

3) Dak Prescott vs. New England

Prescott ranks 27th among all quarterbacks averaging just 16.3 FPts/G. Some of that can be attributed to big leads against both New York teams, but his accuracy and effort in the Arizona desert show he’s not on his game. The Patriots’ defense and Bill Belichick are always on their game and will likely take away CeeDee Lamb. If you can avoid this game, do it.

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