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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 8 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 10/26/23
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Tyson Bagent

1) Tyson Bagent @ Los Angeles Chargers

Sure, Tyson Bagent wasnít great in his first career start in the NFL, but he wasnít overwhelmed and thatís a good thing for a Division II quarterback. His team won and he threw for 245 yards and a score. What has me looking at him is the fact heís scheduled against the leagueís worst pass defense, which allows opposing quarterbacks a cool 29.4 fantasy points a game. They were destroyed by Tua Tagovailoa, Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins as you would expect, but they were also generous to Ryan Tannehill, Aidan OíConnell and a struggling Dak Prescott. Bagent is certainly a viable option in two QB leagues and maybe more.

2) Kenny Pickett vs. Jacksonville

Pickett has done little this year in a struggling Steelers offense, but the team showed life in a win over the Rams last weekend. The return of Diontae Johnson opposite a talented George Pickens seemed to revitalize Pickett and the offense. The running game, headed by Najee Harris made a rare appearance and Pickett was the most accurate he has been all season (68% completion rate). In Week 8 they play a Jacksonville pass defense ranked 28th to opposing QBs allowing 23.5 FPts/G.

3) Mac Jones @ Miami

Iím not really a Jones fan, but he produced his second-best day of the season against a highly rated Bills pass defense (No.2) last Sunday. Heíll need to be productive in Week 8 because the Dolphins, coming off a Sunday night loss to the Eagles, will not be happy. Their offense figures to put up close to 30 points which means Jones and the Patriots will need to open up the playbook to stay in the game. They met in Week 2 and Jones was respectable in a seven-point loss, but this one should be higher scoring and, in fact, the current over/under total is the highest on the board (47 points).

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1) Joshua Dobbs or Kyler Murray vs. Baltimore

Neither quarterback would be a good option facing the No.1 defense in QB points allowed (13.6) and touchdown passes allowed (4). Dobbs has only cracked the 20-point mark in two of his seven starts. Murray, who spent the first seven weeks on the PUP list with a knee injury suffered late last season, would not be ready to face this defensive crew without any preseason work and it doesnít get better next week with the Browns on the schedule. My guess is Murray returns for Atlanta in Week 10. Look elsewhere for QB help.

2) Russell Wilson vs. Kansas City

Wilson has been improved over last season, by 1.5 fantasy points per game, but that said, this is not a good spot for him. Two weeks ago the Chiefs held him to a season-low 95 passing yards and 11.9 fantasy points at Arrowhead Stadium. There is nothing I see which says this time around will be a lot better just because itís at Mile High.

3) Geno Smith vs. Cleveland

Maybe 2022 was an aberration? Smith’s production is down almost 23%, from 22.2 FPts/G last season to 17.1 through six games. Facing the Browns, even at home, is not a recipe for success. The Browns are allowing 17.6 FPts/G with only Lamar Jackson and Gardner Minshew cracking 15 fantasy points in a game this season.

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