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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 13
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Drew Brees

Brees hasn't been a fantasy monster but he did have 3 touchdown game against Carolina in Week 3.

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Ben Roethlisberger @ CIN (Mon): After a midseason rough patch that had him questioning his career, Roethlisberger has rebounded in a big way with 10 touchdowns in his last three games. Heís heating up as the weather cools, and hits the road to take on the division rival Bengals who heís had decent success against. Big Ben has the luxury of throwing to the best receiver in the business, and even though his ceiling might be limited this week, Roethlisbergerís recent high floor means he shouldnít fall flat on his face and lose you a vitally important game. Fire him up as low end QB1.

Philip Rivers vs CLE: Another QB from the 2004 class whoís been dealing lately is Philip Rivers. The grizzled vet has led the Chargers back from the brink of oblivion after their 0-4 start, as they have a chance to grab a share of the AFC West division lead this week. Rivers was throwing darts all over the field against the Cowboys (434 yards) as he posted his highest yardage total since 2015. Like Big Ben, Rivers has a blazing hot receiver, and a threatening running game. Oh, and I didn't even get to the best part! He gets to face off against an 0-11 Browns team that has to travel to the west coast. The Chargers should be able to jump out to a big lead in this one so my only concerns is that Rivers spends the 2nd half handing the ball off, rather than throwing, but few QBs have a better on-paper matchup this week.

Drew Brees vs CAR: While Drew Brees hasn't been the fantasy dynamo weíve come to expect the last few years, heís still 3nd in the NFL in passing yardage, and is the leader of one of the most efficient and explosive offenses in the NFL, despite being held in check last week. Breesí home/away splits have historically been significant, so last week's low scoring total isnít that big of a shock. This week Brees and the Saints host a Carolina team thatís been up and down. Brees has carved the Panther defense up the last several years, and had one of his better games of the season in Week 3 against their division rival. This is an absolutely HUGE game with playoff and division title implications, and the Panthers have been slightly weaker against the pass than the run this year, so look for the Saints to move the ball through the air more than they have recently. Lock Brees in as a strong QB1.

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Marcus Mariota vs HOU: Itís a widely held belief that Mariota has taken a step back as a passer this season. Heís 2nd in the NFL with 12 interceptions, and has only 13 total touchdowns in 10 games. Last week he felt flat against a Colts team thatís barely competed all year, and you canít even rely on rushing points, as the former Oregon Duck only has 9 rushing yards in his last two games. This Titan offense is incredibly vanilla and Mariota seems extremely hesitant to challenge defenses down the field. Heís got another honey-sweet matchup against a middling Texan defense, but this offense is busted, and until Mariota improves on this career worst rough patch, heís nearly impossible to trust this late in the fantasy season.

Matthew Stafford @ BAL: I hate to do this to Stafford since I had him in this exact spot last week, but thereís a whole mess of things I donít like about his outlook in Week 13. While heís had a fairly nice floor, Stafford hasnít gone over 30 fantasy points since Week 1, and his home/away splits slightly skew lower in road games. Baltimore is playing elite pass defense again, and can be rowdy at home. Stafford was beat up pretty good against the Vikings on Thanksgiving, and compromised mobility against the Ravens could be dangerous. This matchup gives me the same vibes that last week did. Detroit is going to have trouble moving the ball consistently, and this smells like another game where Stafford has trouble reaching his weekly average.

Case Keenum @ ATL: Case Keenumís success is by far one of the best stories of the NFL season. As the Vikings starter he’s easily surpassed his career highs in all meaningful passing categories, and a recent hot streak has made him a surprising fantasy option. He’s protecting the football, and has 10 total touchdowns over the past four weeks. But when you take a close look at his numbers, especially on the road against teams with decent defenses, you see the reason Keenum has been a career backup. The Falcons are rolling, and the dome in Atlanta will be rocking. This game is huge for both teams, and until I see Keenum come up big in an important road game against a strong defense, I’ll remain very skeptical. I think he comes back to earth this week, making for a very risky starting option.

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