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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 16
12/21/17
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: N/A

Russell Wilson

A Russ rebound is likely after a 142-yard effort against the Rams - his worst performance since Wk 1.


Grab a Helmet

Cam Newton vs TB: Picking Newton as my first start is going to set the tone for this championship SCR. Iím not going to get cute, so Iím going to zero in on highly favorable matchups that will hopefully put you over the edge. So letís kick things off with Cam. Fantasyís No.4 scoring quarterback so far this year, Newton has been a tremendously consistent play for much of the year. His floor has been about 15 points, and last week we got a sense of his ceiling, when he threw 4 touchdowns. With Greg Olsen back at full strength and Christian McCaffrey playing his role perfectly, Newton is surrounded with reliable short and mid-range targets. This week they face off against a depleted Bucs defense that played with gusto Monday night, but going back on the road should take plenty of wind out of their sails (arrr mateys). The Panthers have everything to play for, and so do you. Start Newton with supreme confidence.

Russell Wilson @ DAL: Wilson and the Seahawks are too proud of a team to not bounce back from last weekís drubbing at the hands of the Rams. Despite their depleted defense and struggling offensive line, this team still has the heart of a champion. Wilson is too much of a competitor to let this team go down without a fight. The Seahawks are on life support and Dallas doesnít possess the talent the Rams defense has. I think Seattle comes out firing and I expect Wilson to lead the way. Heís been fantasyís No.1 quarterback for most of the year for a reason, so donít let last week sway you. Trust Wilson in game that is huge for all involved.

Blake Bortles @ SF: If you would have told me in early September that Week 16ís Shot Callerís Report would feature Bortles in this spot I would have laughed. But a confluence of factors has brought Bortles into the limelight and made him a near must start for fantasyís Super Bowl Week. Bortles has buzzed around the top 5 for weeks now, and heís feasting on a string of near perfect matchups. His defense provides short fields, plenty of opportunities, and Bortles is throwing darts all over the field. To make things more impressive, heís doing so with a cast of receivers that most people havenít even heard of. The Niners are 3-0 in their last three games, but still donít play effective pass defense. Heís still Blake Bortles, but you canít argue with the production. Fire him up as a strong QB1.

Grab a Headset

Eli Manning @ ARI: Manning turned back the clock with a lights out performance last week in a near upset of the Eagles. The offense was astonishingly effective for the first time all year, but I donít feel good about a repeat. Manning is still an aging vet on his last legs, and although Arizona is far from world-beaters on defense, they have the personnel to make life miserable for Manning and his receivers. If you start Eli this week itís a classic case of chasing points.

Brett Hundley vs MIN: After being eliminated from the playoffs the Packers officially shut Aaron Rodgers down for the season. Doing that was best for him, but clearly not for your fantasy team. Hundley has had a few respectable games, but heís not only facing the best defense in the league, but heís likely to do so without his most reliable receiver, Davante Adams (concussion). Hundley has had a clear affinity for Adams, and Iím not exactly excited to see what he does when he doesnít have him. Minnesota has a bye to play for, and I donít expect this team to let up. Thatís bad news for Hundley and the Packers offense.

Tyrod Taylor @ NE: Taylor has wavered between average and awful against the Patriots over the last several seasons. In their Week 13 matchup he left early with a knee injury, but before he left he only completed 50% of his throws and had an interception. Taylor has done most of his damage against the Pats on the ground, an area New England has been pretty generous at. New England is also showing defensive cracks again, so I can see why Taylor looks like an interesting option this week. But the Bills lack offensive weapons outside of Shady McCoy, and I expect he’ll be the focal point of the defense. I just don’t feel good about Taylor on the road in New England in late December. Proceed with extreme caution.


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