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