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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 17
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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy G has scored 20-plus FPts in his last three games and gets a depleted Rams team in Week 17.

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Jimmy Garoppolo @ LAR: My how things change. At the start of the year these two franchises were expected to fight for scraps at the bottom of the division, and now, in Week 17, we could be looking at a budding California rivalry. The Rams are in the playoffs and are basically locked into their seed. Jimmy G. has somehow gone 4-0, and made all phases of San Franís roster better (does he sit in the defensive and special teams meetings too?). The Niners are literally the hottest team in football with a four-game win streak and the Rams are expected to rest most of their significant starters. With as sketchy as Week 17 is from a fantasy perspective, go with the guy thatís been white hot.

Philip Rivers vs OAK: The Shot Callerís Report is by far the hardest to do during Week 17. Teams are either resting starters for the playoffs, or playing out the final game before the offseason. And then there are a handful of teams fighting for their lives. The Chargers are one of those teams. They need to win to have a shot at the post-season, and they host a Raiders team coming off a tough cross-country loss to the Eagles. Rivers has cooled in recent weeks, but heís got a prime matchup against a Raider defense that has given up some monster weeks to QBs this season. This Chargers team is as baffling as they come, but with everything on line, and their workhorse running back hobbled, Iím betting on Rivers.

Joe Flacco vs CIN: Normally I wouldnít advocate for Flacco, but sticking with the theme of settling on teams that have everything to play for, means all roads lead to Joe. Cincinnati played inspired last week against Detroit, but has given up some big weeks to quarterbacks in the last month. Flacco has accounted for 8 touchdowns and only 1 turnover during the last four games, and is coming off a game against the Colts that saw him complete a season high 76% of his passes. Baltimore needs to win this one, and will be a scary wildcard team if they get in. Fire up Flacco and his mates for your Week 17 fantasy needs.

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Jameis Winston vs NO: A nightmare season for Winston and the Bucs is about to come to an end. Injuries and sideline antics have overshadowed Winstonís play on the field. Considered a fantasy sleeper my many prior to the season, Winston and this offense fell hard. Devoid of big plays in the passing game, Tampa hasnít been able to overcome adversity this season, and counting on them to put up a fight against a hungry Saints team is asking a lot.

Nick Foles vs DAL: Foles and the Eagles offense were dreadful Monday night against the Raiders. Maybe it was the Christmas Day hangover, or they just overlooked their opponent, but the passing game was out of sync, and thatís not a good thing going to the playoffs. But reading the tea leaves this week tells me that Foles is unlikely to play a full game against Dallas. Head Coach Doug Pederson has said he will get his quarterback ďas many reps as possibleĒ this week. That sounds like a half to me, as he also needs to get back-up Nate Sudfeld some real life reps before the playoffs.

Matt Ryan vs CAR: It speaks volumes for Ryanís fantasy value that I have him in this spot in Week 17, in a must win game. The former MVP is putting up his fewest fantasy-points-per-game (18.5) since his second year in the league. Despite returning all of the skill position players from a year ago, Ryan has regressed, and hasn’t had a two touchdown game since Week 11. For 16 weeks he’s done close to nothing, and a monster break-out game against a division rival who also has something to play for, seems incredibly unlikely. He hasn’t been worth the trouble all season, why start now.

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