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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 3
9/20/18
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Kirk Cousins

Picking on the Bills will be a popular theme this season. Cousins and Vikings reap the rewards in Wk 3.


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Kirk Cousins vs BUF: Cousins has been everything Vikings fans and fantasy owners could have hoped for so far in 2018. Heís compiled a 6-1 touchdown to interception ratio, as well as nearly 700 yards passing. Coming off an epic dual with the division rival Packers, Cousins has the luxury of playing at home against a crumbling Bills team. Heís also been blessed with the best overall group of skill position players in all of football, and should continue to pile up numbers this week. Buffalo could be starting street free agents in the defensive backfield this week, making Cousins a top-5 play at the position.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs PIT: I say ride this wagon till the wheels come off! Playing (and dressing) absolutely out of his mind the first two weeks of the season, Fitzmagic and the surprising Bucs play host to the NFLís best soap opera. The Steelers are reeling on and off the field, and have to try and slow down the hottest QB not named Patrick Mahomes. Fitzpatrick has dazzled us before, but heís been on seven teams for a reason, it never lasts. Heíll come crashing down hard at some point, but until then, ride the wave! Heís smart enough to know that there is only one way to keep the starting job, keep playing lights out. This team is winning with little defense and no running game, but when a guy is this scorching hot, donít overthink things.

Derek Carr @ MIA: Yeah I know the Raiders are 0-2 and heís thrown two more interceptions than touchdowns, but Carr very quietly completed 90% of his passes on the road in Denver last week, and was lights out in the first half in the game against the Rams before slumping in the 2nd half. Gruden can coach quarterbacks, and I feel a breakout coming for this offense against a Miami defense that is overrated. Despite a lack of major skill position talent, Carr seems to have mastered the nuances of this offense. The Oakland signal caller is very much under the radar, and makes for a very sneaky DFS or streaming pick.

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Alex Smith vs GB: The big story with Alex Smith this week was how great of a mentor he was to Mahomes. While everyone was talking about what a nice guy he was, the team he quarterbacks for went from being a surprise threat, to an also-ran. Here are the facts about the Washington offense. Their running game is being propped up by an over-the-hill hall of famer, and their leading receiver is a running back. When you look at it objectively, Washington has no consistent deep threat to challenge defenses, and the rest of the receiving corps either lacks the talent of ability to get much separation. Smith had a cadre of weaponry with which to work in Kansas City, but those guys simply donít exist in Washington. Smith simply isnít at the point of his career where he can elevate this offense alone, and isnít going to be able to give you enough to be worth the risk as a starter this week.

Andrew Luck @ PHI: NFL Next Gen stats has some pretty cool stuff! One of the knocks on Luck this preseason was his inability or reluctance to throw down the field. Without having seen every snap of his this season, I still had a hunch this was continuing into the regular season. The NFL has a stat called ďCAYĒ, or Average Completed Air Yards. Air yards is the distance a pass travels passed the line of scrimmage before itís caught. After doing a little digging, it turns out Luck has the 3rd lowest CAY in the league, right along with studs like Nathan Peterman and Sam Bradford. In plain English, Luck is dinking and dunking his way down the field. With the Colts unable to challenge the Eagles deep, Philly can sit in zone coverage and take their shots. The Philly faithful will be fired up at home with the return of Wentz, making this a tough spot to trust Luck as a big-time option.

Dak Prescott @ SEA: One touchdown and two sub-200 yard passing games isn’t exactly the recipe for fantasy success. Currently the QB29, Prescott helms the league’s most vanilla offense, and I can’t see this changing any time soon. Outside of Elliott, Dallas has no offensive threats, and as a simple game manager, Dak’s ceiling is one of the lowest in the league. The Cowboys seem content to run the ball and play defense, an archaic strategy in today’s NFL. The Seahawks may be a shell of their former selves, but Century Link Field in Seattle is still a nasty place to play, and the defense is full of young guys who fly around and can be disruptive. Prescott’s 2017 stats, as mediocre as they were, feel like a long time ago.


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