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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 7
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Nobody needs to be told starting Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, or Calvin Johnson is a good idea. Duh, right? You can’t have studs at every position, though, unless you’re in the shallowest of leagues. This is where the Shot Caller comes in. Need help deciding which bargain basement QB to use and which to ignore on Rodgers’ bye week? Let’s talk. Looking for solutions at running back because Peterson is a game-time decision? Look no further. Need to know which of your unproven targets to start and which to sit since you ignored Megatron and went RB-QB-Jimmy Graham in your first three rounds? I’m your huckleberry. Past results may not guarantee future success, but I believe ignoring them entirely can ruin your Sundays in a hurry. Read on for a little history and, hopefully, a little sage advice..

Note: Fantasy points based on FF Today’s default scoring system.

Bye Weeks: New Orleans, Oakland

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Nick Foles

Plenty of upside for Foles in Wk 7.

Nick Foles v. DAL: Though it ended up on the cutting room floor, my “bold prediction” for the Week 6 Writers Roundtable read thusly: “Nick Foles throws for 300+ yards against Tampa. He’s seemingly miscast in Chipper’s offense, but that's only because people don’t understand what the offense is truly about. It’s about tempo more than any particular scheme or style of play. Foles can move this team and is a real threat to take Mike Vick’s job.” Yeah, what that guy said. OK, so he only threw for 296 yards and I have no way to verify I actually wrote that. I definitely wrote this piece back in August, meaning Foles has been on my radar since before the season began. He’s on everyone’s now and for good reason. He commands a top 5 offense and can really throw the pigskin. So long as Michael Vick is sidelined, Philly’s understudy is a must start.

Brandon Weeden @ GB: It was certainly a topsy-turvy Week 6 for the league’s quarterbacks. Joining Foles as a top 10 producer were such afterthoughts as Thad Lewis, Mike Glennon, and this guy, Brandon Weeden. Meanwhile, such household names as Romo, Rivers, Manning (the other one), and Luck were holding up the bottom third at the position. This is why they play the games, huh? Weeden, like Foles, stands a decent chance of producing again as he heads to Lambeau for a duel with Aaron Rodgers and the eminently exploitable Packers pass defense. Green Bay is yielding almost 300 passing yards per game and 8.7 yards/attempt (a league-worst figure). They’ve also managed just two interceptions, a Weeden specialty, in five games. The Pack will probably be without ballhawk Casey Hayward again and they’ll definitely be missing pass rusher extraordinaire, Clay Matthews. If you’re looking to replace Brees or Pryor in Week 7, give Weeden a look.

Andrew Luck v. DEN: Luck’s MNF debut ended up being a complete dud (202 yards, no TDs, and a pick) as the Colts fell to San Diego in a game that came thisclose to putting the ol’ Shot Caller to sleep. Bear in mind I live out West and didn’t even have the “past my bedtime” excuse to fall back on. Luck wasn’t helped much by his butterfingered pass-grabbers or a defense that couldn’t get Philip Rivers and Co. off the field, but he sure didn’t look anything like the guy that made Peyton Manning expendable when he was out there. How fitting, then, that he gets a chance to redeem himself against that very personage, the legend who preceded him, this Sunday night in the so-called “Horsey Bowl.” Manning’s bringing his defense along, naturally, a group that’s giving up a league-worst 338 passing yards per contest, and that should certainly help Indy’s new gunslinger get back on track.

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Sam Bradford @ CAR: Has any quarterback posted more wildly disparate numbers this year than Sam Bradford? He’s thrown as many as 55 passes in a game and as few as 16. He’s completed 75% of his throws, but also plunged below the 50% mark. He’s topped 350 yards and also tallied just a shade over triple digits. The only thing he’s done with any regularity, in fact, is throw touchdown strikes (at least one per game). While that’s certainly a good thing, it has more to do with the state of St. Louis’ running game, I think, than with anything Bradford is doing. The Rams are the only team without a rushing touchdown in 2013 and now they face Carolina’s top 5 defense. The Panthers are giving up just 13.6 points/game (third overall) and are fresh off a thrashing of Minnesota’s Vikings. My guess is they make things tough for the Rams’ runners AND the guy handing the rock off to them in Week 7.

Matt Schaub or T.J. Yates QB @ KC or Alex Smith v. HOU: A total of 32 quarterbacks posted measurable statistics in Week 6, two more than started games (Atlanta and Miami were on a bye). Matt Schaub and Alex Smith tied for 29th place in points at the position with 9.3, meaning they only bested the two relief pitchers, T.J. Yates and Derek Anderson, who saw action. Yates, of course, replaced Schaub when the latter succumbed to an ankle injury and could get the nod again this Sunday. Don’t even think about it. The Chiefs do bad things to opposing QBs (31 sacks and a 59.8 passer rating, both league bests) and haven’t allowed a 300-yard or multi-TD performance through six games. Not to be outdone, the Texans haven’t even allowed a 200-yard performance thus far! You don’t want anything to do with the signal callers in this one, folks.

Joe Flacco @ PIT: Flacco is currently averaging 19.3 points/game, putting him on pace for a career-best year from a fantasy perspective. If you watch him on TV, however, there’s nothing “career-best” about what you see. He’s struggling mightily and the Ravens are struggling right along with him. In last Sunday’s matchup with Green Bay, for instance, the Baltimore offense spent most of three quarters going three-and-out before things opened up a bit in the final stanza. Flacco finished with 342 yards and a couple scores, the third time he’s topped the 300-yard mark. FYI: Baltimore’s lost all three. If you think they’re gonna be playing catch-up at Heinz Field this Sunday, by all means give him the nod. If you think it could be one of those knock-down, drag-out AFC East affairs, however, look elsewhere. Oh, one more FYI: Pittsburgh’s yielding the fewest points to opposing QBs this season.

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