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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 7
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Bye Weeks: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle

A QB1 in Week 7? Baker Mayfield finished as the QB13 in Week 5 - his best fantasy finish to date.

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Baker Mayfield @ TB: The shine on Mayfield’s strong start dulled quite a bit last week in the beating the Browns took at the hands of the Chargers. Baker got roughed up to the tune of 5 sacks, and an ankle injury may have a played a part in the sloppy outing. Luckily for Mayfield and the Browns offense Tampa Bay is on a historically bad defensive trajectory. They’ve fired their D-coordinator and figure to offer little resistance to Cleveland. The game script should keep the Browns passing attack busy, as Tampa can score in bunches and Cleveland’s defense can struggle away from the Dawg Pound. Look for 35+ attempts for Mayfield and an improvement in efficiency making him a back end QB1 for Week 7.

Eli Manning @ ATL (Mon): The popular scapegoat for all of the 1-5 Giants ills, Manning is gifted a “get right” matchup in Week 7. The Falcons defense is another of the NFC South’s disaster areas, and Manning has some of the most elite skill position talent in the league. I get what the Giants are trying to do. They figure it’s prudent to get the ball in Barkley and Beckham’s hands quickly and let them hit the home runs. This mediates the bad line and Eli’s lack of mobility. But the problem is defenses have figured this out and Manning’s skills have eroded quicker than anticipated. Luckily for the G-Men, Atlanta’s back end isn’t good enough to contain New York’s receivers. Manning should be the beneficiary of a few big plays from his guys, enough to make him a sneaky bye week streamer.

Carson Wentz vs CAR:
Looking spry and healthy, and getting his groove back with Alshon Jeffery, Wentz looked like his MVP-self last week against the Giants. Philly still has a set of the most complete pass catchers in the league, as they create mismatches at all levels of the defense. Carolina’s defense was torpedoed by short fields against Washington, and I don’t like their chances on the road this week either. As good as the linebackers for Carolina are, they can’t run with Ertz, and Jeffery commands attention. I like Agholor and a few of the lesser utilized deep threats to hit a few big plays. Philly runs the ball a lot more at home than they do on the road, but Carolina’s defensive weakness resides in the secondary. He’s getting hot, so take advantage of Wentz as a top end QB1.

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Drew Brees @ BAL: Having Brees in this spot is more a testament to the tremendous defense the Ravens are playing. While everyone else is surrendering 40 points and 400 yards a game, the Ravens lead the NFL in scoring defense by a wide margin. Surrendering a microscopic 12.8 points per game, Brees faces a unit fresh off an 11-sack undressing of the Titans offense. On the road against such an elite defense, I see this as a low-scoring physical game where the splash plays of the Saints passing game will be limited. I’m going to start Brees if I have to, but in daily leagues I’m looking elsewhere.

Deshaun Watson @ JAX: While the yardage has been there all year, Watson and the Texans offense just can’t seem to find the endzone frequently enough. They are 21st in the NFL in scoring, and Watson has just 10 total touchdowns to go with 7 interceptions. The Dallas and Buffalo defenses have held Watson in check the last two weeks, and now comes a very angry Jacksonville team playing at home for the first time in a while. The lack of explosive scoring production and a wounded but prideful opponent make Watson a poor bet in Week 7.

Case Keenum @ ARI: There is certainly a good chance that by the time this article goes live that Keenum could be benched, and that’s a true measure on just how bad things have gotten in Denver. Hardly an upgrade on the dredges that the Broncos have trotted out at quarterback in recent seasons, Keenum just hasn't been able to capture the magic of his playoff run with the Vikes. Most of the offense comes too little, too late in games, and the crowd even cheered when back-up Chad Kelly briefly entered the game last week. The Cards are a bad team, but the defense has been respectable, especially at home. With his back to the wall maybe Keenum lights it up, but there’s an equally good chance he could be yanked after halftime. With that much uncertainty you should look elsewhere for a starter.

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