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The Shot Caller's Report - Quarterbacks
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 3
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Josh Allen

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Lamar Jackson @ KC

Even the most ardent Jackson supporters didnít see this coming. After absolutely shredding the Dolphins in Week 1, (this might be a reoccurring theme this year), Jackson followed that up with a dominant performance over the Cardinals last week, rushing for over 100 yards and throwing for two scores. Finally facing a varsity level defense this week against the Chiefs, the bigger story is the duel between the two hottest quarterbacks in the NFL. KC, while fielding better defensive units than the Dolphins and Cards, still is a middle of the pack unit against quarterbacks. Jackson wonít be intimidated playing in Kansas City, as he made a start there last season and played well in a narrow loss. This game has some insane fantasy potential, so keep rolling Jackson out as one of the biggest difference makers at the position.

Dak Prescott @ MIA

The Cowboys are the next team to eat at the fantasy buffet that is the Miami defense. The Boys are favored by over 20 points in what should be another massacre. Trading Minkah Fitzpatrick mid-week, means there will be a shuffling in the secondary for the Phins. Look for Prescott and the offense to be aggressive early to build a big lead before leaning on Elliott to run out the clock. Along with Jackson and Mahomes, Prescott is running circles around the rest of the quarterbacks in fantasy football.

Josh Allen vs CIN

Allen is showing maturity and poise in his second season, and the Bengals are fresh off getting roasted by the Niners, making this a great breakout spot for the former 1st round pick. Yet to truly bust out on the ground this season, Allen has still managed over 20 fantasy points per game during the seasonís first two weeks on the back of two rushing touchdowns and a near 65% completion percentage. Cinci barely slowed down a mediocre Niner offense as they went off for over 570 total yards. This is the Bills home opener and the Bengal offense canít seem to sustain drives, meaning Allen should have plenty of opportunity to put points on the board.

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Baker Mayfield vs LAR

Even in their laugher against the Jets, this offense didnít look right. Mayfield in particular was a mess on Monday, turning the ball over for the 4th time this season, and missing several wide open throws. Perhaps still feeling the effects of a Week 1 hand injury, Mayfield has been jittery and inaccurate behind a line that isnít blocking much of anything. The Rams and their aggressive front pose a stiff challenge for a Cleveland offense that will likely be more conservative than usual to protect Mayfield. Until they get their blocking figured out, the offense wonít be able to realize their potential. With a run heavy game-plan a distinct possibility, sit Baker this week.

Joe Flacco @ GB

Underwhelming even when he plays decent, Flacco attempted 50 passes last week against the vaunted Bears defense, completing 70% of them. Despite 35 completions, Flacco didnít sniff 300 yards and the Broncos failed to score more than 14 points for the second straight week. As a game manager extraordinaire, Flaccoís big arm seems to be wasted in a dink and dunk conservative offense. I donít expect Denver to start slinging it around the yard against one of the best defenses in the league, so pass on Flacco in Week 3.

Daniel Jones @ TB

The Jones-Eli debate has raged on since Jones, the much maligned 6th overall pick tore it up this preseason. Talk radio was rampant with hot takes this week about the Eli benching, and frankly I canít take it anymore. I know many a player has lit up the preseason only to wilt when the lights came on for real, but Jones did impress me every time he took the field this summer. The biggest problem he faces this week is a lack of healthy weapons out wide, and a Tampa secondary playing MUCH better than anyone could have imagined. The Bucs have given up as many touchdowns as theyíve made interceptions, and this has come in games against Garoppolo and Newton, so not exactly slouches. Look for an incredibly run heavy offense in this one as the G-men try to protect both their rookie, making his first start in the NFL on the road, and carrying one of the leagueís worst defenses. With such a low ceiling this week, donít gamble on the rookie just yet.

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