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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 7 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 10/22/20 |
Bye Weeks: BAL, IND, MIA, MIN
QBs | RBs | WRs

Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford @ ATL

Fantasy owners of Stafford this year have to be pining for the good ole days when he was slinging it all over the yard and racking up fantasy points. He sits as the barely rosterable QB24 in standard leagues, and has yet to sniff a 300-yard game since Week 1. But boy is this a great week to get him in your lineups. Not only will game script be in his favor, but the Falcons defensive woes have made them a unit to target all year. At 56.5 this game has the highest implied total in Week 7, so a good ole fashioned dome shootout is in the works. Stafford hasn’t been worth a start many times this year, and probably won’t be going forward, but Golladay is rounding into form, and D’Andre Swift has energized the run game. Roll with Matt.

Justin Herbert vs JAX

Heading into their Week 6 bye Herbert was one of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL. He combined for 7 touchdowns in Week 4 and 5, and started his career with two 300-yard games. After a feisty start, Jacksonville’s defense has been an exploitable matchup, and currently have yielded the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Herbert has a great mix of young and veteran skill position players, and if he continues to play within the offense and utilize his elite physical tools, he has a chance to be a difference making fantasy player this week, and beyond.

Matt Ryan vs DET

The Battle of the Matts takes place in Atlanta this weekend, and both quarterbacks are QB1 options. After a few down weeks, Ryan bounced back in a big way in Week 6 as Julio Jones looked healthy for the first time in a while. With one of the best 1-2-3 receivers in the NFL in Jones, Ridley and Gage, Ryan welcomes the toothless Lions defense to Atlanta. Detroit has yet to allow a 300-yard passer, but that’s more of a product of game script and their run defense being so bad. Both QBs in this game are top-10 options in what have the makings of a fireworks show.

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Jared Goff vs CHI (Mon)

Until last week, 2020 was shaping up to be a very fine season for Goff and the passing game. But then Week 6 happened, and once again cold water was thrown on Goff’s ability. When given clean pockets he can move the ball down the field, but when made uncomfortable, Goff fails to extend plays or throw off platform. The 49ers speedy linebackers snuffed out any of the short yardage passes, and since the Rams lack a receiver that can get 50-50 balls with regularity, their deep passing game just doesn’t exist. Chicago’s defense is menacing again, giving up the fewest (4) passing touchdowns in the league. They have the aggressive and physical personnel to give Goff fits. Look for the Rams to try and establish the run game, and give Goff easy throws. That combination is usually a disaster for a quarterback’s ceiling.

Jimmy Garoppolo @ NE

Much like Goff, when given clear sailing weather, Garoppolo has the scheme and talent to move the offense and look good doing it. But when things get messy in the pocket, and the timing of the receivers is off, Jimmy G just doesn’t have the skillset to overcome adversity. This offense is built on getting the ball to backs and receivers within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and watching the magic happen. The Pats are simply coached too well to be fooled by pre-snap shenanigans and I see this being a defensive slugfest of a game in Foxboro. With points at a premium, look elsewhere for quarterback help.

Gardner Minshew @ LAC

At 1-5 the luster of a competitive 1st quarter of the season is dulling for Minshew and the Jags. Still quietly the QB7, Minshew played poorly against a bad Lions defense last week. Still a little streaky at times, and slowly losing a reliable running game, Minshew could struggle against a game Chargers team fresh off their bye. With so many quality options at the position, it’s tough to trust Minshew as one of them right now.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers