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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 9 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 11/5/20 |
Bye Weeks: CIN, CLE, LAR, PHI
QBs | RBs | WRs

Deshaun Watson

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Deshaun Watson @ JAX

Watson, fantasy’s No.8 quarterback gets a dream match-up this week coming out of the bye. Since Bill O’Brien was fired after Week 4, Watson has put together a string of impressive statistical games. Sure the Texans are 1-2 in those games, but Watson has been over 70% completions and 300 yards in all of them. Tack on a 9-2 touchdown to interception ratio, and Watson makes one of the best QB starts of Week 9. With Will Fuller not being dealt, Watson has a full complement of weapons to roll with.

Drew Lock @ ATL

This is more about match-up and likely game flow than how I feel in Lock’s talent. Since he returned from a shoulder injury in Week 6, Lock has been brutal for 90% of his time on the field. It was only a flurry of activity coming back from a 24-3 deficit to win on the final play against the Chargers that has me considering Lock. Even without Courtland Sutton, Lock does have a few receivers that can get down the field in a hurry and playing in the comfy digs of Mercedes-Benz Stadium certainly helps. I’m not betting the house on Lock this week, but if you need a desperate quarterback fill-in or super cheap DFS play, Lock could be your guy.

Kyler Murray vs MIA

Wow, Miami sure looked like a pack of swarming bees last week as they dismantled Jared Goff and the Rams. With guys like Andrew Van Grinkle taking strip sacks to the house, the Phins have suddenly vaulted themselves into the AFC East conversation. Miami is giving up the 11th fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks and surely will give Kyler Murray fits this week right? Not necessarily. Dig a wee deeper into those defensive stats and you’ll see that the boys from South Beach struggle mightily against quarterbacks who can move. Cam Newton, Josh Allen, and Russell Wilson all had high QB1 weeks against Miami, while an injured Garoppolo and a stiff Goff got the beatdown. Murray’s magical feet will do plenty of dancing this week, so don’t hesitate to roll him out.

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Ryan Tannehill vs CHI

Opening the season 5-0 and navigating a disruptive Covid outbreak made Tannehill the belle of the ball during the first two months of the season. But two straight losses, one to the lowly Bengals, has taken the shine off Tannehill and the Titans. While certainly not his fault, Tannehill has been a tough fantasy sell the last two weeks, barely completing 60% of his passes and struggling to get to 220 yards. Chicago has been suffocating against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an NFL best 8 passing scores and not allowing a passer to reach 300 yards.

Philip Rivers vs BAL

Good Rivers made an appearance last week in a 41-21 drubbing of the Lions. Week 8 was the first time Rivers has thrown for multiple touchdowns without turning the ball over. If he can play solid, efficient football, the Colts have a chance to beat anyone. Unfortunately, riding a few dump off touchdowns to Nyhiem Hines isn’t a weekly recipe for success. The Ravens, smarting from another loss in a big game, are going to force Rivers to push the ball downfield and have the pass rush to force the old man into a turnover or two. This is going to be a physical slugfest of a game between two teams vying for AFC leadership. With a low implied total of 45.5, Rivers is a limited option.

Tua Tagovailoa @ ARI

Getting a win in your first NFL is always an accomplishment, but I wouldn’t be too quick to give Tua much credit for it. Asked to do very little because the defense and special teams units dominated, Tua was only 12/22 for 93 yards. He managed the game, took what the defense gave him, and made it out in one piece. Solid strategy, but not a fantasy difference making one. With fellow rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert balling out, it might be tempting to start the rookie, but Arizona has been surprisingly competent on defense. The rushing floor also doesn’t exist for Tua, as unlike those aforementioned quarterbacks, Tagovailoa is pretty much strictly a pocket passer.

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