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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 5 Quarterbacks



By Colby Cavaliere | 10/7/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

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Trey Lance @ ARI

With Jimmy G once again hobbled with a lower leg injury, and playing injury spy games in the media, I think Trey Lance makes the start. Although the offense had become stagnant the last few weeks, Lance is in no way ready to lead this team, but offers elusiveness and playmaking ability especially on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL. Fortunately Lanceís rushing upside (41 yards in a half last week) and scoring ability (four accounted for touchdowns in incredibly limited work) could be a fantasy bonanza in a desert shootout in Week 5.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins vs DET

A mediocre defense, and a trio of dangerous pass catchers has made Cousins a fantasy surprise to start the year. The offense failed to get much going last week against the Browns, but the passing game cooks against porous defenses, and thatís what awaits the Vikes in Week 5. Detroit has been far more competitive than I thought they would be, but moxy and attitude only gets you so far when the talent gap is that wide. With 625 yards and 6 touchdowns in two meetings against the Lions last year, look for Cousins to be a solid start.

Joe Burrow vs GB

Coming off his best game of a season last Thursday night, itís clear that Burrow has shaken off the rust. He was dominant in the 2nd half in their comeback win, and gets a Green Bay defense at home that looks to be without All-Pro corner Jaire Alexander. While Burrow should get Tee Higgins back, the loss of workhorse Joe Mixon means the Bengals could revert back to the pass happy scheme that saw Burrow chuck it up 40+ times a game in 2020. With a 49.5 over/under for the game, there is plenty of room for production.

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Carson Wentz @ BAL

Broken different parts on a weekly basis, Wentz and the Colts hit the road to take on a Raven defense that has begun to settle in. There simply isnít any pop and sizzle in the Indy passing game, and their best offensive lineman is out on IR. Wentz is near the bottom of the rankings in yards per attempt, and has only five touchdowns in the first four games. With bye weeks not yet a concern, Wentz should be on fantasy benches for the foreseeable future.

Baker Mayfield @ LAC:

Following the blueprint that was so successful last year, Cleveland continues to tailor their offense to a two-headed running game, and limit the passing game to safe comfortable throws. While an effective way to win in real life, especially with a banged up WR room, itís certainly not great for fantasy football. Mayfield also hasnít been very efficient recently; completing only 34 of his last 64 (53%) throws. With as many passing touchdowns as Davis Mills (2) over the first four weeks, Mayfield is far from fantasy relevant.

Teddy Bridgewater/Drew Lock @ PIT

Bridgewater is in concussion protocol, and Lock just stinks. I know this Pittsburgh defense is a shell of its former self, but this storied franchise is backed into a corner and should be fired up for this long-time conference rivalry. Denver’s 3-0 start quickly faded against a quality opponent, and the receiver corps has lost too much downfield threat with the injuries to Jeudy and Hamler, meaning Pitt can take some chances to create pressure. There might not be a Denver starter named until the end of the week, but it really shouldn’t matter.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers