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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 4 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 10/1/20
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Ryan Fitzpatrick

1) Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Seattle

As good as the Seattle offense has been under Russell Wilson, the other side of the ball for the Seahawks has been giving it all back. The Seahawks defense has allowed the second-most points to opposing quarterbacks (36.4 FPts/G) and allowed a league-high 1,319 passing yards in the first three games (439 ypg). Fitzpatrick may not be Dak Prescott (472 yards) or Matt Ryan (450), but heís a competent quarterback who should thrive under these conditions. Heíll have to score to stay with Wilson and that means throwing the ball. The Dolphins wonít win the game, but I expect close to 30 points from the Miami offense.

2) Baker Mayfield @ Dallas

Sure, the Browns will run the ball behind Chubb, but the Dallas defense has been particularly vulnerable to the pass and with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper and Kareem Hunt out of the backfield, Mayfield will have a chance to post his best numbers of the season to date. OK, thatís not saying much since his best day is just 219 yards and two scores, but the Cowboys have allowed nine touchdown passes in three games (five last week) and at least 270 yards passing in each contest.

3) Drew Brees @ Detroit

Yes, Brees has almost no arm anymore, but heís still a smart guy. Heíll keep throwing short passes to Alvin Kamara and let the stud running back turn them into long plays and he could get Michael Thomas (high ankle sprain) back as well. Quarterbacks have amassed eight touchdowns in the three games against the Lions pass defense which will likely be without Desmond Trufant for another week.

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1) Nick Foles vs Indianapolis

The Colts defense is No.1 against opposing quarterbacks, allowing just 14.2 fantasy points a game. Part of that is other teams donít throw the ball. Theyíve seen just 75 passing attempts. And itís not that opposing teams are running through the Colts defense (theyíve allowed just 12.9 FPts/G to opposing running backs), itís just that the Indy defense is that good and have faced a league-low 154 plays this season while running 192 on offense. You canít score if you donít have the ball. In addition, Nick Foles is not a long-term solution for fantasy owners. Heís never averaged more than 22.5 FPts/G in any season and the Chicago offense is lacking explosiveness without Tarik Cohen. The passing game is pretty much Allen Robinson or nothing and Indy can shut down one player.

2) Philip Rivers @ Chicago

In this era of passing, the Colts are one of the few balanced offense running the ball 93 times and passing 96 times. They threw the ball 46 times in their only loss and a combined 50 times in their two wins. Meanwhile, the Bears are No.2 against opposing quarterbacks allowing 17 FPts/G and just two touchdown passes while picking the ball off three times. Rivers, who can throw interceptions in bunches, will manage his throws and hand the ball off as often as possible behind one of the best running offensive lines in the business.

3) Justin Herbert @ Tampa Bay

Herbert will likely get another start for the injured Tyrod Taylor, but this isn’t the game to stream him. The Bucs defense has allowed 794 passing yards in three games, just three touchdown passes (tied for third-best) and rank fourth allowing 18.1 FPts/G to opposing quarterbacks. They are third in sacks (12) and seventh in QB hits. Herbert has thrown 82 passes in his two starts primarily due to game situations and I’m sure Coach Anthony Lynn would prefer to lower that number.

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