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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 18 Quarterbacks

By Steve Schwarz | 1/4/24
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Tyrod Taylor

1) Tyrod Taylor vs Philadelphia

The Eagles pass defense has been one of the worst all season and with Darius Slay still sidelined doesn’t figure to suddenly get better. Taylor threw for 319 yards and a score last Sunday against a similarly bad Rams’ pass defense. Additionally, if the scoreboard shows Dallas dominating Washington as expected, the Eagles would be locked into the No.5 seed, and they likely pull all their starters in the second half.

2) Jake Browning vs Cleveland

The Browns have nothing to play for and so only bad things can happen if they play their starters. Jake Browning has been a solid backup for Joe Burrow, throwing at a 69.9-percent completion rate and accounting for 12 touchdowns in eight games. He’s thrown for over 300-yards in three of the last five games and against backups with a healthy Ja’Marr Chase should be a viable option.

3) Nick Mullens @ Detroit

Joshua Dobbs and Jaren Hall have come and gone and Nick Mullens will start in Week 18 at Detroit. The Lions' pass defense is 29th-ranked for the season, but has been even worse over the last five games ranking 31st (24.1 FPts/G). Justin Jefferson and KJ Osborn are healthy, rookie Jordan Addison was healthy enough to play last weekend and tight end Johnny Mundt caught four balls including a touchdown. The weapons are there for him so succeed against a porous Lions’ pass defense.

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1) Bailey Zappe vs. New York Jets

Despite the Joe Flacco abuse they suffered last Thursday, the Jets’ pass defense is still top notch. Mac Jones did little in the first meeting between these two teams and Bailey Zappe doesn’t figure to do any better. The Patriots just don't have the receivers to beat “Sauce” Gardner or DJ Reed.

2) Sam Howell vs Dallas

The Cowboys’ defense has kept the last four quarterbacks they faced under 20 fantasy points and those were big names: Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa and Jared Goff. With the NFC East title in sight, they won’t allow Sam Howell to get the best of them. Division games can sometimes be more competitive than expected but this has 31-7 written all over it.

3) Tua Tagovailoa vs Buffalo

The Bills’ pass defense has been much improved since giving up 40 fantasy points to Jalen Hurts. In the four weeks since then, they held Patrick Mahomes in check and haven’t given up a passing touchdown in three games. Tagovailoa will be without Jalen Waddle and possibly Raheem Mostert. Tua won’t be held complete in check as long as Tyreek Hill is heathy, but Cedrick Wilson is no Waddle.

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