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Changing the Call: Week Twelve

@tyler_grez is back with this weeks Changing the Call to help you finish your fantasy seasons strong.

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Week 11 Review 

Start Alex Smith

This game didn’t go quite as planned game script-wise. Joe Burrow went down with a horrific knee injury at the beginning of the third quarter, and this game was never the same. The game script turned run positive, and Alex Smith’s fantasy day halted. He started the week as the 22nd best quarterback and finished the week about as expected at QB23.

Start Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater ended up not playing in this game. He looks to return next week in a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Start Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins ended up being a fantastic play this week even though Minnesota ultimately lost. Cousins was tearing up the Cowboys pass defense and ended the week as the QB5 after being projected as the QB21. 

Sit Tom Brady

The Rams were always going to be a tough matchup. The Rams defense has proven to be a formidable force through 11 weeks and is a matchup you’re going to continue to avoid if possible. Brady struggled overall this week and ended as QB19 after coming into it as the QB11. 

Current sit/start record: 28-11-9


Teddy Bridgewater

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Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Over/Under: 48.5
FantasyPros rank: 25

What does Bridgewater have to do to earn some respect? Just like the Panthers, Bridgewater is currently carrying my sit/start record for the year. He’s reliable and predictable (from a statistical production standpoint), and I love that when selecting any player for my fantasy lineups. Carolina draws Minnesota this week, a team that just allowed Andy Dalton to carve them up. Surely, if Dalton can have the success he had against this Vikings defense, then so can Bridgewater. Bridgewater is still dealing with a knee injury but is poised to play this week. Bridgewater is the current QB13 on the season, and the Vikings defense is in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. I like this matchup a lot.

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa
Opponent: New York Jets
Over/Under: 44.5
FantasyPros rank: 21

Yes, Tua got benched last week. However, head coach Brian Flores stated that he would once again get the start this week against the Jets. I’m not sure Tagovailoa has been bad enough to warrant being benched, but he was. With a player who has the character the caliber of Tua, I expect them to bounce back in a big way. On top of that, he will have a plus-plus matchup this week. The Dolphins as a whole underperformed last week. This is their opportunity to get back to their winning ways, and their rookie quarterback will be leading that charge. The pass rush that gave the Dolphins problems (and got Tagovailoa sacked six times) against Denver will be far forgotten with the Jets. I expect this offense, and Tua, to get comfortable once again.

Ben Roethlisberger

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Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
Over/Under: 45
FantasyPros rank: 13

Coming into the week as the 13th ranked QB is already a pretty high endorsement of what is expected from a player fantasy-wise. Although, I expect Roethlisberger to be better than that. FantasyPros has him ranked as a borderline QB1 (top 12 at the position) this week, while I think he’s virtually a lock to finish as a top player at the position. The Ravens defense has been giving up more and more points, and the Steelers offense is one of the best in the league. Their trio of Claypool, Smith-Schuster, and Johnson is proving to be one of the most, if not the most, dangerous groups in all of football. Roethlisberger has been the biggest benefactor of that all year long.


Tom Brady

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Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
Over/Under: 56
FantasyPros Rank: 8

The one thing that the Chiefs do really well is stop the pass. They’re able to generate pressure on the quarterback and man up receivers down the field. Brady struggled against the Rams last week, and I don’t believe he performs much better this week. The one thing that is obviously going to be working in his fantasy favor is the potential game script of playing from behind or in a close game the entire time. I don’t believe there is a world where the Buccaneers boat race the Chiefs, but there is a good chance that the opposite could happen. If Tampa Bay is going to win this game, it’s going to be because they control the clock and can run the football and not because Brady is slicing up this Chiefs secondary.

Thank you for once again tuning in to my sit/start calls for the quarterback position. You can find all of my work on my Twitter profile, @tyler_grez. I also post weekly rankings for Game On Wisconsin, host the Game on Fantasy podcast and co-host the Sunday editions of the Packaday podcast. Be sure to join the #nerdherd to get access to some of the best dynasty analysis on the internet.

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