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WR Wes Welker - Los Angeles Rams

5-9, 190Born: 5-1-1981College: Texas TechDrafted: ---

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Week 14: vs Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. So far during his career, Jared Goff has thrown 51/95 for 509 yards passing, four TDs and three interceptions over three NFL starts. Honestly, this is not a horrible effort for a rookie early in his first stint as a starting quarterback. However, from a fantasy owner's perspective last week's 14/32 for 161 yards passing, on TD and two interceptions thrown was a horrid outing. Taking four sacks for -35 yards isn't a good sign either. As has been usual this year, Kenny Britt (six targets for 2/67/1 receiving) was the best fantasy receiver, while Brian Quick was the other guy over 20 yards receiving (eight for 5/48/0). Goff did without $40 million-dollar-man Tavon Austin (chest injury) - we'll see if he can get back in the mix and add to his grand total of 44/401/3 receiving (with 19/91/0 rushing) this season. Atlanta's pass defense handed over 21/25 for 266 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with one sack of Alex Smith for -4 yards last weekend - the Falcons' pass defense coughed up 25/45 for 274 net yards, two TDs and one interception with two sacks generated for -15 yards to the Cardinals' passing attack two games ago. As you can see, they are not shutting down opposing quarterbacks. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Atlanta has averaged 17.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-least in the NFL); and 15.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-least); with 10.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most). Back in Week 10 Atlanta gave up 25/36 for 221 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions and notched two sacks of Carson Wentz for -10 yards - that performance is lowering their recent averages artificially low. For the season, Atlanta averages a league-worst 280.8 passing yards allowed per game, with a gigantic 26 passing scores given out (tied for second-most in the NFL), while claiming a mere seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for 21st) generated. This looks like a neutral matchup this week.

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Schedule

14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ Seattle Seahawks
16vs San Francisco 49ers
17vs Arizona Cardinals