QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 9 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
Jameis Winston’s four picks against the Bengals relegated him to the bench for the beloved Ryan Fitzpatrick – and with good reason. Despite being suspended for the first three games of the season, Winston is still second in the NFL in interceptions (10) this year. Fitzpatrick was named the Week 9 starter as quickly as Monday — because what is the NFL without some Fitzmagic?
Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with multiple five-touchdown games in his first two seasons and the first since 2013 to have four or fewer incompletions. He had more touchdowns than incompletions in the Texan’s TNF win against the Dolphins.And speaking of historic achievements, we return to the Patrick Mahomes tracker with our latest update: His Week 8 performance marked seven straight 300-plus games for the superstar. With 217 fantasy points on the season, it is the fourth-most by any quarterback through his team’s first eight games of any season since 1950.
For my Week 8 picks, though I did fail to forecast Derek Carr’s breakout performance, Mitchell Trubisky continued to put up QB1 numbers. His 70-yard pass TD to Tarik Cohen was the longest touchdown pass by a Bears passer since Jay Cutler’s 83-yarder in 2015. The Bengals four touchdowns in the first half against the Bucs was enough to suffice Andy Dalton and his bounce-back performance, while Case Keenum, despite notching his eighth consecutive game with an interception and facing significant pressure in the pocket, managed to produce a suitable streaming performance.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
Charging forward into Week 9, we have six teams on bye and Trubisky is no longer considered a streamer, exceeding 72 percent ownership going into this week. If he is somehow still available in your league, pick him up. Otherwise, see how your starters fair in this week’s rankings and what potential streamers may be able to help you out if you’re in a bind.1
Week 9 Quarterback Rankings
|Cam Newton||vs Tampa Bay||1|
|Patrick Mahomes||at Cleveland||2|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at Carolina||3|
|Mitchell Trubisky||at Buffalo||4|
|Tom Brady||vs Green Bay||5|
|Aaron Rodgers||at New England||6|
|Kirk Cousins||vs Detroit||7|
|Jared Goff||at New Orleans||8|
|Russell Wilson||vs LA Chargers||9|
|Matt Ryan||at Washington||10|
|Alex Smith||vs Atlanta||11|
|Matthew Stafford||at Minnesota||12|
|Philip Rivers||at Seattle||13|
|Deshaun Watson||at Denver||14|
|Dak Prescott||vs Tennessee||15|
|C.J. Beathard||vs Oakland||16|
|Ben Roethlisberger||at Baltimore||17|
|Drew Brees||vs LA Rams||18|
|Derek Carr||at San Francisco||19|
|Sam Darnold||at Miami||20|
|Brock Osweiler||vs NY Jets||21|
|Joe Flacco||vs Pittsburgh||22|
|Baker Mayfield||vs Kansas City||23|
|Case Keenum||vs Houston||24|
|Marcus Mariota||at Dallas||25|
|Derek Anderson||vs Chicago||26|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Dak Prescott vs Tennessee
Dak Prescott is not the pick-up you want, but he might just be the pick-up you need. Prescott has significantly fallen in fantasy value since his first NFL season, though has improved in the last few weeks, largely due to his success on the ground. Prescott has had a rushing touchdown in each of his last two games and a combined 150 rushing yards in his last three games. He also posted a season-high 273 passing yards in the Week 7 loss against Washington.
With the bye week and a new weapon in WR Amari Cooper, the third-year QB may finally be able to let loose down the field. At home against the Titans, Prescott is a favorable quarterback in a week lacking options. He’s averaged 20.9 fantasy points per game at home, compared to 12.4 on the road. Meanwhile, the Tennessee defense has gotten only three sacks in the past three games and have allowed multiple touchdown passes in all but one game this season.
Though Dallas is still a run-first offense, playing at home off a bye week with a new receiving weapon is enough for Prescott to serve as a low-risk, high-reward QB2 add for those with Andrew Luck, Carson Wentz or Andy Dalton on bye.
Favorite Streamer – Ryan Fitzpatrick at Carolina
It’s almost too easy and obvious to put Ryan Fitzpatrick back in this article, but if you can still get him he’s a waiver-wire steal to better your bye-week blues. After all, he quickly returned to the top of the rankings for a reason. And regardless of who’s under center, the “Tampa Bay QB” is averaging 26.5 fantasy points per game on the season. Whether the Bucs are able to pull out a win or not, they have been a fantasy favorite this season at the quarterback position. In fact, there has only been one week this season that “the Tampa Bay QB” has failed to put up QB6 or higher numbers.
While Fitzpatrick’s matchup against Carolina is far from ideal, the weapons that the Bucs have been blessed with between Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard are enough to make Fitzpatrick an extremely favorable streaming option this far into the season.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Alex Smith vs Atlanta
From a fantasy perspective, Alex Smith has not been relevant thus far — averaging just 15 points per game. He does take a leap in the rankings this week though with an ideal matchup against the Falcons. The Atlanta defense has given up the second-most points to quarterbacks this season and hasn’t allowed less than 20 points in a game since Week 1.
Though Smith has been as dependent on his running game as he was with the Chiefs, he’ll need to put more focus on his passing game to counter the Falcons explosive offense in order to keep Washington in the game. And with just two interceptions on the season, Smith is due for a bounceback performance in what should hopefully be a shootout.
- Ownership and projected are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times — eight weeks back, five weeks back and three weeks back and averaging results. In cases where it doesn’t make sense to look back at eight games for a quarterbacks, those weeks are removed from the average. (back)