Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 9 of the 2019 fantasy football season.
There’s been a lot of turnover at the quarterback position this season.
There have also been a lot of turnovers coming from the quarterback position.
Mitchell Trubisky had two and Kyle Allen had three last week, but their coaches say they’re sticking with them as we enter Week 9.
Following a 5-0 start, and with his first interception(s) and loss of the season, Allen will remain at the No. 3 spot for most passing attempts (153) prior to his first career interception in NFL history (Dak Prescott leads with 176, Tom Brady is second with 162).
As for the other backup-turned-starting-quarterback updates, Matt Schaub and Matt Moore proved valuable for fantasy owners (Schaub went 460-1-1, Moore 257-2-0) but could not pull out wins for their respective teams. Daniel Jones put up the most fantasy points at the quarterback position this week, though it still ended in a loss in Detroit.
Joe Flacco will miss Week 9 and might end up on IR due to a neck injury, meaning Brandon Allen is the next man up for the 2-6 Broncos.
My quarterback picks delivered suitable performances. Matthew Stafford is continuing to build fantasy momentum with his best fantasy performance of the season this past week with 342 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Kirk Cousins was just shy of a third consecutive 300 passing yards day (284) but his failure to score a single touchdown prevented him from providing substantial fantasy value. Meanwhile, Mason Rudolph spent the first half of Monday night’s game against the Dolphins looking like a fish out of water. Fortunately for fantasy owners (and me), Rudolph recovered in the second half, scoring 27 unanswered points, pulling out a win and ending the evening with a 251-2-1 stat line that should have helped fantasy owners.
In the heat of bye weeks, the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals (Andy Dalton has been benched and the Bengals will start Ryan Finley next week), Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints all have the week off. Pickings are slim this week — just 11 teams have a winning record — but there are a few key matchups that can help keep your team coasting to a championship.
Week 9 Quarterback Rankings
|1||Deshaun Watson||at Jacksonville|
|2||Russell Wilson||vs Tampa Bay|
|3||Lamar Jackson||vs New England|
|4||Aaron Rodgers||at LA Chargers|
|5||Matthew Stafford||at Oakland|
|6||Dak Prescott||at NY Giants|
|7||Tom Brady||at Baltimore|
|8||Gardner Minshew||vs Houston|
|9||Jacoby Brissett||at Pittsburgh|
|10||Josh Allen||vs Washington|
|11||Kirk Cousins||at Kansas City|
|12||Philip Rivers||vs Green Bay|
|13||Carson Wentz||vs Chicago|
|14||Kyle Allen||vs Tennessee|
|15||Derek Carr||vs Detroit|
|16||Jameis Winston||at Seattle|
|17||Daniel Jones||vs Dallas|
|18||Sam Darnold||at Miami|
|19||Jimmy Garoppolo||at Arizona|
|20||Kyler Murray||vs San Francisco|
|21||Ryan Tannehill||at Carolina|
|22||Ryan Fitzpatrick||vs NY Jets|
|23||Baker Mayfield||at Denver|
|24||Mason Rudolph||vs Indianapolis|
|25||Case Keenum||at Buffalo|
|26||Mitchell Trubisky||at Philadelphia|
|27||Brandon Allen||vs Cleveland|
2-QB Pick of the Week – Derek Carr vs. Detroit Lions
Ownership (Yahoo): 27%
Ownership (ESPN): 21.1%
I don’t love using him because of his lack of consistency, but Derek Carr has been streaking the last two weeks putting up a combined 578 yards and five touchdowns. Though I don’t expect Carr to be a season-long solution, his Week 9 matchup against Detroit makes him a favorable 2QB option this week. In the last five weeks, the Lions have allowed an average 26.5 fantasy points to the quarterback position with top-12 performances in each. Additionally, each of the last three quarterbacks to face the Lions have had four touchdowns through the air.
And over the last week, the Lions secondary has become even more depleted as they sent Quandre Diggs to Seattle and lost Tracy Walker to injury. With Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller back for Oakland, Carr added some much-needed weapons to his arsenal to pull out another favorable fantasy performance this week.
Favorite Streamer – Gardner Minshew vs. Houston Texans
Ownership (Yahoo): 55%
Ownership (ESPN): 52.5%
If Gardner Minshew is still available in your league and you need a waiver wire pickup, the mustache is the answer. Minshew had his best game of the season in Week 8 with 279 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 29-15 victory over the Jets. He is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game so far this season and failed to post more than 16 fantasy points just once in the past eight weeks.
Minshew will face a Houston defense that has allowed Matt Ryan, Jacoby Brissett and Derek Carr to throw for at least three touchdowns in the last month alone, and just lost future Hall-of-Famer J.J. Watt to a season-ending injury last week. In addition to Minshew’s strong average Game Level Similarity Projection (GLSP) this week, Minshew’s highest percentage of matched results generated scores between 20 and 25 points.
Looking ahead, Minshew’s schedule bodes well for those seeking a weekly replacement – particularly in the potential playoff matchups in December against Tampa Bay, Chargers, Oakland and Atlanta.
Bounceback Candidate – Sam Darnold at Miami Dolphins
Ownership (Yahoo): 23%
Ownership (ESPN): 13.7%
I am aware of Sam Darnold’s abysmal fantasy performances the last two weeks, but there is no better opportunity for a bounceback than a matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Darnold hasn’t been very consistent, but he seems more competent than Mason Rudolph who managed a 251-2-1 stat-line last week in a win against Miami. The Dolphins have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season, even allowing Case Keenum to have 18 fantasy points and rank QB12 on the week.
While Darnold has been underwhelming considering the hype surrounding his return, this week’s matchup begins a six-game stretch of arguably the easiest matchups in the NFL (including a second meeting with Miami). With the return of tight-end Chris Herndon, Darnold is an ideal pick-up in 2QB and superflex leagues.
And yes, this bounceback column is a feature of whoever is playing the Miami Dolphins for the week.
Strength of Schedule Streaming App – Week 9
Check out the Strength of Schedule Streaming tool for more options and the opportunity to look for multi-week plays. This is Week 9.
Note: Ownership and projected points come from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. View the complete Week 9 GLSP set of projections (PPR, Half PPR and Standard) in the GSLP app.