Week 9 marks the midpoint of the NFL regular season (and past the midpoint of the fantasy football regular season), so we’ve got some solid matchup numbers to help inform our decisions to start, sit down. . Must-start fantasy studs have emerged like Joe Burrow (vs. Browns) and Jalen Hurts (vs. Chargers), while some dudes have fallen into match-based sleepers. Of course, there are still his classic matchup-based streamers that we hoped would be just that in preseason. We’re here to fix it all with the help of our Week 9 fantasy quarterback rankings.
Derek Carr (@ Eagles) and Lamar Jackson (vs. Vikings) are back in action after the byes, but we sacrificed Tom Brady. Taylor Heinicke, Jared Goff and Geno Smith are off the table as well, though only two-quarterback / superflex league owners will likely notice them missing. Even more important in the two QB / superflex (and possibly one QB) leagues is the potential comeback of Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) out of the IR. He has a very favorable showdown against Miami, which puts him squarely in the streamers’ conversation.
Tua Tagovailoa (vs. Texans), Carson Wentz (vs. Jets), Teddy Bridgewater (@ Cowboys), and Taysom Hill (vs. Falcons), assuming you’re free of concussion protocol, join Taylor as the top streaming options. Tagovailoa and Wentz have shown that they can do it when the confrontation is right. The only problem for Wentz might be the lack of a competitive game against the Jets, but considering they’ve pulled off some big upsets against Tennessee and Cincinnati this year, we’re not ruling them out against Indy. Bridgewater has had its ups and downs, and Hill hasn’t played much recently, and he hasn’t played much QB all this year. However, we know the kind of high-floor, double-threat advantage he has when he’s under center, and against the Falcons, he’s in a good position for good numbers overall.
On the other hand, Matt Ryan (@ Saints), Ryan Tannehill (@ Rams) and Sam Darnold (against Patriots) have all produced in a few weeks, but defenses in New Orleans, Los Angeles and New England tend to shut down. fringe starters. However, Tannehill has the exact opposite situation to a guy like Wentz. If this Titans-Rams game is a back-and-forth shootout, it could surely be a hit. We only see better options on the board.
Hurts and Jackson appear to have tough matchups, as Los Angeles and Minnesota are the top 10 defensive units against quarterbacks. They take a slight jump in the rankings, but we know that their activity on the ground means that their floor and ceiling are still high.
Losing Brady definitely hurts his owners, but there are plenty of pivots that can help you get through the week. The quarterback stays deep, so find your week-long streamer, wait for a few touchdowns, and ride Brady the rest of the way after Week 9.
Qualification: We’ll update these quarterback rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player moves and analysis.
Fantasy QB Rankings Week 9: Who to start as a quarterback
Ratings are based on Four point standard pitch TD formats.
|1||Josh Allen, BUF @ JAX|
|2||Matthew Stafford, L to R vs. TEN|
|3||Kyler Murray, ARI @ SF|
|Room||Joe Burrow, CIN vs. CLE|
|5||Dak Prescott, DAL vs. DEN|
|Sixth||Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. GB|
|Seventh||Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. MIN|
|Eighth||Jalen hurts, PHI vs. LAC. Despite a 38-point beating of the Lions, Hurts produced his lowest fantasy production (11.2 fantasy points) of the season, as he only had 103 passing yards. However, we still saw a great example of your rushed floor. His 71 rushing yards prevented one of the most disastrous fantasy performances in recent memory. It was QB1 every other week this year, so don’t overthink this. Los Angeles has presented challenges for some quarterbacks, but again, his shrewd acumen continues to make him a must-start.|
|9||Justin Herbert, LAC @ PHI. Herbert ran to the Patriots and threw for just 223 yards and threw two interceptions. However, he still threw two touchdowns, and this is where mandatory starts end. As wounds, don’t think too much about this.|
|10||Tua Tagovailoa, MIA vs. HOU. Tagovailoa has had a feast when the matchup is favorable against Atlanta (28.5 fantasy points) and Jacksonville (22.4), so we can expect much of the same against Houston. The Dolphins are unable to consistently hit the rock, and Tagovailoa has been forced to make more than 39 passes in each of the past three weeks. Miami is not a good enough team to assume this game will be a blowout, so there are plenty of opportunities for Tua here. He finished as the No. 1 player overall in fantasy in week 7, so that’s his advantage this week.|
|eleven||Taysom Hill, NOT against ATL. Jameis Winston is out for a year, so Hill should take over the No. 1 quarterback role assuming he passes the concussion protocol. In four starts last year, he scored at least 18.5 fantasy points in every contest. We know he leaves a lot to be desired as a passer, but think of him as a minor Jalen Hurts – his rushed floor and lead put him in the range of a QB1. Atlanta gave up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks heading into Week 8, so Hill is very attractive this week. However, it is worth noting that it should receive initial consideration regardless of the confrontation.|
|12||Kirk Cousins, MIN @ BAL. Cousins fought Dallas in Week 8, but we know it’s hot and cold. Baltimore has yielded a lot of fantasy points to Carson Wentz, Derek Carr, Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. When Minnesota’s passing game is underway, it rivals aerial attacks. We assume Baltimore will score with ease after a break, so expect Captain Kirk to attempt a flurry of passes to keep up.|
|13||Teddy Bridgewater, DEN @ DAL. Dallas has a secondary to make plays, but they still give up lots of yards and touchdowns. Sam Darnold, Tom Brady, Jalen Hurts and Justin Herbert passed for over 300 yards against the Cowboys, and assuming Dak Prescott (calf) is back, Bridgewater will have to try a ton of passes to keep up. or fueled by trash time, Bridgewater should get its fair share of fantasy points, especially when Jerry Jeudy gets back into shape.|
|14||Daniel Jones, NYG vs. LV. Las Vegas is statistically a solid team against quarterbacks, but playing Justin Fields and Ben Roethlisberger really skewed their stats. Justin Herbert, Jacoby Brissett, Teddy Bridgewater and Jalen Hurts scored more than 20 fantasy points against the Raiders. It looks like Daniel Jones’s weapons are finally coming back (fingers crossed), so we like his chances in this game. He’s another guy who should have to go through a lot in the face of a solid offense.|
|fifteen||Matt Ryan, ATL @ NO. New Orleans is also statistically strong against fantasy quarterbacks, but they have played against players like Geno Smith, Sam Darnold, Mac Jones and Taylor Heinicke. That said, Daniel Jones passed for 400 yards and Tom Brady passed for 375 yards against them. The Saints’ forward seven are robust, but their secondary leaves a lot to be desired. We’ll see how Kyle Pitts, Russell Gage, Cordarrelle Patterson and Tajae Sharpe step up in the absence of Calvin Ridley (staff), but this match doesn’t scare us away from Ryan.|
|sixteen||Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ LAR. Tannehill threw three touchdowns against Indianapolis en route to a final QB1. However, the Rams gave up the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and much of the success against them has come in garbage time. Since Derrick Henry (foot) is expected to be out for an extended period of time, you have to think that Tennessee will see a less loaded box and their action game play will suffer as a result. Even if Henry were healthy, this would be a worrisome matchup. Add in the fact that you’re out, and there’s a case strong enough to seat Tannehill on the bench. All that said, I could start trying a lot more passes, so this could be a blessing in disguise, at least in fantasy going forward.|
|17||Carson Wentz, IND v. NYJ|
|18||Jordan Love, GB @ KC|
|19||Tyrod Taylor, HOU @ MIA|
|Twentieth||Derek Carr, LV @ NYG|
|twenty-one||Sam Darnold, CAR vs. NE|
|22||Baker Mayfield, CLE @ CIN|
|23||Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. CHI|
|24||Mac Jones, NE @ CAR|
|25||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. ARI|
|26||Justin Fields, CHI @ PIT|
|27||Mike White, New York at IND|
|28||Trevor Lawrence, JAX vs. BUF|