We’re officially heading into the back-half of the fantasy season and all of our decisions start to get more anxiety-inducing with each week. If you’re looking for streaming options to get you through Week 9, we’re here to try and reduce some of that anxiety! Cody and Robby team up for quarterback, tight end, and defense Week 9 Streaming Options. Don’t forget to join us live on The Fantasy Authority YouTube channel Wednesday night and Sunday morning and we’ll answer all of your questions there!
Cody – Drew Lock (ESPN Roster %: 5.1)
This may come across as a little point-chasy, but let’s be honest: any NFL quarterback with a matchup against the Falcons is worthy of a look. Drew Lock has been disappointing thus far after entering 2020 with some well-placed hype, but I think he’s pretty well set up for back-to-back fantasy relevant weeks. Lock easily had his best game of the season last week (with the help of the Chargers Chargers-ing) and now gets to face an Atlanta defense allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. The Falcons have allowed fewer than 300 passing yards just once this season, and Lock has a chance of getting one of his weapons back with the potential return of Tim Patrick in Week 9. If you need to dig deep this week, you can feel confident checking the Lock box.
Robby – Kirk Cousins (ESPN Roster %: 14.7%)
Nothing makes you tingle like rolling out Kirk Cousins as your starting quarterback in fantasy football. But let’s be honest, Gardner Minshew and Jimmy Garoppolo, two common streamers, are injured. We are missing a constant streamer favorite in Joe Burrow as well as Jared Goff and Baker Mayfield with Week 9 byes. So here we are.
Cousins had a horrendous weather game to deal with in Week 8, thus resulting in just 14 passing attempts. The Vikings will be at home against Detroit this week. At U.S. Bank Stadium, Cousins has been a solid fantasy producer giving us weeks of 21.7, 19.4, and 23.7 fantasy points. The Lions are letting up two touchdowns and 263 passing yards per game and have struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with only 10 sacks on the season (5th worst). I’m rolling out Cousins as a Top-15 play for Week 9.
Cody – Logan Thomas (ESPN Roster %: 8.1)
Hopefully you already have your starter at tight end and don’t have to rely on plucking one off of waivers this week because it is guuhh-rooosssss out here. In the two weeks leading up to Washington’s bye week, Logan Thomas put up lines of 3/42/1 and 4/60/1. The first of those lines was against their Week 9 opponent, the New York Football Giants. Thomas has run the sixth-most routes among tight ends, and although the production isn’t there, beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to the tight end position. Cross your fingers, pray to the fantasy gods, close your eyes, and hope for the best if you’re looking all the way down here.
Robby – Trey Burton (ESPN Roster %: 9.5%)
Nine yards on three receptions might not be very inspiring, but I would like to point out that the tight end landscape is not very inspiring. This is to say nothing about the tight end field with less than 50% rostered in ESPN leagues. Despite all that doom and gloom, Trey Burton is a guy I will continue to have confidence in if he continues to have involvement in the offense.
Burton has 20 targets in his four games played, he has oddly found the end zone twice via rushing, and now should be involved as the Colts take on the Ravens who are very strong against wide receivers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Burton with an uptick in usage as the middle of the field is one of the few ways to attack this Ravens’ defense.
Cody – Green Bay Packers (ESPN Roster %: 14.5)
The Packers DST has only given us one game of double-digit fantasy points this year (per ESPN default scoring), but now they get the San Francisco Hospital Unit. No Jimmy Garoppolo. No George Kittle. No Raheem Mostert. Probably no Deebo Samuel or Tevin Coleman either. Oh, and it’s a short week for San Fran. I’m more than willing to roll the dice on an underperforming defense with all of this in their favor.
Robby – Washington Football Team (ESPN Roster %: 17.5%)
Washington’s best three defensive outings have come against their NFC East division rivals. In Week 9 they get Daniel Jones and the Giants for the second time in four weeks. Daniel Jones continues to average two turnovers and three sacks per game. Washington will be coming off their bye week and the Giants will be on a short week after dropping Monday night’s game to Tampa Bay. There are a slew of good defensive streamers for this week, but few are as juicy as a Ron Rivera defense, coming off a bye week, taking on Daniel Jones.
Thank you for checking out our Week 9 Streaming Options article! If you’re looking for a more in-depth waiver resource as well as additional streaming options, Cody and Kevin have you covered.