Welcome to the Week 9 edition of QB and DST Streaming Options from The Fantasy Authority. With a whopping SIX teams on bye, it’s rather important to make a wise decision when choosing the correct quarterback/defensive streamer. It can either lead to fantasy victory or agonizing defeat.
Let’s check out my QB and DST Streaming Options for this week!
Teams on bye: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 8 Recap
As for last week’s results, the Texans put an end to #Brocktober Thursday night. In addition, Beathard and the Niners offense were underwhelming in defeat against the Cardinals. Alex Smith has his usual consistent effort in a division win at MetLife Stadium. While Trubisky continued his hot streak with multiple touchdowns in a home win versus the Jets. Lastly, Mayfield had some tough sledding in a division loss at the Steelers.
Here are the complete numbers from my Week 8 quarterback selections:
C.J. Beathard– 190 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 9 Rushing Yards= 12.5 FP
Mitchell Trubisky– 220 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 51 Rushing Yards= 21.9 FP
Alex Smith– 178 Passing Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 13 Rushing Yards= 12.4 FP
Brock Osweiler– 241 Passing Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 0 Rushing Yards= 7.6 FP
Baker Mayfield– 180 Passing Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 9 Rushing Yards= 14.1 FP
Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens
Current ESPN Ownership: 34.7%
Flacco had his worst fantasy performance last week in the loss to the Panthers. His 9.1 effort belies how solid he’s been this season as a top-15 quarterback. Flacco’s fortunes could change in Week 9 as the Ravens take on their bitter rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had his best game of the season against the Steelers scoring 22.22 fantasy points back in Week 4.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have been atrocious against quarterbacks this season, allowing 23.9 points per game, fourth-most in the league. They also allowed 17 passing touchdowns, which is 4th worst in the league. The 20-23 point range is a nice target for Flacco going against a middle-of-the-road pass defense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick |Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Current ESPN Ownership: 6.0%
The Buccaneers benched Jameis Winston after he threw four interceptions in a 37-34 loss to the Bengals. Fitzpatrick helped erase an 18-point deficit in the 4th quarter, only for Cincinnati to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired. Fitzpatrick went 11-for-15 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns. But more importantly, the entire offense was energized with the insertion of Fitz as the quarterback.
Late Monday morning, head coach Dirk Koetter named Fitzpatrick as starting quarterback for Week 9. This should hopefully portend good things for all of Tampa’s offensive skill personnel. The return of #Fitzmagic coincides with a road trip to divisional rival Carolina Panthers. It’ll be a tough matchup due to the Panthers having the 11th ranked pass defense and 7th ranked total defense.
Due to the tough opponent, Fitzpatrick is a viable quarterback streamer in deeper leagues and 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys
Current ESPN Ownership: 29.0%
After averaging 10.1 points per game for the first three weeks, Prescott put up a much more respectable 20 points per game over his last four outings. He’s been consistent too, scoring at least 18.4 points in three of those four games. Considering that Dallas is throwing it only 29.4 times per game, a bottom-five mark in the league, Prescott’s production is somewhat of a miracle.
Where Dak is getting bonus fantasy points is from his running ability—40 rushing attempts (3rd among all quarterbacks). Those attempts have netted him 6.8 points per game over the aforementioned four-game stretch. It remains to be seen how recently acquired Amari Cooper will assist Dak and the Cowboys passing game.
Monday night, the Cowboys face off with the Tennessee Titans whose defense is very stingy against quarterbacks. Their pass defense is 10th in opponent rank versus quarterbacks while allowing the 3rd fewest passing touchdowns (9). Prescott’s ceiling may be capped due to the tough matchup, but his running ability may give you some cheap QB fantasy points.
Derek Carr | Oakland Raiders
Current ESPN Ownership: 15.4%
Carr bounced back in a big way last week throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns against Indianapolis. We’ll see what the ongoing impact of the Amari Cooper trade will have on the Raiders passing game going forward. Carr gets a quick turnaround in Week 9 on Thursday Night Football when the Raiders meet the Niners.
The San Francisco defense struggled all season long giving up the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That number is even worse when you consider that they gave up 20.28 points to Josh Rosen Sunday. Without Marshawn Lynch, Oakland may be forced to throw more often than normal in this game. Carr is in a great spot as a streaming option for this week.
C.J. Beathard | San Francisco 49ers
Current ESPN Ownership: 7.2%
The always scrappy Beathard managed to score in double figures for the 4th time in the last 5 games. It isn’t always a work of art, but somehow he manages fantasy production without stellar offensive personnel.
In Week 9, the Niners will have a Thursday night contest with the Raiders. Oakland defense comes into the game 32nd in sacks (7), 30th in takeaways (6), and 26th in touchdown passes allowed (16). It’s safe to say that the Raiders have been committed to mediocrity on the defensive side of the ball.The matchup is set up for Beathard to have success—all he has to do is execute said plan.
Alex Smith | Washington Redskins
Current ESPN Ownership: 49.2%
Smith seems like to have morphed back into his pre-2017 form where he would rarely throw downfield and relied on checkdowns. His rather pedestrian 6.85 yards per pass attempt caps his fantasy ceiling on a weekly basis. However, if you’re looking for 12-20 points from a streaming option, Smith is your guy.
In Week 9, Smith gets to face the Atlanta Falcons who are coming off their bye week. Having the 27th ranked pass defense, allowing the 3rd most pass yards per game (306.7), and ranking 30th in opponent rank versus quarterbacks, Atlanta is a prime matchup for Smith to exploit. Smith is a decent streaming option in 2QB/Superflex leagues.
Current ESPN Ownership: 13.1%
Coming into Week 9, the Cowboys defense allowed the fewest passing touchdowns (8), the 4th fewest passing yards per game (217.4), and are 2nd in scoring defense (17.6). It’s amazing that they’ve accomplished all of this with only two interceptions and six total takeaways.
Dallas faces a Titans offense on Monday night that threw the 2nd least amount of touchdown passes (5), 3rd lowest passing yards per game (173.0) and allowed 22 sacks on the year. Cowboys DST could help you slide through a tough bye week in Week 9.
Kansas City Chiefs
Current ESPN Ownership: 18.0%
The Chiefs haven’t made headlines due to their defense, but it’s probably a bit underrated in some aspects. Despite allowing a gaudy 5.2 yards per carrying average, Kansas City is 4th in sacks (24) and 12th in interceptions (8). Thanks to their high powered offense, the defense can be rather aggressive and get after the opposing quarterback.
When the Chiefs visit the Browns in Week 9, they’ll be facing a team who fired their head coach and offensive coordinator Monday. It’s a complete unknown on how the Browns will look on the offensive side of the ball. But, we do know that Mayfield threw at least one interception in four of his six starts in 2018 so far. The Browns offensive line also allowed 17 sacks over the last four weeks.
Current ESPN Ownership: 21.5%
Matchups matter—especially for defensive units. Houston beat Miami thoroughly last Thursday night, but that shouldn’t happen this week against the Jets. New York is besieged by injuries on offense and just put up their fourth sub-20 point game. In the first matchup, the Jets scored only 12 points and had two turnovers.
The Dolphins are an anomaly on defense, posting the 4th fewest sacks (11) and 7th most total passing yards (2119) yet somehow are tied for 2nd in interceptions (11) and 8th in takeaways (14). In what should be a relatively low scoring game, the Dolphins should be able to ground the Jets in Week 9. Consider them a low-end defensive streaming option.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 9! And remember: #FortuneFavorsTheBold
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