Fantasy Football QB Report: Stream Ryan Fitzpatrick, Plus Other Week 9 Notes

Oct 30, 2018 7:48 PM EDT
  • The Action Network ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks based on their Week 9 fantasy football value.
  • Here's a deeper dive on Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ben Roethlisberger.

Which quarterbacks have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable quarterbacks featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 9 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 QB

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam carries an average rank of 1.3 among our rankers, which barely edges out Patrick Mahomes’ 1.7 average rank. He’ll have the luxury of facing a Buccaneers defense that is among the worst in the league, allowing 6.5 yards per play.

More importantly, Cam has an absurd floor as he leads all quarterbacks with 62 rushing attempts and 44.1 rushing yards per game, per Sports Info Solutions.

He leads all Week 9 quarterbacks with his median projection in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

The Most Favorable Matchups

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams vs. Saints game has high-scoring affair written all over it. This game presently has an implied total of 60, and the Rams have an implied total of 29 points.  Overall, the Saints are allowing 8.7 yards per attempt and 300.0 passing yards per game this year — both are bottom five marks in the league, per Pro Football Reference.

The only downside with Goff is if Todd Gurley racks up all the touchdowns from in close. Goff carries an average rank of 6.3 among our rankers.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Cousins draws a matchup against Pro Football Focus’ No. 31 pass-coverage unit. Outside of his effort against the Bills in Week 3, Cousins hasn’t scored fewer than 17.5 fantasy points this season.

Overall, he boasts a top-five ceiling, median, and floor projection in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

Matchup Downgrade

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger is notorious for his drastic home/road splits as he’s averaged 18.49 fantasy points on the road — compared to 28.01 at home since 2016. Now he heads to Baltimore to take on an elite Ravens defense that’s allowing just 4.7 yards per play.

The Steelers have a weak 22.5-point implied team total, and all of our rankers have Big Ben ranked 15th or worse this week.

The Best Streamer

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitzpatrick will make his triumphant return against the Panthers in Week 9. He’s been on fire this season, averaging a league-best 10.8 yards per attempt, per Sports Info Solutions.

He cracks the top 10 among all of our rankers for Week 9.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

Credit:

Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ryan Fitzpatrick

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