Welcome to the Week 9 Quarterback Rankings!
I got a late start today, so the rankings are going up later than normal and it will probably cost me some blurb time when I get to the RBs. I’ll try and make up for that when I do the update.
As for the quarterbacks, we’re in good shape. It’s a reasonably good pool of starters when you consider that the bye losses are rather significant. I’m ok playing most of the guys up until we get to Trubisky. I’m willing to roll with what’s ranked ahead of him.
In DFS, I’m currently fixated on Russ if I’m going to spend, but I’m keeping my mind open on guys like Minshew, Darnold and Winston.
If you missed my chat with Lord Reebs, take a listen below. Rich brings a super smart informed perspective.
This article will be updated on Saturday.
Bye losses: Falcons, Bengals, Rams & Saints.
WEEK 9 RANKINGS
All pricing was sourced from DraftKings.
|1||Russell Wilson||SEA||7.100||TB@SEA 11/03/2019 04:05PM ET||Russ is a potential monster in this spot and he’s priced that way. Per Silva, Wilson, “leads the NFL in passer rating when blitzed. Bucs DC Todd Bowles‘ defense blitzes at the highest rate in the league.” That’s good stuff. We know Arians will be aggressive, so this game sets up well. Not only do the Bucs blitz, but they are shaky on the back end. That’s shootout synergy. Giddyup.|
|2||Deshaun Watson||HOU||7.000||HOU@JAX 11/03/2019 09:30AM ET||Sadly, one of my favorite plays is off the main slate and playing in London. Still worth a look on T-M slates and he’s a great start in seasonal.|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||GB||6.900||GB@LAC 11/03/2019 04:25PM ET||Some pace concerns here as both teams are content to play slowly and the Chargers fired the OC so they can run more. So yeah, some issues here. On the good side, Rodgers has been hot. He’s a solid QB1 but not a guy I’m paying up for on DK. Davante Adams is close to a return. It feels like this is the week. That obviously helps a ton, and AR’s already piping hot.|
|4||Matthew Stafford||DET||6.800||DET@OAK 11/03/2019 04:05PM ET||Liking him a lot more now that they have no lead back. I feel bad for Kerryon. Don’t get me wrong. I have a heart, but logistics are what they are. They are throwing more as they should have been all along. The Raiders are a pass funnel and the over/under is at 51 as I type this. This game is fertile for fantasy.|
|5||Dak Prescott||DAL||6.600||DAL@NYG 11/04/2019 08:15PM ET||Off the main slate so my excitement is muted, but you’ll do very well to play Dak here. I’m liking Zeke a bit more as an option on the T-M slate.|
|6||Lamar Jackson||BAL||6.200||NE@BAL 11/03/2019 08:20PM ET||All spots are potential smash spots for Lamar, but it’s hard not to worry here. He’ll need to run well or it could be ugly. I’m not stacking here.|
|7||Gardner Minshew II||JAX||5.700||HOU@JAX 11/03/2019 09:30AM ET||It’s a throw-to-win matchup and Minshew’s slinging the ball well. No reason to fear here.|
|8||Jameis Winston||TB||6.100||TB@SEA 11/03/2019 04:05PM ET||He’s going to throw, and, at times, he’ll throw to his own team. Gotta love volume. It’s a great disinfectant.|
|9||Josh Allen||BUF||6.500||WAS@BUF 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||He’s playable but it’s always a wild ride. Not sure I like the set up here—with Washington potentially dysfunctional from the drop.|
|10||Tom Brady||NE||6.300||NE@BAL 11/03/2019 08:20PM ET||The Ravens, as Lord Reebs mentioned on the pod, are getting healthy at the right time. This defense is tougher than what we’ve seen so far. Brady is a solid play but I’m not going there in DFS at 6300 units.|
|11||Kirk Cousins||MIN||6.700||MIN@KC 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||He’s certainly playable though there is risk that they opt to be ground-based here. Moore at QB for KC could mute that urge somewhat. Obviously teams will more likely to play keep-away from the Mahomes-led offense. We’ll see how that plays out, but the matchup is certainly good, especially if Thielen is able to play. ***UPDATE*** Thielen is a GTD so I dropped Cousins down a few slots.|
|12||Derek Carr||OAK||5.500||DET@OAK 11/03/2019 04:05PM ET||Solid home matchup. Yes, Carr is that guy who always lets us down just as we begin to trust. Can’t help you there, but on paper, this is solid.|
|13||Carson Wentz||PHI||5.700||CHI@PHI 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Not as tough of a matchup as it looks on paper. This is doubly true if he gets DeSean Jackson back, which is possible. His speed element has proven to be crucial and non-replaceable.|
|14||Sam Darnold||NYJ||5.900||NYJ@MIA 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||It’s the matchup, obviously. He’ll be fine here if you need him. If you’re feeling saucy enough to roll out a GPP lineup, stacking with either Crowder or Robby A makes sense.|
|15||Daniel Jones||NYG||5.200||DAL@NYG 11/04/2019 08:15PM ET||He’s playable but this one’s in Dallas and that crowd will want to welcome “Danny Dimes” to the division. I like his chances if he get Sterling Shepard back.|
|16||Philip Rivers||LAC||5.100||GB@LAC 11/03/2019 04:25PM ET||This game looks slower than Costanza right before he ate “hickory” and the matchup is not great to boot. Rives is highly competent so he’s playable, but the expected pace means he’ll need to be efficient and the matchup looks better for the run game.|
|17||Jacoby Brissett||IND||5.600||IND@PIT 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Playable but this game has an ugly feel to it.|
|18||Ryan Fitzpatrick||MIA||4.800||NYJ@MIA 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Absolutely playable for the upside. He’ll either gift the Jets a win or play a scrappy game that could lead to a shootout. He’s GPP-able if you enjoy hating yourself. That’s (partially) my way of saying don’t blame me.|
|19||Matt Moore||KC||4.800||MIN@KC 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||I was selling him last week but I’ll just say he’s playable if you need him in this matchup. Minny is tough. You never know when they’ll implode or not show up, but they can play shutdown defense. ***UPDATE*** He’s still starting for now but there’s a chance that Mahomes could start so be prepped for that. It’s a 1pm start so you have it all it front of you.|
|20||Baker Mayfield||CLE||5.100||CLE@DEN 11/03/2019 04:25PM ET||Looked a little better last week and they’d have had a shot at making it a good game without the two costly (and a tad freaky) fumbles. This on is more winnable. Another show matchup for OBJ, so I’m not thinking stack in DFS. Not thinking about him much at all, tbh. He’s playable in seasonal.|
|21||Ryan Tannehill||TEN||5.300||TEN@CAR 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||It’s going to be way slow here with CMC and Derrick Henry taking center stage.|
|22||Mitchell Trubisky||CHI||5.000||CHI@PHI 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Playable matchup but an unbearable player to watch—almost in the Bortles realm. For desperate situations.|
|23||Mason Rudolph||PIT||5.000||IND@PIT 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Horrible matchup for stats and for game flow. Pass.|
|24||Kyle Allen||CAR||5.200||TEN@CAR 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||No thank you. I dislike everything here save for tosses to CMC, and I’m not banking of them.|
|25||Dwayne Haskins Jr.||WAS||4.500||WAS@BUF 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||I’m holding out judgment until he gets an actual start. We all knew he was going to have some growing pains but judging a rookie on games where he was tossed in without any prep or reps is not my thing. I’m not saying he’s playable in this matchup. He’s not, in my view. I’m just not sold that we need to downgrade the receivers significantly. In fact, I’m not convinced he won’t help them on some level. ***UPDATE*** Haskins will start. Tough spot but at least he was prepped to play.|
|26||Brandon Allen||DEN||4.500||CLE@DEN 11/03/2019 04:25PM ET||Starting for the injured Flacco (back/disc), 5-6 weeks), but you want no part of him.|
|27||Patrick Mahomes||KC||7.000||MIN@KC 11/03/2019 01:00PM ET||Doubtful, but practicing, which is amazing. ***UPDATE*** He’s been upgraded to a game time decision but I doubt they play him. Obviously, if he starts, you get him active.|
|28||Jimmy Garoppolo||SF||6.500||SF@ARI 10/31/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) This is a throw-to-win matchup and the 49ers have a bunch of dinged up RBs. I see potential here, but, of course, it’s off the main slate.|
|29||Kyler Murray||ARI||5.900||SF@ARI 10/31/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Tough matchup, obviously, but he’s the central component of the offense and that goes double with all the RB injuries. I doubt we see a huge game here, but for seasonal leaguers, you should be ok.|