With six teams on bye this week it will be a little bit more difficult to maneuver, though fantasy owners could get a big boost with the potential return of Patrick Mahomes. Throw in a few lower end options benefiting from favorable matchups and it may not be as difficult to get by as you’d think. Who are the quarterbacks worth trusting? Who should be ignored? Let’s take a look:
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
- Phillip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
- Brian Hoyer – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- Sure Lamar Jackson threw for under 165 yards for the third time in four games, but his performance against the New England Patriots has fully placed him on the map of the elite. He threw for 1 TD and added 61 rushing yards and 2 TD, giving him 4 rushing TD in his past three games. Leading the Ravens to a victory over the Patriots is going to create quite a buzz, and there’s little reason to think Jackson can’t keep things rolling against the lowly Bengals (unless you believe they will get out to a huge lead and ultimately shut him down).
- This early in the week it isn’t a guarantee that Patrick Mahomes returns for Week 10 against the Titans, but he came extremely close to being active in Week 9 and things are heading that way. Monitor the news, just in case, but be prepared to have one of the elite in your lineup once again.
- It was a positive step for Kyler Murray, who despite losing to the 49ers put up some solid numbers (241 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT). Taking on a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed 9 TD over the past four weeks (and the fourth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks overall), there’s reason to believe that he’ll continue to roll. There’s always risk with rookies, but view Murray as a potential Top 5 option.
- While Kirk Cousins struggled in terms of his completion percentage against the Chiefs (19-for-38), he tossed 3 TD vs. 0 INT. He’s thrown 2+ TD in four of his past five games (13 TD vs. 1 INT over this stretch) and while the matchup with the Cowboys isn’t necessarily ideal, it’s also not enough of a reason to shy away from him.
- Over the past two weeks Jameis Winston has thrown for 636 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT, a fairly solid bounce back after he tossed 5 INT against the Panthers. He’s now thrown for 300+ yards in three straight games and now draws an Arizona defense that’s been the worst against opposing quarterbacks all year long (they’ve allowed 24 TD vs. 2 INT). While there’s risk, considering the wide receivers at his disposal and the matchup he’s a solid QB1.
- As the Titans’ starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown for over 300 yards twice in three games, totaling 836 yards, 6 TD and 3 INT. This week he draws a Kansas City Chiefs’ defense that has been among the ten worst all season long, including 6 TD vs. 0 INT over the past two weeks. That puts Tannehill on the QB1 radar and a solid bye week fill-in.
- Over the past three weeks the Seattle Seahawks have allowed 938 passing yards and 124 rushing yards (though they did face Lamar Jackson). In other words they clearly aren’t the same defense that fantasy owners grew accustomed of avoiding, and that means Jimmy Garoppolo belongs in the discussion of low-end QB1. He’s coming off a monster day against the Cardinals, throwing for 317 yards and 4 TD, and there’s every reason to think he’ll continue rolling.
- For now plan on not having Jacoby Brissett for Week 10 against the Dolphins, though time will tell. Brian Hoyer could have a solid performance in the matchup, though he’ll be tough to trust.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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