It was a rough week for quarterbacks across the board with only 7 signal-callers reaching 20+ points this week. Given that statistic, we were always up against it. However, Joe Burrow (18.86 fantasy points) delivered the goods once again. The No.1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft is leading the chase for Offensive Rookie of the Year narrowly ahead of Justin Herbert after another accomplished showing behind a ravaged offensive line that is missing all 5 starters from the Bengals’ Week 1 game. The Bengals upset the Titans on the back of Burrow’s second consecutive week of multiple passing touchdowns. Burrow is now over 70% rostered in Yahoo! leagues, we will miss him as an option going forward.
Teddy Bridgewater (13.04 fantasy points) looked very good for a time before completely bombing in the second half of the Panthers’ terrible 25-17 loss to the Falcons. It looked promising after Teddy hit Curtis Samuel on a flea-flicker play, but it was all downhill after he took a reprehensible hit to the helmet from Charles Harris after a dirty trip from Dante Fowler on the same play. Bridgewater consequently merely checked the ball down on most plays, abandoning the play-action that worked for him in the first half, much to the dismay of us all.
Derek Carr (12.58 fantasy points) was hampered by the awful weather in Cleveland that made it almost impossible to pass beyond 20 yards, and debutant Tua Tagovailoa (5.72 fantasy points) completed just 12-of-22 passes for a measly 96 yards after losing a fumble on his first drive of the game. Tua recovered to throw a touchdown to Devante Parker after the Dolphins defense picked off Jared Goff just before half time, however, the playcalling turned ultra-conservative early in the second half after the Fins scored a 78-yard defensive touchdown off a strip-sack fumble and a special teams touchdown on a punt return on the very next drive.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Fantasy Points|
|Joe Burrow, Bengals||CIN vs. TEN||64%||18.86|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers||CAR vs. ATL||44%||13.04|
|Derek Carr, Raiders||LV at CLE||29%||12.58|
|Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins||MIA vs. LAR||28%||5.72|
Who surprised us? Philip Rivers (22.28 fantasy points) and his noodle arm managed to finish up as the QB6 this week on the back of a 3 TD afternoon as the Colts ran riot against a hapless Detriot defense. A word of warning, each score was a check-down pass, two of them to pass-catching specialist Nyheim Hines. There is no way we are trusting Rivers against the Ravens defense this coming week.
Now, let’s look at the lay of the land for the rest of Week 9.
Quarterbacks on their bye weeks are Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz, Baker Mayfield, and Jared Goff.
Jimmy Garoppolo left the 49ers game with another ankle issue and is unlikely to suit up for Thursday Night Football. Andy Dalton is likely to return for the Cowboys, however, we do not recommend him to stream this week. Gardner Minshew has been benched in Jacksonville in favor of rookie Jake Luton, or veteran Mike Glennon, God help us!
Remember, the caveat is that our recommended players for streaming are less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues.
|QB||Matchup||% Rostered (Yahoo!)||Projected Fantasy Points|
|Derek Carr, Raiders||LV vs. LAC||42%||16.13|
|Daniel Jones, Giants||NYG at WAS||26%||17.92|
|Cam Newton, Patriots||NE vs. NYJ||63%||20.53|
|Kirk Cousins, Vikings||MIN vs. DET||28%||17.78|
“Return Ticket To Ride”
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Chargers
Derek Carr cannot control the weather, so we will forgive him for last week. Carr is back home in the dome against a Chargers defense that gives up the 3rd most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and is coming off another collapse, this time losing late to the Broncos despite being up 21 points going into the 4th quarter. Anthony Lynn‘s team hits the self-destruct button most weeks it seems, so Carr has a good chance of returning to form and building upon his QB20 fantasy ranking going into Week 9. His ability to connect deep with Henry Ruggs III and in the slot with Hunter Renfrow will be key to his success.
Derek Carr finds Hunter Renfrow to take the lead! 🎯pic.twitter.com/0Fa8VbZkPf
— Raider Nation (@RaidersNationCP) November 1, 2020
“Turning The Corner”
Daniel Jones, Giants at WFT
Despite losing star running back Saquon Barkley in Week 2, Daniel Jones has started to show some development under Joe Judge. I would like to see way more, however. Jones, in particular, seems to overthrow receivers too regularly, maybe a worry stemming from his high turnover rate last season. He has back-to-back multiple touchdown games for the first time this season after his Giants team narrowly missed out on forcing overtime against the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Jones was mostly excellent against a stout Tampa Bay defense, keeping the Giants in the context until late. Judge has inexcusably underused Golden Tate this season, and that needs to change starting next week against the Washington Football Team.
Jones to Tate! @Giants TD!
📺: #TBvsNYG on ESPN
📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/UfeikXPSJW pic.twitter.com/0Ir9IkekDw
— NFL (@NFL) November 3, 2020
“Nasty QB / Nice Matchup”
Cam Newton, Patriots vs. Jets
Urgh, it is obviously a desperate situation if I am recommending Cam Newton to stream this week. Anyone who has watched the former Carolina Panther this year knows it hasn’t been pretty. Coming off a 4th straight loss (made worse by the fact it was against division rivals the Buffalo Bills) after Cam fumbled late in the game within field goal range down by 3 late in the 4th quarter, Newton gets the Jets a perfect situation to bounce-back and restore some confidence. Cam hasn’t thrown a passing touchdown since Week 3 and only has 2 all season. It will depend on his productivity on the ground it seems, however, the Jets find ways to make the opposing quarterback look very good.
Cam Newton fumbles 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2020
Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Lions
We’ve been here before with Kirk Cousins – a couple of turnover-free, efficient performances that make us believe he has mastered the scheme, only to be followed by a horrific crash down to the normalcy that has plagued his career. So, proceed with caution. Cousins only threw 14 passes in Week 8, which isn’t ideal but Dalvin Cook went off on the ground against a terrible Packers run defense. He gets the Lions in Minnesota this week and in all his home games this season he has eclipsed 20+ fantasy points – in Week 1 against the Packers (22.76 fantasy points), Week 3 against the Titans (21.44 fantasy points), and Week 6 against the Falcons (26.72 fantasy points). He will also benefit if Cook keeps doing this…
DALVIN COOK HAS 4 TDS TODAY 🤯
HE IS SPECIAL.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2020
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