Fantasy Football: Week 9 Streamers

week 9
Ryan Cearfoss
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Quarterback

Joe Flacco (ESPN ownership 33.3%)

Ravens vs Steelers is always a matchup where the guys come to play. This even includes Joe Flacco who lit up the Steelers defense week 4 on the road going for 363 yards and 2 touchdowns. This performance against Pittsburgh isn’t a fluke, the Steelers face the 28th ranked defense against opposing quarterbacks in the league. This should be another big game for Flacco against a less than stellar defense.

Alex Smith (ESPN ownership 48.8%)

The old Alex Smith is back giving a decent floor with a limited ceiling due to playing it safe. The Falcons are giving up 306 yards passing per game and if Alex Smith can have a usable fantasy performance against anyone it’s them. With bye week hell upon us Alex Smith is a safe bet with a nice floor and a matchup that gives him upside.

Baker Mayfield (ESPN ownership 38.0%)

Mayfield has come down to earth the last few weeks not quite performing to where he’s been expected. This isn’t a big deal for a rookie quarterback but the thing that pops out is in 4 of the past 5 weeks Mayfield has thrown for either 300 yards or 2 touchdowns. This week against a Chiefs team who is scoring a ton of points Mayfield will be forced to pass making him garbage time gold.

Tight End

Chris Herndon (ESPN ownership 1.4%)

The Jets’ offense is beat up and there is no consistency for Darnold to throw to at the receiver position. What is consistent for them is Darnold’s newest trusted target and that’s rookie tight end, Chris Herndon. Herndon has now scored in three straight contests and with Enunwa and Robby Anderson out he should get himself more targets.

Vance McDonald (ESPN ownership 55.0%)

With Baltimore playing Pittsburgh this week these teams know each other and what to worry about the most on offense and that’s the receivers for Pittsburgh. The Ravens have been known to worry about them more and let the offense flow thru the tight end. This should open things up for Vance McDonald to be heavily targeted in this contest against a Ravens defense who gives up the 9th most yards against the tight end position.

Mark Andrews (ESPN ownership 2.6%)

The other side of this matchup is also strong for the tight end position with the Steelers giving up 71.5 yards against tight ends which makes them fifth worst in the league. The problem with Baltimore is figuring out which tight end they will use. The way the season is trending though it’s rookie Mark Andrews who has Flacco’s trust and could be worth a dart throw in a tough week at the position.

Defense

Titans (ESPN ownership 31.3%)

In what should be a very boring Monday night game, both defenses should be playable in fantasy.  Dallas ranks 28th in team offense this year and even with the addition of Amari Cooper shouldn’t scare anybody. The Titans have a nice matchup here against the Cowboys in what will be a low scoring game.

Chargers (ESPN ownership 42.9%)

The Seahawks have been on a little bit of a roll lately but are still ranked 26th in the league in yards per game and not exactly setting the world on fire on offense. The Chargers aren’t quite what we expected on defense after a plethora of injuries but they are slowly getting healthier and have now had three straight games with under 20 points allowed. In that same three-game period they have had 10 sacks which should continue against Seattle. The ownership on the Chargers defense has been going down and not only is it a good chance to stream them but they could be a defense you keep.  

Cowboys (ESPN ownership 69.3%)

The other side of this matchup should be just as efficient. The Cowboys have done a great job this season at getting to the quarterback and the Titans have shown that protecting Mariota isn’t their strong suit. The Titans had a game this year where they gave up 11 sacks, while the Cowboys shouldn’t get that they have the opportunity to get the quarterback a ton.  

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