Week 9 Fantasy Football QB Sleepers – Hey, Darnold!
Every week at Football Absurdity, we hope to provide you with actionable fantasy football advice. Whether it’s our weekly waiver wire pieces, or our start/sit guides, or our sleepers pieces. We are here to try to make sure that you do whatever you can to transfer blame for losing from your decisions onto us, as the advice-givers. It’s okay, we’re big boys, we can take it. The sleepers pieces outline players at every position each week who are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues for you to snatch up. We have been around enough fantasy football players to know that people like to brag and boast about how our QB sleepers are not available in their league (weird flex, but okay). For those guys, we offer players available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. If those guys can’t help you, may we offer you a position here at Football Absurdity to dispense advice?
Week 9 QB Sleeper: Baker Mayfield versus Kansas City (38% owned)
For the third straight week, we talk about the #1 overall player in the 2018 NFL draft as one of the QB sleepers. We’ll call it a push on the previous two results, as he posted QB8 and QB19 numbers over the last two weeks (though he was just .84 points behind Aaron Rodgers, QB18, which sort of proves the point that you should stream). Oddly enough, Mayfield’s yardage hasn’t been there the last couple of games after bombing out when he took the job. He’s playing smarter and has notched four TDs and one pick over the last two games. This week he gets a Kansas City team that makes opposing quarterbacks QB sleepers whether they’re good or not. They allow the sixth-most fantasy points to the position, with four multiple-TD games and four 340+ yard passing days against them. Baker is a great week 9 QB sleeper this week with a baked in floor due to his opponent. If only it was against Denver, then we could have a “bake” pun trifecta.
Week 9 QB Sleeper: Joe Flacco versus Pittsburgh (36% owned)
Joe Flacco has enough good games jammed between his bad games and is too unreliable to roster. Don’t get me wrong, I love my free space in my QB sleepers pieces, but talking about the League’s Most Elite Quarterback does get a little old. Case in point: he’s posted four QB12 or better weeks (good!), and four weeks as QB19 or worse (godawful, abysmal, trash). On the year, he averages 19.35 fantasy points in six-point per passing touchdown leagues, just a hair below what you’re looking for in a starting QB. He posted one great game this year against Pittsburgh already (363 yards, two touchdowns, and zero picks). That was on the road; he scores 20% more fantasy points when he plays at home.
Week 9 QB Sleeper: Sam Darnold at Miami (8% owned)
Darnold has had two bad matchups over the last couple of weeks, and it may have been a bit hopeful of me to say that he should have been one of the QB sleepers in those weeks. This week, however, he returns to the good matchup form he had in weeks five and six, where he combined for five touchdowns and two picks. The Miami defense is technically good on paper, but have given up ten touchdowns in the last three games, and at least three passing touchdowns in three of the last five. With Chris Herndon suddenly making up for the loss of Quincy Enunwa, Darnold should be able to have a good game on his hands this week. The worst case scenario is that he doesn’t torpedo you. Not bad, if you are desperate, given the bye weeks.
Need more week 9 fantasy football sleepers? Then check out the rest of our sleeper articles below:
Hey, Darnold! (Week 9 QB Sleepers)
Danny the Manny (Week 9 WR Sleepers)
Throw the Booker at Them (Week 9 RB Sleepers)
Drink the Braterade (Week 9 TE Sleepers)
Fighting for Bar Bills (Week 9 D/ST Sleepers)
Or, if you need a break from setting your fantasy football lineups, might I suggest checking out this week’s edition of Hot Takes From Crazy People?