Week Nine QB Sleepers – Can’t Monobody Hold Me Down

It’s fantasy football week nine, which means we’re only seven weeks from fantasy championships, and over halfway through the real fantasy football season. “What about week seventeen championships?” you might ask. To that, I say: join a real fantasy football league. As always, we’re here to help with some fantasy football sleeper quarterbacks to help plug holes in your lineup. These guys are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, with one player available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. The same caveats apply: see if the guy’s in Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet are available in your league. If they aren’t, then here are some fantasy football sleeper quarterback options for you!

Week Nine Fantasy Football QB Sleeper:
Derek Carr versus Detroit (39% Owned)

Carr hasn’t been the best fantasy football quarterback this year, but he hasn’t been the worst. He’s taken advantage of the matchup in front of him and tried to not lose it for the Raiders. While the “not lose it” hasn’t worked out great each of the last couple of games, Carr has had an upswing in his fantasy points in each of the last three contests, going from 7.96 to 16.72 to 23.40 against the Bears, Packers, and Texans, respectively. Now, Carr returns home to Oakland, where the Raiders have not played a game since September 15. Carr takes on a Detroit squad that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season. That was with Quandree Diggs (traded to Seattle) and healthy Tracy Walker and Darius Slay. Slay looks like he’ll play, but Walker was out of practice this week. The new-look Detroit Lions secondary has given up eight passing touchdowns in the last two games, to Kirk Cousins and Daniel Jones. Daniel Jones!

Week Nine Fantasy Football QB Sleeper:
Sam Darnold at Miami (24% Owned)

How appropriate we have the guy who saw ghosts against the Patriots in our Halloween version of the week nine sleepers article. It’s been a next-level bad season for Darnold, who had mono, was recorded saying he saw ghosts and had two decent fantasy days around those events (excepting those three interceptions at Jacksonville). Darnold’s shown that he’s a capable quarterback in this league, and he should finally have a fully healthy receiving corps around him. All of that doesn’t matter much, anyway, since he’s taking on the Miami Dolphins. I think we can all agree that Sam Darnold is better than Mason Rudolph, right? Rudolph went for 250/2/1 last week, for a respectable 17 fantasy points. That should be Sam Darnold’s fantasy football floor in week nine. Like the poet Diddy said, “there’s nobody slicker than this young fine… quarterback.”

Deep Dive Week Nine Fantasy Football QB Sleeper:
Ryan Fitzpatrick versus N.Y. Jets (5% Owned)

Call me crazy, but I’m not going for Brandon Allen or Ryan Finley in either of their first career starts. Instead, I’ll go with the funslinger, who has two touchdowns in each of his last two starts. Sure, he also had three interceptions thrown in there, but that’s the Ryan Fitzpatrick Experience. On paper, the Jets are not a great matchup for Fitz (smack dab in the middle in terms of fantasy football points allowed). However, they just traded Leonard Williams and will be without C.J. Mosley this week. These Jets gave up three touchdowns to Gardner Minshew last week, so Fitz should at least get two, right?

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