2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Quarterback Streaming

by Nick Spencer
2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Quarterback Streaming

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Quarterback Streaming article!

Week 8 had some crazy upsets, almost-upsets, and of course, more injuries. Hopefully, your fantasy team survived another week in relatively good health. 

In last week’s article, I recommended streaming Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, and Kirk Cousins. It was a brutal week for streamers as those players finished as QB20, QB21, and QB25 respectively. We will look to get back on track this week with another trio of quarterbacks.    

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Quarterback Streaming will highlight QBs owned in under 50% of NFL.com’s leagues.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Quarterback Streaming

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Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (58.3% Owned)

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Right off the bat, I know what you are thinking, ‘Ben Roethlisberger is over 50% owned! This writer is a fraud!’ Well, you’re right, he is over 50% owned, but I promise I only broke the self-imposed rules of this series to benefit you, the readers.

Every week I try to provide you with three to four options that I believe will have good fantasy games. However, the streaming options this week are very bleak, leading me to find two players under the 50% threshold that I truly believe in. So rather than follow the rules and recommended a third option in bad faith, I chose to break them for an excellent option.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens to narrowly remain undefeated. The Ravens are a tough matchup, but the touchdowns saved Ben’s fantasy day from being very ugly.

Roethlisberger has not been what fantasy owners had hoped for so far this year, as he is only the QB22 overall. This has been due to his low yardage totals as he is on pace for a pedestrian 3,700 yards.

However, he is consistent, constantly putting up between 15-22 points with only one real bust game. But in actuality you’re not streaming Big Ben for the yardage or consistency, you’re streaming him for the touchdown potential in this matchup.

The Matchup

The 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Texas to take on the 2-6 Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been a mess defensively all season, allowing the most points per game in the entire league at 33.25. 

They are middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to QBs, but the key stat is that they’ve allowed the third-most passing touchdowns this season, which is exactly where we are looking for Roethlisberger to do his damage. 

In addition, they have sustained some key injuries which have led them to consider starting Cooper Rush, who would be their fourth quarterback of the season.

So it is unsurprising that they have become a mess on the offensive side of the ball as well, scoring just seven points per game over their past three games.

The Steelers should easily wipe the floor with Cowboys as heavy favorites, leading to lots of short fields and touchdown opportunities for Big Ben.

He is one of the best streaming options out there this week. Not to mention his next two matchups after this (Bengals and Jaguars) are juicy as well.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (48.0% Owned)

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In an ugly win against the Browns, Derek Carr threw just 24 passes, completing 15 of them for 112 yards, a touchdown, and adding 41 rushing yards.  

When I recommended Carr last week, I was unaware that he was going to be playing in monsoon conditions, so I apologize for that. If you missed the game, neither team could do anything through the air as there was intense wind and rain the entire afternoon, so don’t put too much stock in the results.

Before this outlier, Carr had three straight games of 20+ fantasy points. Despite two of those matchups being against top six pass defenses.

Carr has been carrying the Raiders offense this season and it is showing, as he is currently fourth in the league in passer rating and has a 14:2 touchdown to interception ratio.

The Matchup

Derek Carr and the 4-3 Las Vegas Raiders will square off against the 2-5 Los Angeles Chargers in a divisional battle. The Chargers are coming off a heartbreaking loss after the Denver Broncos made a late rally.

The Chargers have been pretty good at defending the run, however, their pass defense has been an issue. They currently allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. 

The Raiders are an old-school football team under Jon Gruden and as such typically prefer to run the ball in the redzone, but that might not be an option this week. The Chargers haven’t allowed a rushing TD in the redzone all year.

The way this game is set up I expect Carr to have to pass the ball often and in key situations which should lead to a whole bunch of fantasy points this week. 

Carr also gets the Broncos after this matchup so he could be a multi-week starter if you need him to be. He is a great play this week as the consensus QB16 in our rankings, just make sure to check the weather first this time.

Bargain Bin Option

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos  (3.0% Owned)

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In the bargain bin this week we have Drew Lock at just three percent owned. Lock completed 26 of 41 attempts for 248 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in a one-point win over the Chargers.

This was Lock’s third game back from injury and his first good fantasy finish of the year as QB7 on the week. His previous two matchups were against the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs who rank third and sixth against fantasy quarterbacks, so this was his first game with a decent matchup.

He didn’t throw for a touchdown in either of those games (although he did run for one). This makes Lock a very risky option as his bust potential is very high

That being said, he looked good in this win and his supporting cast is quite good with Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and Noah Fant, giving him solid upside as well.

The Matchup

The Denver Broncos will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons this week. This is the reason to choose Lock as your streamer this week. 

I seemingly talk about the Falcons every week, but this is basically all you need to know: their offense is good, their run defense is good, and their pass defense is horrendous.

This combination generates success for opposing quarterbacks, which is why the Falcons allow the second-most points to the position.

Lock’s QB7 performance last week came against the fourth-worst defense against fantasy QBs so there is no reason he can’t repeat that here.

He is available in almost every league, so if you are desperate look no further than Lock.

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