Week 9 QB Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Start Carr against the Chargers

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If you’re in need of a quarterback with week nine looming, look no further. Here are a handful of options with positive matchups this week.

NameTeamOpponentFAAB%Own%
Derek CarrRaidersChargers1%46.3%
Matthew StaffordLionsVikings1%57%
Drew LockBroncosFalcons1%2.2%
Teddy BridgewaterPanthersChiefs1%52.4%
Kirk CousinsVikingsLions1%13.5%

Derek Carr

 

If you’re looking for a quarterback likely to end up in a shootout, look no further than Las Vegas‘ Derek Carr. The Raiders take on the Chargers, who have averaged point totals of 64.75 over their past four games, creating fruitful situations for opposing quarterbacks. Most Recently, Drew Lock dropped 248 yards and three touchdowns again Las Angeles this past Sunday. To make matters even more enticing, Las Angeles just traded away one of their starting corner backs, Desmond King II. Meanwhile, Derek Carr has scored at least ten points in every start, and has scored 19 or higher in three of their seven games. With such a lackluster list of quarterback streamer options for week nine, you’re hard-pressed to find a better option than Carr this week

Matthew Stafford

 

Stafford has been largely disappointing as a fantasy quarterback in 2020, but the opportunity to play against Minnesota is reason to feel confident for week nine. Minnesota is giving up the seventh-most points to the quarterback position, and will once again be playing without a handful of starting corner backs. Most recently, Aaron Rodgers had 291 passing yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Prior to their week-seven bye, Matt Ryan had 371 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, Matt Stafford built upon his 340 yards and one touchdown performance against Atlanta in week seven with 336 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Colts defense in week eight.

Drew Lock

 

Heading into the fourth quarter of Denver’s week eight matchup against the Chargers, it occurred to me I might have to reconsider putting Drew Lock on this list. Lock had thrown an interception and had yet to score. However, one quarter later, Lock finished with a 248/3/1 line. One way or another, Lock capitalized against a good matchup, and he has another one in week nine. Denver takes on Atlanta, who trails only Seattle for the highest points-per-game given up to fantasy quarterbacks. Lock is still a risky play, but considering how thin this week’s streaming options are, count your blessings if you get to play Atlanta’s opposing quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater

 

Teddy Bridgewater is a tough player to crack in 2020. Over his four best games, Bridgewater is averaging 21.4 points. However, in the other four games, he’s averaging closer to 10. Be wary of Bridgwater, as not only has he been a boom-or-bust type of start, his pass attempts per game rate has been trending downwards. Over his first four games, Bridgwater averaged over 35 attempts each game, a number that is down to 29 over the next four. Nonetheless, you could do worse than Bridgewater in week nine. While the matchup is not great, as Kansas City is top-10 in fantasy points against quarterbacks, expect plenty of pass attempts from Bridgewater as they play from behind. The only time Bridgwater didn’t have a solid fantasy game throwing the ball at least 30 times was against a tough Tampa defense in week two when Christian McCaffrey vultured away two touchdowns on the ground.

Kirk Cousins

 

Kirk Cousins bookends this uninspiring list of week-nine streamers. Particularly after watching Dalvin Cook vulture three of the Vikings’ four touchdowns on the ground, we must remind ourselves that playing Cousins is always a risk. Kirk’s lone touchdown against Green Bay was a third-and-nine screen play to Dalvin Cook, who took it 50 yards to the house (Yes, Dalvin Cook accounted for all four of Minnesota’s touchdowns on Sunday). While Minnesota will once against look to rely on the run, as Detroit is giving up approximately 130 yards on the ground each game, the scoring opportunities should be there for Minnesota and could easily equate to a multi-touchdown game for Cousins.

Zach Boeder is a high school math teacher that has a passion for sports and data journalism. He has played fantasy football and baseball for more than ten years and loves how it keeps him connected to his friends. Despite loyal allegiances to the Vikings, Zach will forever love Patrick Mahomes for bringing him a fantasy championship in 2018.

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