Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.
QB Start of the Week: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at OAK)
Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s passing offense have been on a roll lately. One week after throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns, Stafford racked up 342 yards and three scores this past Sunday. Over that two-game span, only Aaron Rodgers has scored more fantasy points.
With three or more scores in three of his past four games, Stafford may not throw three-plus touchdowns against the Raiders, but his favorable matchup in Week 9 should allow the good times to continue. Only the Cardinals have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Raiders.
While the Cardinals (20) have allowed one more passing touchdown than Oakland, who has already had its bye, no team has allowed more per game (2.71). In addition, the Raiders have allowed the third-most passing yards per game (285.3) and fourth-most yards per attempt (8.6).
QB Sit of the Week: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SF)
It is typical for rookie quarterbacks to have ups and downs and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has had some downs recently. Not only has Kyler Murray failed to account for a touchdown in either of his past two games, he has zero passing touchdowns in four of his last five games.
On a short week, Murray will try to bounce back against one of the league’s elite defenses. There is currently no line for the Kansas City–Minnesota game, but Arizona has the second-lowest implied total (16.25) of all teams in Week 9.
The 49ers rank first in the NFL in yards allowed per game (224.4), passing yards per game allowed (128.7) and only the Patriots allow fewer points per game (11.0). In addition, they allow the second-fewest yards per pass attempt (5.5), have the second-most interceptions (10) and the fourth-most sacks (27).
Over their past four games, they have zero passing touchdowns and only one quarterback has exceeded 100 passing yards against them—Kyle Allen (158, Week 7). Allen was also intercepted three times and sacked seven times.
Long story short, it’s better to keep Murray on your bench in Week 9.
Week 9 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
QB1: Russell Wilson, SEA vs TB
QB2: Deshaun Watson, HOU @ JAC
QB3: Aaron Rodgers, GB @ LAC
QB4: Dak Prescott, DAL @ NYG
QB5: Matthew Stafford, DET @ OAK
QB6: Lamar Jackson, BAL vs NE
QB7: Josh Allen, BUF vs WAS
QB8: Gardner Minshew, JAC vs HOU
QB9: Tom Brady, NE @ BAL
QB10: Jameis Winston, TB @ SEA
QB11: Kirk Cousins, MIN @ KC
QB12: Carson Wentz, PHI vs CHI
QB13: Derek Carr, OAK vs DET
QB14: Philip Rivers, LAC vs GB
QB15: Sam Darnold, NYJ @ MIA
QB16: Daniel Jones, NYG vs DAL
QB17: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ ARI
QB18: Jacoby Brissett, IND @ PIT
QB19: Kyle Allen, CAR vs TEN
QB20: Kyler Murray, ARI vs SF
QB21: Mason Rudolph, PIT vs IND
QB22: Matt Moore, KC vs MIN
QB23: Mitch Trubisky, CHI @ PHI
QB24: Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ CAR
QB25: Baker Mayfield, CLE @ DEN
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