Week 9 QB Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Derek Carr $6,000
The Raiders and QB Derek Carr travel across the bridge to face the 49ers on Thursday night with the emnbattled Carr coming off his second-best game of the season. Carr finished as last week’s QB3, throwing for 244 yards and three scores and rushing for his first career touchdown. This matchup is not imposing as the 49ers allow the eighth-most fantasy points in the league to opposing QBs and they also lost three defensive starters in last week’s game. Each are now iffy to play with the short turnaround. – Ryan McDowell
Alex Smith $6,300
Six teams on bye this week but only two fantasy starters and one matchup guy, nonetheless you may find yourself in need of Alex Smiths services. One thing you can all but be sure of is he won’t break your heart with that late turnover. The very generous Falcons will lineup across the way this week and even Eli Manning put up 399 pass yards on them. A now benched Jameis Winston has four touchdown passes to go along with 395 yards. Starting in week two through seven these are the QB finishes for those facing the Falcons 7, 1, 9, 5, 1, 7. – Sal Leto
Baker Mayfield $5,500
We’ve yet to see a true breakout game from Baker Mayfield. The rookie quarterback has been part of a Browns offense which sleepwalks through large portions of games before adding some garbage time output. The good news: The matchup could scarcely be better against a giving Chiefs defense, one which is far less imposing away from Arrowhead. More good news: Out are Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, whose seemingly non-existent working relationship and bullheadedness conspired to be a too many cooks in the kitchen approach. There’s little reason for the Browns to come out conservative in this one, which should lead to volume and yards for Mayfield, and possibly a few mistakes. On a docket without any slam-dunk streamers, Mayfield’s one of its elite. – Rob Willette
Matthew Stafford $6,600
The Lions have a difficult mathcup against the Vikings this week. QB Matthew Stafford has fared poorly against Minnesota in recent games. In fact, he hasn’t thrown for 300 yards against the Vikings since 2013. The Lions move to a run-first offense has greatly dampened Stafford’s fantasy appeal and he still has just one QB1 game on the season. The Lions also just dealt his top-targeted WR Golden Tate to the Eagles. Of course, he’s still left with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay but there’s no arguing the corps is not as strong as it was a few days ago. – Ryan McDowell
Philip Rivers $6,900
It’s an odd year to try and pick Landmine quarterbacks when quarterbacks on a whole are scoring so many points. Twelve quarterbacks come in to this week averaging 20+ points a game. In recent years 2017 – three, 2016 – five and 2015 – four averaged 20+ for a season. It’s a new world for fantasy passers. Rivers is last on that list averaging over 20. This week he faces a stiff Seattle pass defense that has helped pace them to four wins in five games only losing by two to the undefeated Rams. The Seahawks are fourth vs quarterbacks and have held all but one quarterback to 17 and under and no QB has hit 20. – Sal Leto
Mitchell Trubisky $6,200
Trubisky owners have reaped the rewards of Trubisky’s play for over a month now, getting massive return on a small investment. Sunday’s matchup, however, portends problems. The Bills are the fourth stingiest pass defense against quarterbacks, and have allowed only 98 rushing yards thus far to the position despite dates with Marcus Mariota, Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers. Trubisky has definitely been more than just his legs to this point, but it is a daunting matchup against a defense which just kept Tom Brady out of the endzone. Buffalo is a weird place to play, and it is going to lead to an oddly small statline this Sunday for Trubisky. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.