The most notable QB news heading into Week 9 is in Denver, as Joe Flacco has been ruled out this week due to a neck injury. Brandon Allen (0 percent) is in line to make the start for the Broncos. The Carolina Panthers will continue to start Kyle Allen at QB in Week 9 as Cam Newton (foot) is still rehabbing.
Here are some QBs with under 50 percent ownership on mainstream ESPN traditional leagues that fantasy owners can consider picking up if they are in need of a QB.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (33 percent)
Garoppolo’s fantasy value is limited by below average passing volume, as the 49ers are the league’s most run heavy team. However, Garoppolo draws a strong streaming matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, which includes the most passing TDs (20) and most passing yards (2,372) allowed.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (18 percent)
Carr has tossed at least two TD passes in four of his last five games and is having the best season of his career by adjusted passer rating, producing 13 percent better than the league average QB. Carr draws a good matchup this week against a Lions team that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Detroit’s pass defense is coming off allowing four TD passes to Giants’ rookie QB Daniel Jones last week.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (15 percent)
Darnold has had a rough stretch lately against two tough defenses in the Patriots and Jaguars, famously saying that he was “seeing ghosts” in his five turnover game against the Patriots due to the Pats’ confusing scheme. Darnold has thrown an ugly seven picks over his last two games. Despite the rough stretch, Darnold is in a good rebound spot this week against the foul and tanking Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs and have mostly been atrocious defensively.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (32 percent)
Jones has had mixed results in his first six starts in the NFL, most notably struggling badly with ball security due to excessive fumbling. Jones also doesn’t have a great matchup this week against a Cowboys pass defense that has been better than average. However, Jones has flashed explosive playmaking at times, and is coming off the best passing game of his career, throwing for 322 yards with four TDs. While the rookie is risky with his turnover proneness, Jones carries some degree of upside beyond Week 9 due to his ability to make plays and will be in better position whenever WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) is cleared to return.
Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars (49 percent)
Minshew has filled in well for the injured Nick Foles (collarbone), posting an adjusted QB rating that is seven percent better than the league average QB. Minshew is coming off a career-high three TD passes last week, and draws a solid matchup this week against a Texans team that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs and just lost stud defender J.J. Watt (pec) for the season.