There are a few quarterbacks widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 9, or had successful Week 8 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are five quarterbacks with under 50% rostership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 9.
Week 9 byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will all be channel surfing while their compatriots are out there trudging away on the football field.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (47.9 percent)
Next up — @LAC, DEN, KC, @ATL, @NYJ
Carr didn’t wow anyone in the fantasy world with the 112 passing yards he tallied against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8 but the extremely windy conditions made it difficult for both teams to find success through the air. The Raiders signal-caller could have a healthy receiving corps for the first time in a long time if Bryan Edwards returns in Week 9. Carr will face a few lackluster defenses in the coming weeks and could assert himself asa viable fantasy option again.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (5.1 percent)
Next up — @ATL, @LV, MIA, NO, @KC
Lock put together his best performance of the season in Week 8 by throwing for 248 yards and three scores against the Los Angeles Chargers. The second-year quarterback is warming back up after missing time with a shoulder injury. He doesn’t have a go-to guy with Courtland Sutton out for the year but Tim Patrick, Noah Fant, and Jerry Jeudy are good enough to get the job done against lesser defenses.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (39.8 percent)
Next up — @KC, TB, DET, @MIN, DEN
It’s hard to understand how Bridgewater is still so available. He ranks seventh in passing yards and has two receivers — Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore — who are inside the top 10 in receiving yards. He doesn’t have the best touchdowns numbers but Christian McCaffrey’s return could raise his upside.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (38.7 percent)
Next up — SEA, @TB, SF, @ARI, NE
Goff’s numbers are similar to Bridgewater’s but he has an edge in touchdowns passes. He threw for a season-high 355 yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9 but only managed to find the end zone once. Goff could have some ceiling games on the horizon with the opponents he’s set to face in the coming weeks.