FanDuel Fantasy Football Week 9: Evaluating the Quarterbacks

By Matt Johnson on Wednesday, November 8th 2017
FanDuel Fantasy Football Week 9: Evaluating the Quarterbacks

We are nearing the end of the stretch of bye weeks, fortunately the six-team byes are now in the rear view mirror. This week we'll be without quarterback options like Alex Smith, Derek Carr and Carson Wentz but at least there are more options to choose from than we saw in the last two weeks.

In Week 10, we see several of the top options with excellent matchups on tap. Even some of the mid-tier quarterbacks in terms of pricing present some good opportunities for us to take advantage of. So even without two of the best fantasy quarterbacks this year, there is no lack of confidence in the amount or quality of options available this week. So, let's evaluate some of the quarterbacks for the Week 10 slate. I'd also like to introduce the new video feature, where I'll go over why I picked a 

Premium Options

Dak Prescott, DAL @ ATL, ($8,800)

Outside of a disastrous start against Washington in Week 8, Prescott's FanDuel numbers rank amongst the NFL elite. In five of his last six games, the second-year quarterback scored 22-plus FanDuel points in those contests. His rushing ability is one thing, with four rushing touchdowns in the last six games and 20-plus rushing yards in six of his last eight games, but he also excels as a passer.

While Atlanta's defense only allows the 17th-most FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks, this is still a game Prescott should take advantage of. Cam Newton torched Atlanta's defense with his legs last week and Prescott could do the same in Week 10. Add in the chance for 200-plus passing yards and two touchdowns, you land a top play.

Matthew Stafford, DET v. CLE, ($8,200)

Stafford's 2017 season started off rocky. After an outstanding 292-yard, four-touchdown performance in Week 1, he failed to surpass 270-plus passing yards in each of the next four weeks and found his totals under 230 yards three times during that stretch.

Now, we might be seeing signs of the old Stafford. After a rough matchup against an excellent Pittsburgh Steelers defense, Stafford came back and shredded the Green Bay Packers for 361 yards and two scores on Monday Night Football. Things will get even easier this week against the Cleveland Browns. Through eight weeks, Cleveland's defense allowed the second-highest quarterback rating (103) and fourth-highest completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks. It presents as an excellent matchup for Stafford and locks him in as a top-three quarterback play this week.

Jared Goff, LAR v. HOU, ($8,200)

Last week, Goff turned in a highly efficient performance with 311 passing yards and four touchdowns on 14 completions. It's a line you likely won't see again, especially on that number of pass attempts. That said, Los Angeles isn't afraid to have Goff attempt 28-plus pass attempts per game, with four of those games in his last six contests.

It's an important number to know with an upcoming matchup against the Houston Texans. over the last four weeks, teams facing Houston's defense averaged 36 pass attempts per game and average 300 yards through the air. In the wake of J.J. Watt's season-ending injuries and multiple other members of the front seven lost, Goff should have plenty of time to throw and execute Sean McVay's high0scoring offense.

Value Plays

Josh McCown, NYJ @ TB, ($7,400)

McCown is a favorite once again, even with his price on the rise. While he isn't a high-profile name in the fantasy community amongst regular players, but he is one of the more consistent quarterbacks this season. On FanDuel, McCown scored 14-plus points in seven of his last eight games and scored 18-plus points in three of his past four matchups.

Now he gets an excellent opportunity to post another outstanding outing. In Week 10, McCown and the Jets face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that allows the third-most passing yards (279) per game. With the growth of Robby Anderson and a breakout season from Austin Seferian-Jenkins, McCown's weapons around him can get him to that mark. Add in 10-15 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT @ IND, ($7,600)

Roethlisberger is on the decline, but we won't shy away from him in this matchup. Tom Savage, one of the league's worst quarterbacks, threw for 219 yards and a touchdown on 19 completions. Savage missed 22 at attempts and left over a hundred yards on the field in that game.

The Colts walked off the field with the win and the defense came away counting its blessing. Indianapolis' secondary allows the highest yards per attempts (8.3) in the NFL and with its issues against the deep ball, the last wide receivers it wants to see is the trio of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant. This is a great opportunity for Roethlisberger to come off a needed bye week and post his first three-touchdown game of the season.

Avoid

Tom Brady, NE @ DEN, ($8,500)

Tyrod Taylor, BUF v. NO, ($7,800)

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