Matthew Stafford is off the Covid IR list and cleared to face the Vikings in a good matchup. Stafford will be ranked in out top 12.
If you find yourself needing a fill-in, my two favorites are Drew Lock and Jake Luton. Lock is coming off one of his best games of the season and faces a Falcons defense that has given up more points to quarterbacks than any other team. While they have been better lately, I believe that's a mirage. Stafford threw for 340 yards against them and Teddy Bridgewater had to play in the remnants of a hurricane.
Luton is a wild card. As a fifth-year senior at Oregon State he threw 28 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. He's not a particularly great athlete and he fell to the sixth round for a reason. But Minshew was no great prospect himself. This is still a terrible team with good offensive weapons and a lot of pass volume. That means as long as Luton isn't awful, he'll be a borderline streamer. Against the Texans in Week 9, that's exactly what we're expecting.
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Week 9 QB Preview
Numbers to know
- 9.5 -- Drew Lock leads all passers in air yards per attempt.
- 39 -- The Falcons have allowed a league-worst 39 pass plays of 20 or more yards.
- 879 -- Jimmy Garoppolo's 879 air yards were by far the fewest for a quarterback with at least six starts. The 49ers offense is all about YAC.
- 7.6% -- Aaron Rodgers has had a higher percentage of his passes dropped than any other quarterback in the NFL. That should improve when Allen Lazard returns.
- 62.4 -- Kyler Murray leads quarterbacks with 62.4 rushing yards per game. That makes him much better in leagues that reward four points per pass touchdown.
- 114.5 -- The Texans have allowed a passer rating of 114.5 to opposing quarterbacks.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Admittedly, it is not a great week for streamers. But Lock should get Tim Patrick back and he does have an outstanding matchup, which is a nice change because he's faced a brutal schedule this year.
Jake Luton QB
JAC Jacksonville • #6
Age: 25 • Experience: Rookie
Like I said, it's not a great week for streamers. Jacksonville has had two weeks to prepare for one of the worst pass defenses in the league. There are few setups that could be better than this for an NFL debut. if nothing else, Luton should have plenty of garbage time.
Kyler Murray QB
ARI Arizona • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
It would be hard to overestimate how much Murray is helped by the scoring format, especially on FanDuel. No quarterback has scored more FanDuel points per game than Murray.
Lock should be chasing the score against a bad defense. Stacks with him, Noah Fant and Jerry Jeudy can be surrounded by chalk because you've got all the contrarian you need. Don't forget to bring it back with Julio Jones.
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