Week 9 Fantasy QB Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at quarterback

Quarterback start ’em, sit ’em decisions will be tough for more than a few fantasy football owners this week. The byes take away a few borderline options (Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz), but it’s tough matchups for several stars, including Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes, that will have many checking our Week 9 fantasy QB rankings and wondering if they should play a sleeper over their beloved studs.

Jackson (@ Colts), Rodgers (@ 49ers), and Mahomes (vs. Panthers) are generally considered “must-starts,” but depending on who’s available, it’s at least reasonable to consider other options this week. Chances are, you will still start them, which is probably smart given how high their respective floors are, but the ceilings for Jackson and Mahomes have been a bit lower than expected this season. 

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Justin Herbert (@ Raiders), Derek Carr (vs. Chargers), Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cowboys), and Matthew Stafford (@ Vikings) have QB1 upsides in any given week, and this is the type of week where all should be started. Kirk Cousins (vs. Lions) and Cam Newton (@ Jets) are also in good spots, though both come with low floors that make them tough to trust over any of the QBs mentioned above. 

Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Several other borderline QBs are in tough spots this week. Drew Brees (@ Buccaneers), Teddy Bridgewater (@ Chiefs), Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Packers), and Ryan Tannehill (vs. Bears) are below-average plays, and if you’re in need of deeper sleepers to replace them, you can consider Drew Lock (@ Falcons) and Nick Foles (@ Titans). Tua Tagovailoa (@ Cardinals), Kyle Allen (vs. Giants), and whoever starts for the Jaguars, be it Mike Glennon or Jake Luton (vs. Texans), are all tempting options, but they should be limited to starts in two-QB leagues.

Again, you’re probably going to stick with Jackson, Rodgers, and Mahomes, but there are other high-upside options available this week. At the very least, you shouldn’t automatically keep someone like Brees or Tannehill in your lineup. Always explore all your options, and don’t be afraid to make some bold moves if you’re in a must-win situation.

Note: Check back throughout the week, as we’ll continue to update our QB rankings up until kickoff based on the latest news and injury updates. 

Week 9 Fantasy QB Rankings

These rankings are for four-point passing TD leagues.

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