With top-level fantasy quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan on bye, fantasy owners might need to scour the waiver wire to find a great streaming option in Week 9.
With that in mind, here are the best QB streaming options, owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, to target in Week 9.
1. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (38% Owned)
Derek Carr hasn't exactly been a great fantasy producer this season, but he draws an exploitable matchup against the Detroit Lions in Week 9. Detroit has surrendered a league-high 289.7 passing yards per game to opposing signal-callers, grading out as the No. 22 unit in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. With the Oakland Raiders grading out as the NFL's fourth-worst pass defense in that same metric, this could be a high-scoring affair, which would give Carr plenty of opportunities for a nice fantasy day.
2. Sam Darnold, New York Jets (24% Owned)
You might feel a bit queasy putting Sam Darnold into your lineup, but, excluding his game against the New England Patriots, he's been a reasonably effective fantasy producer since his return. He's thrown multiple TD passes in two of his last three starts, and while he's struggled with turnovers, he shouldn't be under much duress against the Miami Dolphins. Miami has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing passers, and rank second to last in turnover percentage (3.9). If Darnold can hang onto the ball, he should be able to exploit a Dolphins team that ranks dead last in the NFL in pass defense DVOA.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (5% Owned)
Another name that won't inspire much confidence, Ryan Fitzpatrick has actually been pretty decent since re-gaining the starting job. He's averaging 236.0 passing yards per game over the last two weeks, and has scored four total touchdowns (including a rushing TD) during that span. Against a New York Jets' defense that has surrendered the ninth-most passing yards per game, Fitzpatrick has a chance to post a solid fantasy day, and he's always a threat to punch one in with his legs, which is an added bonus.
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