After a number of powerful weeks for D/STs, our Week 9 fantasy protection rankings are trying fairly sturdy, not less than via the highest 12. Bye weeks are nonetheless thinning the rankings as a complete, because the Rams, Eagles, Browns, and Bengals are idle this week. That mentioned, the waiver wire streamers obtainable this week are higher than typical because of some favorable matchups, and that helps strengthen the beginning tier as we proceed to focus on mistake-prone quarterbacks and shaky offensive traces.

The error-prone quarterbacks we’re speaking about embrace Kirk Cousins (vs. Lions), Daniel Jones (@ Washington), Nick Foles (@ Titans), and whoever begins for the Jaguars between Mike Glennon and Jake Luton (vs. Texans). Cousins is susceptible to picks, Jones turns the ball over lots and takes sacks, Foles has had points producing yards, and Jacksonville’s duo lacks expertise/expertise. That can make Detroit, Washington, Tennessee, and Houston stable streaming choices.

Quarterback | Working again | Huge receiver | Tight finish | Kicker

The Cardinals may be a worthwhile play, as they’re taking over Tua Tagovaviloa in his first street begin. Miami has numerous offensive weapons, however rookies are sometimes susceptible to errors. Tagovailoa represents the unproven quarterback a part of our streaming equation, as his first begin resulted in fewer than 100 passing yards and a misplaced fumble.

Quarterback | Working again | Huge receiver | Tight finish | Kicker

There are actually different fantasy defenses to observe. The Giants might benefit from Kyle Allen and a lackluster Washington offense, whereas Atlanta has a extremely favorable matchup in opposition to the mistake-prone Drew Lock. If the Falcons had proven us a lot of something this 12 months, they’d be ranked increased, however should you’re in a bind, you’ll be able to actually take an opportunity on the Falcons.

Among the many top-tier choices, the Steelers get to face off in opposition to the Cowboys, the Patriots tackle the Jets, and the Ravens tackle the Colts and the motionless Philip Rivers, who may be susceptible to bouts with sacks and interceptions.

If there’s any prime unit to contemplate fading this week, it might be the Buccaneers. They’re taking over the Saints, and if Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) are again, that recreation might flip right into a high-scoring affair. Given how the Bucs have performed in current weeks, it is tremendous to belief them, however simply know that their flooring could also be a bit decrease than regular as they tackle an excellent offense. The identical is true for the Colts, who tackle Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Pittsburgh’s protection had a good day in opposition to Baltimore final week (4 sacks, 4 takeaways), so Indianapolis continues to be in play should you want it.

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Week 9 Fantasy Protection Rankings

Rank Group
1 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cowboys. In three full video games with out Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are averaging 7.Three factors per recreation, 250.Three complete yards of offense, and a couple of.Three turnovers per recreation. These numbers are horrible, and the Steelers have among the best defenses within the NFL. Whether or not Andy Dalton or Ben DiNucci is beginning at quarterback, the Steelers ought to be capable of benefit from the Cowboys’ banged-up offensive line and restrict their scoring. Additionally they have a excessive sack flooring making them the clear-cut prime choice of the week.
2 New England Patriots @ Jets. The Patriots aren’t enjoying too properly on offense proper now, however their protection continues to be stable. They’ve 13 takeaways, tied for the fourth-most within the NFL with two different groups, and are permitting the 12th-fewest factors per recreation, 23.9, on the season. Their Week 9 opponent, the Jets, have each the NFL’s worst scoring offense (11.Eight factors per recreation) and the fewest yards per recreation (259) on the season. Additionally they have stalled out regularly within the second half and have simply 67 complete yards within the second half of their final two video games mixed. Count on the Patriots protection to place up one among their finest performances of the season in a must-win recreation.
3 Baltimore Ravens @ Colts. The Colts are coming off a 41-point outburst in opposition to the Lions, however the Ravens protection might show to be a troublesome check for the Colts. The Ravens have averaged 3.Four sacks per recreation this 12 months, good for the fourth-most within the NFL, and whereas the Colts have a great offensive line, Philip Rivers is not very cell. If the Ravens can get to him, they’ll be capable of convey him down. Rivers has additionally thrown not less than one interception in 4-of-7 video games this 12 months and his prime wide-out, T.Y. Hilton (groin), could also be questionable for this recreation. If he forces some passes into tight home windows, he might pay for it in opposition to a powerful protection.
4 Tennessee Titans vs. Bears. The dangerous information is that the Titans protection is on a foul streak and has allowed not less than 27 factors in three consecutive video games. The excellent news is that the Bears offense averages solely 20.1 factors per recreation (fifth-worst within the NFL) and 310.6 yards per recreation (fourth-worst within the league). This may very well be a pleasant bounce-back spot for the Titans contemplating that Nick Foles has thrown an interception in each recreation he has performed this season and has been sacked 9 occasions within the final two weeks.
5 Chicago Bears @ Titans. The Bears-Titans recreation might find yourself being a defensive battle. The Bears have solely allowed 20.Eight factors per recreation to opposing offenses this 12 months and have but to permit greater than 26 factors in any contest. The Titans have a high-flying offense, however the Bears might have a shot at containing them, particularly since Ryan Tannehill had points in opposition to the Bengals exterior of rubbish time. 
6 Washington Soccer Group vs. Giants. Forward of their Monday Night time Soccer recreation in opposition to the Buccaneers, the Giants had been permitting 9.Three fantasy factors per recreation (FPPG) to opposing D/ST models, good for the fourth-most within the league. When Washington confronted the Giants a number of weeks in the past, they held New York to 13 offensive factors and 240 complete yards. They will want no get extra sacks — that they had only one — however contemplating that they rank fifth within the league in sacks per recreation with 3.1, they need to have an opportunity to try this in opposition to a turnover-prone Giants offense that has dedicated the fifth-most turnovers within the NFL (13).
7 Houston Texans @ Jaguars. With Gardner Minshew (thumb) out for the Jaguars’ Week 9 assembly with the Texans, they are going to be beginning both Mike Glennon or Jake Luton at quarterback. Glennon hasn’t began a recreation since 2017 when he went 1-Three and posted a 4-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio whereas Luton is a sixth-round rookie. The Texans protection hasn’t been good this 12 months, however they nonetheless have sufficient of a go rush (2.Three sacks per recreation) to benefit from a Jaguars group that was allowed FPPG to D/STs (10th-most within the league) earlier than Minshew received harm.
8 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. Panthers. The Chiefs have allowed 20 or fewer factors in all however one among their video games to date this season, and that has given them the third-best scoring protection within the NFL at 19 factors per recreation. The Panthers are averaging solely 22.Four factors per recreation, good for eighth-fewest within the league, and simply received shut down by the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs ought to have an opportunity to restrict the Panthers and drive Teddy Bridgewater into some errors.
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Saints. The Saints offense has been good this 12 months, however the Bucs protection has been among the best models within the NFL. They’ve allowed the fewest complete yards per recreation (291.3) forward of their Monday night time recreation in opposition to the Giants and have 12 takeaways, tied for seventh-most within the NFL. The Saints offense could also be higher in Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) are again, however the Bucs restricted Drew Brees to 160 passing yards within the season opener. As long as Tom Brady would not make errors, the protection will maintain up simply tremendous in a great revenge spot.
10 New York Giants @ Washington. To date this season, Washington has allowed 8.6 FPPG to opposing D/ST models. The final time the Giants performed Washington, Kyle Allen had two turnovers together with one which was returned for a TD. The Giants might drive Allen into some comparable errors, so their stable protection may be trusted in his matchup.
11 Detroit Lions @ Vikings. The Lions had a stable defensive stretch come to an finish in opposition to the Colts after they surrendered 41 factors, however they nonetheless is usually a stable play in opposition to the Vikings. The Vikings haven’t performed properly within the passing recreation in current weeks, and Kirk Cousins has three video games with three turnovers in his final 5 outings. Detroit might benefit from that if they will restrict the Vikings on the bottom. That is simpler mentioned than performed after what Dalvin Prepare dinner did final week, however the Lions ought to have an opportunity to be a top-12 unit if they will not less than make the Vikings go greater than the 14 occasions the Packers did.
12 Arizona Cardinals vs. Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa received a win in his first begin, however he threw for lower than 100 yards, had a turnover, and was sacked as soon as through the contest. He did not must do a lot for the reason that Miami protection put him to date forward, however he might must do extra in opposition to the Cardinals. Arizona is permitting solely 20.9 factors per recreation this season, so they are able to drive the rookie starter into some errors and make a giant play.
13 Miami Dolphins @ Cardinals. The Dolphins have the NFL’s finest scoring protection (18.6 factors per recreation), the fourth-most takeaways within the league (13), and they’re tied for eighth in sacks per recreation (2.7). These numbers are stunning at a look, however they show that the Dolphins protection is best than most anticipate. Dealing with Kyler Murray is rarely simple, however he does have not less than one turnover in all however one recreation this 12 months. The Dolphins ought to have the personnel to benefit from that and make life tough for Arizona.
14 Indianapolis Colts vs. Ravens. The Colts have been one of many prime fantasy defenses in all format to date this 12 months and they’re coming off a 15-point outing in opposition to the Lions. That mentioned, the Ravens offense is superb, and so they’re solely permitting 3.Three FPPG to defenses this 12 months. The Colts nonetheless might be able to drive some turnovers or get some sacks with Ronnie Stanley out, however trusting them on this spot in opposition to the dynamic Lamar Jackson is a danger.
15 Seattle Seahawks @ Payments. Earlier than permitting some garbage-time factors to Nick Mullens and Co., the Seahawks had been enjoying a wonderful recreation on protection, and they’re at the moment tied for the NFL lead in takeaways (14). The Payments have not performed properly in current weeks and had been fortunate to flee with a win in opposition to the Patriots in Week 8. So long as Josh Allen is struggling via the air, the Seahawks may be trusted as a stable streaming choice.
16 Inexperienced Bay Packers @ 49ers. The Niners misplaced Jimmy Garoppolo, Tevin Coleman, and George Kittle in opposition to the Seahawks and play on a brief week. Their statuses could have so much to do with whether or not or not Inexperienced Bay is actually reliable, but when Nick Mullens begins, they will actually be tried as a streamer.
17 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Raiders
18 Atlanta Falcons vs. Broncos. It is onerous to belief the Falcons, however they did simply restrict the Panthers and they’re taking over a Broncos group that has 15 turnovers this season, tied for the third-most within the NFL. They’re a bottom-barrel streaming choice as a high-risk, high-reward play.
19 New Orleans Saints @ Buccaneers
20 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Texans
21 New York Jets vs. Patriots. As good as it could sound to fade the Patriots and their 15 giveaways (tied for third-most within the league), they’re enjoying the Jets. You’ll be able to belief the Jets to comprise a group that’s determined for a win.
22 Buffalo Payments vs. Seahawks
23 Denver Broncos @ Falcons
24 Minnesota Vikings vs. Lions
25 San Francisco 49ers vs. Packers
26 Carolina Panthers @ Chiefs
27 Las Vegas Raiders @ Chargers
28 Dallas Cowboys vs. Steelers