Baker Mayfield, CLE QB (vs. KC)
42% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 40.3% owned in ESPN Leagues
Mayfield makes his 3rd consecutive appearance on this list as he prepares for his duel with Kansas City’s charitable defense. He’s performed admirably in each other last two weeks, although Hue Jackson’s apparent usurping of play-calling duties hampered his ability to produce to the extent he might have, in Week 8. New offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens gives us reason for optimism. He was a productive quarterback in college, putting up solid stats leading the Alabama Crimson Tide offense. Kitchens has worked extensively as a position coach – most notably as Carson Palmer’s QB Coach under Bruce Arians in Arizona. Even if Kitchens endures a bit of a learning curve, KC is more or less a play-caller-proof matchup though so there’s reason to expect Mayfield has a fine showing. Mayfield gets Atlanta’s injury-plagued defense in Week 10 – another matchup you’ll want to own him for.
Joe Flacco, BAL QB (vs. PIT)
37% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 34.7 % owned in ESPN Leagues
Vintage Joe Flacco was worryingly on display in Week 8, badly overthrowing on a number of trigger-pulls. He’s got a great matchup against the Steelers at home though so there’s reason for optimism if you’re in need of a streamer. Flacco hung 363 passing yards and 2 touchdowns on them in their Week 4 away matchup. Catching them at home this week, Flacco has a good shot to replicate that production.
Derek Carr, OAK QB (at SF)
25% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 15.4% owned in ESPN Leagues
Amari Cooper’s departure seemingly went unnoticed by Derek Carr in Week 8. The Oakland signal-caller threw for 244 yards and an interception-less 3 touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. Carr faces a Niners defense in Week 9, playing so poorly that at least one local San Franciscan reporter has indicated Kyle Shanahan might be on the hot seat. Carr should have no issue dishing against the reeling San Fran D.