Baker Mayfield, CLE QB (vs. ATL)
38% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 38% owned in ESPN Leagues
Newly installed OC Freddie Kitchens delivered us from evil by the pass-catching hands of Duke Johnson Jr. Duke corralled both of Baker’s Week 9 touchdown passes and there’s reason to expect the trend to continue as Cleveland tees off against Every Airback’s Dream: The Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. Mayfield’s a rock-solid streaming option and should started, not just owned, in nearly 100% of leagues this week. Get him while you can.
It’s worth noting, Mayfield’s got a nice slate of opposing defenses after Cleveland’s Week 11 bye. Dates with Cincinnati (twice), Carolina, and Denver should produce fruitful fantasy results.
Dak Prescott, DAL QB (at PHI)
38% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 33.9% owned in ESPN Leagues
This is a matchup-based ranking. Dallas’s recent vow to keep Amari Cooper out of position (he’s an elite slot receiver, not an X – deal with it) does not increase my confidence in Dak. However, the Eagles just lost DE Derek Barnett for the season, and they were already hemorrhaging fantasy points to wide receivers. Dak’s play and usage have improved as of late. He’s a quality streaming option if you’re an owner in-need.
Josh Rosen, ARI QB (at KC)
3% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 2.2% owned in ESPN Leagues
OC Byron Leftwich was conveniently installed a week before Arizona’s Week 9 bye. Hopefully he was able to fully install his new David Johnson-based offense. Although KC’s defense has improved as of late with its improved pass rush, the development increases the likelihood that Rosen repeatedly chucks dump-offs to DJ in the flats. A threat to score from anywhere on the field, our hope is that Johnson puts the offense on his back — through the air — and brings Rosen some fantasy goodness.
Alex Smith, WAS QB (at TB)
43% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 49% owned in ESPN Leagues
Smith finally turned in a usable fantasy performance last week, throwing for 300+ yards against the Falcons. If he’s got a shot to repeat such a performance, it’s this week against the joke of a defense that Tampa Bay wheels out every Sunday. It’s an ugly play, but the matchup is right.
Notes: Both Ryan Fitzpatrick (66% & 69.9%) and Andy Dalton (62% % 53.5%) are over the 50% ownership threshold. However, both deserve to have their ownership levels heavily increase this week. Fitz walked right back into his monstrous statistical outputs, being renamed starter in Week 9. Meanwhile Dalton, although likely without A.J. Green, gets the Saints in Cincy. Both are startable options this week.