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Changing the Call: Week Nine

Changing the Call is back for Week 9! Set yourself up for success from and get your quarterback sit/starts from @tyler_grez right here.

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Week 8 Review 

Start Cam Newton

Newton’s performances this season haven’t been necessarily pretty. However, he provides a rushing floor every single time he touches the field, and that is going to keep him as a borderline QB1 every week. Newton came into the week as QB17 and finished it as QB11.

Start Jimmy Garoppolo

Let’s call this one a push. Garoppolo once again fell victim to injury, and this time will be out for an even longer extended period of time. Considering that Garoppolo left this game in the 1st half and didn’t get much of a chance to mount a comeback. Backup Nick Mullens came in and had a pretty good fantasy day with all things considered.

Sit Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert showed me one thing this weekend: he’s matchup proof right now. I predicted the Broncos to win this game, and while they did, it wasn’t for the reasons I thought. Drew Lock and the offense simply decided to turn on the afterburners in the 4th quarter. The Chargers offense was still very successful throughout the game. Herbert finished as the QB6 on the week after coming into it as QB9.

Sit Kirk Cousins

Another one that I technically got correct, but for different reasons. I thought the Packers would be able to do a good job of containing the passing attack for the Vikings. What actually happened was the Vikings simply just didn’t pass enough. There were only 14 passing attempts for Cousins and this offense. Cousins was ranked as QB16 coming into the week and finished as QB22.

Current sit/start record: 19-11-7


Drew Lock

Credit: Sports Illustrated
Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
Over/Under: 50
FantasyPros rank: 18

The Atlanta Falcons are the worst defense in the league against opposing QBs. The reasoning for this is two-fold. First, the Falcons’ offense has been able to put up points, and teams have to respond in kind. Secondly, the defense for the Falcons is inconsistent and has been overall lackluster through 8 weeks. Drew Lock hasn’t really had a good opportunity to get settled in, but he led his team to victory by putting up 24 points in the 4th quarter last week. Lock showed that he could get this offense moving when he needs to, and I believe that they will be able to move the ball against a porous Falcons pass defense.

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Over/Under: 48.5
FantasyPros rank: 20

There’s one simple reason I’m listing Tua here this week: I like the Cardinals to score a lot of points. Fresh off of a big win against the Los Angeles Rams, I like the Cardinals in this game. That means the Dolphins will be playing from behind, and with the injury situation at running back, the Dolphins could be throwing a lot. Tua hasn’t really been allowed to “sling” it yet, and I’m looking forward to him doing so against an average Cardinals defense. One thing Arizona defensive coordinator does well is keep opposing quarterbacks on their toes. This could be a problem for Tua, but the offense will have no choice to press on, and if the Dolphins win this game, it’s going to be because of Tua.

Cam Newton

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Opponent: New York Jets
Over/Under: 42.5
FantasyPros rank: 13

Wash, rinse, repeat. Cam Newton continues to be slept on from a fantasy standpoint. He’s been one of the best possible bench situations you could have at the quarterback position. This week Newton draws an overall bad Jets defense who will likely have little to no answer for Cam Newton. I expect Newton to finish as a top 10 QB option this week. He’s starting to get some of his offensive weapons back, but I’m mostly referring to his rushing floor. Newton and backfield partner Damien Harris should be able to be very productive on the ground. This should lead to other easier passing opportunities for this offense.


Ryan Tannehill

Credit: Bleacher Report
Opponent: Chicago Bears
Over/Under: 47.5
FantasyPros Rank: 12

The Bears defense is good, and you do not play opposing quarterbacks against them. Tannehill has returned to earth a little bit, and that’s only going to continue this week. There are better options behind Tannehill in terms of pre-week rankings, and I’ll be looking at them first. The Bears defense matches up well with what the Titans are trying to do on offense, and their defense should be able to keep the Bears offense under wraps. This will be a low scoring affair and a case of “who gets the ball last.” The one thing that the Titans have working in their favor this week is being in Nashville, but I still expect Chicago to show up in force and make this game a clunker.

Thank you for once again tuning in to my sit/start calls for the quarterback position. You can find all of my work on my Twitter profile, @tyler_grez. I also post weekly rankings for Game On Wisconsin, host the Game on Fantasy podcast and co-host the Sunday editions of the Packaday podcast. Be sure to join the #nerdherd to get access to some of the best dynasty analysis on the internet.

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