2014 Fantasy Football: Week 9 Quarterback Fillers

With Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers on a bye week, fantasy football players will be hitting the waiver wire for quarterbacks hard and heavy in Week 9.

For Week 9, I have listed several widely available quarterbacks, who are serviceable options until your starter returns.

Andy Dalton vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Owned in 54.4% of ESPN standard scoring leagues

The return of A.J. Green will obviously boost the value of Dalton, but he should still be able to find success against the the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 27th ranked pass defense. Aside from a terrible performance against the Indianapolis Colts, Dalton has averaged 18 points in the past three games, and should produce solid results against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Owned in 4.5% of ESPN standard scoring leagues

Against a defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, I would pretty much start anyone. Fitzpatrick won’t be the highest-scoring quarterback in Week 9, however, so keep your expectations in check. If you are replacing your starting quarterback, you just want a player who is capable of keeping your team competitive. Fitzpatrick is capable of 14-18 points each week, and he is a serviceable Week 9 substitution.

Eli Manning vs. Indianapolis Colts: Owned in 59.5% of ESPN standard scoring leagues

Outside of two performances with only six fantasy points, Manning is averaging 20.4 fantasy points per game. Ben Roethlisberger had a party against the Colts’ defense with six touchdown passes this past week, and while Manning probably won’t repeat that performance, he still has a chance at a solid game against an exposed defense. You could do far worse for your bye week filler.

If you live on the wild side or think you need a ton of points to beat your opponent, there are two boom-or-bust quarterbacks you can focus on.

Michael Vick vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Owned in 2.9% of ESPN standard scoring leagues

Vick was a turnover machine last week, and he is going against the best pass defense in the NFL. With that being said, we all know that Vick is capable of some epic performances. If he can find a rhythm running the ball and get close enough to the endzone to score a few rushing touchdowns, the new starting quarterback for the New York Jets could provide the owners brave enough to roll with him an exciting pay day.

Robert Griffin III vs. Minnesota Vikings: Owned in 73.3% of ESPN standard scoring leagues

I don’t know what to expect with the return of RG3, but like Vick, I like his dual-threat capabilities. The Vikings’ defense has allowed an average of 21.62 points per game this year, which helps to create a favorable opportunity. While the Vikings are stingy against the pass, it is middle of the road against the run, which favors RG3.

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