Falling a bit flat last week in Dallas, Cousins has a true blow-up
spot in a potential shootout with the Ravens this week. The Baltimore
secondary has been bombed often this year (317 passing yards per
game allowed) giving up two 400-yard games. The Vikes defense should
struggle to contain Jackson and his receivers, as this game has
one of the highest implied totals of Week 9. All of these factors
give Cousins a high volume floor and a chance at QB1 numbers.
Assuming Hill will be fully cleared from concussion protocol after
a scary couple of weeks, the dual threat quarterback makes for a
strong start in Week 9 against a listless Atlanta defense. In two
games against the Falcons last year, Hill compiled 465 yards passing,
132 yards rushing, and 4 total touchdowns. With the keys to the
offense fully in his possession, Hill could be a strong fantasy
asset down the stretch.
Oh so close to suiting up last week, Prescott has already gotten
in a full practice this week, and should be back to his elite ways
against Denver. Yeah, the Broncos have been solid against the pass,
but Dallas just has too many threats to deploy, and can attack all
levels of the field. While not exactly at the torrid pace of his
pre-2020 injury form, Prescott is a rock solid weekly QB1.
Carr has been masterful this season, especially in the two games
since the resignation of John Gruden. He’s spread the ball
out more this season, utilized the athleticism of his receivers
better, and largely carried an offense that has struggled to run
the ball consistently. A solemn cross country trip against the backdrop
of what happened earlier in the week with Henry Ruggs III, and a
wounded and angry Giants defense that has rebounded after a slow
start, leaves me wanting to avoid Carr at all costs.
Henry was the V12 engine that powered this offense, so I’m
very curious to see how the Titans function without him. The threat
of #22 running downhill enabled the play-action and roll-out based
offense that was a perfect fit for Tannehill. Without that, they
become one-dimensional, and on the road against an aggressive Ram
defense is not where I want to be at starting quarterback.
As far as rookie quarterbacks go, Jones is leading the way. His
9-6 touchdown to interception ratio may be underwhelming, but he’s
managing games pretty well and giving his team a chance to win close
games. But make no mistake, this is a run-first and often team,
and Jones simply doesn’t have difference making pass catchers,
so you’ll have to be happy with a dink and dunk offense. This
isn’t a great spot match-up wise, and Jones’s ceiling
is just too low to take a chance.