Week 9 of the Fantasy Football season is fast approaching and it's time to dive into five matchups to target in this slate. Each position presents one player in fantasy leagues to consider starting or streaming if available for the week.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence - 65% rostered
The second-year quarterback has had a bit of an inconsistent season thus far. Lawrence has topped 20-plus fantasy points twice, though he's been able to eclipse 15-plus points four times, and in two of his past three performances. While there doesn't appear to be much consistency or stability, Lawrence is a fine play in Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Currently, the Raiders are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Las Vegas has allowed the 14th-most passing yards, third-most passing touchdowns, and the sixth-most yards per coverage snap this season. The defense is clearly lacking the ability to limit opposing quarterbacks and Lawrence and the Jaguars should be able to take advantage. This season's QB10 is in a perfect spot to produce another QB1 performance this week.
Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson - 88% rostered
There is no doubt that Patterson is one of fantasy football's biggest gems. The veteran runner was activated to the Falcons' 53-man roster and is set to make his return in Week 9 after a four-game stint on IR. There really isn't a ton to discover here — if healthy, Patterson is an absolute must-start across all fantasy football leagues, regardless of format.
There hasn't been any indication that he isn't ready for his typical workload, though C-Patt did mention he was hovering at around 90% when asked about his health the other day. Yet still, his matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers is too juicy to overlook. They've allowed the second-most points to opposing running backs. Unfortunately for LA, they've allowed the sixth-most rushing yards per game, 11th-most yards after contact per attempt, and eight-highest missed and broken tackle percentage this season.
Green Bay Packers WR Romeo Doubs - 68% rostered
As an offense, the Packers simply aren't very good. But, that doesn't mean they're incapable of producing some decent fantasy football results. So far, Doubs has been one of the few startable players on their offense. He's produced three games with double-digit fantasy points, though he's been able to top that mark just once in his past four games.
This should be a great opportunity for Doubs and the remaining Packers receivers against the Detroit Lions this week, though. Doubs is projected to line up against Lions cornerback A.J. Parker on 13 snaps and Amani Oruwariye on 18 snaps. So far, Parker has allowed the most fantasy points per route (0.60) this season, and Oruwariye the third-most (0.49) among all qualifying cornerbacks. Doubs is in a smash spot this week and needs to be considered in WR3/Flex territory.
Arizona Cardinals TE Zach Ertz - 97% rostered
Prior to this week kicking off (outside of Thursday Night Football), Ertz ranks as this season's TE6. The tight end position is notoriously terrible so Ertz is already likely a starter for you, but he is in a great spot to produce a top-five week at the position against the divisional rival Seattle Seahawks.
By all measures, the Seahawks' defense is terrible against opposing tight ends. They've allowed the most fantasy points to the position this season and Ertz's main coverage defender, linebacker Cody Barton, has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per route (0.33) among all qualifying defenders. Seattle's 9.9 yards allowed per coverage snap and yards per attempt are the worst figures in the league.
New England Patriots - 96% rostered
The Patriots are going against a discombobulated Colts offense that is being headlined by former third-string quarterback Sam Ehlinger. This is an offense that had just 201 passing yards last week and is now without star running back Jonathan Taylor, in addition to pass-game weapon Nyheim Hines. New England could be the highest-scoring defense this week.