Fantasy Football Rankings Week 9: Wide Receiver

We feel like Charlie Brown with Lucy and the football every week when we put together our fantasy WR rankings. We keep initially including a bunch of key guys (Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Jamison Crowder, Emmanuel Sanders, etc.), only to take them out heading into the weekend. Yes, it’s been a tough year for wide receiver injuries, but we have good news (for some) heading into Week 9: Antonio Brown is back.

We say “for some” because if you own the up-and-down Mike Evans or the oft-injured Godwin, Brown’s presence figures to only make things more complicated. Fortunately, Tampa has a favorable passing matchup this week against New Orleans, so all three (depending on who’s active) are in play. 

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Now, back to the bad news: Several big-name wide receivers have tough matchups, and while that ultimately doesn’t affect the start/sit statuses of studs like Davante Adams (@ 49ers), DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Dolphins), A.J. Brown (@ Bears), D.J. Moore (@ Chiefs), or Robby Anderson (@ Chiefs), it’s never something you want to see when you set your lineup. Marquise Brown (@ Colts), Christian Kirk (vs. Dolphins), Emmanuel Sanders (@ Buccaneers), Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Packers), Darius Slayton/Sterling Shepard (@ Washington), and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Ravens) are borderline starters who might fall out of your lineup this week, though Aiyuk is likely a safe play with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) still hurting.

WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

As always, there are plenty of sleepers who can take their places. Tim Patrick (if healthy) and Jerry Jeudy (@ Falcons), Cole Beasley and John Brown (vs. Seahawks), Mike Williams (vs. Raiders), Chase Claypool (@ Cowboys), Marvin Jones (@ Vikings), and Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb (@ Jaguars) all look good, and the Jaguars WRs (vs. Texans) would also be in good spots if not for the uncertainty surrounding their QB situation. 

Going deeper, Allen Lazard (@ 49ers) figures to return this week, but given the matchup, he’s not a great play. A couple of last week’s big performers, Curtis Samuel (@ Chiefs), Corey Davis (vs. Bears), and Mecole Hardman (vs. Panthers), have tough matchups on paper, though matchups rarely matter for the big-play Hardman. If you want to take a boom-or-bust shot on him, you can. 

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries. 

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Seahawks @ Bills

Vikings vs. Lions

Packers @ 49ers

Lions @ Vikings

Bills vs. Seahawks

Chargers vs. Raiders

Chiefs vs. Panthers

Falcons vs. Broncos

Cardinals vs. Dolphins

Bears @ Titans

Seahawks @ Bills

Buccaneers vs. Saints

Saints @ Buccaneers

Washington vs. Giants

Steelers @ Cowboys

Steelers @ Cowboys

Cowboys vs. Steelers

Falcons vs. Broncos

Buccaneers vs. Saints

Vikings vs. Lions

Panthers @ Chiefs

Titans vs. Bears

Texans @ Jaguars

Chargers vs. Raiders

Broncos @ Falcons

Bills vs. Seahawks

Jaguars vs. Texans

49ers vs. Packers

Panthers @ Chiefs

Buccaneers vs. Saints

Steelers @ Cowboys

Broncos @ Falcons

Cowboys vs. Steelers

Jets vs. Patriots

Dolphins @ Cardinals

Texans @ Jaguars

37 Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN
38 John Brown, BUF vs. SEA
39 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. MIA
40 Marquise Brown, BAL @ IND
41 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ TB
42 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. BAL
43 Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS
44 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ TEN
45 Nelson Agholor, LV @ LAC
46 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ LAC
47 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS
48 Corey Davis, TEN vs. CHI
49 N’Keal Harry, NE @ NYJ
50 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. HOU
51 Randall Cobb, HOU @ JAX
52 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. GB
53 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. HOU
54 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. CAR
55 Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
56 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. NE
57 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ KC
58 Russell Gage, ATL vs. DEN
59 David Moore, SEA @ BUF
60 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. CAR
61 Preston Williams, MIA @ ARI
62 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. MIA
63 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. NE
64 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ NYJ
65 Scotty Miller, TB vs. NO
66 James Washington, PIT @ DAL
67 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. PIT
68 Golden Tate, NYG @ WAS
69 Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. NYG
70 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TB
71 Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN
72 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ LAC
73 Marquez Callaway, NO @ TB
74 Damiere Byrd, NE @ NYJ
75 Anthony Miller, CHI @ TEN
76 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. LV
77 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. BAL
78 KJ Hamler, DEN @ ATL
79 Zach Pascal, IND vs. BAL
80 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. CAR
81 Isaiah Ford, MIA @ ARI
82 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. SEA
83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
84 Andy Isabella, ARI vs. MIA
85 Miles Boykin, BAL @ IND
86 Willie Snead, BAL @ IND
87 Jeff Smith, NYJ vs. NE

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