Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to the Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings from FantasyProjection!

Wow what a week we had in Fantasy especially with all the last minute trades teams were making to try to make it to the playoffs. We saw Jay Ajayi get traded from the helpless Dolphins to the elite Philadelphia Eagles offense. Kelvin Benjamin also got moved from the Panthers to the Buffalo Bills who one way or another are still finding ways to win on the back of Tyrod Taylor and a stingy defense. All of these moves have been reflected in the rankings below to help you survive the BYE weeks and land your team in the playoffs. Use the rankings below as a way to make all of your start sit decisions. Good luck in week 9!

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  1. Deshaun Watson, HOU QB vs. IND
  2. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. TB
  3. Dak Prescott, DAL QB vs. KC
  4. Alex Smith, KC QB at DAL
  5. Russell Wilson, SEA QB vs. WAS
  6. Derek Carr, OAK QB at MIA
  7. Matthew Stafford, DET QB at GB
  8. Carson Wentz, PHI QB vs. DEN
  9. Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB at NYJ
  10. Cam Newton, CAR QB vs. ATL
  11. Matt Ryan, ATL QB at CAR
  12. Kirk Cousins, WAS QB at SEA
  13. Jameis Winston, TB QB at NO
  14. Marcus Mariota, TEN QB vs. BAL
  15. Jacoby Brissett, IND QB at HOU

If it wasn’t official before it is now… Deshaun Watson is not of this earth. He is an other worldly being that is absolutely immune to elite defenses and bad fantasy days. In week 8 Watson tore up the vaunted Seahawks defense for over 400 yards passing 4 TDs and added 67 yards rushing. The rookie looks incredible and after seeing him continue to perform against strong defenses he seems to be match-up proof. Watson goes from one of the strongest defenses to one of the weakest defenses in week 9 when he faces the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are second worst in the league at defending the pass on a yards per game basis and have allowed 12 TDs passing over the season. If the Seahawks can’t stop Watson, the Colts definitely can’t. Expect another huge week from Watson in week 9. Fantasy Projection: 323 yards passing 3 TDs 40 yards rushing. 

Marcus Mariota falls low on my list of QBs this week and for good reason. Mariota has not been himself this year and appears to have regressed from some of the amazing performances he had in prior years. Mariota takes on the Baltimore Ravens this week who are 5th best in the league against the pass on a passing yards per game basis and have only allowed 9 TDs over the season. Mariota does get back his extremely talented rookie receiver Corey Davis, but coming off an injury I don’t see him having a big enough impact to make up for such a tough matchup. Mariota will struggle this week do not expect a come back game from him. Fantasy Projection: 227 yards passing 1 TD 17 rushing yards

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Running Back
  1. Kareem Hunt, KC RB at DAL
  2. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB at NYJ
  3. Todd Gurley, LAR RB at NYG
  4. Leonard Fournette, JAC RB vs. CIN
  5. Mark Ingram, NO RB vs. TB
  6. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB at CAR
  7. Lamar Miller, HOU RB vs. IND
  8. Aaron Jones, GB RB vs. DET
  9. Doug Martin, TB RB vs. CAR
  10. Adrian Peterson, ARI RB at SF
  11. Alvin Kamara, NO RB vs. TB
  12. Joe Mixon, CIN RB at JAC
  13. DeMarco Murray, TEN RB vs. BAL
  14. Chris Thompson, WAS RB at SEA
  15. Carlos Hyde, SF RB vs. ARI

Aaron Jones seems to have taken over at RB in Green Bay and has earned an RB1 type workload especially with Aaron Rodgers and the passing game sidelined. Prior to the BYE week Jones rushed 17 times for 131 yards and a TD against the Saints. The Saints are in the bottom half of the league against the run and his week 9 matchup against the Lions is much tougher seeing they are 7th best against the run. Even though the matchup is not the best I trust more in the volume that Jones will get and his talent. Jones will have a productive game and will find himself in the top 10 RBs this week especially with so many star RBs on BYE. Fantasy Projection 93 yards rushing 1 TD

Alvin Kamara has proven that there can be two productive semi-RB1’s on one team. He and Mark Ingram have continued to put up solid fantasy weeks especially after the departure of Adrian Peterson. Kamara also has high upside due to the amount of passes he gets out of the backfield and is always a threat to take it to the house. This week Kamara takes on the Buccaneers defense who are middle of the pack against the run and are tied for 4th most rushing TDs allowed over the season (7). I expect Kamara will be a reliable BYE week fill in with RB1 upside in week 9. Fantasy Projection: 40 yards rushing 1 TD 3 catches 25 yards

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Wide Receivers
  1. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR vs. IND
  2. Mike Evans, TB WR at NO
  3. Michael Thomas, NO WR vs. TB
  4. Julio Jones, ATL WR at CAR
  5. Dez Bryant, DAL WR vs. KC
  6. A.J. Green, CIN WR at JAC
  7. Tyreek Hill, KC WR at DAL
  8. Michael Crabtree, OAK WR at MIA
  9. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR at SF
  10. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR vs. WAS
  11. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at PHI
  12. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR vs. OAK
  13. Golden Tate, DET WR at GB
  14. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR at HOU
  15. Jordy Nelson, GB WR vs. DET
  16. Devin Funchess, CAR WR vs. ATL
  17. Amari Cooper, OAK WR at MIA
  18. Will Fuller, HOU WR vs. IND
  19. Kelvin Benjamin, BUF WR at NYJ
  20. Sterling Shepard, NYG WR vs. LAR
  21. DeSean Jackson, TB WR at NO
  22. Marvin Jones, DET WR at GB
  23. Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR vs. DEN
  24. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR at PHI
  25. Ted Ginn, NO WR vs. TB

Mike Evans is coming off a sub-par game for his draft value in week 8 where he had 5 catches for 60 yards and zero TDs. I foresee a bounce back week for Evans in week 9 when he faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are 14th worst against receivers on a receiving yards per game basis. They may not be as bad as they were last year, but I think they are still a good matchup for an elite talent like Evans. Expect Evans to play with a purpose and help your team to a fantasy victory. Fantasy Projection: 7 catches 105 yards 1-2 TDs.

After the last minute move of Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers to the Bills, Devin Funchess is now the WR1 in Carolina. Funchess will see plenty of targets with Benjamin gone and Greg Olsen still nursing an injury. Funchess has the physical talent to be a reliable fantasy option and at 6’4″ he is a prime TD target for Cam Newton. I don’t expect him to be a top 12 WR in his first week of increased work load, but I think you could do much worse at the position especially in a big BYE week. Funchess takes on the Falcons this week who are 14th best against receivers, but ho have allowed 11 TDs to receivers over the season. He has a good chance of finding the endzone in week 9. Fantasy Projection: 6 catches 57 yards 1 TD

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Tight Ends
  1. Travis Kelce, KC TE at DAL
  2. Zach Ertz, PHI TE vs. DEN
  3. Evan Engram, NYG TE vs. LAR
  4. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE vs. WAS
  5. Jack Doyle, IND TE at HOU
  6. Cameron Brate, TB TE at NO
  7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ TE vs. BUF
  8. Jason Witten, DAL TE vs. KC
  9. Vernon Davis, WAS TE at SEA
  10. Jared Cook, OAK TE at MIA
  11. Tyler Kroft, CIN TE at JAC
  12. Austin Hooper, ATL TE at CAR

Jack Doyle had a blow up game against the Bengals in week 8 where he caught 12 passes for 121 yards and 1 TD. This would be an incredible game for a WR let alone a TE. Doyle seems to have a connection with WB Jacoby Brissett and I do’t expect him to slow down this week against the Houston Texans. The Texans are 11th worst against receivers on a receiving yards per game basis and have allowed 14 TDs over the season. Doyle will come up big again this week and will continue to be one of the best at the position. Fantasy Projection 7 catches 63 yards 1 TD

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