Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

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Welcome to the week 9 fantasy football rankings! The following rankings have taken into account all of the most recent injuries and break out performances from week 8 to best help you set your lineup in week 9. Use the rankings as your guide for stat sit decisions and good luck in week 9!

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  1. Patrick Mahomes, KC QB at CLE
  2. Cam Newton, CAR QB vs. TB
  3. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB at NE
  4. Jared Goff, LAR QB at NO
  5. Tom Brady, NE QB vs. GB
  6. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB vs. DET
  7. Deshaun Watson, HOU QB at DEN
  8. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. LAR
  9. Matt Ryan, ATL QB at WAS
  10. Russell Wilson, SEA QB vs. LAC
  11. Matthew Stafford, DET QB at MIN
  12. Baker Mayfield, CLE QB vs. KC
  13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB QB at CAR
  14. Philip Rivers, LAC QB at SEA
  15. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB at BAL

Aaron Rodgers definitely had a down week for his standards in week 8, where he threw for 286 yards and 1 TD. In the two weeks prior Rodgers had thrown for over 420 yards in each game and a total of 5 TDs. Week 8 was simply an off-week for Rodgers and he was also hindered by a difficult matchup against the LA Rams. In week 9 Rodgers faces the New England Patriots who have allowed the 6th most passing yards per game and are tied for the 3rd most passing TDs (17). This is a great matchup on Sunday night where once again Rodgers will show off his elite QB upside. Fantasy Projection: 375 yards 3 TDs

Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in the saddle after being benched in favor of Jameis Winston earlier in the season. Fitzpatrick has been other worldly when he has played and I have no reason to believe he will slow down in week 9. In the first 3 weeks of the season Ftizpatrick threw for over 400 yards in each game and had a total of 11 TDs. Fitzpatrick was a huge surprise and was immediately one of the best QBs in the league. When he came into week 8 mid-way through the game in relief of Winston and threw 2 TDs that was the icing on the cake for the Bucs coaching staff. They have now named Fitzpatrick the week 9 starter against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers defense has historically been a tough matchup for QBs, but this season they are only middle of the league against the pass. I don’t see this matchup stopping Fitzmagic from succeeding. Fantasy Projection: 300 yards 2 TDs

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Running Back
  1. Kareem Hunt, KC RB at CLE
  2. Todd Gurley, LAR RB at NO
  3. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB vs. TEN
  4. Melvin Gordon, LAC RB at SEA
  5. James Connor, PIT RB at BAL
  6. Alvin Kamara, NO RB vs. LAR
  7. Adrian Peterson, WAS RB vs. ATL
  8. James White, NE RB vs. GB
  9. Nick Chubb, CLE RB vs. KC
  10. Latavius Murray, MIN RB vs. DET
  11. Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB vs. TB
  12. Lamar Miller, HOU RB at DEN
  13. Phillip Linday, DEN RB vs. HOU
  14. Chris Carson, SEA RB vs. LAC
  15. Kenyan Drake, MIA RB vs. NYJ

Kareem Hunt has been putting on an absolute SHOW at the RB position for his fantasy teams. In the past 3 weeks Hunt has rushed for 216 yards and had 196 yards receiving with 5 total touchdowns. In week 9 Hunt takes on the Cleveland Browns who are 5th worst against the run on a rushing yards per game basis and who have allowed the 1t most rushing TDs over the season (12). This is one of the best matchups Hunt could ever dream of and his fantasy owners should rest assured that he will be a top 5 RB this week. Fantasy Projection: 121 yards rushing 1 TD 5 receptions 65 yards 1.5 TDs

In the absence of Dalvin Cook, backup RB Latavius Murray has been overlooked and has quietly been having amazing fantasy performances. Over the past 3 weeks Murray has rushed for 280 yards and 4 TDs while adding 56 yards through the air. This week Murray takes on the Detroit Lions who are second worst against the run on a rushing yards per game basis. If Dalvin Cook is sidelined again this week I expect Murray will be able to shred the Detroit defense especially if the Vikings get up early on in the game. Fantasy Projection: 75 yards rushing 1 TD

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Wide Receivers
  1. Davante Adams, GB WR at NE
  2. Adam Thielen, MIN WR vs. DET
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR at DEN
  4. Antonio Brown, PIT WR at BAL
  5. Michael Thomas, NO WR vs. LAR
  6. Julio Jones, ATL WR at WAS
  7. Mike Evans, TB WR at CAR
  8. Robert Woods, LAR WR at NO
  9. Tyreek Hill, KC WR at CLE **
  10. Keenan Allen, LAC WR at SEA
  11. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR vs. HOU
  12. Jarvis Landry, CLE WR vs. KC
  13. Julian Edelman, NE WR vs. GB
  14. Devin Funchess, CAR WR vs. TB
  15. Kenny Golladay, DET WR at MIN
  16. Stefon Diggs, MIN WR vs.DET
  17. Brandin Cooks, LAR WR at NO
  18. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR at BAL
  19. John Brown, BAL WR vs. PIT
  20. Sammy Watkins, KC WR at CLE
  21. Tyler Lockett, SEA WR vs. LAC
  22. Josh Gordon, NE WR vs. GB
  23. Marvin Jones, DET WR at MIN
  24. DeSean Jackson, TB WR at CAR
  25. D.J.Moore, CAR WR vs. TB

Emmanuel Sanders has been a constant target for Case Keenum and the Denver Broncos. He has been extremely rewarding for fantasy owners especially for the ADP he was drafted at. Sanders has over 270 yards and 2 TDs in the past 3 games. I expect Sanders usage to only grow now that Demaryius Thomas has been traded to the Houston Texans on Tuesday. Thomas may not have been very effective this year, but he was receiving his share of targets in each game which will now be split between Sanders and rookie Cortland Sutton. This increased usage will definitely be needed against the Texans defense who are 13th against receivers on a receiving yards per game basis. The Texans are still allowing 15 TDs to receivers over the season which is a benefit to Sanders. Fantasy Projection: 8 reception 80 yards 1 TD

One of the best matchups of the week goes to John Brown who is facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 8th worst against receivers on a receiving yards per game basis and have allowed 17 TDs over the season to receivers. John Brown has been extremely boom or bust over the season, but has had 4 games of over 80 yards and 4 TDs over the season. This is one of the best matchups for Brown on the season… this will be one of his boom weeks. I expect Brown will be able to get behind the Steelers secondary and cause some damage down the field. Fantasy Projection: 4 receptions 65 yards .5 TDs

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Tight Ends
  1. Travis Kelce, KC TE at CLE
  2. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE vs. GB
  3. Jared Cook, OAK TE at SF
  4. George Kittle, SF TE vs. OAK
  5. David Njoku, CLE TE vs. KC
  6. O.J. Howard, TB TE at CAR
  7. Greg Olsen, CAR TE vs. TB
  8. Jimmy Graham, GB TE at NE
  9. Jordan Reed, WAS TE vs. ATL
  10. Trey Burton, CHI TE at BUF
  11. Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE vs. DET
  12. Vance McDonald, PIT TE at BAL

O.J. Howard has Ryan Fitzpatrick back at the helm and will see great success as long as the offense keeps churning. Howard has had over 60 receiving in each of the past 3 games with 2 total TDs. Howard is an extremely athletic TE and acts more like a receiver in the passing game. This ability makes him a constant target especially in the red zone where Howard can use his massive size to bully defenders. Fantasy Projection: 5 receptions 61 yards 1 TD

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