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Week 9 Fantasy WR Rankings: Should-starts, sleepers, potential busts at large 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), and Darius Slayton/Sterling Shepard (@ Washington) 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. (Update: Aiyuk has been placed on the COVID list and won’t play in Week 9.)

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), Russell Gage (vs. Broncos), 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. 

WEEK 9 DFS CASH LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

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. 

WEEK 9 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

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. 

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Week 9 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

WEEK 9 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Rank
Player
1
DK Metcalf, SEA @ BUF
2
Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DET
3
Davante Adams, GB @ SF
4
Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. SEA
5
Keenan Allen, LAC vs. LV
6
Tyreek Hill, KC vs. CAR
7
Julio Jones, ATL vs. DEN
8
DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. MIA
9
Allen Robinson, CHI @ TEN
10
Tyler Lockett, SEA @ BUF
11
Chris Godwin, TB @ NO
12
Michael Thomas, NO @ TB
13
Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYG
14
Diontae Johnson, PIT @ DAL
15
JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ DAL
16
Mike Evans, TB vs. NO
17
Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. DET
18
Robby Anderson, CAR @ KC
19
A.J. Brown, TEN vs. CHI
20
Will Fuller V, HOU @ JAX
21
Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN
22
Mike Williams, LAC vs. LV
23
Tim Patrick, DEN @ ATL
24
Cole Beasley, BUF vs. SEA
25
DJ Chark, JAX vs. HOU
26
D.J. Moore, CAR @ KC
27
Antonio Brown, TB vs. NO
28
Amari Cooper, DAL vs. PIT
29
Chase Claypool, PIT @ DAL
30
Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ ATL
31
CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. PIT
32
Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NE
33
DeVante Parker, MIA @ ARI
34
Brandin Cooks, HOU @ JAX
35
John Brown, BUF vs. SEA
36
Christian Kirk, ARI vs. MIA
37
Marquise Brown, BAL @ IND
38
Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ TB
39
Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS
40
Darnell Mooney, CHI @ TEN
41
Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS
42
Nelson Agholor, LV @ LAC
43
Russell Gage, ATL vs. DEN
44
Henry Ruggs III, LV @ LAC
45
Corey Davis, TEN vs. CHI
46
N’Keal Harry, NE @ NYJ
47
Marvin Hall, DET @ MIN
48
Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. HOU
49
Randall Cobb, HOU @ JAX
50
Trent Taylor, SF vs. GB
51
Michael Gallup, DAL vs. PIT
52
Keelan Cole, JAX vs. HOU
53
Sammy Watkins, KC vs. CAR
54
Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
55
Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN
56
Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. NE
57
Curtis Samuel, CAR @ KC
58
David Moore, SEA @ BUF
59
Mecole Hardman, KC vs. CAR
60
Preston Williams, MIA @ ARI
61
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. MIA
62
Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. NE
63
Jakobi Meyers, NE @ NYJ
64
Richie James, SF vs. GB
65
Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. BAL
66
Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. DEN
67
Scotty Miller, TB vs. NO
68
James Washington, PIT @ DAL
69
Golden Tate, NYG @ WAS
70
Zach Pascal, IND vs. BAL
71
Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. NYG
72
Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TB
73
Hunter Renfrow, LV @ LAC
74
Marquez Callaway, NO @ TB
75
Damiere Byrd, NE @ NYJ
76
Anthony Miller, CHI @ TEN
77
Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. LV
78
KJ Hamler, DEN @ ATL
79
Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. CAR
80
Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. SEA
81
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
82
Andy Isabella, ARI vs. MIA
83
Miles Boykin, BAL @ IND
84
Willie Snead, BAL @ IND
85
Jeff Smith, NYJ vs. NE

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