Fantasy WR Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football


It’s never easy to identify the borderline wide receivers who will produce in a given week, no matter how hard you study the stats and matchups. Of course, that’s not going to stop us from putting together Week 9 fantasy WR rankings and trying to predict at least a few sleepers and streamers.

The fantastic trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown are out of commission this week because the Bucs are on bye. Terry McLaurin, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett are also off the board (and Detroit’s WRs, if you care). Last week was pretty tame when it comes to idle WRs, as Marquise Brown was by far the most important receiver out of action. All things considered, finding under-the-radar value will be more important this week.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

CeeDee Lamb (vs. Broncos), Amari Cooper (vs. Broncos), A.J. Brown (@ Rams), and D.J. Moore (vs. Patriots) look to be the studs with the scariest matchups — especially if Dak Prescott is still out — but they are universally considered must-starts. Michael Gallup (vs. Broncos) and Julio Jones (if active, @ Rams) will be tougher calls.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Rather than discussing those guys, we’ll dive into some middle-of-the-pack WRs with favorable matchups. Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway (vs. Falcons), Allen Lazard (@ Chiefs), DeVante Parker (vs. Texans), Cole Beasley (@ Jaguars), Chase Claypool (vs. Bears), and Tim Patrick (@ Dallas), all square off with defenses that generally struggle against WRs. Christian Kirk and A.J. Green (@ 49ers) are also high-upside plays, as San Francisco’s secondary looks to be unraveling. With DeAndre Hopkins banged up, there should be more targets for the other Arizona WRs.

Each of the guys mentioned is more valuable in standard leagues, with the possible exception of Parker. None are guaranteed to get a ton of volume but are they big-play threats based on what we’ve seen so far this season. For instance, Callaway has been boom-or-bust in every sense of the phrase, but it’s tough to find many better options at this point in the rankings — even with Taysom Hill under center for the Saints. Going a bit deeper, Tajae Sharpe and Russell Gage (@ Saints), Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Randall Cobb (@ Chiefs), and Van Jefferson (vs. Titans) are also in good spots and present some boom-or-bust upside.

DeVonta Smith (vs. Chargers), Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones (vs. Bills), and Michael Pittman and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Jets) are concerning this week (assuming Hilton is active). We know the Jets generally struggle, but not necessarily against WRs. They were actually allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to WRs heading into Week 8. If Pittman or Hilton don’t find the end zone early, they could certainly bust.

The Chargers have been suspect on defense against TEs and RBs, but they’ve held their own against WRs, and Smith, despite all of his upside, struggles more often than not. The Jags’ duo has been disappointing thus far, and it’s tough to think Trevor Lawrence will thrive against an elite Bills’ defense. It’s also worth noting this likely won’t be Allen Robinson’s breakout week either, as the Steelers defense should give Justin Fields fits. We actually like the more highly targeted Darnell Mooney a little more. 

Those are just some of the guys on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble we’re sorting through, but we’ll have analysis on some of the other guys to consider (or eliminate from consideration) early in the week.

Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 9: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. TEN
2 Davante Adams, GB @ KC
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ JAX
4 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. GB
5 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. CLE
6 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ SF
7 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. ARI
8 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ BAL
9 A.J. Brown, TEN @ LAR
10 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. DEN
11 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CHI
12 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. DEN
13 Robert Woods, LAR vs. TEN
14 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. MIN
15 Adam Thielen, MIN @ BAL
16 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. NYJ
17 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ MIA
18 Keenan Allen, LAC @ PHI
19 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ DAL
20 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. NE
21 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ JAX
22 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. HOU
23 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. LV
24 Mike Williams, LAC @ PHI
25 Julio Jones, TEN @ LAR
26 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ DAL
27 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. CLE
28 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. LV
29 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. HOU
30 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. LAC
31 Allen Lazard, GB @ KC
32 Corey Davis, NYJ @ IND
33 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. NYJ
34 Christian Kirk, ARI @ SF
35 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ CAR
36 A.J. Green, ARI @ SF
37 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ NYG
38 Cole Beasley, BUF @ JAX
39 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. CHI
40 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ NYG
41 Russell Gage, ATL @ NO
42 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. BUF
43 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ PIT
44 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ IND
45 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ CIN
46 Allen Robinson, CHI @ PIT
47 Tim Patrick, DEN @ DAL
48 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. TEN
49 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. ATL
50 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ NO
51 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. BUF
52 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ CIN
53 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. ATL
54 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. MIN
55 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. DEN
56 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. NE
57 Randall Cobb, GB @ KC
58 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. ARI
59 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. MIN
60 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. CLE
61 Rondale Moore, ARI @ SF
62 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ CIN
63 Zach Pascal, IND vs. NYJ
64 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ KC
65 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ JAX
66 Nelson Agholor, NE @ CAR
67 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. GB
68 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. BUF
69 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. LAC
70 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. LV
71 Nico Collins, HOU @ MIA
72 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ BAL
73 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ CAR
74 Byron Pringle, KC vs. GB
75 Chris Conley, HOU @ MIA
76 Bryan Edwards, LV @ NYG
77 Chris Moore, HOU @ MIA
78 Tavon Austin, JAX vs. BUF
79 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ NO
80 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ PHI
81 Dante Pettis, NYG vs. LV
82 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. GB
83 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ CIN
84 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ IND
85 Josh Gordon, KC vs. GB

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