Week 9 WR Rankings – Start/Sit Advice. Week 9 WR Rankings are based on the best matchups and highest potential fantasy football point outcomes among all fantasy football WR in Week 9. Use these Week 9 WR Rankings to help you decide which WR to Start and which WR to Sit on your fantasy football team this week.
Hawk Michaels at Hawk Fantasy Sports Blog
Week 9 – WR Rankings
1. Roddy White – Atl = TB
Currently ranking second in the NFL with 747 receiving yards, White could easily tack on another 100 yards to his total this week. Add in the fact that Larry Fitzgerald tallied 6 receptions for 72 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns with a terrible quarterback throwing to him last week against the Buccaneers defense, and Roddy White having Matt Ryan throwing to him could be a nightmare for the Buccaneers defense this week. 6-12 receptions, 100-150 receiving yards and 1-2 touchdowns are definitely within reach for White in this game.
2. Reggie Wayne – Ind = @Phi
The most reliable, trustworthy, and healthiest wide receiver on the entire Colts team, Wayne is just simply too dependable and consistent of a fantasy football WR to rank him any lower. At least with Wayne you pretty much know what you will get each week, and the potential for a huge game is always lurking in the picture as well.
3. Andre Johnson – Hou = SD
Even though the Chargers are the top rated pass defense in the league so far this season, giving up a league best average of just 176 passing yards per game, I think the Chargers will struggle covering Johnson this week. Considering Johnson’s size and ability, the Chargers secondary simply does not have anyone that big and tall to cover him in this matchup. I would expect Johnson to top the 100 receiving yard mark in this game, to go along with at least 1 touchdown.
4. Hakeem Nicks – NYG = @Sea
Fresh off the bye week, Nicks could easily be in store for a huge game this week against a Seahawks pass defense that has been nearly awful this season, allowing an average of 267 passing yards per game so far this year. Add in the kicker of Darrius Heyward-Bey tallying 5 receptions for 105 receiving yards and 1 touchdown against the Seahawks defense last week, and Nicks could be an unstoppable force in this game. 6-12 receptions for 100-150 receiving yards and 1-2 touchdowns is definitely possible for Nicks this week.
5. Greg Jennings – GB = Dal
Easily the Packers top offensive scoring threat right now, Jennings is the most reliable and trustworthy target for Aaron Rodgers in this game. Match that up against a Cowboys defense that has struggled mightily against the pass lately, including allowing 8 receptions for 153 receiving yards and 1 touchdown to Mike Sims-Walker last week, and Jennings seemingly could be in for a huge game this week. 100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is definitely within reach, and more could easily be in store as well.
6. Miles Austin – Dal = @GB
The Packers secondary has struggled at times this season, and Charles Woodson has not been the shutdown corner that he was last season. However in the end, Austin’s potential stat line in this game lies directly in the hope that the Cowboys offensive line can give Jon Kitna enough time to throw the ball. Luckily for Austin, he run plenty of short patterns, so he should still get an ample amount of passes his way in this game. 5-10 receptions, 75-125 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is possible.
7. Anquan Boldin – Bal = Mia
The Ravens leading receiver across the board in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, Boldin has proven to be a reliable source for fantasy football teams this season, and he is easily Joe Flacco’s preferred top target. A matchup against a likely stingy Dolphins run defense, could easily result in more passing plays for the Ravens offense this week. Boldin offers 4-8 reception, 100 receiving yard and 1 touchdown stat potential in this game.
8. Calvin Johnson – Det = NYJ
This will easily be Johnson’s toughest matchup all season, however given his size and strength at 6-5 and 236, it will be the 5-11 Darrell Revis who has the tougher end of the stick to hold up this week. And if the Jets elect to have the taller Antonio Cromartie cover Johnson instead, then that would seemingly be even better for Johnson. Add in a healthy Matthew Stafford who looked every bit as good last week, and Johnson has plenty of potential to put up solid stats again this week even though the matchup is not ideal.
9. Dwayne Bowe – KC = @Oak
While the receiving yardage was not there last week for Bowe, he still managed to be successful in tallying another touchdown reception. Bowe now has at least one touchdown in three straight games, and he boasts a total of 6 touchdowns so far this season through just 7 games. Add in an ankle injury that Raiders shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha suffered in last weeks game, and it looks like Bowe could be home free in this game as Asomugha likely will not play in this matchup. 75-100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is definitely within range for Bowe in this game.
10. Marques Colston – NO = @Car
Finally finding some chemistry once again with Drew Brees over the past two weeks, Colston should be gaining the trust of fantasy football teams heading into this weeks game. A matchup against the Panthers secondary should not slow down the Brees to Colston connection this week, so stats in the range of 75-100 receiving yards is definitely within reach, and a touchdown is possible as well.
11. Pierre Garcon – Ind = @Phi
Garcon is clearly the Colts WR2 right now, and that should not change for awhile. Or at least until Anthony Gonzalez is 100% healthy, and that could easily be at least another 3 weeks. 50-100 receiving yards is a good bet, and a touchdown is possible for Garcon this week.
12. Brandon Marshall – Mia = @Bal
If Chad Henne can get some time in the pocket to throw the ball, then Marshall could be looking at a very solid stat line in this game.
13. Larry Fitzgerald – Ari = @Min
The QB problems will continue to hinder Fitzgerald’s stat potential over the remainder of the season, however even with the combo of Max Hall and Derek Anderson throwing the ball last week, Fitzgerald still somehow managed to tally 2 touchdowns, while fellow WR Steve Breaston racked up over 100 receiving yards. Strange for sure, but if the job gets done, then fantasy teams cannot complain too much.
14. Jeremy Maclin – Phi = Ind
Maclin’s value this week is based on two main factors: DeSean Jackson not playing much or at all in this game, and Kevin Kolb playing QB. If those two things happen, then Maclin is a great WR2 starter for fantasy football teams this week. If Michael Vick is the starting QB for the Eagles, then you have to believe Maclin’s potential stat line will decrease.
15. Wes Welker – NE = @Cle
Aside from the first two games of the season, Welker has been a terrible WR for fantasy football teams. In five games after those first two games, Welker has tallied receiving yards of just 45, 70, 53, 25, and 24 receiving yards in each game respectively. That just does not cut it for fantasy football teams. So if you ask me, this matchup against the Cleveland Browns does not mean a guaranteed good game from Welker….but if we are being frank, this is a good place to start for a turnaround from Welker.
16. DeSean Jackson – Phi = Ind / injury ?
Cleared to practice for the end of the week, Jackson seems like a full go in this game. He is a huge boom/bust play for fantasy football teams this week, and if you are willing to gamble, Jackson is definitely the guy to take a chance on.
17. Danny Woodhead – NE = @Cle / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
The new Wes Welker in New England, Woodhead may actually be even more valuable than Welker in the Patriots offense because he can line up as a running back too. In terms of fantasy football starter worthiness, Woodhead’s ability to just simply rack up yardage makes him a nearly safe bet to tally between 50-100 total yards, and a touchdown is easily within reach this week as well.
18. Hines Ward – Pit = @Cin
Mr Reliable in Pittsburgh, Ward is still Roethlisberger’s top target.
19. Dez Bryant – Dal = @GB
With Charles Woodson covering Miles Austin, and Roy Williams getting attention as well, Dez Bryant will likely be the guy who is open the most and has the best matchup for the Cowboys to take advantage of.
20. Mike Wallace – Pit = @Cin
The deep homerun threat in Pittsburgh offense, but Hines Ward is still the most targeted WR by Roethlisberger.
21. Steve Johnson – Buf = Chi
The Bears secondary is nothing special, and Johnson could be looking at posting excellent stats in the 100 receiving yard range, if the Bills offensive line can block Julius Peppers and the Bears pass rush for Fitzpatrick.
22. Johnny Knox – Chi = @Buf
If Jay Cutler can get some time to throw the ball, then Knox could easily have a very good game this week.
23. Percy Harvin – Min = Ari
Who knows, maybe with Randy Moss out of town Harvin will actually do better in the stat department, as the Vikings will likely get more creative in utilizing him in the offense.
24. Santonio Holmes – NYJ = @Det
He dropped a couple of very catchable balls in last weeks game, but Holmes is still too talented to not catch a good amount of passes in this game.
25. Mike Williams – TB = @Atl
With LaGarrett Blount providing the Buccaneers with a running game, it only seems like a matter of time before defenses have to start looking at stopping the run instead of worrying so much about the pass. Josh Freeman and Mike Williams should benefit the most.
26. Deion Branch – NE = @Cle / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
Since his arrival, Branch has not been anything special for the Patriots offense. However, he still has Tom Brady throwing to him, and a matchup against the Cleveland Browns this week makes Branch a solid starting option for fantasy teams.
27. Lance Moore – NO = @Car / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
The Wes Welker of the New Orleans Saints, Moore is short and quick and makes plenty of short yardage receptions. And better yet, Moore is a touchdown threat as well.
28. Roy Williams – Dal = @GB
If Jon Kitna can get some time in the pocket, the Cowboys passing game and all their receivers could do very well in this game.
29. Steve Smith – NYG = @Sea
Good matchup for the Giant passing attack, but with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham all in the picture for receptions, as well as Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs getting yards and goal line touchdowns, it is hard for fantasy football teams to rely on Smith getting the ball much, and touchdowns are nearly impossible.
30. Derrick Mason – Bal = Mia
Mr Reliable in Baltimore, Mason is the unsexy fantasy football WR who can still put up numbers. And with Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice getting all the attention from the defense, Mason is the guy who can benefit the most.
31. Mario Manningham – NYG = @Sea / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
Clearly the third option in the Giants passing attack, but luckily for Manningham, that means he has the Giants third defensive back on him. Advantage, Manningham.
32. Brandon Tate – NE = @Cle / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
Essentially the only big play threat in the Patriots offense, Tate could easily rattle off a long 50 plus yard reception in this game against a weak Cleveland Browns secondary.
33. Michael Jenkins – Atl = TB
34. Patrick Crayton – SD = @Hou
35. Chad Ochocinco – Cin = Pit
36. Terrell Owens – Cin = Pit
37. Braylon Edwards – NYJ = @Det
38. Steve Breaston – Ari = @Min
39. Davone Bess – Mia = @Bal
40. James Jones – GB = Dal
41. Steve Smith – Car = NO
The QB play in Carolina just does not cut it for fantasy teams wishing to start Smith, and this weeks matchup in New Orleans could be rough on the Panthers offense.
42. Austin Collie – Ind = @Phi / injury ?
43. Seyi Ajirotutu – SD = @Hou
44. Jordy Nelson – GB = Dal
45. Mike Williams – Sea = NYG
46. Kevin Walter – Hou = SD
47. Jerricho Cotchery – NYJ = @Det / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
The best WR on the Jets team last week against the Packers defense, Cotchery probably has the best hands and is likely the most reliable receiver that the Jets can offer Sanchez. Now it is just a matter of when the Jets finally realize that Cotchery needs to be playing over Braylon Edwards.
48. Blair White – Ind = @Phi
49. Jordan Shipley – Cin = Pit
50. Lee Evans – Buf = Chi
51. Jacoby Jones – Hou = SD
52. Robert Meachem – NO = @Car
53. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oak = KC
54. Devin Hester – Chi = @Buf
55. Early Doucet – Ari = @Min
56. Mohamed Massaquoi – Cle = NE / SLEEPER – SPOT STARTER PICKUP
If he is finally healthy, Massaquoi could do some damage against what has been a vunerable Patriots pass defense this season.
57. David Gettis – Car = NO
58. Brandon LaFell – Car = NO
59. Devery Henderson – NO = @Car
60. TJ Houshmandzadeh – Bal = Mia
61. Nate Burleson – Det = NYJ
62. Arrelious Benn – TB = @Atl
63. Deon Butler – Sea = NYG
64. Joshua Cribbs – Cle = NE
65. Earl Bennett – Chi = @Buf
66. Julian Edelman – NE = @Cle
67. Devin Aromashodu – Chi = @Buf
68. Golden Tate – Sea = NYG / injury ?
69. Harry Douglas – Atl = TB
70. Bernard Berrian – Min = Ari
71. Stephen Williams – Ari = @Min
72. Chris Chambers – KC = @Oak
73. Max Komar – Ari = @Min
74. Bryant Johnson – Det = NYJ
75. Donald Driver – GB = Dal / injury ? – unlikely to play
76. Malcom Floyd – SD = @Hou / injury ? – unlikely to play
77. Legedu Naanee – SD = @Hou / injury ? – unlikely to play
78. Devin Thomas – Car = NO / injury ? – unlikley to play
Sidney Rice – Min = Ari / injury – unlikely to play
Vincent Jackson – SD = OUT – SUSPENDED
Louis Murphy – Oak = KC / injury – unlikely to play
Chaz Schilens – Oak = KC / injury – unlikely to play
39. Anthony Gonzalez – Ind = @Phi / INJURED RESERVE – OUT FOR THE SEASON
With continued health, Gonzalez should easily take over the WR3 spot in the Colts offense, and who knows, maybe he will even supplant Pierre Garcon and take over as the next best option behind Reggie Wayne. We all know that Gonzalez has the talent and ability to be that good. If your fantasy football teams needs WR help, grab Gonzalez this week.
39. Randy Moss – Ten = BYE
On a side note, even though Moss is on waivers right now, he could be picked up or signed before the games on Sunday, meaning he has a slight chance to play yet this week.
Brandon Lloyd – Den = BYE
Mike Sims-Walker – Jac = BYE
Kenny Britt – Ten = BYE
Santana Moss – Was = BYE
Michael Crabtree – SF = BYE
Jabar Gaffney – Den = BYE
Mike Thomas – Jac = BYE
Nate Washington – Ten = BYE
Danny Amendola – StL = BYE
Eddie Royal – Den = BYE
Demaryius Thomas – Den = BYE
Anthony Armstrong – Was = BYE
Danario Alexander – StL = BYE
Laurent Robinson – StL = BYE
Ted Ginn Jr – SF = BYE
Justin Gage – Ten = BYE
Josh Morgan – SF = BYE