Week 9 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: Dalvin Cook To Keep On Rolling

Week 9 is already headed for a rocky start as a few games might have to be moved around due to covid testing. Keep an eye on that. We also had some major injuries come out of Week 8 with George Kittle essentially done for the season and Kenny Golladay doubtful for this week. The Browns, Bengals, Rams, and Eagles are all on bye. That will take quite a few names out of the rankings this week. Coming off a week with massive scores from Patrick Mahomes, DK Metcalf, and Dalvin Cook, we could see a repeat from a few of these names.

Week 9 Quarterback Rankings

Week 9 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Patrick MahomesCAR27.5
2Russell Wilson@BUF26.1
3Lamar Jackson@IND24.3
4Kyler MurrayMIA23.9
5Deshaun Watson@JAX22.9
6Josh AllenSEA22.5
7Aaron Rodgers@SF21.5
8Justin HerbertLV20.7
9Tom BradyNO20.6
10Matt RyanDEN20.2

A battle of the top five quarterbacks takes place in Buffalo this week as number one fantasy quarterback Russell Wilson will face number four Josh Allen. Wilson has been electric this season with 26 passing touchdowns and the Bills are not quite the shutdown defense they were anticipated to be. The Bills rank just 18th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Allen has had a few slow weeks but gets the Seahawks who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Kyler Murray is back this week and while the Miami Dolphins haven’t given up a ton to quarterbacks, his 65-437-7 rushing line is always going to keep him as a top-five option each week.

Patrick Mahomes is coming off a monster week and steps right back in as QB1. He gets the Panthers who have surprisingly not given up much through the air, but facing the Chiefs is just a different dynamic. Lamar Jackson is looking to get back to his better days and faces a Colts defense that doesn’t blitz that often, which bodes well for Jackson. I am still not completely sold on this Colts team. Deshaun Watson is fresh off a bye and gets the Jaguars, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Justin Herbert continues to move up the scoring charts this season and is the 11th highest scoring quarterback. He gets the Raiders this week and over the past five weeks, they have allowed 29.2 fantasy points per game.

Week 9 Running Backs Rankings

Week 9 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Dalvin CookDET24.7
2Christian McCaffrey@KC23.2
3Alvin Kamara@TB21.8
4Chase EdmondsMIA19.4
5James Conner@DAL18.6
6Derrick HenryCHI17.7
7Aaron Jones@SF17.2
8Josh JacobsLAC16.6
9James RobinsonHOU15.7
10Myles Gaskin@ARI14.5

Dalvin Cook had a monster performance last week against the Packers and now faces a Lions team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. Cook now has 11 total touchdowns on the season and over 700 all-purpose yards in six games. Cook is going to put up another monster score this week. Alvin Kamara has a whopping 55 receptions this season and continues to dominate in PPR formats. While the Buccaneers defense is extremely tough against the run, his PPR work will continue to make him a top option even in the worst of matchups. Chase Edmonds is a guy I like a lot and is now in that full-time role for Arizona. Miami has allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game this season to opposing running backs. Edmonds has shown plenty of potential this season in a limited role and now his touches will exponentially grow.

The running back position dries up pretty quick this week but Myles Gaskin is a sneaky top-ten guy against a Cardinals defense that has allowed the 9th most fantasy points to running backs on a per-game basis. Gaskin has grabbed hold of that workhorse role in Miami and has been used in the passing game as well with 30 catches already this season. The Jaguars offense will likely hit a snag, but James Robinson has 133.6 PPR points in seven games this season and gets a Houston defense that has already allowed over 1,000 yards against them on the ground. They have also played just seven games.

Ezekiel Elliott is not a guy I have a ton of trust in this week to put up a reliable score. While the Steelers were gashed on the ground this past week, the Cowboys offensive line is struggling and there is no respect for the offense. The Ravens have a tough run defense and have also allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. The Colts backfield is a committee and Jonathan Taylor has not done much to earn more touches. We should still see Hines and Wilkins mixed in a fair amount this week.

Week 9 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 9 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Davante Adams@SF21.9
2DeAndre HopkinsMIA20.5
3Keenan AllenLV19.2
4Julio JonesDEN18.7
5DK Metcalf@BUF18.4
6Stefon DiggsSEA17.9
7Allen Robinson@TEN17.1
8Tyler Lockett@BUF16.7
9Tyreek HillCAR16.7
10Terry McLaurinNYG16.2

We can start with that Buffalo-Seattle game again. Stefon Diggs is in a breakout spot this week as the Seahawks have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season and by a wide margin. Diggs is a top-ten fantasy wideout and has the potential to finish as a top-five scoring wideout in Week 9. On the flip side of this one, both Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf will get the Bills secondary. I would expect Tre’Davius White to see a lot of DK Metcalf, where secondary wide receivers have been able to beat the Bills this season. However, Metcalf is a monster and this is the same guy who took Stephon Gilmore to school a few months ago.

Allen Robinson has to deal with poor quarterback play but gets a Titans defense that is allowing the second-most PPR points per game to wide receivers. He is a top-ten option again this week. With the Cowboys secondary in the shape that it is in, it is a great week for the Steelers wide receivers. However, nailing which one of them has been tough. Diontae Johnson also continues to bail out of games early due to injuries. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of even two of them in a top-15 scoring list this week.

Coming off the bye, Terry McLaurin jumps into top-ten consideration against the Giants, and while James Bradberry is a solid cornerback. McLaurin has held his own through all the turmoil in Washington under center and has done well against some of the top corners. He dropped a 10-118-0 line against Baltimore. He dropped 7-125-1 on Patrick Peterson and Arizona. This kid is the real deal.

Week 9 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 9 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Travis KelceCAR16.5
2Mark Andrews@IND15.5
3Darren Waller@LAC14.4
4Hunter HenryLV13.6
5TJ HockensonMIN13.3
6Jared Cook@TB12.9
7Rob GronkowskiNO12.3
8Jonnu SmithCHI11.5
9Robert Tonyan@SF10.7
10Hayden HurstDEN10.2

The tight end position took a big hit this week with George Kittle now out for essentially the rest of the season. For fantasy purposes, the tight end position has really been a wasteland. Travis Kelce is running away in fantasy points this season with a 48-610-6 line. Darren Waller is next with a 45-373-3 line and has crossed the 100 PPR point mark. Both are strong options this week, Waller gets a Chargers team that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. You also have Mark Andrews in a spot against the Colts where it might look like a tough matchup given they haven’t allowed much but they haven’t faced a ton of viable tight ends and/or passing attacks.

Noah Fant is a strong play this week although the ball has been spread around quite a bit of late where his target isn’t quite as safe. However, the Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. Rob Gronkowski caught another touchdown on Monday night and the Saints have allowed a 41-396-6 line to tight ends on the season.

Week 9 Kicker Rankings

Week 9 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 9 Projection
Justin Tucker@IND11.2
Wil Lutz@TB10.5
Rodrigo BlankenshipBAL9.3
Harrison ButkerCAR9.3
Younghoe KooDEN9.2
Matt Prater@MIN9.1
Brandon McManus@ATL8.9
Zane GonzalezMIA8.8
Stephen GostkowskiCHI8.6
Mason Crosby@SF8.5

Looking at matchups this week, the Vikings are allowing the most fantasy points per game to kickers and have allowed 19 FGA. Matt Prater is a solid option to go with. Stephen Gostowski has been a weird one where the chances are there but it is a matter of which kicker shows up. However, the Bears have allowed a whopping 29 field goal attempts in eight games this season. Daniel Carlson and Mike Badgley are two strong kickers in the same game. We can then move to the elite guys like Justin Tucker and Rodrigo Blankenship who should see multiple chances this week. Younghoe Koo gets Denver, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to kickers.

Week 9 Defense Rankings

Week 9 RankingsTeamOpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Steelers@DAL9.7
2Patriots@NYJ9.4
3WashingtonNYG8.7
4Ravens@IND8.5
5Texans@JAX8.2
6BuccaneersNO7.5
7Bears@TEN7.3
8Saints@TB7.2
9Packers@SF7.1
10ColtsBAL7.1

Pittsburgh SteelersThere are a few strong defenses at the top this week. The Steelers are a strong option going up against the Cowboys, who have turned the ball over 18 times over eight games and have allowed 24 sacks. Defenses are averaging 7.5 fantasy points per game against this group. Andy Dalton should be back but this offensive line continues to struggle and the quarterback connection has been off. Washington gets a friendly matchup against the Giants and their turnover-prone offense. They have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game. Washington has a very good pass rush and a strong pass defense to go with it. I’d expect this one to be one of the uglier games of the week.

New England is a strong defense this week going up against the Jets, who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game to defenses. The Patriots defense isn’t as strong as it used to be but a Jets matchup is always a plus. The Ravens get the Colts this week who have been facing mediocre defenses for most of the season and this will be a real test for Philip Rivers. While the Ravens had an okay game this past week, this is a bounce-back game.

Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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