Week 9 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections

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If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 9, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 9 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week 9.

Week 9 Quarterback Rankings

Week 9 RankingPlayerWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Deshaun Watson@JAX26.7
2Dak Prescott@NYG25.6
3Aaron Rodgers@LAC24.9
4Russell WilsonTB24.3
5Matthew Stafford@OAK23.7
6Gardner MinshewHOU21.7
7Kirk Cousins@KC20.5
8Tom Brady@BAL20.3
9Jameis Winston@SEA20.1
10Lamar JacksonNE19.5
11Philip RiversGB18.5
12Derek CarrDET18.1
13Carson WentzCHI17.5
14Jacoby Brissett@PIT17.1
15Josh AllenWAS16.7
16Daniel JonesDAL15.9
17Baker Mayfield@DEN15.4
18Matt MooreMIN15.1
19Jimmy Garropolo@ARI14.9
20Mason RudolphIND14.6
21Kyler MurraySF13.8
22Sam Darnold@MIA13.5
23Kyle AllenTEN13.5
24Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ13.1
25Ryan Tannehill@CAR13.0

With Jared Goff, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees all on bye this week, it makes things tough. We also have a lot of below average arms in bad spots this week, and overall it just creates a very limited group of options. Instead of talking about the top names who are in obvious spots, we can talk some quarterbacks that got a bump in the rankings compared to where they usually are. Gardner Minshew is one of them, going up Houston who ranks 30th against the pass. Minshew is averaging 18.6 points per game this season, and I love what he can bring to the table against a below average Houston secondary. The Lions-Raiders game has shootout potential, much like the past week with Giants-Lions. Both defenses give up a ton through the air, and the Detroit defense is missing key names in the secondary.

Kyler Murray is going to have a tough task on a short week coming back from New Orleans. San Francisco’s defense has been outstanding, and especially against the pass. It will likely be a rough week against the 49ers, and he takes a tumble in the rankings. Daniel Jones is coming off a high week, but he doesn’t project well for me against Dallas. He is a middle of the road option, and you certainly could do worse. Baker Mayfield is on the road against Denver, which I am not a huge fan of given the Browns struggles.

Week 9 Running Backs Rankings

Week 9 RankingPlayerWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Christian McCaffreyTEN25.4
2Dalvin Cook@KC22.3
3Saquon BarkleyDAL21.4
4Ezekiel Elliott@NYG20.6
5Leonard FournetteHOU19.6
6Le’Veon Bell@MIA18.6
7Aaron Jones@LAC18.2
8Nick Chubb@DEN17.5
9Tevin Coleman@ARI16.8
10Marlon Mack@PIT15.9
11Derrick Henry@CAR15.4
12Austin EkelerGB14.9
13Chris CarsonTB14.2
14James ConnerIND13.9
15Josh JacobsDET13.5
16Sony Michel@BAL13.3
17Phillip LindsayCLE12.9
18James White@BAL12.6
19Mark IngramNE12.2
20David Montgomery@PHI11.9
21Jordan HowardCHI11.5
22Jamaal Williams@LAC11.3
23Carlos Hyde@JAX11.1
24Miles SandersCHI10.5
25Adrian Peterson@BUF10.3
26Mark WaltonNYJ10.1
27LeSean McCoyMIN9.7
28Tarik Cohen@PHI8.7
29Duke Johnson@JAX8.5
30Frank GoreWAS7.7
31Melvin GordonGB7.4
32Devin SingletaryWAS7.3
33Damien WilliamsMIN6.9
34Tra Carson@OAK6.3
35Ty Johnson@OAK5.4

Christian McCaffrey is part of the defenses don’t matter club, as he tore it up again against San Francisco. He makes my life easier slotting him in at number one and moving on. Dalvin Cook is in a great spot this week, as Kansas City continues to get gashed on the ground. Cook is averaging 19.5 rushing attempts per game, and 4.2 targets per game. Both Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott square off against each other, and no surprise for them inside the top five. Elliott of course is in the better matchup, but Barkley’s PPR volume is always going to give him a stable floor. This is a good week for running backs. Nick Chubb gets Denver, who rank 19th against the run. Chubb continues to just mow down teams and is another high volume back. Josh Jacobs against Detroit has elevated his ranking for this week. Derrick Henry is also in a sneaky good spot. Carolina funnels most of opposing offenses to go to the run.

A few backs I am not in love with this week are Mark Ingram and Chris Carson. Carson’s volume still puts him inside the top 15, but the Buccaneers run defense is for real. Ingram is in a tough spot against the Patriots defense, and his volume has already been hit or miss this season. If there was a week for Le’Veon Bell to put up a ceiling game, it would be this week against Miami. If he doesn’t get it done, it is a pretty hopeless rest of the season.

Week 9 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 9 RankingPlayerWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection
1DeAndre HopkinsJAX20.2
2Mike Evans@SEA19.6
3Amari Cooper@NYG19.4
4Julian Edelman@BAL18.6
5Chris Godwin@SEA17.5
6Kenny Golladay@OAK17.1
7Davante Adams*@LAC16.5
8Tyreek HillMIN15.7
9Stefon Diggs@KC15.3
10Tyler LockettTB15.1
11Adam Thielen*@KC14.9
12Keenan AllenGB14.8
13Odell Beckham@DEN14.7
14Allen Robinson@PHI14.6
15DJ CharkHOU14.4
16TY Hilton@PIT14.4
17Golden TateDAL14.3
18JuJu Smith-SchusterIND13.9
19Courtland SuttonCLE13.7
20Tyrell WilliamsDET13.5
21Jarvis Landry@DEN13.4
22DK MetcalfTB13.1
23Alshon JefferyCHI13.0
24Michael Gallup@NYG12.8
25Mike WilliamsGB12.6
26Marvin Jones@OAK12.5
27Sammy WatkinsMIN12.3
28Emmanuel Sanders@ARI12.2
29John BrownWAS11.9
30Terry McLaurin@BUF11.7
31Curtis SamuelTEN11.4
32Dede Westbrook*HOU11.2
33DJ MooreTEN10.9
34Corey Davis@CAR10.5
35Chris ConleyHOU10.4
36Marquez Valdes-Scantling@LAC10.3
37Larry FitzgeraldSF10.3
38Kenny StillsJAX9.9
39Phillip Dorsett@BAL9.7
40Christian KirkSF9.4
41Robby Anderson*@MIA8.8
42Devante ParkerNYJ8.6
43Cole BeasleyWAS8.4
44Darius SlaytonDAL8.1
45Mohamed Sanu@BAL7.7
46Geronimo Allison@LAC7.5
47Preston WilliamsNYJ7.3
48AJ Brown@CAR6.8
49Jamison Crowder@MIA6.6
50Zach Pascal@PIT5.9

It is a killer week for wide receivers on bye. Michael Thomas, Cooper Kupp, Julio Jones, and quite a few others. DeAndre Hopkins tops the list again going up against the Jaguars. He has finally busted out the last two weeks, and this should continue. Seattle and Tampa Bay both have below average pass defenses, and you can find quite a few names up top. Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin haven’t hit on the same week, but are in great spots against Seattle. On the flip side of that game, it is another good week for Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The time was coming for Kenny Golladay, and he gets another great matchup against the Raiders. Marvin Jones wasn’t involved much, but he is still a stellar option. Adam Thielen and Davante Adams are both expected to return this week from injuries. I will exercise some caution, but as long as they are healthy, they are a full go.

The Tennessee and Carolina game features two tougher pass defenses, which limits a lot of upside. The quarterback play also isn’t something to get excited about within this game. Most names see a drop off in the rankings. It is a good week for the Jacksonville wide receivers. Chris Conley has come on with the injury to Dede Westbrook. While he is still suiting up, he has been hindered.

Week 9 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 9 RankingPlayerWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection
1George Kittle@ARI17.9
2Travis KelceMIN15.6
3Evan EngramDAL14.9
4Darren WallerDET14.5
5Hunter HenryGB13.6
6Mark AndrewsNE12.5
7Zach ErtzCHI11.9
8Greg OlsenTEN10.4
9Darren Fells@JAX9.9
10Jonnu Smith*@CAR9.4
11Dallas GoedertCHI8.7
12Jimmy Graham@LAC8.3
13TJ Hockenson@OAK7.7
14Eric Ebron@PIT6.6
15Jason Witten@NYG5.9
16Vance McDonaldIND5.5
17Kyle Rudolph@KC5.2
18OJ Howard*@SEA4.4
19Ricky Seals-Jones@DEN4.3
20Ben Watson@BAL3.9

George Kittle checks in as the number one wideout this week, which isn’t much of a surprise against Arizona. Kittle is averaging seven targets per game, and the touchdowns are coming. Hell, half of them have been called back. Hunter Henry and Travis Kelce are in decent spots this week. Henry is averaging 5.5 receptions per game this season, and 16.8 PPR points per game. Kelce still has value despite the backup quarterback play, and Minnesota has been leaky against opposing tight ends so far this season. Darren Waller continues to be an excellent threat, and is averaging 8.3 targets per game. Dallas ranks 26th against tight ends, and Evan Engram has a great track record against Dallas. Volume purposes alone, he ranks as a top four option.

The Eagles have been a frustrating fantasy offense this season, and Zach Ertz has suffered. He is averaging 4.6 receptions per game, and has only found the end zone once. Dallas Goedert has been productive, and that has certainly hurt Ertz. It is a tough spot to trust Ertz to post top five numbers at the position each week, which is sad given the position has been dreadful.

Week 9 Kicker Rankings

Week 9 RankingPlayerWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection
1Josh LamboHOU10.2
2Robbie Gould@ARI9.9
3Dan Bailey@KC9.5
4Harrison ButkerMIN9.1
5Joey SlyeTEN8.7
6Justin TuckerNE8.6
7Jason MyersTB8.5
8Matt Gay@SEA8.3
9Matt Prater@OAK8.1
10Ka’imi Fairbairn@JAX8.0
11Mason Crosby@LAC7.8
12Zane GonzalezSF7.6
13Brett Maher@NYG7.4
14Mike Nugent@BAL7.3
15Brandon McManusCLE7.2
16Steve HauschkaWAS7.1
17Adam Vinatieri@PIT7.1
18Eddy Pineiro@PHI6.9
19Jake ElliottCHI6.8
20Chris BoswellIND6.7

Teams allowing the most field goal attempts this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Rams, and Baltimore. Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Philadelphia are a few other teams worth targeting with kickers, as they give up a lot of volume. Teams that give up the least amount of volume are New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, and Minnesota. Volume is ultimately what you want each week. Finding kickers on offenses that move the ball is always a plus for fantasy points at the position. Efficiency would come next.

Week 9 Defense Rankings

Week 9 RankingTeamWeek 9 OpponentWeek 9 Projection

It is the usual suspects at the top of the list this week. New England does have a tougher opponent compared to the past few weeks, but the Ravens are lacking receiving playmakers that can be a threat against this secondary. That is a big concern for me. San Francisco is on the road against Arizona, which means it should be another big week for them. Buffalo, Carolina, and Philadelphia are all in great home spots. The Jets have a chance to be fantasy viable this week against Miami, but their team is in complete disarray. However, Miami is the worst team in the league. Indy has a chance to build on the last few weeks, and getting Pittsburgh with Mason Rudolph under center is a plus matchup.

Jason Guilbault is the Brand Content Manager for Lineups.com, powered by Catena Media. He has worked 10+ in the sports betting & iGaming space as a writer and content manager. Jason has also written for DailyFantasyCafe, NBAMockDraft, & FantasyPros. He aims to bring the best sports data & insight to the industry for both novice & advanced users.

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