Week 9 WR Rankings & Projections (PPR): Happy Stefon Diggs Week

Week 9 is a bit hectic at the wide receiver position as so many injuries have popped up over the week and the bye week takes a lot of names off the board. The Rams and Bengals both take away five fantasy wideouts. There are some exciting battles this week that should produce big games from wide receivers. The Broncos head to Atlanta and the Seahawks go to Buffalo, with both games sitting over a 50 over/under. You also have the Chiefs and Panthers, while both teams have not allowed a ton of wide receiver fantasy points, I expect a healthy shootout from both sides. The Chargers and Raiders are also a strong game in the afternoon slate.

Week 9 WR Rankings & Projections

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

Week 9 Studs

Davante Adams has missed a few games and still has produced monster numbers. He has 74.9 fantasy points over the last two games. He has ten or more targets in four of the five games he has played in and the one that he didn’t he left early due to injury and it was a day they ran the ball anyway. Adams is a strong option regardless of matchup given the volume and it is growing more unlikely the Packers hold on adding a wide receiver via trade. DeAndre Hopkins continues to dominate in targets with 73 in seven games this season and ranks 4th in WR scoring. This is a Dolphins team that has allowed the 10th most PPR points per game to wide receivers this season. It is a great spot for him to keep crushing.

Stefon Diggs is in a great spot this week against the Seahawks and really this game has the potential to be one of the more high scoring games of the week. Seattle is allowing the most PPR points per game to wide receivers this season and that is a whopping 58 points. John Brown and Stefon Diggs are primary targets. Brown gets a tick up this week and should be a top-25 wideout in scoring when all is said and done. Tyler Lockett on the other side is someone I like a ton this week with Metcalf being quite a focus for Tre’Davius White. Metcalf has beaten good corners before so I am not knocking him down.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are in a strong spot going up against the Raiders secondary that has struggled this season. Over the last five games, they have allowed a 50-720-6 line to wide receivers. Both Allen and Williams have had a massive tick up in production with Justin Herbert under center. This is actually a viable fantasy offense. Allen Robinson is in a good spot against the Titans, who have allowed the most fantasy points to receivers over the last five weeks, and that includes having a bye included. Diontae Johnson and Jerry Jeudy are two guys I like quite a bit this week. If Johnson can stay healthy he gets a Cowboys offense coughing up plenty against them. Jeudy had ten targets last week and gets the Falcons secondary that is allowing the 5th most fantasy points per game.

Week 9 Duds

Corey Davis is in a tough spot this week, as the Bears have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. I see this game being a bit lower scoring and more ground-game oriented like how the Saints game played out last week. The Bears have allowed just one 100+ yard receiver this season and that was Calvin Ridley in a game without Julio Jones. They also have only allowed two touchdowns to receivers this season. Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are in a tough spot against Washington and the incompetence of Daniel Jones also hurt them. Slayton still has that big play upside so if you are starting him if you have a lack of options. But, nobody is limiting more fantasy production to wide receivers than the Washington Football Team.

Week 9 WR Streaming Options

There are a few streaming options that catch my eye this week. Curtis Samuel (45%) is one of them with a matchup against the Chiefs in what will be a game where the Panthers need to push for points. The Chiefs have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, but Samuel’s involvement in the offense over the last few weeks has been encouraging. Nelson Agholor (41%) is coming off a game where no wide receiver had any production given the weather. Agholor is averaging 12.7 fantasy points per game over the last five weeks and that is with the Week 8 dud mixed in. Kendrick Bourne (9%) saw a whopping ten targets last week and while the Packers have a good secondary, the 49ers lack weapons and Bourne will have a steady role. I would generally like the Jacksonville wide receivers as streaming options but the Gardner Minshew injury is going to put a halt on that.

Week 9 Injury Corner

Michael Thomas continues to be no show each week dealing with a hamstring injury and an ankle injury still listed. We can also point out Thomas seems problematic for the organization at the moment. I won’t believe Thomas is going to play until he is on the field. T.Y. Hilton left last week with a groin injury and these injuries will certainly cause him to miss time. He dealt with this over the last two seasons and given his production has been nonexistent this season, he should have been dropped a while ago. Kenny Golladay is not going to play this week against the Lions. It is a hip injury and we will see Marvin Jones, Quintez Cephus, and Marvin Hall fill in for the meantime. Calvin Ridley is likely going to be out through the bye, so Russell Gage, Julio Jones, and Hayden Hurst will serve as the main weapons.

Deebo Samuel has been ruled out for Week 9, and this isn’t a real surprise. We might be able to see after the bye week but a hamstring injury is an issue that lingers and is tough to come back from quickly. In the meantime, Kendrick Bourne and Brandon Aiyuk will be the top 49ers options. Chris Godwin is going to be questionable again but he fractured his finger. There is a chance he plays but now that Antonio Brown is in the mix now, we might just see a complete logjam with the Buccaneers offense. It is going to be tricky to figure out moving forward. I don’t expect a ton of Brown snaps this week but moving forward he will certainly be used heavily. Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman are likely to be out again. Not that this passing attack is appealing but Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims would receive a bump and would be desperation plays in deeper leagues.

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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