Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

This is a tough week for fantasy owners with six teams on bye weeks. Over a quarter of last week’s top 50 wide receivers are not playing this week, including eight of last week’s top 20 receivers.

Don’t get too upset though because there are still plenty of quality receivers out there and some potential new stars emerging as well. Here is how I see the top 50 come out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ New England
  4. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ NY Giants
  5. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston
  6. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos@ New England
  7. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego
  8. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans
  9. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota
  10. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
  11. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans vs. Philadelphia
  12. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland
  13. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers @ Miami
  14. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville
  15. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas
  16. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland
  17. Reuben Randle – New York Giants vs. Indianapolis
  18. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis
  19. Mohamed Sanu – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville
  20. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas
  21. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota
  22. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Denver
  23. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona
  24. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots @ Denver
  25. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati
  26. Cordarelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington
  27. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
  28. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Indianapolis
  29. Andrew Hawkins – Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay
  30. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Carolina
  31. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Philadelphia
  32. Eric Decker – New York Jets @ Kansas City
  33. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints @ Carolina
  34. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos @ New England
  35. Percy Harvin – New York Jets @ Kansas City
  36. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ NY Giants
  37. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs vs. NY Jets
  38. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland
  39. James Jones – Oakland Raiders @ Seattle
  40. Kenny Britt – St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco
  41. Andre Holmes – Oakland Raiders @ Seattle
  42. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  43. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis
  44. Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers @ Miami
  45. Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  46. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas
  47. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati
  48. Riley Cooper – Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston
  49. Eddie Royal – San Diego Chargers @ Miami
  50. Greg Jennings – Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington

 

  • The game turned in by Emmanuel Sanders last week was one of the best single games a receiver has put up this season. This week we shouldn’t expect a full encore, but it should be another really nice game. I don’t expect Darrelle Revis to stop Demaryius Thomas, but he may slow him down enough that Sanders is called upon more than normal once again for another really nice game.
  • While he still isn’t finding the end zone as much as you’d like to see, Andre Johnson is starting to look a bit more like his old self and has taken back over as the number one option in the Texans passing game. Johnson has 19 catches the last three weeks and it feels like it should be just a matter of time before he starts finding his way into the end zone again.
  • Another guy who has gone from again, over the hill veteran to resurgent top 20 receiver is Larry Fitzgerald. Last week Fitz went off against the Eagles for 160 yards on 7 catches and a TD. He’s now scored in two of this last three games I like his odds of continuing that a lot more now with Carson Palmer under center. Fitzgerald and Palmer have a good connection and it’s showing in the stats put up by the receiver right now.
  • It felt a little bit like Brandon LaFell might be a fluke he came onto the scene in New England, but that thinking is starting to change now. LaFell has four TD’s in his last five games and 95 or more yards in three of his last five. This last week LaFell dismantled the Bears secondary for 11 catches and 124 yards while Julian Edelman didn’t do much of anything. I’m not convinced LaFell has surpassed Edelman on the depth chart, but he’s outplaying him right now.
  • The first week of Percy Harvin in New York wasn’t anything all that special with just three catches for 22 yards. There were some encouraging signs in the game though. Harvin had four carries for 28 yards which shows us that the Jets are going to try different things to get the ball into Harvin’s hands. Harvin also was targeted nine times despite only having three catches. The other positive sign is that Michael Vick is going to be the QB now which I think is better than Geno Smith running things.
  • Slowly but surely Allen Robinson is developing into a legitimate fantasy starting wide receiver. Robinson has found the end zone two weeks in a row now and has 50 yards or more in six of his last seven games. Week in and week out Robinson is turning in consistently solid performances despite the Jags being a not so great team. Robinson has a good connection with Blake Bortles going and now that he’s strung together a couple scores in a row he should start getting more looks inside the 20.
  • The consistent production of Andrew Hawkins seems to be getting overlooked right now. He scored his first TD last week as part of a seven catch and 88 yard game. He has at least five catches in all but one game played this season though and has at least 70 yards in all but one game played. His one and only down game was against Tennessee when he was still targeted nine times, but only had three catches. Throw out that game and he is averaging 6.5 catches per game and 88.8 yards per game, that’s far better than where he seems to be getting ranked each week.
  • It was disappointing to see Brian Quick go down last week and even more disappointing to find out he’s out for the season after he was putting together a nice season. Now that Quick is out the attention tuHavrns to Kenny Britt as someone has to step up for Austen Davis. Britt has only had two catches in each of his last two games, but before that he was showing some flashes of his old upside. Britt has a chance to take off, whether he does it or not is up in the air though.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:

 

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

43 comments

  1. Dale H says:

    Need to pick two for this week 9. Randle,Cooks,Beckham Jr,Robinson, or Harvin. Leaning towards Beckham and Cooks due to match ups.

  2. Bob says:

    What’s a better stash this week Justin Hunter or Davante Adams?

  3. Dale H says:

    Need to pick two running backs and one flex out of these 4. Murray,Hillman,Ingram and Ellington for week 9. Leaning towards Murray,Ingram and Hillman for matchups. Nice position to be in but hard until Ball comes back. Help…. week 9.

  4. Adel says:

    Someone in my league really got hit hard at the WR spot with all the players on bye week. I have A.J. Green, Maclin, and Brandon Marshall. Which of one the three would you offer n a trade to get Calvin Johnson, if any?

    The advice is greatly appreciated.

  5. Mike from LA says:

    Who has the most upside for the rest of the season? I need 2 out of these 3 and they would be my WR3/4 options…PPR League

    Andre Holmes
    E. Decker
    A. Hawkins

    Thanks for the input!

  6. Dale H – I’d go with Cooks and one of Beckham/Randle, depending on which one you are more comfortable with. I’d probably lean Randle, but it could go either way.

    Bob – Def. not Britt. I’d say Hunter has the highest upside and Wright is the “safest”. I like Adams a lot, but he’s never going to be better than third on the receiver chart barring injuries

    Dale H – You can’t go wrong with any of the 4, so just go with your gut. All are potential RB1

    Adel – Either but Green. Johnson is a def. upgrade over the other two

    Mike from LA – I’d go Decker/Hawkins. I really like Holmes, but his production will likely be inconsistent

  7. brady says:

    Two Questions,
    First – would you consider trading Dwayne Allen or Jordan Reed for Crabtree? If so, which one would you rather give away? I am just looking for bench depth/flex player, I don’t need a week to week starter.
    Second – Who would you start at flex out of Chris Ivory, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Allen, and possibly Ryan Mathews if he plays?

    • 1) I’d probably rather trade Allen, because you never know his usage on a weekly basis.

      2) I’d probably go Ivory. Without a real standout performer, even with a tougher matchup I’d go with the RB

  8. Theo says:

    Should I trade Steve smith, Brandon cooks, and Dwayne Allen for Julio jones. If I made the trade I would have Julio jones, dez Bryant, and aj green

  9. Jaden says:

    What is your thoughts on Brandon Marshall going forward, would you look to sell him or think the Bears can get there season turned around?

    Also, i have Doug Baldwin as the only receiver i would be willing to drop and Justin Turner is on the waiver wire, would you drop Baldwin for Turner as they hype with Turner seems to be picking back up??

    Thanks for your advice.

  10. Chris says:

    Need a wr either harvin, Torrey smith, or miles Austin… Was also thinking James jones but not sure

  11. Bob says:

    Pick two OBJ, Keenan Allen, Martavis Bryant

  12. brady says:

    Dwayne Allen or Andre Holmes at the Flex? .5 PPR.

  13. mogli says:

    mike Wallace
    Steve Smith
    Dez Bryant
    DeSean Jackson.
    Which 3 WR should I start as of now i m starting Smith, Dez and Wallace.

    What do you think?

  14. Adel says:

    Okay, last question this week I promise. Would you trade away Maclin for Julio Jones?

  15. Todd says:

    Good evening, Bye week guessing.. Who would you pick up for a 3rd Wr this week??? J. Brown, R. Cooper or Stevie Johnson??? Thanks for your opinion.

  16. Jay says:

    What’re your thoughts on Louis Murphy Jr. this week? He gets targets, VJax will likely be smothered by Haden. Struggling in 14 team real deep league 1/2PPR looking for a Flex. Would you consider Murphy over Crowell, Hillis (or Tre Mason if I can snag on wires)? I know, this is an unfortunate question to be asking. Appreciate it!

  17. Adel – I prefer Julio Jones, so if you’re getting him then yes.

    Todd – I’d probably go Cooper, though none are inspiring. He has a favorable matchup and the team will likely throw, though.

    Jay – When you are digging that deep, anything could work. Problem is Murphy is the third WR and I’d be looking at Evans being the more likely to have a big game. Still, given the alternatives he’s probably worth the gamble. That said, I’d probably go with Crowell or Mason over him

  18. Mike in Georgia says:

    I need two RB’s, two WR’s and a Flex from this group:
    RB: McKinnon, Bobby Rainey, Jeremy Hill, Forsett & Taliaferro
    WR: Crabtree, ODB (Beckham), Pierre Garcon

    Bye week has Cutler, Lacy, Jordy and Marshall unavailable. My QB is Eli Manning this week. Crabtree and ODB both coming off bye week and Garcon may be getting RG3 back. Both Jeremy Hill & Rainey could be #1 RB for their teams due to injury. Forsett & McKinnon have been my top two RB’s for the last three weeks. Help!….LOL.

  19. Brian says:

    It’s bewildering how Vincent Jackson gets a high ranking every week despite not delivering a single time this year. I’m closer to dropping him completely than playing him.

  20. Mike in George:
    RB – Forsett, Rainey (while he could lose touches to Sims, he has a favorable matchup assuming Martin is out)
    WR – Beckham & Garcon
    FLEX – Hill/Crabtree (Crabtree safer, Hill could have higher upside)

    Brian – I don’t disagree with you. While I wouldn’t drop him, I did just write a piece about how he is not a buy low target and more of a stash and hope

  21. Sue says:

    Would I be crazy to keep green on the bench first game back and play both randle and obj? With gio out, need a flex…2 rb, 2 wr & 1 flex format. Right now Starting rb – hillman & mckinnon, Wr- green ?/wallace, flex-randle, obj,michael floyd, jonas gray. Would you change anything around? Thanks for your input….

  22. Dale H says:

    In a close game. Beckham or randle. Need a good score from one of thhese two Monday to win.

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