Week 9 Rankings: Top 40 WR

With many of the top receiving threats battling injuries, you have to wonder how it affects the rankings for the coming week.  Well, let’s take a look at how things currently stand, but as news comes out of players’ status, it surely will change:

  1. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – at New York Giants
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  3. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  4. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
  5. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  6. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  7. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  8. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  9. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Washington
  10. Mike Sims-Walker – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
  11. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  12. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Seattle
  13. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
  14. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  15. Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  16. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
  17. Nate Burleson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Detroit
  18. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  19. Derrick Mason – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  20. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – at Atlanta
  21. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears – vs. Arizona
  22. Steve Smith – New York Giants – vs. San Diego
  23. Donald Driver – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  24. Steve Breaston – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
  25. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
  26. Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh
  27. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  28. T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Detroit
  29. Santonio Holmes – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
  30. Torry Holt – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
  31. Austin Collie – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  32. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. San Diego
  33. Anquan Boldin – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
  34. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – vs. Arizona
  35. Mark Clayton – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  36. Justin Gage – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
  37. Antonio Bryant – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Green Bay
  38. Roy Williams – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  39. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
  40. Eddie Royal – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh


  • With how bad the Giants defense has been the past three weeks, is there any doubt that Vincent Jackson is in position to make a statement?  The chances of him finding the end zone are high.
  • Michael Sims-Walker has really emerged as one of the best receivers in the game, though he’s coming off a sub par performance.  Look for him to try and bounce back in a big way against the lowly Chiefs.
  • With Owen Daniels season unfortunately over due to injury, any shootout between the Texans and Colts is going to fall squarely on the shoulders off Andre Johnson.  He hasn’t scored a TD since Week 5 (and only has touchdowns in two games), so you have to feel like he’s due.
  • Miles Austin has scored touchdowns in three straight games.  Anyone still not a believer?  He’s emerged as a WR1 at this point.
  • Nate Burleson or T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is the #1 receiver in Seattle?  Burleson was the better player in Week 8, giving him the edge here for the upcoming week.
  • If Calvin Johnson is healthy and can play he should be in line for a big game.  After missing this past week’s game, however, we are going to have to wait and see.  Consider his ranking as tenuous at this point.
  • Was that the reemergence of Greg Jennings we saw?  Fantasy owners certainly hope so, as he found the end zone for the first time since the first game of the season.
  • Michael Crabtree showed how much talent he has, catching six passes for 81 yards in Week 8.  Facing off with one of the worst passing defenses in the league, he should be considered a borderline WR2, but a definite WR3 for the upcoming week.
  • It has been a great three-week stretch for Devin Hester, catching 21 passes for 265 yards and 1 TD.  Facing off against a bad passing defense like the Cardinals, he should be able to continue his strong play.
  • As much as I wanted to rank Santonio Holmes higher, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Opening Day.  He also has had less than 60 yards receiving in four of his last five games, so while he has to be used if you own him, he’s far from a top option at this point.
  • Even if Mario Manningham plays in Week 9, I get the feeling that Hakeem Nicks is very close to overtaking him on the depth chart.  Nicks is the better bet at this point.
  • Anquan Boldin aggravated his ankle injury on Sunday, so for now I have Breaston ranked well above him.  We’ll have to see how the week goes as the two could easily flip spots.

What are your thoughts?  Who was left off the list?  Who should be higher?  Who should be lower?

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  1. With Owen Daniels out, I would guess that Kevin Walter gets more looks, possibly vaulting him onto your list. Clearly I’d rather have him over Eddie Royal at this point.

  2. Craig Gaskill says:

    First..great information you provide…

    Question, Would you start Hester and Knox, i own them both…or Hester over Knox..My other reciever is Lavornes Coles (Cinn) and Sidney Rice on Bye…..

    Many Thanks

  3. admin says:

    As tough as it is to play two WR from the same team, I’d go Hester & Knox for this week. Coles just hasn’t shown enough to be used.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. erikz says:

    any comments on the shuffle in San Diego? With Chambers out how much do you like Malcom Floyd in that pass happy offense lead by Rivers?

  5. admin says:

    I would put him on your radar, but even as a starter Floyd is battling Tomlinson, Sproles, Jackson & Gates for touches. There’s just no guarantee that he is going to be a consistent force at this point.

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