Week 9 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

For the second week in a row we have six teams on bye and we are bound to have a lot of teams scrambling to choose which wide receivers to use when they are missing multiple options. We’ll offer a helping hand in the process as we break down the Top 50 wide receivers as I have them ranked for week 9:

  1. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay
  3. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys@ Cleveland
  7. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ Miami
  8. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Green Bay
  9. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City
  10. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Los Angeles
  11. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis
  12. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco
  13. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  14. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Buffalo
  15. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Oakland
  16. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Denver
  17. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas
  18. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ NY Giants
  19. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ Green Bay
  20. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Oakland
  21. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh
  22. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis
  23. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville
  24. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Denver
  25. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Minnesota
  26. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit
  27. Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis
  28. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco
  29. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco
  30. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh
  31. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas
  32. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City
  33. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee
  34. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets @ Miami
  35. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Minnesota
  36. Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  37. Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams vs. Carolina
  38. Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore
  39. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ San Diego
  40. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee
  41. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay
  42. Tavon Austin – Los Angeles Rams vs. Carolina
  43. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans @ San Diego
  44. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Cleveland
  45. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville
  46. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia
  47. Torrey Smith – San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans
  48. Dorial Green-Beckham – Philadelphia Eagles @ NY Giants
  49. Russell Shepherd – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta
  50. Robert Woods – Buffalo Bills @ Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Even coming off disappointing weeks I can’t keep Julio Jones and Mike Evans out of my Top 5. The two big play wide receivers will be squaring off head to head this week and I expect big things from each of them against the other teams suspect defense. The Buccaneers running game is being decimated by injury so I anticipate that they go to the air often and Jameis Winston is going to do everything he can to make sure Mike Evans is a game changer. You should have no hesitation in using either guy in season long leagues or DFS.
  • The Green Bay Packers receivers situation is an interesting one to say the least. I have four Packers ranked in the Top 27 and assuming all of them play I firmly believe they all finish Top 30 against the woeful Colts defense. With the running game being wrecked with injuries the Packers have been taking to the air early and often in recent games and this one should be no different. The one thing to watch is that Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery sat out this last week and their status has to be monitored. If one of them is out everyone gets bumped up a few spots, and if both of them sit again you have to include Jeff Janis on this list too.
  • The return of Dez Bryant last week couldn’t have gone much better for Dallas and fantasy owners as he cleared 100 yards and scored a TD. It could have been an even bigger game if Dak Prescott hadn’t missed him a couple of times on potential big plays. Now the Cowboys get the Cleveland Browns and Bryant is right back in the Top 10 where you’ll likely find him most weeks, assuming he’s healthy.
  • Another receiver who returned in Week 8 and posted nice numbers was Donte Moncrief. The Colts young receiver had four grabs for 41 yards and scored a TD against the Chiefs. Moncrief should continue to get more reps going forward and continue to grow in his role in the offense in a nice matchup with the Packers. He was being drafted as a Top 20 receiver in the preseason and I still believe that talent is there.
  • It’s almost impossible to separate Michael Thomas and Willie Snead at this point. In the last three weeks Snead has 19 catches and Thomas has 21. Thomas is definitely emerging as a legitimate every week start in fantasy leagues and he’s getting rave reviews from Drew Brees. Thomas for one reason or another does seem to get more looks in the red zone, which gives him the very slightest of nods right now. Hopefully you don’t own them both and don’t have to decide.
  • All signs are pointing to Corey Coleman returning this week assuming practice goes well as he has been cleared for full contact. He has missed the last six games, but in the game he was injured during he had 5 catches for 104 yards and 2 TD before going down. I will certainly like Coleman even more this week if Josh McCown is under center. McCown is a gun slinger type of QB and he’ll do wonders for the fantasy value of Coleman and Terrelle Pryor if he plays.
  • I think it’s time we start giving a little bit more credit to Mohamed Sanu as a real fantasy option. Sanu has a TD in two of his last three games and is averaging four catches per game, which isn’t going to wow anyone but it’s solid and consistent and there’s something to be said for that. Now if he is going to start getting looks in the red zone, all the better. Defenses are going to key in on Julio Jones and a lot of times that won’t work, but it may work just enough to get Sanu more opportunities

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34 comments

  1. Krysta says:

    A flex question. 14 team PPR and i’m at the brink of playoff worthy (10 of 14, 8 got to playoffs) but super high in points so winning now is an absolute must. My plan is:
    Rb-Gordon
    Rb-Michael
    WR-Evans
    WR-Nelson

    Flex options are: Ingram, Stewart, Shepard of Sanu. Of course, always open to flex options actually be an RB/WR…thoughts?

  2. JZ says:

    Hi Prof! I need 2 WRs and a FLEX among Nelson, Cooper, Baldwin and Beasley.

    I’m certain to play Nelson and even with a tough match up, it’s hard to sit Cooper down. I currently have Baldwin in play but he hasn’t been hot as of late, especially with Wilson not playing so well. On the other hand, Beasley has a good matchup vs. Cleveland even as a #2 option at Dallas.

    Should I stick with Nelson/Cooper/Baldwin or bench one of them for Beasley?

  3. darrick says:

    hey professor which wrs should i start this week. beckham, d.thomas, b.cook or montgomery

  4. Rod says:

    Hey Roto 10 team standard points league is it safe to drop W. Fuller for JJ Nelson I like fullers schedule down the stretch but hasn’t done anything for me lately your thoughts…Thanks

  5. Cara Stewart says:

    Hi, Im starting Brown and Cooks. As my flex should I go Adams or Pryor? Or RB Antone Smith?

  6. Barney says:

    Hi prof need a rb. Got booker who I’m starting. But I have McCoy jaquiz ware and Jeremy hill on a bye. I picked up Hightower. What do I do. Thanks

  7. JZ – I couldn’t sit Baldwin. You can argue Beasley will be the 3rd or 4th option, depending on how things roll.

    darrick – How many do you start? Beckham/Cooks would be my Top 2

    Rod – I’m OK with that, though it is risky.

    Cara Stewart – I can’t trust Smith. It somewhat depends on the Browns’ health status, but I’d lean Adams

    Barney – It’s McCoy if the news is he’s healthy, so all you can do is sit and wait

  8. Gregor says:

    Close choices this week for WR2 and RB/WR slots.Standard 14 team
    Dez is my WR1. Who do I put at WR2 & RB/WR out of these guys:
    J.Maclin, Q.Enunwa, Crabtree, A.Hurns.
    Leaning Crabtree – Maclin but Enunwa has had 2 good consecutive weeks and Hurns got lots of targets last week.

    Thanks Prof.

  9. Tom says:

    Hey Prof, I was offered Maclin and Winston for Steve Smith and Bortles in a 1/2 PPR. Wanted to check with you before I pull the trigger

  10. Gregor – It is tough to sit Crabtree at this point, gven the way he’s played and the way the offense is going (even in a difficult matchup). As for the 2nd, Enunwa does have a favorable matchup and Maclin has struggled.

    Tom – Certainly not a bad offer at all. Maclin should be better than Smith, and while I want to believe in Bortles I don’t any more. It works

  11. Keith says:

    10 team standard scoring
    pick 3
    J.Nelson, K.Benjamin, D.Moncrief, C.Coleman, T.Montgomery, W.Snead

    • Gotta go Nelson/Benjamin/Moncrief (though I’m a big fan of Snead/Coleman)

      • Keith says:

        That’s how I have them now but Coleman will look even better if they decide on McCown over Kessler, and all Saints are appealing against the 49ers. I was burned by Monty last week being inactive and not knowing until late but his position against the Colts still looks like it could be big if he gets in a full practice.

  12. dodge10 says:

    pick two-sanders, pryor or adams

  13. dodge10 says:

    pick two-michaels, gore or j. stewart

  14. dodge10 says:

    lativius murray or terrence west

  15. sanders, pryor or adams — Sanders/Adams given the health concerns for Pryor (and Coleman’s return)

    michaels, gore or j. stewart — Gore/Stewart

    lativius murray or terrence west — West

  16. Pablo E says:

    Moncrief or Landry for the week?

  17. dodge10 says:

    gore or stewart

  18. chris says:

    Flex issue this week- Latavius Murray, Pryor or travis Benjamin if healthy??

  19. dodge10 – Stewart, as long as he’s healthy

    chris – Given the injury concerns for Pryor, I’d lean Murray (if he was healthy I’d go Pryor)

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