Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

This is the second week in a row of the killer six team bye week and things aren’t much brighter than they were for Week 8. We’ve lost some top end talent (and injuries don’t help either), but we’re still going to break it down for you as you figure out how to best cover the absences. Here is how I have the Top 50 shaking out:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  5. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville
  8. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Miami
  9. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ Dallas
  10. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  11. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  12. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit
  13. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Miami
  14. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  15. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland
  16. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia
  17. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  18. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta
  19. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  20. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland
  21. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver
  22. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  23. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver
  24. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Houston
  25. Robby Anderson – New York Jets vs. Buffalo
  26. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia
  27. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona
  28. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
  29. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington
  30. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati
  31. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. LA Rams
  32. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore
  33. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Seattle
  34. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington
  35. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills @ NY Jets
  36. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina
  37. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ NY Giants
  38. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  39. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland
  40. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee
  41. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets vs. Buffalo
  42. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati
  43. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee
  44. Eric Decker – Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore
  45. Jaron Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  46. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins @ Seattle
  47. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona
  48. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ NY Giants
  49. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
  50. Jordan Matthews – Buffalo Bills @ NY Jets

Thoughts:

 

  • I downgraded DeAndre Hopkins last week because he was going against Seattle and Richard Sherman, but he came out and put up 8 catches for 224 yards and a TD. As Deshaun Watson gets better, which seems to happen every week, the value of Hopkins and Will Fuller just keeps on skyrocketing. Hopkins is back to being elite and will be in the mix at the top of these rankings every week. Meanwhile Fuller is TD dependent, but it’s hard not to rank him in the Top 20 when he’s actually pulling in TD every week.
  • One team to watch this week is the Miami Dolphins. They just traded their star running back and Jay Cutler is back under center. I think this means the Dolphins are probably going to be airing it out more, especially against the weak Raiders secondary. What will be interesting will be to see whether Jarvis Landry is still the top point getter with DaVante Parker coming back and Matt Moore not under center. I think Landry and Parker are both good plays, but it’ll be interesting to see where Cutler goes most often.
  • The trade deadline has shaken some things up, especially the Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo deal. I am leery to play Benjamin this week as it is no guarantee he will even play, or how much he will play. I also don’t see the move to Buffalo leading to any kind of significant increase in fantasy value. Benjamin will have some solid weeks, but the real winner in the deal is Devin Funchess who is now the number one receiver in Carolina. Funchess has been trending upwards for a while now, and this should only propel him further up the ladder.
  • On the other side of the field in the Bills/Jets game is Robby Anderson, who I think is separating himself from Jermaine Kearse as the go to guy for Josh McCown. Anderson has a TD in two consecutive games, and as the Jets are relying more and more on the passing game he is seeing more and more looks. Buffalo isn’t an elite secondary and I expect we’ll see more of the same from the Jets with their recent game plan.
  • It’s a real guessing game on who to trust in Washington’s passing game. Two weeks ago all anyone wanted to talk about was Josh Doctson. Then this last week he caught one pass for one yard, though that was a TD. Meanwhile Jamison Crowder was the one who blew up against Dallas. After weeks of disappointment he went off for nine catches and 123 yards. I think Crowder is back to being the go to receiver, but Doctson is still a red zone threat. That said, going against Seattle it’s hard to trust anyone. The one thing we know for sure is you don’t want to use Terrelle Pryor.
  • If you’re looking for a safe option for WR3, Mohammed Sanu might be a good place to look. In two games since returning from injury he has caught six passes in each game, both times going for over 65 yards, and last week scoring a TD. Sanu isn’t likely to pull off a double digit catch game or go over 100 yards, but he’s steadily good for 7 – 10 fantasy points just about every week. He isn’t the big upside play for those who are gambling for a big score, but steadiness has its value in fantasy too.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses
Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

23 comments

  1. Liz says:

    Good morning. For the rest of the season, would you rather have Sterling Shepard or JuJu Smith-Schuster? Also, I keep reading that Ameer Abdullah is a good start this week, but he’s been so underwhelming. Would you rather take a chance on Alfred Morris, or Thompson/Ajayi even though they face great defensive teams? Thanks!

  2. Joe says:

    If KB is active tonight, play him over C. Davis or Ajaji for my Flex? PPR.

  3. David says:

    Hay Prof

    16 team PPR League and currently in second place @ 6-2

    I’m starting:

    Drew Brees at QB
    Mark Ingram at RB would you go with Abdullah or Collins as the 2nd RB

    Larry Fitzgerald at WR would you go with Ginn, Stills as the second WR.

    Zach Ertz as my third WR – We can use TE’s as receivers.

    Wil Lutz at the kicker spot,

    AS always thanks for your thoughts.

  4. Smidge says:

    What do I do with Jordy?
    Can I really play him week to week.
    My WR’s are Nelson, Thielen, Bryant and I picked up Robby Anderson.
    Who would you play?

  5. Jeremy Scott Tune says:

    Fyi. Hopkins wasn’t ever going to line up against Sherman. Sherman plays one side of the field, the right. And fuller lines up on the right. Majority of the time. So they had the luxury of Hopkins not matching up with Sherman

  6. Jeremy Scott Tune says:

    Trade Alshon and mack for kamara?

  7. Krysta says:

    14 team, 1/2 PPR. Just acquired Michael Thomas in a trade and I “think” I can still play him. Robby Anderson was who I traded away and not sure if there is any weird rule b/c he plays tonight and the trade doesn’t become official until Sun. So my WR options are Thomas/Anderson, TY Hilton, Fuller V and Jamison Crowder. I need 2WR’s and one flex.

    1. Can you give options if I can and cannot use Thomas?

    2. I know its his bye week, but where would you have (approx) ranked JuJu Smith?

  8. Pablo E says:

    Have a a little quandary at WR this week. Out of Mike Evans/Jeffery/Devante Parker/Fuller/Paul Richardson who would you start at WR1/2 in a 12 team standard league. I had Evans and fuller is no doubters for Sunday, but Waston tearing his ACLimoacts Fillers value more than I’d like. Thanks for the help

  9. Nancy says:

    PPR League- Need 1 WR from: C.Davis vs Baltimore,or Richardson vs Washington

    Flex: from the other WR or RB’s Darkwa vs LAR or Ajayi vs Denver.

    Thank you.

  10. Trevor says:

    You have Crabtree higher than Thomas, but do you feel Thomas has bigger upside because he’s overdue for a breakout game?

  11. Haggy says:

    Robert Woods or Ginn JR REST OF SEASON.

  12. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    I saw your reply with regards to ranking Smith-Schuster between Fuller/Crowder.

    I had planned to start M Jones against the Browns; he falls in that same range as well; however, I just read that the Browns CB, Jason McCourty, is returning this week, so does that change M Jones’ ranking, and does this mean that I should consider starting Smith-Schuster instead? I’m just worried that M Bryant will get more looks, and looking back, MB had a couple of huge games against the Titans.

    Anyway, this is a difficult one, so I welcome and appreciate your insight, if you have the time.

    Thank you very much.

    tony

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