Week 9 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The dreaded six team bye week is upon us, so we’re diving a little bit deeper this week, and we have the Trade Deadline fallout that impacted wide receivers more than any other position. Things have certainly been shaken up, so let’s see how things come out for Week 9:

  1. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans at Denver
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. LA Rams
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore
  5. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers at New England
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons at Washington
  7. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland
  8. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
  9. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina
  10. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle
  11. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit
  12. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
  13. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns at Kansas City
  14. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Green Bay
  15. JuJu Smith Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore
  16. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Houston
  17. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions at Minnestoa
  18. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh
  19. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions at Minnesota
  20. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
  21. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots vs. Green Bay
  22. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Chargers
  23. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay
  24. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina
  25. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Chargers
  26. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons at Washington
  27. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland
  28. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  29. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos vs. Houston
  30. DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay
  31. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans at Dallas
  32. Demaryius Thomas – Houston Texans at Denver
  33. Mohammed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons at Washington
  34. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee
  35. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Oakland
  36. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh
  37. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina
  38. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears at Buffalo
  39. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle
  40. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints vs. LA Rams
  41. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders at San Francisco
  42. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers at New England
  43. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans at Denver
  44. Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers at New England
  45. Taylor Gabriel – Chicago Bears at Buffalo
  46. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle
  47. Antonio Callaway – Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City
  48. David Moore – Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Chargers
  49. Paul Richardson – Washington Redskins vs. Atlanta
  50. Danny Amendola – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets

Thoughts:

  • The recent work of Davante Adams is something to behold. The Packers lead WR has 24 catches in the last three weeks for 405 yards and 3 TD. Easily over the last three weeks he has been the best receiver in football and with Aaron Rodgers healthy again the connection there is thriving. The rest of the receiving corps is a crap shoot, but the one thing we know is that Adams is upper level elite and he’s not leaving the Top 10 anytime soon.
  • So far this season Mike Evans has four TD catches and all of them have come with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. You know who is playing quarterback for the Bucs this Sunday? Ryan Fitzpatrick. The matchup isn’t great against the Panthers, but it isn’t stopping me from being all in on Evans. There is a questionable tag attached to him right now after a knee injury last Sunday, but it doesn’t seem like anything serious so unless something changes don’t worry about it.
  • I think I am more intrigued about the fallout on the Broncos after the Demaryius Thomas trade than the fallout in Houston. Emmanuel Sanders has already been a surprisingly strong performer this year and this should only boost his value even more. Meanwhile the biggest beneficiary should be Courtland Sutton. The rookie WR was already making his way onto the field more often, and now he’ll be there a whole lot more. Sutton looks like he is developing into a solid red zone threat and if he can start doing more between the 20s the value is going to be solid.
  • I don’t want to get sucked in by DeVante Parker again, I really don’t, but I just can’t help it. Injuries opened the door on Sunday and he ended up catching six passes for 134 yards. Now I’m not going to write a bunch of gushing words about Brock Osweiler, I think we all know what he is as a QB, but he is a pocket passer with a big arm and that serves Parker much better than what he is used to working with. Parker has big play ability and speed, so if Osweiler can take advantage of that big things could be in store.
  • I don’t think anyone knows what to make of Amari Cooper going to Dallas. The Cowboys offense has been very up and down this season and he has been up and down his entire career. We still have to recognize the fact that he is head and shoulders the most talented receiver in Dallas, and it isn’t even close. Whether Cooper brings his A-game and whether Dak Prescott can get him the ball are up in the air, though. He could be a Top 15 WR or he could end up outside the Top 50, so I hedged my bets and went in the middle.
  • The Cleveland Browns spread the ball around a bit this last Sunday and Antonio Callaway finally had a game worth mentioning, with 5 catches for 36 yards and a TD. Not a blowup game by any means, but it was nice to see them trying to get him involved in the offense and him being able to catch the ball. I fully expect the Browns will be playing from behind against the Chiefs so there could be a lot of padded stats, which makes Callaway an intriguing flier if you’re in a pinch.

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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 (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 9 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

13 comments

  1. Inglorious Bastards says:

    Hello Professor,

    Full point PPR. I’ve a Flex question. Who would you start this week out of these players: Doug Martin, Duke Johnson, Doug Baldwin or Geronimo Allison? Thank you for your advice as always.

  2. Kyle says:

    Going to try a d trade for a reciever. Who do you think has more upside going forward? Rank the following Tate, d Jackson, d Thomas or ty hilton

    Thanks in advance!!!

  3. John K says:

    I drafted Doug Baldwin and Corey Davis and I really havent recovered from it. My WR situation is bad, I have Mike Thomas, Baldwin, Davis, Coutee. For RBs I have Melvin, Lamar, Ingram, Aaron Jones, Doug Martin. I think i have to make a trade. The team I’m targeting has Julio, Hopkins, Robert Woods, and tyler Boyd. What kind of offer would you make if you were in my position? I’m thinking of offering Miller for Woods or Boyd.I think it’d be hard to get Woods from him tho. Do you see Boyd as being worth a Lamar Miller or Aaron Jones? I really like what Boyd has done and he has a good ROS schedule but he’s also had a few clunkers. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Anyone else reading this feel free to chime in too

  4. Chris says:

    Marques Goodwin or dj Moore?? Hate Thursday games even though this year they have been high scoring, but Moore is a risky play

  5. Sheldon says:

    Hi, Prof. 0.5 PPR. Need 1 at flex from Calvin Ridley, Jordan Howard, and Austin Ekeler. Thanks.

  6. Lejeune says:

    Std 10 team non ppr espn. He was my first pick in a snake draft and I’ve held onto him since with no trade offers. What would you do with L. Bell at this point in the season?

  7. GizmoMate says:

    Dear Professor,

    How do you feel about Sutton in this week? Would you prefer him or John Bown against the Steelers?
    Somehow I think Sutton will have a game tonight…

    Appraciate it,
    GizmoMate

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