After seeing a pair of deals last week and hearing plenty of rumors heading into Tuesday’s Trade Deadline, we ultimately got the status quo. That brings a little bit of clarity to a few situations, but there are always several factors that fantasy owners need to maneuver around (whether it’s injuries, bye weeks or difficult matchups). So who are the players we want to trust in Week 9? Who should we be sitting? Let’s take a look at how it all breaks down for the coming week:
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Seattle
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tampa Bay
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Seattle
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Green Bay
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Philadelphia
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at Denver
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Detroit
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Washington
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Buffalo
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Green Bay
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tampa Bay
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
- Robbie Anderson – New York Jets – at Miami
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
- Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Los Angeles Chargers
- DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
- Kenny Stills – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
- Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
- Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
- Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Adam Humphries – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Miami
- Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Phillip Dorsett – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at Denver
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Washington
- Danny Amendola – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
- Demaryius Thomas – New York Jets – at Miami
- DaeSean Hamilton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
- Darius Slayton – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Despite being banged up Keenan Allen was targeted 10 times in Week 8, translating it into 7 catches and 53 yards. That’s promising, though over the past five weeks he hasn’t topped 61 yards in a game and hasn’t found the end zone. Over the past four weeks the Green Bay Packers have allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers including the second most yards (919, just one yard behind the Atlanta Falcons). As long as he’s healthy he has to be considered a Top 10 option, despite his struggles of late, because we all know the potential upside.
- Kenny Golladay’s numbers are dragged down a little bit due to a two target game against the Vikings, but in two of the past three he’s posted 120+ yards and scored 2 TD in two of the past four. We’d like to see a little bit more efficiency (31 catches on 55 targets), but with 6 TD and a matchup with Raiders (sixth most points per week to opposing WR, including 10 TD allowed) he’s among the best options in the league.
- Stefon Diggs has erupted of late (497 yards and 3 TD over the past four weeks), but Adam Thielen could return and the Kansas City Chiefs have been among the better defenses against opposing wide receivers of late (447 yards, 0 TD over the past four weeks). That’s a troubling combination, and while it doesn’t drop him completely off of viability, he’s more WR2 than WR1.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have morphed into a pass happy offense, supporting potential big days for both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. While Godwin wasn’t great in Week 8 (4 catches for 43 yards), he had three straight 125+ yard days before it and has been among the best options all year long. Evans, meanwhile, has been targeted 29 times the past two weeks and is coming off a day where he amassed 198 yards and 2 TD. Both are strong options against a Seattle defense that has been saved by not giving up many TD (4 TD allowed) but has allowed plenty of yards all year long (1,322 is the tenth most in the league).
- Speaking of Evans and his Week 8 performance, it came against the Tennessee Titans. That’s who D.J. Moore draws this week, and having seen consistent opportunities throughout the season that puts him on WR2 radars. It will be interesting to see if Cam Newton returns, and that could add a new wrinkle/risk, but regardless there’s enough upside to consider him.
- Davante Adams is expected to return to the lineup this week, but with Aaron Rodgers willingness to spread the ball around (not a bad thing for the team) and with a fairly unfavorable matchup against the Chargers there’s more risk than reward. Obviously Adams is a viable option, but he’s more WR2 as he works his way back into form as opposed to a can’t miss elite option.
- There have been consistent opportunities for Allen Robinson, and while the results aren’t going to blow you away he’s done enough to be worth utilizing. Taking on a Philadelphia defense that’s allowed the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers he’s a solid start (though they have been better of late, being more middle of the road over the past four weeks, keeping him out of WR1 status).
- In a favorable matchup we want to trust D.K. Metcalf, though his overall numbers haven’t been all that impressive (23 catches, 402 yards, 4 TD). He’s shown some big game potential, though he’s yet to top 89 yards (which came in Week 1) or 4 receptions. It’s not enough to use him in shallower formats, but consider him a potential WR3 fit.
- Emmanuel Sanders didn’t do much in his first game as a 49er (4 catches for 25 yards), though he did find the end zone. This is going to remain a run first offense, but there are going to be chances in the passing game (especially with all of the injuries) and Arizona represents a favorable matchup. With his role likely to grow don’t be surprised if he ultimately performs as a WR2 (though value him like a WR3 entering the week).
- Over the past four weeks the Carolina Panthers have allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers (634 yards and 3 TD). That should speak to a favorable matchup for Corey Davis, something we thought he had in Week 8 against Tampa Bay. Unfortunately he turned that into just 2 catches and 6 yards, so while there’s enough potential to keep him as a WR3 we can’t push him up any higher than that.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings: