Week 9 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers: “Elite” Names Falling Short Of WR1 Status, Sleepers To Target & More

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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:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  2. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Seattle
  3. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tampa Bay
  4. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  5. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
  6. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  8. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Seattle
  9. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Green Bay
  10. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
  11. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  12. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
  13. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Philadelphia
  15. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  16. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at Denver
  17. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
  18. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
  19. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  20. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee
  21. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Detroit
  22. Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
  23. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Washington
  24. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Buffalo
  25. Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  26. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Green Bay
  27. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  28. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tampa Bay
  29. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
  30. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
  31. Robbie Anderson – New York Jets – at Miami
  32. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  33. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  34. Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  35. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
  36. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Los Angeles Chargers
  37. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  38. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee
  39. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
  40. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
  41. Kenny Stills – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  42. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  43. Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  44. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
  45. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  46. Adam Humphries – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
  47. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
  48. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Miami
  49. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  50. Phillip Dorsett – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  51. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at Denver
  52. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Washington
  53. Danny Amendola – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  54. Demaryius Thomas – New York Jets – at Miami
  55. DaeSean Hamilton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
  56. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  57. Darius Slayton – New York Giants – vs. Dallas

Thoughts:

  • 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.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Lots of my starters are hurt or on bye this week. PPR
    Who would you play in the flex spot out of these guys:
    Marquise Brown
    Devante Parker
    Chris Conley
    Alexander Mattison

    And would you play any of them over Mark Ingram seeing how he against the Pats.

    • I wouldn’t use any of them over Ingram. As for the FLEX, I’d lean Brown but if you wanted to roll the dice go Parker (this is all contingent on the injury news. It’s possible Conley becomes the favorable option)

  2. Hi, Prof. What is your take on the following WRs outlook for the rest of the season? 0.5 PPR, 14-team league. Preston Williams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Sterling Shepard, and Marquise Brown. It would help if you could rank them in order for rest of the way. Thanks.

    • I do like Shepard, but with the concussion issues I can’t really get behind him at this point. I’d look at:

      Marquise Brown
      Preston Williams (if he was in a better position with a better supporting cast, I’d put him at the top)
      Sterling Shepard
      Marquez Valdes-Scantling

    • I’d put him in the WR3 range, but he doesn’t necessarily have an easy matchup and isn’t a guarantee to get a bevy of targets

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