Week 9 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

Week 9 is here and we are officially in the second half of the fantasy football season and each week’s matchup feels a little more important. Hopefully I can lend some aid to you as you agonize over difficult decisions at wide receiver. Here is how I see the top 50 for the week:

  1. Deandre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami
  2. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 
  3. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina 
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver 
  5. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo 
  6. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle 
  7. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago 
  8. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit 
  9. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo  
  10. Terry McLaurin – Washington Football vs. NY Giants
  11. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas 
  12. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver   
  13. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville
  14. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans    
  15. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay
  16. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears @ Tennessee 
  17. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City 
  18. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City  
  19. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston
  20. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit 
  21. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh 
  22. Brandon Aiyuk – San  Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay 
  23. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas 
  24. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville
  25. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Minnesota 
  26. Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas 
  27. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Arizona 
  28. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis 
  29. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas
  30. Darius Slayton – New York Giants @ Washington 
  31. Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos @ Atlanta 
  32. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas
  33. Antonio Brown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  34. John Brown – Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle   
  35. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami
  36. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina
  37. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago
  38. Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders @ LA Chargers
  39. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets vs. New England  
  40. Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore 
  41. Keelan Cole Sr. – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston
  42. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins @ Arizona 
  43. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh 
  44. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City
  45. Kendrick Bourne – San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay
  46. Scotty Miller – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  47. Damiere Byrd – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  48. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Washington  
  49. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh 
  50. Denzel Mims – New York Jets vs. New England

Thoughts:

  • Last week the Minnesota Vikings got back their star running back Dalvin Cook and in turn we saw a super run heavy attack with Kirk Cousins throwing just 14 passes. If you look at the rankings you can see the nerves of fantasy owners, but I’m still not willing to drop Adam Thielen out of my Top 10 and I still have a lot of faith in Justin Jefferson too. Much like the whole Vikings offense Thielen has been a bit boom or bust this year, but this matchup with the Lions is prime and you have to expect some big things.
  • The trade deadline came and went this week and somehow Will Fuller is still a Texan, so maybe the legacy of Bill O’Brien has passed. As a Fuller owner I’m happy to see it because he is racking up the fantasy points as Deshaun Watson’s number one target. Fuller has scored in five straight games and there’s a real good chance that goes to six against the woeful Jaguars. He is no longer just the deep threat counterpart to Deandre Hopkins, he’s a bonafide must start guy in fantasy now and in weeks like this a possible WR1.
  • Speaking of the Jaguars, they will have a new signal caller with Gardner Minshew on the shelf. The prospect of a sixth round pick taking over the offense is the only thing that kept me from ranking Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole higher than this. The Texans and Jaguars matchup feels like a shootout, even with Jake Luton at quarterback for the Jaguars, and he has a group of underrated pass catchers to catch him up to speed.
  • We’re finally seeing some signs of life out of Marvin Jones after a pretty dormant beginning to the season. Last Sunday he caught two TD passes and now he’s poised for what could be his biggest game of the season. The Vikings secondary is clearly outmatched just about every week and with Kenny Golladay likely missing this week’s game Jones will be the go to option for Matt Stafford and will hopefully find his way back to the endzone once again.
  • After what has been almost two years out of action, not counting the sparse action he saw last season, Antonio Brown is returning to the football field on Sunday as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Signs are pointing to Chris Godwin missing this game, so Brown likely steps into a pretty prominent role as the counterpart to Mike Evans. We don’t know what kind of shape he’s in or where his head is at so using him is risky, but sitting him feels just as risky because we know if the answer to those questions are positive the talent is there and at 32 he certainly shouldn’t be washed up just yet.
  • Who steps up for the New England Patriots is an interesting subplot for fantasy football owners right now. The passing game is stagnant as it is and with Julian Edelman now out someone has to emerge as a reliable option for Cam Newton. As you can see from my rankings the guy I trust the most is Damiere Byrd. There is already an established rapport with Newton and he’s shown flashes of being a solid option. While others are looking to Jakobi Meyers who led the team last week, I’ll be buying more stock on Byrd and hoping it pays off in the end.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



11 COMMENTS

  1. Standard: Diontae Johnson or Leonard Fournette?

    1/2 pt. PPR: Need 2
    WR J Jefferson MIN
    RB J.D. Dobbins BAL
    RB Phillip Lindsey

    1pt. PPR Need 1
    RB Phillip Lindsey
    RB Ronald Jones
    WR Marquis Brown

  2. 14 Team 1/2 PPR

    My WR/RBs (not on bye/injured) Stefon Diggs, Deandre Hopkins, Justin Jackson, Lamicahel Perine and Nelson Algolor.

    So only roster flex option is Algolor otherwise free agents Jordan Wilkins, Matt Breida, DeeJay Dallas (not available until Sat), Tyler Ervin (who? And i’m a Packer fan!), Nyheim Hines, Gus Edwards, JD McKissic

    or

    Jacobi Meyers, Lavishka Shenautlt, Nkeal Harry, or Alan Lazard.

    1. Flex?
    2. If flex is RB, would also like to add another WR or vice versa?

  3. A quien puedo descartar de la alineación Está semana ? Tengo a AJ Brown , R Anderson ,. Y a M Evans . A quein dejar fuera esta semana y dejarlo ennla banca

    • Also lost Carson this week and missed out on Dallas. Would you play rojo? Other choice would be gallman? Waiver wire is dry for rbs.

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