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Week 9 Rankings Update

Saturday, November 07, 2009

By Week 9, the games start to mean a little more. More than half of the NFL season will be over after Monday night's Denver-Pittsburgh game. 30 teams will be done with their bye week. Only four games will remain in most fantasy playoff chases.

This should be the time of year we learn what direction a player is headed in. When the Bengals and Ravens face off Sunday, I'll be watching the quarterbacks especially closely.

Until Carson Palmer's breakout five score game against the Bears, the Bengals quarterback has been a disappointment. Drafted as a borderline QB1 with the hope for much more, Palmer was instead providing middling value. His late-game heroics piled up wins for the Bengals, but his lack of production and accuracy during the rest of the game was frustrating for owners.

The Bears game changed all that and gave hope Palmer could begin to produce like it was 2006 all over again. The offensive line is right, Cedric Benson will only get more attention, and the wide receiver group is arguably better than it ever was. (At least when Laveranues Coles isn't on the field.)

Palmer's adversary Sunday, Joe Flacco, is one of the football stories of the year. After getting carried by his teammates a year ago, Flacco has returned the favor to become one of the best players in the league. The more pressure in his face, the better throw he seems to make.

Flacco will face a Bengals defense that picked him off twice in Week 5 and limited him to 184 yards. It was Flacco's worst game of the season. If Flacco is the MVP candidate I think he is, he'll adjust and respond in a rematch.

Week 9 won't tell us all the secrets to come this season. But it will get us closer to the truth, another piece of evidence in figuring out where the season will lead. The exciting part – especially for those fantasy teams on the playoff bubble – is that we're just getting started.

Week 9 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Peyton Manningvs. HOU -
2Aaron Rodgersat TB
3Tom Bradyvs. MIA Probable(shoulder)
4Drew Breesvs. CAR -
5Philip Riversat NYG -
6Matt Schaubat IND -
7Jay Cutlervs. ARZ -
8Tony Romoat PHI -
9Joe Flaccoat CIN Probable(ankle)
10Donovan McNabbvs. DAL -
11Kurt Warnerat CHI -
12Ben Roethlisbergerat DEN -
13Carson Palmervs. BAL -
14Matt Ryanvs. WAS -
15Matt Hasselbeckvs. DET
16Eli Manningvs. SD -
17Alex Smithvs. TEN -
18Kyle Ortonvs. PIT -
19David Garrardvs. KC -
20Matt Casselat JAC -
21Chad Henneat NE -
22Jake Delhommeat NO
23Matthew Staffordat SEA
24Vince Youngat SF -
25Jason Campbellat ATL -
26Josh Freemanvs. GB -

Notes: The notes are taking a one week vacation. No reads Goal Line Stand for the notes anyhow. It's like people reading Playboy for the articles.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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