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Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Week 9 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Dez Bryant vs. MIN Probable (hamstring)
2 Jordy Nelson vs. CHI -
3 A.J. Green at MIA -
4 Josh Gordon vs. BAL -
5 Pierre Garcon vs. SD Probable (calf)
6 Brandon Marshall at GB -
7 DeSean Jackson at OAK Probable (ankle)
8 Andre Johnson vs. IND Probable (leg)
9 Antonio Brown at NE -
10 Torrey Smith at CLE -
11 Vincent Jackson at SEA -
12 Keenan Allen at WAS -
13 Denarius Moore vs. PHI -
14 T.Y. Hilton at HOU -
15 Terrance Williams vs. MIN -
16 Alshon Jeffery at GB -
17 Steve Smith vs. ATL -
18 Kendall Wright at STL -
19 Stevie Johnson vs. KC Probable (hip)
20 Harry Douglas at CAR -
21 Mike Wallace vs. CIN -
22 Danny Amendola vs. PIT Questionable (concussion)
23 Jarrett Boykin vs. CHI -
24 Brian Hartline vs. CIN -
25 Marvin Jones at MIA -
26 Emmanuel Sanders at NE -
27 Golden Tate vs. TB -
28 Greg Jennings at DAL Probable (knee)
29 Nate Washington at STL -
30 Julian Edelman vs. PIT Questionable (thigh)
31 Dwayne Bowe at BUF Probable (groin)
32 Vincent Brown at WAS -
33 Darrius Heyward-Bey at HOU Questionable (hamstring)
34 Aaron Dobson vs. PIT -
35 James Jones vs. CHI Questionable (knee)
36 Jeremy Kerley vs. NO Sidelined (elbow)
37 Ted Ginn vs. ATL -
38 Kenny Stills at NYJ -
39 DeAndre Hopkins vs. IND -
40 David Nelson vs. NO Probable (quadriceps)
41 Brandon LaFell vs. ATL -
42 Lance Moore at NYJ -
43 Drew Davis at CAR -
44 Eddie Royal at WAS -
45 Stephen Hill vs. NO Probable (foot)
46 Rod Streater vs. PHI -
47 Jerome Simpson at DAL -
48 Jason Avant at OAK -
49 Chris Givens vs. TEN -
50 Marlon Brown at CLE -
51 Rishard Matthews vs. CIN -
52 Donnie Avery at BUF Probable (shoulder)
53 Dexter McCluster at BUF -
54 Cole Beasley vs. MIN -
55 Myles White vs. CHI -
56 Riley Cooper at OAK -
57 Jacoby Jones at CLE -
58 Greg Little vs. BAL -
59 Robert Woods vs. KC -
60 Cordarrelle Patterson at DAL -
61 Austin Pettis vs. TEN Probable (-)
62 Davone Bess vs. BAL -
63 Leonard Hankerson vs. SD Probable (foot)
64 Doug Baldwin vs. TB -
65 Tiquan Underwood at SEA -
66 Andrew Hawkins at MIA -
67 Darius Johnson at CAR -
68 LaVon Brazill at HOU -
69 Santana Moss vs. SD -
70 Damian Williams at STL -
71 Robert Meachem at NYJ -
72 Tavon Austin vs. TEN -
73 Jerricho Cotchery at NE -

WR Notes: Dez Bryant is just one score away from his third consecutive nine-touchdown season. … Fantasy’s No. 2 wideout by average points, Jordy Nelson also remains the league’s most effective deep threat by Pro Football Focus’ metrics. His 11 catches of 20-plus yards are tied for fifth in the league, while he’s one of only eight pass catchers averaging a touchdown per game. Aaron Rodgers has a 148.3 QB rating when throwing to his No. 1 receiver. … Coming off three straight 100-yard games, A.J. Green will do battle with shutdown CB Brent Grimes, but won’t draw his shadow, as Grimes doesn’t play “sides.” Green is as locked in as ever with Andy Dalton playing the best football of his career. … Does No. 4 seem high for Josh Gordon? It shouldn’t. Averaging a 100-yard game every other week, Gordon is second in yards per catch (18.2) and fourth in yards per game (97) despite playing with three different quarterbacks. There will likely be the occasional dud with Jason Campbell under center, but Gordon has earned his ranking the hard way, and appears unlikely to relinquish it. … Pierre Garcon’s rank is admittedly aggressive, but averaging 6.7 catches per game, he’s going to get every opportunity to soak up yardage against San Diego’s soft pass defense. Things like Garcon at No. 5 happen when the Broncos, Calvin Johnson and Victor Cruz are all on bye.

Fantasy’s No. 11 receiver thus far this season, Brandon Marshall’s No. 6 rank can be seen as either overly aggressive or overly cautious. Aggressive because he’ll be missing his football soulmate in Jay Cutler, cautious because, hey, this is Brandon Marshall. Either way, Marshall is No. 7 in fantasy points amongst wideouts active for Week 9, and can’t be dropped out of the top 10 just because his quarterback has changed. Don’t expect the world, but certainly don’t expect a dud. … DeSean Jackson has essentially settled in as a more consistent version of his typically boom-or-bust self. He’s on pace to shatter his previous career highs in catches (62) and yards (1,156), but has also failed to clear 65 yards in five of his past six games. He’s a threat for a 150-yard game any given week, but you have to take the good with the bad. … Fantasy’s most targeted receiver (49) by a wide margin over the past three weeks, Vincent Jackson should get enough looks against the Seahawks to make up for a bad matchup. … Antonio Brown’s weekly averages — eight catches for 90 yards — cry for a higher ranking, but the shutdown shadow of Patriots CB Aqib Talib has been long this season, while Bill Belichick’s obsession with taking away his opponent’s No. 1 threat isn’t exactly a secret.

Rather than worry about Andre Johnson’s quarterback, focus on the fact that he’ll have fresh legs after Houston’s bye, and has cleared 88 yards in four of seven games this season. He’s been held below 76 only twice. That’s not to mention the fact that he displayed good chemistry with Case Keenum in Week 7. … Torrey Smith leads the league in 20-plus yard receptions and yards per catch (20.3). He’s ninth in yards per game (89.9). No. 11 is a conservative ranking. … Averaging 5.8 catches for 93 yards since breaking out in Week 3, Keenan Allen has a dream matchup in a Redskins defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. … Harry Douglas may be the new master of garbage time — he caught seven passes for 82 yards after Atlanta fell behind 24-6 midway through the third quarter last week — but should obviously be treated as more for fantasy purposes after racking up 19 catches for 270 yards and a touchdown since stepping in as Atlanta’s No. 1 receiver. The party is going to end at some point, but for now he’s all Matt Ryan has to throw to. … Finally locked into an every-down role, T.Y. Hilton is ideally positioned to make the leap from WR3 to every-week WR2.   

Coming off his first bad game since Week 2, Denarius Moore will do battle with burnable Eagles “No. 1” CB Cary Williams. Held below 66 yards only once since his Week 2 goose egg, Moore’s perceived value has yet to catch up with his on-field production. … Alshon Jeffery would be higher in these ranks were the Bears offense not a great unknown for Week 9, but regardless, you can’t bench a receiver who’s No. 3 in average fantasy points over the past five weeks. Jeffery caught four passes for 105 yards with Josh McCown under center in Week 7. … Steve Smith has a cake matchup in the Falcons’ disintegrating defense, but still having failed to clear 70 yards in a game this season, he can’t be trusted as more than a low-end WR2. … Having seamlessly slid in as Aaron Rodgers’ No. 2 receiver, Jarrett Boykin is locked in as a WR2 until James Jones (knee) returns. Jones’ Week 9 status remains unknown. … Kendall Wright’s lack of touchdowns are capping his ceiling, but averaging 5.7 catches, he’s a highly consistent WR3. … Mike Wallace’s usage has been baffling this season, but the fact that he’s second in drops (eight) isn’t helping his cause.

Danny Amendola was underwhelming in his Week 8 return, but it’s not as if his upside has suddenly evaporated. He’s a weekly threat for 8-9 catches. Only his injury issues have him this low. … What Brian Hartline lacks in upside, he makes up for it in consistency. Averaging a weekly 5/63, his numbers have nowhere to go but up in the absence of Brandon Gibson. … There are red flags with Marvin Jones. Yes, he’s caught 15 passes for 250 yards and six freaking touchdowns over his past three games, but he’s done so on only 19 targets and 69 snaps. That being said, it’s pretty safe to assume he’s earned himself a bigger workload with his monster performances. It’s easy to complicate fantasy analysis, but sometimes it’s as simple as: “This guy has six touchdowns over his past three games. You should probably start him.” … With Antonio Brown getting the Aqib Talib treatment, Emmanuel Sanders is a sneaky bet for 7-8 catches. … Per Pro Football Focus, no receiver has created more missed tackles than Golden Tate’s nine. … Don’t expect any miracles from Percy Harvin (hip) if he makes his 2013 debut. He’ll almost certainly be on a snap count, and worked in slowly. … Don’t expect Darrius Heyward-Bey to suddenly start producing like a No. 2 receiver just because he is one.   

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