zeke22Quarterback
1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis …Indianapolis allows 287.8 passing yards per game, 2nd-most in the NFL
2 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at Green Bay
3 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Tampa Bay …Ryan should be licking his chops after seeing Derek Carr rip apart the Bucs’ defense for 500-plus yards last week, while Ryan leads the league in passes over 20 yards on the season
4 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta …No team allows more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than Atlanta, which includes a 281-yard, 4-TD game for Winston against Atlanta in Week 1
5 Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Tennessee …Tennessee has allowed the 3rd-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks over their past three games (including Cody Kessler who passed for 336 on them)
6 Drew Brees, New Orleans at San Francisco …No team allows more points per game in the NFL (31.3) than the 49ers
7 Cam Newton, Carolina at Los Angeles …He’ll get it turned around you would think, but Newton comes into Week 9 as just QB16 after being the generally consensus number one fantasy quarterback drafted this year
8 Dak Prescott, Dallas at Cleveland …Cleveland has been so fantasy-friendly to opposing quarterbacks (allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to quarterback per game)
9 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
10 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee at San Diego …Mariota now has multiple touchdowns in six games, tied with Matt Ryan for the NFL lead
11 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Buffalo …Wilson hasn’t thrown a touchdown now in three straight games
12 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Baltimore …Roethlisberger (knee) may return this week in a huge divisional match-up — although note that Roethlisberger has been held in check at Baltimore throughout his career with just 7 passing TDs in eight games at Baltimore
13 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
14 Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
15 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Kansas City …Bortles had perhaps the worst 337-yard, 3-TD game known to mankind last week
16 Trevor Siemian, Denver at Oakland
17 Sam Bradford, Minnesota vs. Detroit
18 Nick Foles, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville …Foles with get the start with Alex Smith out from a concussion sustained last week
19 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
20 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
21 Case Keenum, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
22 Cody Kessler, Cleveland vs. Dallas …
23 Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Minnesota …Back in Minnesota and off a loss should have the Minnesota defense back in high gear — the Vikings have allowed just 6 passing TDs all season and no team allows fewer points per game (14.9)
24 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo at Seattle
25 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Denver …Wow, Carr comes off 514-yard, 4-TD game — though it’s a different game against the Denver defense allowing an NFL-low 183.9 passing yards per game
26 Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets at Miami …Miami allows a league-low 177.3 yards per game over its past three games

 

Running Back
1 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas at Cleveland …This should be a big one — Cleveland allows the 2nd-most rushing yards per game (143.8) while Dallas is the first team to rush for at least 175 rushing yards in five consecutive games since the 1986 season
2 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at Tampa Bay …Huge upside — this will be another heavy Freeman game with Tevin Coleman (hamstring) out
3 LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
4 DeMarco Murray, Tennessee at San Diego …Murray (toe) will need to be monitored but he should be good to go, although expect Derrick Henry to get mixed in more liberally this week and perhaps going forward (Murray is on a pace for 320 carries); UPDATE: Murray has been removed from the Week 9 injury report
5 Devontae Booker, Denver at Oakland …Booker (shoulder) will need to be monitored but he sounds perhaps sore, but good to go
6 Jay Ajayi, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets …Strength versus strength — Ajayi comes off historic back-to-back games of 200-plus yards rushing, but the Jets rank #1 against the run at 74 yards per game allowed
7 Matt Forte, N.Y. Jets at Miami
8 Melvin Gordon, San Diego vs. Tennessee …Tennessee has been number one over its past three games, allowing just 56.3 yards rushing per game
9 Todd Gurley, Los Angeles vs. Carolina …Carolina allows the 3rd-fewest rushing yards per game (80.1) and a league-low 3.3 yards per carry, although the volume will be there for Gurley who averages 22.1 touches per game (7th-most)
10 Charcandrick West, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville …With Jamaal Charles on injured reserve, West will be more involved and could start if Spencer Ware (concussion) is unable to go — Jacksonville is the only team to allow a rushing TD in every game this season; UPDATE: Spencer Ware is out and West will start
11 Carlos Hyde, San Francisco vs. New Orleans …Hyde (shoulder) will need to be monitored but if he plays he might not get a full workload
12 Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at Los Angeles …Stewart has returned in fine form, with 170 yards and 4 TDs in his past two games
13 Christine Michael, Seattle vs. Buffalo
14 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo at Seattle …This ranking assumes McCoy (hamstring) is ready to return this week
15 Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland vs. Dallas
16 Derrick Henry, Tennessee at San Diego …DeMarco Murray is on pace for 320 carries which isn’t really sustainable, and doesn’t make sense with Henry also on the roster — with Murray dinged and Henry’s talent look for the rookie to get more of a share of the workload going forward
17 Mark Ingram, New Orleans at San Francisco …Ingram was benched after another fumble but you would think Ingram would still get the first crack to rebound this week, although against the 32nd-ranked run defense both Hightower and Ingram have value this week
18 Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland vs. Dallas …Crowell was 2nd in the NFL after four weeks in rushing yards, but in the four games since he is 34th-best among running backs at 32.5 rushing yards per game while Dallas has allowed just three rushing TDs all season
19 Theo Riddick, Detroit at Minnesota
20 Frank Gore, Indianapolis at Green Bay
21 Terrance West, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh …Pittsburgh allows the 3rd-most fantasy points to running backs per week, but will it be West or rookie Kenneth Dixon
22 Tim Hightower, New Orleans at San Francisco …Hightower should get plenty of work (if not start) after delivering last week following Mark Ingram’s in-game benching, and this week he gets a 49ers’ defense that allows the most rushing yards per game at 185.1 per game (and 244.7 over its past three games)
23 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants …There has been some talk that Sproles will take over as the Eagles’ lead back, but regardless he should be heavily involved this week
24 Paul Perkins, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia …UPDATE: Perkins is reportedly going to have an expanded role this week — he’s been moved up in the updated rankings
25 Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota vs. Detroit …McKinnon (ankle) is expected to return to action this week
26 Matt Asiata, Minnesota vs. Detroit
27 Latavius Murray, Oakland vs. Denver
28 C.J. Prosise, Seattle vs. Buffalo …Prosise comes into this one off a 4-catch game with 102 total yards from scrimmage
29 Rashad Jennings, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
30 Mike Gillislee, Buffalo at Seattle
31 Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh …Coming off a bye-week, it would make sense that Baltimore will be in a better positon to slot in their rookie running back for more work — I am being somewhat aggressive with this ranking but he’s worth a role of the dice
32 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville at Kansas City
33 Bilal Powell, N.Y. Jets at Miami
34 Antone Smith, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta …Smith is expected to start and get the first crack with Jacquizz Rodgers out this week
35 Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
36 Bobby Rainey, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
37 Shaun Draughn, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
38 Don Jackson, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
39 Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta …Barber or Antone Smith will get the majority of the work with Jacquizz Rodgers likely out this week, but Smith is expected to start
40 Alfred Morris, Dallas at Cleveland
41 Chris Ivory, Jacksonville at Kansas City
42 Jalen Richard, Oakland vs. Denver
43 Damien Williams, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
44 DeAndre Washington, Oakland vs. Denver
45 DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
46 Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina at Los Angeles
47 Kapri Bibbs, Denver at Oakland
48 Terron Ward, Atlanta at Tampa Bay …Ward will again draw RB2 duties (on a high-octane offense) with Tevin Coleman out
49 Mike Davis, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
50 Dexter McCluster, San Diego vs. Tennessee
51 Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
52 Kenneth Farrow, San Diego vs. Tennessee
53 Benny Cunningham, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
54 Travaris Cadet, New Orleans at San Francisco
55 Reggie Bush, Buffalo at Seattle
56 Mike Tolbert, Carolina at Los Angeles
57 DuJuan Harris, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
58 Zach Zenner, Detroit at Minnesota
59 Daniel Lasco, New Orleans at San Francisco
60 Javorius Allen, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh

 

Wide Receivers
1 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
2 Julio Jones, Atlanta at Tampa Bay …Jones averages 8.2 receptions, 120.2 yards and 0.8 TDs in his past five games against Tampa
3 Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia …Beckham is averaging 143 yards in his past three home games
4 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis at Green Bay
5 Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets …Landry is a good bet for a big week against the Jets who allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, while Landry accounts for 33 percent of the Dolphins’ receptions (the highest rate in the league)
6 Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis …With 25 receptions in two weeks, Adams vaults to WR17 on the season (on pace for 91 receptions, 969 yards and 11 TDs)
7 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
8 Ty Montgomery, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis …Montgomery missed last week due to his sickle cell trait, his status for Week 9 remains TBD but he has high upside if he plays (we’re guessing he does); UPDATE: Montgomery is off the Week 9 final injury report, he’s set to go as a high-touch, high floor and high-ceiling option
9 Dez Bryant, Dallas at Cleveland …It’s a crazy stat, but Bryant has scored a touchdown in 13 straight games against AFC opponents, which is the longest streak for a touchdown in inter-conference play since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger
10 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans at San Francisco
11 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
12 Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets at Miami …Marshall is on pace for just 4 TDs this season, but I would think he gets one returning to face his former team (it’s a different Jets’ offense now, but Marshall had 16 receptions, 259 yards and 2 TDs in two games against Miami last year)
13 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at Oakland
14 Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland vs. Dallas …Who needs Josh Gordon anyway — former NFL QB turned receiver, Pryor is on pace to crack 1,000 yards, racking up another 100-yard day this past week on 13 targets
15 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina at Los Angeles
16 Mike Wallace, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh …Wallace gets some juice in this week’s rankings in a revenge match-up against his former team the Steelers
17 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Oakland
18 Michael Thomas, New Orleans at San Francisco
19 Tyrell Williams, San Diego vs. Tennessee …With Travis Benjamin perhaps out (sprained PCL) plus Hunter Henry questionable, Williams should be a good candidate for heavy volume and likely a strong game
20 Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. Buffalo
21 Cole Beasley, Dallas at Cleveland
22 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota vs. Detroit
23 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at Green Bay …Hilton (hamstring) was knocked out of last week’s game and will need to be monitored
24 Amari Cooper, Oakland vs. Denver …UPDATE: Cooper (back) has been limited but he is expected to play
25 Michael Crabtree, Oakland vs. Denver
26 Willie Snead, New Orleans at San Francisco
27 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
28 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis …Cobb (hamstring) will need to be monitored but he doesn’t sound 100 percent
29 Kenny Stills, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets …The Jets have been hammered on long pass plays, so Kenny Stills and/or DeVante Parker could definitely hit
30 Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville …UPDATE: Maclin (groin) could be a game-time decision
31 Tavon Austin, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
32 Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta at Tampa Bay
33 Quincy Enunwa, N.Y. Jets at Miami
34 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at Kansas City
35 DeVante Parker, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets …The Jets have been hammered on long pass plays, so Parker and/or Kenny Stills could definitely hit
36 Kendall Wright, Tennessee at San Diego
37 Kenny Britt, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
38 Golden Tate, Detroit at Minnesota
39 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville …Fresh off his first 100-yard game, the good times could continue this week with Nick Foles at quarterback who is likely to take more deep shots and push the ball down the field way more than Alex Smith likes to
40 Allen Hurns, Jacksonville at Kansas City
41 Marvin Jones, Detroit at Minnesota …Where have the Marvin Jones good times gone — Jones was WR1 over the first three weeks in terms of receiving yards, but has been just WR32 since then, while Minnesota allows the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers
42 Sterling Shepard, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia …Shepard averages just 25 yards per game over his past four
43 Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
44 Dontrelle Inman, San Diego vs. Tennessee
45 Rishard Matthews, Tennessee at San Diego …As a deep sleeper or a cheap daily play, Matthews now has 3 TDs in his past four games
46 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota vs. Detroit
47 Corey Coleman, Cleveland vs. Dallas …Coleman (hand) has been cleared for practice and likely will make his return this week
48 Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis at Green Bay
49 Devin Funchess, Carolina at Los Angeles
50 Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
51 Steve Smith, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh …Smith hasn’t played since Week 5 and he isn’t out practicing so he’s hard to trust
52 Brian Quick, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
53 Tyler Lockett, Seattle vs. Buffalo
54 Breshad Perriman, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
55 Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina at Los Angeles
56 Torrey Smith, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
57 Robert Woods, Buffalo at Seattle
58 Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
59 Jermaine Kearse, Seattle vs. Buffalo
60 Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants …Green-Beckham got much more involved last week, catching 5 balls for 55 yards on 9 targets
61 Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
62 Terrance Williams, Dallas at Cleveland
63 Marqise Lee, Jacksonville at Kansas City
64 Chris Conley, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
65 Adam Thielen, Minnesota vs. Detroit
66 Jeff Janis, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
67 Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland vs. Dallas
68 Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee at San Diego
69 Seth Roberts, Oakland vs. Denver
70 Anquan Boldin, Detroit at Minnesota
71 Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
72 Brandon Coleman, New Orleans at San Francisco
73 Robby Anderson, N.Y. Jets at Miami
74 Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
75 Percy Harvin, Buffalo at Seattle …It’s hard to imagine Harvin doing too much right out of the gate, but the fact that he is returning to play against Seattle is mildly intriguing for maybe a fluke score (probably not)

 

Tight End
1 Greg Olsen, Carolina at Los Angeles
2 Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
3 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Detroit …No team allows more fantasy points per game to tight ends than Detroit
4 Jimmy Graham, Seattle vs. Buffalo
5 Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Tennessee
6 Jack Doyle, Indianapolis at Green Bay
7 Austin Hooper, Atlanta at Tampa Bay …Hooper is an intriguing Week 9 streamer against a weak Tampa Bay pass defense as he will get the start with Jacob Tamme (shoulder) out
8 Gary Barnidge, Cleveland vs. Dallas …Perhaps this is the week that Barnidge finally scores his first touchdown of the year, Dallas does allow the 6th-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends
9 Delanie Walker, Tennessee at San DiegoUPDATE: Walker (groin) is questionable and will need to be monitored at kickoff
10 Jason Witten, Dallas at Cleveland
11 Coby Fleener, New Orleans at San Francisco …Fleener played his college ball at Stanford so he’ll be making a trip back towards home this week — the question is will the Saints go back to him more or continue to liberally add in backup Josh Hill
12 Dennis Pitta, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
13 Eric Ebron, Detroit at Minnesota
14 Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
15 Virgil Green, Denver at Oakland
16 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
17 Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles vs. Carolina …Kendricks could be a cheap sleeper at home against Carolina, who allow the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends
18 Julius Thomas, Jacksonville at Kansas City
19 Jesse James, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
20 Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis at Green Bay …Allen is back at Colts’ practice and could return to action this week
21 Josh Hill, New Orleans at San Francisco
22 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
23 Charles Clay, Buffalo at Seattle
24 Vance McDonald, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
25 Will Tye, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
26 Clive Walford, Oakland vs. Denver
27 Richard Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
28 Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville at Kansas City
29 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, N.Y. Jets at Miami
30 Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh

 

Kicker
1 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
2 Cairo Santos, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
3 Justin Tucker, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
4 Dan Bailey, Dallas at Cleveland
5 Will Lutz, New Orleans at San Francisco
6 Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. Buffalo
7 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at Tampa Bay
8 Josh Lambo, San Diego vs. Tennessee
9 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis at Green Bay
10 Blair Walsh, Minnesota vs. Detroit
11 Brandon McManus, Denver at Oakland
12 Graham Gano, Carolina at Los Angeles
13 Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
14 Robbie Gould, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
15 Ryan Succop, Tennessee at San Diego
16 Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
17 Phil Dawson, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
18 Andrew Franks, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
19 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
20 Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets at Miami
21 Cody Parkey, Cleveland vs. Dallas
22 Matt Prater, Detroit at Minnesota
23 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland vs. Denver
24 Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
25 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo at Seattle
26 Jason Myers, Jacksonville at Kansas City

 

Defense
1 Kansas City DT, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
2 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. Detroit
3 Seattle DT, Seattle vs. Buffalo
4 Carolina DT, Carolina at Los Angeles
5 Denver DT, Denver at Oakland
6 Miami DT, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
7 San Diego DT, San Diego vs. Tennessee
8 Dallas DT, Dallas at Cleveland
9 Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
10 Baltimore DT, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
11 Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
12 Detroit DT, Detroit at Minnesota
13 Oakland DT, Oakland vs. Denver
14 New Orleans DT, New Orleans at San Francisco
15 New York Giants DT, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia
16 Tennessee DT, Tennessee at San Diego
17 New York Jets DT, N.Y. Jets at Miami
18 Los Angeles DT, Los Angeles vs. Carolina
19 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Baltimore
20 Buffalo DT, Buffalo at Seattle
21 Atlanta DT, Atlanta at Tampa Bay
22 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta
23 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at Kansas City
24 San Francisco DT, San Francisco vs. New Orleans
25 Cleveland DT, Cleveland vs. Dallas
26 Indianapolis DT, Indianapolis at Green Bay