Week 9 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Our initial Week 9 fantasy WR PPR rankings appear stacked through at least the starter’s tier — but that’s because we’re assuming some injured players will return (Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Jamison Crowder, Tim Patrick, Emmanuel Sanders) and we won’t have any new injuries pop up. That’s probably wishful thinking on both counts, especially with Kenny Golladay and T.Y. Hilton among the wide receivers who exited early last week, but let us have a moment of optimism at the beginning of the week please.  

The byes take away Eagles, Rams, Browns, and Bengals receivers, which certainly limits depth but leaves most of the top tier untouched (apologies to Tyler Boyd, Travis Fulgham, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods). Ideally, the newly healthy players (which also potentially includes Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins) and return of Antonio Brown will help make up for their absences.

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As good as the rankings look through about the top 36 or so, their drop-off is just as striking. Matchups are mostly to blame, as guys like Marquise Brown (@ Colts), Christian Kirk (vs. Dolphins), Emmanuel Sanders (@ Buccaneers), Darius Slayton (@ Washington), and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Ravens) are all in tough spots. Given that all see inconsistent targets on a week-to-week basis, it’s tough to count on them in PPR leagues, though undoubtedly at least a few will be in lineups.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Of course, whenever there are bad matchups, there are also good ones. Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy (@ Falcons) both jump into the top 36 this week, and John Brown (vs. Seahawks) isn’t far behind. Mike Williams (vs. Raiders), Chase Claypool (@ Cowboys), Marvin Jones (@ Vikings), and Brandin Cooks (@ Jaguars) are all in play despite being known primarily as “big-play guys.” Given their matchups, the odds of a big play or two are higher than usual this week, so even if they catch just a handful of passes, they could easily produce starting-caliber number with their yards and touchdowns. 

Some high-target, low-floor PPR specials this week include Darnell Mooney (@ Titans), N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers (@ Jets), Randall Cobb (@ Jaguars), Laviska Shenault (vs. Texans), Curtis Samuel (@ Chiefs), and Russell Gage (vs. Broncos). You could also make a case for Sterling Shepard (@ Washington) and Corey Davis (vs. Bears) to fall into this category because of their tough matchups.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries. 

Week 9 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 DK Metcalf, SEA @ BUF
2 Davante Adams, GB @ SF
3 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DET
4 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. LV
5 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. SEA
6 Julio Jones, ATL vs. DEN
7 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. MIA
8 Kenny Golladay, DET @ MIN
9 Allen Robinson, CHI @ TEN
10 Michael Thomas, NO @ TB
11 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. CAR
12 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ BUF
13 Chris Godwin, TB @ NO
14 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ DAL
15 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ DAL
16 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYG
17 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. PIT
18 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. DEN
19 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. DET
20 Robby Anderson, CAR @ KC
21 Mike Evans, TB vs. NO
22 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. CHI
23 Will Fuller V, HOU @ JAX
24 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. SEA
25 DJ Chark, JAX vs. HOU
26 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. GB
27 Tim Patrick, DEN @ ATL
28 D.J. Moore, CAR @ KC
29 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. PIT
30 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NE
31 Mike Williams, LAC vs. LV
32 Antonio Brown, TB vs. NO
33 Chase Claypool, PIT @ DAL
34 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ ATL
35 DeVante Parker, MIA @ ARI
36 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS
37 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. MIA
38 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ TB
39 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ JAX
40 Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN
41 John Brown, BUF vs. SEA
42 Marquise Brown, BAL @ IND
43 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ TEN
44 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. BAL
45 Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS
46 Randall Cobb, HOU @ JAX
47 N’Keal Harry, NE @ NYJ
48 Nelson Agholor, LV @ LAC
49 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ LAC
50 Corey Davis, TEN vs. CHI
51 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. HOU
52 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. GB
53 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ KC
54 Russell Gage, ATL vs. DEN
55 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ NYJ
56 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. HOU
57 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. CAR
58 Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
59 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. NE
60 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. MIA
61 David Moore, SEA @ BUF
62 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. CAR
63 Preston Williams, MIA @ ARI
64 Golden Tate, NYG @ WAS
65 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. NE
66 Scotty Miller, TB vs. NO
67 Damiere Byrd, NE @ NYJ
68 James Washington, PIT @ DAL
69 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. PIT
70 Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. NYG
71 Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN
72 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ LAC
73 Marquez Callaway, NO @ TB
74 KJ Hamler, DEN @ ATL
75 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TB
76 Anthony Miller, CHI @ TEN
77 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. BAL
78 Isaiah Ford, MIA @ ARI
79 Zach Pascal, IND vs. BAL
80 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. CAR
81 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. LV
82 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. SEA
83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
84 Andy Isabella, ARI vs. MIA
85 Miles Boykin, BAL @ IND
86 Willie Snead, BAL @ IND
87 Jeff Smith, NYJ vs. NE

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