Week 9 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players
Fantasy football owners rejoice! Week 9 is here.
That means it's time to check out full stat projections for the top 100 players.
With six teams on a bye week, fantasy general managers everywhere will be looking to get by without the help of some of their best players. From Calvin Johnson to Peyton Manning, owners this week are going to have to dig deep and make the right lineup decisions if they want to come away with a victory.
So without further delay, start the slideshow below and check out full stat projections for the top 100 players in Week 9.
*All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.
*All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.
|Rank||Player, Team||Opp.||Passing Yards||Passing TDs||Interceptions||Rushing Yards|
|1||Tony Romo, DAL||MIN||340||4||0||15|
Drew Brees, NO
|3||Aaron Rodgers, GB||CHI||307||3||0||22|
|4||Philip Rivers, SD||WAS||301||3||0||3|
|5||Andrew Luck, IND||HOU||289||3||0||15|
|6||Cam Newton, CAR||ATL||277||2||0||62|
|7||Russell Wilson, SEA||TB||284||2||0||54|
|8||Terrelle Pryor, OAK||PHI||224||2||0||81|
|9||Andy Dalton, CIN||MIA||285||3||1||12|
|10||Alex Smith, KC||BUF||264||2||0||38|
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
|12||Tom Brady, NE||PIT||271||2||1||0|
|13||Matt Ryan, ATL||CAR||270||2||1||0|
|14||Robert Griffin III, WAS||SD||252||2||1||35|
|15||Ryan Tannehill, MIA||CIN||258||2||1||21|
Even after losing Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has continued to put up points for fantasy owners.
Now that Green Bay finally has a rushing game to lean on, Rodgers has been able to manipulate defenses and find his wide receivers downfield. Going up against the Chicago Bears' 27th-ranked pass defense in Week 9, Rodgers will have plenty of opportunities to put up gaudy numbers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been living up to his Superman-like persona over the last two weeks. With zero turnovers and four touchdowns to his credit, Newton is looking more like a complete player each time he gets out there on the field.
Taking on the 2-5 Atlanta Falcons in Week 9, odds are Newton should be in for another big day.
|Rank||Player, Team||Opp.||Rush Yards||Rec.||Rec. Yards||Total TDs|
|1||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||TB||130||3||34||2|
Jamaal Charles, KC
|3||Adrian Peterson, MIN||DAL||125||3||24||1|
|4||Arian Foster, HOU*||IND||106||6||43||1|
|5||LeSean McCoy, PHI||OAK||102||4||36||1|
|6||Matt Forte, CHI||GB||86||4||50||1|
|7||Darren McFadden, OAK||PHI||88||4||38||1|
|8||Eddie Lacy, GB||CHI||92||4||22||1|
|9||DeMarco Murray, DAL*||MIN||90||3||21||1|
|10||Le'Veon Bell, PIT||NE||80||3||24||1|
|11||Ray Rice, BAL||CLE||66||6||54||1|
|12||Ryan Mathews, SD
|13||Alfred Morris, WAS||SD||87||0||0||1|
|14||Danny Woodhead, SD||WAS||42||7||68||1|
|15||Chris Johnson, TEN||STL||65||4||25||1|
|16||Zac Stacy, STL||TEN||72||2||18||1|
|17||Stevan Ridley, NE||PIT||73||2||14||1|
|18||Fred Jackson, BUF||KC||61||4||24||0|
|19||DeAngelo Williams, CAR||ATL||60||2||18||0|
|20||Giovani Bernard, CIN||MIA||42||5||32||0|
Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been a model of consistency since returning from injury in Week 5.
Averaging 24 carries a game over the last four weeks, Lacy has rumbled his way to 446 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season. A crucial component of Green Bay's offense, Lacy should see another healthy workload in Week 9.
Don't look now, but San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is coming on strong.
Rushing for 102 and 110 yards in consecutive weeks, on film Mathews' vision stands out. A player who has always possessed the talent needed to succeed, Mathews should be in for a nice day against the Washington Redskins' 29th-ranked run defense.
|Rank||Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yards||Rec. TDs|
|1||Dez Bryant, DAL||MIN||7||134||2|
|2||Jordy Nelson, GB||CHI||5||122||1|
|3||A.J. Green, CIN||MIN||5||130||1|
|4||Brandon Marshall, CHI||WAS||5||118||1|
|5||Antonio Brown, PIT||NE||6||112||1|
|6||Josh Gordon, CLE||BAL||5||116||1|
|7||Andre Johnson, HOU||IND||5||108||1|
|8||Harry Douglas, ATL||CAR||6||106||1|
|9||Jarrett Boykin, GB||CHI||7||97||1|
|10||Marques Colston, NO||NYJ||7||88||1|
|11||Vincent Jackson, TB||SEA||6||90||1|
|12||Keenan Allen, SD
|13||Steve Smith, CAR||ATL||6||93||1|
|14||Alshon Jeffery, CHI||GB||7||72||1|
|15||Terrance Williams, DAL||MIN||6||71||1|
|16||Darrius Heyward-Bey, IND||HOU||6||70||1|
|17||Denarius Moore, OAK||PHI||5||72||1|
|18||Kendall Wright, TEN||STL||6||87||0|
|19||Danny Amendola, NE||PIT||7||81||0|
|20||Pierre Garcon, WAS||SD||6||85||0|
|21||Emmanuel Sanders, PIT||NE||8||77||0|
|22||T.Y. Hilton, IND||HOU||4||94||0|
|23||Torrey Smith, BAL||CLE||6||73||0|
|24||DeAndre Hopkins, HOU||IND||5||70||0|
|25||Marvin Jones, CIN||MIA||3||38||1|
|26||DeSean Jackson, PHI||OAK||5||67||0|
|27||Kenny Stills, NO||NYJ||5||65||0|
|28||Golden Tate, SEA||TB||4||68||0|
|29||Mike Wallace, MIA||CIN||4||62||0|
|30||Dwayne Bowe, KC||BUF||4||61||0|
Racking up 19 receptions for 270 yards on 25 targets, Douglas has been on a tear for fantasy owners over the last two weeks. If you were fortune enough to snag him off waivers, you are starting him with confidence the rest of the way.
While he isn't putting up huge numbers like Antonio Brown is, Pittsburgh Steelers standout Emmanuel Sanders has become a valuable PPR asset for fantasy owners.
Catching seven passes for 88 yards last week against the Oakland Raiders, Sanders has more receptions this season than Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, Vernon Davis and Dwayne Bowe.
Going up against the New England Patriots in Week 9, Sanders should benefit from the extra attention that will be paid to Brown.
|Rank||Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yards.||Rec TDs|
|1||Rob Gronkowski, NE||PIT||6||114||1|
|2||Jimmy Graham, NO*||NYJ||5||54||2|
|3||Antonio Gates, SD||WAS||6||84||1|
|4||Jordan Reed, WAS||SD||7||76||1|
|5||Jason Witten, DAL||MIN||5||81||1|
|6||Tony Gonzalez, ATL||CAR||5||72||1|
|7||Coby Fleener, IND
|8||Greg Olsen, CAR
|9||Martellus Bennett, CHI||GB||5||68||0|
|10||Jordan Cameron, CLE||BAL||6||62||0|
|11||Heath Miller, PIT||NE||4||58||0|
|12||Kyle Rudolph, MIN||DAL||5||55||0|
|13||Tyler Eifert, CIN||MIA||5||51||0|
|14||Jeff Cumberland, NYJ||NO||4||50||0|
|15||Charles Clay, MIA||CIN||2||20||1|
Playing just 20 snaps against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.
Battling a partially torn plantar fascia, even in a limited role Graham was still dominant. The lesson here? Drew Brees loves this young man, so if he's active, you have to play him.
A tight end who could see a huge boost going forward is Coby Fleener. With wide receiver Reggie Wayne out for the season with a torn ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Fleener's workload should increase.
According to Pro Football Focus, this season the majority of Fleener's targets have come in the middle of the field. That's the same part of the field Wayne had done most of his work. Naturally with Wayne out, Fleener should now absorb a lot of those targets.
|1||Steven Hauschka, SEA||TB||3||3||4|
|2||Stephen Gostkowski, NE||PIT||3||3||4|
|3||Justin Tucker, BAL||CLE||4||2||1|
|4||Blair Walsh, MIN||DAL||3||2||2|
|5||Shaun Suisham, PIT||NE||2||2||3|
|6||Dan Carpenter, BUF||KC||3||2||1|
|7||Mason Crosby, GB||CHI||1||1||5|
|8||Nick Novak, SD||WAS||2||1||4|
|9||Garrett Hartley, NO||NYJ||3||0||4|
|10||Dan Bailey, DAL||MIN||2||0||5|
Did you know, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has scored double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive weeks? The second-highest scoring kicker in fantasy football right now, Gostkowski should be in for another big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9.
According to Philly.com, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly doesn't think quarterback Michael Vick will be ready to go in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders.
With backup QB Nick Foles still recovering from a concussion, the Eagles may have to turn the football over to rookie Matt Barkley. Struggling in relief of Vick, according to NFL on ESPN's Twitter account, Barkley turned the football over on his first four drives as a pro.
In other words, it's time to play the Raiders defense this week.