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Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Projections for Every Position

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 27:  Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2013

Week 9 in the NFL signals the midway point of the season, and as such, there are some tricky decisions to make with many of the league's stars on bye weeks. 

The Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers are all off this weekend, meaning there are more than a few fantasy starters who need to be benched in favor of players who will actually be, you know, playing.

With that in mind, here's a look at the top 10 players at every position heading into Week 9. 

 

Quarterbacks

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Quarterbacks
RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Tony RomoDallas CowboysMinnesota Vikings27
2Drew BreesNew Orleans SaintsNew York Jets26
3Philip RiversSan Diego ChargersWashington Redskins25
4Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons23
5Andy DaltonCincinnati BengalsMiami Dolphins22
6Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersChicago Bears20
7Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksTampa Bay Buccaneers19
8Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsSan Diego Chargers19
9Andrew LuckIndianapolis ColtsHouston Texans17
10Jake LockerTennessee TitansSt. Louis Rams16
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After getting slowed down by the underrated defense of the Lions last weekend, you can be sure Tony Romo will be raring to go against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. The Vikings feature the fourth-worst defense against fantasy quarterbacks this season, allowing 19.1 points per game.

Drew Brees is another quarterback due for a monster game. The New York Jets allowed 325 yards and five touchdowns to Andy Dalton last weekend, and I think we can all agree Brees has a leg up on Dalton in the grand scheme of things. 

Speaking of Dalton, he's passed for at least 325 yards and three touchdowns in each of his last three starts, shredding the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Jets in consecutive weeks. He's going to do just fine against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. 

 

Running Backs

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Running Backs
RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Jamaal CharlesKansas City ChiefsBuffalo Bills20
2Adrian PetersonMinnesota VikingsDallas Cowboys18
3Marshawn LynchSeattle SeahawksTampa Bay Buccaneers17
4Matt ForteChicago BearsGreen Bay Packers16
5Eddie LacyGreen Bay PackersChicago Bears16
6Darren McFaddenOakland RaidersPhiladelphia Eagles15
7Stevan RidleyNew England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers15
8Chris JohnsonTennessee TitansSt. Louis Rams15
9LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesOakland Raiders14
10Ray RiceBaltimore RavensCleveland Browns13
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You can't go wrong starting Jamaal Charles, who has notched double-digit fantasy points in all eight of his starts. The Bills have been stout against opposing running backs this season, but Charles is a can't-miss star right now. 

Marshawn Lynch should have a bounce-back game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home after getting completely shut down by the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. He's been a beast at home, and the Bucs don't stand a chance of winning this lopsided affair.

Eddie Lacy is another player who's been on a roll lately. He has a highly favorable matchup against the Chicago Bears defense, which ranks as the sixth-worst in the league against opposing running backs. 

 

Wide Receivers

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Wide Receivers
RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Dez BryantDallas CowboysMinnesota Vikings26
2A.J. GreenCincinnati BengalsMiami Dolphins24
3Jordy NelsonGreen Bay PackersChicago Bears22
4Brandon MarshallChicago BearsGreen Bay Packers20
5Josh GordonCleveland BrownsBaltimore Ravens18
6DeSean JacksonPhiladelphia EaglesOakland Raiders15
7Torrey SmithBaltimore RavensCleveland Browns15
8Dwayne BoweKansas City ChiefsBuffalo Bills14
9Andre JohnsonHouston TexansIndianapolis Colts14
10Denarius MooreOakland RaidersPhiladelphia Eagles14
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While Calvin Johnson takes a week off, Dez Bryant will thrive against the pitiful secondary of the Vikings. He scored two touchdowns last weekend and eclipsed 100 yards receiving the week before, and you know he'll be targeted heavily by Romo after only seeing six balls come his way against Detroit.

Of course, A.J. Green is always a top option as well. With Dalton playing as well as he is, Green should have a field day against the Dolphins, who are susceptible to getting burned through the air. 

A sleeper pick this weekend for a big game is Dwayne Bowe, who has been quiet for the past four games. He plays against Buffalo in Week 9, which has allowed more points to opposing receivers than any team in the league. 

 

Tight Ends

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Tight Ends
RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Jimmy GrahamNew Orleans SaintsNew York Jets20
2Rob GronkowskiNew England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers18
3Antonio GatesSan Diego ChargersWashington Redskins16
4Jordan CameronCleveland BrownsBaltimore Ravens14
5Jordan ReedWashington RedskinsSan Diego Chargers13
6Jason WittenDallas CowboysMinnesota Vikings12
7Tony GonzalezAtlanta FalconsCarolina Panthers11
8Greg OlsenCarolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons11
9Charles ClayMiami DolphinsCincinnati Bengals11
10Martellus BennettChicago BearsGreen Bay Packers10
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With Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski both getting healthy, it's never been easier figuring out which two tight ends should be ranked at the top of these weekly lists.

Antonio Gates has a highly favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins, and he'll be extra fresh after the San Diego Chargers' bye in Week 8. In that same game, rookie Jordan Reed should have another big game going up against San Diego's porous secondary.

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Chicago's Martellus Bennett could have a huge game going against the Green Bay Packers' depleted linebacking corps, but it remains to be seen whether or not backup quarterback Josh McCown will be able to move the ball consistently through the air. 

 

Defense

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Defense
RankTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Kansas City ChiefsBuffalo Bills20
2Seattle SeahawksTampa Bay Buccaneers18
3Tennessee TitansSt. Louis Rams16
4Carolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons16
5Cincinnati BengalsMiami Dolphins15
6New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers14
7Dallas CowboysMinnesota Vikings12
8New Orleans SaintsNew York Jets11
9Indianapolis ColtsHouston Texans10
10Baltimore RavensCleveland Browns10
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After an off week last Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs should be back up to their old tricks on defense against Thad Lewis and the Bills. Lewis has been incredible filling in for EJ Manuel, but he hasn't seen a swarming hoard of pass-rushers like the one Kansas City features up front.

The Seattle Seahawks' defensive secondary could—no joke—haul in five interceptions this Sunday at home against rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. He has a strong arm and loves to force the ball to Vincent Jackson, which is bad news going up against the "Legion of Boom" secondary with the 12th man roaring behind it.

 

Kickers

Week 9 Fantasy Rankings: Kickers
RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Points
1Steven HauschkaSeattle SeahawksTampa Bay Buccaneers15
2Stephen GostkowskiNew England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers14
3Mason CrosbyGreen Bay PackersChicago Bears13
4Nick NovakSan Diego ChargersWashington Redskins13
5Justin TuckerBaltimore RavensCleveland Browns12
6Robbie GouldChicago BearsGreen Bay Packers12
7Garrett HartleyNew Orleans SaintsNew York Jets11
8Adam VinatieriIndianapolis ColtsHouston Texans11
9Dan BaileyDallas CowboysMinnesota Vikings10
10Ryan SuccopKansas City ChiefsBuffalo Bills10
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Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno and Denver's incredible receiving corps will all be sorely missed by fantasy owners this week, but there's another consistent producer from the Broncos who'll be missed as well.

Matt Prater has been a weekly inclusion on this list, but with him out for the weekend, the nod for the top fantasy kicker goes to Steven Hauschka of the Seahawks, who will be a busy fellow when the Buccaneers stop in for a visit in Week 9.

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