Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Projections for Every Position

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Projections for Every Position
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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
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings 27
2 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints New York Jets 26
3 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Washington Redskins 25
4 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons 23
5 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins 22
6 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears 20
7 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19
8 Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins San Diego Chargers 19
9 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 17
10 Jake Locker Tennessee Titans St. Louis Rams 16

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills 20
2 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Dallas Cowboys 18
3 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
4 Matt Forte Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers 16
5 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears 16
6 Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles 15
7 Stevan Ridley New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers 15
8 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans St. Louis Rams 15
9 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Oakland Raiders 14
10 Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns 13

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings 26
2 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins 24
3 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears 22
4 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers 20
5 Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens 18
6 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles Oakland Raiders 15
7 Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns 15
8 Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills 14
9 Andre Johnson Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts 14
10 Denarius Moore Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles 14

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints New York Jets 20
2 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers 18
3 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Washington Redskins 16
4 Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens 14
5 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins San Diego Chargers 13
6 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings 12
7 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers 11
8 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons 11
9 Charles Clay Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals 11
10 Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers 10

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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
Rank Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills 20
2 Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
3 Tennessee Titans St. Louis Rams 16
4 Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons 16
5 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins 15
6 New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers 14
7 Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings 12
8 New Orleans Saints New York Jets 11
9 Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 10
10 Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns 10

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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
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Steven Hauschka Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15
2 Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers 14
3 Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears 13
4 Nick Novak San Diego Chargers Washington Redskins 13
5 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns 12
6 Robbie Gould Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers 12
7 Garrett Hartley New Orleans Saints New York Jets 11
8 Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 11
9 Dan Bailey Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings 10
10 Ryan Succop Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills 10

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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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