Fantasy Football Week 9: Top Plays at Every Position

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 1, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 9: Top Plays at Every Position

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    Dez Bryant is (mis-)behaving like a diva, but you should expect some huge numbers against the Vikings this week.
    Dez Bryant is (mis-)behaving like a diva, but you should expect some huge numbers against the Vikings this week.Elsa/Getty Images

    Football's survival of the fittest continues into Week 9. The NFL has another six-team bye week upon us, while myriad injuries dog our fantasy lineup decisions.

    We make sense of the chaos with our top plays by position slideshow every Friday of the season. Thankfully, the bye weeks are nearing an end, and some of football's early-season injured stars are getting healthier.

    We have the top news items, favorable and unfavorable matchups and all the rankings right here.

Quarterbacks: Sit Tom Brady for Alex Smith or Terrelle Pryor? Yes, You Should

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    Bye weeks take away some of the easy decisions at quarterback, including Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick. They also take away the preseason fool's gold that has proved to be Carson Palmer and Eli Manning. Oh, and the Jags are off too.

    We sort through the remainder of the quarterbacks here.


    Mini quarterback controversy

    The Vikings still haven't picked a starting quarterback for this week's game against the Cowboys—at least publicly. Christian Ponder was taking the first-team reps in practice Thursday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Mark Craig and Chip Scoggins.

    ESPN's Ed Werder previously speculated the Vikings would start the now-cleared Josh Freeman (concussion) to evaluate him for the future. The only reason anyone cares in fantasy is because of two-quarterback formats and the fact the Cowboys have been the worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks to date.


    Brady likely needs to sit

    Tom Brady was supposed to take off when Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski both came back from injury. The Pats receivers were all healthy last week, but Brady struggled to one of his worst performances in years.

    The Boston Globe's Ben Volin suggested the struggles are related to the reported issues with his swollen hand, which remains unreported on the official NFL Injury Report. What is worse than the struggles or the injury is the matchup: The Steelers are No. 1 in fantasy against quarterbacks. You should sit Brady if you have a productive backup with a better matchup, like Alex Smith at Buffalo or Terrelle Pryor vs. Philly.


    Like him more

    Speaking of Smith, the Bills are the second-worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks. Also, the offense could be a tad more on Smith's shoulder, as the Bills are expected to get C.J. Spiller (ankle) back. The Bills have played better at home and could make a game of this against the Chiefs early, forcing Smith into some passing numbers he usually doesn't get.

    Smith is among the quarterbacks we like more than the expert consensus below:

    1. Andy Dalton (already played Thursday night)
    2. Alex Smith
    3. Joe Flacco
    4. Geno Smith
    5. Thad Lewis


    Like him less

    We might not get a resolution on the Ponder vs. Freeman decision up until Sunday morning. It is the reason we cannot advise you trusting either this week, despite the favorable matchup described above. Both are among the quarterbacks we like less than the masses below:

    1. Russell Wilson
    2. Terrelle Pryor
    3. Jake Locker
    4. Ryan Tannehill
    5. Josh Freeman/Christian Ponder


    Week 9 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Drew BreesNOat NYJ10
    2Aaron RodgersGBvs. Chi20
    3Cam NewtonCarvs. Atl30
    4Tony RomoDalvs. Min40
    5Philip RiversSDat Was50
    6Andrew LuckIndat Hou8+2
    7Russell WilsonSeavs. TB70
    8Andy DaltonCinat Mia10+2
    9Robert GriffinWasvs. SD6-3
    10Alex SmithKCat Buf13+3
    11Terrelle PryorOakvs. Phi9-2
    12Matt RyanAtlat Car11-1
    13Tom BradyNEvs. Pit14+1
    14Jake LockerTenat StL12-2
    15Nick FolesPhiat Oak150
    16Josh McCownChiat GB160
    17Joe FlaccoBalat Cle19+2
    18Ben RoethlisbergerPitat NE17-1
    19Geno SmithNYJvs. NO21+2
    20Ryan TannehillMiavs. Cin18-2
    21Jason CampbellClevs. Bal20-1
    22Case KeenumHouvs. Ind220
    23Thaddeus LewisBufvs. KC26+3
    24Kellen ClemensStLvs. Ten28+4
    25Mike GlennonTBat Sea24-1
    26Josh FreemanMinat Dal23-3
    27Christian PonderMinat Dal25-2
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Running Backs: We Should Expect Returns from C.J. Spiller and DeMarco Murray

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    You are going to have to do without Knowshon Moreno, Frank Gore, Reggie Bush, Maurice Jones-Drew and the backs for the Giants and Cardinals, so you will likely need healthy returns from the likes of C.J. Spiller (ankle). The Bills' official Twitter account quoted head coach Doug Marrone being optimistic:

    "I feel good about @CJSpiller playing."

    You cannot feel good about his high ankle sprain or the matchup against the Chiefs, though.


    Murray's Week 8 rest did his body good

    The Cowboys held DeMarco Murray (sprained MCL) out last week, and it apparently was the right move. Murray has been a full participant in practice, and a matchup against the second-worst team in fantasy against running backs looms this Sunday. The Vikings are tied for the most touchdowns surrendered to backs in fantasy (10). Get Murray active in all leagues for that one.


    San Diego super-Charged

    The Chargers defense doesn't get much credit, but it solid against the run and No. 1 in fantasy against running backs. The matchup isn't enough to consider sitting bell-cow back Alfred Morris, but you shouldn't consider Roy Helu here, especially after his disappointing performance against the Broncos last week. The Chargers are the only team in fantasy that has yet to give up a touchdown to a running back.


    Like him more

    We have a bit too much confidence in second-half rebounds of fantasy first-round picks Trent Richardson and Spiller apparently. You have to ride them with the heavy bye week and multitude of injuries at the midseason point, though. 

    They are two of the running backs we like far more than the masses:

    1. Trent Richardson
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. Jacquizz Rodgers
    4. Chris Ogbonnaya
    5. James Starks


    Like him less

    The likely return of Spiller figures to cut back into Fred Jackson's production for the Bills. The Chiefs are also a top-10 team against the run and are No. 2 in fantasy against running backs. You start Spiller because of his breakaway threat, but you should be wary of Jackson. He is among the backs we like less than the consensus this week:

    1. Alfred Morris
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Danny Woodhead
    4. Bilal Powell
    5. Mike Tolbert


    Week 9 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinat Dal2+1
    2Jamaal CharlesKCat Buf1-1
    3LeSean McCoyPhiat Oak30
    4Matt ForteChiat GB6+2
    5Eddie LacyGBvs. Chi4-1
    6Arian FosterHouvs. Ind10+4
    7Marshawn LynchSeavs. TB5-2
    8Ray RiceBalat Cle80
    9Chris JohnsonTenat StL13+4
    10DeMarco MurrayDalvs. Min9-1
    11Stevan RidleyNEvs. Pit14+3
    12Trent RichardsonIndat Hou19+7
    13Alfred MorrisWasvs. SD7-6
    14Darren McFaddenOakvs. Phi11-3
    15Le'Veon BellPitat NE12-3
    16C.J. SpillerBufvs. KC36+20
    17Ryan MathewsSDat Was170
    18Giovani BernardCinat Mia20+2
    19Steven JacksonAtlat Car21+2
    20Zac StacyStLvs. Ten16-4
    21Fred JacksonBufvs. KC15-6
    22DeAngelo WilliamsCarvs. Atl220
    23Lamar MillerMiavs. Cin24+1
    24Chris IvoryNYJvs. NO29+5
    25Darren SprolesNOat NYJ23-2
    26BenJarvus Green-EllisCinat Mia27+1
    27Danny WoodheadSDat Was18-9
    28Pierre ThomasNOat NYJ25-3
    29Jacquizz RodgersAtlat Car37+8
    30Mike JamesTBat Sea26-4
    31Chris OgbonnayaClevs. Bal43+12
    32Brandon BoldenNEvs. Pit30-2
    33Donald BrownIndat Hou31-2
    34James StarksGBvs. Chi41+7
    35Roy HeluWasvs. SD32-3
    36Bilal PowellNYJvs. NO28-8
    37Daryl RichardsonStLvs. Ten40+3
    38Willis McGaheeClevs. Bal34-4
    39Bryce BrownPhiat Oak49+10
    40Daniel ThomasMiavs. Cin38-2
    41Bernard PierceBalat Cle42+1
    42Mike TolbertCarvs. Atl33-9
    43Knile DavisKCat Buf56+13
    44LeGarrette BlountNEvs. Pit46+2
    45Michael BushChiat GB65+20
    46Joseph RandleDalvs. Min45-1
    47Jason SnellingAtlat Car57+10
    48Brian LeonardTBat Sea44-4
    49Shonn GreeneTenat StL39-10
    50Tashard ChoiceBufvs. KC48-2
    51Johnathan FranklinGBvs. Chi70+19
    52Robert TurbinSeavs. TB55+3
    53Khiry RobinsonNOat NYJ54+1
    54Fozzy WhittakerClevs. Bal51-3
    55Jackie BattleTenat StL69+14
    56Lance DunbarDalvs. Min50-6
    57Rashad JenningsOakvs. Phi64+7
    58Ronnie BrownSDat Was61+3
    59Toby GerhartMinat Dal60+1
    60Felix JonesPitat NE63+3
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Wide Receivers: There's a Star Born Every Week Here

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    Wide receiver is one position heavy bye weeks don't tend to leave us scratching our heads. We seem to find new options here every week. Marvin Jones, Kenny Stills and Lance Moore were hot waiver-wire commodities, and we can ride the hot hands off the scrap heap.


    A new Chief target

    We have to be wary of Dwayne Bowe in all leagues by now, but the Bills matchup promises to be a favorable one. Buffalo has given up the most points to wide receivers in fantasy to date. If you cannot trust Bowe or Donnie Avery, how about Dexter McCluster?

    He was a frequent target last week and can be used in the short passing game, particularly with Jamaal Charles (knee) limited in practice this week and feeling the effects of his heavy workload. McCluster is a solid play, particularly in PPR formats.


    Replacing Wayne gets tougher

    We should like the prospects of T.Y. Hilton especially and Darrius Heyward-Bey and LaVon Brazill to lesser extents with the loss of Reggie Wayne (knee) for the season. The problem this week, in addition to a hamstring issue that slowed DHB in practice Thursday, is the Texans have the NFL's top-ranked pass defense and are the No. 1 team in fantasy against wide receivers.


    Like him more

    It is surprising to see the Jets defense among the bottom-10 teams in fantasy against wide receivers, but you cannot love any of your Saints receiving options. They notoriously spread the ball around. Marques Colston (knee) has been a bum the past month, totaling five catches for 44 yards. That would be a bad game, much less month, for a starting fantasy wideout.

    The throws have gone more to Stills and Moore, both of whom are among the receivers we like more than the consensus this week. Here are six we like more than a handful of spots:

    1. Marvin Jones (already played Thursday night)
    2. Kenny Stills
    3. Dexter McCluster
    4. Donnie Avery
    5. DeAndre Hopkins
    6. Doug Baldwin


    Like him less

    Mike Glennon has proved to be capable of getting the ball to Vincent Jackson since taking over as the Bucs' starting quarterback, but he faces the matchup from hell this week: at Seattle against the No. 3-ranked pass defense and No. 4 team against wideouts in fantasy. Jackson is among the receivers we like less than the masses below:

    1. Vincent Jackson
    2. Keenan Allen
    3. Darrius Heyward-Bey
    4. Emmanuel Sanders
    5. Brian Hartline (already played Thursday night)
    6. Jeremy Kerley


    Week 9 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Dez BryantDalvs. Min10
    2A.J. GreenCinat Mia3+1
    3Brandon MarshallChiat GB4+1
    4Jordy NelsonGBvs. Chi2-2
    5DeSean JacksonPhiat Oak50
    6Andre JohnsonHouvs. Ind11+5
    7Josh GordonClevs. Bal70
    8Pierre GarconWasvs. SD6-2
    9Antonio BrownPitat NE8-1
    10T.Y. HiltonIndat Hou15+5
    11Steve SmithCarvs. Atl12+1
    12Torrey SmithBalat Cle17+5
    13Terrance WilliamsDalvs. Min14+1
    14Denarius MooreOakvs. Phi16+2
    15Mike WallaceMiavs. Cin20+5
    16Jarrett BoykinGBvs. Chi18+2
    17Harry DouglasAtlat Car13-4
    18Marvin JonesCinat Mia27+9
    19Vincent JacksonTBat Sea10-9
    20Alshon JefferyChiat GB19-1
    21Keenan AllenSDat Was9-12
    22Danny AmendolaNEvs. Pit24+2
    23Golden TateSeavs. TB25+2
    24Marques ColstonNOat NYJ21-3
    25Kenny StillsNOat NYJ38+13
    26Dexter McClusterKCat Buf50+24
    27Kendall WrightTenat StL22-5
    28Steve JohnsonBufvs. KC23-5
    29Greg JenningsMinat Dal34+5
    30Donnie AveryKCat Buf53+23
    31Lance MooreNOat NYJ36+5
    32DeAndre HopkinsHouvs. Ind40+8
    33Nate WashingtonTenat StL28-5
    34Brandon LaFellCarvs. Atl35+1
    35Dwayne BoweKCat Buf31-4
    36Darrius Heyward-BeyIndat Hou29-7
    37Doug BaldwinSeavs. TB54+17
    38Emmanuel SandersPitat NE32-6
    39Kenbrell ThompkinsNEvs. Pit60+21
    40Brian HartlineMiavs. Cin26-14
    41Eddie RoyalSDat Was45+4
    42Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. NO33-9
    43Vincent BrownSDat Was37-6
    44Stephen HillNYJvs. NO440
    45Drew DavisAtlat Car49+4
    46Jason AvantPhiat Oak58+12
    47Riley CooperPhiat Oak52+5
    48Mohamed SanuCinat Mia72+24
    49Roddy WhiteAtlat Car55+6
    50James JonesGBvs. Chi30-20
    51Jermaine KearseSeavs. TB66+15
    52Aaron DobsonNEvs. Pit43-9
    53Julian EdelmanNEvs. Pit51-2
    54Tiquan UnderwoodTBat Sea71+17
    55Jacoby JonesBalat Cle61+6
    56Jerome SimpsonMinat Dal48-8
    57Davone BessClevs. Bal74+17
    58Robert WoodsBufvs. KC57-1
    59Rod StreaterOakvs. Phi41-18
    60Chris GivensStLvs. Ten56-4
    61Leonard HankersonWasvs. SD59-2
    62Austin PettisStLvs. Ten64+2
    63Marlon BrownBalat Cle47-16
    64Lavon BrazillIndat Hou69+5
    65David NelsonNYJvs. NO46-19
    66Santana MossWasvs. SD75+9
    67Jerricho CotcheryPitat NE70+3
    68Cole BeasleyDalvs. Min63-5
    69Tavon AustinStLvs. Ten67-2
    70Earl BennettChiat GB89+19
    71Ted GinnCarvs. Atl39-32
    72Kenny BrittTenat StL88+16
    73Damian WilliamsTenat StL95+22
    74Greg LittleClevs. Bal76+2
    75Cordarrelle PattersonMinat Dal68-7
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Filling out Lineups as We Wait for Rob Gronkowski to Ignite

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    Rob Gronkowski has gotten off to a slow start, but you have to keep running him out there in all fantasy leagues.
    Rob Gronkowski has gotten off to a slow start, but you have to keep running him out there in all fantasy leagues.Jim Rogash/Getty Images

    Remember our preseason warnings on this position:

    1. Jimmy Graham (foot) and Rob Gronkowski (arm/back) will frustrate you with injuries.
    2. There are going to be fantasy starters who come out of the woodwork.

    One of the stars from No. 2, Julius Thomas, hits the bye with his own ankle issue, but thankfully there are a plethora of options available to pick through.


    Bear in mind Bennett's matchup

    Josh McCown isn't going to be as productive as Jay Cutler (groin), but the Packers have been the third-worst team in fantasy against tight ends thus far this season. The only teams worse are Arizona (on bye) and Miami (already played Thursday night). This makes Bennett one of the top-eight options in fantasy this week, despite having to catch passes from a backup quarterback.


    A Chief concern

    Scott Chandler has come back from reconstructive knee surgery in less than a year to some solid results. He caught a touchdown pass in Week 6 and is coming off a season-best seven catches for 72 yards in Week 8. He is not a great play against the Chiefs, though. They have been the best team in fantasy against tight ends this season.


    Like him more

    We have to admit we have a fantasy bromance with Coby Fleener right now. The Colts are facing a tough Texans secondary, one that has allowed a league-low 19 receptions to tight ends, but Fleener figures to be a significant part of Andrew Luck's arsenal in the second half. Expect Fleener to perform like a top-12 option here on out.

    He is among the tight ends we like better than the masses this week:

    1. Coby Fleener
    2. Jermaine Gresham (already played Thursday night)
    3. Andrew Quarless
    4. Anthony Fasano
    5. Ben Watson
    6. Lance Kendricks


    Like him less

    The Bucs lost Mike Williams (hamstring) for the season and have been using rookie tight end Tim Wright often since rookie Mike Glennon has taken over as the quarterback, but it is a bad time to trust the converted receiver in fantasy. The Seahawks have a secondary you cannot mess with.

    Wright is among the tight ends we like less than the consensus:

    1. Charles Clay (already played Thursday night)
    2. Tim Wright
    3. Delanie Walker
    4. Zach Miller
    5. Dallas Clark


    Week 9 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jimmy GrahamNOat NYJ 2+1
    2Rob Gronkowski NEvs. Pit1-1
    3Antonio GatesSDat Was30
    4Jason WittenDalvs. Min5+1
    5Jordan ReedWasvs. SD4-1
    6Jordan CameronClevs. Bal 60
    7Tony GonzalezAtlat Car70
    8 Martellus BennettChiat GB9+1
    9 Coby Fleener Indat Hou 13+4
    10Greg OlsenCarvs. Atl 8-2
    11Kyle RudolphMinat Dal110
    12Heath MillerPitat NE120
    13Jermaine GreshamCinat Mia19+6
    14Charles ClayMiavs. Cin 10-4
    15Tyler Eifert Cinat Mia17+2
    16Jared CookStLvs. Ten18+2
    17Garrett GrahamHouvs. Ind14-3
    18Andrew Quarless GBvs. Chi27+9
    19Scott ChandlerBufvs. KC20+1
    20Tim WrightTBat Sea15-5
    21Anthony FasanoKCat Buf 26+5
    22 Delanie WalkerTenat StL 16-6
    23Ben WatsonNOat NYJ 29+6
    24Brent Celek Phiat Oak240
    25Lance KendricksStLvs. Ten30+5
    26Zach MillerSeavs. TB22-4
    27Dallas ClarkBalat Cle 21-6
    28Sean McGrath KCat Buf 37+9
    29Zach Ertz Phiat Oak32+3
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Defense/Special Teams: Chargers and Cowboys Rate Among Streaming Options

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    The 49ers are the only real fantasy defensive unit we will truly miss on bye this week, but it doesn't mean there are a lot of great options in fantasy available to us. We are even left to trust the once-sketchy defenses of the Pats, Panthers, Saints, Colts and Cowboys now.


    Case made for the Colts

    Matt Schaub (ankle) is healthy enough to play, but the Texans are going to go with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback anyway this week. It was Schaub's pick-six streak that has made the Texans the worst team in fantasy against opposing defense/special teams, but the Colts have been surprising enough to keep active, regardless of the starting quarterback for the Texans.


    Cowboys toughest matchup for defenses now?

    It might surprise you, but the Cowboys have been the toughest team in fantasy against defenses. They have a productive passing game, and Tony Romo is making fewer mistakes. They are also one of a handful of teams that hasn't given up a defense/special teams touchdown. No one should be trusting the Vikings' suspect unit right now anyway, but the Cowboys matchup makes them a no-brainer sit…err…cut.


    Like them more

    Robert Griffin III just hasn't been able to rekindle the magic of his rookie year, perhaps because fellow sophomore Alfred Morris just hasn't been able to do the same damage in the running game. The Redskins have been one of the bottom-10 teams in fantasy against defenses, and that makes the disappointing Chargers unit a sleeper play this week.

    The Chargers are a lot better of a fantasy option than they have shown, and they are among the units we like more than the masses this week:

    1. New England Patriots
    2. San Diego Chargers
    3. St. Louis Rams
    4. Chicago Bears
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


    Like them less

    Like we said above, it is a bit surprising to be trusting the Saints defense in fantasy, but Rob Ryan has turned things around. He faces a brotherly match this weekend in New York against Rex Ryan's Jets. The familiarity with the defenses is a reason we suggest the Saints will be a bit less productive than the consensus believes. Among the ones we like less:

    1. New Orleans Saints
    2. Tennessee Titans
    3. Cleveland Browns
    4. Miami Dolphins (already played Thursday night)
    5. Houston Texans


    Week 9 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Seattle SeahawksSeavs. TB2+1
    2Kansas City ChiefsKCat Buf 1-1
    3New England PatriotsNEvs. Pit5+2
    4Cincinnati BengalsCinat Mia3-1
    5Carolina PanthersCarvs. Atl 6+1
    6Baltimore RavensBalat Cle 7+1
    7New Orleans SaintsNOat NYJ 4-3
    8Indianapolis ColtsIndat Hou 80
    9Dallas CowboysDalvs. Min90
    10San Diego ChargersSDat Was23+13
    11Green Bay PackersGBvs. Chi110
    12St. Louis RamsStLvs. Ten14+2
    13Chicago BearsChiat GB24+11
    14Tennessee TitansTenat StL 10-4
    15Philadelphia EaglesPhiat Oak150
    16Cleveland BrownsClevs. Bal 12-4
    17Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat Sea20+3
    18New York JetsNYJvs. NO19+1
    19Miami DolphinsMiavs. Cin 17-2
    20Houston TexansHouvs. Ind16-4
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Kickers: Mason Crosby Continues to Be Bright Spot for Fantasy Owners

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    Packers kicker Mason Crosby has been one of fantasy's rebound players of the year thus far.
    Packers kicker Mason Crosby has been one of fantasy's rebound players of the year thus far.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    This is the last of the heavy bye weeks, so we are nearing the end of needing to worry about who we are starting at the kicker position. Matt Prater, Phil Dawson and David Akers have to be replaced in lineups, though, while Jay Feely, Josh Brown and Josh Scobee shouldn't be owned in any leagues.


    Crosby still can mash

    If you are a regular reader of this weekly column, you know we have loved the Packers' Mason Crosby ever since he was through his bye week. Well, he also gets the benefit of the Bears matchup on Monday night. The Bears are the fourth-worst team in fantasy against kickers. Crosby should be owned and active in all leagues the rest of the season.


    Saints toughest against kickers

    You likely don't need a reason to dislike Jets kicker Nick Folk in fantasy, but the Saints give you multiple ones. The Saints have allowed the fewest field-goal attempts, the fewest makes and the fewest points to kickers to date in standard leagues. Start the Jets kicker? Folk that.


    Like them more

    We could not understand seeing Ryan Succop available in almost 50 percent of CBS Sports leagues coming into the week, but the market has corrected there. Fantasy analysts need to catch up now too. Succop is among the kickers we like more than the consensus:

    1. Ryan Succop
    2. Alex Henery
    3. Justin Tucker
    4. Matt Bryant
    5. Caleb Sturgis (already played Thursday night)
    6. Mike Nugent (already played Thursday night)
    7. Greg Zuerlein


    Like them less

    Adam Vinatieri has come off his bye, but the Texans figure to play a lot tougher defense than they did in the first half of the season. Defense is all the Texans have going for them right now. It is the reason we like Vinatieri less than the masses this week:

    1. Adam Vinatieri
    2. Nick Novak
    3. Ryan Succop
    4. Graham Gano
    5. Nick Folk


    Week 9 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. Pit10
    2Ryan SuccopKCat Buf9+7
    3Dan BaileyDalvs. Min2-1
    4Garrett HartleyNOat NYJ3-1
    5Mason CrosbyGBvs. Chi4-1
    6Alex HeneryPhiat Oak10+4
    7Steven HauschkaSeavs. TB70
    8Justin TuckerBalat Cle12+4
    9Matt BryantAtlat Car11+2
    10Caleb SturgisMiavs. Cin22+12
    11Adam VinatieriIndat Hou6-5
    12Nick NovakSDat Was5-7
    13Mike NugentCinat Mia17+4
    14Greg ZuerleinStLvs. Ten19+5
    15Blair WalshMinat Dal150
    16Robbie GouldChiat GB18+2
    17Kai ForbathWasvs. SD8-9
    18Graham GanoCarvs. Atl13-5
    19Sebastian JanikowskiOakvs. Phi16-3
    20Nick FolkNYJvs. NO21+1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros