2011 PPR Fantasy Football Week 9: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIINovember 2, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Hakeem Nicks @ Patriots -

It looks like Hakeem Nicks has a chance to play after a hamstring injury kept him out of the final minutes of the team's close victory over the Dolphins. Keep an eye on Nicks' late-week practice participation. If he’s a go against the Patriots, he should be a WR-1 play for at least PPR leagues as Eli Manning’s favorite target.

As I talked about in our standard scoring Week 9 rankings for receivers, I still view Victor Cruz as a must-start receiver this week as the Patriots will force the Giants to work the football down the field, not allowing the football to get over the top of the defense. This should mean both Nicks and Cruz will be a lock for at least six receptions, 80 yards and possibly a score each.

Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard will be in the mix as well, but Manningham’s game is better suited for the deep routes, and again, the Patriots have been respectable against those plays in recent weeks.

Julio Jones @ Colts -

We shall see how Julio Jones practices later in the week but on Tuesday, he gave us some hope by saying that he felt great when working out in recent days. Jones was having a fine season and was a weekly WR-2 play in PPR leagues until a hamstring injury against the Packers sidelined him. If he’s back, Jones should be a respectable WR-3 play this week, as he may see a limited amount of snaps, and the Falcons may shut the passing game down after the third quarter if they get up to a big lead.

More PPR WK 9 Rankings – QB | RB | Flex | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 Wes Welker Giants
2 Dwayne Bowe Dolphins
3 Greg Jennings @ Chargers
4 Marques Colston Buccaneers
5 Roddy White @ Colts
6 Mike Wallace Ravens
7 A.J. Green @ Titans
8 Hakeem Nicks (I) @ Patriots
9 Anquan Boldin @ Steelers
10 Antonio Brown Ravens
11 Victor Cruz @ Patriots
12 Jeremy Maclin Bears
13 Dez Bryant Seahawks
14 DeSean Jackson Bears
15 Larry Fitzgerald Rams
16 Darrius Heyward-Bey Broncos
17 Miles Austin Seahawks
18 Brandon Marshall @ Chiefs
19 Brandon Lloyd @ Cardinals
20 Mario Manningham @ Patriots
21 Steve Johnson Jets
22 Santonio Holmes @ Bills
23 Nate Washington Bengals
24 Sidney Rice @ Cowboys
25 Lance Moore Buccaneers
26 Mike Williams (TB) @ Saints
27 Vincent Jackson Packers
28 Julio Jones (I) @ Colts
29 Reggie Wayne Falcons
30 Torrey Smith @ Steelers
31 Jordy Nelson @ Chargers
32 Michael Crabtree @ Redskins
33 Greg Little @ Texans
34 Greg Salas @ Cardinals
35 Eric Decker @ Raiders
36 Jabar Gaffney 49ers
37 Ben Obamanu @ Cowboys
38 Arrelious Benn @ Saints
39 Pierre Garcon Falcons
40 James Jones @ Chargers
41 Doug Baldwin Dolphins
42 Davone Bess @ Chiefs
43 David Nelson Jets
44 Steve Breaston Dolphins
45 Deion Branch Giants
46 Hines Ward (I) Ravens