ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings

Another week, another six teams on bye, but thankfully this is the final set of matchups that fantasy owners have to deal with that dread. No Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon or Rob Gronkowski this week makes for some fun trying to fill in those gaping holes across lineups everywhere. So with that being said, on to the Week 9 rankings!


If there was a lesson to be learned in Week 8, it’s that Deshaun Watson is now considered a must start in all formats regardless of opponent. Amazing work done by a rookie who continues to show no signs of slowing down.

Tyrod Taylor and Jared Goff are good streaming options this week and solid targets in DFS. Stay away from Kirk Cousins who very well may put up his second consecutive dud heading to Seattle.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Deshaun Watson HST IND
2 Drew Brees NO TB
3 Dak Prescott DAL KC
4 Russell Wilson SEA WAS
5 Matthew Stafford DET @GB
6 Alex Smith KC @DAL
7 Cam Newton CAR ATL
8 Tyrod Taylor BUF @NYJ
9 Carson Wentz PHI DEN
10 Jameis Winston TB @NO
11 Derek Carr OAK @MIA
12 Matt Ryan ATL @CAR
13 Marcus Mariota TEN BLT
14 Jared Goff LAR @NYG
15 Kirk Cousins WAS @SEA
16 Jacoby Brissett IND @HST
17 Josh McCown NYJ BUF
18 Brett Hundley GB DET
19 Blake Bortles JAX CIN
20 Jay Cutler MIA OAK
21 Drew Stanton ARZ @SF
22 C.J. Beathard SF ARZ
23 Eli Manning NYG LAR
24 Andy Dalton CIN @JAX
25 Joe Flacco BLT @TEN


Running Backs

The Bills are going for it all and McCoy will be a major factor. The trade that has brought Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo should open up plenty of holes for Shady to run though in this second half of the schedule. The Jets offer up a very beneficial matchup for the veteran this week.

Watch for the rookies at #10 and #11. Kamara continues to climb the ladder and should benefit from a bad Tampa defense, same goes for McCaffrey where he takes on an Atlanta team that has struggled greatly to contain pass catching running backs.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 LeSean McCoy BUF @NYJ
2 Todd Gurley II LAR @NYG
3 Kareem Hunt KC @DAL
4 Mark Ingram NO TB
5 Leonard Fournette JAX CIN
6 Lamar Miller HST IND
7 Doug Martin TB @NO
8 Devonta Freeman ATL @CAR
9 Adrian Peterson ARZ @SF
10 Alvin Kamara NO TB
11 Christian McCaffrey CAR ATL
12 Carlos Hyde SF ARZ
13 Aaron Jones GB DET
14 DeMarco Murray TEN BLT
15 Alex Collins BLT @TEN
16 Chris Thompson WAS @SEA
17 Joe Mixon CIN @JAX
18 Ameer Abdullah DET @GB
19 Tevin Coleman ATL @CAR
20 Bilal Powell NYJ BUF
21 Jay Ajayi PHI DEN
22 Alfred Morris DAL KC
23 C.J. Anderson DEN @PHI
24 Orleans Darkwa NYG LAR
25 Marshawn Lynch OAK @MIA
26 Derrick Henry TEN BLT
27 Javorius Allen BLT @TEN
28 Frank Gore IND @HST
29 Kenyan Drake MIA OAK
30 Jonathan Stewart CAR ATL
31 Matt Forte NYJ BUF
32 Marlon Mack IND @HST
33 Darren McFadden DAL KC
34 Ty Montgomery GB DET
35 LeGarrette Blount PHI DEN
36 Theo Riddick DET @GB
37 Rob Kelley WAS @SEA
38 Damien Williams MIA OAK
39 Jalen Richard OAK @MIA
40 Eddie Lacy SEA WAS
41 Thomas Rawls SEA WAS
42 Wayne Gallman NYG LAR
43 DeAndre Washington OAK @MIA
44 Devontae Booker DEN @PHI
45 Matt Breida SF ARZ
46 Jamaal Charles DEN @PHI
47 TJ Yeldon JAX CIN
48 Andre Ellington ARZ @SF
49 Giovani Bernard CIN @JAX
50 Rod Smith DAL KC


Wide Receiver 

Great to see DeAndre Hopkins bounce back after last year’s horrific campaign – he should have a field day against the Colts along with his touchdown-crazed teammate Will Fuller.

Sterling Shepard should be back this week for the Giants and will be the focal point of that offense. Big weeks are ahead for the second-year player.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 DeAndre Hopkins HST IND
2 Mike Evans TB @NO
3 Michael Thomas NO TB
4 Julio Jones ATL @CAR
5 Dez Bryant DAL KC
6 A.J. Green CIN @JAX
7 Michael Crabtree OAK @MIA
8 Will Fuller V HST IND
9 Doug Baldwin SEA WAS
10 Tyreek Hill KC @DAL
11 Demaryius Thomas DEN @PHI
12 Larry Fitzgerald ARZ @SF
13 Marvin Jones Jr. DET @GB
14 Jarvis Landry MIA OAK
15 Golden Tate DET @GB
16 Devin Funchess CAR ATL
17 Jordy Nelson GB DET
18 DeVante Parker MIA OAK
19 Amari Cooper OAK @MIA
20 T.Y. Hilton IND @HST
21 Alshon Jeffery PHI DEN
22 Sterling Shepard NYG LAR
23 Emmanuel Sanders DEN @PHI
24 Robby Anderson NYJ BUF
25 DeSean Jackson TB @NO
26 Paul Richardson SEA WAS
27 Ted Ginn Jr. NO TB
28 Pierre Garcon SF ARZ
29 Davante Adams GB DET
30 Rishard Matthews TEN BLT
31 Kelvin Benjamin BUF @NYJ
32 Nelson Agholor PHI DEN
33 Mohamed Sanu ATL @CAR
34 Tyler Lockett SEA WAS
35 Jeremy Maclin BLT @TEN
36 Sammy Watkins LAR @NYG
37 Marqise Lee JAX CIN
38 Robert Woods LAR @NYG
39 Cooper Kupp LAR @NYG
40 Josh Doctson WAS @SEA
41 Allen Hurns JAX CIN
42 Corey Davis TEN BLT
43 Kenny Stills MIA OAK
44 Jermaine Kearse NYJ BUF
45 Jamison Crowder WAS @SEA
46 Randall Cobb GB DET
47 Russell Shepard CAR ATL
48 John Brown ARZ @SF
49 Jordan Matthews BUF @NYJ
50 Brandon Coleman NO TB


Tight End

So the moral of the story in Week 8 was never doubt Jack Doyle. The big target for the Colts has another solid matchup with the Texans and should take full advantage of the opportunity.

Vernon Davis, while not slotted with the greatest matchup, should continue to produce with Jordan Reed now slated to miss significant time.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Zach Ertz PHI DEN
2 Travis Kelce KC @DAL
3 Evan Engram NYG LAR
4 Jimmy Graham SEA WAS
5 Cameron Brate TB @NO
6 Jack Doyle IND @HST
7 Delanie Walker TEN BLT
8 Vernon Davis WAS @SEA
9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ BUF
10 Jason Witten DAL KC
11 Jared Cook OAK @MIA
12 Ed Dickson CAR ATL
13 Austin Hooper ATL @CAR
14 Tyler Kroft CIN @JAX
15 Ryan Griffin HST IND
16 Benjamin Watson BLT @TEN
17 A.J. Derby DEN @PHI
18 Nick O’Leary BUF @NYJ
19 George Kittle SF ARZ
20 Martellus Bennett GB DET
21 Tyler Higbee LAR @NYG
22 Eric Ebron DET @GB
23 Coby Fleener NO TB
24 O.J. Howard TB @NO
25 Jonnu Smith TEN BLT


Defense/Special Teams

Brock Osweiler is starting for the Broncos this week. That should be enough to tell you that Philadelphia is a great defense to play this weekend. Be on the lookout for the Bills, Bengals and Raiders to put up solid weeks as well against iffy offensive threats.

Rank Name Opp
1 Eagles DST DEN
2 Jaguars DST CIN
3 Seahawks DST WAS
4 Texans DST IND
5 Rams DST @NYG
6 Cardinals DST @SF
7 Lions DST @GB
8 Bills DST @NYJ
9 Bengals DST @JAX
10 Broncos DST @PHI
11 Saints DST TB
12 Titans DST BLT
13 Falcons DST @CAR
14 Ravens DST @TEN
15 Raiders DST @MIA
16 49ers DST ARZ
17 Panthers DST ATL
18 Chiefs DST @DAL
19 Redskins DST @SEA
20 Jets DST BUF
21 Packers DST DET
22 Giants DST LAR
23 Dolphins DST OAK
24 Cowboys DST KC
25 Buccaneers DST @NO
26 Colts DST @HST





Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

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