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Top 75 wide receiver PPR rankings for Week 9 fantasy football

Week 9 brings us another chance to pick the best wide receivers for our fantasy football teams. We are here to help.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

RANKINGS UPDATE

I’ve moved D.J. Chark up in both standard and PPR. His matchup and likely usage is great. Marlon Humphrey on Julian Edelman worries me for his upside but he’s still a WR8 in PPR. John Brown is always tantalizing and has kept a good floor, but a breakout game is coming and the Jets pass defense is ready to help him out. Adam Thielen is a game-time decision, so I moved him down a little. We’re still waiting on Dede Westbrook’s status, but I moved him down and Chris Conley up due to a possible setback in game if he plays. I moved Danny Amendola up and wish I could move him higher. I love him in PPR this week. Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal get boosts with T.Y. Hilton out as well.


We will be without some wide receivers this week due to the byes, as Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Tyler Boyd, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Michael Thomas will get this week to rest their weary bones and brain injuries. But the drumbeat keeps leading us toward the fantasy playoffs, where we reach for eternal glory.

DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t gotten back to his previous upside, but he’s tearing up PPR scoring with 29 receptions on 37 targets over his last three games. He’s also topped 100 yards in his previous two games but has only one touchdown in his last seven. With Michael Thomas and Julio Jones out this week, he still makes for the highest upside play and a PPR lock against the Jalen Ramsey-less Jaguars.

Amari Cooper has dealt with injuries from day one of the season but is coming off the bye week to face the Giants. A healthy-as-can-be Cooper should decimate this Giants pass defense that has allowed wide receivers to average 201.5 yards per game, the worst mark in the league.

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans can both put up good numbers against this Seattle secondary, but I’m always going to take Chris Godwin as the safer play in PPR. The fact that Tampa Bay’s offense funnels target to Evans and Godwin and nobody else, should continue to keep their weekly ceilings high. This matchup also has the highest over/under of the week, making this game an excellent spot for fantasy production.

Tyler Lockett, much like Russell Wilson, needs the game script to go their way to help them produce near their abilities. This matchup is a great spot for them to showcase that ability. Tampa Bay has one of the toughest run defenses in the league while their pass defense isn’t quite so tough. Football Outsiders has their run defense ranked first in DVOA, and their pass defense ranked 26th. If you wanted to attack this team, how would you deploy your weapons? Hopefully, Pete Carroll agrees with my assessment that he should let Wilson throw the ball early and often. But, if Seattle still tried to establish the run, I expect the Bucs to have enough success scoring against Seattle’s pass defense to force Wilson to throw the ball no matter what.

It looks like the Vikings get Adam Thielen back this week, which helps Kirk Cousins but gives us a dilemma when trying to project Thielen and Stefon Digg’s numbers. Diggs has thrived as a PPR player as Thielen has found the end zone more often, but both have similar values. This week I like Diggs more, as he should see Bashaud Breeland in coverage, who is Kansas City’s weakest link in the secondary.

The Lions have one of the best matchups of the week, as they take on the Raiders. The good news is that the Raiders have played good offensively this season, while also playing the opposite of good against the pass. Much like the Buccaneers, that spells fantasy fun for opposing passing games. Golladay had a dud when Marvin Jones went off two weeks ago, but that game was the only game he dipped below eight targets. The Raiders allow the third-most fantasy points per reception and the fifth-most yards per game to wide receivers on the season.

The injured Texans secondary just allowed big games to Hunter Renfrow and Tyrell Williams and make for an excellent matchup for Jaguars receivers. That puts D.J. Chark firmly as a strong start, but after him, we have either Chris Conley or Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had to leave last week’s game against the Jets. If I were a betting man, which I am, I’d put money on Westbrook missing this week with the Jaguars bye coming up in Week 9, which would boost Conley up as a useful play.

Wide Receiver PPR Rankings, Week 9

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
1 DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ JAC
2 Amari Cooper DAL @ NYG
3 Tyler Lockett SEA vs TB
4 Chris Godwin TB @ SEA
5 Kenny Golladay DET @ OAK
6 Mike Evans TB @ SEA
7 D.J. Chark JAC vs HOU
8 Julian Edelman NE @ BAL
9 John Brown BUF vs WAS
10 Stefon Diggs MIN @ KC
11 Tyreek Hill KC vs MIN
12 Allen Robinson CHI @ PHI
13 Davante Adams GB @ LAC
14 Keenan Allen LAC vs GB
15 Adam Thielen MIN @ KC
16 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs IND
17 Tyrell Williams OAK vs DET
18 Marvin Jones DET @ OAK
19 Michael Gallup DAL @ NYG
20 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE @ DEN
21 D.K. Metcalf SEA vs TB
22 Kenny Stills HOU @ JAC
23 Curtis Samuel CAR vs TEN
24 Mike Williams LAC vs GB
25 Courtland Sutton DEN vs CLE
26 Robby Anderson NYJ @ MIA
27 D.J. Moore CAR vs TEN
28 Jarvis Landry CLE @ DEN
29 Alshon Jeffery PHI vs CHI
30 Golden Tate NYG vs DAL
31 Jamison Crowder NYJ @ MIA
32 Diontae Johnson PIT vs IND
33 Christian Kirk ARI vs SF
34 Chris Conley JAC vs HOU
35 Emmanuel Sanders SF @ ARI
36 Sterling Shepard NYG vs DAL
37 Phillip Dorsett NE @ BAL
38 Terry McLaurin WAS @ BUF
39 Danny Amendola DET @ OAK
40 Devante Parker MIA vs NYJ
41 Preston Williams MIA vs NYJ
42 Marquise Brown BAL vs NE
43 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs SF
44 Sammy Watkins KC vs MIN
45 Cole Beasley BUF vs WAS
46 Parris Campbell IND @ PIT
47 Zach Pascal IND @ PIT
48 Demaryius Thomas NYJ @ MIA
49 DeSean Jackson PHI vs CHI
50 Corey Davis TEN @ CAR
51 Anthony Miller CHI @ PHI
52 A.J. Brown TEN @ CAR
53 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB @ LAC
54 Dede Westbrook JAC vs HOU
55 Mohamed Sanu NE @ BAL
56 Deebo Samuel SF @ ARI
57 Darius Slayton NYG vs DAL
58 Chester Rogers IND @ PIT
59 Taylor Gabriel CHI @ PHI
60 David Moore SEA vs TB
61 Hunter Renfrow OAK vs DET
62 Adam Humphries TEN @ CAR
63 Randall Cobb DAL @ NYG
64 Jaron Brown SEA vs TB
65 James Washington PIT vs IND
66 Allen Lazard GB @ LAC
67 Geronimo Allison GB @ LAC
68 Willie Snead BAL vs NE
69 Mecole Hardman KC vs MIN
70 Albert Wilson MIA vs NYJ
71 Duke Williams BUF vs WAS
72 Demarcus Robinson KC vs MIN
73 Paul Richardson WAS @ BUF
74 Zay Jones OAK vs DET
75 Trey Quinn WAS @ BUF