Fantasy WR Rankings Week 9: Sleepers, must-starts, potential busts

With Week 8 of the fantasy football season coming to a close after the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup last night, Pro Football Network sets their sights on Week 9. Start ’em, sit ’em decisions will be tough for more than a few fantasy football owners this week, with some key WRs in difficult matchups and others on their bye. Week 9 is a critical one in fantasy, with borderline playoff teams needing to make that last-ditch effort before the trade deadline. With that urgency in mind, we put together our Week 9 fantasy football WR rankings with some of the guys you should be targeting in your leagues. Keep in mind when looking for the right fantasy football wide receiver, matchups and volume are the two predominant factors when deciding who to start and sit!

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What to keep in mind heading into Week 9 and searching for the best fantasy football wide receiver

Make sure to check out PFN’s fantasy bye week schedule to keep up to date on who you will need to replace in your lineups. For Week 9, the four teams that are on a bye are the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals. At first glance, that doesn’t seem to be too bad. However, there are some key depth players that have been performing well in fantasy this season that will be out this week.

While they may have been considered sleepers before their breakout performances, we will still be without guys like Travis Fulgham, Jarvis Landry, Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green, and Robert Woods due to byes. Odell Beckham Jr. is already out for the rest of the year due to injury.

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There are also some other big names that we are monitoring to see if they will be out due to injury. Here are some of the guys that will likely be out: Calvin Ridley (foot), Breshad Perriman (concussion), Deebo Samuel (hamstring), N’Keal Harry (concussion), Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Bryan Edwards (ankle), and Adam Humphries (head).

However, there is some relief on the way if you have a good waiver wire position or enough FAAB left at this point in the year. For starters, we will see the return of one of the more polarizing players in Antonio Brown. We don’t know how effective he will be as a fantasy football wide receiver in his first game, but the reward might be worth the risk. There are also chances that we see the return of WRs Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Jamison Crowder, and Emmanuel Sanders from injury.

These rankings should help cover all the sleepers you should be targeting to help win your week, as well as the must-starts, and potential busts you should avoid.

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Note: Please keep in mind that these are full point PPR WR rankings. PPR means that WRs get an additional full point for each reception. This can play a big factor when deciding on which guys to get into your lineups and makes volume all that much more important.

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Fantasy WR Rankings Week 9: Sleepers, must-starts, potential busts

1) Davante Adams at San Francisco 49ers

2) Julio Jones vs. Denver Broncos

3) DeAndre Hopkins vs. Miami Dolphins

4) Tyler Lockett at Buffalo Bills

5) Tyreek Hill vs. Carolina Panthers

6) Stefon Diggs vs. Seattle Seahawks

7) DK Metcalf at Buffalo Bills

8) Michael Thomas at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9) A.J. Brown vs. Chicago Bears

10) Chris Godwin vs. New Orleans Saints

11) Adam Thielen vs. Detroit Lions

12) Will Fuller at Jacksonville Jaguars

13) Allen Robinson at Tennessee Titans

14) Robby Anderson at Kansas City Chiefs

15) Jamison Crowder vs. New England Patriots

16) Justin Jefferson vs. Detroit Lions

17) Chase Claypool at Dallas Cowboys

18) Terry McLaurin vs. New York Giants

19) Diontae Johnson at Dallas Cowboys

20) Mike Evans vs. New Orleans Saints

21) Sterling Shepard at Washington Football Team

22) Darius Slayton at Washington Football Team

23) Amari Cooper vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

24) JuJu Smith-Schuster at Dallas Cowboys

25) DeVante Parker at Arizona Cardinals

26) D.J. Moore at Kansas City Chiefs

27) Marquise Brown at Indianapolis Colts

28) Brandon Aiyuk vs. Green Bay Packers

29) Brandin Cooks at Jacksonville Jaguars

30) Cole Beasley vs. Seattle Seahawks

31) Kendrick Bourne vs. Green Bay Packers

32) Antonio Brown vs. New Orleans Saints

33) Tim Patrick at Atlanta Falcons

34) Marvin Jones at Minnesota Vikings

35) Russell Gage vs. Denver Broncos

36) Corey Davis vs. Chicago Bears

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 9 | The best of the rest

Denzel Mims vs. New England Patriots

Mecole Hardman vs. Carolina Panthers

John Brown vs. Seattle Seahawks

Mike Williams vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Jerry Jeudy at Atlanta Falcons

Preston Williams at Arizona Cardinals

Jakobi Meyers at New York Jets

Demarcus Robinson vs. Carolina Panthers

Zach Pascal vs. Baltimore Ravens

CeeDee Lamb vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Henry Ruggs at Los Angeles Charger

Michael Gallup vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Nelson Agholor at Los Angeles Chargers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling at San Francisco 49ers

Christian Kirk vs. Miami Dolphins

DJ Chark vs. Houston Texans

Laviska Shenault Jr. vs. Houston Texans

Hunter Renfrow at Los Angeles Chargers

Tre’Quan Smith at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Damiere Byrd at New York Jets

Keelan Cole Sr. vs. Houston Texans

Randall Cobb at Jacksonville Jaguars

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Miami Dolphins

Anthony Miller at Tennessee Titans

David Moore at Buffalo Bills

Golden Tate at Washington Football Team

Scotty Miller vs. New Orleans Saints

Michael Pittman vs Baltimore Ravens

James Washington at Dallas Cowboys

Willie Snead at Indianapolis Colts

Andy Isabella vs. Miami Dolphins

Emmanuel Sanders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Isaiah Ford at Arizona Cardinals

Braxton Berrios vs. New England Patriots

Ryan Gosling is the Chief Written Content Officer for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter @ryangoslingPFN.

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