Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 9: Wide receivers in standard and PPR leagues

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Who are the must start wide receivers for Week 9?

No position in fantasy football is more frustrating than wide receiver. Consider the second-year stud Julio Jones. In a non-PPR his weekly scores have been great in Weeks 1, 3, 5, 8 with 25 points, 13 points, 16 points and 19 points, respectfully. The problem is, in the other weeks, he's averaged only 3 points/game.

Who can you trust? Let's try to not "chase stats" and instead consider the match-up information, along with target data, below. Both are becoming more and more important as we evaluate which wide receivers are the favorites for their respective quarterbacks. And of course, a general notes section will highlight some important points for the week. Let's start right there:

NOTES:

  • As per above, Julio Jones is officially talented and frustrating.
  • Percy Harvin continues to shine, and is turning out to be a real draft day steal.
  • Denarius Moore is finally healthy and in-sync with Carson Palmer. He has a touchdown in four of his last five games. He's a must start in Week 9.
  • Miles Austin is clearly the No. 1 in Dallas. He has had either a touchdown or 100 yards receiving in six of his seven games this year. He is one of the few consistent WR's.
  • These guys had a disappointing Week 8 and we have to wonder what the future brings: Devin Hester (5 yards), Victor Cruz (23 yards), Jeremy Maclin (33 yards), Roddy White and Antonio Brown (38 yards) and Mr. Everything 2011, Calvin Johnson (46 yards)
  • Keep an eye on these wide receivers that are battling through injury: Dez Bryant, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, Nate Washington, Titus Young, Kenny Britt and Percy Harvin.
  • Besides those guys, be sure to bench the WR's on these four bye week teams: New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.

TARGETS:

Just as I mentioned, fantasy wide receiver scoring can be fluky. But, one thing that you can't argue with is targets. See the chart below showing the Year-To-Date and Week 8 target leaders:

Year-To-Date

Week 8

Reggie Wayne (92)

Steve Smith (CAR) (16)

Victor Cruz (89)

Miles Austin (16)

Wes Welker (83)

Brandon Marshall (14)

Larry Fitzgerald (82)

Cecil Shorts (12)

Brandon Marshall (80)

Percy Harvin (12)

Percy Harvin (79)

Jeremy Kerley (11)

Calvin Johnson (74)

Andre Roberts (11)

A J Green (73)

Mike Williams (TB) (11)

Dwayne Bowe (72)

Dez Bryant (11)

Marques Colston (70)

Clyde Gates (11) - WHO??

Brandon Lloyd (69)

Larry Fitzgerald (11)

Vincent Jackson (66)

Reggie Wayne (11)

FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED (FPA):

FPA is a great judge of the strength of a future match-up. The number next to the teams' name represents how many fantasy points that team is giving up to the entire receiving corps on an average weekly basis. Obviously, you want your guy to play against a team that is allowing a lot of points to WRs:

Best Defense Against Opposing WR's

Worst Defense Against Opposing WR's

NY Jets (15.41 pts allowed)

NO Saints (33.01 pts allowed)

SF 49ers (16.00 pts allowed)

WAS Redskins (30.73 pts allowed)

DAL Cowboys (17.70 pts allowed)

TB Bucs (29.16 pts allowed)

MIN Vikings (18.20 pts allowed)

BUF Bills (27.57 pts allowed)

CAR Panthers (18.34 pts allowed)

CLE Browns (27.38 pts allowed)

ATL Falcons(18.57 pts allowed)

IND Colts (27.21 pts allowed)

DEN Broncos (18.56 pts allowed)

NE Patriots (27.15 pts allowed)

CIN Bengals (19.06 pts allowed)

NY Giants (26.81 pts allowed)

WEEK 9 RANKINGS:

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

1

1

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

2

2

Steve Smith (CAR)

3

6

Vincent Jackson (TB)

4

7

Roddy White (ATL)

5

3

A J Green (CIN)

6

4

Reggie Wayne (IND)

7

5

Andre Johnson (HOU)

8

8

Calvin Johnson (DET)

9

9

Victor Cruz (NYG)

10

10

Eric Decker (DEN)

11

11

Percy Harvin (MIN)

12

12

Denarius Moore (OAK)

13

13

Randall Cobb (GB)

14

15

Marques Colston (NO)

15

14

Julio Jones (ATL)

16

16

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)

17

17

Miles Austin (DAL)

18

18

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

19

20

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

20

19

Mike Wallace (PIT)

21

21

Dez Bryant (DAL)

22

22

James Jones (GB)

23

23

Hakeem Nicks (NYG)

24

25

Mike Williams (TB)

25

26

Lance Moore (NO)

26

27

Brian Hartline (MIA)

27

24

Torrey Smith (BAL)

28

29

Titus Young (DET)

29

28

Malcom Floyd (SD)

30

30

Dwayne Bowe (KC)

31

33

Steve Johnson (BUF)

32

31

Antonio Brown (PIT)

33

32

Josh Gordon (CLE)

34

34

Santana Moss (WAS)

35

35

Anquan Boldin (BAL)

36

36

Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK)

37

37

Cecil Shorts (JAC)

38

38

Golden Tate (SEA)

39

40

Sidney Rice (SEA)

40

41

Andre Roberts (ARI)

41

39

Nate Washington (TEN)

42

42

Brandon LaFell (CAR)

43

43

Donnie Avery (IND)

44

44

Ryan Broyles (DET)

45

46

Kendall Wright (TEN)

46

47

Kenny Britt (TEN)

47

45

Devery Henderson (NO)

48

48

Davone Bess (MIA)

49

49

Greg Little (CLE)

50

50

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