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Fantasy football rankings, Week 9: Wide receivers for standard, PPR leagues

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Six teams are on bye this week, creating some fantasy football chaos. Check out our Week 9 wide receiver rankings for the best fantasy football help.

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An owner in one of my leagues traded Antonio Brown to acquire Josh Gordon last year. It's a dynasty league and it looked like a steal at the time. Gordon went on to finish the 2013 season as the leading fantasy receiver; Brown ended as the sixth-best fantasy receiver in 2013. Both owners were happy, but the Gordon owner thought he had won the trade.

We all know the situations that Gordon got himself into in the offseason, resulting in a suspension to start this season. Brown, on the other hand, has put together an amazing 2014 season. He leads all fantasy receivers in points and has even thrown for a touchdown. Even if Gordon hadn't been suspended to start the season, I think he'd still be behind Brown in fantasy points. Including his last effort, he's finished with double-digit points in seven of eight games. Brown also had his third two-touchdown game in 2014. Pittsburgh has some positive matchups down the stretch and he should finish with some astronomical fantasy numbers.

Not one fantasy owner was looking forward to Week 9. Six teams have their bye this week: Buffalo, Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Atlanta. That means we're without the following receivers: Sammy Watkins, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Julio Jones and Roddy White. It should make for a very interesting week and requires some advance preparation. For Chicago and Atlanta specifically, I hope the week off will give them a chance to right the ship and get their passing attack on track. It should also give some more time for Calvin Johnson to heal and Aaron Rodgers to recover from his hamstring strain. Without Rodgers, Nelson and Cobb would see their fantasy stats plummet.

On the injury front, Brian Quick was lost for the season with a dislocated shoulder and rotator cuff injury. He had become a nice WR3 and hopefully will make a full recovery. A.J. Green remained sidelined in Week 8, but seems to have made "significant progress." If he practices this week, then we'll probably see him suit up on Sunday. Reggie Wayne missed Sunday's game and there has been little information shared regarding his status. Cordarrelle Patterson had a walking boot on his left foot after the game against the Buccaneers. He said he was fine and already he's out of the boot. Calvin Johnson and Nate Washington will hopefully further recover from their injuries and maybe we'll see them in Week 10.

Martavis Bryant and Donte Moncrief are must-adds this week. Bryant has broken out over the last two weeks and Big Ben is certainly looking for him in the passing game. Antonio Brown is the main target in the offense, but Bryant is carving a niche for himself. This week will be the test to see if he remains a large part of their game plan. I have been a big fan of Moncrief since the preseason. I never drafted him but he has the size/speed combination that NFL teams look for. Reggie Wayne will steal back targets once he returns and Hakeem Nicks is still part of the picture also.

If you don't pick him up, keep an eye on him because he has serious fantasy potential. One last waiver grab should be Kenny Britt. With Brian Quick out for the year, someone has to step up in the passing game and I imagine it will be Britt. The potential he has will now meet opportunity. Austin Davis has performed quite well, which will hopefully lead to some fantasy points for Britt.

Wide receiver rankings (Standard), Week 9

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Antonio Brown PIT BAL 1 2 1 2
2 Dez Bryant DAL ARI 3 1 2 1
3 Demaryius Thomas DEN @NE 2 3 7 3
4 Jeremy Maclin PHI @HOU 4 4 4 4
5 T.Y. Hilton IND @NYG 5 6 3 5
6 Kelvin Benjamin CAR NO 8 5 5 6
7 Emmanuel Sanders DEN @NE 7 7 6 7
8 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @PIT 12 9 8 9
9 Mike Wallace MIA SD 9 10 13 8
10 A.J. Green CIN JAC 6 15 12 12
11 DeSean Jackson WAS @MIN 21 8 10 10
12 Andre Johnson HOU PHI 10 11 21 13
13 DeAndre Hopkins HOU PHI 20 12 9 15
14 Keenan Allen SD @MIA 16 22 14 16
15 Michael Floyd ARI @DAL 11 21 16 22
16 Rueben Randle NYG IND 27 19 15 19
17 Doug Baldwin SEA OAK 17 24 20 23
18 Mohamed Sanu CIN JAC 36 13 22 14
19 Allen Robinson JAC @CIN 19 28 11 30
20 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @DAL 28 14 31 17
21 Eric Decker NYJ @KAN 15 30 17 28
22 Terrance Williams DAL ARI 24 20 40 11
23 Brandon LaFell NE DEN 25 23 26 21
24 Denard Robinson JAC @CIN 13 34 18 31
25 Vincent Jackson TAM @CLE 32 17 34 18
26 Pierre Garcon WAS @MIN 31 18 32 20
27 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG IND 22 25 30 25
28 Marques Colston NO @CAR 26 26 25 29
29 Brandin Cooks NO @CAR 29 16 43 24
30 Michael Crabtree SF STL 14 27 49 27
31 Mike Evans TAM @CLE 30 33 24 32
32 Julian Edelman NE DEN 18 29 -- 33
33 Andrew Hawkins CLE TAM 23 31 44 34
34 Anquan Boldin SF STL 45 32 29 26
35 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WAS 41 35 23 36
36 Andre Holmes OAK @SEA 37 38 28 39
37 Donte Moncrief IND @NYG 42 40 27 40
38 Wes Welker DEN @NE 34 39 -- 35
39 John Brown ARI @DAL 48 47 19 46
40 Martavis Bryant PIT BAL 49 37 39 38
41 Dwayne Bowe KAN NYJ -- 36 42 37
42 Cecil Shorts III JAC @CIN 38 42 46 42
43 Malcom Floyd SD @MIA 35 43 48 43
44 James Jones OAK @SEA 33 46 -- 45
45 Torrey Smith BAL @PIT 43 41 -- 41
46 Greg Jennings MIN WAS 47 45 45 44
47 Kenny Stills NO @CAR 50 -- 33 --
48 Kenny Britt STL @SF -- 50 36 48
49 Jerricho Cotchery CAR NO -- -- 35 --
50 Reggie Wayne IND @NYG 39 48 -- 50
-- Steve Johnson SF STL 40 49 50 49
-- Percy Harvin NYJ @KAN -- 44 47 47
-- Jarvis Landry MIA SD -- -- 37 --
-- Jordan Matthews PHI @HOU -- -- 38 --
-- Brian Hartline MIA SD -- -- 41 --
-- Louis Murphy TAM @CLE 44 -- -- --
-- Eddie Royal SD @MIA 46 -- -- --

Wide receiver rankings (PPR), Week 9

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Antonio Brown PIT BAL 1 1 1 1
2 Dez Bryant DAL ARI 3 2 2 2
3 Demaryius Thomas DEN @NE 2 3 7 3
4 Jeremy Maclin PHI @HOU 4 4 3 5
5 T.Y. Hilton IND @NYG 5 5 4 4
6 Kelvin Benjamin CAR NO 6 6 5 7
7 Emmanuel Sanders DEN @NE 7 7 6 6
8 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @PIT 10 10 8 10
9 Mike Wallace MIA SD 11 8 15 8
10 Keenan Allen SD @MIA 12 12 13 11
11 Andre Johnson HOU PHI 9 9 24 9
12 A.J. Green CIN JAC 8 13 16 15
13 DeSean Jackson WAS @MIN 22 11 11 12
14 DeAndre Hopkins HOU PHI 19 17 10 17
15 Rueben Randle NYG IND 25 16 12 13
16 Michael Floyd ARI @DAL 13 23 19 22
17 Allen Robinson JAC @CIN 18 25 9 28
18 Eric Decker NYJ @KAN 14 26 14 26
19 Doug Baldwin SEA OAK 17 27 17 25
20 Pierre Garcon WAS @MIN 31 14 28 14
21 Mohamed Sanu CIN JAC 38 15 23 16
22 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @DAL 28 20 31 20
23 Brandin Cooks NO @CAR 29 18 37 18
24 Brandon LaFell NE DEN 23 28 27 24
25 Denard Robinson JAC @CIN 20 29 18 36
26 Marques Colston NO @CAR 27 24 25 27
27 Julian Edelman NE DEN 16 22 48 21
28 Vincent Jackson TAM @CLE 30 19 40 19
29 Terrance Williams DAL ARI 24 21 46 23
30 Andrew Hawkins CLE TAM 21 31 34 32
31 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG IND 26 30 32 30
32 Mike Evans TAM @CLE 32 32 21 34
33 Michael Crabtree SF STL 15 33 44 33
34 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WAS 39 34 22 40
35 Andre Holmes OAK @SEA 37 36 29 35
36 Anquan Boldin SF STL 43 39 30 31
37 Donte Moncrief IND @NYG 42 40 26 39
38 Wes Welker DEN @NE 35 35 -- 29
39 Cecil Shorts III JAC @CIN 36 38 43 38
40 John Brown ARI @DAL -- 48 20 48
41 James Jones OAK @SEA 33 45 -- 42
42 Dwayne Bowe KAN NYJ -- 37 50 37
43 Martavis Bryant PIT BAL 46 44 42 43
44 Greg Jennings MIN WAS 45 41 49 41
45 Malcom Floyd SD @MIA 34 47 -- 46
46 Percy Harvin NYJ @KAN -- 42 45 45
47 Reggie Wayne IND @NYG 40 46 -- 47
48 Jordan Matthews PHI @HOU 48 -- 35 --
49 Jarvis Landry MIA SD -- -- 33 --
50 Torrey Smith BAL @PIT 49 43 -- 44
-- Brian Hartline MIA SD -- -- 36 --
-- Kenny Stills NO @CAR 50 50 38 --
-- Kenny Britt STL @SF -- 49 41 49
-- Jerricho Cotchery CAR NO -- -- 39 --
-- Steve Johnson SF STL 44 -- 47 --
-- Louis Murphy TAM @CLE 41 -- -- --
-- Eddie Royal SD @MIA 47 -- -- 50