Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football



As we inch closer toward the fantasy playoffs, we continue to accumulate more targets numbers and yardage data to help us build our weekly fantasy WR PPR rankings. Heading into Week 9, there are plenty of obstacles, including byes, injuries, and matchups, that will keep you from fielding optimal starting lineups, but our rankings can help you figure out who to start at fantasy football’s deepest position. 

Antonio Brown (ankle) has been inactive the past few weeks, so his owners know what it’s like to be without him. However, with Tampa on bye this week, owners of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will also be missing their stars. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are also out of commission, so let’s just hope the next time they take the field it will be with Russell Wilson (finger). You can’t use Terry McLaurin this week, either, and we hope you haven’t been counting on any Lions’ WRs at any point this year.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Attractive plays on the start-or-sit bubble include Jamison Crowder (@ Colts), Jerry Jeudy (@ Cowboys), Cole Beasley (@ Jaguars), and Hunter Renfrow (@ Giants). Each matchup is against teams in the bottom half of the league in fantasy points per game allowed to WR, so the PPR upside should be there. They’ve all proven to be heavily targeted commodities and more attractive in this format. Crowder has proven to at least draw a solid number of targets no matter the matchup or regardless of who his QB is, though his outlook is better if Corey Davis (hip) is out again. Renfrow and Crowder don’t have the high ceilings like Jeudy and Beasley, but you can do a lot worse in this spot in Week 9.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Going a little deeper, DeVante Parker (vs. Texans), Tajae Sharpe and Russell Gage (@ Saints), Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb (@ Chiefs), Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Falcons), Chase Claypool (vs. Bears), Henry Ruggs (@ Giants), and Van Jefferson (vs. Titans) are also in good spots. Not all of those guys are traditional PPR receivers (especially Smith, Lazard, Claypool, Ruggs, Jefferson), but given the matchups, they still have some boom-or-bust upside.

Parker has the highest floor of this group, but if you think you need big points from your WR3 or flex spot, you can try for a bigger-play guys. Sharpe and Gage are the biggest question marks, as Sharpe picked up the slack last week with Calvin Ridley (personal) out, but Gage has been more productive in the past.

Jakobi Meyers (@ Panthers) looks to be in a tough spot this week, but since he typically draws a steady amount of targets, he should have a WR3-worthy afternoon. DeVonta Smith (vs. Chargers) hasn’t been reliable enough to fully trust him against one of the league’s least generous teams to WRs, but his ceiling still gives him some WR3 potential.

Marvin Jones (vs. Bills) and Laviska Shenault (vs. Bills) have also disappointed this season, and we can’t expect them to break out against Buffalo. The same things can be said about Odell Beckham Jr. (@ Bengals) and Jarvis Landry (@ Bengals). We’ve banged the table to go out and snag Michael Gallup (vs. Broncos) off waivers, but if he returns this week, he’s not a must-start in this matchup like his teammates are.

Another interesting player is Rashod Bateman (vs. Vikings). The matchup isn’t great, and if Sammy Watkins (hamstring) returns, it’s tough to say just how involved Bateman will be. Fantasy owners love physically impressive rookies, but Bateman is probably riskier than most realize, especially in PPR leagues. 

Keep an eye out for injury updates on Michael Thomas (vs. Falcons). He might still be a few weeks away, but it would be tough to keep him shelved against Atlanta’s suspect secondary if he’s active. We love chasing upside, and Thomas would instantly have more upside than the large group of WRs found in the later part of the rankings. Will Fuller (vs. Texans) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ Chiefs) are also eligible to come back this week, and given the matchup, both have some boom-or-bust potential. 

Note: We’ll be updating these WR PPR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

​Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. TEN
2 Davante Adams, GB @ KC
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ JAX
4 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. GB
5 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. CLE
6 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ SF
7 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. ARI
8 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ BAL
9 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CHI
10 A.J. Brown, TEN @ LAR
11 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. DEN
12 Robert Woods, LAR vs. TEN
13 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. DEN
14 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. MIN
15 Adam Thielen, MIN @ BAL
16 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. NYJ
17 Keenan Allen, LAC @ PHI
18 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ MIA
19 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. NE
20 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. HOU
21 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. LV
22 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ DAL
23 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ JAX
24 Mike Williams, LAC @ PHI
25 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. HOU
26 Julio Jones, TEN @ LAR
27 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ DAL
28 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. CLE
29 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. LV
30 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. LAC
31 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ CAR
32 Allen Lazard, GB @ KC
33 Corey Davis, NYJ @ IND
34 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ NYG
35 Cole Beasley, BUF @ JAX
36 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. NYJ
37 A.J. Green, ARI @ SF
38 Christian Kirk, ARI @ SF
39 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ PIT
40 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. CHI
41 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ IND
42 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ NYG
43 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ CIN
44 Allen Robinson, CHI @ PIT
45 Russell Gage, ATL @ NO
46 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. BUF
47 Tim Patrick, DEN @ DAL
48 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ NO
49 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. TEN
50 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. ATL
51 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. BUF
52 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ CIN
53 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. ATL
54 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. MIN
55 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. DEN
56 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. NE
57 Randall Cobb, GB @ KC
58 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. MIN
59 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. ARI
60 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. CLE
61 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ CIN
62 Zach Pascal, IND vs. NYJ
63 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. BUF
64 Rondale Moore, ARI @ SF
65 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ KC
66 Nelson Agholor, NE @ CAR
67 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ CAR
68 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ JAX
69 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. GB
70 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. LAC
71 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. LV
72 Nico Collins, HOU @ MIA
73 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ BAL
74 Byron Pringle, KC vs. GB
75 Chris Conley, HOU @ MIA
76 Bryan Edwards, LV @ NYG
77 Chris Moore, HOU @ MIA
78 Tavon Austin, JAX vs. BUF
79 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ NO
80 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ PHI
81 Dante Pettis, NYG vs. LV
82 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. GB
83 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ CIN
84 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ IND
85 Josh Gordon, KC vs. GB


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