Fantasy Football Checkdown: Week 9 Advice and Rankings

Telling you to bench Deshaun Watson — the hottest quarterback in fantasy football — against the Seahawks in Week 8 had me looking like Bartolo Colon at the plate. Though I do feel the shame, I’ve put my batting helmet back on, tucked my belly back in, and am prepared to totally redeem myself here in Week 9.

In the video below, you’ll find my top sleeper play and big-name bust for each major position. But with another six teams on bye this week, be sure to check my full rankings (standard scoring) underneath the video to ensure you have the best options in your lineup.

*Video was shot prior to Deshaun Watson tearing his ACL in practice.

Week 9 QB Rankings

TIER 1

1. Drew Brees, Saints (v TB)
2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (v WAS)

TIER 2

4. Alex Smith, Chiefs (@DAL)
5. Jared Goff, Rams (@NYG)
6. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (v KC)
7. Carson Wentz, Eagles (v DEN)
8. Derek Carr, Raiders (@MIA)
9. Jacoby Brissett, Colts (@HOU)
10. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (@NO)

TIER 3

11. Matthew Stafford, Lions (@GB)
12. Cam Newton, Panthers (v ATL)
13. Tyrod Taylor, Bills (@NYJ)
14. Kirk Cousins, Washington (@SEA)
15. Drew Stanton, Cardinals (@SF)
16. Marcus Mariota, Titans (v BAL)
16. Matt Ryan, Falcons (@CAR)

TIER 4

17. Eli Manning, Giants (v LAR)
18. Jay Cutler, Dolphins (v OAK)
19. Josh McCown, Jets (v BUF)
20. Blake Bortles, Jaguars (v CIN)
21. Brett Hundley, Packers (v DET)
22. Tom Savage, Texans (v IND)
23. CJ Beathard, 49ers (v ARZ)
24. Andy Dalton, Bengals (@JAX)
25. Brock Osweiler, Broncos (@PHI)

Week 9 RB Rankings

TIER 1

1. LeSean McCoy, Bills (@NYJ)
2. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs (@DAL)
3. Alfred Morris, Cowboys (v KC)

TIER 2

4. Adrian Peterson, Cardinals (@SF)
5. Aaron Jones, Packers (v DET)
6. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (v CIN)
7. Alvin Kamara, Saints (v TB)
8. Todd Gurley, Rams (@NYG)
9. Lamar Miller, Texans (v IND)
10. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (v ATL)
11. Alex Collins, Ravens (@TEN)
12. DeMarco Murray, Titans (v BAL)
13. Devonta Freeman, Falcons (@CAR)

TIER 3

14. Carlos Hyde, 49ers (v ARZ)
15. Orleans Darkwa, Giants (v LAR)
16. Doug Martin, Buccaneers (@NO)
17. Chris Thompson, Washington (@SEA)
18. Mark Ingram, Saints (v TB)
19. Ameer Abdullah, Lions (@GB)
20. Joe Mixon, Bengals (@JAX)
21. CJ Anderson, Broncos (@PHI)
22. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins (v OAK)
23. Marlon Mack, Colts (@HOU)

TIER 4

24. Bilal Powell, Jets (v BUF)
25. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders (@MIA)
26. Eddie Lacy, Seahawks (v WAS)
27. Derrick Henry, Titans (v BAL)
28. Tevin Coleman, Falcons (@CAR)
29. Jay Ajayi, Eagles (v DEN)
30. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (v ATL)

Week 9 WR Rankings

TIER 1

1. Michael Thomas, Saints (v TB)
2. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (@DAL)

TIER 2

3. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (v KC)
4. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (@SF)
5. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (@NO)
6. Michael Crabtree, Raiders (@MIA)
7. TY Hilton, Colts (@HOU)
8. Julio Jones, Falcons (@CAR)
9. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (v IND)
10. Golden Tate, Lions (@GB)
11. Cooper Kupp, Rams (@NYG)
12. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (v WAS)
13. Nelson Agholar, Eagles (v DEN)

TIER 3

14. Jamison Crowder, Washington (@SEA)
15. AJ Green, Bengals (@JAX)
16. Devin Funchess, Panthers (v ATL)
17. Ted Ginn, Saints (v TB)
18. Paul Richardson, Seahawks (v WAS)
19. Kelvin Benjamin, Bills (@NYJ)
20. Pierre Garcon, 49ers (v ARZ)
21. Will Fuller V, Texans (v IND)
22. Robert Woods, Rams (@NYG)
23. DeSean Jackson, Buccaneers (@NO)
24. DeVante Parker, Dolphins (v OAK)
25. Rishard Matthews, Titans (v BAL)
26. Curtis Samuel, Panthers (v ATL)
27. Robby Anderson, Jets (v BUF)
28. Sterling Shepard, Giants (v LAR)

TIER 4

29. Amari Cooper, Raiders (@MIA)
30. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (@PHI)
31. Davante Adams, Packers (v DET)
32. Jeremy Maclin, Ravens (@TEN)
33. Marvin Jones Jr, Lions (@GB)
34. Marqise Lee, Jaguars (v CIN)
35. Cole Beasley, Cowboys (v KC)
36. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (v OAK)
37. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (v DEN)
38. Allen Hurns, Jaguars (v CIN)
39. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos (@PHI)
40. Jordy Nelson, Packers (v DET)

Week 9 TE Rankings

TIER 1

1. Zach Ertz, Eagles (v DEN)
2. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks (v WAS)

TIER 2

3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (@DAL)
4. Evan Engram, Giants (v LAR)
5. Delanie Walker, Titans (v BAL)
6. Jack Doyle, Colts (@HOU)
7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jets (v BUF)
8. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers (@NO)
9. Jared Cook, Raiders (@MIA)
10. Vernon Davis, Washington (@SEA)

TIER 3

11. AJ Derby, Broncos (@PHI)
12. Jason Witten, Cowboys (v KC)
13. Tyler Kroft, Bengals (@JAX)
14. Ed Dickson, Panthers (v ATL)
15. OJ Howard, Buccaneers (@NO)