Weekly Rankings

Week 9 Rankings – Fantasy Football 2018

I hope everyone had a great Halloween yesterday and as you read this you are in mid sugar rush from consuming all the left over candy and/or candy you stole from your kids trick-or-treat haul! Let’s kick the rankings back into high gear as we push to the fantasy playoffs with some plays this week that will definitely deliver the treats and not the tricks!

Yes I do hate myself for that joke, but we move on, important fantasy takes ahead!

Teams on bye this week; Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.

————QUARTERBACKS————

The bad news this week is with 6 teams on bye this week it gets a bit thinner at the position, the good news is I can’t imagine you were rolling with anyone out this week besides Carson Wentz and Andy Dalton before this anyway. As the season has now passed the midway point I think we have a better grasp on what each team is doing well offensively and what they are doing poorly. A team that is doing things well currently; the Carolina Panthers.

Cam is my QB1 this week against a Tampa Bay team that has given up the most points per week in the entire league. Carolina and Cam rolled through the top rated defense last week en route to a 36 point day and victory against the Ravens in week 8. Hard to see a scenario where Cam does not keep this train rolling along smoothly at home against a bad defense.

I also love both Jared Goff and Drew Brees in what is going to be a shootout and possibly one of the best games of the season as the Rams take on the Saints. Both teams match up well with one another and I think the offenses will decide this one a bit more than the defenses. I’m starting all my studs from both squads here. This game also has the highest projected total points for week 9 with 60!

Some streaming options for week 9 are Brock Osweiler (sorry Cubbage) at home against the Jets secondary, Marcus Mariota, who I’m hoping used the bye week to get that offense a bit more together for a big prime time showdown with Dallas, and Alex Smith against an Atlanta team that even coming off of a bye is still fairly banged up. Washington’s defense can keep them in this game if Smith can play well, I think he will. This could be a sneaky good game to watch on Sunday.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Cam Newton CAR TB
2 Patrick Mahomes KC CLE
3 Jared Goff LAR NO
4 Aaron Rodgers GB NE
5 Kirk Cousins MIN DET
6 Drew Brees NO LAR
7 Russell Wilson SEA LAC
8 Tom Brady NE GB
9 Ryan Fitzpatrick TB CAR
10 Deshaun Watson HOU DEN
11 Matt Ryan ATL WAS
12 Joe Flacco BAL PIT
13 Matthew Stafford DET MIN
14 Alex Smith WAS ATL
15 Ben Roethlisberger PIT BAL
16 Dak Prescott DAL TEN
17 Philip Rivers LAC SEA
18 Mitch Trubisky CHI BUF
19 Derek Carr OAK SF
20 Brock Osweiler MIA NYJ
21 Case Keenum DEN HOU
22 Marcus Mariota TEN DAL
23 C.J. Beathard SF OAK
24 Baker Mayfield CLE KC
25 Sam Darnold NYJ MIA

————RUNNING BACKS————

Okay so let’s just get right to it, yes I have Todd Gurley all the way down at #4. I just think the Saints will be able to slow him down more than any other team we have seen this season. Gurley still has a great day, but I think it could be his lowest total fantasy output for the season. The Saints are going to make Jared Goff beat Drew Brees in this one, and with Cooper Kupp back, he just might. Although with news that Marcus Davenport will miss some time may make this all a mute point.

I also have Adrian Peterson inside the top 10, it’s weird that after last season, he just looked done. I didn’t blame him, he has achieved so much and owed the game of football nothing else. Then 2018 happened. Last week Peterson carried Washington to a win with 2 TDS and 156 total yards in a division win. Atlanta is not going to slow him down much this week. Ranked 26th against the run and a possibly banged up Chris Thompson, fire up AP until further notice as long as the calendar reads 2018.

I also have Aaron Jones at RB 9 this week. With Ty Mont being shipped out to Baltimore and Jamaal Williams being perpetually ineffective, I think it is finally time that even Mike McCarthy has taken notice, Aaron Jones is far and away the best RB on his team. Last week Jones was on the field for 67% of the offensive snaps, the most of 2018, and the most since week 7 in 2017. He also saw his season high in carries (12) and YPC (7.17) last week. In a good match up that the Packers want and need to win, you have to keep Tom Brady off the field! Aaron Jones is the key to the Packers victory in week 8.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Melvin Gordon LAC SEA
2 Kareem Hunt KC CLE
3 James White NE GB
4 Todd Gurley LAR NO
5 Adrian Peterson WAS ATL
6 Christian McCaffrey CAR TB
7 Ezekiel Elliot DAL TEN
8 James Conner PIT BAL
9 Aaron Jones GB NE
10 Alvin Kamara NO LAR
11 Nick Chubb CLE KC
12 Chris Carson SEA LAC
13 Latavius Murray MIN DET
14 Phillip Lindsay DEN HOU
15 Matt Breida SF OAK
16 Tarik Cohen CHI BUF
17 Kerryon Johnson DET MIN
18 Isaiah Crowell NYJ MIA
19 Tevin Coleman ATL WAS
20 Mark Ingram NO LAR
21 Sony Michel NE GB
22 Jordan Howard CHI BUF
23 Doug Martin OAK SF
24 Lamar Miller HOU DEN
25 Kenyan Drake MIA NYJ
26 LeSean McCoy BUF CHI
27 Dion Lewis TEN DAL
28 Alex Collins BAL PIT
29 Chris Thompson WAS ATL
30 Peyton Barber TB CAR
31 Jalen Richard OAK SF
32 Duke Johnson CLE KC
33 Frank Gore MIA NYJ
34 Ito Smith ATL WAS
35 Derrick Henry TEN DAL
36 LeGarrette Blount DET MIN
37 Javorius Allen BAL PIT
38 Jamaal Williams GB NE
39 Austin Ekeler LAC SEA
40 Mike Davis SEA LAC

————WIDE RECEIVERS————

With the trades that went down early this week it is a bit harder to figure out precisely how things will shake out at this position week 9 for a few squads. It’s hard to see Demaryius Thomas being a big part of the game plan on such limited practice with his new team, even with the “revenge game” narrative, he may have a few packages around the goal line though and could score a touchdown this week. I love the landing spot for him rest of season, and I can easily see him pull in at least 7 TDs in the next 8 games for HOU with some weak secondary match ups for the rest of season. Golden Tate gets a bye week to get worked into the Philadelphia offense and I am curious to see how he looks with Wentz. Another good landing spot, but probably not going to be good news for Nelson Agholor fantasy manager.

Michael Thomas has not had double digit targets since week 3. And since that time he has only 1 touchdown. The biggest problem of that all is during that period the Saints are 4-0. It’s hard to think the fall off is due to Thomas though, lets look at the games since week 3; a blowout of the Giants, a match up with Josh Norman, facing off with the top ranked BAL defense, and a match up with Xavier Rhoades. The good news this week, Marcus Peters is having a season to forget. This is going to be a game that Brees will lean on his top WR. I think the Rams will get pressure on Drew a lot in this game (even more now that they added Dante Fowler to that defensive line) but he will get the ball out quickly to his top two receiving targets, Thomas and Kamara. This absolutely feels like a get right spot for a WR who is trying to move into the upper echelon of the league, and showing up big in a game against the 8-0 Rams would be the time to do it. I think narrative street will be paved with gold for Thomas in week 9.

Some guys I am really high on this week; Revenge game Brandin Cooks, Carolina crew of Funchess, Olsen, and Moore, John Brown against Joe Hayden, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin with Ryan Fitzmagic back under center, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who will score his 3rd TD of the season against NE, as he moves into the WR2 role for Aaron Rodgers.

Also real quick since we talked about DT, lets discuss Courtland Sutton for the rest of season. With DT in the line up he has seen AT LEAST 3 targets each game this season, Thomas has had AT LEAST 5 targets in all but 1 game this season. I expect that Sutton sees 50% of DT’s previous targets, giving him closer to 6/7 a game. Given that usage, along with his red zone work all ready (2 TDs already this season), I like his outlook moving forward. Sutton also currently owns a 19.1 YPC average, which is good enough for 3rd overall in the league right now. Fantasy playoff schedule for Sutton…SF, CLE, and OAK.. Buy, buy, buy!

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Michael Thomas NO LAR
2 Adam Thielen MIN DET
3 Davante Adams GB NE
4 Mike Evans TB CAR
5 DeAndre Hopkins HOU DEN
6 Antonio Brown PIT BAL
7 Emmanuel Sanders DEN HOU
8 Devin Funchess CAR TB
9 Julio Jones ATL WAS
10 Stefon Diggs MIN DET
11 Kenny Golladay DET MIN
12 Brandin Cooks LAR NO
13 Julian Edleman NE GB
14 Cooper Kupp LAR NO
15 Sammy Watkins KC CLE
16 Keenan Allen LAC SEA
17 John Brown BAL PIT
18 Tyreek Hill KC CLE
19 DJ Moore CAR TB
20 Tyler Lockett SEA LAC
21 DeSean Jackson TB CAR
22 Juju Smith-Schuster PIT BAL
23 Robert Woods LAR NO
24 Marvin Jones DET MIN
25 Amari Cooper DAL TEN
26 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB NE
27 DeVante Parker MIA NYJ
28 Marquise Goodwin SF OAK
29 Corey Davis TEN DAL
30 Courtland Sutton DEN HOU
31 Michael Crabtree BAL PIT
32 Jarvis Landry CLE KC
33 David Moore SEA LAC
34 Tre’Quan Smith NO LAR
35 Taylor Gabriel CHI BUF
36 Jordy Nelson OAK SF
37 Josh Gordon NE GB
38 Paul Richardson WAS ATL
39 Mohamed Sanu ATL WAS
40 Jermaine Kearse NYJ MIA
41 Antonio Callaway CLE KC
42 Josh Doctson WAS ATL
43 Jakeem Grant MIA NYJ
44 Allen Robinson CHI BUF
45 Randall Cobb GB NE

————TIGHT ENDS————

It is to the point that I literally am speechless in this section. I just hate 2018 for TEs in fantasy football. Guys in great spots throwing up goose eggs (RSJ against SF, Njoku and Uzomah both last week in plus match ups), injuries, and more injuries, and only a small handful really being worth the roster spot so far. Also Gronk may currently be one of the worst draft values in a long time at the position. If you took him in round 2 how much are you loving that he has not seen a touchdown or a game over 100 yards since week 1 (which was the last time he saw either in 2018)? Hang in there positive regression has to be coming…right?…RIGHT?!?!

Some great options this week outside of the top guys though could be Ben Watson (Rams have been week against the position), Hayden Hurst (now healthy could make some noise in a tight divisional game), and Geoff Swaim (with all the Cooper noise, I think the forgotten element of Dallas pass catching game can make some noise on MNF).

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Travis Kelce KC CLE
2 George Kittle SF OAK
3 Greg Olsen CAR TB
4 Jimmy Graham GB NE
5 Rob Gronkowski NE GB
6 Jared Cook OAK SF
7 David Njoku CLE KC
8 O.J. Howard TB CAR
9 Trey Burton CHI BUF
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN DET
11 Jordan Reed WAS ATL
12 Ben Watson NO LAR
13 Hayden Hurst BAL PIT
14 Chris Herndon NYJ MIA
15 Vance McDonald PIT BAL
16 Austin Hooper ATL WAS
17 Geoff Swaim DAL TEN
18 Charles Clay BUF CHI
19 Nick Vannett SEA LAC
20 Jeff Heuerman DEN HOU
21 Antonio Gates LAC SEA
22 Jordan Thomas HOU DEN
23 Jonnu Smith TEN DAL
24 Michael Roberts DET MIN
25 Vernon Davis WAS ATL

————D/ST————

Just play the team going against Buffalo always unfortunately for Buffalo. Some tough match ups this week though with great offenses going against one another in week 9 (GB/NE, NO/LAR, CAR/TB and SEA/LAC). Best streaming options this week are; Dallas, Miami, NY Jets, and Buffalo.

RANK TEAM OPPONENT
1 Chicago BUF
2 Dallas TEN
3 Kansas City CLE
4 New York Jets MIA
5 Seattle LAC
6 San Francisco OAK
7 Los Angeles Chargers SEA
8 Washington ATL
9 Baltimore PIT
10 Carolina TB
11 Houston DEN
12 Miami NYJ
13 Buffalo CHI
14 Denver HOU
15 Minnesota DET
16 Los Angeles Rams NO
17 Pittsburgh BAL
18 Oakland SF
19 Green Bay NE
20 Tennessee DAL
21 Detroit MIN
22 New Orleans LAR
23 New England GB
24 Atlanta WAS
25 Tampa Bay CAR

Best of luck to all as always in your week 9 match ups!

 

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