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Wide Receiver Rankings Week 9

Wide Receiver Rankings Week 9

UPDATED SATURDAY
By: Pete Davidson : October 31, 2013 11:52pm

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Welcome to the Week 8 Wide Receiver Rankings. There’s a ton of pass-catching talent sitting this week out for various reasons, so there’s plenty of competition for talent on the waiver wire. I’ll do my best to sort it all out for you and I’ll update the rankings over the weekend as always.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out today’s update of The Watch List. I’ll be back later with the running backs and tight ends.

Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Denver, San Francisco, Detroit, Jacksonville and the New York Giants.

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Dez Bryant DAL MIN He should go off in this great matchup and make up for last weeks sideline shenanigans.
2 Jordy Nelson GB CHI He’s the #1 option by a country mile. WR1 all the way.
3 Brandon Marshall CHI @GB Not that worried about McCown starting the way we are with a guy like Kellen Clemens. Marshall should be fine and still produce good numbers. He’ll lose a little perhaps, but he’s still a potential monster.
4 Josh Gordon CLE BAL Looked great last week and he can handle Baltimore’s cornerbacks.
5 Antonio Brown PIT @NE He’s had 24 receptions over the last three weeks and this is a good matchup.
6 Andre Johnson HOU IND He should have a solid game. He’s a WR1 on a down week.
7 DeSean Jackson PHI @OAK Great matchup and Jackson is listed as probable despite being limited all week in practice with an ankle injury.
8 Vincent Jackson TB @SEA There’s no cornerback too big or too physical for Vincent Jackson, but he can’t do it alone, and the potential for a Mike Glennon washout is there against a nasty Seattle defense that is a full measure tougher at home.
9 Pierre Garcon WAS SD He should shake off a poor Week 8 and have a big game in what projects to be a shootout. Garcon has a strained calf but practiced in full on Friday and will start.
10 Steve Smith CAR ATL Great matchup and Newton is hot. Smith is a solid play in week nine.
11 Torrey Smith BAL @CLE Joe Haden will be on him all day, so it’s hard to envision a big game, but Smith should get a lot of targets.
12 Terrance Williams DAL MIN Williams should make more big plays this week against a weak secondary with Miles Austin unlikely to play due to continuing hamstring woes.
13 T.Y. Hilton IND @HOU His targets are going to increase, so expect solid production.
14 Keenan Allen SD @WAS Looking like a strong option in this sweet matchup.
15 Stevie Johnson BUF KC Banged up and it’s a tough matchup, but he’s the man in Buffalo’s passing game. Johnson practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable.
16 Alshon Jeffery CHI @GB The Bears will have to throw the ball in this game. Jeffery should get plenty of looks.
17 Jarrett Boykin GB CHI Bears are hurting on D right now and Boykin will see a lot of Aaron Rodgers’ passes.
18 Denarius Moore OAK PHI Looking pretty good right now and it’s a solid matchup.
19 Golden Tate SEA TB Revis could get in his way, so he’s a little risky this week.
20 Harry Douglas ATL @CAR Getting a lot of looks, but this is a bad matchup and White may return.
21 Danny Amendola NE PIT Not a great matchup and I’m still waiting to see the guy we saw before the injuries. Despite his groin injury and Amendola is listed as probable and will start.
22 Lance Moore NO @NYJ Should see more action this week and he found the zone in his first game back. He’s one of Brees’ more trusted targets.
23 Marques Colston NO @NYJ The Jets are giving up plays through the air, but Colston’s struggles are becoming a mild concern. He’s just a WR3 until proven otherwise.
24 DeAndre Hopkins HOU IND He could have a nice week at home against the Colts. Hopkins still has plenty of upside.
25 Emmanuel Sanders PIT @NE He looked good last week and this is a very nice matchup for him even if Talib plays.
26 Kendall Wright TEN @STL Not a great matchup, but he’s been very involved lately. He’s a starter in 12 team leagues.
27 Kenny Stills NO @NYJ People are hung up on his lack of targets, but Brees throws to him when they have the matchup they like, so they have a good chance to make big connections. Stills also has plenty of ability in the intermediate passing game as we saw at Oklahoma. His usage is likely to evolve and expand. Stills has been limited in practice (knee) this week, but he’s not seriously hurt and should play this weekend.
28 Aaron Dobson NE PIT He’s no lock against a tough secondary, but he’s getting the targets and he’s a good red zone option.
29 Nate Washington TEN @STL Had a ton of targets last week and this is a slightly better matchup. You should get WR3 production from Nate this week.
30 Dexter McCluster KC @BUF He’s looked good and they have to throw it somewhere.
31 David Nelson NYJ NO Yes, he’s really a WR3 this week in 12-team leagues. Geno Smith is looking for him a lot and Santonio Holmes will remain out until after the Jets’ Week 10 bye.
32 Dwayne Bowe KC @BUF He popped up on the injury report this week with the groin. He practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable. He’s got a decent match up this week.
33 Vincent Brown SD @WAS We like him and this is a good matchup.
34 Jacoby Jones BAL @CLE He’s a sneaky play this week as he should avoid Joe Haden for the most part. Jones should be ready to contribute now.
35 Riley Cooper PHI @OAK He’s got solid potential this week with Foles at the helm.
36 Darrius Heyward-Bey IND @HOU He’ll see more passes but it’s a tough matchup. He missed Friday’s practice with a hamstring problem but the head coach expects him to play Sunday. Check his status to be sure.
37 Greg Jennings MIN @DAL A better matchup this week should help.
38 Ted Ginn CAR ATL He’s a good flier this week because he has the chance to make the big play against the defense.
39 Chris Givens STL TEN He was one of the few rams receivers that looked at all comfortable with Kellen Clemens last week. He should make a few plays this week.
40 Jeremy Kerley NYJ NO He should be a solid flex option in 12-team leagues. Kerley will be active in a high-scoring game.
41 Brandon LaFell CAR ATL He has some upside in this game and could definitely find the end zone.
42 Eddie Royal SD @WAS He’s been active and this is a great matchup. He could score, but check his Sunday status. Royal is listed as questionable with a toe injury.
43 Doug Baldwin SEA TB He should do some things this week with an increased role.
44 Stephen Hill NYJ NO He could have a nice game this week and he looks to be back at full strength.
45 Drew Davis ATL @CAR Tough matchup, but he’s very involved, so he’s worth a play in deeper leagues if you need a guy.
46 James Jones GB CHI Jones has practiced two days in a row. He is now questionable for Monday’s game. He is a tricky play in less you have a backup plan for Monday night.
47 Kenbrell Thompkins NE PIT He played a very minor role last week, so it’s hard to buy back in, but he obviously has some scoring potential as we’ve seen. This is the kind of week you might consider using him in a deep format. The Steelers are physical but Thompkins defeats the jam pretty well.
48 Rod Streater OAK PHI He can make a big play and he can be an afterthought. He’s a flier for deep leaguers.
49 Julian Edelman NE PIT Has potential but has been lost in the flow the last few games.
50 Jermaine Kearse SEA TB Could see an uptick this week with Rice gone for the year, but I expect Baldwin to benefit more.
51 Marquise Goodwin BUF KC Bad matchup, but he’s making plays.
52 Leonard Hankerson WAS SD He did find the zone last week, but was otherwise underwhelming.
53 Myles White GB CHI He’s been active and should continue in the 3rd receiver role this week.
54 Roddy White ATL @CAR The hamstring and ankle are feeling a little better he did return to a limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game. He’s still a risky play even if he does start.
55 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN @DAL He’s getting more involved and it’s only a matter of time before he’s a big part of that offense. He’s just a desperation flex play this week.
56 Jason Avant PHI @OAK Makes a few plays every week but rarely scores. A flex option in a deep PPR league.
57 Donnie Avery KC @BUF A deep flex option ... more for PPR scoring.
58 Davone Bess CLE BAL Get a few receptions each week, but more of a deep PPR option than a performance option.
59 Jerome Simpson MIN @DAL Has big play ability but has been pretty quiet since Week 4.
60 Santana Moss WAS SD He can always make a big play, but he’s only being targeted 4-5 times a game.
61 Austin Pettis STL TEN He’s playing well, but that’s going to help him with no real QB on site.
62 Tiquan Underwood TB @SEA Terrible matchup, but he should be more involved going forward.
63 LaVon Brazill IND @HOU He’s a guy to watch this week for sure as the Colts look for options. He’s got good ability if he can keep his head on straight.
64 Jerricho Cotchery PIT @NE Not making tons of plays but he does have a nice history against New England. Markus Wheaton will sit out this week’s game and that certainly helps.
65 Robert Woods BUF KC Bad matchup, and he’s got QB issues and has been less involved. He’s a good player in a bad place right now.
66 Cole Beasley DAL MIN A better PPR option than performance, but he’s got a solid matchup this week.
67 Greg Little CLE BAL Could pick it up but hasn’t shown enough to merit more than a desperation play.
68 Marlon Brown BAL @CLE Fading with a healthy Jones around and Doss has made plays too.
69 Tavon Austin STL TEN The speed and quickness is plain to see it’s just a matter of the coaching staff figuring out how to use this guy correctly. When that happens is anybody’s guess but right now he’s a very risky play.
70 Robert Meachem NO @NYJ They will beat the Jets with mismatches. Meachem could always make the big play. He’s a desperation heave in a really big league.
71 Kenny Britt TEN @STL Off the grid until something changes.
72 Miles Austin DAL MIN Very likely to sit out again with hamstring problems.
73 Percy Harvin SEA TB He’s been ruled out for this week.
74 A.J. Green CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 2nd) He can handle Miami.
75 Marvin Jones CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 15th) He’s very likely to start with Sanu banged up and he’s hot as a pistol right now.
76 Andrew Hawkins CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 71st) He’s back and we’ll have to see how they use him. It’s good news for Andy Dalton as he has one more way to get a mismatch.
77 Mohamed Sanu CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 77th) Looks likely to sit out tonight with a sore shoulder. Not a good fantasy option even if he goes.
78 Mike Wallace MIA CIN (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 24th) He’s always a threat because they go to him deep and he gets a lot of targets, but Miami doesn’t protect well enough at this point to make things work with any consistency. He’s a light WR2 this week.
79 Brian Hartline MIA CIN (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 33rd) He’ll be active, but he’s a WR3 with limited upside.
80 Rishard Matthews MIA CIN (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 43rd) We like Rishard and now he finally gets a chance to play meaningful snaps. He made his debut on the Watch List this week.