Week 9 Fantasy Football Predictions For Top Players At Each Position

*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.

Week 8 Review:

Top QB:  Andy Dalton – finished 12th
QB Sit: Phillip Rivers– finished 22nd
QB Sleeper:  Russell Wilson – finished 25th

Top RB: Spencer Ware – finished outside top 25 (Oops)
RB Sit: Jonathan Stewart – finished 2nd (Oops again)
RB Sleeper: Christine Michael– finished tied for 25th (Really sorry)

Top WR: Michael Crabtree – finished 21st
WR Sit: DeSean Jackson– finished outside top 25
WR Sleeper: Ty Montgomery – DID NOT PLAY

Top TE: Kyle Rudolph – finished 25th
TE Sit: Jason Witten – finished 14th
TE Sleeper: CJ Fiedorowicz– finished 5th

Top D/ST: New York Jets – finished 11th
D/ST Sit: Houston – finished 10th
D/ST Sleeper: Tennessee – finished 13th

Week 9 Predictions

Top QB: Matt Ryan – Are you tired of the same boring TNF games? Not this week. We should be treated to some points, yards, and just flat out offensive firepower. Matt Ryan, who has obviously solidified himself as a top fantasy QB in the league, comes into a matchup against the Bucs who have allowed 14 touchdown passes and 19.3 fantasy PPG to quarterbacks.

QB Sit: Russell Wilson – This man just is not at 100% health right now. With QB being a revolving door in pretty much any fantasy league, please go to the waiver wire for another quarterback, or if your team owns multiple ones, go for the second option. With the Bills’ defense having fared pretty well against QB’s (8th best in the league), a primetime matchup that has all the makings to be toxic for fantasy output obviously isn’t ideal. We all saw what can potentially happen in situations like this. We all obviously remember Russell and Palmer’s hilarious Week 7 tie on SNF.

QB Sleeper: Dak Prescott – Another QB showing off their stuff against a Cleveland defense? Yes please. With the Browns coming in at fourth worst in the league against opposing QB’s, surrendering 20.4 PPG to the position, the Browns have allowed 19 touchdown passes on the year. Prescott tore up an Eagles’ defense last week that is considered tough against fantasy QB’s.

Runningbacks

Top RB: Ezekiel Elliott – I don’t really mean to gang up on the Browns like this, but this one is an absolute no-brainer. Not only does Cleveland give up 25.1 points per game to runningbacks (3rd most), but Zeke has proven to be an absolute monster nearly ever week. Elliot has ran for three touchdowns and point totals of 16, 21.7, 29.1, 17.4, and 14.8 in his last five games, look for Elliott to come out on top in this Week 9 showdown.

RB Sit: Todd Gurley – While Ryan Mathews is a tough sell to start this week (Sproles ‘out-snapped’ him a whopping 63-8). I will go for Gurley here to maybe give more of a wow factor. If you are in the position to sit Gurley, definitely jump on that chance. Not only is he averaging just 3 YPC, but the Panthers’ D has given up just 509 yards on the ground this season.

RB Sleeper: Tim Hightower – Right now the two worst defenses to fantasy runningbacks are the Saints and 49ers. With the 49ers coming in at 26.7 PPG allowed and the Saints just a tick lower at 26 PPG allowed. I could have easily went with Carlos Hyde for this section also, but you’ve got to like the Saints offense a little more. Not to mention, that Carlos Hyde is coming back from a minor shoulder injury. With Ingram seemingly being in the doghouse after his early fumble troubles in Week 8, look for Hightower to possibly feast on a 49ers D that has allowed 10 rushing TD’s already this season.

Wide Receivers

Top WR: Antonio Brown – Business may be booming for AB this week if he can get back to rolling with Big Ben, who returns from injury this week against the Baltimore Ravens. With the Ravens giving up 27.2 points per game to WR’s (third worst), and the most receiving TD’s in the league at 13. Picking Brown for the top WR this week may be a little bold considering he’s been non-existent recently without Roethlisberger, but if Brown comes out on top this week, no one is going to be shocked.

WR Sit: Golden Tate or Marvin Jones – This is understandable if you have no other options to replace Tate, but Marvin Jones needs to be on benches this week. Facing a Vikings D that gives up only 14.1 points per game to the position, Jones hasn’t even reached 250 yards combined in his last five games since he went off for 200 yards in Week 3.

WR Sleeper: Donte Moncrief – There’s a lot of good secondary options at WR this week, but I will go with a guy who should be a 2nd/3rd option for your team’s roster. After all, it is the sleeper section. Moncrief, after being hyped for a breakout season, went down with an injury early in the year, but he returned last week in a pretty impressive way – posting 10 fantasy points with a touchdown against the Chiefs. With TY Hilton’s status for Sunday unsure, it’s very possible that Luck looks for Moncrief a high amount of times. The Packers are giving up 26.1 to the position, which only adds to Moncrief’s chances to come up big.

Tight Ends

Top TE: Dennis Pitta – Tight End this week is incredibly thin so I will take a shot in the dark and go with Dennis Pitta. He may favor you more if you are in a PPR league since he is the third most targeted TE in the NFL, but the Steelers do give up only 8.3 points per game to tight ends. While this number may only be 10th worst in the league, I’m just not comfortable with choosing Lance Kendricks, Cameron Brate, or whatever Green Bay and Denver are doing at TE. Gates is another option here, but the truth of it is, he isn’t out of Hunter Henry’s handcuff just yet.

TE Sit: Jason Witten – The Cowboys offense might roll against the Browns this week, but Jason Witten just won’t be part of their plans to do so. Cleveland actually gives up the third most points to TE’s at 11.8 per game, but the Browns have faced some pretty good tight ends this season. Guys like Gronk, Delanie Walker, and Jordan Reed have all done very well against the Browns, and Witten just isn’t in that company any longer.

TE Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph – Choosing the top TE this week is a tough task which is usually what the sleeper section turns into, but with so many guys becoming secondary options stat-projections wise, it only makes sense to go with the guy with the most favorable matchup. Now you may ask, why is Rudolph a sleeper when the Lions give up 12.7 points per game to TE’s (the most in the league and have allowed 8 TD’s to TE (the most as well)? The simple truth is just that Minnesota offense has a lot of issues.

Defense/Special Teams

D/ST: Kansas City – This unit is very hot right now, and they come into a matchup against a regressed Bortles, and a JAX offense who has a recently fired OC and QB coach. In the last two games, the Jaguars have allowed seven points to opposing defenses.

D/ST Sit: Buffalo – Even with Russell Wilson’s struggles, there are many options out there besides Buffalo. Scoring just seven fantasy points in their last three games, defenses still only put up fewer than six fantasy points per game against Seattle on average.

D/ST Sleeper: Carolina – Looking for defense streamers this week is incredibly tough. Carolina is not a streamer by any means, but lately they haven’t been the number one choice by fantasy owners. I’ve even seen them dropped in multiple leagues. A game against LA may be a different story, however as the Rams give up the most points to opposing defenses at 11.1 PPG, and Carolina’s unit did score 19 fantasy points last week against Arizona and might be rolling with some new-found momentum.

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