Fantasy Football Picks, Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings

Ben Roethlisberger and James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers
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Ricky Dimon

NFL · 1 year ago

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Who will go crazy in Week 9, like Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday? That is the question as we head into the proverbial second half of the 2020 NFL regular-season. It’s getting down to crunch time in fantasy football, as your playoffs probably begin to take shape. Thus it is becoming increasingly important to make the right decisions when it comes to picking up players off the waiver wire and setting your lineup.

Let’s take a look at the best players at each position heading into the Week 9 matchups, as well as potential sleepers and players you should either start or sit.

Positional rankings


1. Russell Wilson, SEA (@ BUF)
2. Patrick Mahomes, KC (vs. CAR)
3. Kyler Murray, ARI (vs. MIA)
4. Josh Allen, BUF (vs. SEA)
5. Justin Herbert, LAC (vs. LV)

Running Backs

1. Dalvin Cook, MIN (vs. DET)
2. Alvin Kamara, NO (@ TB)
3. Derrick Henry, TEN (vs. CHI)
4. Christian McCaffrey, CAR (@ KC)
5. James Conner, PIT (@ DAL)


1. Davante Adams, GB (@ SF)
2. Tyler Lockett, SEA (@ BUF)
3. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI (vs. MIA)
4. Stefon Diggs, BUF (vs. SEA)
5. DK Metcalf, SEA (@ BUF)

Tight Ends

1. Travis Kelce, KC (vs. CAR)
2. Darren Waller, LV (@ LAC)
3. Mark Andrews, BAL (@ IND)
4. T.J. Hockenson, DET (@ MIN)
5. Rob Gronkowski, TB (vs. NO)

Travis Kelce playing for the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round


1. Harrison Butker, KC (vs. CAR)
2. Justin Tucker, BAL (@ IND)
3. Younghoe Koo, ATL (vs. DEN)
4. Wil Lutz, NO (@ TB)
5. Matt Prater, DET (@ MIN)


1. Steelers (@ DAL)
2. Patriots (@ NYJ)
3. Cardinals (vs. MIA)
4. Giants (@ WAS)
5. Football Team (vs. NYG)


Matt Breida, RB, MIA (@ ARI) – Myles Gaskin (knee) went on injured reserve on Thursday, making Breida RB1 in Miami probably for at least the next three weeks. Breida also has a favorable matchup on his hands against Arizona’s defense.

Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT (@ DAL) – Although Pittsburgh will be playing from ahead and therefore running the ball a lot against Dallas, the Cowboys’ defense is so bad that plenty of Steelers players will have chances for success. Johnson is a high-risk, high-reward option.

Damien Harris, RB, NE (@ NYJ) – Harris had 16 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown against Buffalo last week. He is New England’s featured back and Cam Newton has not been doing much for the passing game, so the Jets are going to see a whole lot of Harris.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT (@ DAL) – Roethlisberger is the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year, and he is even in the MVP discussion. He is going to absolutely torch Dallas this weekend and should have a ton of fantasy points even by halftime.

JaMycal Hasty, RB, SF (vs. GB) – The 49ers are missing Jimmy Garoppolo and don’t have any receivers (almost literally!), either. With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman also out, Hasty is going to be the leader of an offense against a Green Bay defense that had no chance of stopping Cook in Week 8.

D.J. Moore, WR, CAR (@ KC) – How’s this for consistency? From Week 5 through Week 7, Moore had 93 receiving yards in three consecutive contests. He has scored three touchdowns in the past four outings. Moreover, Carolina is going to be throwing the ball a lot against Kansas City.

Sit ‘Em

Drew Brees, QB, NO (@ TB) – Brees is playing solid, mistake-free football and has New Orleans at 5-2, but his upside at 41 years old is much lower than it used to be. It’s hard to see him going off against a formidable Tampa Bay defense.

D’Andre Swift, RB, DET (@ MIN) – Detroit’s rookie running back has been wildly up and down this season. Not too much unlike Diontae Johnson, Swift can have big games but will also completely disappear at times. Right now he is too big of a risk.

Jamison Crowder, WR, NYJ (NE) – Crowder may be the Jets’ best player. However, the problem in that sentence is “the Jets.” Basically everyone on that team should be avoided like the plague, and New England’s passing defense ranks ninth in the NFL.

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