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Fantasy Football Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season is at its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means those wide receivers like Mike Evans and Terry McLaurin will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 9 wide receiver rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Cooper Kupp vs Tennessee Titans WR1
Must Start Stefon Diggs vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR2
Must Start Tyreek Hill vs Green Bay Packers WR3
Must Start A.J. Brown vs Los Angeles Rams WR4
Must Start Deebo Samuel* vs Arizona Cardinals WR5
Must Start Justin Jefferson vs Baltimore Ravens WR6
Must Start Ja’Marr Chase vs Cleveland Browns WR7
Starting WR1 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown vs Minnesota Vikings WR8
Starting WR1 Diontae Johnson vs Chicago Bears WR9
Starting WR1 Michael Pittman Jr. vs New York Jets WR10
High WR2 Davante Adams vs Kansas City Chiefs WR11
High WR2 Brandin Cooks vs Miami Dolphins WR12
Starting WR2 Robert Woods* vs Tennessee Titans WR13
Starting WR2 Adam Thielen vs Baltimore Ravens WR14
Starting WR2 Devante Parker vs Houston Texans WR15
Starting WR2 Tee Higgins vs Cleveland Browns WR16
Starting WR2 DeAndre Hopkins vs San Francisco 49ers WR17
Starting WR2 Keenan Allen vs Philadelphia Eagles WR18
Starting WR2 Jaylen Waddle vs Houston Texans WR19
Starting WR2 CeeDee Lamb* vs Denver Broncos WR20
Starting WR2 Emmanuel Sanders vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR21
Starting WR2 Mike Williams vs Philadelphia Eagles WR22
Low WR2 D.J. Moore vs New England Patriots WR23
Low WR2 Amari Cooper* vs Denver Broncos WR24
Low WR2 Courtland Sutton vs Dallas Cowboys WR25
Flex Cole Beasley* vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR26
Flex Hunter Renfrow vs New York Giants WR27
Flex Van Jefferson vs Tennessee Titans WR28
Flex Chase Claypool  vs Chicago Bears WR29
Flex Jerry Jeudy vs Dallas Cowboys WR30
Flex Kadarius Toney* vs Las Vegas Raiders WR31
Deep League Flex Jamison Crowder vs Indianapolis Colts WR32
Deep League Flex Jakobi Meyers vs Carolina Panthers WR33
Deep League Flex Jarvis Landry vs Cincinnati Bengals WR34
Deep League Flex Darnell Mooney vs Pittsburgh Steelers WR35
Deep League Flex Julio Jones* vs Los Angeles Rams WR36
Deep League Flex Bryan Edwards vs New York Giants WR37
Deep League Flex Rashod Bateman vs Minnesota Vikings WR38
Deep League Flex Elijah Moore vs Indianapolis Colts WR39
Deep League Flex Christian Kirk vs San Francisco 49ers WR40
Upside Play Marquez Callaway vs Atlanta Falcons WR41
Upside Play DeVonta Smith vs Los Angeles Chargers WR42
Upside Play Kenny Golladay vs Las Vegas Raiders WR43
Upside Play Brandon Aiyuk vs Arizona Cardinals WR44
Upside Play A.J. Green* vs San Francisco 49ers WR45
Upside Play Tyler Boyd vs Cleveland Browns WR46
Upside Play Allen Robinson vs Pittsburgh Steelers WR47
Upside Play Zach Pascal vs New York Jets WR48
Upside Play Russell Gage* vs New Orleans Saints WR49
Upside Play Marvin Jones Jr. vs Buffalo Bills WR50
Upside Play Mecole Hardman vs Green Bay Packers WR51
Upside Play Tajae Sharpe vs New Orleans Saints WR52
Upside Play Tim Patrick vs Dallas Cowboys WR53
Upside Play Jamal Agnew vs Buffalo Bills WR54
Upside Play Michael Gallup* vs Denver Broncos WR55
Upside Play Gabriel Davis vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR56
Upside Play Nico Collins vs Miami Dolphins WR57
Upside Play Darius Slayton vs Las Vegas Raiders WR58
Leave on the Bench Tre’Quan Smith vs Atlanta Falcons WR59
Leave on the Bench Donovan Peoples-Jones* vs Cincinnati Bengals WR60
Leave on the Bench Nelson Agholor vs Carolina Panthers WR61
Leave on the Bench Danny Amendola vs Miami Dolphins WR62
Leave on the Bench Allen Lazard vs Kansas City Chiefs WR63
Leave on the Bench K.J. Osborn vs Baltimore Ravens WR64
Leave on the Bench Deonte Harris vs Atlanta Falcons WR65
Leave on the Bench Robby Anderson vs New England Patriots WR66
Leave on the Bench Rondale Moore vs San Francisco 49ers WR67
Leave on the Bench Sammy Watkins* vs Minnesota Vikings WR68
Leave on the Bench Laviska Shenault Jr. vs Buffalo Bills WR69
Leave on the Bench Marquez Vadles-Scantling* vs Kansas City Chiefs WR70
Leave on the Bench Kendrick Bourne vs Carolina Panthers WR71
Leave on the Bench Zay Jones vs New York Giants WR72
Leave on the Bench Nick Westbrook-Ikhine vs Los Angeles Rams WR73
Leave on the Bench Ashton Dulin vs New York Jets WR74
Leave on the Bench Randall Cobb vs Kansas City Chiefs WR75
Leave on the Bench Demarcus Robinson vs Green Bay Packers WR76
Leave on the Bench Quez Watkins vs Los Angeles Chargers WR77
Leave on the Bench Anthony Schwartz vs Cincinnati Bengals WR78
Leave on the Bench Byron Pringle vs Green Bay Packers WR79
Leave on the Bench Cedrick Wilson vs Denver Broncos WR80
Leave on the Bench Jalen Reagor* vs Los Angeles Chargers WR81
Leave on the Bench Denzel Mims vs Indianapolis Colts WR82

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

WR5 Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Deebo Samuel missed practice Wednesday with a calf injury. He is expected to play this week against the Arizona Cardinals. If Samuel misses this game Brandon Aiyuk would move up to WR26 between Cole Beasley and Hunter Renfrow.

WR13 Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

Robert woods missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. He is expected to play but if Woods in inactive against the Tennessee Titans then Van Jefferson would move up to WR21 between Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Williams.

Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers: WR17 DeAndre Hopkins & WR45 A.J. Green

DeAndre Hopkins is dealing with a hamstring injury for the past two weeks. On top of that A.J. Green has been added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list.  Their status for this weekend is uncertain. If both players are out then Christian Kirk moves up to WR25 between Courtland Sutton and Cole Beasley. Rondale Moore would

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers: WR20 CeeDee Lamb, WR24 Amari Cooper, and WR55 Michael Gallup

Both of Dallas’ top receivers were limited with injuries Wednesday. CeeDee Lamb is dealing with an ankle injury and Amari Cooper is dealing with a hamstring injury. Neither is expected to miss this game against the Broncos this week. However, if either was to miss this game the remaining receiver would move up to WR17 between DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has been on Injured Reserve since Week 1. He is eligible to return this week against Denver. If Gallup does not return this week then Cedrick Wilson would slot in at WR60 between Tre’Quan Smith and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

WR26 Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Cole Beasley missed practice Wednesday with a rib injury. If Beasley was to miss this game Emmanuel Sanders would boost up to WR19 between Keenan Allen and Jaylen Waddle. Gabriel Davis would boost up to WR39 between Elijah Moore and Christian Kirk.

WR36 Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans

Julio Jones missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a hamstring injury. That injury has made him questionable for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. If Jones doesn’t play then Nick Westbrook-Ihkine would boost up to WR51 between Marvin Jones and Mecole Hardman.

New York Giants Wide Receivers: WR31 Kadarius Toney & WR43 Kenny Golladay

The Giants’ wide receiver core is a mess with injuries. It is unlikely that Sterling Shepard is active. Also, both Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay are question marks with their own respective injuries. Keep an eye throughout the week to see if Toney or Golladay play this weekend against the Raiders. If both are out Darius Slayton becomes an interesting flex option this week.

WR49 Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

Russell Gage is expected to take the WR1 role for Atlanta now that Calvin Ridley is on leave. However, he is dealing with a groin injury. If Gage was to miss this week’s game against New Orleans then the next man up would be either Tajae Sharpe or Olamide Zaccheaus. However, it would be better off if fantasy managers avoided Falcons wide receivers in that scenario.

WR60 Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns

Donovan Peoples-Jones has missed the past two weeks with a groin injury. If he was to miss this week’s game Anthony Schwartz would become the Browns’ number two receiver and take Peoples-Jones’ slot at WR60.

WR70 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. He may return this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.  If Valdes-Scantling does not return then Randall Cobb moves up to WR68 between Rondale Moore and Sammy Watkins.

WR81 Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Reagor left last week’s game with an ankle injury. He was held out of practice Wednesday because of it. This is something to monitor throughout the week for Reagor owners despite the rough matchup against the Chargers.

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