Week 9 WR and TE Rankings
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Steelers WR Antonio Brown
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week Nine of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Demaryius Thomas
  3. Dez Bryant
  4. T.Y. Hilton
  5. * A.J. Green
  6. Jeremy Maclin
  7. Emmanuel Sanders
  8. Steve Smith Sr.
  9. DeSean Jackson
  10. Kelvin Benjamin
  11. Mike Wallace
  12. Doug Baldwin
  13. Brandon LaFell
  14. Keenan Allen
  15. Odell Beckham Jr.
  16. DeAndre Hopkins
  17. Andre Johnson
  18. Rueben Randle
  19. Larry Fitzgerald
  20. Mohamed Sanu
  21. Michael Floyd
  22. Pierre Garcon
  23. Brandin Cooks
  24. Eric Decker
  25. Julian Edelman
  26. Reggie Wayne
  27. Marques Colston
  28. Andrew Hawkins
  29. Vincent Jackson
  30. Terrance Williams
  31. Mike Evans
  32. Allen Robinson
  33. Torrey Smith
  34. Percy Harvin
  35. Anquan Boldin
  36. Michael Crabtree
  37. Cordarelle Patterson
  38. Malcom Floyd
  39. Wes Welker
  40. Dwayne Bowe
  41. Martavis Bryant
  42. James Jones
  43. John Brown
  44. Andre Holmes
  45. Kenny Britt
  46. Cecil Shorts III
  47. Kenny Stills
  48. Tavon Austin
  49. Jarius Wright
  50. Riley Cooper
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. * Jimmy Graham
  3. Julius Thomas
  4. Antonio Gates
  5. Greg Olsen
  6. Dwayne Allen
  7. Zach Ertz
  8. Travis Kelce
  9. Vernon Davis
  10. Larry Donnell
  11. Jordan Reed
  12. Jason Witten
  13. Jace Amaro
  14. Heath Miller
  15. * Jordan Cameron
  16. Coby Fleener
  17. Jared Cook
  18. Timothy Wright
  19. Jermaine Gresham
  20. Luke Wilson
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

A.J. Green
Bengals WR A.J. Green
The Bengals No. 1 wide receiver will almost definitely return to action after missing the last three games with a toe injury. Green is a premiere talent in the NFL and is one of the best receivers in the league. In three games this season, the third-year Bengal is averaging over 100 yards a game and has found the end zone twice. Cincinnati is hosting a weak Jaguars secondary next week and Andy Dalton will look to get Green back in the mix as soon as possible. Look for Green to return to form and go for 100 yards and a touchdown.

DeSean Jackson
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson
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In his last six games, D-Jax is averaging 97.2 yards a game and has scored three touchdowns. He has been an absolute monster and now has the 14th-most fantasy points out of all receivers in the NFL. In Washington’s stunning victory over the 1st place Dallas Cowboys, Jackson caught 6-of-7 targets for 138 yards. Washington will travel to Minnesota to face a respectable Vikings defense but I don’t expect that to stop his surge into elite fantasy status. The former-Eagle is clearly quarter back Colt McCoy’s go-to receiver and the two should link up several times on Sunday including on a long ball for a touchdown.

Percy Harvin
Seahawks WR Percy Harvin
You’ve got to feel bad for Percy after coming from a Seattle Seahawks team that is defending the Lombardi trophy to Rex Ryan’s dysfunctional 1-7 New York Jets. Last week, quarterback Geno Smith was pulled in favor of Michael Vick after throwing not one, not two, but three first quarter interceptions. Vick was a little better but had three turnovers of his own when all was said and done. In his first game as a Jet, the former Super Bowl champion rushed for 22 yards and gained 28 yards receiving. Vick was named the starting quarterback this week and will attempt to develop chemistry with Harvin. However, the Jets have to travel to Kansas City to face a Chiefs defense that is allowing the 6th-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. I do think that Harvin will eventually have a great game for New York… I just don’t think it happens this week.

Wes Welker
Broncos WR Wes Welker
Welker has been a shadow of his former self this season failing to gain over 60 yards in a single contest with just one touchdown to his name. In a crushing victory over the San Diego Chargers last week, Welker caught just two passes for 5 yards, which is very difficult to do with Peyton Manning throwing you the ball. This week, Welker gets to head back to New England to take on the team that developed him. However, the Patriots allow the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to receivers in the league. With an arsenal of weapons on offense such as Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Ronnie Hillman, it will be difficult for Welker to see the targets that he saw over the past few seasons. I expect his numbers to improve from last week (how could they not) but he won’t do anything special. Keep him on your bench until the Broncos show that he is a major part of the game plan.

Antonio Gates
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
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The 34-year-old tight end looks like he traveled back in time 10 years to the 2004 season in which he 964 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Gates has the 2nd-most fantasy points of all players at his position due to his nine touchdowns in eight games. Last week against a very strong Denver Bronco defense, Rivers found Gates five times for 54 yards and two touchdowns. This week, the Chargers travel to the sunshine state to take on a decent Miami defense. I expect Gates’ production to continue, as he is becoming a must-start fantasy option. Look for Gates to go for 40 yards and a touchdown this week equaling 11 points.

Travis Kelce
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
The Kansas City Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce was on a roll going into the Week 6 Buy with three touchdowns in each of his previous three games. Since then, Kelce has managed just 78 yards and no touchdowns in his last two contests. Look for that to change when the Chiefs welcome the 1-7 Jets to Arrowhead Stadium this week. Rex Ryan’s defense has been atrocious this season allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Look for Kelce to torch the Jets with 65 yards and a touchdown.

Heath Miller
Steelers TE Heath Miller
Don’t let Heath Miller’s 17.2-point performance convince you to start the tight end this week against Baltimore. The Ravens defense is very good and they allow the 4th-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. The Ravens and Steelers have one of the most heated rivalries in the entire NFL and both teams historically pride themselves in their defenses. This game could be very low scoring. Big Ben would need another 522-yard game for Miller to be a worthy starter this week on your fantasy squad. Keep him on your bench until the matchup is more favorable.

Jared Cook
Rams TE Jared Cook
Cook is one of the more talented pass catching tight ends in this league but his fantasy value is limited by poor quarterback play from Austin Davis and injuries to the offensive line. Last week, Cook gained just 11 yards and he has yet to score a touchdown this season. With injuries to three starters on the Rams offensive line, Cook may be forced to block more than usual going forward. Adding insult to injury, the Rams face a Niners defense that allows just 6.7 fantasy points a game to tight ends.

Odell Beckham Jr./ Rueben Randle
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
With No. 1 WR Victor Cruz out for the year with a torn patellar tendon, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. stepped out in their last outing delivering a combined 108 yards and two touchdowns. The G-Men travel to Indy to take on Andrew Luck’s explosive Colts. I expect Indianapolis to have no problem throwing all over the Giants to take an extensive lead into halftime. The Giants will be forced to throw the ball and Beckham and Randle will be the primary beneficiaries. I expect them to combine for about 175 yards and a touchdown. Either one of them could break out this week.

Andrew Hawkins
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins
The pint-sized slot receiver has been better than most expected gaining at least 70 yards in 5-of-7 contests thus far. In the last two weeks, Hawkins has gained 200 yards receiving, 8 yards rushing, and a touchdown. He is in for another favorable matchup as the Browns host the Buccaneers in Week 9. Tampa Bay’s defense allows the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so look for Brian Hoyer to link up with Hawkins several times. I’m expecting a 65-yard day capped by a touchdown.

Jordan Reed
Redskins TE Jordan Reed
Despite only gaining 40 yards last week, Jordan Reed caught all seven passes thrown in his direction in Colt McCoy’s first start of the season. McCoy is not a very good quarterback and relies heavily on the check down passes to his running backs and tight ends. This obviously favors Reed enormously heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are very solid against the pass but I really like what I have seen from Jordan Reed since he returned from a hamstring injury. With 20 catches on 24 targets, Reed is a very efficient pass catcher and could be in for a nice day against the Vikes.

Jace Amaro
Jets TE Jace Amaro
Amaro was the lone bright spot for the Jets last week when the Buffalo Bills creamed them, 43-23. The rookie tight end displayed his stellar route running skills and speed for a man his size as he gained 51 yards receiving. The Jets will look to get back on track when they travel to Kansas City to play a Chiefs defense that allows the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Amaro is certainly no sure thing but he has proven that he has talent and belongs in this league. If Amaro and Vick can get on the same page, you may see a touchdown in the near future. The Jets will be forced to pass a lot in this game and I expect Vick to rely on his tight end. I predict 35 yards and a touchdown for Jace Amaro this week.

Rams WR Kenny Britt
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Kenny Britt
With Brian Quick out for the season, the Rams are relying on Kenny Britt to be their No. 1 receiver. Against a strong San Francisco secondary on Sunday, Britt helped lead the Rams to an upset victory by catching two passes for 32 yards while scoring the only touchdown of the game for St. Louis. He also played a season-high 92.9% of offensive snaps. The Rams have some favorable matchups coming up including next week when they travel to Arizona to face a Cardinals defense that is allowing the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Britt is a must add with Quick out for the season and the running game struggling. As Austin Davis continues to develop as a quarterback and work on his chemistry with his receivers, Britt should see a bump in production.

Mike Evans
I know I said to drop him after just a month or so of the season but the Buccaneers receiver has been on fire of late. Last week against the Browns, the rookie had seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. In his last four games, he has scored four times, a pretty darn good ratio to have. With a matchup looming against a Falcons defense that is allowing the 3rd-most passing yards in the league, things continue to look up for Evans.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Wes Welker
The former Patriots slot man was unable to produce against the team that developed him. Tom Brady and Co. massacred the Broncos and Welker did little to help Peyton Manning’s cause. Welker caught just three passes for 31 yards and was scoreless yet again before exiting the game with a back injury. He was also at fault for one of Manning’s two interceptions as he bobbled the ball before being hit hard and the ball bounced right into the hands of cornerback Brandon Browner. Welker managed to avoid a serious injury but he did little to make the Patriots regret letting him go. He has been absolutely dreadful this season averaging just 35 yards per game with only one touchdown to his name. The former Patriot is the 84th-ranked receiver in the league this season and there are too many mouths for Peyton Manning to feed for Welker’s numbers to improve significantly. It’s time to drop him and move on to bigger and better things.

Eddie Royal
Eddie Royal seemed like he was in for a big year after he caught four touchdown passes in Weeks 3 and 4. However, in his last five games, Royal has gained just 27.6 yards per game with only one touchdown. Last week against the Dolphins, he was held with out a reception for the first time this season. Royal is clearly touchdown-dependent, as he has only reached 100 yards once through nine games this season. Rivers is beginning to find Keenan Allen more and Royal’s production has plummeted. Drop him.

Tight Ends to Add

Mychal Rivera
David Carr has begun to lean on his tight end to move the chains. Rivera’s last two games have been his most productive by a long shot. If you are in need of a tight end, the second-year product out of Tennessee could be your guy. Rivera went for a career-high against the Browns in Week 9 catching seven passes for 83 yards. Then in Week 10, he caught 8-of-11 targets for 38 yards and his first two touchdowns of the year. Good tight ends are incredibly scarce in the NFL and Rivera had the potential to be a great player in this league. He is definitely not a TE1 but he is worthy of a spot on your roster if your starter is inconsistent.

Keep a Finger on the Eject Button

Jordan Cameron
Cameron suffered a concussion against the Raiders in Week 8 and was unable to suit up against the Bucs last week. The tight end is considered doubtful for a Thursday night meeting with the division rival Cincinnati Bengals and there is no guarantee that he will be able to go against the Texans in Week 11. Cameron has struggled to get going this season and has failed to get on the same page as quarterback Brian Hoyer. He is ranked 25th at his position this season and has only been effective in one game so far. He's one of the premiere talents at tight end in the NFL but with the concussion and poor quarterback play, his upside is limited. Keep an eye on his status.