Fantasy Football Week 9 Start Rankings

November 04, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are the formulary start rankings for week 9. We are almost through the bye weeks, with six on tap for this week, and only two remaining thereafter. The rankings are mathematical with 2-parts based on individual player performance, and 1-part based on defensive expectations against that player. Remember that these aren’t an inducement to do anything crazy (like starting Alex Smith over Drew Brees as the rankings might suggest), instead, they’re a handy guide to help with some tough lineup decisions, or to find someone on the waiver wire if necessary to fill a need.

 

Remember too, that if your regular team has you disappointed so far this season, there’s a perfect opportunity to get competitive again in fantasy football, by entering WNST’s salary cap game. It’s free to play, and there’s big money being given out to the 3 highest single week scores. So you still have a very realistic shot at the money, even if you still haven’t signed up yet.

 

Congrats to Natty and Spoon 1231, who each had 157 points in week 8, tying them for the top spot this week. Unfortunately for them, neither was able to break into the top 3 weekly scores for the year, where Ravenators still sits in 1st place with 209 points, followed by goobirds and PlayLikeARaven who are still tied in 2nd with 195 points.

 

There are still 9 more chances for you to submit the winning lineup, so why not go there right now? In addition to changing your whole team each week if you’d like, you can also change your entire offensive philosophy if you’d like. There’s the traditional 2 running back, 3 wide receiver and 1 tight end set. Or you can go run and shoot, with no running backs, 1 tight end and 5 wide receivers; or you can go with my favorite, the power I formation, with no wide receivers, 4 running backs and 2 tight ends. However you choose to attack it, there’s cash to be had, so go there now.

 

And as always, good luck, keep an eye on the injury report, and most importantly have fun. If you’re not having fun playing fantasy football, regardless of the stakes, then you’re not doing it right; rethink your approach.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Aaron Rodgers @ TB (7)

2. Tom Brady vs. MIA (13)

3. Donavan McNabb (16)

4. Peyton Manning vs. HOU (21)

5. Joe Flacco @ CIN (24)

6. Alex Smith vs. TEN (24)

7. Drew Brees vs. CAR (27)

8. Carson Palmer vs. BAL (28)

9. Tony Romo @ PHI (31)

10. Matt Hasselbeck vs. DET (31)

11. Phillip Rivers @ NYG (32)

12. Matt Schaub @ IND (33)

13. Jay Cutler vs. PIT (34)

14. David Garrard vs. KC (34)

15. Matt Cassel @ JAX (34)

16. Ben Roethlisberger @ DEN (36)

17. Kurt Warner @ CHI (36)

18. Kyle Orton vs. PIT (37)

19. Jason Campbell @ ATL (40)

20. Matt Ryan vs. WAS (44)

21. Vince Young @ SF (44)

22. Matthew Stafford @ SEA (47)

23. Josh Johnson vs. GB (47)

24. Eli Manning vs. SD (51)

25. Chad Henne @ NE (51)

26. Jake Delhomme @ NO (60)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. KC (7)

2. Chris Johnson @ SF (17)

3. DeAngelo Williams @ NO (18)

4. Ryan Grant @ TB (22)

5. Pierre Thomas vs. CAR (23)

6. Cedric Benson vs. BAL (26)

7. Joseph Addai vs. HOU (26)

8. Frank Gore vs. TEN (26)

9. Ray Rice @ CIN (29)

10. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. SD (33)

11. Kevin Smith @ SEA (34)

12. Steve Slaton / Ryan Moats @ IND (35) *whoever emerges this week as the starter, rank the backup around 25th

13. LaDanian Tomlinson @ NYG (35)

14. Ronnie Brown @ NE (36)

15. Brian Westbrook vs. DAL (36) *if he’s probable or better

16. Michael Turner vs. WAS (37)

17. Ricky Williams @ NE (38)

18. Matt Forte vs. AZ (38)

19. Brandon Jacobs vs. SD (39)

20. Tim Hightower @ CHI (43)

21. Jonathan Stewart @ NO (44)

22. Marion Barber @ PHI (49)

23. Darren Sproles @ NYG (49)

24. Julius Jones vs. DET (49)

25. Rashard Mendenhall @ DEN (54)

26.LeSean McCoy vs. DAL (56) *if Westbrook is healthy. Put him in Westbrook’s spot if Westbrook is out, or take your choice with either around 21st if Westbrook is playing but less than probable.

27. Clinton Portis @ ATL (58)

28. Reggie Bush vs. CAR (58)

29. Mike Bell vs. CAR (62)

30. Willis McGahee @ CIN (63)

31. Donald Brown vs. HOU (66) *stick Chad Simpson here if Brown is less than probable

32. Lawrence Maroney vs. MIA (71)

33. Felix Jones @ PHI (73)

34. Knowshon Moreno vs. PIT (74)

35. Cadillac Williams vs. GB (74)

36. Beanie Wells @ CHI (75)

37. John Kuhn @ TB (76)

38. Jamal Charles @ JAX (76)

39. Correll Buckhalter vs. PIT (78)

40. LenDale White @ SF (81)

41. Derrick Ward vs. GB (84)

42. Maurice Morris @ SEA (86)

43. Glen Coffee vs. TEN (87)

44. Sammy Morris vs. MIA (87) *if he’s probable or better

45. Justin Forsett vs. DET (87)

46. Leonard Weaver vs. DAL (88)

47. Kevin Faulk vs. MIA (89)

48. Willie Parker @ DEN (90)

49. Garrett Wolfe vs. AZ (92)

50. Chris Brown @ IND (92)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Reggie Wayne vs. HOU (16)

2. DeSean Jackson vs. DAL (16)

3. Vincent Jackson @ NYG (24)

4. Chad Ochocinco vs. BAL (27)

5. Donald Driver @ TB (27)

6. Andre Johnson @ IND (29)

7. Roddy White vs. WAS (29)

8. Miles Austin @ PHI (30)

9. Larry Fitzgerald @ CHI (34)

10. Brandon Marshall vs. PIT (35)

11. Marques Colston vs. CAR (36)

12. Randy Moss vs. MIA (37)

13. Nate Burleson vs. DET (38)

14. Wes Welker vs. MIA (39)

15. Devin Hester vs. AZ (39)

16. Greg Jennings @ TB (39)

17. Steve Smith vs. SD (40)

18. Mike Sims-Walker vs. KC (42)

19. Derrick Mason @ CIN (44)

20. DeWayne Bowe @ JAX (50)

21. Hines Ward @ DEN (51)

22. Johnnie Knox vs. AZ (53)

23. Hakeem Nicks vs. SD (54)

24. Austin Collie vs. HOU (56)

25. Santana Moss @ ATL (56)

26. TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. DET (62)

27. Santonio Holmes @ DEN (65)

28. Steve Smith @ NO (66)

29. Jeremy Maclin vs. DAL (66)

30. Michael Crabtree vs. TEN (68)

31. Nate Washington @ SF (71)

32. Tory Holt vs. KC (72)

33. Mario Manningham vs. SD (74)

34. Calvin Johnson @ SEA (75)

35. Patrick Crayton @ PHI (76)

36. Mike Wallace @ DEN (77)

37. Anquan Boldin @ CHI (78) *if he’s probable or better

38. Mark Clayton @ CIN (82)

39. Antonio Bryant vs. GB (85)

40. Devery Henderson vs. CAR (86)

41. Pierre Garcon vs. HOU (86)

42. Bobby Wade @ JAX (86)

43. Steve Breaston @ CHI (88) *switch him with Boldin if Boldin is worse than probable

44. Kelley Washington @ CIN (92)

45. Ted Ginn Jr. @ NE (95)

46. Andre Caldwell vs. BAL (95)

47. Earl Bennett vs. AZ (97)

48. Jacoby Jones @ IND (101)

49. Josh Morgan vs. TEN (105)

50. Roy Williams @ PHI (106)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Vernon Davis vs. TEN (18)

2. Antonio Gates @ NYG (10)

3. Benjamin Watson vs. MIA (19)

4. John Carlson vs. DET (20)

5. Dallas Clark vs. HOU (21)

6. Jason Witten @ PHI (21)

7. Brent Celek vs. DAL (23)

8. Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. GB (24)

9. Jeremy Shockey vs. CAR (28)

10. Todd Heap @ CIN (30)

11. Heath Miller @ DEN (33)

12. Fred Davis @ AZ (33)

13. Tony Gonzalez vs. WAS (34)

14. Kevin Boss vs. SD (35)

15. Greg Olsen vs. AZ (36)

16. Mercedes Lewis vs. KC (37)

17. Jermichael Finley @ TB (41) *put Donald Lee here if Finley can’t go

18. Tony Scheffler vs. PIT (42)

19. Joel Dressens @ IND (43)

20. Chris Baker vs. MIA (57)

21. Dante Rosario @ NO (58) *switch him with King if he’s worse than probable

22. Kellen Davis vs. AZ (58)

23. Sean Ryan @ JAX (61)

24. Jeff King @ NO (62)

25. Daniel Graham vs. PIT (62)

26. Will Heller @ SEA (63)

27. Donald Lee @ TB (65) *put Spencer Havner here if Finley isn’t going

28. Brandon Pettigrew @ SEA (71)

29. Jeramy Stevens vs. GB (72)

30. Alge Crumpler @ SF (75)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. MIA (11)

2. Lawrence Tynes vs. SD (16)

3. Mason Crosby @ TB (20)

4. David Akers vs. DAL (25)

5. Olindo Mare vs. DET (25)

6. Matt Stover vs. HOU (25)

7. Nate Kaeding @ NYG (26)

8. Nick Folk @ PHI (30)

9. Rob Bironas @ SF (30)

10. John Carney vs. CAR (37)

11. Robbie Gould vs. AZ (37)

12. Joe Nedney vs. TEN (37)

13. Jeff Reed @ DEN (38)

14. Dan Carpenter @ NE (41)

15. Kris Brown @ IND (41)

16. Steven Hauschka @ CIN (41)

17. Jason Elam vs. WAS (42)

18. Josh Scobee vs. KC (42)

19. Ryan Succop @ JAX (43)

20. Matt Prater vs. PIT (44)

21. Neil Rackers @ CHI (44)

22. Jason Hanson @ SEA (45)

23. Shayne Graham vs. BAL (49)

24. Shaun Suisham @ ATL (54)

25. John Kasay @ NO (55)

26. Connor Barth vs. GB (68)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Saints vs. CAR (3)

2. Broncos vs. PIT (12)

3. Packers @ TB (17)

4. 49ers vs. TEN (18)

5. Patriots vs. MIA (23)

6. Colts vs. HOU (25)

7. Eagles vs. DAL (26)

8. Ravens @ CIN (28)

9. Bears vs. AZ (35)

10. Falcons vs. WAS (38)

11. Cowboys @ PHI (40)

12. Cardinals @ CHI (40)

13. Bengals vs. BAL (42)

14. Seahawks vs. DET (42)

15. Steelers @ DEN (43)

16. Giants vs. SD (51)

17. Chargers @ NYG (51)

18. Chiefs @ JAX (51)

19. Lions @ SEA (54)

20. Redskins @ ATL (56)

21. Dolphins @ NE (57)

22. Jaguars vs. KC (59)

23. Titans @ SF (63)

24. Texans @ IND (65)

25. Panthers @ NO (65)

26. Buccaneers vs. GB (66)

 

 

 

 

 

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