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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide receivers for Week 9

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Ranking the best wide receivers by matchup and opportunity for Week 9 of the 2019 NFL Season.

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Fantasy football has always been a crapshoot, but the variance that has been hitting high and low this entire season has been exclusively frustrating. Take for instance Marvin Jones Jr. Going into Week 7, the Lions’ #2 receiver has caught just one touchdown and 20 total passes in five games. He was putting up borderline flex numbers. Then comes a matchup against a relatively top-tier defense in the Minnesota Vikings. Coming off of a 2-catch, 17-yard performance at Green Bay, most of everyone probably benched Jones in Week 7.

Jones proceeds to paste Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings for 10 catches, 93 yards and FOUR touchdowns. All of his owners lament benching him, even though the process was completely right. Following that explosion, owners were essentially forced to start him in Week 8, when he was taking on the hapless Giants secondary. In true fantasy football fashion, Jones lays an unusable 4/22/0 stat line as Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola do all the damage.

There really isn’t a point to all of this other than to say that most of the time it’s not your fault when a player who was supposed to do nothing explodes on your bench, and when a player in a prime blowup spot lays an egg. That’s just the name of the game.

WR Rankings - Week 10

Rank Player Team Opponent Opponent Rank vs. WRs Previous Week Stats Season to Date
Rank Player Team Opponent Opponent Rank vs. WRs Previous Week Stats Season to Date
1 Michael Thomas NO ATL 4th-most points allowed Bye Week 73/874/4 on 89 targets
2 Tyreek Hill KC @TEN 11th-fewest points allowed 6/140/1 on 8 targets 22/386/4 on 34 targets
3 Cooper Kupp LAR @PIT 16th-most points allowed Bye Week 58/792/5 on 87 targets
4 Keenan Allen LAC @OAK 2nd-most points allowed 3/40/0 on 4 targets 54/657/3 on 84 targets
5 Julio Jones ATL @NO 9th-most points allowed Bye Week 50/712/4 on 74 targets
6 Chris Godwin TB ARI 11th-most points allowed 7/61/0 on 9 targets 54/766/6 on 72 targets
7 Tyler Lockett SEA @SF 6th-fewest points allowed 13/152/2 on 18 targets 59/767/6 on 72 targets
8 Davante Adams GB CAR 10th-most points allowed 7/41/0 on 11 targets 32/419/0 on 47 targets
9 Amari Cooper DAL MIN 12th-most points allowed 4/80/1 on 7 targets 42/701/6 on 57 targets
10 Mike Evans TB ARI 11th-most points allowed 12/180/1 on 16 targets 50/842/7 on 83 targets
11 Emmanuel Sanders SF SEA 15th-most points allowed 7/112/1 on 9 targets 41/504/4 on 58 targets
12 Kenny Golladay DET @CHI 3rd-fewest points allowed 4/132/1 on 7 targets 35/640/7 on 62 targets
13 Christian Kirk ARI @TB Most points allowed 2/8/0 on 5 targets 34/329/0 on 53 targets
14 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE BUF 2nd-fewest points allowed 5/87/0 on 6 targets 39/575/1 on 67 targets
15 Stefon Diggs MIN @DAL 5th-fewest points allowed 1/4/0 on 4 targets 38/710/4 on 53 targets
16 DJ Moore CAR @GB 9th-fewest points allowed 7/101/0 on 10 targets 45/564/1 on 68 targets
17 Golden Tate NYG @NYJ 7th-most points allowed 6/42/0 on 6 targets 29/322/1 on 42 targets
18 John Brown BUF @CLE 13th-fewest points allowed 4/76/0 on 7 targets 42/603/2 on 60 targets
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT LAR 10th-fewest points allowed 3/16/0 on 5 targets 33/459/3 on 51 targets
20 Mike Williams LAC @OAK 2nd-most points allowed 3/111/4 on 4 targets 29/530/0 on 54 targets
21 Robert Woods LAR @PIT 16th-most points allowed Bye Week 38/471/0 on 60 targets
22 Calvin Ridley ATL @NO 9th-most points allowed Bye Week 33/443/4 on 51 targets
23 Allen Robinson CHI DET 14th-most points allowed 1/6/0 on 5 targets 47/532/3 on 71 targets
24 Marquise Brown BAL @CIN 15th-fewest points allowed 3/48/0 on 4 targets 24/374/3 on 43 targets
25 DeVante Parker MIA @IND 12th-fewest points allowed 4/57/1 on 6 targets 28/400/4 on 52 targets
26 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @TB Most points allowed 4/38/0 on 4 targets 42/485/2 on 63 targets
27 Michael Gallup DAL MIN 12th-most points allowed 2/33/1 on 6 targets 29/454/2 on 46 targets
28 Jarvis Landry CLE BUF 2nd-fewest points allowed 6/51/1 on 13 targets 36/555/1 on 67 targets
29 Tyrell Williams OAK LAC 8th-fewest points allowed 3/48/0 on 4 targets 23/355/5 on 34 targets
30 Tyler Boyd CIN BAL 13th-most points allowed Bye Week 51/536/1 on 83 targets
31 Jamison Crowder NYJ NYG 3rd-most points allowed 8/83/1 on 9 targets 43/405/1 on 59 targets
32 Josh Reynolds LAR @PIT 16th-most points allowed Bye Week 5/107/1 on 18 targets
33 DK Metcalf SEA @SF 6th-fewest points allowed 6/123/1 on 9 targets 29/525/5 on 54 targets
34 Sammy Watkins KC @TEN 11th-fewest points allowed 7/63/0 on 10 targets 35/473/3 on 56 targets
35 Zach Pascal IND MIA 8th-most points allowed 5/76/1 on 6 targets 19/321/4 on 27 targets
36 Curtis Samuel CAR @GB 9th-fewest points allowed 3/64/1 on 6 targets 30/407/3 on 60 targets
37 Marvin Jones Jr. DET @CHI 3rd-fewest points allowed 8/126/1 on 10 targets 42/535/6 on 57 targets
38 A.J. Brown TEN KC 7th-fewest points allowed 4/81/0 on 7 targets 26/429/3 on 41 targets
39 Cole Beasley BUF @CLE 13th-fewest points allowed 2/13/1 on 2 targets 35/337/3 on 55 targets
40 A.J. Green CIN BAL 13th-most points allowed Bye Week 0/0/0 on 0 targets
41 Corey Davis TEN KC 7th-fewest points allowed 4/48/0 on 5 targets 28/374/2 on 45 targets
42 Darius Slayton NYG @NYJ 7th-most points allowed 1/6/0 on 4 targets 17/273/3 on 31 targets
43 Alex Erickson CIN BAL 13th-most points allowed Bye Week 25/343/0 on 36 targets
44 Taylor Gabriel CHI DET 14th-most points allowed 3/69/0 on 3 targets 17/238/3 on 25 targets
45 Russell Gage ATL @NO 9th-most points allowed Bye Week 11/102/0 on 17 targets
46 Olabisi Johnson MIN @DAL 5th-fewest points allowed 1/4/1 on 2 targets 16/165/2 on 21 targets
47 Hunter Renfrow OAK LAC 8th-fewest points allowed 6/54/1 on 7 targets 24/257/2 on 37 targets
48 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB CAR 10th-most points allowed 0/0/0 on 2 targets 22/420/2 on 41 targets
49 Robby Anderson NYJ NYG 3rd-most points allowed 2/33/0 on 4 targets 23/342/1 on 47 targets
50 Tre'Quan Smith NO ATL 4th-most points allowed Bye Week 5/75/1 on 5 targets