Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide ReceiversScoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards and per 10 rushing/receiving yards and four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing/receiving touchdown) and are for Week 9 only.
These rankings are from Kevin Hanson (follow him on Twitter).
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had a slow start that may have worried some fantasy owners, but he has been as dominant as ever over his previous four games.
Before Denver's Week 4 bye, Thomas had a total of 13 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown and as the WR55, WR12 and WR58 in those three games.
On a team loaded with talented playmakers, Thomas is on pace for 107 catches and 1,753 yards, both of which would be career highs, and 14 touchdowns, which would tie a career high.
If there is a week where he may struggle, it's this week against the Patriots. Whether or not he spends the day on Revis Island, the Patriots have allowed the fewest fantasy fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Meanwhile, teammate Emmanuel Sanders is having a career year.
Through Week 8, Sanders ranks ninth (sixth on a per-game basis) in fantasy points among wide receivers.
Sanders doesn't have four consecutive 100-yard games, but he does have four 100-yard games on the season. And while he didn't score in the team's first five games, Sanders has four touchdowns in the past two weeks including three of them in Week 8.
Set to notch career highs across the board, Sanders is on pace for 107 catches, 1,449 yards and nine touchdowns.
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Some more thoughts on wide receivers:
- One week after a dud 2/16/0 performance on a season-low three targets, Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin bounced back in a huge way with 12 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 16 targets against the Cardinals. Aside from Week 6, however, Maclin has had double-digit targets in all six of his other games this season. Maclin ranks sixth among wide receivers in targets (77), but no receiver averages more per game (11.0) than Maclin.
- Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown is second in targets per game (10.88), but he currently leads all wide receivers in scoring in both standard and PPR-scoring formats. Going back to the start of last season, Brown now has 24 consecutive games with at least five catches and 50 yards. As great as he was last year, Brown is on pace for 120 catches for 1,704 yards and 14 touchdowns, which would be franchise records across the board.
- Next up for the Cardinals, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, are the Dallas Cowboys. It appears that the Cowboys will have Tony Romo (back) under center, but the Cardinals blitz as much as anyone and the Cowboys struggled against the blitz last week. Especially with the commitment to the ground game, Dez Bryant has relatively modest numbers — only two top-24 performances over the past five weeks. Through eight weeks, Bryant has the eighth-most fantasy points among wideouts and second-year teammate Terrance Williams ranks 17th.
- Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) has returned to practice, but it's unclear whether he will return to the field on Sunday. Considering that the Bengals are double-digit favorites against the Jaguars this week, it's certainly possible that Green sits as a precaution ahead of their Thursday Night Matchup in Week 10 against the Browns.
- Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has come up huge in the past five weeks. With a 9/90 line in his only game under 100 yards during that stretch, Hilton is averaging 7.4 catches and 136.0 yards per game over the last five and has scored a touchdown in two of his past three games. No receiver has more receiving yards than Hilton (866) this season.
- New England's Brandon LaFell has been a bit inconsistent, but he has three games with at least 17.9 fantasy points over his past five games. In his past five games, however, he has finished as the WR7, WR80, WR3, WR47 and WR11, respectively. LaFell seems to be building the trust of Tom Brady, but there has been a lack of weekly consistency from him. Denver has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
- With eight touchdowns in his rookie 2013 season, San Diego's Keenan Allen didn't score his first touchdown until Week 8. He has finished inside the top-36 wide receivers only twice in eight games, but the good news is that he has double-digit targets in three of his past five games and is averaging 9.4 per game during that stretch. The bad news is that the Dolphins have allowed just the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
- Through Week 8, there are five rookie receivers inside the top 35 wide receivers in scoring: Sammy Watkins (12th), Kelvin Benjamin (13th), Brandin Cooks (25th), Allen Robinson (31st) and John Brown (34th).
Here are my Week 9 fantasy football wide receiver rankings:
1. Antonio Brown, Steelers (vs. BAL)
2. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (at HOU)
3. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (at NE)
4. A.J. Green, Bengals (vs. JAX)
5. T.Y. Hilton, Colts (at NYG)
6. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (vs. ARI)
7. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos (at NE)
8. Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers (vs. NO)
9. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (vs. OAK)
10. Michael Floyd, Cardinals (at DAL)
11. DeSean Jackson, Redskins (at MIN)
12. Keenan Allen, Chargers (at MIA)
13. Allen Robinson, Jaguars (at CIN)
14. Andre Johnson, Texans (vs. PHI)
15. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. PHI)
16. Mike Wallace, Dolphins (vs. SD)
17. Rueben Randle, Giants (vs. IND)
18. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (vs. NYJ)
19. Marques Colston, Saints (at CAR)
20. Pierre Garcon, Redskins (at MIN)
21. Brandin Cooks, Saints (at CAR)
22. Andrew Hawkins, Browns (vs. TB)
23. Steve Smith, Ravens (at PIT)
24. Terrance Williams, Cowboys (vs. ARI)
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (at DAL)
25. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals (vs. JAX)
27. Eric Decker, Jets (at KC)
28. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers (at CLE)
29. Anquan Boldin, 49ers (vs. STL)
30. Torrey Smith, Ravens (at PIT)
31. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (at CLE)
32. Michael Crabtree, 49ers (vs. STL)
33. Brandon LaFell, Patriots (vs. DEN)
34. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (at MIA)
35. Andre Holmes, Raiders (at SEA)
36. Kenny Britt, Rams (at SF)
37. Miles Austin, Browns (vs. TB)
38. Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. DEN)
39. Reggie Wayne, Colts (at NYG)
40. James Jones, Raiders (at SEA)
41. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings (vs. WAS)
42. Wes Welker, Broncos (at NE)
43. Martavis Bryant, Steelers (vs. BAL)
44. Percy Harvin, Jets (at KC)
45. Kenny Stills, Saints (at CAR)
46. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants (vs. IND)
47. Greg Jennings, Vikings (vs. WAS)
48. Cecil Shorts III, Jaguars (at CIN)
49. Jordan Matthews, Eagles (at HOU)
50. John Brown, Cardinals (at DAL)
51. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (vs. SD)
52. Riley Cooper, Eagles (at HOU)
53. Stevie Johnson, 49ers (vs. STL)
54. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks (vs. OAK)
55. Travis Benjamin, Browns (vs. TB)
56. Markus Wheaton, Steelers (vs. BAL)
57. Tavon Austin, Rams (at SF)
58. Brandon Lloyd, 49ers (vs. STL)
59. Preston Parker, Giants (vs. IND)
60. Jerricho Cotchery, Panthers (vs. NO)
Teams on bye in Week 9: Bears, Bills, Falcons, Lions, Packers, Titans
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