Fantasy Football Rankings: Rest of Season (Week 9)
Each week through the NFL season we’ll take a look at our rest of season rankings to help you make roster decisions. In addition to the rankings below, here are notes on a few key players.
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB)
Green Bay is struggling along with an ineffective running game and receiving corps that has been riddled with injuries. Things are starting to improve following the club’s bye, so Rodgers should be in a position to keep airing it out as the Packers try to stay in the playoff hunt. He’s a strong candidate for QB1 numbers in the second half of the season.
Jared Goff (QB – LAR)
Sean McVay is calling a ton of pass plays in the red zone, leading to Goff ranking third in the league in red zone pass attempts. That’s quite remarkable when you consider that Todd Gurley is in the backfield gobbling up touchdowns but certainly bodes well for Goff’s potential to wind up with QB1 numbers this season. LA boasts the deepest receiving corps in football and an offensive gameplan perfectly catered to Goff’s strengths. Goff’s rookie-season struggles are a distant memory as he looks like a star in the making.
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU)
Just when the Texans were jelling, Will Fuller was lost for the year. Fuller and Watson had combined for 11 touchdowns in 11 games, so his absence will hurt. Fortunately, the Texans made a deadline deal for Demaryius Thomas to give Watson some much-needed talent. If Thomas and Watson can quickly develop some chemistry, the Texans can still be an explosive offense down the stretch.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – TB)
You can’t stop Fitzmagic, you can only hope to contain. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes back over Tampa’s starting gig, this time likely for good. We know that Fitzpatrick can air it out and provide plus rushing ability, but turnovers will always be an issue. There will be some great games but also some bad ones…really bad.
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE)
Mayfield has looked poised in the pocket and delivered a pair of wins to the moribund Browns, which in itself is a huge accomplishment. He’s not ready to start in redraft leagues on a consistent basis, but Mayfield’s dynasty value is sky high. With Todd Haley out of the way, there’s reason to be optimistic that the new offense will be better suited for Mayfield’s strengths.
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR)
Gurley has such a commanding lead in red-zone touches that it’s almost unfair to have him in a fantasy lineup. It’s like having a second QB. So far, every indication is that Gurley is destined to repeat as the overall No. 1 fantasy player and the Rams offense just keeps humming along each and every week- even if he puts his real team first.
James Conner (RB – PIT)
For now, Conner looks like a three-down stud who is leading the NFL in forced missed tackles–an area that he’s been clearly superior to than Le’Veon Bell. It’s beginning to look more and more like Conner is going to be the club’s main back even if Bell finally decides to show up. That’s great news not only for this season but also makes Conner a top-5 dynasty target.
Mark Ingram (RB – NO)
Ingram has returned to take a bite out of Alvin Kamara‘s touches but an interesting development has taken place. The Saints have given Kamara most of the short-yardage work, which puts a cap on Ingram’s scoring upside. He’s still a solid RB2, even with limited touches, but if those touchdowns don’t start adding up, Ingram has limited upside.
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC)
The trade for Carlos Hyde now lets the Jaguars potentially sit Fournette all the way through Week 10 in an effort to get his troublesome hamstring fully healed. With Hyde now in the mix and T.J. Yeldon carving out a role, Fournette’s ROS value is moving in the wrong direction.
Jordan Howard (RB – CHI)
After a fast start, Howard has slowed down as Tarik Cohen has started to see more snaps as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Cohen’s new/old role take Howard out of RB1 contention and make him more of a touchdown-dependent RB2.
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
There’s no denying that Thielen’s chemistry with Kirk Cousins has far exceeded expectations. Thielen has surpassed double-digit targets and triple-digit receiving totals in each of the Vikings’ first eight contests. His touchdown numbers have also spiked with Cousins, making Thielen a locked-in, top-3 wideout in every format.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – NYG)
The schedule is about to ease up significant for Beckham, who will face six opponents who have put up below average numbers against opposing wideouts. Beckham has been vocal about his lack of production, even though he’s remained a strong WR1. With the schedule easing up and Manning doing a better job of getting him involved, Beckham has overall No. 1 WR upside in the second half of the season after the team’s Week 9 bye.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU)
Just when it seemed like Hopkins was going to have to step up to take a ridiculous, 2017-esque target share in the wake of Will Fuller‘s season-ending injury, the Texans went out and added Demaryius Thomas to take some of the pressure off of Nuk. Hopkins will remain Deshaun Watson‘s primary target, but Thomas’s presence make actually help ease some of the coverage, especially in the red zone.
Golden Tate (WR – PHI)
While the Eagles may have already had a solid slot receiver on the roster, Tate is a prove, elite pass-catcher who will add a dynamic that Doug Pederson has never had in his offense. It remains to be seen how that will play out following the bye, but Tate is probably in a better spot with a better quarterback. Consider the trade a slight upgrade.
Marvin Jones (WR – DET)
Jones should be the main benefactor of the Golden Tate trade. Among the league leaders in red zone targets, Jones should start to move up the standings, but he’s not going to finish quite as high as he did last season. He’s still a solid WR2 and a nice trade target.
Devin Funchess (WR – CAR)
Now that Greg Olsen is back, and likely to lead Carolina in targets, Funchess is due to take a step back. He’ll still lead the receiving corps in targets, but will likely be no better than third for a team that will finish with average-at-best passing totals.
Rob Gronkowski (TE – NE)
Gronk simply doesn’t look right and has not been able to shake this back injury that kept the superstar out of Week 7. While his overall production has been fine in a season that has been brutal for tight ends, Gronkowski might need an extended rest period before he can return to his usual elite production.
O.J. Howard (TE – TB)
Howard is dominating tight end targets over Cameron Brate but it appears that Tampa will run plenty of ’12’ sets with both tight ends in the lineup. Now that it looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick should be the starter for the remainder of the season, Howard offers top-10 ROS potential.
Evan Engram (TE – NYG)
Engram returned to the lineup but is a distant fourth in target priority to Saqoun Barkley, Odell Beckham, and Sterling Shepard. That said, Engram has been a trusted outlet receiver for Eli Manning and still offers plenty of TE1 appeal.
Below you can find our the complete rest of season rankings of several of our experts.