The funny thing about the first six-team bye of the season is that it doesn’t have a huge effect on our Week 9 fantasy defense rankings — at least in terms of the D/STs missing. The Jaguars haven’t been all that good lately, and the Eagles have been a disappointment, too. The Bengals are really only good at home, and Cardinals and Colts are merely streamers in favorable matchups (the less said about the Giants, the better). Where those teams being idle hurts is that several of their offenses aren’t available for other D/STs to beat up on, which means fewer waiver wire sleepers to pick up and possibly start.
To make matters worse, some normally reliable starting units have highly unfavorable matchups, including the Rams (@ Saints), Ravens (vs. Steelers), Browns (vs. Chiefs), and Vikings (vs. Lions). Throw in the Patriots (vs. Packers), Seahawks (vs. Chargers), Steelers (@ Ravens), and Packers (@ Patriots) also having tough matchups, and it doesn’t take long before our rankings get wonky.
Week 9 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Kicker
The bottom line is you’re going to have to take some chances this week. Maybe it’s with a Dolphins defense that just allowed 42 points to the Texans; maybe it’s with a banged-up Jets team has lost some swagger; maybe it’s with the Raiders or 49ers, two of the very worst fantasy defenses who happen to be playing each other in a sure-to-be-sloppy Thursday night game; or maybe you just stick with what you have and hope for a big play, which we know any defense can make in a given game.
You could also just trade for the Bears, who are about the only sure thing in the rankings this week. Honestly, that’s not a bad plan depending on what you have to give up.
Note: These rankings will be updated with analysis during the week, so check back for the latest player movement and news!
WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end (coming soon)
Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: D/ST
These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues
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