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Congratulations, you survived last week, win or lose, when six teams were on bye. Just don't get too comfortable, however, because you get to do it all over again this week. And with the likes of Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, the New York Giants and San Francisco on bye in Week 9, a case could be made that this week will be even tougher than last week. Especially when it comes to the wide receiver position.
Speaking of wide receivers, Week 8 belonged to one man, Calvin Johnson. Already the NFL record-holder for receiving yards in a single season, Megatron came eight yards shy of claiming the single-game record after piling up 329 on a career-high 14 catches in Detroit's wild comeback win over Dallas. Instead, Johnson will have to settle for the record in a non-overtime game, as Flipper Anderson's mark of 336 yards from 1989 will remain No. 1, for now. Johnson's fantasy owners also got a nice consolation gift in the 44.9 fantasy points (Athlon scoring) he provided. Those who went up against Megatron probably weren't as fortunate. Johnson's encore will have to wait a week, however, as he and the Lions are on bye.
Johnson wasn't the only who paid big dividends for fantasy teams last week, as Cincinnati's Marvin Jones caught a franchise-record four touchdowns and Andy Dalton torched the Jets for five scoring strikes overall. Drew Brees matched Dalton's five touchdowns and although Peyton Manning had four turnovers (3 INTs, 1 fumble) he also threw four more touchdown passes in the Broncos' come-from-behind home win over the Redskins. Manning finally gets a much-needed break this week, while Dalton will be in Miami on Thursday night and Brees goes to the Big Apple to face the Jets.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points