Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 9

Jordy Nelson is thriving as Aaron Rodgers' new No. 1 target

Calvin Johnson was the story of Week 8, but he and the Lions are on bye, so there's someone else sitting atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 9 wide receiver rankings. Ironically enough, it's Dez Bryant, who made plenty of noise before his head-to-head matchup with Megatron last week and nearly stole the headlines away from Johnson following his late-game, sideline "tirade." Turns out the uproar over Bryant's actions were much ado about nothing and the attention paid them overshadowed his two touchdown catches against the Lions. While Johnson hauled in 14 receptions, Bryant had just three on six targets, but expect both of these numbers to go up quite a bit this week. Minnesota is 29th in the league in passing defense and gave up seven catches for 123 yards and two scores to Jordy Nelson, Green Bay's No. 1 receiver, last week.

Speaking of Nelson, he has looked quite comfortable in his new role as Aaron Rodgers' favorite target following Randall Cobb's season-ending injury. In two games without Cobb, Nelson has 12 catches for 165 yards and three scores. Even though Chicago has a pair of All-Pro cornerbacks in Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, Nelson is still a fairly safe bet this week, as evidenced by his No. 2 ranking. This also is somewhat attributed to the fact that besides the aforementioned Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald, Justin Blackmon, Eric Decker, Hakeem Nicks, Cecil Shorts and Anquan Boldin are all on bye this week. So which unheralded wide receiver will be the one to step up for his fantasy team this week?

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 Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco

1Dez BryantDALvs. MINDez did have more TDs (2) than Megatron last week.
2Jordy NelsonGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Has 12 rec., 165 yds., 3 TDs in 2 G w/o Cobb/Jones.
3A.J. GreenCINat MIA (Thurs.)Took a backseat to teammate Jones last week.
4Brandon MarshallCHIat GB (Mon.)Must do without Cutler for another game or two.
5Andre JohnsonHOUvs. INDPosted season-best 42-yard reception last week.
6Josh GordonCLEvs. BALClicked with Campbell (5-132-1) right away vs. KC.
7DeSean JacksonPHIat OAKLooking to get things going again with Foles back.
8Pierre GarconWASvs. SDContained (6.6 ypr) by Broncos last week.
9Antonio BrownPITat NEPatriots' pass D could get Talib (hip) back this week.
10Vincent JacksonTBat SEASeattle's Legion of Boom will zero in on VJax.
11Steve SmithCARvs. ATLSaw his TD streak end at 2 games last week.
12Harry DouglasATLat CARSecond straight big game (12-121) replacing Julio.
13Terrance WilliamsDALvs. MINSet Cowboys rookie record w/ TD in four straight G.
14Torrey SmithBALat CLEAveraging 20.1 ypr, but has 1 TD catch.
15Denarius MooreOAKvs. PHIEagles allowing second-most passing yards.
16T.Y. HiltonINDat HOUNo. 1 role now his with Reggie Wayne out for season.
17James JonesGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Will he be back (knee) after missing last 2 games?
18Keenan AllenSDat WASRedskins allowing third-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
19Jarrett BoykinGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Has gone for 13-192-1 in first 2 games as starter.
20Alshon JefferyCHIat GB (Mon.)Has 100+ yards in three of last four games.
21Golden TateSEAvs. TBUnquestioned No. 1 w/ Rice (ACL) out for season.
22Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. KCHauled in TD vs. Saints, but dealing w/ groin issue.
23Mike WallaceMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Wallace still trying to get comfortable w/ new offense.
24Dwayne BoweKCat BUFGroin an issue, but Bills have given up 20 TD passes.
25Marques ColstonNOat NYJHas just 6 catches for 44 yards in last 3 G combined.
26Marvin JonesCINat MIA (Thurs.)Caught 4 TD passes vs. Jets, has 6 in last 3 games.
27Emmanuel SandersPITat NEPosted season-high 88 yards w/ TD last week.
28Danny AmendolaNEvs. PITJust 3 catches for 15 yards in return from concussion.
29Darrius Heyward-BeyINDat HOUBig opportunity w/ Reggie Wayne out for season.
30Brian HartlineMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Has just one 100-yard game, no TDs since Week 3.
31Kendall WrightTENat STLHas seen eight or more targets in each of last 4 G.
32DeAndre HopkinsHOUvs. INDHauled in 29-yard TD from Keenum in last game.
33Greg JenningsMINat DALCowboys giving up most passing yards in NFL.
34Kenny StillsNOat NYJHauled in two long TDs (69, 42) vs. Bills last week.
35Lance MooreNOat NYJCaught a TD pass in first game (hand) since Week 3.
36Nate WashingtonTENat STL 
37Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. NOGeno Smith has been much better at home vs. road.
38Aaron DobsonNEvs. PITCaught TD vs. Miami, 22 targets over last 3 games.
39Vincent BrownSDat WASHas just 4 rec., 57 yds. since Week 5 (7-117) explosion.
40Eddie RoyalSDat WASCaught first TD pass since Week 2 in last game.
41Rod StreaterOAKvs. PHIEagles giving up second-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
42Drew DavisATLat CARMaking most of opportunities with Roddy sidelined.
43Marlon BrownBALat CLE 
44Julian EdelmanNEvs. PITSteelers second in NFL in passing defense.
45Dexter McClusterKCat BUFHas 67+ yards in each of last 2 G, got 1st TD vs. CLE.
46Austin PettisSTLvs. TENTitans yielding second-fewest fantasy pts. to WRs.
47Brandon LaFellCARvs. ATL 
48Stephen HillNYJvs. NO 
49Kenbrell ThompkinsNEvs. PITRookie disappearing from passing game.
50Leonard HankersonWASvs. SD 
51Chris GivensSTLvs. TEN 
52David NelsonNYJvs. NOHas been Jets' most productive WR last 2 games.
53Jacoby JonesBALat CLERavens need more consistency from Jones.
54Donnie AveryKCat BUFBills giving up most fantasy points to WRs.
55Riley CooperPHIat OAK 
56Robert WoodsBUFvs. KCHasn't been as involved with Lewis at QB.
57Jerome SimpsonMINat DAL 
58Cordarrelle PattersonMINat DALTied NFL record with 109-yard KOR for TD vs. GB.
59Roddy WhiteATLat CARMaking progress (hamstring, ankle) but status unclear.
60Tavon AustinSTLvs. TENRookie still searching for consistent role in offense.
61Miles AustinDALvs. MINDid not play last week b/c of hamstring.
62Doug BaldwinSEAvs. TB 
63Cole BeasleyDALvs. MIN 
64Percy HarvinSEAvs. TBBack at practice, but suffered slight setback w/ hip.

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

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