DeAndre Hopkins is tied for the league lead with seven TD catches but now must do without Deshaun Watson at QB
Week 9 flex rankings for fantasy football are here, and won’t have a few big names listed because of byes. Among the teams on bye are Pittsburgh and New England, which means no Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown or Rob Gronkowski this week (or Tom Brady for that matter). There are still plenty of top-flight options available, however, including the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Kareem Hunt and Julio Jones.
The NFL trade deadline also has added some intrigue to this week, as Jay Ajayi was sent to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Will he have an immediate impact for his new team on Sunday or will he split carries with LeGarrette Blount? (Don’t forget the Eagles play the Broncos.). Can you trust Ajayi this week? You may have no other option with six teams on bye.
Speaking of byes, Aaron Jones is back from his, and appears to have taken over the starting RB role in Green Bay, but we will have to see how the touches are distributed between him and Ty Montgomery this week. Remember, it’s Brett Hundley and not Aaron Rodgers at quarterback for the Packers.
With several big names on bye this is one of those weeks where guys like Alex Collins or Robby Anderson could be starters depending on your roster while names like Terrelle Pryor and Sammy Watkins (to name a couple), who have been busts for the most part, continue to plummet in the rankings.
There will be plenty of changes with these rankings leading up to kickoff, so be sure to check back often.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.