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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 9

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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

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. MIN

Dez did have more TDs (2) than Megatron last week.

2

Jordy Nelson

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Has 12 rec., 165 yds., 3 TDs in 2 G w/o Cobb/Jones.

3

A.J. Green

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Took a backseat to teammate Jones last week.

4

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at GB (Mon.)

Must do without Cutler for another game or two.

5

Andre Johnson

HOU

vs. IND

Posted season-best 42-yard reception last week.

6

Josh Gordon

CLE

vs. BAL

Clicked with Campbell (5-132-1) right away vs. KC.

7

DeSean Jackson

PHI

at OAK

Looking to get things going again with Foles back.

8

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. SD

Contained (6.6 ypr) by Broncos last week.

9

Antonio Brown

PIT

at NE

Patriots' pass D could get Talib (hip) back this week.

10

Vincent Jackson

TB

at SEA

Seattle's Legion of Boom will zero in on VJax.

11

Steve Smith

CAR

vs. ATL

Saw his TD streak end at 2 games last week.

12

Harry Douglas

ATL

at CAR

Second straight big game (12-121) replacing Julio.

13

Terrance Williams

DAL

vs. MIN

Set Cowboys rookie record w/ TD in four straight G.

14

Torrey Smith

BAL

at CLE

Averaging 20.1 ypr, but has 1 TD catch.

15

Denarius Moore

OAK

vs. PHI

Eagles allowing second-most passing yards.

16

T.Y. Hilton

IND

at HOU

No. 1 role now his with Reggie Wayne out for season.

17

James Jones

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Will he be back (knee) after missing last 2 games?

18

Keenan Allen

SD

at WAS

Redskins allowing third-most fantasy pts. to WRs.

19

Jarrett Boykin

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Has gone for 13-192-1 in first 2 games as starter.

20

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at GB (Mon.)

Has 100+ yards in three of last four games.

21

Golden Tate

SEA

vs. TB

Unquestioned No. 1 w/ Rice (ACL) out for season.

22

Stevie Johnson

BUF

vs. KC

Hauled in TD vs. Saints, but dealing w/ groin issue.

23

Mike Wallace

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Wallace still trying to get comfortable w/ new offense.

24

Dwayne Bowe

KC

at BUF

Groin an issue, but Bills have given up 20 TD passes.

25

Marques Colston

NO

at NYJ

Has just 6 catches for 44 yards in last 3 G combined.

26

Marvin Jones

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Caught 4 TD passes vs. Jets, has 6 in last 3 games.

27

Emmanuel Sanders

PIT

at NE

Posted season-high 88 yards w/ TD last week.

28

Danny Amendola

NE

vs. PIT

Just 3 catches for 15 yards in return from concussion.

29

Darrius Heyward-Bey

IND

at HOU

Big opportunity w/ Reggie Wayne out for season.

30

Brian Hartline

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Has just one 100-yard game, no TDs since Week 3.

31

Kendall Wright

TEN

at STL

Has seen eight or more targets in each of last 4 G.

32

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

vs. IND

Hauled in 29-yard TD from Keenum in last game.

33

Greg Jennings

MIN

at DAL

Cowboys giving up most passing yards in NFL.

34

Kenny Stills

NO

at NYJ

Hauled in two long TDs (69, 42) vs. Bills last week.

35

Lance Moore

NO

at NYJ

Caught a TD pass in first game (hand) since Week 3.

36

Nate Washington

TEN

at STL

 

37

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

vs. NO

Geno Smith has been much better at home vs. road.

38

Aaron Dobson

NE

vs. PIT

Caught TD vs. Miami, 22 targets over last 3 games.

39

Vincent Brown

SD

at WAS

Has just 4 rec., 57 yds. since Week 5 (7-117) explosion.

40

Eddie Royal

SD

at WAS

Caught first TD pass since Week 2 in last game.

41

Rod Streater

OAK

vs. PHI

Eagles giving up second-most fantasy pts. to WRs.

42

Drew Davis

ATL

at CAR

Making most of opportunities with Roddy sidelined.

43

Marlon Brown

BAL

at CLE

 

44

Julian Edelman

NE

vs. PIT

Steelers second in NFL in passing defense.

45

Dexter McCluster

KC

at BUF

Has 67+ yards in each of last 2 G, got 1st TD vs. CLE.

46

Austin Pettis

STL

vs. TEN

Titans yielding second-fewest fantasy pts. to WRs.

47

Brandon LaFell

CAR

vs. ATL

 

48

Stephen Hill

NYJ

vs. NO

 

49

Kenbrell Thompkins

NE

vs. PIT

Rookie disappearing from passing game.

50

Leonard Hankerson

WAS

vs. SD

 

51

Chris Givens

STL

vs. TEN

 

52

David Nelson

NYJ

vs. NO

Has been Jets' most productive WR last 2 games.

53

Jacoby Jones

BAL

at CLE

Ravens need more consistency from Jones.

54

Donnie Avery

KC

at BUF

Bills giving up most fantasy points to WRs.

55

Riley Cooper

PHI

at OAK

 

56

Robert Woods

BUF

vs. KC

Hasn't been as involved with Lewis at QB.

57

Jerome Simpson

MIN

at DAL

 

58

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

at DAL

Tied NFL record with 109-yard KOR for TD vs. GB.

59

Roddy White

ATL

at CAR

Making progress (hamstring, ankle) but status unclear.

60

Tavon Austin

STL

vs. TEN

Rookie still searching for consistent role in offense.

61

Miles Austin

DAL

vs. MIN

Did not play last week b/c of hamstring.

62

Doug Baldwin

SEA

vs. TB

 

63

Cole Beasley

DAL

vs. MIN

 

64

Percy Harvin

SEA

vs. TB

Back at practice, but suffered slight setback w/ hip.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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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