With Week 9 of the fantasy season upon us we have officially reached the halfway point of the regular season. The halfway point of the fantasy season is already in the rear-view mirror, so owners who may be clinging to hopes of a playoff berth may be in a do-or-die situation this week. Thankfully many of the biggest names in fantasy are back this week such as Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. (And maybe even Ben Roethlisberger?)
There are of course some other studs on bye (David Johnson, Tom Brady, A.J. Green, Rob Gronkowski, etc.), and Week 9 also offers opportune matchups for some elite players. And hopefully, unlike last week, they will make the most of those this time.
But what about your mid-tier guys or bye-week/injury replacements? Will Ty Montgomery return this week for Green Bay and have a big role in the offense? And in Kansas City how will the offense fare with Nick Foles at quarterback? Will this help Jeremy Maclin or is Tyreek Hill the Chiefs’ new No. 1 target? And who is going to be running the ball?
And that’s just several questions related to ONE team. There are many more that will need to be answered (Mark Ingram or Tim Hightower for New Orleans?). With so many questions and a limited player pool for different reasons be sure to consult these flex rankings before setting your lineup. And as usual, these are subject to change (and will), so be sure to check back for the latest updates.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington
— 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.