For the Week 9 fantasy wide receiver rankings, Odell Beckham Jr. returns from his bye week to lead the way in what looks like a dream matchup, at least on paper. Antonio Brown may overtake if ODB if, and it is a big if, Ben Roethlisberger returns to action.
Either way the wide receiver position has largely been a roller-coaster ride all season. Julio Jones seemed to tweak something (hamstring? knee? ankle?) in a disappointing showing against a weak Green Bay secondary last week, but has another appealing matchup lined up for him on Thursday. Mike Evans didn’t take advantage of his matchup last week either, while Allen Robinson continued his disappearing act.
Alshon Jeffery, however, reappeared with the return of Jay Cutler as the Bears embarrassed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Are bigger things coming for Jeffery? I sure hope so, as do his fantasy owners but that won’t happen until Week 10.
This week may in fact be the biggest of the fantasy season for those who are trying to determine if their team is championship-caliber, able to get into the playoffs or needs some work to get there. New England being one of the six teams on bye will certainly impact many rosters, but not as much at the wide receiver position.
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.