With five touchdown passes in Week 8, Patrick Mahomes was the top-scoring fantasy quarterback. He's still ranked No. 1 for Week 9. Mahomes faces the Carolina Panthers this week, which should be a tougher matchup than the New York Jets, but Mahomes is matchup-proof. Another matchup-proof quarterback is Russell Wilson. He threw for four more touchdowns in Week 8 and is ranked No. 3 for Week 9. The matchup against the Buffalo Bills may be tougher, but Wilson's fantasy owners should feel confident starting him.
Aaron Rodgers is ranked No. 2 this week, mostly because there isn't going to be much of a running game. Aaron Jones is still injured and is a big question mark if he's able to play at all on Thursday night. AJ Dillon was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss this week's game. Jamaal Williams was identified as a close contact and will not be able to play because of quarantine protocols. Without the top three running backs, the Packers are likely going to focus on a pass-heavy attack. The 49ers are banged up on both sides of the ball and their defense has slipped as a result of the injuries. This bodes well for Rodgers, who should be throwing the ball all night.
Teams on bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia
NFL QB Rankings: Week 9
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.