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2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Rankings Review

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To no ones surprise, the Week 8 TNF game between the Dolphins and Ravens was a disgusting watch.  The Dolphins repeatedly got stuffed at the line, while giving up 40 points to a bottom of the barrel Ravens offense.  The week 9 matchup of the Jets and the Bills doesn’t sound great on paper, but it can’t be worse show than what we last saw.

In Week 8, I struck out on my Too Low picks with Latavius Murray, Ameer Abdullah and Devin Funchess.  All of these were pretty underwhelming.  Too high picks Duke Johnson and T.Y. Hilton had down weeks again, but Deshaun Watson exploded against the Seattle defense.  So with that, we will get into the Week 9 picks.

As you take a look at who I tag as Too High and Too Low, be sure to take a look at the Week 9 Staff Rankings.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (RB33)

With this weeks trade of Jay Ajayi, running backs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams will now carry the load in Miami.  With Williams likely to handle the passing downs, fantasy owners are hoping that Drake handles the most carries and touches overall.

This week Miami gets the terrible run defense that is the Oakland Raiders.  In addition, they have had an extra 3 days to prepare the matchup.  I think Drake can finish as a high end RB3 this week.

Rank Above: Jonathan Stewart, Matt Forte

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (WR28)

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Shepard was already having a fairly productive season before Odell Beckham Jr. got hurt.  Unfortunately, he was hurt the same week and has not played since.  But Shepard should be back this week and figures to be the top target for Eli Manning.

The Giants are coming off a bye week and should be prepared to face the Rams at home.  If the Giants fall behind, which is entirely possible, Shepard will be an even bigger target hog alongside Evan Engram.  Shepard should be a WR2 this week.

Rank Above: Davante Adams, Pierre Garcon, Ted Ginn

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (TE15)

This far down in the rankings, every tight end is hit or miss.  However, I think that Hooper is a better play than some of the other options down here.

He has at least 4 catches and 40 yards in 3 of the last 4 games.  And even against a tough Carolina defense, this Falcons offense should continue to improve and figure things out.

Rank Above: Ed Dickson, Ryan Griffin

Too High

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (WR10)

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At some point, Will Fuller’s ridiculous touchdown pace has to slow.  And until it does, he is going to land on my Too High list every week.  Fuller now has just 13 receptions, but 7 touchdowns to show for them.

He gets another plus matchup this week against the Colts.  So if you have him, you are probably playing him.  However, this pace simply cannot hold up, and eventually Fuller is going to put up a dud.  Maybe this is the week.

Rank Below: Amari Cooper, Golden Tate

Austin Seferian- Jenkins, TE, New York Jets (TE6)

Since bursting onto the scene in week 3, ASJ has been a fantasy commodity at the weak tight end position.  He has been a target hog for quarterback Josh McCown and received 3 touchdowns in the process.

However, he has proven to be completely touchdown dependent.  He has yet to top 46 yards, despite catching more than 3 passes in all but one contest.  Buffalo represents a defensive challenge for the Jets, and Thursday night games tend to be sloppy.  I’ll be avoiding him this week.

Rank Below: Jack Doyle, Delanie Walker

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (WR6)

After a string of monster games from Green, he and the Bengals have fallen flat the last two weeks.  Still, Green sits easily as a WR1, and one of the most dangerous weapons in the league.

This week however, I see the Bengals struggles continuing in Jacksonville.  This is one of the best secondaries in the league, and Green gets the worst matchup across Jalen Ramsey.  Green is dangerous this week, and I’m moving him down because of it.

Rank Below: Tyreek Hill, Doug Baldwin


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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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