Week 9 fantasy rankings: Best, QB, RB, WR and TEs to start, sit

We’re right at the halfway point of the 2023 NFL season, meaning we have more data points and film to put together our Week 9 fantasy rankings. As always, we’ll provide analysis and fantasy football advice for some of the top players at each position.

Week 8 provided fantasy managers with temporary relief as all 32 teams took the field. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Week 9. It’s going to be a challenging weekend for fantasy managers setting lineups as the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars’ stars are on bye in addition to the Denver Broncos.

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Let’s dive into our Week 9 fantasy rankings. Matchup previews for the top 15 players at each of our positional fantasy rankings will be provided throughout the week. Bookmark this page for updates taking you through Sunday morning.

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Week 9 fantasy QB rankings

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1Patrick Mahomesvs Dolphins
2Joe Burrowvs Bills
3Josh Allen@ Bengals
4Jalen Hurtsvs Cowboys
5Lamar Jacksonvs Seahawks
6Tua Tagovailoavs Chiefs
7Dak Prescott@ Eagles
8Justin Fields (Q – Thumb)@ Saints
9Justin Herbert@ Jets
10Daniel Jones (Q – Neck)@ Raiders
11C.J. Stroudvs Buccaneers
12Derek Carrvs Bears
13Geno Smith@ Ravens
14Matthew Stafford (Q – Thumb)@ Packers
15Baker Mayfield@ Texans
16Sam Howell@ Patriots
17Mac Jonesvs Commanders
18Bryce Youngvs Colts
19Gardner Minshew@ Panthers
20Zach Wilsonvs Chargers
  1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs – The flu isn’t going to last two weeks, so we’re not worried about Patrick Mahomes being affected for the trip to Germany. This is a massive game for Kansas City and with home-field advantage now at play, Mahomes will be given every opportunity to attack a Dolphins’ defense that has allowed a 99 QB rating with a 12-4 TD-INT line.
  2. Joe Burrow, Bengals – A healthy Joe Burrow against a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed 240 passing yards and a 99.9 average QB rating in the last four games? Sign us up. We also expect Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins to have great performances.
  3. Josh Allen, Bills – A more spread-out offense really helped Josh Allen and this Bills’ offense, plus Dalton Kincaid broke out in his new role. While Bengals’ defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo is typically great against high-end quarterbacks, Cincinnati’s inexperienced secondary will likely help make this a shootout.
  4. Jalen Hurts, Eagles – Inconsistent is how we would define the Cowboys’ defense, especially since Trevon Diggs went down. The Eagles’ offensive line should hold up fairly well and Dallas doesn’t have the bodies to cover A.J. Brown, Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith.
  5. Lamar Jackson, Ravens – While Lamar Jackson was a fantasy disappointment in Week 8, he’s still playing at an MVP level. Expect him to rebound on Sunday against a Seahawks’ defense that is great on the ground, but can give up some splash plays through the air.
  6. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins – Revenge is truthfully propping Tua Tagovailoa up in our Week 9 fantasy QB rankings. Tyreek Hill wants to set records against his former team and his speed can make it happen. Just now the Chiefs’ defense has held opponents to an 84.2 QB rating and 176.1 pass ypg this season.
  7. Dak Prescott, Cowboys – The Eagles’ defense is outstanding if its front six creates pressure, that will be much harder against Dallas than it was Miami. As long as he’s protected, Dak Prescott could get you 250-plus yards and two scores against an Eagles’ secondary that has allowed 16 touchdowns and a 97.2 QB rating.
  8. Justin Fields, Bears* – We’re holding out hope that Justin Fields returns to action on Sunday. If he does, even limitations due to the injury won’t stop him from having a top-10 fantasy ceiling with so many other quarterbacks on the bye week.
  9. Justin Herbert, Chargers – For as great as Justin Herbert looked on SNF, quarterbacks are averaging just 184.4 passing yards with a 78.1 QB rating and an 8-8 TD-INT line against the New York Jets defense. You start Herbert if you have him, but there’s risk here.
  10. Daniel Jones, Giants* – On track to return this coming Sunday, Daniel Jones can easily take advantage of a Raiders’ defense that will give up touchdowns and allow Jones to run for 30-50 yards.
  11. C.J. Stroud, Texans – Week 8 was a disappointment, but penalties played a role in that. We’re turning back to Stroud as a top-12 option on Sunday, especially since the Buccaneers’ defensive backfield has ceded a 107.1 QB rating with a 73.4% completion rate in the last three games.
  12. Derek Carr, Saints – Derek Carr looked healthy this past week and now he gets to face the Chicago Bears defense. Chris Olave should have a monster day, but we even think Alvin Kamara and Rashid Shaheed can help propel Carr to be a high-end fantasy starter.
  13. Geno Smith, Seahawks – The only reasons that Geno Smith cracks the top-14 this week is because of injuries and other passers on the bye. Set your expectations pretty low, because the Ravens’ defense holds opponents under 180 passing yards per game with a 6-8 TD-INT line.
  14. Matthew Stafford, Rams* – Matthew Stafford is currently questionable for Week 9 with a thumb injury. If he plays through the issue, he’s a low-tier quarterback against a Packers’ defense that has allowed a 4-1 TD-INT line with a 102 QB rating in the last three games.
  15. Baker Mayfield, Buccaneers – If you’re looking for a flier this week, it’s Baker Mayfield. Houston’s defense is successful when its pass rush is getting home, but that will prove far more challenging against the Bucs’ offensive line. With a clean pocket or against the blitz, Mayfield will let Evans and Godwin make plays, which is all we’re asking for.
  16. Sam Howell, Commanders – Somehow, Sam Howell only took one sack in Week 8 against the Eagles’ defense. The short history of the Commanders’ quarterback suggests that isn’t sustainable. Even still, the positive plays outweigh the negatives enough to make him fantasy relevant.
  17. Mac Jones, Patriots – No one would mistake Mac Jones for an above-average quarterback and the situation around him is now even worse with injuries to the Patriots’ receiving corps. Yet, Washington has allowed a 109.2 QB rating with 14 passing touchdowns in the last five games. If you’re desperate in 2QB leagues, there are worse options.
  18. Bryce Young, Panthers – Bryce Young has looked much better as of late, averaging a 65.2% completion rate with a 93.4 QB rating in his last two games. If he had more offensive weapons, Young would be a little bit higher in these rankings.
  19. Gardner Minshew, Colts – Gardner Minshew should have a spectrum of placements on fantasy QB rankings for Week 9. He has two games with 200-plus yards and two touchdowns, but he’s also capable of a three-interception outing. To top it all off, the Panthers’ defense is starting to get healthier.
  20. Zach Wilson, Jets – Should an NFL team that wants to compete be starting Zach Wilson? No, probably not. However, the Chargers have allowed the most passing yards per game in the NFL and that justifies Wilson as a low-end QB2 thanks to bye weeks.

Stats, analysis and matchup previews will be provided for our top 15 fantasy QB rankings on Monday.

Week 9 fantasy RB rankings

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles
1Austin Ekeler@ Jets
2Saquon Barkley@ Raiders
3Breece Hallvs Chargers
4Jonathan Taylor@ Panthers
5Bijan Robinsonvs Vikings
6Josh Jacobsvs Giants
7Kenneth Walker III@ Ravens
8Derrick Henry@ Steelers
9Tony Pollard@ Eagles
10D’Andre Swiftvs Cowboys
11Alvin Kamaravs Bears
12Joe Mixonvs Bills
13Brian Robinson Jr@ Patriots
14Isiah Pachecovs Dolphins
15Raheem Mostertvs Chiefs
16James Cook@ Bengals
17Aaron Jonesvs Rams
18Rhamondre Stevensonvs Commanders
19Jerome Fordvs Cardinals
20Najee Harrisvs Titans
21Gus Edwardsvs Seahawks
22Rachaad White@ Texans
23D’Onta Foreman@ Saints
24Chuba Hubbardvs Colts
25Dameon Piercevs Buccaneers
26Darrell Henderson@ Packers
27Kareem Huntvs Cardinals
28Emari Demercado@ Browns
29Alexander Mattison@ Falcons
30Tyler Allgeiervs Vikings
Week 9 fantasy rankings are based on 0.5 PPR scoring

Fantasy analysis and matchup previews for our Week 9 fantasy RB rankings will be released on Wednesday. Due to the NFL trade deadline, our fantasy analysis was pushed back. Stay tuned.

  1. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  2. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  3. Breece Hall, Jets
  4. Jonathan Taylor, Colts
  5. Bijan Robinson, Falcons
  6. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  7. Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks
  8. Derrick Henry, Titans
  9. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  10. D’Andre Swift, Eagles
  11. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  12. Joe Mixon, Bills
  13. Brian Robinson Jr, Commanders
  14. Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs
  15. Raheem Mostert, Dolphins
  16. James Cook, Bills
  17. Aaron Jones, Packers
  18. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots
  19. Jerome Ford, Browns
  20. Najee Harris, Steelers

Week 9 fantasy WR rankings

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles
1Tyreek Hillvs Chiefs
2A.J. Brownvs Cowboys
3CeeDee Lamb@ Eagles
4Ja’Marr Chasevs Bills
5Stefon Diggs@ Bengals
6Davante Adamsvs Giants
7Cooper Kupp@ Packers
8Chris Olavevs Bears
9DeVonta Smithvs Cowboys
10Mike Evansvs Texans
11Keenan Allen@ Jets
12Tee Higginsvs Bills
13Michael Pittman Jr@ Panthers
14DK Metcalf@ Ravens
15Chris Godwinvs Texans
16Amari Coopervs Cardinals
17Terry McLaurin@ Patriots
18Jaylen Waddlevs Chiefs
19D.J. Moore@ Saints
20Tyler Lockett@ Ravens
21Zay Flowersvs Seahawks
22Puka Nacua@ Packers
23Diontae Johnsonvs Titans
24Drake Londonvs Vikings
25Garrett Wilsonvs Chargers
26DeAndre Hopkins@ Steelers
27George Pickensvs Titans
28Adam Thielenvs Colts
29Marquise Brown@ Browns
30Jahan Dotson@ Patriots
Week 9 fantasy rankings are based on 0.5 PPR scoring

Fantasy analysis and matchup previews for our Week 9 fantasy RB rankings will be delivered on Tuesday.

  1. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
  2. A.J. Brown, Eagles
  3. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
  4. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
  5. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  6. Davante Adams, Raiders
  7. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  8. Chris Olave, Saints
  9. DeVonta Smith, Eagles
  10. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  11. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  12. Tee Higgins, Bengals
  13. Michael Pittman Jr, Colts
  14. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
  15. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  16. Amari Cooper, Browns
  17. Terry McLaurin, Commanders
  18. Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
  19. D.J. Moore, Bears
  20. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

Fantasy TE rankings Week 9

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
1Travis Kelcevs Dolphins
2Mark Andrewsvs Seahawks
3T.J. Hockenson@ Falcons
4Dallas Goedertvs Eagles
5Dalton Kincaid@ Bengals
6Kyle Pittsvs Vikings
7Jake Ferguson@ Eagles
8David Njokuvs Cardinals
9Cole Kmet@ Saints
10Tyler Higbee@ Packers
11Logan Thomas@ Patriots
12Trey McBride@ Browns
13Taysom Hillvs Bears
14Donald Parham Jr@ Jets
15Luke Musgravevs Rams
  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  3. T.J. Hockenson, Vikings
  4. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  5. Dalton Kincaid, Bills
  6. Kyle Pitts, Falcons
  7. Jake Ferguson, Cowboys
  8. David Njoku, Browns
  9. Cole Kmet, Bears
  10. Tyler Higbee, Rams
  11. Logan Thomas, Commanders
  12. Trey McBride, Cardinals
  13. Taysom Hill, Saints
  14. Donald Parham Jr, Chargers

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