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October 31, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Andre Johnson (HOU) – If he could just find the end zone, Johnson’s fantasy numbers would be off the charts because he is racking up receptions and yardage totals at a record pace. Johnson has had no fewer than 9 receptions and 131 receiving yards in his last 4 games with 41 total receptions for 593 yards and 2 TD’s during that stretch. He is an obvious must start in week 9 against a mediocre Vikings secondary.

2. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – He is the consummate fantasy WR ranking in the top 5 in every statistical category imaginable at his position. Fitzgerald should be money once again in week 9 against a shaky 26th ranked Rams pass defense. The Cardinals should be bombs away in this match up with Fitzgerald as the biggest beneficiary. As a side note, the return of Anquan Boldin has shown no ill effects on Fitzgerald’s fantasy production. In fact, the numbers show that Fitzgerald is actually more productive when Boldin is also in the line up.

3. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – He hasn’t managed to maintain the break neck pace in which he began the season, but Marshall has still been one of fantasy football’s more productive wide outs. He should excel again in week 9 with a very favorable match up against Miami. The Dolphins pass defense is one of the worst in the NFL ranking 25th. In addition, they have given up the second most pass plays of over 20 yards in the NFL with 25 and the third most pass plays of over 40 yards with 6. This match up definitely plays into Marshall’s strength which is making the big play. Start him! Check injury report: groin

4. Lee Evans (BUF) – He is tearing it up lately and has yet another favorable match up against the Jets 23rd ranked pass defense in week 9. Evans has made a rich tradition out of torching the Jets secondary. He had 11 receptions for 210 yards and a TD against them in 2 games last season and 10 receptions for 198 yards and a score in 2 combined games against them in ’06. Even his worst game against the Jets over the last 2 seasons was solid with 6 catches for 72 yards. He is hot and this match up bodes extremely well. Get him in your fantasy line up.

5. Roddy White (ATL) – At this point we are starting to think that there isn’t a secondary on earth that can keep up with this guy. He continues to embarrass every CB he faces on a weekly basis. That said, he might have his biggest test of the season in week 9 against shut down corner Nnamdi Asomugha, but we have little doubt that White will come out on top. Besides, the Raiders pass defense as a whole is pretty bad and the Falcons will move him around to create better match ups. He is a must start with 25 receptions for 357 yards and 4 TD’s in his last 3 games.


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