Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 9

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has looked every bit of a franchise cornerstone signal caller for the Texans, currently sitting as the top fantasy quarterback through the first half of the season. He also emerged from the inhospitable environment of Seattle, and a matchup with the Legion of Boom secondary, last Sunday with the top fantasy quarterback total for the week, showing that his game plays anywhere. Facing a Colts defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position, Watson is the easy top fantasy choice at quarterback this week.

Name Team Opp
Deshaun Watson HOU vs IND
Russell Wilson SEA vs WAS
Dak Prescott DAL vs KC
Drew Brees NO vs TB
Cam Newton CAR vs ATL
Carson Wentz PHI vs DEN
Matthew Stafford DET @ GB
Jameis Winston TB @ NO
Alex Smith KC @ DAL
Derek Carr OAK @ MIA
Matt Ryan ATL @ CAR
Kirk Cousins WAS @ SEA
Tyrod Taylor BUF @ NYJ
Marcus Mariota TEN vs BAL
Josh McCown NYJ vs BUF
Jay Cutler MIA vs OAK
Eli Manning NYG vs LAR
Blake Bortles JAC vs CIN
Brett Hundley GB vs DET
Jared Goff LAR @ NYG
Trevor Siemian DEN @ PHI
Joe Flacco BAL @ TEN
Jacoby Brissett IND @ HOU
Drew Stanton ARI @ SF
Andy Dalton CIN @ JAC
C.J. Beathard SF vs ARI

Running Backs

Coincidence or not, New Orleans running back Mark Ingram‘s production has skyrocketed since the Saints dealt Adrian Peterson to Arizona. In the past three weeks, Ingram is second at the running back position in fantasy points, scoring four touchdowns and averaging just shy of 120 yards from scrimmage per game. Facing a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the running back position in that same three-week span, Ingram is a shoe-in top-5 fantasy running back play this week.

Name Team Opp
LeSean McCoy BUF @ NYJ
Kareem Hunt KC @ DAL
Todd Gurley LAR @ NYG
Leonard Fournette JAC vs CIN
Mark Ingram NO vs TB
Doug Martin TB @ NO
Lamar Miller HOU vs IND
Carlos Hyde SF vs ARI
Devonta Freeman ATL @ CAR
DeMarco Murray TEN vs BAL
Aaron Jones GB vs DET
Adrian Peterson ARI @ SF
Alvin Kamara NO vs TB
Joe Mixon CIN @ JAC
Chris Thompson WAS @ SEA
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs ATL
Alex Collins BAL @ TEN
Jay Ajayi PHI vs DEN
C.J. Anderson DEN @ PHI
Tevin Coleman ATL @ CAR
Orleans Darkwa NYG vs LAR
Ameer Abdullah DET @ GB
Bilal Powell NYJ vs BUF
Marshawn Lynch OAK @ MIA
Matt Forte NYJ vs BUF
Derrick Henry TEN vs BAL
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs ATL
Frank Gore IND @ HOU
Marlon Mack IND @ HOU
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs DEN
Javorius Allen BAL @ TEN
Robert Kelley WAS @ SEA
Eddie Lacy SEA vs WAS
Damien Williams MIA vs OAK
Ty Montgomery GB vs DET
Alfred Morris DAL vs KC
Theo Riddick DET @ GB
Kenyan Drake MIA vs OAK
Jamaal Charles DEN @ PHI
Darren McFadden DAL vs KC
DeAndre Washington OAK @ MIA
Matt Breida SF vs ARI
Andre Ellington ARI @ SF
D’Onta Foreman HOU vs IND
Giovani Bernard CIN @ JAC
C.J. Prosise SEA vs WAS
Wayne Gallman NYG vs LAR
Jalen Richard OAK @ MIA
Devontae Booker DEN @ PHI
Thomas Rawls SEA vs WAS
Chris Ivory JAC vs CIN
Mike Tolbert BUF @ NYJ
Jeremy Hill CIN @ JAC
Wendell Smallwood PHI vs DEN
Shane Vereen NYG vs LAR
T.J. Yeldon JAC vs CIN

Wide Receivers

Nobody has benefitted more from the emergence of Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson more than his go-to wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The Deshaun-to-DeAndre connection is the most prolific in fantasy, with both players currently sitting atop their positions in fantasy scoring. Facing a Colts defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position, expect ‘Nuk to have another fantasy explosion on Sunday – he is the top-ranked fantasy wide receiver this week.

Name Team Opp
DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs IND
Mike Evans TB @ NO
Dez Bryant DAL vs KC
Michael Thomas NO vs TB
Julio Jones ATL @ CAR
Tyreek Hill KC @ DAL
Michael Crabtree OAK @ MIA
Doug Baldwin SEA vs WAS
A.J. Green CIN @ JAC
Will Fuller HOU vs IND
Golden Tate DET @ GB
DeVante Parker MIA vs OAK
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ PHI
Amari Cooper OAK @ MIA
DeSean Jackson TB @ NO
Jarvis Landry MIA vs OAK
Kelvin Benjamin BUF @ NYJ
Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ SF
Jordy Nelson GB vs DET
Sterling Shepard NYG vs LAR
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ PHI
Devin Funchess CAR vs ATL
T.Y. Hilton IND @ HOU
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs DEN
Marvin Jones DET @ GB
Jamison Crowder WAS @ SEA
Paul Richardson SEA vs WAS
Cooper Kupp LAR @ NYG
Ted Ginn NO vs TB
Jeremy Maclin BAL @ TEN
Davante Adams GB vs DET
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs BUF
Pierre Garcon SF vs ARI
Josh Doctson WAS @ SEA
Tyler Lockett SEA vs WAS
Rishard Matthews TEN vs BAL
Mohamed Sanu ATL @ CAR
Sammy Watkins LAR @ NYG
Kenny Stills MIA vs OAK
Robert Woods LAR @ NYG
Dede Westbrook JAC vs CIN
Robby Anderson NYJ vs BUF
Nelson Agholor PHI vs DEN
Willie Snead NO vs TB
Jordan Matthews BUF @ NYJ
Randall Cobb GB vs DET
Marqise Lee JAC vs CIN
Allen Hurns JAC vs CIN
John Brown ARI @ SF
Mike Wallace BAL @ TEN
Eric Decker TEN vs BAL
Corey Davis TEN vs BAL
Donte Moncrief IND @ HOU
Terrelle Pryor WAS @ SEA
Cole Beasley DAL vs KC
Brandon Coleman NO vs TB
Adam Humphries TB @ NO
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ CAR
Brandon LaFell CIN @ JAC
Marquise Goodwin SF vs ARI
Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs BUF
Demarcus Robinson KC @ DAL
Terrance Williams DAL vs KC
JJ Nelson ARI @ SF
John Ross CIN @ JAC
Kenny Golladay DET @ GB
Roger Lewis NYG vs LAR
Zay Jones BUF @ NYJ
Brice Butler DAL vs KC
Bennie Fowler DEN @ PHI
Jaron Brown ARI @ SF
Tavon Austin LAR @ NYG
Russell Shepard CAR vs ATL
Curtis Samuel CAR vs ATL
Torrey Smith PHI vs DEN
Deonte Thompson BUF @ NYJ
Breshad Perriman BAL @ TEN
Trent Taylor SF vs ARI

Tight Ends

Philly tight end Zach Ertz has been a consistency king, as he’s yet to score less than eight fantasy points in a game this season – a solid five-catch, 81-yard effort at the Chargers in Week 5 was his low-point, thus far. He’s the top tight end play for Week 9 as he’ll face a Denver defense that has allowed the second-most yards per game to the tight end position.

Name Team Opp
Zach Ertz PHI vs DEN
Travis Kelce KC @ DAL
Jimmy Graham SEA vs WAS
Delanie Walker TEN vs BAL
Jack Doyle IND @ HOU
Evan Engram NYG vs LAR
Vernon Davis WAS @ SEA
Cameron Brate TB @ NO
Tyler Kroft CIN @ JAC
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs BUF
Jason Witten DAL vs KC
Jared Cook OAK @ MIA
Austin Hooper ATL @ CAR
Tyler Higbee LAR @ NYG
A.J. Derby DEN @ PHI
Ben Watson BAL @ TEN
Ed Dickson CAR vs ATL
Martellus Bennett GB vs DET
George Kittle SF vs ARI
Ryan Griffin HOU vs IND
Nick O’Leary BUF @ NYJ
Eric Ebron DET @ GB
Jonnu Smith TEN vs BAL
O.J. Howard TB @ NO
Coby Fleener NO vs TB
Gerald Everett LAR @ NYG
Julius Thomas MIA vs OAK
Jermaine Gresham ARI @ SF

Defense / Special Teams

Yet another Houston fantasy entity sits No. 1 in the position rankings this week, this time the Texans’ defense. Houston gets a home tilt against an Indy offense that has coughed up the most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses this season.

Name Opp
Houston Texans vs IND
Jacksonville Jaguars vs CIN
Philadelphia Eagles vs DEN
Seattle Seahawks vs WAS
Arizona Cardinals @ SF
Los Angeles Rams @ NYG
Buffalo Bills @ NYJ
New York Giants vs LAR
New Orleans Saints vs TB
San Francisco 49ers vs ARI
Cincinnati Bengals @ JAC
Denver Broncos @ PHI
Carolina Panthers vs ATL
Baltimore Ravens @ TEN
Detroit Lions @ GB
Tennessee Titans vs BAL
Kansas City Chiefs @ DAL
Atlanta Falcons @ CAR
Green Bay Packers vs DET
Oakland Raiders @ MIA
New York Jets vs BUF
Miami Dolphins vs OAK
Dallas Cowboys vs KC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ NO
Washington Redskins @ SEA
Indianapolis Colts @ HOU

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever!

Name Team Opp
Wil Lutz NO vs TB
Graham Gano CAR vs ATL
Harrison Butker KC @ DAL
Ryan Succop TEN vs BAL
Blair Walsh SEA vs WAS
Jake Elliott PHI vs DEN
Justin Tucker BAL @ TEN
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU vs IND
Mike Nugent DAL vs KC
Matt Prater DET @ GB
Matt Bryant ATL @ CAR
Josh Lambo JAC vs CIN
Patrick Murray TB @ NO
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ NYG
Steven Hauschka BUF @ NYJ
Brandon McManus DEN @ PHI
Adam Vinatieri IND @ HOU
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK @ MIA
Cody Parkey MIA vs OAK
Phil Dawson ARI @ SF
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs BUF
Randy Bullock CIN @ JAC
Mason Crosby GB vs DET
Nick Rose WAS @ SEA
Aldrick Rosas NYG vs LAR
Robbie Gould SF vs ARI
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