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Week 9 Flex Rankings: Spooky Starts and Sits

Lineup decisions are often tough calls, so here are the Week 9 flex rankings listing the top-100 PPR options at running back, wide receiver, and tight end. With a lot of injured players questionable to play, including big names like James Conner, D.J. Chark, and more, make sure to check back for injury updates before finalizing lineups. Also, four teams are on bye this week, so get your Falcons, Bengals, Rams, and Saints out of your lineups. Good luck with your matchups this week!

For help getting ready for NFL Week 9, check out our Waiver Wire Recommendations and our FAAB Guide.

Shooting for Shootouts

This is a prime game to target in DFS and fire up all your Buccaneers and Seahawks in redraft. Seattle has already given up four 100-yard games to opposing wide receivers this season and has allowed the third-most passing yards thus far. Though Jameis Winston’s turnovers will make or break his fantasy day, this is a great matchup for Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, both of whom could eclipse 100 yards this week. Oh, and don’t forget about Cameron Brate if O.J. Howard is out again with a hamstring injury, especially in DFS. The Seahawks have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and Brate sneaks into the top-100 in my flex rankings as a result.

On the other side, Tampa Bay is the top defense against the run in terms of rushing defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) per Football Outsiders. Seattle also just lost their starting center, Justin Britt, to a torn ACL. Despite Pete Carroll’s preference to run the ball, it would be advantageous for the Seahawks to attack the Buccaneers’ pass defense, which is seventh-worst in the league in terms of passing DVOA. Both Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are great options at wide receiver this week, as Russell Wilson will need to pass a lot in what should be a back-and-forth game. And if the Seahawks stubbornly try to remain run-heavy in this game, Tampa Bay has already knocked off one NFC West team this year and could do so again.

Benching Big Names?

Despite being the RB13 on the season thus far in PPR formats, Mark Ingram is my RB30 this week and ranked as the no. 71 option in my Week 9 flex rankings below. It’s not impossible that Ingram scores a touchdown here or breaks a long run or two as Nick Chubb managed to do against the Patriots last week, but it’s unlikely that Ingram will have a great game against a NE defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Ingram is averaging just 14 carries per game with Lamar Jackson choosing to keep the ball himself, averaging 12 runs per game. And if the Patriots can manage a lead, Ingram gets little usage as a receiver with only 12 targets all year and could get game-scripted out.

David Montgomery was a hot waiver wire add this past week in leagues where he was drafted and dropped. And those who’ve held Montgomery on their benches for most of the year are likely chomping at the bit after he finally exploded for 135 yards and a touchdown last week vs the Chargers, but hold your horses. Philadelphia is the sixth-best run defense per rushing DVOA, and Montgomery has gotten fewer than 10% of the team’s total target share in the passing game, with Tarik Cohen getting almost 19% of the targets. Much like Ingram, it may be wise to stash Montgomery this week on your bench even after his big game against the Chargers. Let him loose next week vs Detroit, a team giving up the second-most fantasy points this year to opposing running backs…

Week 9 Flex Rankings (PPR)

Last updated on Thursday, October 31st at 12:42 PM CST.

1Christian McCaffreyRB
2Ezekiel ElliottRBFresh off their bye, DAL should handle this NFC East matchup with ease. Expect them to feed Elliott in a game where they'll be playing with a lead.
3Dalvin CookRB
4Saquon BarkleyRB
5Amari CooperWRNYG gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing WRs, and Cooper should be 100% healed from his quad contusion after DAL's bye.
6DeAndre HopkinsWRHopkins has averaged 13 targets per game in the last two since Fuller got hurt. He remains a top option given his target volume.
7Aaron JonesRB
8Josh JacobsRBDET's run defense is one of the worst in the league, and OAK's offensive line is healthier. Jacobs has huge upside with OAK favored at home.
9Mike EvansWRBoth SEA and TB are toward the bottom of the league in passing defense DVOA. This one could turn into a shootout.
10Chris GodwinWR
11Tyler LockettWRWith TB boasting the best run defense in the league, and having lost their starting center, SEA will have no choice but to pass in this one.
12Tyreek HillWRThe once-vaunted MIN defense is quietly allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Moore has adequate at getting the ball to Hill.
13Leonard FournetteRB
14Nick ChubbRB
15Tevin ColemanRBSF is the heaviest favorite this week, and with the other SF RBs banged up, Coleman could see an even bigger share of the carries this week.
16Adam ThielenWR
17Julian EdelmanWREdelman is has the 6th most targets in the league, and a tough matchup vs BAL could mean Edelman will be featured even more than usual.
18George KittleTEARI is the worst team vs opposing TEs, and Kittle is SF's primary receiver. Sanders's arrival should only help draw coverage away from Kittle.
19Davante AdamsWRGB is optimistic Adams will return this week. Given how efficient the offense has been, Adams should step right back into being a top-10 fantasy WR.
20Le'Veon BellRB
21Keenan AllenWR
22Travis KelceTE
23Kenny GolladayWR
24Allen RobinsonWR
25Michael GallupWRSee Cooper, Amari. Gallup has been quiet the last couple of games, but he has the potential for 100+ yards and a score vs NYG.
26Odell Beckham Jr.WR
27Derrick HenryRBCAR has been sliced up on the ground even before SF ran all over them. Henry should grind plenty of yards and find the end zone this week.
28Stefon DiggsWR
29James WhiteRB
30James ConnerRBConner has been nicked up a lot this year but has yet to miss a game. Even with the poor matchup and the shoulder injury, start Conner if active.
31JuJu Smith-SchusterWR
32Tyrell WilliamsWR
33D.K. MetcalfWR
34John BrownWRA windstorm limited Brown to 5 catches for 54 yards vs PHI, but BUF's no. 1 target should find plenty of success vs a bottom-barrel WAS team.
35Evan EngramTE
36T.Y. HiltonWR
37Austin EkelerRB
38Emmanuel SandersWR
39Robby AndersonWRXavien Howard is a tough draw, but Anderson should still see a few snaps away from Howard's coverage and feast vs the rest of MIA's defense.
40Hunter HenryTE
41Marlon MackRB
42D.J. CharkWRChark would be even higher were it not for a quad injury and a questionable tag going into a great matchup vs HOU's struggling secondary in London.
43Darren WallerTE
44Courtland SuttonWR
45Phillip LindsayRB
46Melvin GordonRB
47Chris CarsonRBTB hasn't allowed more than 75 rushing yards to any RB this year, and SEA just lost their starting center. There's not much upside here for Carson.
48Mark AndrewsTE
49Sony MichelRB
50Frank GoreRBBUF is likely to lead vs WAS and have been among the most run-heavy teams when the game script allows, which should benefit Gore.
51Marvin JonesWR
52Matt BreidaRB
53Jordan HowardRBRevenge game for Jordan Howard? PHI is favored at home, and Howard continues to be the goal line back. A TD or more isn't out of the question.
54Royce FreemanRB
55Christian KirkWR
56Miles SandersRB
57Kenny StillsWR
58Jaylen SamuelsRBConner may not be at 100% and cede more work to Samuels. And if Conner can't go, then Samuels would get bumped up even more.
59Chris ConleyWR
60DeVante ParkerWRDon't look now, but Parker is averaging 7 targets per game since MIA's bye with Fitzpatrick and has scored 2 TDs in the last 3 weeks.
61Tarik CohenRB
62Sammy WatkinsWR
63Carlos HydeRB
64Preston WilliamsWRThe Jets are top-10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing WRs. Fitzpatrick is keeping MIA's WRs fantasy-relevant even in a winless season.
65DeSean JacksonWRFinally returning from his groin injury, Jackson's speed would be a big boost for this PHI offense, and he could score a long TD even vs CHI.
66Mohamed SanuWR
67Mark WaltonRB
68David MontgomeryRBDon't be fooled by the big game against the Chargers' poor run defense. Montgomery is unlikely to find similar success vs PHI's front seven.
69Mike WilliamsWR
70Mark IngramRBNE allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs, and Ingram is still losing touches to Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
71Jarvis LandryWR
72Zach ErtzTE
73D.J. MooreWR
74Phillip DorsettWR
75Terry McLaurinWRMcLaurin faces a tough matchup vs Tre'Davious White, and the prospect of Dwayne Haskins starting isn't great considering his accuracy issues.
76Alshon JefferyWR
77Golden TateWROne of the NYG WRs might score here, but Shepard's return muddies the target share. Plus, DAL has allowed just one 100-yard game to WRs.
78Sterling ShepardWR
79Marquise BrownWRNE is a tough draw, but Brown has the game-breaking speed to take one to the house on any one of his targets.
80Jamaal WilliamsRB
81Adrian PetersonRB
82Mecole HardmanWRMuch like Marquise Brown, Hardman has similar big-play ability. He could score his 3rd TD in as many games vs an inconsistent MIN secondary.
83Larry FitzgeraldWR
84Jonnu SmithTEAveraging 5 catches for 71 yards in two games with Tannehill as TEN's starter, Smith is a primary target as long as Delanie Walker is out again.
85Ronald JonesRB
86LeSean McCoyRB
87Kenyan DrakeRBEven if Johnson and Edmonds are out, Drake is still settling into ARI, but his big play ability keeps him a viable flex option despite a limited workload.
88Curtis SamuelWR
89Jamison CrowderWR
90Cameron BrateTE
91Damien WilliamsRBWilliams saw all the work after McCoy's fumble vs GB, including the goal-line carry for a TD. His performance could lead to more snaps vs MIN.
92Devin SingletaryRBAlexander Mattison rushed for 61 yards in garbage time vs this awful WAS run defense, and Singletary could see similar opporunity if BUF leads big.
93Corey DavisWR
94Peyton BarberRB
95A.J. BrownWR
96Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR
97Ty JohnsonRB
98Miles BoykinWROdell Beckham and Jarvis Landry drew away coverage for Demetrius Harris to score vs NE, and Brown and Andrews could do the same for Boykin.
99Eric EbronTE
100J.D. McKissicRB

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For a look at how the rankings break down at each position, please check out Mick Ciallela’s Week 9 Rankings.

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