Fantasy Fox: Top 50 wideouts for Week 9 (standard scoring)

Of his eight games, Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin (38 catches, 571 yards, 5 TDs as a rookie) has collected seven-plus targets seven times. He also hasn't gone consecutive outings without a touchdown.

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Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 9, citing standard-scoring leagues only.

This countdown doesn’t lean on a particular stat. It’s merely an educated best guess of which pass-catchers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns for the NFL’s ninth weekend.

For what it’s worth, I’m not expecting Reggie Wayne (elbow injury) to play on Monday night.

Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn’t supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:

1. Always play your healthy superstars.
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru’s analysis (read: plausible deniability).

BYES: Green Bay, Atlanta, Detroit, Buffalo, Tennessee, Chicago

TOP 50 WIDE RECEIVERS

1-25

1. Demaryius Thomas @ New England
2. Jeremy Maclin @ Houston
3. T.Y. Hilton @ N.Y. Giants
4. Antonio Brown vs. Baltimore
5. Dez Bryant vs. Arizona
6. Larry Fitzgerald @ Dallas
7. Andre Johnson vs. Philadelphia
8. Steve Smith @ Pittsburgh
9. Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans
10. Doug Baldwin vs. Oakland
11. Brandon LaFell vs. Denver
12. DeSean Jackson @ Minnesota
13. Keenan Allen @ Miami
14. Anquan Boldin vs. St. Louis
15. Emmanuel Sanders @ New England
16. Dwayne Bowe vs. N.Y. Jets
17. A.J. Green vs. Jacksonville
18. Rueben Randle vs. Indianapolis
19. DeAndre Hopkins vs. Philadelphia
20. Brandin Cooks @ Carolina
21. Julian Edelman vs. Denver
22. Mohamed Sanu vs. Jacksonville
23. Mike Wallace vs. San Diego
24. Andrew Hawkins vs. Tampa Bay
25. Allen Robinson @ Cincinnati

26-50

26. Vincent Jackson @ Cleveland
27. Wes Welker @ New England
28. Jordan Matthews @ Houston
29. Michael Crabtree vs. St. Louis
30. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. Washington
31. Eric Decker @ Kansas City
32. Torrey Smith @ Pittsburgh
33. Pierre Garcon @ Minnesota
34. Marques Colston @ Carolina
35. Terrance Williams vs. Arizona
36. Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Indianapolis
37. James Jones @ Seattle
38. Miles Austin vs. Tampa Bay
39. Kenny Britt @ San Francisco
40. Michael Floyd @ Dallas
41. Jarvis Landry vs. San Diego
42. Percy Harvin @ Kansas City
43. Andre Holmes @ Seattle
44. Markus Wheaton vs. Baltimore
45. Donte Moncrief @ N.Y. Giants
46. Greg Jennings vs. Washington
47. John Brown @ Dallas
48. Jermaine Kearse vs. Oakland
49. Martavis Bryant vs. Baltimore
50. Malcom Floyd @ Miami
50b. Mike Evans @ Cleveland
50c. Cecil Shorts @ Cincinnati
50d. Eddie Royal @ Miami

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year (Fantasy Sports Writers Association), can be reached via Twitter, day or night, at @FOX_JayClemons.