Fantasy football Week 9 rankings: Who to start and sit

It’s crunch time in the fantasy football playoff race, so make sure your best lineup is on the field with the help of my Week 9 rankings for all the major fantasy positions.

Aug 7, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks with Scott Tolkien and Andrew Luck after the NFL pre-season game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Mandatory Credit: Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Network

There’s no time to mess around with the fantasy football playoffs just a few weeks away. You want to get your team into position to post a big week this week, but it could be tricky since some big-name offenses are on the sideline taking their bye week. There are six teams taking the week off in Week 9 and four teams off in Week 10 and 11. If injury or bye weeks have stretched your roster thin, you may be forced into some difficult lineup decisions. To help you with those tough choices, check out my full Week 9 rankings on the following slides.

Week 9 gets underway this Thursday with the Bucs and Falcons meeting in the NFC South which is still very much up for grabs. This weekend there are more important division games including the Steelers at the Ravens, the Eagles at the Giants, and the Vikings welcoming in the Lions. In the late afternoon feature-matchup, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck go head-to-head followed on Sunday Night Football by the Broncos and Raiders meeting in Oakland both coming into the game 6-2.

Whatever matchup has you’re focusing on this week, you can find my start/sit rankings here on FanSided ever week of the NFL season. For the rest of the year, my rankings will roll out each Thursday with only minor adjustments as injury situations change leading into the weekend. As adjustments are made heading into the weekend, the rankings on the following slides will update automatically, so drop a bookmark here or check back later for the newest information before kickoff on Sunday.

Also, make sure to set your bookmark on our fantasy football hub to get all the FanSided fantasy coverage each week and follow on Twitter @FansidedFantasy where I’ll let you know when new posts are available and do my best to answer any questions you have.

Throughout this season FanSided has been partnering with FantasyPros.com to bring you the rankings in a new, easy-to navigate format. You can also check out some great research tools over at FantasyPros, and we’re happy to be a part of their growing network. They also have enabled us to bring you a new tool that you can find in the menu bar anywhere on FanSided.com. It’s our start/sit tool which gives you specific advice for your team.

Thanks to the new tools you can see how my rankings stack up against the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) without having to surf to a bunch of other sites. Hopefully, this makes this weekly FanSided post a one-stop shop that can help you get your lineup set for Week 8 having to visit a ton of different sites.

The rankings on the following slides are my personal opinion on who you should start and sit this week. For each position, I’ve considered the opponent, expected workload, and overall risk of each player.

Remember, the Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Cardinals, Texans, and Washington are all on a bye this week. Those players won’t be on the following slides since they all need to be on your bench this week. To see who shouldn’t be on your bench, check out my Week 9 Rankings by scrolling through the following slides.

Oct 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after a win against the Seattle Seahawks in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Seahawks 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Quarterback Rankings

Oct 27, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) for touchdown against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Running Back Rankings

Oct 30, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) defends against San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings

Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) canoot get the second foot down on a potential touchdown catch as New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Tight End Rankings

Oct 30, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jack Crawford (58) reacts after a sack in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter (2) kicks a extra point during the second half against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. The Patriots beat the Bills 41-25. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 Kicker Rankings

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