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NFL fantasy rankings for Week 9

Michael Thomas comes in as the No. 2 ranked WR for Week 9. Photo by New Orleans Saints/Facebook

QB 

  1. Cam Newton vs. TB
  2. Patrick Mahomes @ CLE
  3. Aaron Rodgers @ NE
  4. Jared Goff @ NO
  5. Tom Brady vs. GB
  6. Kirk Cousins vs. DET
  7. Russell Wilson vs. LAC
  8. Drew Brees vs. LAR
  9. Matt Ryan @ WAS
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ CAR
  11. Deshaun Watson @ DEN
  12. Matt Stafford @ MIN
  13. Philip Rivers @ SEA
  14. Derek Carr @ SF
  15. Mitch Trubisky @ BUF

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Todd Gurley @ NO
  2. Kareem Hunt @ CLE
  3. Alvin Kamara vs. LAR
  4. Christian McCaffrey vs. TB
  5. Ezekiel Elliott vs. TEN
  6. James White vs. GB
  7. Melvin Gordon @ SEA
  8. Adrian Peterson vs. ATL
  9. James Conner @ BAL
  10. Nick Chubb vs. KC
  11. Tarik Cohen @ BUF
  12. Phillip Lindsay vs. HOU
  13. Latavius Murray vs. DET
  14. Chris Carson vs. LAC
  15. Mark Ingram vs. LAR
  16. Lamar Miller @ DEN
  17. Kerryon Johnson @ MIN
  18. Tevin Coleman @ WAS
  19. Jordan Howard @ BUF
  20. Kenyan Drake vs. NYJ
  21. Dion Lewis @ DAL
  22. Alex Collins vs. PIT
  23. Matt Breida vs. OAK
  24. Doug Martin @ SF
  25. Sony Michel vs. GB
  26. LeSean McCoy vs. CHI
  27. Aaron Jones @ NE
  28. Chris Thompson vs. ATL
  29. Austin Ekeler @ SEA
  30. Isaiah Crowell @ MIA

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Adam Thielen vs. DET
  2. Michael Thomas vs. LAR
  3. DeAndre Hopkins @ DEN
  4. Julio Jones @ WAS
  5. Davante Adams @ NE
  6. Antonio Brown @ BAL
  7. Tyreek Hill @ CLE
  8. Mike Evans @ CAR
  9. Robert Woods @ NO
  10. Brandin Cooks @ NO
  11. Jarvis Landry vs. KC
  12. Julian Edelman vs. GB
  13. Stefon Diggs vs. DET
  14. Emmanuel Sanders vs. HOU
  15. John Brown vs. PIT
  16. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ BAL
  17. Keenan Allen @ SEA
  18. Cooper Kupp @ NO
  19. Devin Funchess vs. TB
  20. Marvin Jones @ MIN
  21. Kenny Golladay @ MIN
  22. DeSean Jackson @ CAR
  23. Tyler Lockett vs. LAC
  24. Josh Gordon vs. GB
  25. Sammy Watkins @ CLE
  26. DJ Moore vs. TB
  27. Doug Baldwin vs. LAC
  28. Courtland Sutton vs. HOU
  29. Michael Crabtree vs. PIT
  30. Calvin Ridley @ WAS
  31. Marquise Goodwin vs. OAK
  32. Randall Cobb @ NE
  33. Tre’Quan Smith vs. LAR
  34. Corey Davis @ DAL
  35. Chris Godwin @ CAR
  36. Mike Williams @ SEA
  37. Jordy Nelson @ SF
  38. Mohamed Sanu @ WAS
  39. Taylor Gabriel @ BUF
  40. Chris Hogan vs. GB

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Travis Kelce @ CLE
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs. GB
  3. OJ Howard @ CAR
  4. George Kittle vs. OAK
  5. Greg Olsen vs. TB
  6. Jared Cook @ SF
  7. Jimmy Graham @ NE
  8. David Njoku vs. KC
  9. Trey Burton @ BUF
  10. Austin Hooper @ WAS
  11. Jordan Reed vs. ATL
  12. Kyle Rudolph vs. DET
  13. Hayden Hurst vs. PIT
  14. Vance McDonald @ BAL
  15. Benjamin Watson vs. LAR

D/ST

  1. Bears @ BUF
  2. Cowboys vs. TEN
  3. Texans @ DEN
  4. Chiefs @ CLE
  5. Ravens vs. PIT
  6. Vikings vs. DET
  7. Dolphins vs. NYJ
  8. Broncos vs. HOU
  9. Titans @ DAL
  10. Panthers vs. TB
  11. Seahawks vs. LAC
  12. 49’ers vs. OAK
  13. Steelers @ BAL
  14. Raiders @ SF
  15. Jets @ Dolphins

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Walter will host The Night of Champions. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

In 2014, Austin Walter rushed for 2,704 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Crosby High School. Despite falling short of a state title, Walter was named District 19-4A MVP and finished his prep career with a little over 6,000 rushing yards on 613 carries (6,062 yds). Seven years later, Walter will be returning to his high school alma mater to give back to the community that laid the foundation for an NFL career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

"It's a blessing to be able to come from a small town and be one of the guys who made it out," Walter said. "Not a lot of people made it to the NFL or the NBA from Crosby High School. To be one of the first, it's an amazing feeling. It's a blessing and an honor."

On Thursday, April 15, Walter will host The Night of Champions to benefit the Crosby High School Booster Club from 6-9 p.m. The event will be a weight lifting competition at Crosby High School for student-athletes around the area to showcase their talents and abilities.

In addition to hosting a weight lifting showcase, Walter will also share his life teachings with student-athletes in attendance. Perseverance and not taking no for an answer will be one of the most vital messages the Crosby native will share with aspiring pro-athletes. It's the two virtues Walter has leaned on from little league football to the NFL. And as an undrafted prospect in 2019, it was that same morale that helped him outshine six other running backs during the 49ers rookie training camp that same year.

"Before I started playing football in high school, a lot of people thought I was too small," Walter said. "They thought because we played little league and not in middle school we would not make it in high school. My twin brother [Ashton Walter] and I did not listen to that. We just kept pushing forward."

"When I left Rice, people thought I was going to play in the Canadian league or AFF, and I did not take no for an answer. I believed in myself. And I believed in God. And if I can make it out of a small town like Crosby, anybody can make it...It's the mentality I've had my entire life of not quitting. I feel like that is what got me to the point I am at right now."

Whether their life goal is to play in the NFL or not, Walter's primary objective for The Night of Champions is to be an inspiration and show kids they can find success despite their environment. It is one of the things the former XFL running back (Dallas Renegades) wished he would have seen growing up in Crosby.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Walter went on to have a record-breaking collegiate career at Rice University. He became one of two players in school history to rush for over 1,500 yards (1,744 yds.) and 1,000 kick return yards (1,548 yds.) in four seasons with the Owls. In February, Walter signed a one-year contract extension to re-join the 49ers ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

Click here to learn more about The Night of Champions at Crosby High School or support Walter and the Crosby High School Booster Club.

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