A.J. Hoffman

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


  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


  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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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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