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

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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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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