Week 9 fantasy football rankings: D-Hop across the pond

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These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

1 Aaron Rodgers

2 Russell Wilson

3 Matthew Stafford

4 Deshaun Watson

5 Dak Prescott

6 Patrick Mahomes

7 Lamar Jackson

8 Derek Carr

9 Kirk Cousins

10 Josh Allen

11 Gardner Minshew

12 Jimmy Garoppolo

13 Tom Brady

14 Carson Wentz

15 Philip Rivers

RB

1 Dalvin Cook

2 Christian McCaffrey

3 Ezekiel Elliott

4 Saquon Barkley

5 Leonard Fournette

6 Aaron Jones

7 Tevin Coleman

8 Le'Veon Bell

9 Josh Jacobs

10 Nick Chubb

11 James White

12Chris Carson

13 Melvin Gordon

14 Derrick Henry

15 Mark Ingram

16 Mark Walton

17 Austin Ekeler

18 Phillip Lindsay

19 Marlon Mack

20 Jamaal Williams

21 Royce Freeman

22 Adrian Peterson

23 Tarik Cohen

24 Jaylen Samuels

25 Jordan Howard

26 Devin Singletary

27 Miles Sanders

28 Kenyan Drake

29 David Montgomery

30 Carlos Hyde

WR

1 DeAndre Hopkins

2 Amari Cooper

3 Mike Evans

4 Chris Godwin

5 D.J. Chark

6 Tyler Lockett

7 Julian Edelman

8 Stefon Diggs

9 Tyreek Hill

10 Adam Thielen

11 Kenny Golladay

12 Allen Robinson

13 Davante Adams

14 John Brown

15 Michael Gallup

16 T.Y. Hilton

17 Odell Beckham Jr

18 JuJu Smith-Schuster

19 Keenan Allen

20 Tyrell Williams

21 Golden Tate

22 Robby Anderson

23 D.K. Metcalf

24 Alshon Jeffery

25 D.J. Moore

26 Marvin Jones

27 Emmanuel Sanders

28 Danny Amendola

29 Christian Kirk

30 Jarvis Landry

31 Chris Conley

32 Terry McLaurin

33 Courtland Sutton

34 Devante Parker

35 Mike Williams

36 Curtis Samuel

TE

1 George Kittle

2 Travis Kelce

3 Hunter Henry

4 Darren Waller

5 Evan Engram

6 Mark Andrews

7 Zach Ertz

8 Jonnu Smith

9 Darren Fells

10 Jimmy Graham

11 Dallas Goedert

12 Greg Olsen

13 Jason Witten

14 Ryan Griffin

15 T.J. Hockenson

DEF

1 Bills

2 Patriots

3 49ers

4 Seahawks

5 Eagles

6 Cowboys

7 Vikings

8 Browns

9 Jets

10 Packers

11 Bears

12 Panthers

13 Titans

14 Colts

15 Jaguars

KICKER

1 Justin Tucker

2 Robbie Gould

3 Matt Prater

4 Mason Crosby

5 Harrison Butker

6 Jason Myers

7 Brett Maher

8 Joey Slye

9 Adam Vinatieri

10 Nick Folk

11 Josh Lambo

12 Steven Hauschka

13 Ka'imi Fairbairn

14 Dan Bailey

15 Chris Boswell

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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