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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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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