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Week 9 fantasy football rankings: Dak attack

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has a great matchup at home against the Chiefs this week. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 9. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!

 

QB

1 R. Wilson SEA

2 D. Prescott DAL

3 D. Brees NO

4 M. Stafford DET

5 A. Smith KC

6 M. Ryan ATL

7 D. Carr OAK

8 C. Newton CAR

9 C. Wentz PHI

10 J. Brissett IND

11 J. Winston TB

12 J. Goff LAR

13 K. Cousins WAS

14 M. Mariota TEN

15 A. Dalton CIN

16 J. Cutler MIA

17 E. Manning NYG

18 B. Bortles JAX

 

RB

1 E. Elliott DAL

2 L. Fournette JAC   *Inactive

3 T. Gurley LAR

4 K. Hunt KC

5 M. Ingram NO

6 A. Jones GB

7 D. Martin TB

8 A. Peterson ARI

9 A. Kamara NO

10 D. Freeman ATL

11 J. Mixon CIN

12 D. Murray TEN

13 C. Hyde SF

14 L. Miller HOU

15 C. McCaffrey CAR

16 T. Coleman ATL

17 A. Collins BAL

18 C. Thompson WAS

19 C. Anderson DEN

20 M. Mack IND

21 M. Lynch OAK

22 F. Gore IND

23 A. Abdullah DET

24 J. Stewart CAR

25 K. Drake MIA

26 D. Henry TEN

27 O. Darkwa NYG

28 D. Williams MIA

29 J. Allen BAL

30 L. Blount PHI

31 E. Lacy SEA

32 D. Booker DEN

 

WR

1 M. Thomas NO

2 J. Jones ATL

3 M. Evans TB

4 D. Bryant DAL

5 D. Baldwin SEA 

6 T. Hill KC

7 M. Crabtree OAK

8 D. Hopkins HOU

9 G. Tate DET

10 A. Green CIN

11 A. Cooper OAK

12 D. Funchess CAR

13 J. Landry MIA

14 S. Shepard NYG

15 D. Parker MIA

16 T. Ginn NO

17 L. Fitzgerald ARI

18 T. Hilton IND

19 D. Thomas DEN

20 S. Watkins LAR

21 M. Jones DET

22 M. Sanu ATL

23 J. Nelson GB

24 D. Jackson TB

25 C. Kupp LAR

26 E. Sanders DEN

27 P. Richardson SEA

28 D. Adams GB

29 N. Agholor PHI

30 T. Lockett SEA

31 W. Fuller HOU

32 J. Maclin BAL

33 C. Davis TEN

34 A. Jeffrey PHI

35 A. Hurns JAC

 

TE

1 T. Kelce KC

2 Z. Ertz PHI *Inactive

3 J. Graham SEA

4 E. Engram NYG

5 J. Doyle IND

6 J. Cook OAK

7 V. Davis WAS

8 J. Witten DAL

9 C. Brate TB

10 E. Dickson CAR

11 D. Walker TEN *Active

12 T. Kroft CIN

13 T. Higbee LAR

14 A. Hooper ATL

15 B. Watson BAL

 

DEF

1 Eagles

2 Jaguars

3 Seahawks

4 Lions

5 Saints

6 Titans

7 Cardinals

8 Rams

9 Ravens

10Texans

11 Broncos

12 Panthers

13 Bengals

14 Giants

15 Colts

 

Kicker

1 G. Zuerlein LAR

2 W. Lutz NO

3 H. Butker KC

4 K. Fairbairn HOU

5 M. Bryant ATL

6 J. Elliott PH

7 M. Prater DET

8 R. Succop TEN

9 J. Tucker BAL

10 B. Walsh SEA

11 G. Gano CAR

12 J. Lambo JAC

13 M. Nugent DAL

14 C. Parkey MIA

15 P. Dawson AR

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TEXANS HAVE ZERO DEPTH AT CORNER

Here's what Davante Adams' big day against the Texans really proved

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Seven weeks into the season, Bradley Roby has been the sole bright spot playing for a secondary that has been subpar at best. He entered Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers trailing only Eric Murray for the most tackles as a defensive back, while owning the Houston Texans' only interception of the season.

During his media availability on Thursday, Roby spoke about having the Texans' confidence to trust him as the primary defender shadowing the opposing team's best receiver.

And with Davante Adams coming to NRG Stadium with Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, Roby had an opportunity to illustrate why Houston's coaching staff have so much faith in him.

Three plays into the game, Roby sustained a knee injury that sidelined him the rest of the afternoon. In his absence, the Texans felt his importance competing with a depleted secondary.

Adams would go on to have a career day against the Texans. He recorded a career-best 196 receiving yards on 13-of-18 targets and two touchdowns — as the Packers handed the Texans a 35-20 loss on Sunday.

Had the Fort Worth native avoided the injury, would it have resulted in a victory for the Texans? Perhaps not. It is always hard for a team to come away victorious after going scoreless during the first half, but Roby would have limited the destruction caused by Adams. Rogers completed four deep passes where he recorded 28 or more yards, with Adams being the recipient of three.

Not only did Houston have to deal with the effects of not having their best corner shadow one of the league's premier receivers, but the team was not prepared to battle without Roby, according to Michael Thomas following the loss.

"When you lose your starting corner like that, it's going to affect [the team]," Thomas said. "Anytime you have to make adjustments. If you're not prepared, and you don't have the right mindset, then you're probably not going to get the right results you want. Maybe we could have done it a little sooner, but you definitely miss a guy like Roby. You plan on having your number one guy go against their number one guy all the time."

Roby's premature exit left the Texans with a gaping void to slowdown Rodgers and the Packers without two of their projected starting corners. Gareon Conley — who revived his career during the second half of last season — has yet to play a single snap for Houston in 2020 as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.

Their lackluster performance on Sunday showcased the lack of depth and talent the Texans have in the secondary. And with the trade deadline a week away, it may be in the Texans' best interest to invest in a young defensive back they can build around in the future — especially considering the timetable on Conley's return remains unknown.

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel said on Monday that the team is hoping Roby's injury is short-term and hopes to have their top corner make his return following the bye.

At 1-6 on the year, all the Texans have left to play for is pride as they close out the remaining nine games of the season, and the best way is to prevent another receiver from recording nearly 200 yards in a single game.

For this vulnerable secondary, it is a feat easier said than done. And with the talents of Jarvis Landry, T.Y. Hilton, and A.J. Brown remaining on the schedule, it is only best for Roby to make his return to the field sooner rather than later.

"I take pride in it. It's an opportunity that not a lot of guys get throughout the league, and I'm thankful for that. Just to be able to go against the best and try my best for the team and see how I match up. I'm very thankful for that." — Roby.

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