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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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Jose Urquidy is a surprising choice to start Game 2. Photo by Getty Images.

After a long and tumultuous season, the Houston Astros made it to their 3rd World Series in five years and will take on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

Houston had the better overall regular season record, so games 1 & 2 will be played at Minute Maid Park while games 3-5 will be held at Truist Park in Atlanta.

(If necessary, the final two contests will be played back at Minute Maid Park).

The Braves got this far by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the ALDS 3-1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games (4-2).

Atlanta prevailed with timely hitting from guys like Joc Pederson, Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario performing like an MVP this postseason.

The Braves received solid pitching outings from guys like Ian Anderson, Max Fried and former Astro Charlie Morton.

Atlanta used clutch hitting and solid pitching to make to their first World Series since 1999.

Meanwhile, the Astros made it back to the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS 3-1 and out-slugged the Red Sox four games to two.

According to Fox Bet, the Astros are favored at -154 to win the World Series. This is certainly an obtainable goal for Houston's team as they have the experience, hitting and pitching to compete with anyone.

Can Houston's bats stay hot?

The most intriguing matchup this series will be the Astros' bats facing off against this Braves pitching staff. On paper, Houston's lineup seems to be favored for their depth. Jose Altuve at the top of the batting order is always a threat to get on base, and behind him are a plethora of hitters who can drive in multiple runs.

The two best bats this postseason thus far for the Astros are ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez (.522 batting average) and this year's American League batting title champion Yuli Gurriel (.455 batting average). The Cuban natives have lit up pitching and will look to continue their torrid hitting in the World Series.

Other Astros who could be impactful at the plate against the Braves include Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. All three of their batting average's in the .200's respectfully and could come up big at any time.

This lineup is so deep, Atlanta's pitchers won't receive many breaks, if at all this series.

Will the pitching step up again?

Losing Lance McCullers Jr. for the World Series certainly isn't ideal, but not impossible to overcome as proven in the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Framber Valdez pitched the best game of his career when he threw 8 innings and surrendered only one run in Game 3, while Luis Garcia had his best start of the postseason and received the Game 6 win. Both of these pitchers have stepped up in McCullers' absence and will have a huge impact on the series. Valdez is set to start Game 1 on Tuesday night.

If Jose Urquidy and Zack Greinke can also pitch deeper into games, there will be less stress on the bullpen and give the Astros a better chance to stay in games. And we won't have to wait long to see Urquidy, as he will start Game 2, according to Astros manager Dusty Baker.

In an ideal scenario, the Astros' starting pitchers should throw six innings of work and let Kendall Graveman, Ryne Stanek and Ryan Pressly closeout games as they have all season.

Of course this is the best-case scenario, which doesn't always happen, but other arms can be used to bridge the gaps that include Phil Maton, Yimi Garcia in short relief outings and Cristian Javier and Jake Odorizzi can pitch multiple innings if needed.

Even if a starter has a clunker of a start, this bullpen has done a great job of keeping things close and setting up the Astros for success.

Will this be Carlos Correa's "Last Dance" with Astros?

One can only imagine what is going on in Carlos Correa's mind right now. No one is implying that the free agent to be will not be focused this series, but it's hard to fathom this upcoming offseason isn't a distraction right now.

The 27-year-old shortstop is set to receive multiple offers from different teams and land one of the richest contracts once this season concludes.

If this truly is his final season with the Astros, why not go out on top and win one more title before moving on?

Let's hope this "Last Dance" for Correa is a slow one, so we can all enjoy it a little longer.

Will Dusty's experience prove to be a difference-maker?

Dusty Baker's experience could be beneficial for Houston's chances of hoisting another trophy as he has managed teams in parts of 24 seasons.

He's the only skipper to ever lead five franchises to the postseason and obtain more than 2,000 career victories.

This is the second time he as taken a club to the World Series. He took the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the Fall Classic but lost to the Angels in seven games.

It's safe to assume the 72-year-old seems eager to win his first championship as a manager to cap off a Hall of Fame career.

Final projection

As previously mentioned, the Astros are favored to win this series. If Houston can continue to stay hot at the plate, receive solid outings from their pitchers and just play Astros baseball, there is a good chance this city will have yet another Commissioner's Trophy in their display case.

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