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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Early positional rankings for NFL Week 9

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Saquon Barkley, Matthew Stafford, Darren Waller, DeAndre Hopkins, Derrick Henry, Russell Wilson, Travis Kelce and Le'Veon Bell headline Week 9's best bets for PPR leagues.

QB-STARTER RANKINGS

  1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  2. Matthew Stafford, Lions
  3. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  4. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  5. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  6. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  7. Josh Allen, Bills
  8. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  10. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  11. Derek Carr, Raiders
  12. Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  13. Tom Brady, Patriots
  14. Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  15. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  16. Daniel Jones, Giants
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  18. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  19. Matt Moore, Chiefs
  20. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  21. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  22. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  23. Sam Darnold, Jets
  24. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  25. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  26. Kyle Allen, Panthers
  27. Brandon Allen, Broncos
  28. Case Keenum, Redskins

TOP 60 PPR RUNNING BACKS

  1. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  2. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  3. Nick Chubb, Browns
  4. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  5. Derrick Henry, Titans
  6. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  7. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  8. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  9. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  10. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  11. Aaron Jones, Packers
  12. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  13. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  14. Jordan Howard, Eagles
  15. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  16. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  17. Jaylen Samuels/James Conner, Steelers
  18. James White, Patriots
  19. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
  20. Mark Walton, Dolphins
  21. Marlon Mack, Colts
  22. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs
  23. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  24. David Montgomery, Bears
  25. Sony Michel, Patriots
  26. Devin Singletary, Bills
  27. Carlos Hyde, Texans
  28. Damien Williams, Chiefs
  29. Matt Breida, 49ers
  30. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  31. Adrian Peterson, Redskins
  32. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  33. Frank Gore, Bills
  34. Tra Carson, Lions
  35. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  36. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  37. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
  38. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  39. Jamaal Williams, Packers
  40. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  41. Duke Johnson, Texans
  42. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  43. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  44. Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  45. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  46. J.D. McKissic, Lions
  47. Brandon Bolden, Patriots
  48. Ty Johnson, Lions
  49. Ty Montgomery, Jets
  50. Kalen Ballage, Dolphins
  51. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
  52. Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers
  53. Wayne Gallman, Giants
  54. Tre Edmunds/Benny Snell, Steelers
  55. Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers
  56. Justice Hill, Ravens
  57. Jordan Wilkins, Colts
  58. Gus Edwards, Ravens
  59. Dontrell Hilliard, Browns
  60. Ryqell Armstead, Jaguars

TOP 60 PPR WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  3. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  4. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  5. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  6. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  7. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  8. Davante Adams, Packers
  9. Allen Robinson, Bears
  10. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  11. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  12. Marvin Jones, Lions
  13. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  14. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  15. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  16. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  17. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  18. John Brown, Bills
  19. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  20. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  21. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  22. Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers
  23. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  24. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  25. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
  26. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  27. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  28. Danny Amendola, Lions
  29. A.J. Brown, Titans
  30. Robby Anderson, Jets
  31. Mohamed Sanu, Patriots
  32. Kenny Stills, Texans
  33. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  34. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  35. Marques Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  36. Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
  37. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  38. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  39. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  40. Chris Conley, Jaguars
  41. Cole Beasley, Bills
  42. Taylor Gabriel, Bears
  43. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  44. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  45. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
  46. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  47. Geronimo Allison, Packers
  48. Darius Slayton, Giants
  49. Mike Williams, Chargers
  50. Preston Williams, Dolphins
  51. Corey Davis, Titans
  52. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  53. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  54. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
  55. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  56. Willie Snead, Ravens
  57. Golden Tate, Giants
  58. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  59. Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
  60. James Washington, Steelers

TOP 25 PPR TIGHT ENDS

  1. George Kittle, 49ers
  2. Darren Waller, Raiders
  3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  4. Jack Doyle, Colts
  5. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  6. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  7. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  8. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  9. Evan Engram, Giants
  10. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  11. Delanie Walker, Titans
  12. Darren Fells, Texans
  13. Eric Ebron, Colts
  14. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
  15. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  16. Vance McDonald, Steelers
  17. Trey Burton, Bears
  18. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  19. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  20. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  21. Jacob Hollister, Seahawks
  22. Chris Herndon, Jets
  23. Irv Smith/Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  24. Dawson Knox, Bills
  25. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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