With players like Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and Mike Evans on bye, the Week 9 Fantasy football rankings may look a little barren at the receiver position. Add in the uncertain statuses of wideouts like DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and DaVante Adams (quarterback Aaron Rodgers out) and you may be scouring depth charts to find suitable replacements. You could take a flyer on Giants rookie Kadarius Toney, who has gotten more snaps in recent weeks due to the plethora of injuries affecting New York receivers. Should he be among your Fantasy football picks?
Toney exploded for 189 receiving yards in a game just a few weeks ago and currently leads the Giants in receiving. He could make for an undervalued part of your Week 9 Fantasy football strategy against a Raiders defense that's allowed three TDs to receivers over the last two games. Before you lock in your Week 9 Fantasy football lineups, be sure to check out the Week 9 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine's model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was extremely high on Rams running back Darrell Henderson, saying he'd finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Henderson recorded over 90 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against the Texans. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.
Top Week 9 Fantasy football picks
One player the model is extremely high on this week: Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. The third-year player has had a breakout season with 37 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns, putting him on pace for career-highs in all three categories. Brown posted a 5-80-1 stat line in his last game, which came before Baltimore's Week 8 bye.
It's also encouraging to see that Brown hasn't lost any snaps to first-rounder Rashod Bateman, who was just activated two weeks ago. Brown has played 80 percent of snaps over the last two weeks, which is actually an increase over his usage over the first five games of the season. Brown should feast off a Vikings defense that has given up the sixth-most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year. SportsLine's model has Brown as a top-10 option in the Week 9 Fantasy football WR rankings, making him a clear-cut WR1.
And a massive shocker: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who's thrown for 2,276 yards and 17 touchdowns, stumbles big-time and doesn't even crack the top 15 at his position. Murray, who's a game-time decision with an ankle injury, has thrown three or more touchdown passes in two of his last three games, but his rushing numbers have steadily declined in recent weeks. In fact, Murray has failed to crack 25 rushing yards in his last four outings after scoring three rushing touchdowns in the first three weeks.
Now, Murray and the Cardinals will face-off against the 49ers, one of the NFL's stingiest defenses. San Francisco is giving up just 196.9 passing yards per game, which ranks third in the league. Plus, Murray has thrown just one touchdown pass in his last two meetings against the Niners. With such a tough matchup on Sunday and the possibility of sitting altogether, Murray is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 9.
How to set your Week 9 Fantasy football rankings
The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 9 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.