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Fantasy managers are being tested this week with several starting wide receivers dealing with quarterback problems that have muddled the rankings. As of Thursday afternoon we expect Jordan Addison will be catching passes from Jaren Hall in Week 9, Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua will be trying to connect with Brett Rypien, and Marquise Brown will have rookie Clayton Tune throwing him the ball. It's less than ideal.

Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers won't have a completely new QB, Aidan O'Connell started Week 4 and came on in relief in Week 7, but they have concerns nonetheless, especially with the way things have gone lately. While we all think O'Connell is a downgrade from Jimmy Garoppolo, I'm still starting both Adams and Meyers in Week 9.

Still, for Adams, when a 30-year-old receiver goes through a slump like this, it's easy to wonder if he's reached the end. I would bet against that considering that Adams had 33 catches for 397 yards and three touchdowns during the first month of the season. The veteran ran wide open on Monday night also, and could have produced a 200-yard night with two scores if Garoppolo had been able to put the ball in the same area code.

In Week 9, with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, Brandon Aiyuk, Courtland Sutton, and Jerry Jeudy all on a bye I can't imagine anyone has the luxury of sitting Adams to see what the Raiders new offense may look like. If you have Adams, you're starting him this week. If you don't, I would see just how low you can buy.

You can find more in my weekly projections over at SportsLine. Now here is the rest of the Week 9 WR Preview:

Week 9 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 9 at this time. Here's what it means:

BUF Buffalo • #4
Age: 27 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Jahan Dotson's reemergence should continue.
NE New England • #84
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Demario Douglas could be the WR1 for the Patriots in Week 9 and rest of season.
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Numbers to Know
  • 26% -- Demario Douglas has been targeted on 26% of his routes this season. He should run all of the routes for New England in Week 9.
  • 3.30 -- Amongst receivers with at least 35 targets this season, Brandon Aiyuk's 3.30 yards per route run ranks second only to Tyreek Hill.
  • 2.53 -- Rashid Shaheed is scoring 2.5 Fantasy points per target. If you need a desperation flex, he can make your day in one play.
  • 50% -- Half of the Jets' end zone targets have gone to Garrett Wilson. Only Courtland Sutton has seen a higher rate.
  • 33.5% -- Ja'Marr Chase's 33.5% target share is tied with Wilson for best in the league. With Burrow back to full strength, Chase is my WR1 rest of season.
  • 18.3 -- Marquise Brown averaged 18.3 PPR FPPG in six games with Kyler Murray and no DeAndre Hopkins last year. Brown could be a top-12 WR rest of season once Murray returns.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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CAR Carolina • #18
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN PIT -2.5 O/U 36.5
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
13.6
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
26
REYDS
212
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.4
CHI Chicago • #2
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -7.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
57
REYDS
691
TD
5
FPTS/G
17.9
SEA Seattle • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
10.8
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
46
REYDS
404
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.2
CLE Cleveland • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -8 O/U 37.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
14.5
WR RNK
31st
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
58
REYDS
478
TD
1
FPTS/G
12
NE New England • #81
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
8.2
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
30
REYDS
222
TD
0
FPTS/G
6
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 9 Adds (WR Preview)
WAS Washington • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -3 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
17th
WR RNK
37th
ROSTERED
64%
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
49
REYDS
291
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.9
Dotson is emerging as the guy we drafted him to be with 18 targets over his past two games and 24 PPR Fantasy points in Week 9. Curtis Samuel is dinged up and the team just traded away two of their best defensive players. Sam Howell should continue to lead the league in drop backs per game and Dotson's target share should reflect the second-year wideout being his second target this week.
NE New England • #81
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
11th
WR RNK
34th
ROSTERED
28%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
30
REYDS
222
TD
0
FPTS/G
6
Douglas had a 25% target share in Week 8 after a 20% target share in Week 7. With Kendrick Bourne out for the year and DeVante Parker in the concussion protocol, Douglas should be the No. 1 wide receiver for Mac Jones against a defense giving up the second-most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
CIN Cincinnati • #83
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF CIN -1.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
45th
ROSTERED
56%
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
44
REYDS
244
TD
2
FPTS/G
10
Joe Burrow is back to full strength just in time for a shootout with the Bills in Week 9. This game has one of the highest totals of the weekend and Boyd has scored in each of his last two games. He's a dart throw flex, but he's the best dart throw flex available.
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ LAC -3.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
10th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
30%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
21
REYDS
114
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.3
Johnston's five catches for 50 yards in Week 8 were enough to grab my attention and put him back on the end of my rosters. But his Week 9 matchup against the Jets is too tough to consider starting him. Stash Johnston and hope his involvement continues to trend in the right direction.
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DFS Plays
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PHI Philadelphia • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL PHI -3 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
17.7
WR RNK
2nd
YTD Stats
REC
60
TAR
83
REYDS
939
TD
5
FPTS/G
23
No one is playing better football than Brown right now and the receivers who are close aren't on the main slate. I have Brown projected to score three more points on FanDuel than any other receiver on the slate. Don't get cute fading him.
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NE New England • #81
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS NE -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
8.2
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
30
REYDS
222
TD
0
FPTS/G
6
I've given plenty of Douglas stats in this piece, here's one on his Week 9 opponent: The Commanders have already allowed five wide receivers to score 19 or more Fantasy points against them this season. And that was before they traded away Montez Sweat and Chase Young.
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Heath's Projections

My full set of Week 9 Fantasy Football projections for every position are now available on SportsLine. Find out which of my favorite plays are projected to score higher than consensus rankings and which don't live up to their draft hype, at least in Week 9. Projected stats for all starting wide receivers are available, so be sure to check out the full set of projections at SportsLine.