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It's time to set our Week 9 fantasy football lineups and identify our favorite DFS plays and fades.

Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7


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KEY:

  • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
  • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
  • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
  • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
  • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game time decision

JUMP TO A POSITION RANKING:

QB | RB | WR | TE


QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Josh Allen @JAX 48.5 -14.5 31.50 10.0 14 25.1
2 QB2 Lamar Jackson MIN 50.5 -6.0 28.25 0.0 -1 25.7
2 QB3 Matthew Stafford TEN 52.5 -7.0 29.75 5.8 19 19.9
2 QB4 Dak Prescott DEN 49.0 -10.0 29.50 5.9 -8 22.1
2 QB5 Patrick Mahomes GB 48.0 -7.0 27.50 5.1 3 21.5
2 QB6 Jalen Hurts LAC 49.5 1.5 24.00 4.8 4 17.7
3 QB7 Justin Herbert @PHI 49.5 -1.5 25.50 6.9 -25 19.2
3 QB8 Joe Burrow CLV 47.0 -2.5 24.75 0.8 -30 18.7
3 QB9 Derek Carr @NYG 46.5 -3.0 24.75 7.9 -4 18.6
4 QB10 Daniel Jones LV 46.5 3.0 21.75 5.8 -56 18.3
4 QB11 Ryan Tannehill @LA 52.5 7.0 22.75 2.8 -63 19.3
4 QB12 Carson Wentz NYJ 45.5 -10.5 28.00 8.5 8 16.5
4 QB13 Kirk Cousins @BLT 50.5 6.0 22.25 5.2 -18 15.7
4 QB14 Kyler Murray @SF 44.5 2.5 21.00 3.7 -14 19.1 Q
4 QB15 Jordan Love @KC 48.0 7.0 20.50 6.3 -28 19.4
5 QB16 Teddy Bridgewater @DAL 49.0 10.0 19.50 7.2 1 17.6
5 QB17 Matt Ryan @NO 41.5 6.0 17.75 1.3 -17 17.5
5 QB18 Sam Darnold NE 41.0 3.5 18.75 7.9 -3 15.0
5 QB19 Justin Fields @PIT 39.5 6.5 16.50 5.2 -39 14.9
5 QB20 Tyrod Taylor @MIA 46.5 5.5 20.50 8.1 -1 15.3
5 QB21 Jacoby Brissett HST 46.5 -5.5 26.00 9.7 -14 0.5
5 QB22 Mac Jones @CAR 41.0 -3.5 22.25 5.1 -13 17.2
5 QB23 Ben Roethlisberger CHI 39.5 -6.5 23.00 8.6 -9 15.2 Q
5 QB24 Trevor Lawrence BUF 48.5 14.5 17.00 3.3 5 14.3
5 QB25 Mike White @IND 45.5 10.5 17.50 5.2 -5 13.2
6 QB26 Baker Mayfield @CIN 47.0 2.5 22.25 8.1 3 16.3
6 QB27 Jimmy Garoppolo ARZ 44.5 -2.5 23.50 3.3 -18 12.8
6 QB28 Trevor Siemian ATL 41.5 -6.0 23.75 7.6 36 18.4
6 QB29 Colt McCoy @SF 44.5 2.5 21.00 3.7 -14 0.3
7 QB30 Taysom Hill ATL 41.5 -6.0 23.75 7.6 36 3.3
7 QB31 Trey Lance ARZ 44.5 -2.5 23.50 3.3 -18 2.0

Removed from list: Aaron Rodgers (out – COVID-19); Tua Tagovailoa (out – finger)

Tier 1 – Josh Allen and the Bills are two-touchdown favorites against the Jaguars. The Bills have led early and often this season, trailing by four or more points on only 6% of snaps, so Allen is used to putting up fantasy points in leading situations. He has top-five finishes in three out of five games where the Bills haven't trailed. The Jaguars serve up the second-best QB SOS on the slate. Allen is No. 1 in fantasy points per game.

Tier 2 – Matthew Stafford and the Rams are greater than a touchdown favorite in Week 9 — a scenario that is becoming the norm. The veteran has performed well in all game scripts, thanks to heavy passing-game utilization inside the five-yard line.

Tier 2 – Dak Prescott (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday but should be a full participant Thursday. The Cowboys carry a top-three implied point total on the week, but they have shown a willingness to run the ball when leading.

Cowboys' pass rate vs. % of plays trailing by four or more points
Week Fantasy Finish Pass % Run % Trailing Plays %
1 6 82% 18% 62%
2 29 52% 48% 0%
3 12 46% 54% 0%
4 6 48% 52% 0%
5 8 50% 50% 0%
6 1 64% 36% 56%
8 68% 32% 53%

Tier 2 – Patrick Mahomes has back-to-back finishes outside the top 15 for the first time in his career. He is still a top-six option, but the Chiefs need to get their offense back on track. Mahomes managed only 206 yards and one touchdown against the Giants on Monday night in Week 8.

Tier 4 – Kyler Murray (ankle) hasn't practiced this week and is a game-time decision. The Cardinals play in the late window. Even if Murray suits up, don't expect his usual production. This is an easy week to bench Murray if you have another option in the first three tiers. Late pivot options if available: Ryan Tannehill, Jordan Love, Justin Fields, Ben Roethlisberger, Jimmy Garoppolo, Colt McCoy.

Tier 4 – Jordan Love will start Sunday with Aaron Rodgers out (COVID-19). The Chiefs offer up an above-average QB SOS.

Tier 4 – Jacoby Brissett gets the start in a great matchup against the Texans with Tua Tagovailoa out (finger).

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