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Fantasy Football: Week 9 IDP rankings and tiers

  • Houston, we have a new linebacker: The Texans have handed an every-down role to their third-round rookie, Christian Harris.
  • Breakout in Seattle: Uchenna Nwosu is having a career year in his first season with the Seahawks and is worthy of a starting spot on most fantasy rosters for the rest of this season.
  • A true challenger to Aaron Donald’s throne: Find out how Quinnen Williams has been out-performing Donald so far this season and which Donald-dominated stat that Williams has become the leader in for the first time in seven seasons.
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Week 9 brings plenty of bye weeks to deal with, on top of many injuries. Be sure to utilize the PFF rankings and find streamers to survive what’s sure to be a difficult week for many fantasy managers.

Check the PFF.com rankings page for any updates closer to game time.


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LINEBACKERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Nick Bolton KC TEN SNF
2 1A Zaire Franklin IND @ NE
3 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX LV
4 1A T.J. Edwards PHI @ HST TNF
5 1B Jordyn Brooks SEA @ ARZ
6 1B Devin White TB LAR
7 1B Tremaine Edmunds BUF @ NYJ
8 1B C.J. Mosley NYJ BUF
9 1C Pete Werner NO BLT MNF
10 1C Eric Kendricks MIN @ WAS
11 1C Devin Lloyd JAX LV
12 1C Quay Walker GB @ DET
13 2A Cole Holcomb WAS MIN Q
14 2A Drue Tranquill LAC @ ATL
15 2A Bobby Wagner LAR @ TB
16 2A Mykal Walker ATL LAC
17 2B Shaquille Leonard IND @ NE
18 2B Lavonte David TB LAR
19 2B Jordan Hicks MIN @ WAS
20 2B Logan Wilson CIN CAR
21 2C Divine Deablo LV @ JAX
22 2C Shaq Thompson CAR @ CIN
23 2C Demario Davis NO BLT MNF
24 2C David Long TEN @ KC SNF
25 3A Rashaan Evans ATL LAC
26 3A Christian Harris HST PHI Q/TNF
27 3A Matt Milano BUF @ NYJ Q
28 3A Nicholas Morrow CHI MIA
29 3B Roquan Smith BLT @ NO MNF
30 3B Zaven Collins ARZ SEA
31 3B Jamin Davis WAS MIN
32 3B Ernest Jones LAR @ TB
33 3C Christian Kirksey HST PHI TNF
34 3C Willie Gay Jr. KC TEN SNF
35 3C Malcolm Rodriguez DET GB
36 3C Germaine Pratt CIN CAR
37 4A Denzel Perryman LV @ JAX
38 4A Alex Anzalone DET GB
39 4A Frankie Luvu CAR @ CIN
40 4A Kyzir White PHI @ HST TNF
41 4B Isaiah Simmons ARZ SEA
42 4B Jack Sanborn CHI MIA
43 4B Jerome Baker MIA @ CHI
44 4B Zach Cunningham TEN @ KC SNF
45 4C Cody Barton SEA @ ARZ
46 4C Quincy Williams NYJ BUF
47 4C Ja’Whaun Bentley NE IND
48 4C Isaiah McDuffie GB @ DET
49 5A Patrick Queen BLT @ NO MNF
50 5A Kwon Alexander NYJ BUF
51 5A Kenneth Murray LAC @ ATL
52 5A Elandon Roberts MIA @ CHI
53 5B Jahlani Tavai NE IND
54 5B Ben Niemann ARZ SEA
55 5B Bobby Okereke IND @ NE
56 5B David Mayo WAS MIN
57 5C Akeem Davis-Gaither CIN CAR
58 5C Troy Andersen ATL LAC
59 5C Darius Harris KC TEN SNF
60 5C Cory Littleton CAR @ CIN

Hopefully Nick Bolton (LB1) got some rest and relaxation during his bye because he’ll have the task of defending Derrick Henry this week in what should be a busy day for the Kansas City linebacker. Bolton has been playing an every-down role this season, racking up 69 tackles (11th) with just a 2.9% missed tackle rate (T-9th).

Rookie linebacker Christian Harris (LB26) moved into an every-down role this past week in just the second game of his career and led the team in tackles. Harris is showing some warts as a rookie in his first few games with just a 25.3 overall grade and a 38.5% missed tackle rate. But playing 100% of snaps against the Eagles, who rank second in the league in rushing attempts per game (35.0), is a great opportunity for him to produce for his fantasy managers.

Roquan Smith (LB29) is set to make his debut with the Ravens on Monday night, and he’ll likely never be ranked lower this season than he is this week. It’s likely that the Ravens use Smith sparingly in his first outing with the team on Monday night as he acclimates to the defense which will limit his opportunities for fantasy production. It shouldn’t be long before Smith is fully up to speed, but expectations should be tempered in his first game with the team. Smith entering the lineup is likely to affect Patrick Queen’s (LB49) usage, as he’ll likely be the one to cede his full-time snaps to the newly acquired linebacker. For full thoughts on the trade check out this week’s IDP Utilization Report.


EDGE DEFENDERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Maxx Crosby LV @ JAX
2 1A Brian Burns CAR @ CIN
3 1A Rashan Gary GB @ DET
4 1A Von Miller BUF @ NYJ
5 1B Sam Hubbard CIN CAR Q
6 1B Josh Allen JAX LV
7 1B Za’Darius Smith MIN @ WAS
8 1B Danielle Hunter MIN @ WAS
9 1C Khalil Mack LAC @ ATL
10 1C Jaelan Phillips MIA @ CHI
11 1C Matthew Judon NE IND
12 1C Trey Hendrickson CIN CAR
13 2A Haason Reddick PHI @ HST TNF
14 2A Montez Sweat WAS MIN
15 2A Aidan Hutchinson DET GB
16 2A Uchenna Nwosu SEA @ ARZ
17 2B George Karlaftis KC TEN SNF
18 2B Gregory Rousseau BUF @ NYJ
19 2B Odafe Oweh BLT @ NO MNF
20 2B Preston Smith GB @ DET
21 2C Yannick Ngakoue IND @ NE
22 2C Denico Autry TEN @ KC SNF
23 2C Chandler Jones LV @ JAX
24 2C Cameron Jordan NO BLT MNF
25 3A Travon Walker JAX LV
26 3A Leonard Floyd LAR @ TB
27 3A Carl Lawson NYJ BUF
28 3A Kyle Van Noy LAC @ ATL
29 3B Marcus Davenport NO BLT MNF
30 3B Zach Allen ARZ SEA
31 3B Jason Pierre-Paul BLT @ NO MNF
32 3B Josh Sweat PHI @ HST TNF
33 3C Carlos Dunlap KC TEN SNF
34 3C Markus Golden ARZ SEA
35 3C Bud Dupree TEN @ KC SNF
36 3C Deatrich Wise Jr. NE IND
37 4A Jerry Hughes HST PHI TNF
38 4A John Franklin-Myers NYJ BUF
39 4A Joe Tryon-Shoyinka TB LAR
40 4A Kwity Paye IND @ NE Q
41 4B Rasheem Green HST PHI TNF
42 4B Trevis Gipson CHI MIA
43 4B Robert Quinn PHI @ HST TNF
44 4B Bradley Chubb MIA @ CHI
45 4C Payton Turner NO BLT MNF
46 4C Anthony Nelson TB LAR
47 4C Josh Paschal DET GB
48 4C Lorenzo Carter ATL LAC
49 5A Arnold Ebiketie ATL LAC
50 5A James Smith-Williams WAS MIN
51 5A Emmanuel Ogbah MIA @ CHI
52 5A Justin Hollins LAR @ TB
53 5B Chris Rumph II LAC @ ATL
54 5B Yetur Gross-Matos CAR @ CIN
55 5B Rashad Weaver TEN @ KC Q/SNF
56 5B Julian Okwara DET GB
57 5C Mario Addison HST PHI TNF
58 5C Josh Uche NE IND
59 5C Dominique Robinson CHI MIA
60 5C Dayo Odeyingbo IND @ NE

Brian Burns (ED2) enters this week with five sacks on the season, which has him tied for 19th in the league. He’ll have a great chance to add to that total in a favorable matchup against the Bengals in Week 9. Cincinnati’s offensive tackles rank 29th in the league in combined pass-blocking grade, having allowed 10 total sacks on the season, which is tied for the most in the league. Burns is getting plenty of opportunities this season, ranking fifth at his position in total pass-rush snaps (232) with 33 total pressures (7th).

Uchenna Nwosu (ED16) is having a breakout season for the Seahawks, averaging a career-high in snaps played at 80% each week, which has led to him already tying his career-high in sacks for a season (5). Nwosu has also earned a career-high pass-rush grade so far this season (73.9) and is on pace to post more highs in total pressures and tackles. Nwosu should be considered as a weekly starting option for the rest of the season in medium to deep IDP leagues.


DEFENSIVE INTERIOR

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Aaron Donald LAR @ TB
2 1A Quinnen Williams NYJ BUF
3 1A Jeffery Simmons TEN @ KC SNF
4 1A Chris Jones KC TEN SNF
5 1B DeForest Buckner IND @ NE
6 1B Daron Payne WAS MIN
7 1B Kenny Clark GB @ DET
8 1B Jonathan Allen WAS MIN
9 1C Javon Hargrave PHI @ HST TNF
10 1C Grady Jarrett ATL LAC
11 1C Christian Wilkins MIA @ CHI
12 1C J.J. Watt ARZ SEA
13 2A Derrick Brown CAR @ CIN
14 2A Ed Oliver BUF @ NYJ
15 2A Zach Sieler MIA @ CHI
16 2A B.J. Hill CIN CAR
17 2B Vita Vea TB LAR
18 2B Matt Ioannidis CAR @ CIN
19 2B Grover Stewart IND @ NE
20 2B Christian Barmore NE IND Q
21 2C David Onyemata NO BLT MNF
22 2C Davon Godchaux NE IND
23 2C Calais Campbell BLT @ NO MNF
24 2C Fletcher Cox PHI @ HST TNF
25 3A Austin Johnson LAC @ ATL
26 3A Sebastian Joseph-Day LAC @ ATL
27 3A Harrison Phillips MIN @ WAS
28 3A Shelby Harris SEA @ ARZ
29 3B Boogie Basham BUF @ NYJ
30 3B Logan Hall TB LAR
31 3B Maliek Collins HST PHI Q/TNF
32 3B Sheldon Rankins NYJ BUF
33 3C Bilal Nichols LV @ JAX
34 3C Akiem Hicks TB LAR Q
35 3C Lawrence Guy NE IND
36 3C Shy Tuttle NO BLT MNF

No interior defensive lineman has generated more pressures in 2.5 seconds or less (24) this season than Quinnen Williams (DI2). This is a stat that has been dominated by Aaron Donald (DI1) over the years, with no interior defender even coming within 10 quick pressures of him on the season since 2016. Williams is now leading Donald (albeit by one) this season, which speaks to how well he is currently playing and why he leads his position in sacks (6).


SAFETY

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Derwin James LAC @ ATL
2 1A Budda Baker ARZ SEA
3 1A Vonn Bell CIN CAR
4 1A Ryan Neal SEA @ ARZ
5 1B Kamren Curl WAS MIN
6 1B Jevon Holland MIA @ CHI
7 1B Mike Edwards TB LAR
8 1B Jaquan Brisker CHI MIA
9 1C Harrison Smith MIN @ WAS
10 1C Chauncey Gardner-Johnson PHI @ HST TNF
11 1C Jalen Pitre HST PHI TNF
12 1C Jalen Thompson ARZ SEA
13 2A Antoine Winfield Jr. TB LAR Q
14 2A Xavier Woods CAR @ CIN
15 2A Damar Hamlin BUF @ NYJ
16 2A Kevin Byard TEN @ KC SNF
17 2B DeShon Elliott DET GB Q
18 2B Rayshawn Jenkins JAX LV
19 2B Tyrann Mathieu NO BLT MNF
20 2B Eddie Jackson CHI MIA
21 2C Kyle Dugger NE IND Q
22 2C Richie Grant ATL LAC
23 2C Chuck Clark BLT @ NO MNF
24 2C Camryn Bynum MIN @ WAS
25 3A Justin Reid KC TEN SNF
26 3A Rodney McLeod IND @ NE
27 3A Lamarcus Joyner NYJ BUF
28 3A Marcus Maye NO @ CHI
29 3B Jordan Whitehead NYJ BUF
30 3B Adrian Phillips NE IND
31 3B Jessie Bates III CIN CAR
32 3B Andrew Adams TEN @ KC SNF
33 3C Adrian Amos GB @ DET
34 3C Nick Scott LAR @ TB
35 3C Jaylinn Hawkins ATL LAC Q
36 3C Andre Cisco JAX LV
37 4A Kerby Joseph DET GB
38 4A Quandre Diggs SEA @ ARZ
39 4A Juston Burris CAR @ CIN
40 4A Taylor Rapp LAR @ TB
41 4B Duron Harmon LV @ JAX
42 4B Devin McCourty NE IND
43 4B Darnell Savage GB @ DET
44 4B Bobby McCain WAS MIN
45 4C Geno Stone BLT @ NO MNF
46 4C Trevon Moehrig LV @ JAX
47 4C Kyle Hamilton BLT @ NO MNF
48 4C Verone McKinley MIA @ CHI
49 5A Marcus Epps PHI @ HST TNF
50 5A Jaquan Johnson BUF @ NYJ
51 5A Johnathan Abram LV @ JAX
52 5A Juju Hughes DET GB
53 5B Jonathan Owens HST PHI TNF
54 5B Nasir Adderley LAC @ ATL
55 5B Juan Thornhill KC TEN SNF
56 5B Keanu Neal TB LAR
57 5C Eric Murray HST PHI TNF
58 5C Julian Blackmon IND @ NE
59 5C Amani Hooker TEN @ KC Q/SNF
60 5C Dean Marlowe BUF @ NYJ

Jevon Holland (S6) is already one of the better playmaking safeties in the NFL, but the one knock on him for fantasy purposes has been that he primarily lines up in a deep safety alignment. Miami was forced to shake up their safety rotation this past week due to injuries, most notably to Brandon Jones, who is now out for the season. That led to a positive fantasy opportunity for Holland, who played a higher percentage of box snaps (30%) than he has all season (he typically averages just 10% from that alignment). If Miami allows one of their top playmakers to line up closer to the line of scrimmage, then it should result in a massive boost in his fantasy value. Holland led the team in total tackles this past week.

Damar Hamlin (S15) has been a productive IDP waiver addition this season filling in for the injured Micah Hyde since Week 3. In that span, Hamlin has totaled 35 tackles — tied for the fifth-most among safeties excluding Week 7 (Bills’ bye week). Hamlin has spent about 25% of his defensive snaps in the box, but he has been efficient with them, ranking 10th at his position (min. 100 snaps) in tackle efficiency (11.5%) this season. He should be relied on more to defend the run if Jordan Poyer is going to miss time with his elbow injury. The Bills did trade for Dean Marlowe (S60) from Atlanta this week, but he is more likely to eat into Jaquan Johnson’s (S50) snaps, assuming Poyer misses any time.


CORNERBACK

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A L’Jarius Sneed KC TEN SNF
2 1A Taron Johnson BUF @ NYJ
3 1A Kyler Gordon CHI MIA
4 1A Roger McCreary TEN @ KC SNF
5 1B Cameron Dantzler MIN @ WAS
6 1B Kenny Moore II IND @ NE
7 1B Tariq Woolen SEA @ ARZ
8 1B Marlon Humphrey BLT @ NO MNF
9 1C Sauce Gardner NYJ BUF
10 1C Carlton Davis TB LAR Q
11 1C Jalen Ramsey LAR @ TB
12 1C D.J. Reed Jr. NYJ BUF
13 2A Byron Murphy Jr. ARZ SEA
14 2A Kendall Fuller WAS MIN
15 2A Jaire Alexander GB @ DET
16 2A James Bradberry PHI @ HST TNF
17 2B Jamel Dean TB LAR
18 2B Derek Stingley Jr. HST PHI TNF
19 2B Marcus Peters BLT @ NO MNF
20 2B Marco Wilson ARZ SEA
21 2C Mike Hilton CIN CAR
22 2C Tyson Campbell JAX LV
23 2C Amani Oruwariye DET GB
24 2C Marshon Lattimore NO BLT Q/MNF
25 3A Myles Hartsfield CAR @ CIN
26 3A Xavien Howard MIA @ CHI
27 3A Jeffrey Okudah DET GB
28 3A Darious Williams JAX LV
29 3B Eli Apple CIN CAR Q
30 3B Donte Jackson CAR @ CIN
31 3B Jalen Mills NE IND
32 3B Kristian Fulton TEN @ KC SNF
33 3C Stephon Gilmore IND @ NE
34 3C Patrick Peterson ARZ SEA
35 3C Michael Carter II NYJ BUF
36 3C Darius Slay PHI @ HST TNF
37 4A Dane Jackson BUF @ NYJ
38 4A A.J. Terrell ATL LAC Q
39 4A Derion Kendrick LAR @ TB
40 4A Jaylen Watson KC TEN SNF
41 4B Asante Samuel Jr. LAC @ ATL
42 4B Avonte Maddox PHI @ HST TNF
43 4B Steven Nelson HST PHI TNF
44 4B Jaycee Horn CAR @ CIN
45 4C Rock Ya-Sin LV @ JAX
46 4C Kader Kalhou MIA @ CHI
47 4C Kaiir Elam BUF @ NYJ
48 4C Rashad Fenton ATL LAC Q

Cameron Dantzler (CB5) has made the third-most tackles among corners when defending the pass this season (31), which has allowed him to be a strong IDP option. Facing the Commanders, a team that ranks among the top-12 in pass attempts per game and the eighth-most passing attempts to outside receivers, should continue to provide opportunities for Dantzler this week.

James Bradberry (CB16) has been among the best corners in the league this season, earning an 80.0 coverage grade through seven games while being targeted at a high rate. Bradberry is tied for third among corners with 50 targets faced this season, showing that teams haven’t shied away from him in the passing game. What makes Bradberry a strong IDP option is that he owns the third-best forced incompletion percentage among corners who have faced at least 25 targets (24.0%), with seven pass breakups and two interceptions. Bradberry has also surrendered the fourth-lowest percentage of open targets (26.0%) among corners with at least 25 targets, which helps keep him in position to make a play on the ball.


KEY

  • DNP: Did not participate in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • LP: Limited participation in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • D: Player is doubtful to play due to injury
  • Q: Player is questionable to play due to injury
  • TNF: Player is playing on Thursday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly
  • SNF: Player is playing on Sunday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly
  • MNF: Player is playing on Monday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly
  • WW: Potential waiver-wire claim (see Week 9 IDP Utilization Report)
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