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Top 15 Wideouts For Week 9

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In Week 9 of the fantasy football season, some of the best wideouts in football will be on a bye week. Big name wideouts like Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Victor Cruz will all be on the bench. This will cause owners to dig down a little deeper on their bench to find a starter. So before setting your final lineup on Sunday, here are the top 15 fantasy football wide receivers for Week 9.

Here is a look at this weekend’s matchups.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills – 1:00 PM ET

Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys – 1:00 PM ET

Tennessee Titans @ St. Louis Rams – 1:00 PM ET

New Orleans Saints @ New York Jets – 1:00 PM ET

San Diego Chargers @ Washington Redskins – 1:00 PM ET

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – 1:00 PM ET

Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders – 4:05 PM ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks – 4:05 PM ET

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns 4:25 PM ET

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots - 4: 25 PM ET

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans – 8:30 PM ET

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers – 8:30 PM ET

BYE WEEKS: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars

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15. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills – Johnson has hauled in at least 60 yards in the last two games and has even been targeted 23 times during the same period. He is finally over his mid-season back injury and is showing he can produce with any quarterback.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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14. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

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T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Hilton’s value continues to go up after the season-ending injury to WR Reggie Wayne. The elusive wideout is great in space and can take any play for the distance. Even better, Hilton tore up Houston for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the two division games last season.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Houston Texans

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13. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

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Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins – QB Robert Griffin III has really come around in the last couple weeks and a favorable matchup against the 26th ranked San Diego defense should help the quarterback continue to improve. Garcon is Griffin’s favorite option to utilize downfield and the two should have a field day at home this Sunday.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. San Diego Chargers

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12. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons

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Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons – Douglas has now amassed 270 yards and a touchdown over his last two games alone. He will continue to get plenty of targets with WR Julio Jones done for the year and WR Roddy White still not 100% healthy. QB Matt Ryan has built a strong rapport with Douglas and the duo will hook up several times in the division game against the Cats.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Carolina Panthers

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11. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

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Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens – Smith hauled in seven receptions for 85 yards against Cleveland earlier in the season and will once again be matched up with CB Joe Haden. The shutdown corner covers the speedster pretty tight, but Smith normally wins at least a couple battles downfield.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Cleveland Browns

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10. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

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Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers – Smith hasn’t had more than 70 receiving yards in a single game this season, but the veteran has still been able to catch a touchdown in two of the last three contests. Smith has another favorable matchup this Sunday, as Carolina faces a Falcons’ defense that has given up nine passing touchdowns over the last four games.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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9. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

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Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers – Over his last four games, Allen has amassed totals of 8,17,16, and 6 fantasy points. San Diego faces Washington’s 30th ranked pass defense this week and there will obviously be room for Allen to get downfield. Look for the rookie to have some big catches against the Skins on Sunday.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Washington Redskins

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8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jackson draws a very tough matchup in Week 9, as he is forced to face off with Seattle’s Legion of Boom. Jackson has averaged 110.3 yards over the last three games, though, and has caught four touchdowns. V-Jax may be mugged all game by the Hawks, but he is quick enough to get loose a couple times on Sunday.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Seattle Seahawks

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7. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

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Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns – Gordon has gone over the 120-yard mark in two of the last three games. He faces a Baltimore secondary that has been taken deep plenty of times this season and their aggressiveness will likely allow Gordon to catch a couple long balls again this week.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Baltimore Ravens

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6. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – New England is pretty banged up on the outside at the moment and Brown’s speed is a great mismatch for Pittsburgh to expose. Brown has averaged 11.4 targets per game over the last five weeks and has become a safety blanket for QB Ben Roethlisberger. The team will do everything to get him the ball against the Pats, including running wide receiver screens with the speedster. Brown will get plenty of targets this week and should finish with at least 10 fantasy points.

Week 9 Matchup: @ New England Patriots

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5. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – Jackson’s numbers have been on somewhat of a decline with the recent problems at the quarterback position, but he has performed much better with QB Nick Foles. The last three games Foles was under center, Jackson caught three touchdown passes, and that included the game Foles left early due to concussion.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Oakland Raiders

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4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears – After QB Jay Cutler’s departure from the team’s Week 7 contest, his backup Luke McCown targeted Marshall three times for 47 yards. McCown has become a master of Chicago’s offense and he has enough experience to know that he must feed the team’s best wideout versus a Green Bay defense that is giving up the eighth-most points to opposing wide receivers.

Week 9 Matchup: @ Green Bay Packers

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3. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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Andre Johnson, Houston Texans – Andre 3000 hauled in four passes last week for 89 yards and the switch to quarterback Case Keenum didn’t seem to bother the wideout. Johnson continues to be a yardage monster week after week and the veteran receiver should torture Green Bay’s undersized secondary.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Indianapolis Colts

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2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers – Nelson has averaged 92.6 receiving yards over the last three games and has hauled in an astonishing four touchdowns. He has become the favorite target of QB Aaron Rodgers and has developed into a great WR1 in the process. He will have another big outing on Monday Night for fantasy owners.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Chicago Bears

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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – Bryant gets to claim the number one spot this week due to the fact that Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson happens to be on a bye. Bryant has been a touchdown machine lately as he has caught 16 touchdowns in his last 18 contests. He should have no problem abusing a Vikes’ secondary that is ranked 29th in the league versus the pass.

Week 9 Matchup: vs. Minnesota Vikings