You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks when considering who to start at wide receiver.
Monitor the status for each of your players' games this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the NFL schedule. Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals players should be removed from all starting lineups, as those teams have Week 9 byes.
Check out my weekly waiver wire article for candidates to add to your roster before your Week 9 matchup.
Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:
Stefon Diggs has gone two consecutive games without a touchdown catch, but had 92 yards on six receptions in Week 8. I expect a huge performance from Diggs in Week 9, when the Buffalo Bills host a Seattle Seahawks team that has allowed the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.
Diggs is my top option for Week 9.
DeAndre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals had a Week 8 bye and should be very prepared to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 9. Hopkins had his fourth game this season with at least 100 yards in Week 7. He should reach that total again in Week 9 in a game I expect to be a blowout.
The Dolphins have allowed the ninth-most yards to wide receivers. Hopkins is my No. 2 option for Week 9.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson lands at No. 5 in my rankings and can be used as a WR1 for Week 9.
Robinson scored his third touchdown of the season in Week 8 and should have another productive Week 9 when he battles a Tennessee Titans team that has allowed the second-most catches and fifth-most yards to wide receivers.
Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been a fantasy football star this season, but has had inconsistent production.
Claypool scored his seventh touchdown of the season in Week 8. He has a decent chance to return to the end zone in Week 9 when the Steelers face a Dallas Cowboys defense that is tied for allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.
Claypool is my No. 12 option this week and should slide into your WR2 slot if you are in a league with at least 12 teams.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is a longshot fantasy football play for me this week due to his matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.
I also expect the Cowboys to trail in this game, which means more opportunities for Cooper. Cooper is my No. 20 option and can be used as a WR2 or WR3 in leagues with at least 14 teams.
Denver Broncos rookie Jerry Jeudy lands at No. 27 in my Week 9 rankings. Jeudy had a season-high 10 targets and made four catches for 73 yards in Week 8. He should continue to see a large number of targets down the stretch.
I expect Jeudy to post his first 100-yard game in Week 9, when the Broncos battle an Atlanta Falcons defense that is tied for allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Jeudy can be plugged in as a low-end WR3 for Week 9.
Week 9 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
1. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills vs. SEA
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals vs. MIA
3. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers vs. LV
4. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at BUF
5. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears at TEN
6. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. DET
7. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. CHI
8. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NO
9. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs vs. CAR
10. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks at BUF
11. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. DEN
12. Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers at DAL
14. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team vs. NYG
15. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals vs. MIA
16. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. DET
17. Darius Slayton, New York Giants at WAS
18. Will Fuller, Houston Texans at JAX
19. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars, vs. HOU
20. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. PIT
21. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers at KC
22. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens at IND
23. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins at ARI
24. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NO
25. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers vs. LV
26. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at DAL
27. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos at ATL
28. John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. SEA
29. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers at KC
30. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs vs. CAR
32. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers at DAL
33. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans vs. CHI
34. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills vs. SEA
35. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys vs. PIT
37. Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders at LAC
38. Marvin Hall, Detroit Lions at MIN
39. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. HOU
40. Golden Tate, New York Giants at WAS
41. Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders at LAC
42. Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins at ARI
43. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NO
44. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears at TEN
46. DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos at ATL
47. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants at WAS
48. Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots at NYJ
49. Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders at LAC
50. Denzel Mims, New York Jets vs. NE