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Week 9 fantasy football rankings: Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers?

If you had both Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on your fantasy roster this week for their NFC showdown, who would you start?
If you had both Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on your fantasy roster this week for their NFC showdown, who would you start? AP

Fantasy football rankings for Week 9 to help you set your lineup:


1 Tom Brady, New England vs. Washington

2 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

3 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland ... Oakland allows the second-most passing yards in the NFL at over 300 yards per game

4 Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Green Bay

5 Peyton Manning, Denver at Indianapolis ... Manning returns to Indianapolis for perhaps the final time

6 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay ... Tampa has allowed 16 passing touchdowns in the red zone this season, the most in the league

7 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Carolina ... Carolina allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs

8 Derek Carr, Oakland at Pittsburgh ... With seven TDs in his past two games, Carr is close to must-start status

9 Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Chicago ... Rivers is averaging an unreal 350.4 yards per game, on pace for 5,607 yards to set the all-time NFL best season ever – although Rivers will be without Keenan Allen, out for the season with a kidney injury

10 Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo vs. Miami

11 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland ... It’s a different Andy Dalton this season but he has been particularly bad against Cleveland of late, averaging just 126 yards passing in his past four games against Cleveland

12 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at San Francisco

13 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Denver ... Luck and the Colts will go with Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator after Pep Hamilton was fired Tuesday

14 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants ... The Giants allow 316.1 yards passing per game, the most in the NFL

15 Jay Cutler, Chicago at San Diego

16 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee at New Orleans ... Mariota (knee) is expect to return this week and nice timing – no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs than the Saints

17 Ryan Tannehill, Miami at Buffalo

18 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets

19 Sam Bradford, Philadelphia at Dallas

20 Matt Cassel, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

Running back

1 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at San Francisco

2 Todd Gurley, St. Louis at Minnesota ... Gurley set an NFL record by running for 566 yards in his first four career starts, although Gurley gets a stiff test this week as Minnesota allows the fewest fantasy points to running backs over the past three weeks

3 Doug Martin, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants

4 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. Miami

5 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Tennessee ... With Khiry Robinson lost for the season, Ingram should be even busier, especially around the goal line

6 Dion Lewis, New England vs. Washington

7 DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland ... Williams will be Pittsburgh’s starting running back with Le’Veon Bell lost for the season

8 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. St. Louis

9 DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia at Dallas ... Murray makes his first return to Dallas as a Philadelphia Eagle

10 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

11 Ronnie Hillman, Denver at Indianapolis ... Indianapolis has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs over the last three weeks

12 Darren McFadden, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

13 Jeremy Langford, Chicago at San Diego ... Langford will start with Matt Forte (knee) out, and San Diego allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs

14 Jonathan Stewart, Carolina vs. Green Bay ... Stewart has averaged 95 yards rushing per game the past three weeks with three TDs

15 Lamar Miller, Miami at Buffalo

16 Latavius Murray, Oakland at Pittsburgh ... Pittsburgh has allowed just one rushing TD all season

17 Danny Woodhead, San Diego vs. Chicago ... Woodhead has five games with 50-plus yards receiving this season

18 Melvin Gordon, San Diego vs. Chicago

19 LeGarrette Blount, New England vs. Washington

20 Chris Ivory, N.Y. Jets vs. Jacksonville ... Ivory has averaged just 1.8 yards per carry the past two weeks with a long rush of 7 yards

21 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay at Carolina

22 Shane Vereen, N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

23 C.J. Anderson, Denver at Indianapolis

24 Charles Sims, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants

25 Duke Johnson, Cleveland at Cincinnati

26 C.J. Spiller, New Orleans vs. Tennessee ... With Khiry Robinson out for the season look for Spiller to get more consistent opportunities and he should deliver some fantasy points if he gets playing time

27 Frank Gore, Indianapolis vs. Denver

28 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

29 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets ... The Jets allow a league-lowest 78.1 rushing yards per game

30 Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia at Dallas

Wide receiver

1 Julio Jones, Atlanta at San Francisco ... Jones has 70 receptions already, the most by any player in NFL history through eight games

2 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland

3 Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

4 Julian Edelman, New England vs. Washington

5 A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

6 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland ... Bryant has been busy since coming back to the lineup, with at least eight targets in every game (Bryant didn’t have any a single game with eight targets last year)

7 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago at San Diego

8 Amari Cooper, Oakland at Pittsburgh

9 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at Indianapolis

10 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Indianapolis ... Expect Thomas to be shadowed by shutdown corner Vontae Davis

11 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants

12 Michael Crabtree, Oakland at Pittsburgh

13 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets vs. Jacksonville

14 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

15 Jarvis Landry, Miami at Buffalo

16 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota vs. St. Louis ... Diggs has at least 87 yards in every game he’s played since being activated although St. Louis is a tough draw

17 Willie Snead, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

18 Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Carolina ... Cobb is averaging a career-low 10.5 yards per reception and he has been held under 40 yards four games in a row, with zero touchdowns

19 Rishard Matthews, Miami at Buffalo

20 Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. Philadelphia ... Philadelphia allows the third most fantasy points to opposing WRs

21 Tavon Austin, St. Louis at Minnesota

22 Stevie Johnson, San Diego vs. Chicago

23 Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets vs. Jacksonville ... Marshall (toe, ankle) will need to be monitored and could miss Week 9

24 Brandon LaFell, New England vs. Washington

25 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Denver ... Hilton has missed practice this week with a foot issue and needs to be monitored

26 Travis Benjamin, Cleveland at Cincinnati

27 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets ... Expect Robinson to be on Revis Island

28 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia at Dallas

29 Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

30 Allen Hurns, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets ... Hurns has caught a touchdown in five straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL

31 Pierre Garcon, Washington at New England

32 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis vs. Denver ... Moncrief has been held under 35 yards in three of his past four games

33 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. Miami ... Watkins (ankle) needs to be monitored but should be able to return this week

34 Marvin Jones, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

35 James Jones, Green Bay at Carolina

36 Marquess Wilson, Chicago at San Diego ... Wilson should have a larger role with Eddie Royal (knee) likely out this week

37 Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina vs. Green Bay

38 Malcom Floyd, San Diego vs. Chicago

39 Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Tennessee ... Colston found the fountain of youth last week and comes into Week 9 off a season-best game (8/114/1)

40 Danny Amendola, New England vs. Washington

Tight end

1 Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. Green Bay

2 Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Washington

3 Benjamin Watson, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

4 Martellus Bennett, Chicago at San Diego

5 Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

6 Charles Clay, Buffalo vs. Miami ... Another grudge match for Clay, who lit Miami up for 5/82/1 in Week 3

7 Gary Barnidge, Cleveland at Cincinnati ... Barnidge is a must start at this point although Cincinnati is the only team not to allow a TD to a tight end this season

8 Jordan Reed, Washington at New England ... Reed has been targeted on 32 percent of his routes, the highest of all tight ends in the league

9 Delanie Walker, Tennessee at New Orleans

10 Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Chicago ... Chicago allows the fewest points to opposing tight ends

11 Jacob Tamme, Atlanta at San Francisco ... Tamme comes off an impressive 10-catch, 100-yard game

12 Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

13 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland ... Pittsburgh said they won’t to get Miller move involved and he had a 10-catch, 105-yard game last week

14 Julius Thomas, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets

15 Coby Fleener, Indianapolis vs. Denver

16 Ladarius Green, San Diego vs. Chicago

17 Jordan Cameron, Miami at Buffalo ... Cameron has averaged only 24 yards in his last five games, with 1 TD

18 Jared Cook, St. Louis at Minnesota

19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants ... If Seferian-Jenkins can return this week he gets a great matchup as no team allow more fantasy points to opposing TEs

20 Richard Rodgers, Green Bay at Carolina


1 Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Washington

2 Brandon McManus, Denver at Indianapolis

3 Graham Gano, Carolina vs. Green Bay

4 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland

5 Josh Lambo, San Diego vs. Chicago

6 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at San Francisco

7 Connor Barth, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants

8 Josh Brown, N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

9 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

10 Kai Forbath, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

11 Mason Crosby, Green Bay at Carolina

12 Robbie Gould, Chicago at San Diego

13 Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets vs. Jacksonville

14 Dan Bailey, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

15 Blair Walsh, Minnesota vs. St. Louis

16 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo vs. Miami

17 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. Denver

18 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland at Pittsburgh

19 Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia at Dallas

20 Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis at Minnesota


1 Denver DT, Denver at Indianapolis

2 New England DT, New England vs. Washington

3 Atlanta DT, Atlanta at San Francisco

4 New York Jets DT, N.Y. Jets vs. Jacksonville

5 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

6 St. Louis DT, St. Louis at Minnesota

7 Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at Dallas

8 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. Miami

9 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets

10 Dallas DT, Dallas vs. Philadelphia

11 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. St. Louis

12 New Orleans DT, New Orleans vs. Tennessee

13 Miami DT, Miami at Buffalo

14 Green Bay DT, Green Bay at Carolina

15 Carolina DT, Carolina vs. Green Bay

16 New York Giants DT, N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

17 San Diego DT, San Diego vs. Chicago

18 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland

19 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Giants

20 Oakland DT, Oakland at Pittsburgh

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.

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