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Answer Your Fantasy Start/Sit Decisions With Latest Week 9 Rankings & Tiers

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  • Making your final fantasy start/sit decisions before Sunday's main slate of games kick off?
  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in three of the past five seasons -- breaks down his Week 9 tiers.
  • Find his rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses below.

To help answer your start/sit questions for Week 9, I’ve outlined the latest version of my fantasy football rankings into tiers so you can better visualize the drop-off in expected production at each position.

Note that these are as of Saturday evening and final inactives could still impact certain players, so be sure to check my updated rankings before making your final decisions.

Note: Players who played on Thursday are denoted with an asterisk.

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Fantasy Rankings & Tiers

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QUARTERBACKS

Tier 1

Russell Wilson (@ BUF)
Patrick Mahomes (vs. CAR)
Kyler Murray (vs. MIA)

Tier 2

Josh Allen (vs. SEA)
Deshaun Watson (@ JAX)

Tier 3

Lamar Jackson (@ IND)
Justin Herbert (vs. LV)
Aaron Rodgers (@ SF)*

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Tier 4

Cam Newton (@ NYJ)
Tom Brady (vs. NO)
Matt Ryan (vs. DEN)

Tier 5

Derek Carr (@ LAC)
Ryan Tannehill (vs. CHI)
Ben Roethlisberger (@ DAL)
Matthew Stafford (@ MIN)
Kirk Cousins (vs. DET)

Tier 6

Teddy Bridgewater (@ KC)
Drew Brees (@ TB)
Drew Lock (@ ATL)

Tier 7

Daniel Jones (@ WAS)
Kyle Allen (vs. NYG)
Philip Rivers (vs. BAL)
Tua Tagovailoa (@ ARI)
Nick Foles (@ TEN)

Tier 8

Jake Luton (vs. HOU)

Tier 9

Nick Mullens (vs. GB)*

Tier 10

Joe Flacco (vs. NE)
Garrett Gilbert (vs. PIT)

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RUNNING BACKS

Tier 1

Dalvin Cook (vs. DET)

Tier 2

Derrick Henry (vs. CHI)
Alvin Kamara (@ TB)

Silas Walker/Getty Images. Pictured: Derrick Henry

Tier 3

Chase Edmonds (vs. MIA)
Josh Jacobs (@ LAC)
James Conner (@ DAL)
Christian McCaffrey (@ KC)
James Robinson (vs. HOU)
David Johnson (@ JAX)

Tier 4

David Montgomery (@ TEN)
Todd Gurley (vs. DEN)

Tier 5

DeeJay Dallas (@ BUF)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. CAR)
Justin Jackson (vs. LV)
Antonio Gibson (vs. NYG)
Leonard Fournette (vs. NO)
D’Andre Swift (@ MIN)
J.K. Dobbins (@ IND)

Tier 6

Melvin Gordon (@ ATL)
JaMycal Hasty (vs. GB)*
Jonathan Taylor (vs. BAL)
Ronald Jones II (vs. NO)

Tier 7

Tony Pollard (vs. PIT) if Zeke is out
Aaron Jones (@ SF)*
Joshua Kelley (vs. LV)
Jerick McKinnon (vs. GB)*
Wayne Gallman (@ WAS)
Damien Harris (@ NYJ)
Devin Singletary (vs. SEA)
Ezekiel Elliott (vs. PIT)
Zack Moss (vs. SEA)

Tier 8

Tyler Ervin (@ SF)*
Jordan Howard (@ ARI)
Le’Veon Bell (vs. CAR)
J.D. McKissic (vs. NYG)
Gus Edwards (@ IND)
Phillip Lindsay (@ ATL)
La’Mical Perine (vs. NE)
Patrick Laird (@ ARI)
Nyheim Hines (vs. BAL)
Jordan Wilkins (vs. BAL)
James White (@ NYJ)

Tier 9

Brian Hill (vs. DEN)
Tony Pollard (vs. PIT) (if Zeke is IN)*
Latavius Murray (@ TB)
Adrian Peterson (@ MIN)
Frank Gore (vs. NE)

Tier 10

Alexander Mattison (vs. DET)
Rex Burkhead (@ NYJ)

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WIDE RECEIVERS

Tier 1

Davante Adams (@ SF)*

Tier 2

Julio Jones (vs. DEN)
DeAndre Hopkins (vs. MIA)
D.K. Metcalf (@ BUF)

Tier 3

Keenan Allen (vs. LV)
Tyler Lockett (@ BUF)

Tier 4

Stefon Diggs (vs. SEA)
Tyreek Hill (vs. CAR)
Terry McLaurin (vs. NYG)
Adam Thielen (vs. DET)
Robby Anderson (@ KC)
Allen Robinson (@ TEN)

Tier 5

A.J. Brown (vs. CHI)
Will Fuller V (@ JAX)
Michael Thomas (@ TB)
Justin Jefferson (vs. DET)

Tier 6

Chase Claypool (@ DAL)
D.J. Moore (@ KC)
Brandin Cooks (@ JAX)

Tier 7

Corey Davis (vs. CHI)
Juju Smith-Schuster (@ DAL)
Marvin Jones (@ MIN)
DeVante Parker (@ ARI)
Mike Evans (vs. NO)
Chris Godwin (vs. NO)
Marquise Brown (@ IND)
Russell Gage (vs. DEN)
Jerry Jeudy (@ ATL)

Tier 8

D.J. Chark (vs. HOU)
Darius Slayton (@ WAS)
Jakobi Meyers (@ NYJ)
Mike Williams (vs. LV)
Diontae Johnson (@ DAL)
Cole Beasley (vs. SEA)
Mecole Hardman (vs. CAR)
Sterling Shepard (@ WAS)
Jamison Crowder (vs. NE)
Curtis Samuel (@ KC)

Tier 9

Zach Pascal (vs. BAL)
Emmanuel Sanders (@ TB)
Christian Kirk (vs. MIA)
John Brown (vs. SEA)
Danny Amendola (@ MIN)
Amari Cooper (vs. PIT)
Laviska Shenault (vs. HOU)
Randall Cobb (@ JAX)
Henry Ruggs (@ LAC)
Damiere Byrd (@ NYJ)
Marvin Hall (@ MIN)
Trent Taylor (vs. GB)*
Tim Patrick (@ ATL)
Darnell Mooney (@ TEN)

Tier 10

Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. BAL)
Anthony Miller (@ TEN)
Keelan Cole (vs. HOU)
Preston Williams (@ ARI)
Antonio Brown (vs. NO)
CeeDee Lamb (vs. PIT)
Denzel Mims (vs. NE)
Nelson Agholor (@ LAC)
Christian Blake (vs. DEN)
Breshad Perriman (vs. NE)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ SF)*

Tier 11

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. MIA)
Jakeem Grant (@ ARI)
K.J. Hamler (@ ATL)
Marcus Johnson (vs. BAL)
Hunter Renfrow (@ LAC)
Steven Sims (vs. NYG)
Scott Miller (vs. NO)

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TIGHT ENDS

Tier 1

Travis Kelce (vs. CAR)

Tier 2

Darren Waller (@ LAC)

Tier 3

Noah Fant (@ ATL)
Hayden Hurst (vs. DEN)
T.J. Hockenson (@ MIN)
Mark Andrews (@ IND)

Tier 4

Hunter Henry (vs. LV)
Rob Gronkowski (vs. NO)
Eric Ebron (@ DAL)
Jonnu Smith (vs. CHI)
Robert Tonyan Jr. (@ SF)*
Evan Engram (@ WAS)

Tier 5

Jared Cook (@ TB)
Jimmy Graham (@ TEN)
Jordan Reed (vs. GB)*
Trey Burton (vs. BAL)
Mike Gesicki (@ ARI)
Logan Thomas (vs. NYG)

Adam Glanzman/Getty Images. Pictured: Mike Gesicki.

Tier 6

Irv Smith Jr. (vs. DET)
Greg Olsen (@ BUF)
Jordan Akins (@ JAX)
Dalton Schultz (vs. PIT)
Anthony Firkser (vs. CHI)
Ross Dwelley (vs. GB)*
Kyle Rudolph (vs. DET)
Mo Alie-Cox (vs. BAL)

Tier 7

Albert Okwuegbunam (@ ATL)
Dawson Knox (vs. SEA)
Darren Fells (@ JAX)
Will Dissly (@ BUF)

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KICKERS

Tier 1

Harrison Butker (vs. CAR)
Chris Boswell (@ DAL)

Tier 2

Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ JAX)
Jason Myers (@ BUF)
Dan Bailey (vs. DET)
Justin Tucker (@ IND)
Ryan Succop (vs. NO)
Mason Crosby (@ SF)*
Michael Badgley (vs. LV)
Zane Gonzalez (vs. MIA)

Tier 3

Younghoe Koo (vs. DEN)
Stephen Gostkowski (vs. CHI)
Nick Folk (@ NYJ)
Matt Prater (@ MIN)
Daniel Carlson (@ LAC)

Tier 4

Tyler Bass (vs. SEA)
Rodrigo Blankenship (vs. BAL)
Wil Lutz (@ TB)
Brandon McManus (@ ATL)
Jason Sanders (@ ARI)
Dustin Hopkins (vs. NYG)

Tier 5

Robbie Gould (vs. GB)*
Josh Lambo (vs. HOU)
Joey Slye (@ KC)
Cairo Santos (@ TEN)
Graham Gano (@ WAS)

Tier 6

Greg Zuerlein (vs. PIT)
Sergio Castillo (vs. NE)

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DEFENSES

Tier 1

Pittsburgh Steelers (@ DAL)
New England Patriots (@ NYJ)

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images. Pictured: Stephon Gilmore.

Tier 2

Washington Football Team (vs. NYG)
Houston Texans (@ JAX)
New York Giants (@ WAS)
Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CAR)
Tennessee Titans (vs. CHI)
Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIA)
Green Bay Packers (@ SF)*

Tier 3

Baltimore Ravens (@ IND)
Atlanta Falcons (vs. DEN)
Minnesota Vikings (vs. DET)

Tier 4

Seattle Seahawks (@ BUF)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
Miami Dolphins (@ ARI)
Indianapolis Colts (vs. BAL)
Denver Broncos (@ ATL)
Las Vegas Raiders (@ LAC)
New York Jets (vs. NE)

Tier 5

Chicago Bears (@ TEN)
Los Angeles Chargers (vs. LV)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. HOU)
Detroit Lions (@ MIN)
Buffalo Bills (vs. SEA)
New Orleans Saints (@ TB)
Dallas Cowboys (vs. PIT)

Tier 6

San Francisco 49ers (vs. GB)*
Carolina Panthers (@ KC)

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