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Fantasy football Player Projections -- Breaking down Week 9

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Drew Brees and the Saints can improve to 7-1 with a victory over the Jets on Sunday.

In a year that has seen quarterbacks take over fantasy leagues, the best might be yet to come.

A number of big-time QBs have great matchups this week. Philip Rivers and Robert Griffin III face each other in Washington. Drew Brees gets the Jets, a team Andy Dalton torched a week ago. And it's all capped by Aaron Rodgers with the Packers hosting the Bears, who have allowed 8.7 yards per attempt, on Monday Night Football.

Who will join those quarterbacks as the studs of the week? Find out in our Week 9 Projections.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football early week 9 advice, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, midseason fantasy awards, player rankings and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 9

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Aaron
      Rodgers
      QB
    4. PASS YDS384
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Rodgers had a nearly flawless game last week, completing 24-of-29 passes for 298 yards and two TDs. The Bears have allowed 8.7 YPA and 11 passing touchdowns this season, so expect Rodgers to take advantage.

    1. 2
    2. Russell Wilson
    3. Russell
      Wilson
      QB
    4. PASS YDS237
    5. PASS TD2
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS72
    8. RUSH TD1

    Wilson was held in check by the Rams, though he still gave his owners a solid game thanks to two touchdowns. The Buccaneers allow the 10th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, but he's without Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

    1. 3
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    4. PASS YDS324
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Brees lit up the Bills, throwing for 332 yards and five touchdowns. He has to be licking his chops after seeing what Andy Dalton did to the Jets last week.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD1

    Charles finally had his 100-total-yards-and-a-touchdown streak snapped last week, though it was only because he didn't find the end zone. He's my non-Peyton-Manning MVP of the first half.

    1. 2
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS113
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy has brought the second dimension this offense has been lacking for years. He should be started regardless of matchup.

    1. 3
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS88
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Foster had to leave Houston's last game because of a hamstring injury. The Texans say he will be a gametime decision for the Sunday nighter.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Jordy Nelson
    3. Jordy
      Nelson
      WR
    4. REC YDS137
    5. REC TD2

    Nelson had another monster game last week, catching seven passes for 123 yards and two TDs. He should be able to take advantage of the Bears' defense.

    1. 2
    2. Dez Bryant
    3. Dez
      Bryant
      WR
    4. REC YDS132
    5. REC TD2

    Bryant only had three catches and six targets last week, but he made them count, racking up two scores and 72 yards. The Vikings allow the eighth most fantasy points to receivers.

    1. 3
    2. A.J. Green
    3. A.J.
      Green
      WR
    4. REC YDS101
    5. REC TD2

    Marvin Jones stole the show last week, but Green still put up 115 yards on just three catches. He'll get back in the scoring act this week.

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Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Jordan Cameron
    3. Jordan
      Cameron
      TE
    4. REC YDS89
    5. REC TD1

    Cameron caught all four of his targets last week, racking up 81 yards. The Ravens have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.

    1. 2
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Rob
      Gronkowski
      TE
    4. REC YDS78
    5. REC TD1

    Gronk caught just two passes for 27 yards last week, and Pittsburgh has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends.

    1. 3
    2. Tony Gonzalez
    3. Tony
      Gonzalez
      TE
    4. REC YDS76
    5. REC TD1

    Gonzalez has yet to take over the way many thought he could when Julio Jones went down for the season. He'll finally get on track this week.

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Kickers

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Defenses

    1. 1
    2. Seattle Seahawks
    3. PTS ALLOWED10
    4. SACKS5
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    Like most weeks, this is another great matchup for the Seahawks.

    1. 2
    2. Cincinnati Bengals
    3. PTS ALLOWED16
    4. SACKS6
    5. INT1
    6. TD0

    The Bengals had a huge game last week, returning two Geno Smith interceptions for touchdowns and holding the Jets to nine points. They're a great play against a Miami team that has surrendered a league-high 32 sacks this year.

    1. 3
    2. Kansas City Chiefs
    3. PTS ALLOWED13
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    The Chiefs disappointed their owners last week, getting just one sack and one turnover against Jason Campbell and the Browns. They'll make up for it this week.

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