Antonio Brown has his guy back... and so do fantasy owners (Photo credit NFL)

Voodoo people — I apologize for not providing any useful Hits during the last couple of weeks. Sometimes, reality supersedes fantasy. I’ll be sure to get my fantasy posts up in a timely fashion for the rest of the season.

Back to the Hits — it’s all about the NEW HITS. So we have two New Hits this week, and below them are the Top 100 weekly player rankings. For any gameday decisions, Tweet your lineup questions to @VoodooBrown.

New Hits for Week 9:
A “New Hit” will be a likely free agent that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, some will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 
CINCincinnati Defense: Cincy’s D hasn’t done enough to earn any owner’s trust as a weekly no-brainer start, but this week should be their first blowup. Here’s what they’re looking at: They have a chance to go 8-0, and all but assure a division win. Next level goals have them gunning for AFC home field advantage. Do I think they’re as good as the Pats? Of course not… but they will cruise to 12-4 (worst case scenario). They should expect 13-3, but they can realistically get to 14-2 since their schedule is pretty forgiving. @AZ and @DEN are the only really tough games remaining on their schedule.

Back to Week 9. The Browns are dinged up on both sides of the ball — they’re starting Manziel, half their secondary is hurt — they’re a mess. Compound that with the fact that the Browns are the visiting team on a Thursday night. I know they’re only taking a 4-hour busride to Cincy; but trends are trends, and visiting teams lay eggs on Thursdays. One more note: the Browns jumped the Bengals last year (on a Thursday night) in Cincy, and I’m sure the Bengals haven’t forgotten. Rivalry, yo. Add up all of these factors, and it equals a Cincy blowout to the tune of less than 14 points allowed, 3+ forced turnovers, and a defensive TD for good measure.
Bottom Line: They are likely taken in deeper leagues, but I was able to grab them this week in my 10-team league. If available, they are the ULTIMATE plug & play… and the #1 defense on my board this week.

 

antonioooooAntonio Andrews, RB Titans: He’s not an earth-moving free agent pickup like DeAngelo Williams — but if you need legitimate help in the RB slot, Antonio will be a steady 8-17 point producer in an otherwise underperforming slot. He’s a plodder, not a game-breaker; but he’s a big guy (kind of a beast, actually) that’ll get the goal line carries, along with the majority of the running workload.
Bottom Line: Pick him up if you have room. Very startle during the bye weeks, and any other week if you’re thin at RB. He’ll be a top 20 RB moving forward.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. NE Tom Brady
2. NO Drew Brees
3. NYG Eli Manning
4. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
5. GB Aaron Rodgers
6. CAR Cam Newton
7. ATL Matt Ryan
8. DEN Peyton Manning
9. CIN Andy Dalton
10. OAK Derek Carr
11. SD Philip Rivers
12. IND Andrew Luck
13. BUF Tyrod Taylor
14. CHI Jay Cutler
15. PHI Sam Bradford

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. ATL Devonta Freeman
2. STL Todd Gurley
3. NO Mark Ingram
4. CIN Jeremy Hill
5. CHI Jeremy Langford
6. MIN Adrian Peterson
7. NE Dion Lewis
8. TB Doug Martin
9. BUF LeSean McCoy
10. SD Danny Woodhead
11. MIA Lamar Miller
12. OAK Latavius Murray
13. PIT DeAngelo Williams
14. GB Eddie Lacy
15. SD Melvin Gordon
16. PHI DeMarco Murray
17. DAL Darren McFadden
18. DEN Ronnie Hillman
19. CAR Jonathan Stewart
20. NE LeGarrette Blount
21. NYJ Chris Ivory
22. TB Charles Sims
23. NYG Shane Vereen
24. IND Frank Gore
25. TEN Antonio Andrews

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. PIT Antonio Brown
2. ATL Julio Jones
3. CHI Alshon Jeffery
4. DEN Demaryius Thomas
5. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
6. NYJ Brandon Marshall
7. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
8. CIN A.J. Green
9. OAK Amari Cooper
10. PIT Martavis Bryant
11. NE Julian Edelman
12. OAK Michael Crabtree
13. MIN Stefon Diggs
14. SD Stevie Johnson
15. TB Mike Evans
16. GB Randall Cobb
17. NO Brandin Cooks
18. PHI Jordan Matthews
19. BUF Sammy Watkins
20. MIA Jarvis Landry
21. DAL Dez Bryant
22. NO Willie Snead
23. IND T.Y. Hilton
24. GB James Jones
25. JAC Allen Hurns
26. NYJ Eric Decker
27. IND Donte Moncrief
28. NE Brandon LaFell
29. MIA Rishard Matthews
30. STL Tavon Austin
31. JAC Allen Robinson
32. NYG Rueben Randle
33. CHI Marquess Wilson
34. NE Danny Amendola
35. SF Anquan Boldin

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. NE Rob Gronkowski
2. CHI Martellus Bennett
3. NO Benjamin Watson
4. WAS Jordan Reed
5. BUF Charles Clay
6. DAL Jason Witten
7. CAR Greg Olsen
8. SD Antonio Gates
9. CIN Tyler Eifert
10. JAC Julius Thomas
11. ATL Jacob Tamme10. TEN Delanie Walker
12. PIT Heath Miller
13. CLE Gary Barnidge
14. TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins
15. STL Jared Cook

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Cincinnati
2. New England
3. Denver
4. Philadelphia
5. St. Louis
6. NY Jets
7. Atlanta
8. New Orleans
9. Minnesota
10. San Diego

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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