Antonio Brown, TB @ NO. AB should be ready to go this week after missing the game against Chicago with an ankle injury, and he’s shown enough to be viewed as a high-end WR2. New Orleans has been a solid defense this year, but their weakness has been against fantasy WRs. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Brown are must-starts regardless of matchup, as you probably already know.
Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CAR. Ridley saved his day with a touchdown, but only caught four passes for 26 yards and the score. However, he did draw 10 targets, and we know what he brings to the table at his ceiling. He’s a guy who has been frustrating, but you can’t reasonably bench a guy that has had the success he’s had in the past and can notch double-digit targets each week.
Chris Godwin, TB @ NO. See Antonio Brown.
DK Metcalf, SEA vs. JAX. Metcalf is dependent on the play of Geno Smith, but his talent combined with the matchup here keeps him ranked as a WR2. He should draw tons of targets, so even if Smith is inefficient, Metcalf could enjoy fantasy success. Obviously, his ceiling and floor are much lower without Russell Wilson, though.
Deebo Samuel, SF @ CHI. Samuel is enjoying a breakout season and has been targetted at least eight times in every game this season. He’s netted 100-plus yards in three contests and caught four touchdowns on the season. Chicago has been shredded by WRs when they’ve played competent players at the position, so Samuel should be in line for another nice day as the target hog in SF.
Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. WAS. Sutton has drawn five or more targets in every game this season and has racked up 539 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Teddy Bridgewater is banged up, or Sutton’s ceiling could be much higher. Still, we’ve seen him have success this year and a matchup with Washington’s awful secondary could result in a WR1 finish for Sutton. Washington has been the second-worst defense against WRs, and it has been the No. 1 WR that has been the most productive against them.
CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ MIN. Minnesota struggled on defense early in the year, but they’ve turned it on as of late, and have limited D.J Moore, Odell Beckham, and Tyler Lockett in recent weeks. Lamb and Amari Cooper are presumably better than those three, but the matchup is still somewhat worrisome. Both should be started regardless, but we’ll probably see one be productive while the other busts — as we’ve seen several times this year.
Amari Cooper, DAL @ MIN. See CeeDee Lamb.
Robert Woods, LAR @ HOU. Wood quietly had a nice fantasy day in Week 7, catching all six of his targets for 70 yards. He’s been relatively unproductive this year, but we’re still touting his upside as the No. 2 WR in one of the league’s best offenses. If this game gets too out of hand early, it could be bad news for Rams’ pass-catchers, but the upside is clearly there if this game remains anywhere close to competitive.
Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. MIA. Sanders has at least five targets in every game this season and looks like the No. 2 WR in this prolific Buffalo offense. His deep-play threat is still very much alive Miami came into Week 7 allowing the third-most fantasy points to WRs, before allowing Kyle Pitts, Russell Gage, and Calvin Ridley to have nice fantasy showings. Yes, Pitts is more or less a wide receiver based on usage.
Julio Jones, TEN @ IND. Jones only played for about two and a half quarters against Kansas City, but he actually looked somewhat healthy. He was benched after the Titans’ led by 24 and the game was pretty much decided. Again, Tennessee is being 110-percent careful with Jones as they have postseason aspirations. Indianapolis gave up touchdowns to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rodgers and Week 3 against Tennessee when Jones and A.J. Brown were up, so the ceiling feels high for the Titans’ WR duo this week.
Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CLE. Johnson is good for a double-digit target game every time he steps on the field, and Cleveland went from being viewed as a great defense to one of the league’s worst defenses in the blink of an eye. They’ve given up eight-plus catch games to Tyreek Hill, Mike Williams, and Brandin Cooks, so Johnson almost feels like a lock for that reception total. As always, he’s a stronger play in PPR leagues, but we like him in all formats here. For now, Chase Claypool should be viewed as boom-or-bust each week. His ceiling and floor are extremely low at this point.
Sterling Shepard, NYG @ KC. Shepard (hamstring) missed Week 7, but if he can play in Week 8 against Kansas City, he’s practically a must-start — especially in PPR leagues. He’s only played in three full games this year but has drawn nine-plus targets in each of those contests. Kansas City can’t cover anyone, but its offense should play well enough to force Daniel Jones into a decent number of passing attempts. Especially if Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Saquon Barkley (ankle) are out, Shepard should be on the receiving end of a ton of targets once again. If any of those Giants’ pass-catchers return, they will automatically draw starting consideration. That said, they don’t play until Monday night, so it might be safe to keep them on the bench.
Mike Williams, LAC vs. NE. Not much needs to be said here, but Williams and Keenan Allen should be started given the upside of their offense led by Justin Herbert. The matchup against New England limits their ceiling at least a little bit, though.