Fantasy WR Rankings Week 8: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

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Rank Player 1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ HOU 2 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. MIA 3 Davante Adams, GB @ ARI 4 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. NYG 5 Mike Evans, TB @ NO 6 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. DAL 7 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DAL 8 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. GB 9 D.J. Moore, CAR @ ATL 10 A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND 11 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ NYJ 12 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DEN 13 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. 14 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. 15 Chris Godwin, TB @ NO. See Antonio Brown. 16 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. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 Amari Cooper, DAL @ MIN. See CeeDee Lamb. 21 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. 22 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. 23 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. 24 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. 25 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. 26 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. 27 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ DET 28 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. WAS 29 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. LAR 30 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. NE. See Mike Williams. 31 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TEN 32 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. JAX 33 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. CIN 34 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TEN 35 Tee Higgins, CIN @ NYJ 36 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. TB 37 Marvin Jones, JAX @ SEA 38 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ SEA 39 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ LAC 40 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. MIA 41 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ BUF 42 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. SF 43 Michael Gallup, DAL @ MIN 44 Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR 45 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. SF 46 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. PIT 47 Robby Anderson, CAR @ ATL 48 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. GB 49 A.J. Green, ARI vs. GB 50 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. WAS 51 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. PIT 52 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. NYG 53 Chase Claypool, PIT @ CLE. See Diontae Johnson. 54 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. PHI 55 Allen Lazard, GB @ ARI 56 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. GB 57 DeVante Parker, MIA @ BUF 58 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. CIN 59 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ NYJ 60 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. PHI 61 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ CHI 62 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. TB 63 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. PIT 64 Van Jefferson, LAR @ HOU 65 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DET 66 Byron Pringle, KC vs. NYG 67 Randall Cobb, GB @ ARI 68 Jamal Agnew, JAX @ SEA 69 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ HOU 70 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN 71 Nelson Agholor, NE @ LAC 72 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. DAL 73 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ LAC 74 Darius Slayton, NYG @ KC 75 Quez Watkins, PHI @ DET 76 Tavon Austin, JAX @ SEA 77 Chris Conley, HOU vs. LAR 78 Preston Williams, MIA @ BUF 79 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. CAR 80 Adam Humphries, WAS @ DEN 81 Chris Moore, HOU vs. LAR 82 Freddie Swain, SEA vs. JAX 83 Dante Pettis, NYG @ KC 84 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. PIT 85 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. MIA 86 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. CIN 87 Josh Reynolds, TEN @ IND 88 DeAndre Carter, WAS @ DEN 89 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ ATL 90 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. SF 91 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. NE 92 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. NYG 93 Josh Gordon, KC vs. NYG



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