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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week 8 Wide Receivers


Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Demaryius Thomas vs. NO -
2 Calvin Johnson vs. SEA Questionable (knee)
3 Percy Harvin vs. TB -
4 Victor Cruz at DAL -
5 Julio Jones at PHI -
6 Brandon Marshall vs. CAR -
7 Reggie Wayne at TEN -
8 Wes Welker at STL Probable (ankle)
9 Randall Cobb vs. JAC -
10 Marques Colston at DEN -
11 Eric Decker vs. NO -
12 Mike Wallace vs. WAS -
13 Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF -
14 Roddy White at PHI -
15 James Jones vs. JAC -
16 Vincent Jackson at MIN -
17 Dez Bryant vs. NYG -
18 Hakeem Nicks at DAL Probable (knee)
19 Jeremy Maclin vs. ATL -
20 Antonio Brown vs. WAS -
21 Lance Moore at DEN -
22 Dwayne Bowe vs. OAK -
23 Brandon Lloyd at STL -
24 Miles Austin vs. NYG Probable (hamstring)
25 Denarius Moore at KC -
26 Kenny Britt vs. IND Probable (knee)
27 Steve Smith at CHI -
28 DeSean Jackson vs. ATL -
29 Malcom Floyd at CLE -
30 Jeremy Kerley vs. MIA Probable (finger)
31 Josh Gordon vs. SD -
32 Titus Young vs. SEA Probable (knee)
33 Sidney Rice at DET -
34 Chris Givens vs. NE -
35 Brian Hartline at NYJ -
36 Donnie Avery at TEN -
37 Mike Williams at MIN -
38 Michael Crabtree at ARZ -
39 Brandon Gibson vs. NE -
40 Leonard Hankerson at PIT -
41 Darrius Heyward-Bey at KC -
42 Davone Bess at NYJ -
43 Kendall Wright vs. IND -
44 Ryan Broyles vs. SEA -
45 Andre Roberts vs. SF -
46 Nate Washington vs. IND -
47 Stephen Hill vs. MIA -
48 Santana Moss at PIT -
49 Brandon LaFell at CHI -
50 Domenik Hixon at DAL -
51 Donald Driver vs. JAC -
52 Justin Blackmon at GB -
53 Golden Tate at DET -
54 Mario Manningham at ARZ Questionable (shoulder)
55 Jerome Simpson vs. TB -
56 Robert Meachem at CLE -
57 Greg Little vs. SD -
58 Brandon Stokley vs. NO -
59 Jon Baldwin vs. OAK Questionable (hamstring)
60 Devin Hester vs. CAR -
61 Cecil Shorts at GB -
62 Kevin Ogletree vs. NYG -
63 Devery Henderson at DEN -
64 Earl Bennett vs. CAR -

WR Notes: You don’t need me to tell you to get Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in starting lineups against a Saints defense that hemorrhaged big plays all over the field to Vincent Jackson last week. Thomas’ season-low Week 6 output was due to bracket coverage on deep routes by the Chargers. Until the Saints improve their speed, tackling, angles and communication, it’s fair to expect a fantasy bonanza for all No. 1 receivers.

When it comes to stopping Calvin Johnson, Bears veteran Charles Tillman is in a league of his own. Megatron has beat Tillman for a score just once in 10 games. If Johnson is kept in check by Seattle’s physical corners this week, he will be the most obvious “buy” in fantasy as the league’s dominant skill-position player. Johnson hasn’t caught a touchdown from Matthew Stafford this year. Through six games a year ago, the two connected on nine scores.

Victor Cruz has a season an eye-popping 31 percent of Eli Manning’s targets this season. It’s sustainable, too. Slot receiver Steve Smith saw 30 percent of Eli’s targets in 2009. Manning-to-Cruz is already third all-time in touchdown passes of 70+ yards, backing up Phil Simms’ claim that Cruz is arguably the league’s premier receiver, making Eli “a bigger star.”

Just over a third of Andrew Luck’s passes have been directed at Reggie Wayne. That percentage leads all receivers. … Colston leads the NFL in red-zone targets with 15. … Mike Wallace will put last week’s drops behind him against a Redskins defense on pace to allow the most points and passing yards in franchise history. … The Vikings sold out to stop Larry Fitzgerald in Week 7, keeping seven in coverage and forcing John Skelton and La’Rod Stephens-Howling to beat them underneath. Minnesota didn’t blitz a single down and still racked up seven sacks and 15 QB hurries.

Vincent Jackson was sensational in racking up a franchise-record 216 yards on a miserable Saints defense. But those points are gone. The formula for V-Jax is unchanged from Philip Rivers to Josh Freeman: throw the ball up for grabs outside the numbers or deep down the field and let Jackson use his size, athleticism and physicality to make a big play. That formula has also led to dramatic week-to-week inconsistency. Jackson squares off against a legit top-10 pass defense this week, featuring an athletic, physical corner of their own in Chris Cook.

Dez Bryant insists his groin is fine, but his Week 7 targets and snaps were down. … Hakeem Nicks is practicing fully again. … Lance Moore made Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week for a good reason: he was phenomenal at Tampa Bay, making catch after catch in traffic while picking up eight first downs. He’s essentially Drew Brees’ version of Wes Welker. … It’s hard to trust Bowe as more than a WR3 gamble with Brady Quinn under center.

PFF’s Mike Clay believes Brandon Lloyd is a “slam dunk candidate” for more touchdowns in the second half of the season. Lloyd’s Week 7 faceplant came courtesy of Antonio Cromartie, who is having the best season of his career as perhaps the NFL’s premier cover corner in Darrelle Revis’ absence. Brian Hartline has the misfortune of drawing Cromartie this week.

It’s little solace to fantasy owners, but Kenny Britt’s three receptions on the opening drive forced the Bills to cheat coverage in his direction, allowing Chris Johnson to take advantage. … Jeremy Kerley is top-10 in receiving yards (238) and top-15 in targets (26) and receptions (15) over the past three weeks. … The Rams need to get the ball in explosive rookie Chris Givens’ hands more often, but I can see how that is easier said than done with a limited route tree. Givens is the first rookie since Willie Gault (1983) with a reception of 50+ yards in four consecutive games. … Leonard Hankerson played 69 snaps to Santana Moss’ 17 last week. There’s no doubt as to the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver with Pierre Garcon out.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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