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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Week 8 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. DAL Probable (knee)
2 Dez Bryant at DET Probable (hamstring)
3 A.J. Green vs. NYJ -
4 Jordy Nelson at MIN -
5 Demaryius Thomas vs. WAS -
6 Victor Cruz at PHI -
7 Wes Welker vs. WAS Probable (ankle)
8 DeSean Jackson vs. NYG -
9 Eric Decker vs. WAS Probable (toe)
10 Antonio Brown at OAK -
11 Vincent Jackson vs. CAR -
12 Pierre Garcon at DEN -
13 Justin Blackmon vs. SF Probable (hamstring)
14 Larry Fitzgerald vs. ATL Probable (hamstring)
15 Hakeem Nicks at PHI -
16 Josh Gordon at KC -
17 Cecil Shorts vs. SF Probable (clavicle)
18 Steve Smith at TB -
19 Denarius Moore vs. PIT -
20 Marques Colston vs. BUF -
21 Harry Douglas at ARZ -
22 Jarrett Boykin at MIN -
23 Anquan Boldin at JAC -
24 Danny Amendola vs. MIA Questionable (concussion)
25 Mike Wallace at NE -
26 Stevie Johnson at NO Probable (back)
27 Michael Floyd vs. ATL -
28 Terrance Williams at DET -
29 Julian Edelman vs. MIA Questionable (thigh)
30 Rueben Randle at PHI -
31 Brian Hartline at NE -
32 Jeremy Kerley at CIN Questionable (ankle)
33 Golden Tate at STL Probable (shoulder)
34 Greg Jennings vs. GB -
35 Emmanuel Sanders at OAK -
36 Kris Durham vs. DAL -
37 Brandon Gibson at NE Probable (shoulder)
38 Stephen Hill at CIN -
39 Robert Woods at NO -
40 Mike Williams vs. CAR Sidelined (hamstring)
41 Aaron Dobson vs. MIA -
42 Brandon LaFell at TB -
43 Kenbrell Thompkins vs. MIA -
44 Cole Beasley at DET -
45 Dwayne Bowe vs. CLE -
46 Sidney Rice at STL Probable (-)
47 Jerome Simpson vs. GB -
48 Leonard Hankerson at DEN Questionable (foot)
49 Greg Little at KC -
50 Marvin Jones vs. NYJ Probable (shoulder)
51 Tavon Austin vs. SEA -
52 Riley Cooper vs. NYG -
53 Ted Ginn at TB -
54 Chris Givens vs. SEA -
55 Lance Moore vs. BUF -
56 Myles White at MIN -
57 Jerricho Cotchery at OAK -
58 Rod Streater vs. PIT -
59 Jason Avant vs. NYG -
60 David Nelson at CIN -
61 Andre Roberts vs. ATL -
62 Doug Baldwin at STL -
63 Donnie Avery vs. CLE Probable (shoulder)
64 Austin Pettis vs. SEA -
65 Kenny Stills vs. BUF -
66 Santana Moss at DEN -
67 Davone Bess at KC -
68 T.J. Graham at NO -
69 Mohamed Sanu vs. NYJ -
70 Brian Quick vs. SEA -
71 Cordarrelle Patterson vs. GB -
72 Dexter McCluster vs. CLE -
73 Nick Toon vs. BUF -

WR Notes: With last week’s 9/155/2 outburst, Calvin Johnson now has more touchdowns than he did during all of 2012. The Cowboys, who — Nick Foles excepted — have been getting smoked by the pass all year, are not going to have an answer for Megatron on Ford Field’s turf. … The man who would be Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, has now gone two straight games without a touchdown, but isn’t going to face much resistance from a Lions defense allowing the sixth most points to enemy wideouts. Get your popcorn ready for Mega vs. Dez. … Two 6/100/1 games later, A.J. Green’s Weeks 2-5 slump is but a distant memory. However, Andy Dalton is going to have a much harder time moving the ball against the Jets’ stout defense than he did against Detroit and Buffalo. … The league’s most efficient deep threat thus far this season? Jordy Nelson. Aaron Rodgers has targeted his No. 1 wideout on 12 passes of at least 20 yards in length, and the duo has hooked up for eight catches and 277 yards. Per Pro Football Focus, no other qualified receiver has caught more than 54.5 percent of his deep targets.

Demaryius Thomas: Still leading the league in yards after the catch. … Week 7 was the first time Wes Welker didn’t score, so he made up for it by racking up a season-high 96 yards. Welker is fantasy’s No. 5 receiver through the season’s first seven weeks, but his unsustainable touchdown rate makes him a candidate to tumble down the ranks. … DeSean Jackson has been a bit of a feast-or-famine option this season, but reuniting with Michael Vick after a two-week hiatus, he gets a Giants team he feasted on for 7/132/1 in Week 5. D-Jax leads the league with nine receptions of 20-plus yards. … Fantasy’s No. 6 receiver over the past five weeks, Eric Decker is averaging 6.6/99/0.5 since his Week 1 dud. The matchup is right in Washington’s FLEX-N-GATE pass defense. … Vincent Jackson had the Bucs’ Week 5 bye to heal up from his rib injury. In the two weeks since, he’s caught 19 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll continue to be peppered with targets by deep-ball obsessed rookie Mike Glennon.

Yet to be held below five catches or 58 yards this season, Pierre Garcon has made up for his lack of big games with cold, hard consistency. One of these days, he’s going to pop. Denver’s No. 32 pass defense would be an unsurprising place to start. … Hakeem Nicks looked bored in Monday night’s rout of the Vikings, but should perk up against an Eagles team he stung for nine catches and 142 yards in Week 5. … Averaging 8.3 catches for 128 yards, Justin Blackmon is fantasy’s No. 4 receiver since returning from his four-game suspension in Week 5. … To trust Larry Fitzgerald or not to trust Larry Fitzgerald, that is the question. All we know is, he’s practicing in full this week, and facing a Falcons team allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers. … Things aren’t going to be easy for Josh Gordon this weekend. There’s no point in pretending otherwise. But when a player is averaging 90 yards per game and 16.7 yards per catch, you start him no matter the matchup or his quarterback.

Cecil Shorts is a bit of an odd case this season. The third most targeted receiver in the league, he’s nevertheless just 17th in catches (39) and 21st in yards (491). A whopping 48 percent of his yardage (236) has come in the fourth quarter, a period in which the Jaguars have done little (read: no) competing. Nevertheless, the numbers have been there almost every week, and Shorts has been more effective with Chad Henne under center than Blaine Gabbert. He’s a WR2 who will likely eventually settle in as a WR3. … Mike Wallace has finally shown some signs of life the past two weeks, but could be bumped down the ranks if/when it becomes apparent shutdown CB Aqib Talib (hip) will be active for the Patriots. … Harry Douglas had his fun against Darrelle Revis and The Zones in Week 7, but will be dealing with man-to-man maven Patrick Peterson on Sunday. Peterson’s rep as a shutdown corner is a bit overstated, but we’re guessing he’ll be able to do what Greg Schiano couldn’t, and contain a lifelong WR4 posing as Atlanta’s No. 1 receiver.  

Jarrett Boykin has nine catches since injuries forced him into the Packers’ lineup in Week 6. He’s averaged 9.9 yards after each catch, which would lead the NFL if he had enough receptions to qualify. Now someone defenses know they have to take seriously, Boykin might have had a hard time equaling his 8/103/1 Week 7, but is very much someone injury- and bye-ravaged fantasy owners can trust as a WR3 while James Jones (knee) is sidelined. … Despite the injury risk, Danny Amendola (concussion) will be a WR3 if he’s active for Week 8. … Only 18 receivers are averaging more weekly fantasy points than Denarius Moore, though his Week 8 matchup is prohibitive in the Steelers. Nevertheless, Terrelle Pryor’s No. 1 receiver should be in the WR3 ranks to stay. … Terrance Williams has snagged 24-of-28 targets this season, committing just one drop in the process. He’s put his rocky start behind him, and possibly Miles Austin, as well. … Rueben Randle is the only player in the league to commit at least two drops on targets of 20-plus yards. … Dwayne Bowe is averaging 1.08 yards per pass route run, which per Pro Football Focus, is sixth worst in the league.  

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