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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Week 8 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jordy Nelson at NO -
2 Demaryius Thomas vs. SD -
3 Dez Bryant vs. WAS Probable (shoulder)
4 Antonio Brown vs. IND -
5 Julio Jones vs. DET Probable (ankle)
6 Randall Cobb at NO -
7 T.Y. Hilton at PIT -
8 Brandon Marshall at NE Probable (ankle)
9 Golden Tate at ATL -
10 Alshon Jeffery at NE -
11 Mike Wallace at JAC Probable (hamstring)
12 Jeremy Maclin at ARZ Probable (hamstring)
13 Sammy Watkins at NYJ Probable (groin)
14 Emmanuel Sanders vs. SD -
15 Michael Floyd vs. PHI Probable (groin)
16 Steve Smith Sr. at CIN -
17 Vincent Jackson vs. MIN Questionable (ribs)
18 Andre Johnson at TEN Probable (ankle)
19 Julian Edelman vs. CHI -
20 Kelvin Benjamin vs. SEA -
21 Roddy White vs. DET -
22 Eric Decker vs. BUF -
23 Terrance Williams vs. WAS -
24 Doug Baldwin at CAR -
25 Pierre Garcon at DAL -
26 DeAndre Hopkins at TEN Probable (hand)
27 DeSean Jackson at DAL Probable (shoulder)
28 Brandin Cooks vs. GB -
29 Andre Holmes at CLE -
30 Larry Fitzgerald vs. PHI -
31 Marques Colston vs. GB -
32 Torrey Smith at CIN -
33 Mohamed Sanu vs. BAL -
34 James Jones at CLE -
35 Keenan Allen at DEN -
36 Allen Robinson vs. MIA -
37 Cecil Shorts vs. MIA -
38 Kendall Wright vs. HOU -
39 Mike Evans vs. MIN -
40 Wes Welker vs. SD -
41 Percy Harvin vs. BUF -
42 Brian Quick at KC -
43 Justin Hunter vs. HOU -
44 Brandon LaFell vs. CHI -
45 Dwayne Bowe vs. STL -
46 Jordan Matthews at ARZ -
47 Malcom Floyd at DEN -
48 Eddie Royal at DEN Probable (elbow)
49 Jermaine Kearse at CAR -
50 Davante Adams at NO -
51 Andrew Hawkins vs. OAK -
52 Cordarrelle Patterson at TB Probable (hip)
53 Kenny Stills vs. GB -
54 Riley Cooper at ARZ -
55 Greg Jennings at TB -
56 Jarvis Landry at JAC -
57 John Brown vs. PHI Probable (ankle)
58 Kenny Britt at KC Probable (ankle)
59 Corey Fuller at ATL -
60 Miles Austin vs. OAK -
61 Jarius Wright at TB -
62 Robert Woods at NYJ -
63 Martavis Bryant vs. IND Probable (illness)
64 Donte Moncrief at PIT -
65 Hakeem Nicks at PIT -
66 Paul Richardson at CAR -
67 Jerricho Cotchery vs. SEA -
68 Brian Hartline at JAC Probable (finger)
69 Marqise Lee vs. MIA -
70 Jeremy Kerley vs. BUF -
71 Harry Douglas vs. DET Questionable (foot)
72 Allen Hurns vs. MIA -
73 Devin Hester vs. DET Probable (hamstring)
74 Louis Murphy vs. MIN -
75 Jeremy Ross at ATL Probable (ankle)
76 Andre Roberts at DAL -
77 Markus Wheaton vs. IND Probable (groin)

WR Notes: Fantasy’s No. 2 receiver, Jordy Nelson has 11 50-plus yard touchdown receptions since 2011. That’s the most in the NFL over that span. Nelson gets the nod over the white-hot Demaryius Thomas for Week 8 because of his plum matchup with a Saints defense allowing the second most fantasy points to receivers. … Speaking of Thomas, he has 521 yards receiving over his past three games, which would rank ninth on the season. Thomas’ 17.0 fantasy points per game are 1.7 more than any other receiver. … Quietly the No. 7 receiver, Dez Bryant gets a prime-time opportunity to feast on a Redskins defense allowing the 11th most fantasy points to wideouts. … Bryant gets the nod over Julio Jones because Jones is doing battle with the Lions’ imposing pass defense in London. As mentioned above, the Lions’ seven passing touchdowns allowed are the fewest in the league. … Randall Cobb’s eight touchdowns lead all wideouts. This, after Cobb entered 2014 with a modest 13 career scores. Coming off his best yardage effort of the season, Cobb is just as likely to rip the Saints as Nelson.

T.Y. Hilton is third in receiving yards (711), fifth in targets (68) and fifth in receptions (47). The only thing “holding him back” is his touchdown total of one. Hilton averaged six scores in 2012-13. He’s going to start finding the end zone. … Who will Darrelle Revis do battle with on Sunday? He seems to think it will be Brandon Marshall, but this is the Patriots. Anything is possible. Revis is just as likely to follow Alshon Jeffery as Revis, and could, of course, mix it up as the game goes on. Owners just have to trust the fact that both will get their looks. … Golden Tate in four games with Calvin Johnson limited or absent: 32/448/2. Now he gets a Falcons defense allowing a league-worst 8.8 yards per pass attempt. Tate will be a WR1 for what should be Megatron’s final inactive. … Mike Wallace is fantasy’s No. 9 receiver despite zero 100-yard efforts, and failing to eclipse 75 yards since Week 1. He’s scored in 5-of-6 games, however, and is averaging 8.6 targets. Wallace is more likely to progress than regress.    

Jeremy Maclin has been quiet over his past three games (11/149/1), but still averaged 9.6 targets in the process. A Cardinals defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points to receivers should break his slump. … Coming off a two-touchdown game against the Vikings, Sammy Watkins is averaging a weekly 6/79 with Kyle Orton under center. He has a chance to really get going against the Jets’ woefully undermanned secondary. … Michael Floyd in Carson Palmer’s three games at quarterback: 12/213/2. The Eagles bleed big plays. Floyd and Palmer should connect on a few this weekend. … Steve Smith Sr. caught fewer than five passes for the first time all season in Week 7, but compensated with 67 yards. Although Sr.’s best stretch is probably already behind him, there’s a strong chance he finishes as a top-24 wideout. … Vincent Jackson was heating up in his final two games before the Bucs’ bye, catching 12 passes for 210 yards. Sunday, he’ll be squaring off with a Vikings defense that failed to contain Sammy Watkins in Week 7. A trade would be the best thing for V-Jax’s value, but he’s still a WR2 in Tampa.   

Andre Johnson has cleared five catches 6-of-7 games this season, and 70 yards in 5-of-7. Hopefully he gets a score against a Titans defense that’s allowed 12 passing touchdowns. … Kelvin Benjamin has scored in 5-of-7 games. Surprisingly, the Seahawks have allowed 12 scores through the air, tied for the eighth most in football. … As colleague Mike Clay points out, Roddy White’s end-zone targets have dwindled in recent seasons. … As healthy as he’s been all season, Eric Decker is finally back in the WR2 conversation. The presence of Percy Harvin should help, not hurt, as defenses can no longer focus all their resources on Decker. The Bills have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to receivers. … As for Harvin, he’s not expected to play a full complement of snaps in his Gang Green debut. He can’t be trusted as a WR3 this week. … For all we know, the Seahawks have no plans to stop spreading the passing game wealth in Harvin’s absence, but Doug Baldwin was the target on 11 of Russell Wilson’s 36 pass attempts last Sunday. He’s in the WR2 conversation against the Panthers’ struggling defense.

Pierre Garcon is a better bet than DeSean Jackson with Colt McCoy under center. Ol’ Colt isn’t going to be looking deep. … Andre Holmes deserves a mulligan for his off Week 7, but is still likely to settle in as a boom-or-bust WR3. … Torrey Smith has been fantasy’s No. 16 receiver over the past five weeks, and No. 12 over the past three. He’s been touchdown-dependent, but that’s not a strike against his upside. … According to Pro Football Focus, Mohamed Sanu’s seven drops lead the NFL. He’s going to fade back to WR4/5 status once A.J. Green (toe) returns. … Keenan Allen’s breakout probably isn’t going to come against the Broncos’ dominant secondary. … Mike Evans is someone to keep rostered as the Vincent Jackson trade rumors heat up. … Brandon LaFell is a nice, cheap FanDuel play for your No. 3 receiver. … Davante Adams’ production has yet to come close to matching his hype. Despite Adams’ talent, life isn’t easy behind target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.    

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