Desperation Week 8 Plays: Ranking Three New Emerging Names


With injuries and bye weeks wreaking havoc on fantasy rosters, identifying the high-risk, high-reward options to trust becomes vital to fantasy owners. Based on the recent news there are a few such wide receivers who have emerged as potential plays in Week 8. Who should fantasy owners be trusting? Let’s take a look:

1) Denzel Mims (WR) – New York Jets

Breshad Perriman has been ruled out and Jamison Crowder will likely follow (he is listed as doubtful). That leaves Mims, who made his NFL debut in Week 7 and instantly tied for the team lead in targets, to operate as New York’s top receiver.

Kansas City doesn’t offer a favorable matchup, though the Jets will likely have to throw the ball early and often in an effort to keep up. Would it be surprising if Mims received double-digit targets and turned in a few big plays? He’s a gamble, but there are far worse gambles to take for those who are desperate for an end-game wide receiver.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (High-Risk WR3)

2) Jakobi Meyers (WR) – New England Patriots

Both N’Keal Harry and Julian Edleman have been ruled out, leaving an unimpressive receiving corps to face the Buffalo Bills. The matchup isn’t ideal, as Buffalo has allowed the seventh fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers (1,029 yards and 6 TD). You also have the questions at quarterback for New England, after Cam Newton was pulled in Week 7 in favor of Jarrett Stidham:

  • Cam Newton – 9/15, 98 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
  • Jarrett Stidham – 6/10, 64 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

Meyers did post 4 catches for 60 yards in Week 7, leading the Patriots with 6 targets. He could prove to be a deep league sleeper for those who are desperate, but for most there are far too many questions to trust him.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (unless you are desperate)

Darnell Mooney (WR) – Chicago Bears

With Allen Robinson sidelined with a concussion the Bears will move forward with Mooney and Anthony Miller at wide receiver. Mooney has been the slightly more productive of the two this season:

  • Darnell Mooney – 21 catches (37 targets), 236 yards and 1 TD
  • Anthony Miller – 19 catches (31 targets), 189 yards and 2 TD

The Saints have allowed 9 TD to opposing wide receivers and Miller hasn’t been targeted more than 5 times since Week 1 (on the flipside, Mooney was targeted 7 times in Week 7). Mooney is the better play, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a trustworthy option.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Sources – ESPN,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. Hi Prof!
    Injuries are killing my team. I’ve lost Barkley and now OBJ. The league is a 14 half-point PPR so there is not a lot on the waiver wire at this point. I’m wondering who you think might be a good speculative add rest of season at particularly WR:

    Someone else?!?!

    As always thank you and good luck this week!

  2. Prof, been offered a trade in a full point PPR league: I would receive Zeke Elliott, Chris Carson, and Julio Jones. Would give up James Conner, Kareem Hunt, and Jarvis Landry.

    My RBs are: Hunt, Conner, CMC, Chubb, and Lindsay
    My WRs are: Hill, Lockett, Landry, and Slayton

    I like the deal, especially if CMC comes back next week. Thoughts?


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