Week 8 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

We are at one of our super bye weeks this week, with six teams sitting out. Fantasy owners may very well be scrambling to try and piece together a full starting lineup, and those lineup decisions could be tougher than ever. We will hopefully be able to lend a helping hand in making those tough calls as we offer up our Top 50 Wide Receivers for Week 8:

  1. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington
  4. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Tampa Bay
  5. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ Cleveland
  6. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Detroit
  8. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans
  9. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta
  10. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta
  11. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Tampa Bay
  12. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
  13. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Houston
  14. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee
  15. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona
  16. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  17. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  18. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. NY Jets
  19. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle
  20. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis
  21. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota
  22. DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati
  23. Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta
  24. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  25. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
  26. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Detroit
  27. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Buffalo
  28. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Houston
  29. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas
  30. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago
  31. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee
  32. Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota
  33. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
  34. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle
  35. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  36. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City
  37. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta
  38. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati
  39. Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington
  40. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets @ Cleveland
  41. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers @ Denver
  42. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle
  43. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati
  44. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots @ Buffalo
  45. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville
  46. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Denver
  47. Anquan Boldin – Detroit Lions @ Houston
  48. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville
  49. Marquise Goodwin – Buffalo Bills vs. New England
  50. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay

Thoughts:

  • For the first time this season someone outside of the “Big 3” is making an appearance at the number one spot on this list. Mike Evans has earned his spot here too with 6 TD in six games and no fewer than 11 targets in any game so far. Evans hasn’t had a 300 yard game or double digit catches any week, but he is just consistently good. This week he gets a chance to shine on the woeful Raiders secondary. Some may think the Raiders have turned a corner with the way they handled Allen Robinson last week, but I disagree.  Look for Evans to torch them and remind us all how bad that defense is and how good he is.
  • All of the sudden Jordy Nelson is finding himself surrounded by guys in Green Bay’s receiving corpa who are putting up numbers after Nelson was the only one doing anything for so many weeks. This week the Packers face off with the Falcons in what could be a high scoring affair, and Green Bay has four Top 40 WR. Randall Cobb has suddenly been reborn as a fantasy stud with 27 catches and 2 TD in his last three games. Meanwhile the hybrid RB/WR in Ty Montgomery should see a lot of snaps and get a lot of touches again, even with Knile Davis in the mix. This is a nice week to use all your Packers WR.
  • All signs are pointing towards Dez Bryant making his return this week. He has been out with a knee injury since hurting it in week 3 and has been targeting this game as a return date for a few weeks. Dak Prescott has fallen into a rhythm with the likes of Cole Beasley and Jason Witten, but despite Bryant being behind the eight ball on building rapport he’s still far and away the most talented receiver on this team and you have to think if he’s healthy the Cowboys and Prescott will find a way to get the ball in his hands.
  • If you were able to sell high on Stefon Diggs after his monstrous first two weeks of the season, then well done to you and hats off. Since that time he has just 11 catches in three games and also missed an entire game due to injury. That said, while I don’t think he is as good as he showed early on, he’s also not this bad. The Bears defense can be passed on and hopefully Sam Bradford and Diggs can take advantage.
  • Another guy to watch this week and follow the status reports on is Donte Moncrief. The Colts have been without him since week two now and they must be itching to get him back.  If he can go I would proceed with cautious optimism. I like Moncrief’s talent, but he likely won’t get a full compliment of snaps in this week. He could make a nice boom or bust flex play, but I wouldn’t be too eager to plus him in at WR2 or anything.

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17 comments

  1. darrick says:

    hey professor, which 3 wrs should i start this week. D.thomas, C.beasley, B.cooks, and montgomery

  2. Keith says:

    Standard 10 team
    Pick 3
    Nelson, Montgomery, Edelman, Snead, Moncrief, Benjamin

    Worried if Trufant shadows Jordy all day and Peterson on Benjamin, Snead gets Seattle but with all the attention going to Thomas lately Snead could get more open looks. Edelman has been uneventful so far and Moncrief coming off the injury could be on a reduced count but Colts don’t really have much option to be too slow with bringing him back in

  3. Avi says:

    Nelson , Beasley, D Adams, Britt, and Hurns. What would be your top 3?

  4. chris says:

    Need a WR2 and Flex- Cobb, Pryor, Crabtree. also have booker if CJ Anderson does not play??

    • Keith says:

      Anderson has basically been ruled out and looks to be for multiple weeks, I’d definitely be starting Booker against Chargers with him being the every down back.

      I’d go Crab with Cobb and Pryor both dealing with some injury issues. Cobb and Pryor are bigger boom/bust options if they are fully active but Crab should be safe.

  5. sam says:

    In a standard 12 team.

    I have following WRs . It looks like they all have favorable match ups this week.
    Marshall, Hopkins, Enunwa, Montgomery, Cobb, Devante Adams. Currently Cobb is my flex.
    Any suggestion who I should start at WR postion?

  6. Beans says:

    Professor, I have literally lost six of my first 10 picks in one of my leagues. If I lose this week it will be the nail in the coffin. I am prepared for that but I want to go down swinging. Pick 3 Wr’s.. Hopkins, Michael Floyd, Moncreif, Richard Mathews and Cordelle Patterson? Who would you start alongside C. Michael out of Asiata, Peyton Barber? TE is either Gates or Hunter Henry(if he plays). Then any of those guys you did not chose.. who would u put at Flex? League is PPR and 14 teams deep so no better options. Thanks for the help.

  7. Darrick – id sit Beasley

    Keith – Too many questions, so I’d go with highest upside. Benjamin, Montgomery & Moncrief

    Avi – Britt is too hit or miss, and other sit is Hurns

    Chris – Booker/Cobb (if healthy). Crabtree next up

    Sam – Tough to sit Marshall/Hopkins and Montgomery is a must start

    Beans – hopkins/Moncrief/Fkoyd; Ugh, I guess Asiata; Gate and I guess Barber for the FLEX

  8. Beth says:

    I know it’s a good problem to have, but which two RBs would you start from Ware, L. Murray, and Booker? I was thinking of benching Booker, but they’ll probably use him so much that I’m not sure. Thanks!

  9. Gregor says:

    Hey Professor,

    Dilemma. I have/(had) CJ Anderson which sucks bc I tried to trade him last week but no luck. I also have McCoy who is still not 100%. I picked up Jaquizz a couple weeks ago and I picked up Gillislee last week.

    I have a trade offer from someone that includes me giving up Jaquizz & Kyle Rudolph for Lamar Miller. So I’ll have Miller and McCoy when he returns which is a pretty good RB crew. I have Jimmy Graham and he’s already had his bye week so I don’t lose much in giving away Rudolph. The downside to accepting that trade is it Just sucks that I lose Jaquizz this week and have to deal w/ an unpredictable Gillislee, but Miller could make up for a poor performance from Gillislee.

    Do you think this is a good trade for me? Standard 14-team league. Let me know!

    Thanks Professor!

  10. K says:

    PPR: Montgomery over John Brown ROS?

  11. Beth – Yea, as much hype as there is with Booker he’s the sit there. Can’t sit the other two.

    Gregor – Yes, I’d pull the trigger on that one.

    K – Montgomery for me

  12. Gregor says:

    Jeremy Maclin or Quincy Enunwa today? Standard League.

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