Week 8 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Is Amari Cooper “Back” & More

by Will Overton

After two teams were on bye last week, we get slammed with six teams out and nearly 25% of last week’s Top 50 sitting out. We’re digging a bit deeper, but these are the weeks rankings are more important than ever. Here is how I see it shaking out in Week 8:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ NY Jets
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
  5. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington
  7. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
  8. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
  9. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ New England
  10. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Seattle
  11. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo
  12. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco
  13. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
  14. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore
  15. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
  16. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver
  17. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland
  18. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati
  19. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo
  20. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia
  21. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay
  22. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
  23. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
  24. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco
  25. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore
  26. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh
  27. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
  28. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay
  29. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Seattle
  30. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets vs. Atlanta
  31. Robby Anderson – New York Jets vs. Atlanta
  32. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
  33. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ NY Jets
  34. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
  35. Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
  36. Juju Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit
  37. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ New England
  38. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
  39. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia
  40. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh
  41. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
  42. Jordan Matthews – Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland
  43. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
  44. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati
  45. Deonte Thompson – Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland
  46. Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis
  47. Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
  48. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
  49. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington
  50. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami


  • Consistency is key, and while we haven’t seen the big blow up games from Mike Evans so far, he is consistently producing. Evans has a TD in three of his last four games, and in a half point PPR league has failed to hit double digits once this season. This week Evans he off with a decent Carolina secondary, but Carolina is very Jekyll and Hyde and Evans seems almost matchup proof at this point.
  • We finally saw the talent of Amari Cooper breakthrough, and patient fantasy owners were finally paid off. This should do a great deal for Cooper’s confidence, and with Derek Carr back under center he should continue to have success. That said, let’s not leave Michael Crabtree in the dust just yet, as he is the top receiver on the Raiders. Crabtree has three games in a row now with a TD grab and is still a regular Top 15 WR.
  • It looks like there is a real possibility that Stefon Diggs will make his return this week for Minnesota. Diggs was one of the best fantasy receivers in the game through four weeks before getting hurt so if he is playing you almost have to play him. That said, I don’t know that he’ll be at 100% just yet, and Adam Thielen is still my preferred play and a Top 20 option. Thielen isn’t the TD threat that Diggs is, but he is a PPR monster and has a very safe floor.
  • There’s a chance DaVante Parker plays tonight, but I am not convinced by it. If he can go he is probably in the 30 – 40 range as I just can’t see him being 100%. Parker’s absence has created a nice opening for Kenny Stills fantasy value. Even if Parker does come back, Stills only drops a couple of spots. He has a history with Matt Moore, who will be starting at QB, and there is something to be said for working with the guy you’re comfortable with.
  • A sneaky good team for fantasy value this week is the New York Jets. Their passing attack has been better than expected and this week they get the Falcons who are shaky, at best. Jermaine Kearse has been the best of the Jets receivers, but Robby Anderson feels like the one with the highest ceiling. Both guys have been TD dependent, but as the Jets pass more that may start to change.
  • With back to back big weeks from Ted Ginn Jr, it’s time to start putting him on your radar. Ginn put up 66 yards and a TD two weeks ago, and then last week he exploded for 7 catches and 141 yards. Willie Snead hasn’t been able to get much going and he certainly isn’t looking like he’ll be taking Ginn’s spot anytime soon. There’s also the fact that Michael Thomas hasn’t been the red zone threat everyone expected, meaning the TD that Drew Brees inevitably throws are really up for grabs. Ginn is someone you should feel very comfortable starting this week.
  • The combination of Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett continues to be 2A and 2B in the Seahawks wide receiver pecking order. Richardson is the red zone threat, while Lockett is the slot guy with big play capability. I have Richardson slightly higher, but it’s really based only on the fact that I think his TD upside is higher. Either could put up a big game, but trying to guess which one is not going to be easy.

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 8 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses
Week 8 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. C says:

    Hey Professor,

    Would you drop DeVante Parker for Josh Doctson as a #3 WR for ROS? Starters are Green and Baldwin and I usually play a RB at flex.


  2. Wolverine says:

    Std — ROS: Willie Snead or JuJu?

  3. Wolverine says:

    Or Doctson? who best stash?

  4. Mike says:

    Amari Cooper or Alvin Kamara in a PPR league for flex?

  5. Haggy says:

    Between these 4… Pick 2 We’d and 1 Flex….A.Jeffery,K.Benjamin,T.Hill and C.J. Anderson… Leaning Benjamin/Hill Anderson Flex.. or should I go Jeffery Flex and HOPE he has his first good game.

  6. MIke says:

    Hello professor,
    I got offered shepered,mixon for martavis bryant, Crowell
    Should I do it?

    Qb. Wenz
    rb2:shady,duke,ajayi,Abdullah,crowell,Aaron Jones
    Te: witten
    Flex 1.

    Thank You

  7. David says:

    Juju @ Det or Fuller @ Seattle? Standard scoring.

  8. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    If you have time, your advice is welcome as always.

    I’m in a 10 team league, and next week I’ll probably be sitting in sixth to eight for waiver wire, so a bit concerned that someone else will select Smith-Schuster if he has a good game this weekend.

    I just selected Alex Collins in last week’s waiver wire, and he did well last night, so wondering if either Kelley or Perine are expendable to drop one of them from my team for Smith-Schuster? In our league, we can add/drop up until game time for players.

    I took your advice a few weeks back and selected Dede Westbrook, so he could be very useful as well, so wondering now if the same could be true for Smith-Schuster? Actually, I have M Bryant, so I could see dropping him, but assume he has talent; I’m in a dynasty league, so he might be worth holding….I don’t know? I have Evans, Baldwin and M Jones for starters, so maybe I’m being too greedy, but I like to think long-term!

    Thank you very much!


  9. Tosabigdog says:

    PPR league – start Ginn over M. Thomas? Worried about Thomas’ knee. Other WR is Hopkins.

  10. Brian says:

    PPR Need 3?
    Demaryius Thomas DEN, Thielen MIN, D Jackson TB,
    Mckinnon MIn, Hyde SF

    Need a Flex? Rank them
    McKinnon MIN, Mixon CIN, Hyde SF

    Def? Broncos or Bills

    • PPR – Thomas / Hyde / McKinnon

      Standard – Mixon (highest risk, higest reward) / Hyde (safest, and still a good option so I’d probably go with him) / McKinnon

      Denver, but really a coinflip

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