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:
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ NY Jets
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
- Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
- Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ New England
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Seattle
- Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
- Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore
- Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati
- Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo
- Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia
- Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
- DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
- Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco
- Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh
- Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
- Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Seattle
- Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets vs. Atlanta
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets vs. Atlanta
- Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
- Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ NY Jets
- Danny Amendola – New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers
- Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
- Juju Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit
- Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ New England
- Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Dallas
- Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh
- Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
- Jordan Matthews – Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston
- Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati
- Deonte Thompson – Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland
- Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis
- Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
- Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
- Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington
- 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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