Week 8 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Another four team bye week will leave us a little thin this week, but at least we get the likes of Antonio Brown and DaVante Adams back. Also the injury bug didn’t hit the wide receiver position too hard in Week 7, so the depth  doesn’t take too massive of a hit either. Let’s take a look at how things are shaking out for Week 8 at wide receiver:

  1. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tampa Bay
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Miami
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver
  6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota
  7. Odell Beckham – New York Giants vs. Washington
  8. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers at LA Rams
  9. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans
  10. JuJu Smith Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland
  11. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay
  12. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati
  13. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay
  14. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh
  15. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos at Kansas City
  16. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts at Oakland
  17. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots at Buffalo
  18. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tampa Bay
  19. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens at Carolina
  20. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville
  21. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Seattle
  22. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks at Detroit
  23. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots at Buffalo
  24. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Miami
  25. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Seattle
  26. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears vs. NY Jets
  27. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos at Kansas City
  28. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver
  29. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants vs. Washington
  30. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks at Detroit
  31. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Seattle
  32. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore
  33. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati
  34. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers at Arizona
  35. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens at Carolina
  36. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis
  37. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati
  38. Taylor Gabriel – Chicago Bears vs. NY Jets
  39. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  40. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia
  41. Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers at LA Rams
  42. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota
  43. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia
  44. Robby Anderson – New York Jets at Chicago
  45. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  46. Martavis Bryant – Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis
  47. Donte Moncrief – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia
  48. Danny Amendola – Miami Dolphins at Houston
  49. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets at Chicago
  50. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville

Thoughts:

 

  • I don’t think that I need to explain why Adam Thielen is number one on this list, but if you do need a reminder let me give it to you. Through seven games he is on pace for 153 catches, 1,879 yards and 11 TD.  Thielen has yet to fall short of 100 yards in any game this season, he’s caught at least six passes and he’s on a four game TD streak. He is no loner just the guy who moves the chains while Stefon Diggs catches the TD, Thielen is on pace for one of the greatest seasons for a WR of all-time.
  • It could just be a coincidence, but it seemed like last week Baker Mayfield seemed to get the memo that Jarvis Landry is leaps and bounds better than anyone else he has to throw the ball too, except maybe David Njoku. Landry was targeted 15 times against the Buccaneers, pulling in 10 catches and a TD. Hopefully this is the start of a correction to his target share and we see it continue this week against a Steelers secondary that can be exploited.
  • The connection of Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery seems to be back into its sweet spot. This is enough for me to keep Jeffery as a Top 20 WR despite a tougher matchup against the Jaguars. He has played in four games and he’s got four TD, while averaging 6.3 catches and 76.5 yards. The Jaguars secondary has a pretty staunch reputation, but they’ve proven themselves to be mortal this season and Jeffery can get his.
  • We get these glimpses of what Will Fuller is capable of, but it never seems to last. Something gets in the way and recently it’s been injuries and the emergence of Keke Coutee in the slot taking targets away. Fuller looks like he’s healthy again, though, and Coutee is out, do with those things in mind I’m back on board with Fuller as a candidate to break out again for fantasy teams. We know what he is capable of, and hopefully we’ll see it played out on the field this week.
  • Only 14 WR have hit double digits in six games (PPR format) this season and the name on the list that might surprise you is Tyler Lockett. It’s hard to believe because he hasn’t hit 100 yards in a game and he’s averaging less than four catches per game. It’s all about the TD, and he has five in six games. It’s hard to imagine this continuing because he hasn’t exactly been a red zone machine throughout his career.  That said I do really like him against the Lions. I have to think Darius Slay draws Doug Baldwin duty and that would leave Lockett in a pretty favorable position.
  • This is an interesting week for the Amari Cooper trade to have gone down with the Raiders getting ready to head into what I think will be a shootout with the Colts. The obvious choice for who gets the bump is Jordy Nelson, who already has three TD in his last four games, though the overall production has been inconsistent. The other guy I’m watching and taking some fliers on is Martavis Bryant. The results haven’t been there so far, but the big play potential is absolutely still there.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 8 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 8 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

20 comments

  1. RT says:

    RP. I had to pickup a TE since my starter is in a bye. I dropped Marvin Jones and kept Funchess, Crabtree, Edelman and Sanu. I hope I dropped the right WR. Thoughts? Thanks

  2. Jim Barton says:

    Should I drop Demarius Thomas or Amari Cooper to pick up Fuller V for ROS?

  3. Kyle says:

    I have 3RB, 3 WR and a flex spot in my league.
    RB – McCoy, Chubb, D.Johnson, Peterson, and Cohen.
    WR- Fuller, Funchess, T.Y Hilton, J.Brown, Gordon.
    Who should start? Who should the flex? Always have a hard picking for that last flex position. Thank you for helping :)

  4. Ted says:

    Who would you play in the W/R spot this week (PPR) J Nelson or T Lockett?

  5. Tony says:

    Hello Professor,

    With Fuller out for the season, should I drop ARob for Coutee (in a dynasty league)? I already have M Evans, JuJu, Golladay and J Gordon on my roster. I would expect Watson to throw more to Coutee than Trub to ARob. Granted, Coutee has to get healthy first, but would hope he could recover after Houston’s bye.

    Not much else out there in waiver land, so I see Coutee as insurance for possible injuries and match-ups when Watson could be throwing more. Not sure much will change in Chicago, so welcome your opinion if you have time.

    Thank you very much.

    Tony

    • I’d want to add Coutee, but I wouldn’t want to at the expense of Robinson. He should be the top receiver on his team and should have the higher upside

      • Tony says:

        Hi Professor,

        Thank you very much for your perspective and see your point; makes sense and would hope that ARob would see more looks as he had earlier in the season, and now dealing with an injury, but as you noted, there are good reasons to retain him.

        I have both Olsen and Graham at TE and both have had their bye weeks, so guess I could drop one of them, but then some risk with regards to injury, so I’ve retained both for that reason. Olsen has two of the worst TE defenses next, but guess I can see how Graham does against LA, then decide next week before waivers are processed.

        Thanks again and good luck this weekend!
        tony

  6. Bob says:

    Flex help, – standard league: Breida (great match up but he is hurt and not sure he plays whole game-wish they would just sit him- let him heal totally), Murray or Edelman?

    Thank you!

  7. Touchette says:

    Two questions:

    1) Julian Edelman or Doug Baldwin in my flex? I’m leaning Baldwin seeing as Locket should be matched up with Slay, Baldwin will be lining up in the slot most of the time, and slot receivers have had success against Detroit (slightly more so than they have against Buffalo). I know pretty much the same can be said for Edelman against Buffalo with marginally less success, but I see NE getting up pretty big early and might lean on the run game more (as many other teams have done, Vikings excluded). Whereas while Seattle is a run first team I see that game being much more competitive and might have a greater need to throw the ball. Plus Baldwin has a target share advantage over Edelman which evens out the difference in attempts by their respective QB’s. Or I could throw both out and start Mostert if Breida is out, but I think Edelman and Baldwin are probably safer plays with almost as much boom chance. Thoughts?

    2) Tyler Boyd or Phillip Lindsay in my flex? Both have great matchups and I originally had Boyd plugged in, but now that Freeman has been ruled out I think Lindsay has more access to touches. Plus this league gives 1pt for every 5 rush attempts. I have Lindsay in there now, what’re your thoughts?

  8. promillo says:

    Hi Prof!

    Last spot: G. Allison, D. Thomas, D. Martin or R. Jones II?

    Thank you!

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