Week 8 Rankings (2013): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners will have bye weeks to contend with, as well as some difficult matchups.  Which wide receivers will we be able to trust?  Who is a little bit riskier?  Let’s take a look at everything we need to know for Week 8:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  3. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  4. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  5. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins – at Denver
  6. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Jets
  8. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  9. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Washington
  10. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  11. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos – vs. Washington
  12. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Washington
  13. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  14. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  15. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Francisco
  16. Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  17. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  18. Rueben Randle – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  19. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers – at Jacksonville
  20. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Buffalo
  21. Jarrett Boykins – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  22. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Francisco
  23. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – at Kansas City
  24. Greg Jennings – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  25. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  26. Kenbrell Thompkins – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  27. Robert Woods – Buffalo Bills – at New Orleans
  28. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  29. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
  30. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  31. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  32. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  33. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  34. Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  35. Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  36. Riley Cooper – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  37. Kris Durham – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
  38. Jerome Simpson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  39. Stephen Hill – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
  40. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
  41. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New Orleans
  42. Aaron Dobson – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  43. Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints – vs. Buffalo
  44. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  45. Austin Pettis – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
  46. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  47. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  48. Chris Givens – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
  49. Donnie Avery – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
  50. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Kansas City

Thoughts:

  • It was interesting to see Jordy Nelson fail to post big numbers (5 receptions for 42 yards and 1 TD) in Week 7, despite all of the injuries plaguing the Green Bay receiving corps.  Does anyone really expect Jarrett Boykins (who is also a viable option) to out produce Nelson again?  The Vikings have been among the worst passing defenses in the league, making Nelson a Top 5 option.
  • We all know that the Broncos offense is going to roll, especially against a Washington defense that has allowed 262.8 passing yards per game and 11 TD.  The question is, which receiver is going to be the go to guy?  Demaryius Thomas hasn’t exceeded 100 yards since Week 1 and has scored in just three of seven games, meaning you almost have to think Peyton Manning is going to try and force him to get involved.  You can argue that Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker are all WR1 this week, but Thomas should still be the top one on your list.
  • Tampa Bay could have a tough time running against the Panthers this week and they proved that they are going to throw the ball to Vincent Jackson whenever they get a chance.  While he can’t be expected to replicate his Week 7 success (10 receptions for 138 yards and 2 TD), he has been on a roll for the past two weeks (19 receptions, 252 yards, 4 TD) and has to be considered one of the best options this week.
  • A healthy Michael Vick would probably have propelled DeSean Jackson into a borderline Top 5 option this week (last time he faced the Giants he had 7 receptions for 132 yards and 1 TD).  However, the questions at QB is going to push him down to a borderline Top 10 option with upside.
  • Percy Harvin could return this week, but it’s hard to imagine him making a major impact immediately.  You may want to push him up to a high-level option, but we just can’t do that right now.  Even with the bye weeks, in shallower formats it’s hard to take the risk.
  • With the Falcons banged up at wide receiver, Henry Douglas went off in Week 7 (7 receptions for 149 yards and 1 TD).  With a favorable matchup and Douglas likely being the main threat once again, it’s safe to expect WR2 production, at worst, once again.
  • At this point it’s impossible not to consider Ruben Randle the better option to Hakeem Nicks in New York.  Nicks continues to show a poor rapport with Eli Manning, while Randle has started to routinely find the end zone.  Nicks obviously has upside and is worth considering with the bye weeks upon us, but he’s tough to trust.
  • Quarterback problems plus a difficult matchup against the Chiefs (6 passing TD allowed) will likely result in tough sledding for Josh Gordon this week.  He should still be considered a low-end WR2, but it’s tough to consider him anything more than that.
  • Over the past two weeks Marques Colston has 3 receptions for 26 yards on 5 targets.  There should be better days ahead, but until he starts producing he needs to be downgraded slightly.

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

Week 8 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 8 Rankings (2013): Top 40 Running Backs

33 comments

  1. Romo says:

    Nicks or colston?

  2. Steve says:

    Someone dropped Colston in my standard H2H league. Would you drop Steve Johnson for Colston moving forward???

    The obvious answer feels like yes, but comparing production so far SJ wins… And also SJ seems to have the easier schedule. I have Fitzgerald, A. Brown, Douglas & Harvin so obviously it’s not a necessity.

  3. Cara says:

    I lost last week mostly due to the fact that my WR’s did nothing? Larry is my number one and one point does not cut it. Would you bench him? My only bench option is Reuben Randle or Kerley. Antonio Brown is in at my number 2 spot.

  4. Steve – I would make that move in a heartbeat. Johnson has started losing looks to Robert Woods as it is.

    Cara – No, he has a better matchup this week and a long time to heal. I’d expect better results moving forward.

  5. Corey says:

    Is Ponder starting a boost or a downgrade for the WRs in Minnesota?

    • Corey says:

      Let me say that I’m seriously considering putting Jennings up for Colston to see if the owner bites. Just because of the QBs.

      But I don’t know if I like the idea of owning Graham, Sproles, and Colston.

  6. shiv says:

    I have Fitzgerald, Nelson, Green, Douglas and can start three WRs. Which three would you start?

  7. Corey – It’s a draw, honestly. None of the QB are real promising and any could have a good/bad game. While I’d prefer Freeman, it’s not much of a downgrade (could you get worse than Freeman in Week 7). As for the trade, yea that’s tough.

    shiv – Douglas on the bench for me

    • Corey says:

      Thanks. As always, I appreciate the advice.

      Let me ask this: Jennings, Blackmon, Jordan Cameron

      Play two, bench one.

      I’m benching Cameron right now since he’s facing KC.

  8. Mark says:

    Golden Tate,mcgahee or Brandon jacobs for flex? I’m thinking Jacobs is the best option if he can play but if he can’t who would you go with?

  9. chuck says:

    Start Jarrett Boykin or Terrance Williams as my flex?

    I have Forte on bye, which 2 would you start out of Gio Bernard, Zac Stacy, Joseph Randle?

    • Williams for me.

      As for RB, it really depends on if Demarco Murray is playing or not. As of now, that’s what they are saying. If he plays, I’d go Bernard/Stacy. If he doesn’t, Bernard/Randle

  10. Mr.T says:

    No win situation here….

    Powell, Avery or Cotchery at flex?

  11. oldmanoldman says:

    hartline or kenbrell in the flex (.5ppr)? the consensus seems to say hartline, but you have thompkins ranked higher? why?

  12. gmoney says:

    You think Harry Douglas will have a good week against Patrick Peterson and Mathews? They have done well against WR this year. I need to start 2 out of Douglas, Gordon, and Boykins.

  13. Oldmanoldman – Better matchup and Brady is due for a big game.

    gmoney – Arizona has allowed 13 passing TD and is in the bottom half of te league in yards allowed. Depending on if Jones plays or not. I’d go Douglas & Boykins

  14. Kyle says:

    Impatient/desperate/in a bind owner in my league dropped Amendola. Should I pick him up and get rid of the underwhelming Golden Tate or Nate Washington who might start clicking with Locker back?

    And if I do pick him up, start him this week?

    Thanks!!

  15. Jay says:

    3 WR , 14 team league. I need help deciding on my 3rd receiver: Steve Johnson, Jeremy kerley, Sidney rice, or kris Durham. Thanks for the help!

  16. James A says:

    Pick two to start (already started V-jax):

    Blackmon
    Gordon
    Boykin

    Thanks!

  17. Nemo says:

    Choosing between Douglas, McFadden and Moreno for 1 RB and a flex…also, with Graham being “limited” at TE, assuming he isn’t inactive do I still roll with him over Eifert?

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