With the Trade Deadline fast approaching a few deals have already shaken things up. A pair of veterans were dealt on Tuesday and it’s possible they make an instant impact, though their presence will probably be felt more in Week 9 and beyond as they become acclimated to their new offenses. Who are players that can be trusted, though? Who carries too much risk to use? Let’s take a look at how our rankings look for Week 8:
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at New England
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Jets
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Los Angeles Rams
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Buffalo
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Jets
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
- Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
- Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – at Los Angeles Rams
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
- Phillip Dorsett – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at New England
- Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
- Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
- DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Pittsburgh
- Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
- Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
- Early in the week we don’t know if Matt Ryan will be healthy enough to play against the Seahawks on Sunday or not, but his availability obviously will have a significant impact on the rest of the skill players. That doesn’t mean that Julio Jones won’t be a WR1 even if Matt Schaub is under center, but even he is downgraded a little bit with the anticipation of the quarterback change. Just know the risk moving forward.
- We may have the urge to push Tyler Lockett into the Top 5 this week against the Falcons, but can we really depend on him? He’s close, and a locked in WR1 against a Falcons defense that’s allowed the fourth most points to opposing wide receivers this season, but keep in mind that his success is buoyed by an ability to find the end zone (he’s scored every other week, with 4 TD). Over the past four weeks he hasn’t been targeted more than 7 times in a game (and he’s been at 5 or less in three of the games) and between 51 and 75 yards each week. Dependability has value, but the overall upside may not be there.
- Speaking of Seattle wide receivers, D.K. Metcalf has 8 catches and 124 yards over the past two weeks. Those may not be overwhelming numbers, but against an Atlanta defense that’s allowed 969 yards and 6 TD to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks he’s a solid WR3.
- Courtland Sutton has gotten at least 7 targets each week and he has 76+ yards in four of his past five games. His 3 TD have come split between two games, and that does hurt his outlook slightly, but the Colts have allowed the fifth most points per week against opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (though it’s buoyed by two rushing touchdowns). He may not quite be a WR1, but he’s right on the border even with Joe Flacco under center especially now that Emmanuel Sanders has been sent to San Francisco.
- Suddenly Stefon Diggs has come alive, with back-to-back games with at least 140 yards and three 100+ yard games in his past four. With Adam Thielen heading towards missing this week’s game (or at least being limited) and a matchup against a Washington defense that’s in the bottom ten in points allowed per week to opposing WR, suddenly Diggs is back to in WR1 tier.
- Both Odell Beckham and Keenan Allen have WR1 upside, but does anyone want to trust them in their matchups for Week 8? Beckham draws the best defense in the league in the Patriots (who have allowed just 1 TD to opposing wide receivers this season) and Allen gets a Chicago defense that suddenly is prone to opposing running backs. Allen is the better option, but both need to be downgraded.
- D.J. Chark has been at 53 yards or fewer in three of his past four games, though this is a “get right” spot against the New York Giants secondary. Of course he needs opportunities to deliver production so coming off a week where he was targeted 4 times, while Dede Westbrook turned 9 targets into 103 yards, he’s downgraded more into mid-tier WR2 range.
- After taking advantage of the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 (5 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD), does anyone think John Brown can’t at least match that production against the Eagles (who have allowed the most points per week to opposing WR)? There are still limitation, playing in a run first offense, but he remains a solid WR2 option.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster has had two complete duds in the past three weeks, but he’s proven he can produce with Mason Rudolph under center and draws the Miami Dolphins. That makes him worth utilizing as a WR2, though he’s hardly a guarantee.
- Corey Davis as a viable WR2?! He’s coming off a big day, with 6 catches, 80 yards and 1 TD, and draws a Tampa Bay defense that’s struggled against opposing wide receivers (second most points per week allowed to WR overall, the most over the past four weeks). There’s obviously still risk, but there’s enough upside to utilize him.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: