Week 8 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Big Names Fall Into WR2 Territory, Identifying Sleepers To Consider & More

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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:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
  2. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
  3. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
  4. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
  6. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
  7. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  9. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington
  10. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
  11. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
  12. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
  13. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  14. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
  15. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at New England
  16. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Jets
  17. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
  18. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
  19. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  20. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
  21. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  22. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Los Angeles Rams
  23. Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
  24. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
  25. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  26. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Buffalo
  27. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
  28. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
  29. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Jets
  30. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
  31. Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
  32. Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
  33. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  34. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
  35. Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – at Los Angeles Rams
  36. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
  37. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
  38. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  39. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
  40. Phillip Dorsett – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
  41. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at New England
  42. Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  43. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
  44. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
  45. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
  46. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Pittsburgh
  47. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  48. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
  49. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
  50. Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City

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Thoughts:

  • 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.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

20 COMMENTS

  1. Professor, I have been offered two trades in my leagues, both of which are full point PPR:

    Trade 1: I am giving up Baker Mayfield and Amari Cooper for Derek Carr and Mike Evans (this is a 2-QB and keeper league as well)

    Trade 2: I am giving up Brandin Cooks and Philip Linsday for Courtland Sutton and Carlos Hyde (redraft league).

    Thoughts on both deals?

    Thanks Prof!

  2. Thanks Prof. Regarding #2 above, I have Chubb, Coleman, and Michel as my other RBs. My other issue is I have Robert Woods too so would like to get out of one of my Rams WRs.

    • I’d lean Chark/Robinson, but they are all rather close. I wouldn’t call you nuts for going that way, but I like Chark’s matchup

  3. Hi Profferor,
    I have Michale Thomas, Tyler Lockeet, Michael, Gallup, Keenan Allen, Sterling Shepard
    Should I drop Sterling Shepard for Tyrell William ?
    This is 10 teams PPR
    Thanks

    • It’s not nuts, though I still prefer Shepard if healthy… That said will Shepard every truly be healthy this year? If you don’t trust him, and I can buy that, make the move

  4. standard league; I want to pick up Chase Edmonds from the waiver wire. I would need to drop either Desean Jackson or Sammy Watkins (my 2 starting WRs are Julio Jones & Mike Evans); which, if either would you drop? My current RBs are Ezekiel Elliot (on bye this week), Devonte Freeman, Lesean McCoy & TY Johnson; if I picked up Chase Edmonds, which of the 3 RBs, if any would you start him instead of, given Elliot on bye. Thanks

    • Jackson would be my first drop.

      As for playing Edmonds, it all depends on the status of David Johnson. If he’s out I’d start him over Johnson (we assume he’s the lead back, but is it really a given?)

  5. Hi, Prof. Rest of the way, how would you rank these WRs? Robert Woods, Terry McLaurin, Larry Fitzgerald, DeVante Parker, Sterling Shepard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Thanks.

    • Honestly it’ll be a week-to-week thing, but the player with the highest upside is McLaurin. I love Shepard, but his health has taken him out of the picture. Woods faces potential target limitations, given the competition, and you have to wonder if the Cardinals will really focus on Kirk/getting younger. I guess I’d go:

      McLaurin
      Woods
      Fitzgerald
      Shepard
      Valdes-Scantling
      Parker

  6. I have 3 questions:

    1) 1/4pt PPT – Tyler Boyd or AJ Brown? Rams D and playing in London scare me, otherwise I think this should be a no brainer. Not that it really matters, but I am also streaming Tannehill this week.

    2) Non-PPR – Singletary or Henderson? (I know, such an amazing position to be in…) Or, if I win him off waivers Sunday morning, James White over either? Leaning Henderson, or White if I get him.

    3) Non-PPR – Marvin Jones or James Woods? Like Boyd, I’m scared of the London games and am leaning Jones (plus maybe hoping hot hand/chasing points).

    • Fourth question. Is James White worth a #3 waiver pick? My RB’s are Mark Ingram, Jamaal Williams, Devin Singletary, & Darrell Henderson. (I’m aware how shitty that list is, I’ve made a few missteps in that league)

    • 1) I like Brown, but I’m definitely going Boyd

      2) I’d start White as the top option, even though I don’t trust him. I guess I’d go Singletary, but it’s really a coin flip

      3) I’m rolling Jones, though it’s a coinflip. He has a positive matchup and is more likely to get targets

      4) Definitely worth it

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