Week 8 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

Week eight has arrived and will be kicking off with Thursday Night Football tonight. Before you set your lineup for the week take a look at how I am seeing things shake out in week eight for the wide receiver position:

  1. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota 
  2. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. NY Jets 
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina 
  4. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay 
  5. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati 
  6. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 
  7. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina   
  8. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta 
  9. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver 
  10. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco  
  11. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta  
  12. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ NY Giants    
  13. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Indianpolis 
  14. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills vs. New England 
  15. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Miami 
  16. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia 
  17. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans 
  18. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay 
  19. Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee 
  20. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Miami 
  21. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee 
  22. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns vs. Las Vegas 
  23. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore 
  24. Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas 
  25. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh 
  26. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. LA Rams 
  27. Brandon Aiyuk – San  Francisco 49ers @ Seattle 
  28. Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos vs. LA Chargers 
  29. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland 
  30. Darius Slayton – New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay 
  31. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets @ Kansas City  
  32. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore 
  33. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver 
  34. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit 
  35. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati
  36. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills vs. New England   
  37. Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore 
  38. Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns vs. Las Vegas 
  39. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints @ Chicago 
  40. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia 
  41. Scotty Miller – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ NY Giants 
  42. Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos vs. LA Chargers 
  43. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins vs. LA Rams 
  44. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis 
  45. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs vs. NY Jets
  46. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia 
  47. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Buffalo 
  48. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay  
  49. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota
  50. Breshad Perriman – New York Jets @ Kansas City

Thoughts:

  • This is a big week for Mike Evans to try and prove himself as still being an elite fantasy option. This is a prime matchup against the Giants and with Chris Godwin out of the mix Evans is setup to be the man. He has had two great games this season where he went over 100 yards and found the endzone, but he’s also had four games where he’s caught two passes or less. He’s had three catches and just 47 yards in the last two games combined. I’m starting Evans this week given the matchup, but if this week doesn’t go well I’m not sure how much faith I’ll have going forward.
  • Another guy with a big opportunity is Jarvis Landry. The only word that describes Landry’s performance so far this season is mediocre. He’s never terrible, but he’s not really once been all that good either. Now with Odell Beckham Jr. out for the season it’s time for him to step up. The broken rib he’s dealing with may slow him down, and if it does look for Rashard Higgins to outplay where I have him ranked right now. However, there is no reason not to expect Landry to start trending up.
  • I don’t think we can write Travis Fulgham off as a flash in the pan any longer as he now has three games in a row with 70 or more yard receiving yards and at least five catches. Two of those three games Fulgham has faced off with the Steelers and Ravens, so the Cowboys porous defense should be a walk in the park for him this weekend. The injury news for other Eagles receivers isn’t getting better and Fulgham seems locked in as the teams number one option for the foreseeable future.
  • The return of Corey Davis last week was a success as he brought in six catches and scored a TD against Pittsburgh after two weeks off with COVID. Davis was a nice early season surprise and it’s good to see that he picked right back up. With A.J. Brown hitting his stride Davis won’t be the lead option like the first few games, but he seems to have taken a clear step forward after he had all the makings of a bust following his first two NFL seasons. Look for him to keep the momentum going in another nice matchup against Cincinnati.
  • Things are looking bleak in New Orleans when looking at the injury sheet and about the only wide receiver who is a sure thing to be playing on Sunday is Tre’Quan Smith. Now Drew Brees still has Alvin Kamara to throw to and always seems to find guys no one has heard of when he needs to. That along with the tough matchup does keep Smith down a bit in the rankings despite the possible target share, but he’s worth a flier in your flex spot based on that target share.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

5 COMMENTS

  1. 1 pt. PPR need one
    WR Scott Miller TB
    WR AJ Green CIN
    RB Marquis Brown Bal.

    Which RB would you rather have ROS? Malcolm Brown or J.D. Mckissic?

    Standard: Need one
    WR Diontae Johnson
    RB Leonard Fournette

    • As for the WR, Brown has the highest upside so I’d lean that way (though Miller is the second best option)

      For the RB, I’d go Brown but don’t have faith in either

      For the FLEX, I’d lean Johnson

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