Fantasy Football WR Rankings: Week 8

The wide receiver group is deep this year, so you can get away with starting a lot of different players. If you're torn between a few players, use my rankings to figure out who to start and who to sit. I list the top 50 because there aren't any worth playing beyond that.

Byes: New York Giants & San Francisco 49ers

Updated: Oct. 25

Other Rankings: QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF

Rank & Player Opponent Notes
1. Demaryius Thomas, DEN SD Thomas is always a safe start and has a good matchup. UPDATE: Despite not scoring, Thomas still has an acceptable effort.
2. Antonio Brown, PIT IND Brown has been nothing short of spectacular.
3. Jordy Nelson, GB @NO Nelson has been on fire.
4. Dez Bryant, DAL WAS Even with double coverage, Dez has played well this season.
5. Randall Cobb, GB @NO Given that the Packers throw the ball a ton, Cobb is safe play.
6. Julio Jones, ATL DET Not an ideal matchup for Julio.
7. Golden Tate, DET @ATL With Calvin still out, Tate's value skyrockets.
8. Brandon Marshall, CHI @NE Marshall hasn't looked himself. I think he returns to form after the bye.
9. Jeremy Maclin, PHI ARI Maclin has an incredible amount of targets. Keep playing him.
10. Alshon Jeffery, CHI @NE Jeffery laid an egg last week, but I think that was a fluke.
11. T.Y. Hilton, IND @PIT Hilton is proving worthy of starting.
12. Mike Wallace, MIA @JAC Great matchup for Wallace this week.
13. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN SD Sanders' catches have been declining, but he's still wroth a play. UPDATE: Wow, what a game from Sanders.
14. Vincent Jackson, TB MIN He's not a WR1, but Jackson is worth a start.
15. Michael Floyd, ARI PHI Floyd has been inconsistent, but this looks like it might be his breakout season.
16. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR SEA The Seahawks defense hasn't been great, but maybe that changes.
17. Julian Edelman, NE CHI Great matchup for Edleman.
18. Doug Baldwin, SEA @STL No Harvin really helps Baldwin. He's available in a surprising amount of leagues.
19. Mohammed Sanu, CIN BAL It all depends on if A.J. Green returns.
20. Steve Smith, BAL @CIN Torrey Smith has been getting more looks, which hurts Steve Smith.
21. Sammy Watkins, BUF @NYJ I think playing with Kyle Orton really helps Watkins.
22. Andre Johnson, HOU @TEN Johnson is simply seeing more targets than Hopkins right now.
23. Roddy White, ATL DET Tough matchup for White, but he's still worth a flex play.
24. Pierre Garcon, WAS @DAL Tough matchup for Pierre.
25. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @TEN You can play Hopkins. He looked solid last time out.
26. DeSean Jackson, WAS @DAL I love Colt McCoy more than anyone, but he doesn't help an inconsistent Jackson's stock.
27. Terrance Williams, DAL WAS Teams are focused on Dez, which means Williams is getting more looks. He's still a flex at best though.
28. Eric Decker, NYJ BUF Decker needs touchdowns to be worth playing, and that's tough to bank on.
29. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI PHI Fitz hasn't done much of anything this season.
30. Marques Colston, NO GB Colston is often a boom-or-bust play.
31. Keenan Allen, SD @DEN Allen has really disappointed me this season. :( UPDATE: A solid 13 points from Allen.
32. Percy Harvin, NYJ BUF A new playbook and a new QB is not the recipe for fantasy success.
33. Cecil Shorts, JAC MIA Shorts has a good matchup, but hasn't shown any consistency.
34. Brandin Cooks, NO GB Cooks hasn't done much since a great first week.
35. Torrey Smith, BAL @CIN Don't fall for the TD trap. He's not catching many passes.
36. Wes Welker, DEN SD Welker isn't getting enough targets to justify playing.
37. Andre Holmes, OAK @CLE Holmes is completely boom-or-bust.
38. Kendall Wright, TEN HOU Until Wright becomes consistent, he is a WR3 at best right now.
39. Brian Quick, STL @KC Austin Davis likes going to Quick, but Davis doesn't throw much.
40. Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN @TB :(
41. Allen Robinson, JAC MIA Robinson has actually put up solid numbers lately.
42. James Jones, OAK @CLE Someone has to catch passes in Oakland.
43. Justin Hunter, TEN HOU I think Hunter's 15 point effort in Week 15 was a fluke. Starting Mettenberger won't help.
44. Markus Wheaton, PIT IND I expected more from Wheaton this season.
45. Eddie Royal, SD @DEN As predicted, Royal has come back down to earth.
46. Greg Jennings, MIN @TB Jennings is a backup.
47. Dwayne Bowe, KC STL Do you trust Bowe? Cause I don't.
48. A.J. Green, CIN BAL I don't think Green can go this week.
49. Calvin Johnson, DET @ATL Looks like no Calvin again this week.
50. Reggie Wayne, IND @HOU Wayne's production has declined lately. He's banged up and I'm not sure he plays this week. UPDATE: He's out for Sunday.

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