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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 8 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adam Thielen vs. NO -
2 Antonio Brown vs. CLE -
3 A.J. Green vs. TB -
4 Tyreek Hill vs. DEN -
5 Odell Beckham vs. WAS -
6 DeAndre Hopkins vs. MIA -
7 Davante Adams at LAR -
8 Robert Woods vs. GB -
9 Michael Thomas at MIN -
10 Brandin Cooks vs. GB -
11 JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. CLE -
12 Mike Evans at CIN -
13 Emmanuel Sanders at KC -
14 Stefon Diggs vs. NO -
15 T.Y. Hilton at OAK -
16 Jarvis Landry at PIT -
17 Tyler Boyd vs. TB -
18 Golden Tate vs. SEA -
19 John Brown at CAR -
20 Kenny Golladay vs. SEA -
21 Will Fuller vs. MIA I.L. (knee)
22 Josh Gordon at BUF -
23 Alshon Jeffery at JAC -
24 Demaryius Thomas at KC -
25 Doug Baldwin at DET -
26 Julian Edelman at BUF -
27 Devin Funchess vs. BAL -
28 Michael Crabtree at CAR -
29 Taylor Gabriel vs. NYJ -
30 Tyler Lockett at DET -
31 Marvin Jones vs. SEA -
32 DeSean Jackson at CIN -
33 Sammy Watkins vs. DEN -
34 Sterling Shepard vs. WAS -
35 Geronimo Allison at LAR -
36 Jordy Nelson vs. IND -
37 Chris Godwin at CIN -
38 Christian Kirk vs. SF -
39 Danny Amendola at HOU -
40 Donte Moncrief vs. PHI -
41 Jermaine Kearse at CHI -
42 Tre'Quan Smith at MIN -
43 Marquise Goodwin at ARZ -
44 Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF -
45 Dede Westbrook vs. PHI -
46 Keelan Cole vs. PHI -
47 Courtland Sutton at KC -
48 Chris Hogan at BUF -
49 Martavis Bryant vs. IND -
50 Nelson Agholor at JAC -
51 Randall Cobb at LAR Questionable (hamstring)
52 Jakeem Grant at HOU -
53 Kelvin Benjamin vs. NE -
54 DeVante Parker at HOU Questionable (quadriceps)
55 Willie Snead at CAR -
56 Chester Rogers at OAK -
57 Anthony Miller vs. NYJ -
58 Antonio Callaway at PIT -
59 David Moore at DET -
60 Damion Ratley at PIT -
61 Josh Doctson at NYG -
62 D.J. Moore vs. BAL -
63 Marquez Valdes-Scantling at LAR -
64 Dante Pettis at ARZ -
65 Zay Jones vs. NE -
66 Rishard Matthews at CHI -
67 Cameron Meredith at MIN -
68 Seth Roberts vs. IND -
69 Andre Roberts at CHI -

WR Notes: Adam Thielen’s 89 targets are seven more than anyone else in football. Although they have added Eli Apple to address the problem, no team is permitting more receiver fantasy points than the Saints. … Antonio Brown was looking more like himself before the Steelers’ bye. After averaging 68 yards per game and 9.38 yards per catch in Weeks 1-4, Brown spiked those numbers to 103/18.73 in Weeks 5-6. … Being force fed the ball, A.J. Green is averaging 7/105 over his past three contests. The Bucs’ league-worst defense does not have an answer for that. … An indefensible Tyreek Hill would have posted his second-straight 7/100 game in Week 7 if not for a mind-numbing 35-yard touchdown drop. As it is, Hill is the WR2 by average points in standard, WR3 in .5 PPR and WR4 in PPR. … Odell Beckham has caught at least six passes in five-straight games, and 6-of-7 on the year. He will not be shadowed by nemesis Josh Norman against the Redskins. … DeAndre Hopkins is coming off his slowest two-game stretch since Weeks 5 and 6 of last season. Keke Coutee’s (hamstring) absence enhances Hopkins’ outlook against Xavien Howard.

Davante Adams went bonkers in the two games before the Packers’ bye, catching 19 balls for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He could be hard pressed to keep up that insane pace with both Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb appearing likely to return against the Rams’ disappointing pass defense. … Robert Woods has cleared 75 yards in six-straight games. He’s a usage monster with added upside while Cooper Kupp (knee) is on the shelf. … Michael Thomas has cooled considerably since his epic start, averaging 5/63 over his past three appearances. His Week 8 fortunes will depend on Xavier Rhodes’ (ankle) health. … Brandin Cooks has not hit 70 yards since Week 4. That should change against a Packers defense getting stung for a host of long receptions. … With Antonio Brown set to occupy Denzel Ward’s attention, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be well positioned to go over 100 yards against the Browns for the second time this season. … Fresh off dusting the Browns for 7/107, Mike Evans has an excellent setup against a Bengals defense that has struggled to contain No. 1 wideouts.

The WR7 by average points in .5 PPR over the past three weeks, Emmanuel Sanders should stay hot against the burnable Chiefs. … Stefon Diggs has just 66 yards on 20 targets over his past two games and could see a heavy dose of Marshon Lattimore against the Saints. Bet on the usage but hedge the matchup. … T.Y. Hilton caught only four passes in his Week 7 return, but two of them ended up in the end zone. We know all about Hilton’s career home/road splits, but the Raiders are an upside spot. … Jarvis Landry is second in the league in targets (82) but a shocking WR30 by average points in .5 PPR. He did show signs of life in Week 7, catching a season-high 10 passes on 15 looks. … Tyler Boyd has come back down to earth with only 14 catches for 133 yards over his past three games. It’s a slump the Bucs could easily bust. … Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay had quiet post-bye performances as the Lions’ running game throttled the Dolphins. Golladay did have a 13-yard score called back by penalty. The Seahawks have remained excellent against the pass, meaning it could be more of a floor than ceiling week.

John Brown shook his mini slump with his biggest game of the season against the Saints. The NFL’s air yards leader should boom more than he busts. … As Evan Silva points out in his Matchups column, Will Fuller’s production has taken a hit with Keke Coutee’s healthy emergence. With Coutee on the shelf in Week 7, Fuller immediately came back to life. Coutee is sidelined for Week 8. … Turning into a 100 percent snap player, Josh Gordon has also earned Tom Brady’s trust. What had seemed like a long shot — Gordon finally rediscovering his game as a Patriot — is now happening before our very eyes. … If Sunday is Demaryius Thomas’ final game as a Bronco, it couldn’t come in a better matchup. It’s worth noting Thomas went just 4/24 against the Chiefs in Week 4, and Andy Reid’s defense has had success against lesser quarterbacks. … A slowly-reviving Doug Baldwin will avoid Darius Slay in the slot. … Julian Edelman has yet to display 2018 upside but is keeping his floor nice and tidy. … Alshon Jeffery has been flashing some serious old man strength since returning from his shoulder injury. He is going to need it against Jalen Ramsey’s Jags.

Tyler Lockett has quietly scored five touchdowns in six games, though with just four red zone targets, that number is a fluke. … Coming off the biggest yardage effort of his career, Sterling Shepard has seen consistent WR3 usage. … Finally on track to return from his hamstring injury, Geronimo Allison has cleared 60 yards in all four of his 2018 appearances. … Allen Robinson is battling a groin injury. Even if Robinson suits up, Taylor Gabriel might be the preferred fantasy play at this point. … Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant will move forward as the Raiders’ top two receivers. Nelson could push for every-week WR3 value. Bryant has been so mistake prone this season that it’s hard to project a meaningful increase in his production. … Upside will not be there, but Danny Amendola is a safe WR3/4 in Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills’ absence. Jakeem Grant is a chase-the-moon WR5. … After David Johnson, Christian Kirk might have the most to gain from Byron Leftwich’s promotion to offensive coordinator. … Tre'Quan Smith deserves a few more weeks on your team. See where it goes. … Randall Cobb is in prove-it mode after his lengthy absence and rough early-season play.               

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