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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 8
Bye Week Teams
Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans
Wide Receivers (Updated: Friday, Oct. 26 - 6:04PM CT)
1. Demaryius Thomas (vs. NO - Sunday Night) – Break out the balloons, kazoos and party shoes, fantasy folk; ‘cause there’s gonna be some dancin’ in Denver this Sunday night! Endzone dancing, that is. Demaryius Thomas currently has three touchdowns on the season, but I expect that number to rise against a Saints defense that couldn’t keep a Lingerie Football League team from scoring on them. Not only does the New Orleans defense allow the second-most fantasy points per game to WRs, but they also seem to have particular trouble with bigger/taller receivers like Jordy Nelson, Malcom Floyd and just last week, Vincent Jackson. With that being the case, I have no doubt Demaryius’ size and speed will be able to get him at least 125 yards and a touchdown or two.
2. Reggie Wayne (@ Ten) – Would you believe that even though the Colts have already had their bye, Reggie Wayne STILL leads the NFL in targets with 81 in six games (tied with Victor Cruz). His 666 yards also has him ranked second in the league (Wes Welker; 688) while his 14.2 yards per catch is the highest he’s had since his career year in 2007. This week he takes on a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed a league-high 34 points scored against them per game. With nearly five touchdowns to be had here for the Colts, you would think its most dynamic player would be able to secure at least one of them. Tack on a good seven to eight catches for 100 yards or so and you’ve got yourself a high-end WR1 for the week.
3. Jordy Nelson (vs. Jax) – Wow! It didn’t take long for Nelson to turn his fantasy season around, did it?! With 27 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns over the last four weeks, I’d say Jordy is pretty much back to normal. For the first time since Week 4, the Packers will be playing at home this Sunday as they take on the 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars. The known strategy to beat the Jags this year has been to pound them on the ground, but with the Packers lacking a true running game, beating them through the air will work just fine as opponents have been able to do that, too. Like most pass defenses around the league, the Jags have had trouble with taller receivers so if Rodgers targets Nelson a good 10 times in this game like he should, there’s no reason to think he won’t come away with 100-plus yards and a TD or two.
4. Victor Cruz (@ Dal) – The Meadowlands Magician came through again last weekend taking a 77-yard bomb to the house with time winding down to win the game for the G-Men. Cruz had only made six catches for 54 yards up to that point, so the big play obviously made fantasy owners just as happy as it did real-life Giants fans. Because of that catch, Victor now has a four-game touchdown streak heading into his showdown with the Cowboys this weekend, but Dallas won’t let it continue easily. Cruz had a monster game against them at the end of last season putting up 178 yards and a TD, but was bottled up pretty well in Week 1 this season catching six balls for 58 yards. However, the good news for Cruz this week is that the Cowboys middle linebacker, Sean Lee, was just placed on IR so the Dallas defense should be a bit jumbled across the middle of the field. With this being Victor’s particular area of expertise, he should be able to put up some real nice numbers.
5. Julio Jones (@ Phi) – Predicting which of Atlanta’s two receiving monsters will go off each week isn’t easy, but I’m expecting the Falcons to get Jones a little more involved this Sunday coming out of their bye. With the Eagles rush D clamping down with the best of them this year, Matt Ryan and his offense are going to have to move the ball through the air if they want to win, so there should be plenty of targets out there for Julio to snag. Strangely, Jones has been a MUCH better player on the road throughout his 19-game career, putting up over 1,000 yards and nine TDs in 10 away games versus 322 yards and three TDs in nine home games. Julio is bound to bust out one of these days and though the matchup ain’t easy, it still looks like the type of game he comes up big in.
6. Percy Harvin (vs. TB - Thursday Night) – Harvin actually received the fewest touches he’s seen all year last week against the Cardinals, but was still able to put up double-digit fantasy points thanks to a second quarter, red-zone TD reception. The coaches had actually been talking about using him more in the red-zone, so it wasn’t surprising to see him come away with his three-yard score. The Vikings didn’t really need Percy all that much last week with Adrian Peterson running around like man possessed out there, but he figures to be a bigger part of the game plan against the Buccaneers this Thursday with the Tampa defense likely to be focused on Purple Jesus all game. Look for the Vikings coaching staff to get Harvin’s multi-faceted talents involved a ton tonight as they’ll want to give Peterson a bit of a break playing on such a short week. I expect him to see double-digit targets and put up a good eight to ten catches as well as receiving at least a few carries out of the backfield. With that kind of action, Percy should be good for some solid WR1-type numbers. Final Numbers: 7 catches - 90 yards - 1 TD / 1 rush - –1 yard - 0 TDs
7. Wes Welker (@ StL) – Welker had his 100-yard game streak stopped at four last weekend against the Jets, but I have no doubt it will be started up again in Week 8. The St. Louis Rams pass defense has gotten a lot better this year with the offseason signing of CB Cortland Finnegan and drafting of CB Janoris Jenkins, but both those guys play more on the outside and would have a tough time keeping up with Welker if they tried sticking to him in the slot. The X-factor here for Welker is that Tom Brady absolutely LOVES playing in domes, as he’s averaged 319 yards and 3.0 TDs indoors since 2004. Welker didn’t join the Patriots until 2007, but in the five games he’s played with Brady under the big top, Welker has averaged 7.8 catches for 75.6 yards and exactly one TD.
8. Mike Wallace (vs. Was) – Though he’s been a bit up and down in terms of yardage and catches this season, Wallace actually has a touchdown in four of the Steelers six games thus far and should be able to make it a fifth this Sunday. The Washington Redskins have pretty much given up the farm to wide receivers this year allowing at least one WR to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in each of their seven games. They’ve actually allowed TWO WRs to do it in four games as well, so if you’re scared that Antonio Brown will be the one stealing all the fantasy points here, don’t be. Wallace should have no problem giving his fantasy owners some top-flight numbers this week.
9. Marques Colston (@ Den - Sunday Night) – After a slow start to the season, Marques Colston has now averaged 8.3 receptions, 119 yards and 1.7 TDs over the last three weeks. Having the best fantasy QB on the planet (no offense Mr. Rodgers) certainly doesn’t hurt, but I’ve learned that after doubting Colston for the past couple of years, he’s actually become a much better receiver than I originally thought he would. His size and presence demands targets, of which he’s getting plenty, seeing 10 per game through the first seven weeks of the season. This week he’ll be facing off against the Denver Broncos in what should turn into a major shootout between Brees and Manning—as you might expect. Colston should have no problem whatsoever reeling in WR1 fantasy numbers this Sunday night.
10. Brandon Marshall (vs. Car) – Brandon Marshall seems to be getting along just fine playing with Jay Cutler again, as he now has four touchdowns and three 100-yard games in six contests on the season. He also ranks fourth in fantasy points per game and has a three-game touchdown streak going, so he’s obviously riding high for his fantasy owners right now. This Sunday, Chicago takes on the Carolina Panthers at historic Soldier Field in a rematch of last year’s high-scoring affair, which the Bears ended up winning 34-29. They rode RB Matt Forte to the victory in that one, but they didn’t have a receiver like Marshall to throw to, either. This time, I expect Cutler and Marshall to exploit Carolina’s so-so defense against the pass as they’ve already allowed a couple of big games to WRs this year.
Wide Receivers 11-80
11. Eric Decker (vs. NO - Sunday Night)
12. Roddy White (@ Phi)
13. Calvin Johnson (vs. Sea)
14. Hakeem Nicks (@ Dal)
15. Randall Cobb (vs. Jax)
16. Antonio Brown (vs. Was)
17. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Atl)
18. Dez Bryant (vs. NYG)
19. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SF - Monday Night)
20. Kenny Britt (vs. Ind)
21. Jeremy Kerley (vs. Mia)
22. DeSean Jackson (vs. Atl)
23. James Jones (vs. Jax)
24. Steve Smith (@ Chi)
25. Lance Moore (@ Den - Sunday Night)
26. Nate Washington (vs. Ind)
27. Brandon Lloyd (@ StL)
28. Miles Austin (vs. NYG)
29. Denarius Moore (@ KC)
30. Mike Williams (@ Min - Thursday Night) – 6 catches - 68 yards - 1 TD
31. Vincent Jackson (@ Min - Thursday Night) – 2 catches - 40 yards - 0 TDs
32. Brandon Gibson (vs. NE)
33. Josh Gordon (vs. SD)
34. Andre Roberts (vs. SF - Monday Night)
35. Michael Crabtree (@ Ari - Monday Night)
36. Sidney Rice (@ Det)
37. Malcom Floyd (@ Cle)
38. Donnie Avery (@ Ten)
39. Chris Givens (vs. NE)
40. Darrius Heyward-Bey (@ KC)
41. Kendall Wright (vs. Ind)
42. Dwayne Bowe (vs. Oak)
43. Stephen Hill (vs. Mia)
44. Titus Young (vs. Sea)
45. T.Y. Hilton (@ Ten)
46. Ryan Broyles (vs. Sea)
47. Golden Tate (@ Det)
48. Brandon Stokley (vs. NO - Sunday Night)
49. Santana Moss (@ Pit)
50. Mario Manningham (@ Ari - Monday Night)
51. Brian Hartline (@ NYJ)
52. Jerome Simpson (vs. TB - Thursday Night) – 2 catches - 37 yards - 0 TDs
53. Greg Little (vs. SD)
54. Cecil Shorts (@ GB)
55. Leonard Hankerson (@ Pit)
56. Devin Hester (vs. Car)
57. Justin Blackmon (@ GB)
58. Davone Bess (@ NYJ)
59. Josh Cooper (vs. SD)
60. Domenik Hixon (@ Dal)
61. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Was)
62. Devery Henderson (@ Den - Sunday Night)
63. Robert Meachem (@ Cle)
64. Earl Bennett (vs. Car)
65. Brandon LaFell (@ Chi)
66. Tiquan Underwood (@ Min - Thursday Night) – 3 catches - 27 yards - 0 TDs
67. Rod Streater (@ KC)
68. Steve Smith – StL (vs. NE)
69. Josh Morgan (@ Pit)
70. Austin Pettis (vs. NE)
71. Kyle Williams (@ Ari - Monday Night)
72. Kevin Ogletree (vs. NYG)
73. Travis Benjamin (vs. SD)
74. Damian Williams (vs. Ind)
75. Randy Moss (@ Ari - Monday Night)
76. Brian Quick (vs. NE)
77. Michael Jenkins (vs. TB - Thursday Night) – 4 catches - 78 yards - 0 TDs
78. Jabar Gaffney (@ NYJ)
79. Braylon Edwards (@ Det)
80. Eddie Royal (@ Cle)
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