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Week 8 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Posted By Themis Katris On Oct 26 2011 @ 1:14 pm In Fantasy Football | 2 Comments

For those of you who focused more on drafting good running backs and a good quarterback, maybe missed out on some big time wide receivers (like me).  For those of you who are settled in with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings etc. should have no problem figuring out who to start.  For those of you like me who need to dig deep into the wide receiver ranks, I created a top 25 rank list of the wide receivers going into this week.



  1. Calvin Johnson @ DEN (No explanation really needed.  Megatron is the best WR in the game and no one is able to stop him.  Even if he doesn’t get his regular touchdown, he will still rack in the yards.)
  2. Mike Wallace vs. NE (New England has a very bad secondary and Mike Wallace is the fastest WR in the NFL.  Look for him to have 1-2 big plays which might be all that’s needed to give fantasy owners a good week out of him.)
  3. Wes Welker @ PIT  (Wes Welker is a reception king.  He will get his normal 8-10 receptions for over 100 yards and possibly a score as Pittsburgh is very beatable.)
  4. Andre Johnson vs JAC (He’s BAAAAACK!  Well he says that he will practice and play this week.  If he does, be sure to put him in your lineup.)
  5. Steve Smith vs MIN  (Minnesota gives up a lot of big plays.  The last 2 weeks they have given up big plays to Devin Hester and Greg Jennings.  Look for Steve Smith and Cam Newton to connect on some long plays in this one.)
  6. Marques Colston @ STL (He has been tearing it up since he’s come back from his injury and STL is in shambles right now.)
  7. Hakeem Nicks vs. MIA (Averaging 85 yards receiving a game and is going up against a beatable Miami secondary.)
  8. Dwayne Bowe vs. SD (Bowe has been putting together a productive season.  He has been averaging over 17 yards per catch.  Look for him to have another productive game as this may become a shootout.)
  9. Vincent Jackson @ KC (This all depends on if Rivers will have an off day or not.  VJ was targeted 8 times last week and continues to receive the most targets on the team.)
  10. Jeremy Maclin vs DAL (Not exactly sure who is the #1 receiver in Philly between Maclin and Jackson, but Maclin has been very productive.)
  11. Stevie Johnson vs WAS (With wide receiver depth problems in Buffalo, Stevie Johnson and David Nelson are the only reliable receiving threats there.  Look for Johnson to receive between 12-14 looks.)
  12. Brandon Marshall @ NYG (Giants give up about 13 yards a catch and close to 275 receiving yards a game.  Marshall should fair well in this matchup.)
  13. AJ Green @ SEA (He is a beast and Benson is out, so they might need to throw a bit more.)
  14. Miles Austin @ PHI (The Eagles have great cornerbacks, but they have been up and down this year and Miles Austin is still a beast of a receiver.)
  15. Larry Fitzgerald @ BAL (I don’t have him in the top 10 because Kevin Kolb is a disaster and they are going up against a Ravens defense which is looking to bounce back after an ugly loss to the Jaguars.)
  16. Dez Bryant @ PHI (same as Austin)
  17. Desean Jackson vs DAL (Could get a couple long looks from Vick, but Maclin has been emerging as the top target guy there.)
  18. Anquan Boldin vs ARI ( They were an absolute mess, and his touchdown came really late in the game.  If they set up Boldin as a slot receiver, he could do a lot of damage.)
  19. Nate Washington vs. IND (I think he could be ranked higher here with the Colts’ performance last week, but I will keep him here for now.  Still a good start in most leagues.)
  20. Pierre Garcon @ TEN (Don’t know what has happened to Wayne and Clark, but Garcon is the only one getting targets and making catches there.)
  21. Jabar Gaffney @ BUF (Santana Moss is out and Gaffney will become the #1 receiver there.  Going against a user friendly secondary, look for Gaffney to have a good game.)
  22. Antonio Brown vs. NE (Hines Ward looks to be out, so Brown will be getting more targets this week against a very beatable secondary.)
  23. Brandon Lloyd vs NO  (STL will be down early so they will need to throw.  Lloyd figures to get around 10-12 looks if not more.)
  24. David Nelson vs WAS (Other than Stevie Johnson, he is pretty much the only one getting looks.)
  25. Reggie Wayne @ TEN (He barely made my list.  Don’t know what to expect from this Colts’ offense, but he is still Reggie Wayne and he can make plays if they get him the ball.)

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