Week 8 WR Rankings PPR: Wide Receiver Fantasy Stats & Projections

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There is always one receiver that totally outperforms all expectations which is again what happened in Week 7. Looking ahead to Week 8, I’ve gone through each matchup and created my rankings for wide receivers. I factor in both matchup and past performance when assessing ranks. Here are my wide receiver rankings for Week 8.

Week 8 WR Rankings

RankTierPlayerTeamOpponentWeek 8 Projection (PPR)
11Michael ThomasNew Orleans SaintsArizona Cardinals
21DeAndre HopkinsHouston TexansOakland Raiders
31Julio JonesAtlanta FalconsSeattle Seahawks
41Cooper KuppLos Angeles RamsCincinnati Bengals
51Stefon DiggsMinnesota VikingsWashington Redskins
62Tyler LockettSeattle SeahawksAtlanta Falcons
72Davante AdamsGreen Bay PackersKansas City Chiefs
82Chris GodwinTampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans
92T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsDenver Broncos
103Julian EdelmanNew England PatriotsCleveland Browns
113Kenny GolladayDetroit LionsNew York Giants
123D.J. CharkJacksonville JaguarsNew York Jets
133Tyreek HillKansas City ChiefsGreen Bay Packers
143John BrownBuffalo BillsPhiladelphia Ealges
153JuJu Smith SchusterPittsburgh SteelersMiami Dolphins
163Odell Beckham Jr.Cleveland BrownsNew England Patriots
173Keenan AllenLos Angeles ChargersChicago Bears
184Terry McLaurinWashington RedskinsMinnesota Vikings
194Courtland SuttonDenver BroncosIndianapolis Colts
204Larry FitzgeraldArizona CardinalsNew Orleans Saints
214D.K. MetcalfSeattle SeahawksAtlanta Falcons
224Golden TateNew York GiantsDetroit Lions
235Tyler BoydCincinnati BengalsLos Angeles Rams
245Allen RobinsonChicago BearsLos Angeles Chargers
255Mike EvansTampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans
265Tyrell WilliamsOakland RaidersHouston Texans
275Calvin RidleyAtlanta FalconsSeattle Seahawks
285Robert WoodsLos Angeles RamsCincinnati Bengals
296D.J. MooreCarolina PanthersSan Francisco 49ers
306Marvin JonesDetroit LionsNew York Giants
316Brandin CooksLos Angeles RamsCincinnati Bengals
326Dede WestbrookJacksonville JaguarsNew York Jets
336Emmanuel SandersDenver BroncosIndianapolis Colts
346Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGreen Bay PackersKansas City Chiefs
356Kenny StillsHouston TexansOakland Raiders
366Jarvis LandryCleveland BrownsNew England Patriots
377Jamison CrowderNew York JetsJacksonville Jaguars
387Corey DavisTennessee TitansTampa Bay Buccaneers
397Christian KirkArizona CardinalsNew Orleans Saints
407Josh GordonNew England PatriotsCleveland Browns
417Alshon JefferyPhiladelphia EaglesBuffalo Bills
427Zach PascalIndianapolis ColtsDenver Broncos
437Curtis SamuelCarolina PanthersSan Francisco 49ers
448Robby AndersonNew York JetsJacksonville Jaguars
458Diontae JohnsonPittsburgh SteelersMiami Dolphins
468DeVante ParkerMiami DolphinsPittsburgh Steelers
478Cole BeasleyBuffalo BillsPhiladelphia Ealges
488Sterling ShepardNew York GiantsDetroit Lions
498A.J. BrownTennessee TitansTampa Bay Buccaneers
508Mike WilliamsLos Angeles ChargersChicago Bears

Crazy Week 7

Marvin Jones Jr. had an absolute killer game last week for the Lions in a losing effort to the Vikings. Jones collected 10 receptions for 93 yards with 4 touchdowns. This almost doubled his previous season-high reception total in a game. Typically Kenny Golladay has been the main target for Matthew Stafford, but Jones gave him the week off. He picked up all the Lions’ touchdowns in a game where their defense let them down. Only 15 players in NFL history have scored 5 or more touchdowns in a game which makes Jones tied for 16th with a bunch of other players in the single-game touchdown leaders list. This week the Lions take on the Giants. While there is below a 1% chance of Jones getting 4 touchdowns again, I do expect him to get some work. The Giants have allowed the ninth-most receiving yards per game this season which sets the Lions receivers up for big games. I expect Golladay to take back his leading role in the receiving game but don’t count out Jones as he has put up big numbers in some weeks.

Is He Legit?

The Colts had a big win over the Texans last week which was led by Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. You would expect T.Y. Hilton to be the main contributor in the receiving game, but this was not the case this week. Zach Pascal stepped up with 6 receptions for 106 yards with 2 touchdowns. Now the question is if he can continue this type of play. To determine this I look at previous games and see if there is a trend giving any hope for the future. Pascal has had barely any work in the offense previous to this game with just 7 total receptions through the Colts’ first 5 games. Even when T.Y. Hilton sat out, he did not receive much of a spike in production. From this, I would say that he will be taking a step back in the coming weeks. Hilton didn’t have an off week in any sense, but I would expect some of Pascal’s targets to return back to Hilton. He isn’t going anywhere and still will get action in the Colts’ offense, but don’t expect many, if any more, 100+ yard games.

Good Matchup

Michael Thomas has a fantastic matchup this week. He is coming off a huge game of 9 receptions for 131 yards. He just didn’t get lucky with finding the endzone this week or else his week would’ve been among the top. Despite having Drew Brees out, Thomas has not seen a drop in production. He has had 3 100+ yard games but just has had problems finding the endzone this season. Brees is supposedly returning to practice this week and has the potential to return for Week 8. His return would only add to the potential monster game for Thomas this week. The Cardinals have been one of the worst teams against the pass this season. They have averaged 285.6 receiving yards per game which Michael Thomas will get a major bulk of. The Cardinals have also allowed the most receiving touchdowns in the league at 17. The likelihood of Thomas being able to get one or two this week is high. For these reasons, I have him ranked number one for this week.

Bad Matchup

D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel face a difficult matchup against the 49ers this week. The 49ers have allowed just 159 receiving yards per game this season which ranks the best in the NFL. Last week, the 49ers shut out the Redskins and limited Case Keenum to just 77 total passing yards. The Panthers are coming off their bye week and Cam Newton will continue to miss games including this week. Christian McCaffrey has been hoarding most of the team’s touchdowns this season outside of Samuel’s Week 6 game against the Buccaneers. The Panthers will have a hard time moving the ball this week which makes them a reach for starting both Moore or Samuel this week.

  
I started playing fantasy football in 2010 at 12 years old where I subbed in for an owner who was having a baby. That year I won the championship in a 16-team league, carried by Arian Foster and Michael Vick. I have yet to bring a trophy home since then, but my love for fantasy football has grown, delving more and more in the statistics and finding ways to improve my drafting ability.

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