Week 8 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Week 8 was by far the toughest week yet to put together our fantasy WR rankings. The byes aren’t terrible (Washington, Jaguars, Cardinals, Texans), though they still take away some some legit studs (DeAndre Hopkins, Terry McClaurin) and solid depth options (DJ Chark, Will Fuller, Christian Kirk, Keelan Cole, Brandin Cooks), but the injuries are starting to mount again (Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Jamison Crowder, Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel, Diontae Johnson). Just as bad, the matchups are terrible for a lot of big-name and mid-tier wide receivers, which will cause all sorts headaches when making start ’em, sit ’em decisions. 

Some receivers are matchup-proof, so we’re not too worried about Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones against the Panthers, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson against the Packers, or Stefon Diggs against the Patriots, but they’re still a little lower than where they usually are. DeVante Parker (vs. Rams) is also moving down, and it’s fair to wonder if he should be started at all given the matchup against Jalen Ramsey, the groin injury he suffered before Miami’s bye, and the fact he’ll be playing with a new quarterback. We still have him in our starter’s tier, but he’s far from a sure thing. The same is true for Darius Slayton (vs. Buccaneers), who’s now dealing with increased competition for targets from Sterling Shepard. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The Steelers talented trio of Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool are in tough spots against the Ravens, especially since you never know who’s going to get the majority of targets, but Johnson is certainly worth starting if he’s healthy and Claypool always has boom-or-bust appeal in standard leagues. Smith-Schuster is the toughest one to evaluate and might be left on some benches this week, but his 14 targets last week are obviously a good sign. Whoever starts for the Saints this week, be it Thomas, Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, or Marquez Callaway, will also be tough to trust against the Bears.  

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Of course, when some players move down, others move up. The Panthers duo of Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore are must-starts against the Falcons, while fringe-starters like Travis Fulgham (vs. Cowboys), Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk (@ Seahawks), Tee Higgins (vs. Titans), T.Y. Hilton (@ Lions), Jarvis Landry (vs. Raiders), and Nelson Agholor (@ Browns) look good in their respective matchups. 

Going a little deeper, guys like Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Vikings), Zach Pascal (@ Lions), Henry Ruggs III and Hunter Renfrow (@ Browns), Curtis Samuel (vs. Falcons), Greg Ward Jr. (vs. Cowboys), Rashard Higgins (vs. Raiders), A.J. Green (vs. Titans), and Darnell Mooney (vs. Saints) are all in play as boom-or-bust sleepers. 

Ultimately, there are a lot of interesting options at WR this week. Many owners will feel obligated to use their “normal starters” even if they’re in tough matchups. That’s fine for the top receivers, but don’t be nervous about looking elsewhere and playing the matchups with your WR3.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries. 

Week 8 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Davante Adams, GB vs. MIN
2 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. NYJ
3 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. NO
4 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. ATL
5 Keenan Allen, LAC @ DEN
6 Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI
7 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. TEN
8 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. SF
9 A.J. Brown, TEN @ CIN
10 Chris Godwin, TB @ NYG
11 Adam Thielen, MIN @ GB
12 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ATL
13 Julio Jones, ATL @ CAR
14 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ CAR
15 Deebo Samuel, SF @ SEA
16 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. IND
17 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. SF
18 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
19 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NE
20 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ KC
21 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
22 Travis Fulgham, PHI vs. DAL
23 Mike Evans, TB @ NYG
24 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ MIA
25 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. TEN
26 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ SEA
27 Robert Woods, LAR @ MIA
28 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ PHI
29 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ GB
30 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ DET
31 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC
32 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NE
33 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. LV
34 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ CHI
35 Nelson Agholor, LV @ CLE
36 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. LAR
37 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ BAL
38 Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN
39 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ CHI
40 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. TB
41 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ CLE
42 Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
43 Greg Ward Jr., PHI vs. DAL
44 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. LV
45 A.J. Green, CIN vs. TEN
46 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. TB
47 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. NO
48 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. LAC
49 Michael Gallup, DAL @ PHI
50 Preston Williams, MIA vs. LAR
51 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. MIN
52 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. NYJ
53 Corey Davis, TEN @ CIN
54 Julian Edelman, NE @ BUF
55 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. NYJ
56 John Brown, BUF @ NE
57 Breshad Perriman, NYJ @ KC
58 Zach Pascal, IND @ DET
59 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ CLE
60 Marquez Callaway, NO @ CAR
61 Marvin Jones, DET vs. IND
62 N’Keal Harry, NE @ BUF
63 Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. ATL
64 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ SEA
65 Russell Gage, ATL @ CAR
66 Denzel Mims, NYJ @ KC
67 Golden Tate, NYG vs. TB
68 Scotty Miller, TB @ NYG
69 Damiere Byrd, NE @ BUF
70 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. NO
71 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ DEN
72 Adam Humphries, TEN @ CIN
73 David Moore, SEA vs. SF
74 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ MIA
75 James Washington, PIT @ BAL
76 Danny Amendola, DET vs. IND
77 Isaiah Ford, MIA vs. LAR
78 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NE
79 Jeff Smith, NYJ @ KC
80 Miles Boykin, BAL vs. PIT

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