Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8

A.J. Green has gone over 100 yards receiving and scored a TD in each of his last two games

It didn't take long for Calvin Johnson to reclaim his spot atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 wide receiver rankings. Following two atypical games while Johnson was limited by a sore knee, Megatron returned with a vengeance last week against Cincinnati. The All-Pro hauled in nine passes for 155 yards and two scores, one of them a highlight-reel 50-yarder in the end zone despite being surrounded by three Bengal defenders. The knee is still impacting his practice time, but you pretty much have to take your chances with Johnson, especially in a week with six teams on bye.

The matchup between Detroit and Dallas on Sunday should be extremely entertaining, if for no other reason the Johnson vs. Dez Bryant pairing. Bryant has already stated his case, at least to the media, as to why he's just as good, if not better, than Johnson. Now he'll get a chance to show it on the field with No. 81 watching. Either way, both wideouts should pay big dividends for their fantasy owners this week.

Another game that should result in solid fantasy numbers for WRs is Washington vs. Denver. Both quarterbacks like to air it out and both defenses have been giving up a lot of yards and points, which is why Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Pierre Garcon and Eric Decker are all among the top 11 options. A couple of other wideouts who took full advantage of additional playing time last week because of injuries were Atlanta's Harry Douglas and Green Bay's Jarrett Boykins. Both are ranked in the top 25 this week and should provide decent enough production to remain legitimate WR2/WR3 options for the immediate future.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee

1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. DALBack in form (9-155-2) last week vs. Bengals.
2Dez BryantDALat DETReady to go mano a mano w/ Megatron.
3A.J. GreenCINvs. NYJHas posted back-to-back 100-yard games w/ TD.
4Demaryius ThomasDENvs. WASTD pass vs. Colts was first since Week 4.
5Jordy NelsonGBat MINHas a TD catch in each of last two games.
6Wes WelkerDENvs. WASNo 100-yard games, but 8 TD catches.
7Vincent JacksonTBvs. CAR (Thurs.)Saw 22 targets vs. ATL, turned them into 10-138-2.
8Victor CruzNYGat PHIEagles allowing most fantasy points to WRs.
9DeSean JacksonPHIvs. NYGFinished with poor stats and sore ankle last week.
10Pierre GarconWASat DENHas 40 catches this season, just 2 TDs.
11Eric DeckerDENvs. WASMost productive (8-150-1) Bronco WR vs. Colts.
12Antonio BrownPITat OAKBoth of his TD catches came in same game.
13Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. ATLHeld to just 2 rec., 17 yds. last week by SEA/hammy.
14Marques ColstonNOvs. BUFBills have allowed 15 TD passes (tied for last in NFL).
15Steve SmithCARat TB (Thurs.)Has a TD in each of last 2 games, after just 1 in first 4.
16Josh GordonCLEat KCJust 2 catches for 21 yards last week vs. Packers.
17Anquan BoldinSFvs. JAC (London)Jaguars have allowed NFL-worst 15 TD passes.
18Justin BlackmonJACvs. SF (London)Upstaged by Mike Brown (5-120) last week.
19Hakeem NicksNYGat PHITeam-high 10 targets but only 2 grabs vs. Vikings.
20Harry DouglasATLat ARIHuge (7-149-1) in Ryan's first game w/o Jones, White.
21Terrance WilliamsDALat DETBeen more involved than Austin since Miles' return.
22Jarrett BoykinGBat MINStepped up big (8-103-1) for Rodgers last week.
23Cecil ShortsJACvs. SF (London)Team-high 13 targets despite sprained shoulder.
24Mike WallaceMIAat NELed team with 76 yards receiving, also had 12 rushing.
25Julian EdelmanNEvs. MIAOnly saw 7 targets in Gronk's first game back.
26Stevie JohnsonBUFat NOTeam-high 13 targets in return from back injury.
27Michael FloydARIvs. ATLGot team-high 10 targets last week vs. Seahawks.
28Denarius MooreOAKvs. PITUnderrated fantasy WR faces big test vs. Steelers.
29Rueben RandleNYGat PHIAll 4 TD receptions have come in last 3 games.
30Dwayne BoweKCvs. CLESeason-best 5 catches, 66 yards last week vs. HOU.
31Jeremy KerleyNYJat CINHas a TD catch in 2 of last 3 games.
32Greg JenningsMINvs. GBQuarterback play ongoing issue for Vikings.
33Brian HartlineMIAat NEHas just one TD, high of 69 yards since Week 1.
34Golden TateSEAat STL (Mon.)Sprained foot last week, but able to play through it.
35James JonesGBat MINCould be back in there vs. MIN after missing last week.
36Mike WilliamsTBvs. CAR (Thurs.)Returned (hamstring) vs. ATL after missing last week.
37Kenbrell ThompkinsNEvs. MIARookie needs to establish himself as deep threat.
38Sidney RiceSEAat STL (Mon.)Has just two games with 3 or more catches.
39Brandon LaFellCARat TB (Thurs.)Seems to run hot or cold each week. Is hot next?
40Kris DurhamDETvs. DALHas 16 catches and a TD over last three games.
41Emmanuel SandersPITat OAK 
42Robert WoodsBUFat NONot much happening over last two games.
43Marvin JonesCINvs. NYJHas caught a TD pass in each of last two games.
44Roddy WhiteATLat ARIWill hamstring keep him out a 2nd straight game?
45Riley CooperPHIvs. NYGOnly Eagle WR (6-88) do anything vs. Cowboys.
46Jerome SimpsonMINvs. GB 
47Rod StreaterOAKvs. PIT 
48Leonard HankersonWASat DEN 
49Stephen HillNYJat CINHauled in one of five targets vs. Patriots last week.
50Miles AustinDALat DETHas yet to catch a pass since coming back from injury.
51Brandon GibsonMIAat NEConnected w/ Tannehill for 2 TD catches last week.
52Aaron DobsonNEvs. MIAWill most likely split targets w/ Thompkins from now on.
53Austin PettisSTLvs. SEA (Mon.)Fantasy value tied solely to TDs.
54Donnie AveryKCvs. CLEHas five catches for 39 yards in last 2 games combined.
55Tavon AustinSTLvs. SEA (Mon.)Averaging less than 7 yards per catch.
56Kenny StillsNOvs. BUF 
57Chris GivensSTLvs. SEA (Mon.)Has just 18 catches, 0 TDs in 7 games.
58Andre RobertsARIvs. ATL 
59David NelsonNYJat CINBest game yet w/ Jets last week (4 rec., 80 yards).
60Dexter McClusterKCvs. CLE 
61Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. GB 
62Doug BaldwinSEAat STL (Mon.) 
63Cole BeasleyDALat DET 
64Percy HarvinSEAat STL (Mon.)Back at practice, could he play on MNF?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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