The DJ might not save your life, but he could save your fantasy outcomes this week
I'm going to say the same thing in my Week 8 fantasy football wide receiver rankings that I said in my Week 7 edition — keep your expectations low on your Dallas WRs. One of my friends failed to read my article last week and he paid the price by starting CeeDee Lamb and got knocked out of his guillotine league. The reasons are different this week. With Andy Dalton in the NFL's concussion protocol, do you really want to trust your Dallas receivers with Ben DiNucci under center? I've still got Amari Cooper as start-worthy, but he's a high-end WR3 this week.
Given the choice between Cooper and say DJ Moore this week, I'd play Moore. I like Moore far more than the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings), and perhaps admittedly too much. Moore is coming off one of his stronger games this year with 93 yards and two touchdowns last week against New Orleans. The Saints have not been great defending the pass this year, but the Falcons have been far worse. The Falcons have given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to WRs this year. Moore is not only coming in hot, he's been strikingly consistent lately, notching 93 receiving yards each of his last three games. I don't think he makes it four in a row, because I think he has even more yards this week.
But two teams that have been worse than Atlanta in giving up fantasy points to WRs this year are Cleveland and Seattle. So if you were wondering why I like Henry Ruggs and Brandon Aiyuk more than others, now you know.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington
NFL WR Rankings: Week 8
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.