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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8

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A.J. Green

A.J. Green

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.

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

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

vs. DAL

Back in form (9-155-2) last week vs. Bengals.

2

Dez Bryant

DAL

at DET

Ready to go mano a mano w/ Megatron.

3

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. NYJ

Has posted back-to-back 100-yard games w/ TD.

4

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. WAS

TD pass vs. Colts was first since Week 4.

5

Jordy Nelson

GB

at MIN

Has a TD catch in each of last two games.

6

Wes Welker

DEN

vs. WAS

No 100-yard games, but 8 TD catches.

7

Vincent Jackson

TB

vs. CAR (Thurs.)

Saw 22 targets vs. ATL, turned them into 10-138-2.

8

Victor Cruz

NYG

at PHI

Eagles allowing most fantasy points to WRs.

9

DeSean Jackson

PHI

vs. NYG

Finished with poor stats and sore ankle last week.

10

Pierre Garcon

WAS

at DEN

Has 40 catches this season, just 2 TDs.

11

Eric Decker

DEN

vs. WAS

Most productive (8-150-1) Bronco WR vs. Colts.

12

Antonio Brown

PIT

at OAK

Both of his TD catches came in same game.

13

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

vs. ATL

Held to just 2 rec., 17 yds. last week by SEA/hammy.

14

Marques Colston

NO

vs. BUF

Bills have allowed 15 TD passes (tied for last in NFL).

15

Steve Smith

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Has a TD in each of last 2 games, after just 1 in first 4.

16

Josh Gordon

CLE

at KC

Just 2 catches for 21 yards last week vs. Packers.

17

Anquan Boldin

SF

vs. JAC (London)

Jaguars have allowed NFL-worst 15 TD passes.

18

Justin Blackmon

JAC

vs. SF (London)

Upstaged by Mike Brown (5-120) last week.

19

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

at PHI

Team-high 10 targets but only 2 grabs vs. Vikings.

20

Harry Douglas

ATL

at ARI

Huge (7-149-1) in Ryan's first game w/o Jones, White.

21

Terrance Williams

DAL

at DET

Been more involved than Austin since Miles' return.

22

Jarrett Boykin

GB

at MIN

Stepped up big (8-103-1) for Rodgers last week.

23

Cecil Shorts

JAC

vs. SF (London)

Team-high 13 targets despite sprained shoulder.

24

Mike Wallace

MIA

at NE

Led team with 76 yards receiving, also had 12 rushing.

25

Julian Edelman

NE

vs. MIA

Only saw 7 targets in Gronk's first game back.

26

Stevie Johnson

BUF

at NO

Team-high 13 targets in return from back injury.

27

Michael Floyd

ARI

vs. ATL

Got team-high 10 targets last week vs. Seahawks.

28

Denarius Moore

OAK

vs. PIT

Underrated fantasy WR faces big test vs. Steelers.

29

Rueben Randle

NYG

at PHI

All 4 TD receptions have come in last 3 games.

30

Dwayne Bowe

KC

vs. CLE

Season-best 5 catches, 66 yards last week vs. HOU.

31

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

at CIN

Has a TD catch in 2 of last 3 games.

32

Greg Jennings

MIN

vs. GB

Quarterback play ongoing issue for Vikings.

33

Brian Hartline

MIA

at NE

Has just one TD, high of 69 yards since Week 1.

34

Golden Tate

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Sprained foot last week, but able to play through it.

35

James Jones

GB

at MIN

Could be back in there vs. MIN after missing last week.

36

Mike Williams

TB

vs. CAR (Thurs.)

Returned (hamstring) vs. ATL after missing last week.

37

Kenbrell Thompkins

NE

vs. MIA

Rookie needs to establish himself as deep threat.

38

Sidney Rice

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Has just two games with 3 or more catches.

39

Brandon LaFell

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Seems to run hot or cold each week. Is hot next?

40

Kris Durham

DET

vs. DAL

Has 16 catches and a TD over last three games.

41

Emmanuel Sanders

PIT

at OAK

 

42

Robert Woods

BUF

at NO

Not much happening over last two games.

43

Marvin Jones

CIN

vs. NYJ

Has caught a TD pass in each of last two games.

44

Roddy White

ATL

at ARI

Will hamstring keep him out a 2nd straight game?

45

Riley Cooper

PHI

vs. NYG

Only Eagle WR (6-88) do anything vs. Cowboys.

46

Jerome Simpson

MIN

vs. GB

 

47

Rod Streater

OAK

vs. PIT

 

48

Leonard Hankerson

WAS

at DEN

 

49

Stephen Hill

NYJ

at CIN

Hauled in one of five targets vs. Patriots last week.

50

Miles Austin

DAL

at DET

Has yet to catch a pass since coming back from injury.

51

Brandon Gibson

MIA

at NE

Connected w/ Tannehill for 2 TD catches last week.

52

Aaron Dobson

NE

vs. MIA

Will most likely split targets w/ Thompkins from now on.

53

Austin Pettis

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Fantasy value tied solely to TDs.

54

Donnie Avery

KC

vs. CLE

Has five catches for 39 yards in last 2 games combined.

55

Tavon Austin

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Averaging less than 7 yards per catch.

56

Kenny Stills

NO

vs. BUF

 

57

Chris Givens

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Has just 18 catches, 0 TDs in 7 games.

58

Andre Roberts

ARI

vs. ATL

 

59

David Nelson

NYJ

at CIN

Best game yet w/ Jets last week (4 rec., 80 yards).

60

Dexter McCluster

KC

vs. CLE

 

61

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

vs. GB

 

62

Doug Baldwin

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

 

63

Cole Beasley

DAL

at DET

 

64

Percy Harvin

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Back at practice, could he play on MNF?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

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