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Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas isn’t leading his position in fantasy points, but no one has been more productive recently, which is why he leads off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 8. Besides helping teammate Peyton Manning make history on Sunday night, Thomas has caught five touchdown passes in the last three games alone while scoring a total of 95.1 fantasy points (Athlon scoring) during that span. In other WR news, the hope is that A.J. Green will be back after missing the past two games with a toe injury. Our No. 9 ranking shows that we share in this optimism, but this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on as the week progresses. The outlook isn’t as promising, however, as it relates to Calvin Johnson. Megatron did return to practice this week, which is a good sign, but with Detroit’s bye on the horizon there’s really no reason to rush him back for Sunday’s game in London against Atlanta. Especially considering how well Golden Tate has played in Johnson’s absence. In the last four games, Tate has put up Megatron-esque numbers (32 rec., 448 yds., 2 TDs), which is why he checks in at No. 7 this week.

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 Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

2

Jordy Nelson

GB

at NO

3

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. WAS (Mon.)

4

Antonio Brown

PIT

vs. IND

5

Randall Cobb

GB

at NO

6

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

at ARI

7

Golden Tate

DET

vs. ATL (London)

8

Julio Jones

ATL

vs. DET (London)

9

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. BAL

10

T.Y. Hilton

IND

at PIT

11

Mike Wallace

MIA

at JAC

12

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

13

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at NE

14

Julian Edelman

NE

vs. CHI

15

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at NE

16

Steve Smith

BAL

at CIN

17

Andre Johnson

HOU

at TEN

18

Vincent Jackson

TB

vs. MIN

19

Michael Floyd

ARI

vs. PHI

20

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR

vs. SEA

21

Sammy Watkins

BUF

at NYJ

22

DeSean Jackson

WAS

at DAL (Mon.)

23

Pierre Garcon

WAS

at DAL (Mon.)

24

Terrance Williams

DAL

vs. WAS (Mon.)

25

Doug Baldwin

SEA

at CAR

26

Roddy White

ATL

vs. DET (London)

27

Marques Colston

NO

vs. GB

28

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

at TEN

29

Keenan Allen

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

30

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

vs. PHI

31

Percy Harvin

NYJ

vs. BUF

32

Torrey Smith

BAL

at CIN

33

Brandin Cooks

NO

vs. GB

34

Eric Decker

NYJ

vs. BUF

35

Kendall Wright

TEN

vs. HOU

36

Brian Quick

STL

at KC

37

Mohamed Sanu

CIN

vs. BAL

38

Wes Welker

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

39

James Jones

OAK

at CLE

40

Andre Holmes

OAK

at CLE

41

Dwayne Bowe

KC

vs. STL

42

Cecil Shorts

JAC

vs. MIA

43

Greg Jennings

MIN

at TB

44

Mike Evans

TB

vs. MIN

45

Justin Hunter

TEN

vs. HOU

46

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

at TB

47

Brandon LaFell

NE

vs. CHI

48

Malcom Floyd

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

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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