The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means those wide receivers like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Hunter Renfrow will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 8 wide receiver rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Cooper Kupp||vs Houston Texans||WR1|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Miami Dolphins||WR2|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs New York Giants||WR3|
|Must Start||D.J. Moore||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR4|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR5|
|Must Start||Deebo Samuel||vs Chicago Bears||WR6|
|Must Start||Ja’Marr Chase||vs New York Jets||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Mike Williams||vs New England Patriots||WR8|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR9|
|High WR2||Calvin Ridley||vs Carolina Panthers||WR10|
|High WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs Cleveland Browns||WR11|
|High WR2||Courtland Sutton||vs Washington Football Team||WR12|
|Starting WR2||D.K. Metcalf||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR13|
|Starting WR2||DeAndre Hopkins*||vs Green Bay Packers||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Adam Thielen||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR15|
|Starting WR2||CeeDee Lamb||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Chris Godwin||vs New Orleans Saints||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR18|
|Starting WR2||Amari Cooper||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR19|
|Starting WR2||Antonio Brown*||vs New Orleans Saints||WR20|
|Starting WR2||Keenan Allen||vs New England Patriots||WR21|
|Low WR2||Emmanuel Sanders||vs Miami Dolphins||WR22|
|Low WR2||Sterling Shepard*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR23|
|Low WR2||Mike Evans||vs New Orleans Saints||WR24|
|Low WR2||Terry McLaurin||vs Denver Broncos||WR25|
|Flex||Kadarius Toney*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR26|
|Flex||Jerry Jeudy*||vs Washington Football Team||WR27|
|Flex||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Tennessee Titans||WR28|
|Flex||Robert Woods||vs New York Jets||WR29|
|Flex||Tee Higgins||vs New York Jets||WR30|
|Flex||DeVonta Smith||vs Detriot Lions||WR31|
|Deep League Flex||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR32|
|Deep League Flex||Marquez Valdes-Scantling*||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR33|
|Deep League Flex||T.Y. Hilton*||vs Tennessee Titans||WR34|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Cleveland Browns||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Jarvis Landry*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||Randall Cobb||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Devante Parker*||vs Buffalo Bills||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Jakobi Meyers||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Odell Beckham Jr.*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Julio Jones||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Jaylen Waddle||vs Buffalo Bills||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Robby Anderson||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Lockett||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||Kenny Golladay||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||Christian Kirk||vs Green Bay Packers||WR46|
|Upside Play||Cole Beasley||vs Miami Dolphins||WR47|
|Upside Play||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR48|
|Upside Play||A.J. Green||vs New York Jets||WR49|
|Upside Play||Darnell Mooney||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR50|
|Upside Play||Corey Davis||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR51|
|Upside Play||K.J. Osborn||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR52|
|Upside Play||Michael Gallup*||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR53|
|Upside Play||Allen Robinson||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR54|
|Upside Play||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR55|
|Upside Play||Russell Gage||vs Carolina Panthers||WR56|
|Upside Play||Quez Watkins||vs Detriot Lions||WR57|
|Upside Play||Van Jefferson||vs Houston Texans||WR58|
|Upside Play||Tim Patrick||vs Washington Football Team||WR59|
|Upside Play||Jamison Crowder||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR60|
|Upside Play||Kalif Raymond||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR61|
|Upside Play||Mecole Hardman||vs New York Giants||WR62|
|Upside Play||Jamal Agnew||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR63|
|Upside Play||Tyler Boyd||vs New York Jets||WR64|
|Upside Play||Marquez Callaway||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR65|
|Upside Play||Nico Collins||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR66|
|Upside Play||Jalen Reagor||vs Detriot Lions||WR67|
|Upside Play||Equanimeous St. Brown||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR68|
|Upside Play||Zach Pascal||vs Tennessee Titans||WR69|
|Upside Play||Rondale Moore||vs Green Bay Packers||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Danny Amendola||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||Nelson Agholor||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Curtis Samuel*||vs Denver Broncos||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Terrace Marshall Jr.||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Freddie Swain||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Elijah Moore||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Chicago Bears||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Demarcus Robinson||vs New York Giants||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Gabriel Davis||vs Miami Dolphins||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||Nick Westbrook-Ikhine||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR81|
|Leave on the Bench||Byron Pringle||vs New York Giants||WR82|
|Leave on the Bench||Kendrick Bourne||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR83|
|Leave on the Bench||Deonte Harris*||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR84|
|Leave on the Bench||Preston Williams||vs Buffalo Bills||WR85|
|Leave on the Bench||Dyami Brown||vs Denver Broncos||WR86|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenny Stills||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR87|
|Leave on the Bench||Dante Pettis||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR88|
|Leave on the Bench||James Washington||vs Cleveland Browns||WR89|
|Leave on the Bench||Mack Hollins||vs Buffalo Bills||WR90|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR14 DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals:
DeAndre Hopkins is expected to play Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. However, his hamstring injury is making him a game-time decision. If Hopkins is out A.J. Green moves up to WR32 between Marvin Jones and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Christian Kirk takes a boost to WR42 between Julio Jones and Jaylen Waddle. Rondale Moore would boost up to WR64 between Mecole Hardman and Jamal Agnew.
WR20 Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Antonio Brown missed last week’s game with an ankle sprain. Bruce Arians said on Wednesday this could be a long-term injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints Chris Godwin and Mike Evans retain their value. Tampa Bay has a plethora of weapons who would be next on the depth chart. Tyler Johnson would slot in at WR73 between Curtis Samuel and Terrace Marshall Jr.
New York Giants Wide Receivers: WR23 Sterling Shepard, WR26 Kadarius Toney, WR45 Kenny Golladay, WR75 Darius Slayton
Multiple of the Giants’ top receivers still are dealing with injuries. It is uncertain at this point who will play Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs. If they all miss again this week Dante Pettis moves up to WR3O between DeVonta Smith and Marvin Jones Jr.
WR27 Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is eligible to return from Injured Reserve this week after the Broncos designated him to return two Saturdays ago. If something was to happen then Tim Patrick would jump up to WR34 between Chase Claypool and T.Y. Hilton. Also, Kendall Hinton would join the list at WR66 between Marquez Callaway and Nico Collins.
WR33 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. He may return Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. He could return at a great time because both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard are slated to miss this game because they are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Valdes-Scantling does not return then Randall Cobb would shoot up to WR34 between T.Y. Hilton and Chase Claypool. Then Equanimeous St. Brown moves up to WR52 between Corey Davis and K.J. Osborn. Amari Rodgers becomes interesting as well as he would join the list at WR75 between Terrace Marshall Jr. and Darius Slayton.
WR34 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
During his return from Injured Reserve two weeks ago T.Y. Hilton suffered a quad injury. He missed last week against the San Francisco 49ers and is questionable against the Tennessee Titans. If Hilton is out Michael Pittman Jr. would move up to WR26 between Terry McLaurin and Kadarius Toney. Zach Pascal would move up to WR45 between Tyler Lockett and Kenny Golladay.
WR36 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
Last week in his return Jarvis Landry injured himself late in the game. It was reported that he is dealing with a separate knee issue from the one that held him out of games earlier this year. If Landry misses this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers Odell Beckham Jr. moves up to WR35 between T.Y. Hilton and Chase Claypool. Donovan Peoples-Jones would slot in at WR69 between Equanimeous St. Brown and Zach Pascal. If Peoples-Jones doesn’t play either then Anthony Schwartz would be the WR69.
WR38 Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Devante Parker missed the past three games because of a shoulder injury. If Parker was to miss another week against Buffalo Jaylen Waddle would jump to WR40 between Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones. Preston Williams and/or Mack Hollins could be candidates to see targets after Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki in this offense.
WR53 Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has been on Injured Reserve since Week 1. He is eligible to return this week against Minnesota. If Gallup does not return this week then Cedrick Wilson would slot in at WR72 between Nelson Agholor and Curtis Samuel.
WR73 Curtis Samuel, Washington Football Team
Curtis Samuel missed the last two games with a groin injury. If he is out Dyami Brown will likely step up as the number two wide receiver against Denver slotting in at WR77 between Elijah Moore and Brandon Aiyuk. Adam Humphries would join the list at WR83 between Kendrick Bourne and Deonte Harris. DeAndre Carter would join the list at WR89 between Dante Pettis and James Washington.
WR74 Terrace Marshall Jr. Carolina Panthers
Panthers’ second-round pick wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. is dealing with a concussion. For those playing Marshall in dynasty leagues, this is an injury to pay attention to throughout the week.
WR84 Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints
Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris missed last week’s game against the Seahawks with a hamstring injury. He plays an important role in the Saints offense and he is a player to monitor throughout the week.