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Fantasy Football Week 8 Wide Receiver Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 8 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

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)

Key:
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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
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.

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