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Fantasy football rankings, Week 8: Wide receivers for standard, PPR leagues

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Percy Harvin was traded. The 49ers and Giants are off this week. Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green are injured. Our rankings will help you deal with all these situations.

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Demaryius Thomas absolutely crushed it in Week 7. He is on a tear over the last few weeks and should be able to continue his roll this week against the San Diego Chargers.

Among the other top receivers for Week 7 were Sammy Watkins and Golden Tate. Watkins has really come on with Kyle Orton at quarterback. With the injuries in the backfield, look for Buffalo to continue targeting the speedy rookie. Since Calvin Johnson has been out, Matthew Stafford is looking to Tate as his new favorite target. I think Tate will have a great day against the Atlanta Falcons in London this week. Megatron might play, but Tate will still be a big part of the game plan.

The two teams on bye are the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. We'll be without Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 8. Both these teams could use some fine-tuning for their passing games. Hopefully they use the extra time to improve and get a jump start on the second half of the season.

The Percy Harvin trade was big news. I believe he'll be used a lot by the Jets but that's not saying much. The Jets lack weapons in the passing game and the trade probably helps Eric Decker more than it does Harvin. Defenses will have to respect the game-breaking aspect that Harvin brings, which should give Decker more opportunities to face weaker coverage. In Seattle, we already saw that Doug Baldwin got a boost and I think that will carry through for the rest of the season. It remains to be seen if any others will see a boost or if Seattle will stick to a heavy ground game.

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Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green remained sidelined in Week 7, but they both might be close to returning. Green seems to be frustrated by his inactivity and may play this week. His injury seems to have improved and he could give it a go despite being less than 100 percent. Johnson is traveling to London with the Detroit Lions, but he's probably not going to suit up for Sunday's game. Detroit has the bye in Week 9, so he could have two more weeks of rest by skipping this week's game. DeSean Jackson had to come out of the game against Tennessee because of a knee injury. He was able to return, but it's something to keep an eye on.

For sleepers, I liked the spark that Martavis Bryant brought to the Pittsburgh Steelers' passing game on Monday night. He's very raw, but his size and speed are indicators of fantasy gold. I would stash him and see if he integrates himself further into the Pittsburgh gameplan. Allen Robinson continues to impress in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are almost always playing from behind, which results in massive targets and receptions for Robinson. If you're looking for an injury or bye week fill-in, you could do a lot worse than Robinson.

Wide receiver rankings (Standard), Week 8

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; SK: Scott Kaliska; John Daigle has the week off)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC SK
1 Demaryius Thomas DEN SD 1 1 1
2 Jordy Nelson GB @NO 2 2 2
3 Dez Bryant DAL WAS 3 3 3
4 Antonio Brown PIT IND 4 4 4
5 Julio Jones ATL DET (London) 6 5 5
6 Randall Cobb GB @NO 5 6 6
7 Brandon Marshall CHI @NE 11 7 7
8 Golden Tate DET ATL (London) 10 8 8
9 Jeremy Maclin PHI @ARI 8 11 10
10 Alshon Jeffery CHI @NE 9 10 11
11 T.Y. Hilton IND @PIT 17 9 9
12 Mike Wallace MIA @JAC 14 14 13
13 Sammy Watkins BUF @NYJ 18 12 12
14 Michael Floyd ARI PHI 16 15 14
15 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @CIN 12 19 17
16 Emmanuel Sanders DEN SD 20 13 15
17 Kelvin Benjamin CAR SEA 15 17 18
18 Vincent Jackson TAM MIN 24 16 16
19 Andre Johnson HOU @TEN 19 20 19
20 Julian Edelman NE CHI 13 24 24
21 DeSean Jackson WAS @DAL 27 18 21
22 Terrance Williams DAL WAS 25 21 20
23 Roddy White ATL DET (London) 23 22 22
24 Eric Decker NYJ BUF 22 26 28
25 Pierre Garcon WAS @DAL 32 23 23
26 Doug Baldwin SEA @CAR 28 27 26
27 DeAndre Hopkins HOU @TEN 26 30 29
28 A.J. Green CIN BAL 7 -- 36
29 Marques Colston NO GB 31 32 31
30 Wes Welker DEN SD 33 29 33
31 Keenan Allen SD @DEN 30 33 32
32 Denard Robinson JAC MIA 21 35 40
33 Mohamed Sanu CIN BAL 47 25 27
34 Larry Fitzgerald ARI PHI 46 28 25
35 Torrey Smith BAL @CIN 39 31 30
36 Andre Holmes OAK @CLE 38 36 35
37 James Jones OAK @CLE 29 40 41
38 Brandin Cooks NO GB 42 34 34
39 Cecil Shorts III JAC MIA 35 38 39
40 Mike Evans TAM MIN 41 37 38
41 Kendall Wright TEN HOU 44 39 37
42 Brandon LaFell NE CHI 36 44 43
43 Allen Robinson JAC MIA 40 41 45
44 Malcom Floyd SD @DEN 37 43 49
45 Brian Quick STL @KAN 45 42 44
46 Reggie Wayne IND @PIT 34 -- --
47 Andrew Hawkins CLE OAK 43 45 --
48 Percy Harvin NYJ BUF -- -- 42
49 Eddie Royal SD @DEN -- 47 46
50 Davante Adams GB @NO -- 48 48
-- Greg Jennings MIN @TAM -- 46 --
-- Cordarrelle Patterson MIN @TAM -- -- 47
-- Justin Hunter TEN HOU 48 -- --
-- Louis Murphy TAM MIN 49 50 --
-- Dwayne Bowe KAN STL -- 49 50
-- Paul Richardson SEA @CAR 50 -- --

Wide receiver rankings (PPR), Week 8

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; SK: Scott Kaliska; John Daigle has the week off)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC SK
1 Demaryius Thomas DEN SD 1 3 1
2 Antonio Brown PIT IND 4 1 2
3 Jordy Nelson GB @NO 2 2 3
4 Dez Bryant DAL WAS 3 4 4
5 Julio Jones ATL DET (London) 5 5 5
6 Randall Cobb GB @NO 9 6 6
7 Brandon Marshall CHI @NE 10 8 7
8 Golden Tate DET ATL (London) 8 9 9
9 Jeremy Maclin PHI @ARI 7 10 10
10 T.Y. Hilton IND @PIT 14 7 8
11 Alshon Jeffery CHI @NE 11 12 13
12 Mike Wallace MIA @JAC 16 11 12
13 Sammy Watkins BUF @NYJ 17 13 11
14 Steve Smith Sr. BAL @CIN 13 17 15
15 Julian Edelman NE CHI 12 18 18
16 Kelvin Benjamin CAR SEA 15 16 17
17 Michael Floyd ARI PHI 21 14 14
18 Emmanuel Sanders DEN SD 20 15 16
19 Andre Johnson HOU @TEN 18 19 19
20 Vincent Jackson TAM MIN 19 20 20
21 Roddy White ATL DET (London) 22 21 21
22 DeSean Jackson WAS @DAL 25 23 25
23 Doug Baldwin SEA @CAR 26 25 23
24 Pierre Garcon WAS @DAL 30 24 22
25 Eric Decker NYJ BUF 23 26 28
26 Terrance Williams DAL WAS 27 29 27
27 A.J. Green CIN BAL 6 -- 32
28 Keenan Allen SD @DEN 28 31 31
29 DeAndre Hopkins HOU @TEN 24 34 33
30 Marques Colston NO GB 32 30 30
31 Wes Welker DEN SD 37 28 29
32 Mohamed Sanu CIN BAL 49 22 24
33 Larry Fitzgerald ARI PHI 45 27 26
34 Cecil Shorts III JAC MIA 33 36 36
35 Brandin Cooks NO GB 40 32 34
36 James Jones OAK @CLE 31 37 39
37 Andre Holmes OAK @CLE 43 33 35
38 Kendall Wright TEN HOU 41 38 37
39 Torrey Smith BAL @CIN 44 35 38
40 Allen Robinson JAC MIA 35 41 42
41 Denard Robinson JAC MIA 34 39 48
42 Andrew Hawkins CLE OAK 36 42 43
43 Brandon LaFell NE CHI 38 49 40
44 Brian Quick STL @KAN 46 40 41
45 Reggie Wayne IND @PIT 29 -- 49
46 Mike Evans TAM MIN 42 43 46
47 Dwayne Bowe KAN STL -- 44 44
48 Malcom Floyd SD @DEN 39 -- --
49 Eddie Royal SD @DEN -- 46 45
50 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN @TAM -- 45 47
-- Percy Harvin NYJ BUF -- 47 50
-- Justin Hunter TEN HOU 47 -- --
-- Louis Murphy TAM MIN 48 -- --
-- Kenny Stills NO GB -- 48 --
-- Greg Jennings MIN @TAM 50 50 --