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Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 8: Wide receivers in standard and PPR leagues

With wide receiver scoring being so flukey, who can you trust in Week 8 to put you in the playoffs?

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

No position in fantasy football is more frustrating than wide receiver. Consider that an owner benched Dez Bryant in Week 6 and he goes off versus Baltimore. So, then he gets excited and starts Bryant in Week 7 and boom.....14 receiving yards. Let's try to not "chase stats" and instead consider the match-up information, along with target data, below. Both are becoming more and more important as we evaluate which wide receivers are the favorites for their respective quarterbacks. And of course, a general notes section will highlight some important points for the week. Let's start right there:

NOTES:

  • I'll raise my hand and say that I was doubtful of Vincent Jackson's move to Tampa Bay, but he was the one laughing in Week 7 with 216 yards and a TD. He and Josh Freeman seem to be in a groove.
  • Randall Cobb, Victor Cruz, Jordy Nelson and Andre Roberts also all continued in their winnings ways with big weeks.
  • But, beware this One-Hit Wonders from Week 7: Santana Moss, Cecil Shorts, Kevin Walters and Brandon LaFell all had big Week 7s, but I doubt they can repeat it. Start them, only when you're desperate.
  • Keep an eye on these wide receivers that are battling through injury: Vincent Jackson, Greg Jennings, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant and Greg Little.
  • Besides those guys, be sure to bench the WR's on these four bye week teams: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

TARGETS:

Just as I mentioned, fantasy wide receiver scoring can be fluky. But, one thing that you can't argue with is targets. See the chart below showing the Year-To-Date and Week 7 target leaders:

Year-To-Date

Week 7

Reggie Wayne (81)

Mike Wallace (15)

Victor Cruz (81)

Vincent Jackson (14)

Wes Welker (74)

Torrey Smith (13) - only 4 catches

A J Green (73)

Jeremy Kerley (11)

Larry Fitzgerald (71)

Calvin Johnson (11)

Percy Harvin (67)

Reggie Wayne (11)

Calvin Johnson (66)

Victor Cruz (11)

Dwayne Bowe (66)

Andre Johnson (11)

Brandon Marshall (66)

Cecil Shorts (10)

Brandon Lloyd (65)

Hakeem Nicks (10)

Steve Johnson (63)

Marques Colston (10)

Vincent Jackson (60)

Josh Gordon (10)

Marques Colston (60)

James Jones (10)

Antonio Brown (57)

Brandon Marshall (10)

FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED (FPA):

FPA is a great judge of the strength of a future match-up. The number next to the teams' name represents how many fantasy points that team is giving up to the entire receiving corps on an average weekly basis. Obviously, you want your guy to play against a team that is allowing a LOT of points to WR's:

Best Defense Against Opposing WR's

Worst Defense Against Opposing WR's

NY Jets (15.67 pts allowed)

WAS Redskins (32.89 pts allowed)

SF 49ers (15.80 pts allowed)

NO Saints (32.20 pts allowed)

SEA Seahawks (17.47 pts allowed)

CLE Browns (30.76 pts allowed)

MIN Vikings (17.89 pts allowed)

TB Bucs (29.62 pts allowed)

DAL Cowboys (17.93 pts allowed)

IND Colts (28.07 pts allowed)

CAR Panthers (18.90 pts allowed)

NE Patriots (27.84 pts allowed)

CIN Bengals (19.06 pts allowed)

SD Chargers (27.67 pts allowed)

STL Rams (19.09 pts allowed)

BUF Bills (27.57 pts allowed)

WEEK 7 RANKINGS:

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

1

2

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

2

1

Jordy Nelson (GB)

3

5

Victor Cruz (NYG)

4

3

Reggie Wayne (IND)

5

4

Calvin Johnson (DET)

6

6

Eric Decker (DEN)

7

7

Julio Jones (ATL)

8

8

Vincent Jackson (TB)

9

10

Mike Wallace (PIT)

10

11

Marques Colston (NO)

11

9

Roddy White (ATL)

12

12

Percy Harvin (MIN)

13

13

Wes Welker (NE)

14

14

Miles Austin (DAL)

15

16

Randall Cobb (GB)

16

17

Antonio Brown (PIT)

17

18

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)

18

15

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

19

19

Denarius Moore (OAK)

20

20

Kenny Britt (TEN

21

22

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

22

23

Dez Bryant (DAL)

23

24

Hakeem Nicks (NYG)

24

21

Lance Moore (NO)

25

25

James Jones (GB)

26

26

Josh Gordon (CLE)

27

28

Steve Smith (CAR)

28

29

Malcolm Floyd (SD)

29

30

Brandon Lloyd (NE)

30

27

Chris Givens (STL)

31

31

Sidney Rice (SEA)

32

33

Brandon Gibson (STL)

33

32

Mike Williams (TB)

34

35

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)

35

34

Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK)

36

36

Dwayne Bowe (KC)

37

37

Stephen Hill (NYJ)

38

38

Brandon Stokley (DEN)

39

39

Santana Moss (WAS)

40

40

Brian Hartline (MIA)

41

41

Nate Washington (TEN)

42

44

Donnie Avery (IND)

43

42

Davone Bess (MIA)

44

43

Andre Roberts (ARI)

45

45

Titus Young (DET)

46

47

Leonard Hankerson (WAS)

47

48

Cecil Shorts (JAC)

48

46

Earl Bennett (CHI)

49

49

Ryan Broyles (DET)

50

50

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