Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR

Amon-Ra St. Brown tries to get back on track against the Dolphins, DeAndre Hopkins crashes into the top-12 after returning from 10 catches, and Chris Olave welcomes himself back into the top 20.

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Updated 10/30 at 9:30 a.m. ET. DK Metcalf added. Moved Tyler Lockett down.

Week 8 Recipients

WR Notes: The 49ers conceded 19 Week 4 goals to Cooper Kupp. … Tyreek Hill has hit 12 goals in 5-of-7 appearances. One of only two pass defenses to allow more than eight yards per attempt, the Lions will have their hands full. … Predictably declining to his elite average, Ja’Marr Chase had two scores over 30 yards in Week 7. The Browns have no potential answers as far as I can tell. That will change when Denzel Ward (concussion) is finally fixed. …Goodbye, Justin Jefferson will face a Cardinals defense that has allowed only one 100-yard day for each wideout this season. It did come in week 7 against Chris Olave. …Easy to run to and routinely in negative game script, somehow the Packers hand out the fewest passing yards in the league. With Bills’ home favorites at 11.5 points, Stefon Diggs was able to struggle with his usual volume. Working in his favor is an offense that never takes his foot off the gas and is always in “prove a point” mode.

Let’s chase a small point with DeAndre Hopkins, who looked as healthy as he did two years before his return in Week 7. Only four teams allow more weekly passing yards than the Vikings and no defense allows more yards per apply attempt (8.4). Hopkins had no trouble reintegrating into the Cardinals’ system in Week 7, he used to be the system. … AJ Brown hasn’t played a game since week 1. Perhaps that will change against the Steelers’ injured and struggling sophomore. Mike Tomlin’s defense gathered for a strong effort against the Dolphins. … Mike Evans, who has come up with the worst drop from a pass catcher all season, is nevertheless coming off a 15-goal attempt. The Ravens are a soft landing matchup. … Tyler Lockett, battling a hamstring condition, could be the only show in town against the Giants with DK Metcalf doubtful with a knee problem. 10-12 targets is probably Lockett’s floor. … Deebo Samuel no longer sees meaningful touches in the run game and places disappointing reception numbers, but is at a bit of a crossroads in a foul that implements yet another YAC stud in Christian McCaffrey. To make matters worse, he has a hamstring problem. A likely slugfest in the Rams may not be the match-up to knock Samuel off the schneid if he adapts.

Amon-Ra St. Brown joined a growing legion of non-concussion–allegedly–players who will have to sit outside by week 7. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that he bought his ankle for another week to heal. The dolphins and their companion 51.5 above/below are a potential eruption site. … Tee Higgins put in 93 yards and was the Bengals’ No. 3 receiver in Week 7. With their success rate exceeding expectations of more than 20 percent each of the past two weeks, the Bengals could implement a violation that could destroy the already high floor of Higgins drastically raises and ceiling. … As feared, the Cowboys remained conservative despite Dak Prescott’s Week 7 return. Now they find themselves as huge home favorites against a Bears defense more lenient on the ground than in the air. CeeDee Lamb may have to wait another week for his long-awaited breakthrough. … Jaylen Waddle, one of the signature boom/bust wideouts of the first half of the season, has the same boom setup as every other skill player in Lions/Dolphins. … Speaking of boom/bust, Gabe Davis might just be the new prototype. Despite his ever-present threat of disadvantage, a healthy Davis has the kind of advantage that can’t be left outside the top 20.

Fresh from breaking Vance Joseph’s defense for the most prolific game by an opponent wide this season – the Cardinals have met Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams among others – Chris Olave will face a more forgiving Raiders D. With neither Michael Thomas (foot) nor Jarvis Landry (ankle) yet to resume training, Olave continues to face zero target competition. … The Colts’ passing volume is going to decrease under Sam Ehlinger. The hope for Michael Pittman is that his target stock will consolidate and stabilize in what should be a drastically simplified offensive approach. … As hoped, Taylor Heinicke’s return immediately boosted Terry McLaurin’s target share and produced his best all-around game of the year. Heinicke has inherent volatility – he’s not very good – but unlike Carson Wentz, he will at least consistently throw the ball to his best receiver. …After his first major all-around game since Week 3, Christian Kirk has a humdinger from a London matchup in the Broncos’ Patrick Surtain. Surtain has proven to be the rare cornerback matchup worthy of a ranking change. … Allen Lazard (shoulder) seems on the wrong side of doubtful. In theory, that’s good for Romeo Doubs, but the Packers’ confidence in their rookie wideout looks set to hit another low in Week 8.

Supposedly on the trade bloc, Jerry Jeudy Courtland Sutton has won 256-163 as the Broncos’ attack has been derailed for the past four weeks. Sutton maintains the Week 8 GC advantage only because Russell Wilson returns, and despite Jeudy’s recent production, there is little indication that Russ is willing to change WR1 horses midway through the series. … This could well be the last week where I rank Diontae Johnson’s junk volume over George Pickens’ increasingly obvious advantage. …Nowhere near 100 percent healthy in a short week in an offense that seems desperate to run again, this WR3 ranking is likely to be generous to Rashod Bateman. It’s just hard to shake the idea that Bateman can change games and fantasy matchups with just one catch. …Wan’Dale Robinson, who quickly consolidates goals in the Giants’ undermanned attack, has a potential blowout spot in the Seahawks’ defense. … *Allen Robinson has one good game* Allen Robinson gets another chance as WR4. If they get a little healthier, the 49ers could go either way as a matchup. … Donovan Peoples-Jones’ volume has proved tacky enough to keep him in the top 48 weekly. … Drake London has five goals in two weeks. There is a total of 41.0 for ATL/CAR. No thank you.

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