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- Written by Ryan Czopek
- Edited by Marc Caviglia
- Predictions are based on Staff Consensus


WEEK 8 RANKINGS  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DEF

Week 8 wasn’t a very strong week for the wide receiver position. Only one wide receiver scored over 20 fantasy football points and there were several disappointing peformances from many marquee players including Wes Welker and Calvin Johnson. A crucial point for many fantasy owners is coming in Week 9, when many fantasy teams are on the bubble for playoff contention and need to know, which wide receivers to start.

Who will be among the top scoring wide receivers this week? Read our fantasy football Week 9 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings below to gain an advantage over your friends and competitors alike.


::RANKINGS UPDATED AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2012::

 
1. Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) @ Cincinnati

Yep, this guy is a monster. Thomas caught seven passes for 137 yards and scored a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. The performance was Thomas’ fifth 100 yard plus receiving game this season and the touchdown was his fourth. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed the sixth least fantasy points (16.4) to the wide receiver position this season, but they have yet to face an offense that has been as hot as the Denver Broncos have been or a receiver of Thomas’ caliber. Bet on another nice game for Peyton Manning’s favorite weapon.
Point Projection: 15 points


2. A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Denver

Who would have thought this kid would be this good this fast? Green has arguably been fantasy’s best receiver this season, catching 44 passes for 636 yards and scoring seven touchdowns through seven games. This week Green has a tough matchup being defended by Hall of Famer in waiting Champ Bailey. Green could struggle at times this week, but he will likely receive double-digit targets and is always capable of making a big play. It won’t be easy, but look for Green to continue to put together a marvelous season this week.
Point Projection: 15 points


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3. Victor Cruz (New York Giants) vs. Pittsburgh

There was salsa…what? No salsa dancing? Cruz had two receptions for 23 yards against Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. The performance marked only the second time this season that Cruz has scored under five fantasy points. Cruz should have better luck against the against a Pittsburgh Steelers’ team that has allowed three touchdowns to the wide receiver position over their past three games. The New York Giants offense and Cruz are both too good to be held down for long.
Point Projection: 15 points


4. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) @ Jacksonville

It looks like Optimus Prime got the best of Megatron in Week 8. Johnson caught only three passes for 46 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. It was a lousy performance for Johnson who dropped several passes, including a potential game-winning touchdown in the end zone. Johnson has now scored a meager total of seven fantasy points over the Detroit Lions last two games combined, but relief maybe coming in the form of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed 21.0 fantasy points to the wide receiver position and have had trouble containing several big name receivers this year (A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne, etc…). Start Johnson with confidence this week.
Point Projection: 15 points


5. Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears) @ Tennessee

It wasn’t the big game expected for Marshall, but he didn’t let his fantasy owners down too much, catching nine passes for 98 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 8. Marshall just missed his fourth 100 yard receiving game of the season and once again led the Chicago Bears receiving core in targets (14). Marshall has a chance to overcome his shortcomings in Week 8 and accomplish his fourth 100 yard receiving game of the season against a Tennessee Titans’ team that has allowed 1,254 yards and seven touchdowns to the wide receiver position this season. Marshall is locked in as a nice WR1 this week.
Point Projection: 15 points


6. Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) @ Seattle

Is there any receiver more valuable to their team than Percy Harvin right now? Harvin caught seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. Harvin has been awesome over the Minnesota Vikings last four games, hauling in 30 receptions for 368 yards and three touchdowns. The Seattle Seahawks have been strong against the wide receiver position this season, but Harvin has been good against some solid pass defenses this season (San Francisco, Arizona) and has many ways of producing fantasy points for his fantasy owners. Harvin is a nice WR1 this week.
Point Projection: 14 points


7. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) vs. Philadelphia

Colton had five catches for 63 yards against the Denver Broncos in Week 8. Being defended by stalwart, cornerback Champ Bailey, Colton’s touchdown streak ended at four games. Despite Colton’s Week 8 performance, he’s had an excellent year for his fantasy owners, hauling in 40 catches for 580 yards and scoring five touchdowns. The Philadelphia Eagles have a talented secondary, but the switch in defensive coordinators has dissimulated their defensive plans so far as exhibited by the fact they were picked apart by the Atlanta Falcons’ receivers in Week 8. Look for Colston to take advantage of a Philadelphia Eagles team that has allowed 20.9 fantasy points to the wide receiver position this season.
Point Projection: 14 points


8. Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Oakland

Jackson had two receptions for 40 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. He was only targeted six times, mostly due to the bracket coverage he received from the Minnesota Vikings secondary. Look for Jackson to have a better outing against an Oakland Raiders’ team that has allowed some big play to wide receivers this season. Jackson is a solid WR1 this week, especially with Josh Freeman’s improved play of late.
Point Projection: 14 points


9. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Miami

Continuing to be a monster for those in PPR leagues, Wayne caught seven passes for 91 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 8. Even at the age of 33 when many receivers fade, Wayne has been spectacular leading the league in targets (92) and receiving yards (757). The Miami Dolphins have allowed an average of 22.6 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position this season. There’s little reason to believe Wayne will slow down this week.
Point Projection: 13 points


10. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) vs. Buffalo

Johnson has had up and down production through seven games this season. However, he has recently been more involved in the Houston Texans offense, catching 17 passes for 161 yards and being targeted a robust 22 times over the last two games. The Houston Texans seem likely to pass the ball against a Buffalo Bills’ team that has been smoked by the wide receiver position this season, allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to the position (26.0), which is good for Johnson. Bet on a third straight nice performance for Johnson this week.
Point Projection: 13 points


11. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Dallas

Jones caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. It was a showcase game for Jones, who now has 19 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns over the past three games. The Dallas Cowboys have a really tough pass defense, but the Atlanta Falcons offense has been clicking this season and Jones has the ability to go off in any game. Jones is a solid WR2 this week.
Point Projection: 13 points


12. Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ New York Giants
Wallace caught seven passes for 62 yards against the Washington Redskins in Week 8. Lousy weather conditions and surprisingly solid play from the Washington Redskins defensive backs contributed to Wallace’s second straight week of scoring six fantasy points or less. Wallace has a chance at redemption against a banged up New York Giants secondary that was torched by the Dallas Cowboys receiving core in Week 8 and has allowed the eighth most fantasy points (24.0) to the wide receiver position this season. Expect Wallace to look more like his old self this week.
Point Projection: 13 points


13. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Dallas

White caught three passes for 38 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. He was tied for the team lead in targets (5), but had little breathing room being covered by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Bet on a bounce back performance for White this week against a Dallas Cowboys’ team that has allowed an average of 20.1 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position over their last three games. White, who has scored five fantasy points or more in seven of eight games this season, is a solid WR1 this week.
Point Projection: 13 points


14. Eric Decker (Denver Broncos) @ Cincinnati

Decker caught two passes for 43 yards and scored two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. Despite only being targeted six times, Decker had another terrific fantasy outing. He has been Peyton Manning’s favorite target in the red zone receiving 12 targets inside the 20-yard line this season. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed only four touchdowns to the wide receiver position this season, but the Denver Broncos’ offense has been pretty unstoppable lately and Decker has been one of Peyton Manning’s favorite weapons this season. Look for Decker to have a productive game and have a nice shot of scoring a touchdown in his fifth consecutive game.
Point Projection: 13 points


15. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) @ Green Bay

Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. He suffered a couple of blows to the head early in the game and never quite recovered. It also didn’t help that John Skelton was fairly inaccurate and was left unprotected most of the night. Fitzgerald has a chance to be productive against a Green Bay Packers’ team that has allowed 21.6 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position this season. However, with the Arizona Cardinals offense looking completely out of sorts in Week 8, it’s tough to have a ton of confidence in Fitzgerald this week.
Point Projection: 12 points


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16. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) @ Washington

If only Smith could play the Chicago Bears every week. Smith, who has a vast history of torching the Chicago Bears, caught seven passes for 118 yards against them in Week 8. Smith nearly capped off his nice performance with a touchdown, but juggled and dropped a sharp pass from Cam Newton in the end zone. Cam Newton hasn’t been targeting Smith as much last season with Brandon LaFell and Greg Olsen becoming a bigger part of the offense, but he’s been productive recently, catching 14 passes for 201 yards over the Carolina Panthers’ last two games. Look for Smith to continue his recent production streak against a Washington Redskins’ team that has struggled to contain the wide receiver position this season allowing the 2nd most fantasy points (29.5). Look for Smith, who had seven receptions for 143 yards against the Washington Redskins last season to have another nice performance this week.
Point Projection: 12 points


17. Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys) @ Atlanta

Austin caught nine passes for 133 yards against the New York Giants in Week 9. It was Austin’s second game this year with 100 plus receiving yards and his sixth game that he has scored double-digit fantasy points. Austin is a solid WR2 option against the Atlanta Falcons this week, considering he has been productive against some solid defenses already this season (Chicago, Baltimore, etc…). Right now Austin is one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy and belongs in fantasy lineups this week.
Point Projection: 12 points


18. Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) vs. Arizona

Cobb caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8. The St. Louis Rams gave Cobb little room to operate and he was only able to manage 5.6 yards per catch. However, the touchdown at the very least salvaged the afternoon for Cobb’s fantasy owners. Cobb has been fabulous over the Green Bay Packers last four games, with 24 receptions for 301 yards and scoring four touchdowns. The Arizona Cardinals have one of the better pass defenses in the league, but Cobb plays in a terrific offense and he’s had no trouble producing against some strong pass defenses already this season (Houston, San Francisco, etc…). Cobb is a solid WR3 this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


19. Denarious Moore (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Tampa Bay

Fantasy owners wanted Moore and are getting Moore. Moore caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10. Finally healthy, Moore has been terrific over the Oakland Raiders last three games, hauling in 14 passes for 236 yards and scoring three touchdowns. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with suspensions to their secondary this week and have toasted by the wide receiver position this season allowing an average of blank fantasy points per game. Moore is locked in right now as Carson Palmer’s No. 1 receiver and is a solid WR3 in fantasy leagues this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


20. Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants) vs. Pittsburgh

Nicks caught four passes for 46 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. The performance marked Nicks’ third straight fantasy game scoring five fantasy points or less, but at least he looked as healthy as he has even been since returning from a nagging knee injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been tough against wide receivers allowing the ninth least fantasy points to the position this season (17.9). However, the New York Giants offense has been stellar this season and Nicks is capable of going off in any game. Look for Nicks to have a more productive game this week.
Point Projection: 12 points


21. Steve Johnson (Buffalo Bills) @ Houston

Averaging 4.5 receptions, 55.8 yards per game and scoring four touchdowns, Johnson has been one of the most consistent receivers in fantasy this season. He has also been one of the league leaders in targets (64). Despite a debacle against the Green Bay Packers, the Houston Texans pass defense has been pretty good this season allowing 19.7 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position, which isn’t great new for Johnson. However, his consistency and the fact that he’s burned a couple of elite corners already this season (Antonio Cromarte, Joe Haden) make him a solid WR2 choice this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


22. Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) @ Cleveland

It has been a boom or bust season for the explosive Smith so far. He has 25 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season. The Cleveland Browns have been one of the worst teams against the pass this season allowing 25.9 fantasy points and Smith torched them in Week four, catching four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against them. Smith is a solid WR2 choice this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


23. Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles) @ New Orleans

Maclin caught six passes for 33 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. He led the team in targets, but couldn’t connect with Michael Vick on any big plays. Maclin has a solid chance at having a redeeming fantasy outing for his owners going against the a New Orleans Saints team that has been rancid against the pass, allowing of 36.7 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position over their last four games. Maclin seems likely to have one of his better performances this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


24. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) @ Atlanta    **QUESTIONABLE - STATUS UNCERTAIN FOR WEEK 9**

The man with the hands the size of canned hands, probably wishes his hands were slightly daintier this week. Bryant caught five passes for 110 yards against the New York Giants in Week 8. It was nice performance for Bryant that could have been even better had he hauled in what would have been a game tying touchdown in the closing seconds in bounds. Despite a lousy performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, Bryant has been terrific over the Dallas Cowboys last four games averaging seven receptions and 81 yards per game. Bryant has been dealing with a hip injury he sustained in Week 7, but appears good to go against a tough Atlanta Falcons pass defense that has allowed the fourth least fantasy points to the wide receiver position. However, Bryant has really come on and is seeing double-digit targets in nearly every contest. Bet on another nice game for Bryant this week.
Point Projection: 11 points


25. Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) @ San Diego

Its no secret the Kansas City Chiefs have been terrible this year, but one bright spot has been Dwayne Bowe. Bowe caught three passes for 65 yards against the Oakland Raiders in Week 8. He was unable to haul in any big plays in garbage time; however, Bowe has a solid chance of having a better game this week against the San Diego Chargers. Bowe has already had a terrific game against the San Diego Chargers this season (seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown) and the San Diego Chargers have allowed 562 yards and seven touchdowns over their last three games to the wide receiver position. Even with the instability at the quarterback position for the Kansas City Chiefs, this matchup is too good for Bowe owners to pass up.
Point Projection: 11 points

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