Week 8 WR and TE Rankings
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Packers WR Jordy Nelson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week Eight of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Jordy Nelson
  2. Demaryius Thomas
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Dez Bryant
  5. Randall Cobb
  6. Julio Jones
  7. T.Y. Hilton
  8. Alshon Jeffery
  9. Brandon Marshall
  10. Michael Floyd
  11. Jeremy Maclin
  12. Mike Wallace
  13. Emmanuel Sanders
  14. Golden Tate
  15. Sammy Watkins
  16. Vincent Jackson
  17. Steve Smith Sr.
  18. Doug Baldwin
  19. Pierre Garcon
  20. DeSean Jackson
  21. * A.J. Green
  22. Kelvin Benjamin
  23. DeAndre Hopkins
  24. Julian Edelman
  25. Eric Decker
  26. Mohamed Sanu
  27. Andre Johnson
  28. Roddy White
  29. Keenan Allen
  30. Larry Fitzgerald
  31. Percy Harvin
  32. Malcom Floyd
  33. Terrance Williams
  34. * Reggie Wayne
  35. Kendall Wright
  36. Eddie Royal
  37. Mike Evans
  38. Brandon LaFell
  39. Brandin Cooks
  40. Wes Welker
  41. Brian Quick
  42. Marques Colston
  43. Torrey Smith
  44. Andre Holmes
  45. James Jones
  46. Dwayne Bowe
  47. Cecil Shorts III
  48. Davante Adams
  49. Andrew Hawkins
  50. Cordarelle Patterson
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!

  1. Julius Thomas
  2. Rob Gronkowski
  3. Greg Olsen
  4. Antonio Gates
  5. Dwayne Allen
  6. Jordan Cameron
  7. Zach Ertz
  8. Owen Daniels
  9. Jordan Reed
  10. * Jimmy Graham
  11. * Martellus Bennett
  12. Travis Kelce
  13. Delanie Walker
  14. Jason Witten
  15. Coby Fleener
  16. Jared Cook
  17. Heath Miller
  18. Clay Harbor
  19. Jace Amaro
  20. Charles Clay
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Michael Floyd
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd
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Last week in Oakland, Floyd hauled in all three passes thrown his way for 47 yards and a touchdown. With a touchdown in his last two efforts, the return of starting quarterback Carson Palmer, and a matchup with an Eagles defense that has allowed the 6th-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, Floyd should break out in Week 8. Floyd has produced solid outings in every game that Carson Palmer has played and I expect the trend to continue against an Eagle secondary that completely relies on it’s defensive line to get pressure. The Cardinals should be able to compete with the Eagles this week and I expect Floyd to be a huge factor in the Cardinals game plan. Look for Floyd to gain 120 yards and score his third touchdown in as many games.

Sammy Watkins
Bills WR Sammy Watkins
The rookie was remarkable against the Vikings last week, racking up 122 yards and 2 touchdowns to help lead the Bills to a come-from-behind victory. Watkins set career highs in every category and he did it against a very respectable Minnesota secondary. Now the Bills get a Jets secondary that is defenseless. With Dee Millner out, Watkins should have no problem breaking free of the coverage. The Jets allow the 12th-most fantasy points to wide receivers and have a secondary that is no better than most college defensive backfields. As long as Kyle Orton is given enough time from his offensive line, Watkins is in line for another fantastic performance.

Torrey Smith
Ravens WR Torrey Smith
Despite Torrey Smith’s emergence from thin air over the past two games, he is in for a difficult day against a Bengal defense that allows the 3rd-fewest points to wide receivers this season. Smith got off to a very slow start with just 1 touchdown in his first five games of the season. However, his output has increased significantly with three touchdowns in his last two contests but he has failed to gain over 81 yards in a single contest this season. In an AFC North matchup that could be very low scoring due to two strong defenses, don’t expect Torry to produce for your fantasy squad. You may want to keep him on the bench in this one in favor of someone with a better matchup such as Eric Decker, Keenan Allen, or Larry Fitzgerald.

Reggie Wayne
Colts WR Reggie Wayne
After Wayne went down last week with an apparent elbow injury, he is very much in jeopardy of missing a matchup with the Steelers on Sunday. Even if Wayne does manage to play, he will likely be limited. The veteran has struggled recently recording just 117 yards with no touchdowns in his last three contests. Pittsburgh has allowed the 6th-fewest points to wide receivers and with Hilton, Allen, Fleener, Bradshaw, Richardson, and Nicks all drawing targets from quarterback Andrew Luck, it should be difficult for Wayne to find the end zone. Keep the veteran on the bench this week.

Greg Olsen
Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Carolina’s tight end has been tearing it up this year ranking as the 2nd best player at his position thus far. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in five of seven appearances this season and last week, he gained over 100 yards for the first time this season. Things continue to look good for Olsen as the Panthers host a Seattle defense allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to tight ends. The Panthers should be forced to throw the ball a ton on Seattle’s top-notch run defense. Olson will reap the benefits of that with around 70 yards a touchdown. Olsen is a must-start at this point.

Owen Daniels
Ravens TE Owen Daniels
Against the Falcons last week, Owen Daniels produced his first touchdown reception since Week 2. Along with his touchdown grab, Daniels gained 58 yards. This week the Ravens face the Bengals, a team that allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Daniels should have a solid outing with 80 yards receiving.

Jason Witten
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
The Dallas Cowboy veteran is having an extremely poor season with just one touchdown in seven games this season. Against a New York Giants team that he has torched in the past, he secured just two receptions for 27 yards. Witten’s career may be coming to an end and he is difficult to trust with the emergence of Gavin Escobar in the last two weeks and Jason Garrett’s commitment to the running game. The Cowboys should jump out to a quick lead against the struggling Washington Redskins as they lean on DeMarco Murray to lead them to victory. Witten shouldn’t be a significant part of the game plan this week and I expect him to only get a few targets. Definitely keep him on your bench this week.

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Walker got off to an amazing start this season but in his last three games, he has gained just 47, 57, and 17 yards respectively. All three games were against subpar defenses and in Week 8, the Titans face a Texans defense featuring J.J. Watt that allows the 7th-fewest points to tight ends. Furthermore, Tennessee has decided to go with Zach Mettenberger at quarterback. Walker is an incredibly risky start this week.

Doug Baldwin
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin
Now that No. 1 receiver Percy Harvin has been shipped off to Rex Ryan’s New York Jets, Doug Baldwin has emerged as Russell Wilson’s top option in Seattle’s passing game. Last week against the Rams, Baldwin secured seven catches on eleven targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. Up next is a Panthers defense that is not what it was last season. Against the Packers last week, they allowed a touchdown to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams. Carolina allows the 4th-most fantasy points to wide receivers and Baldwin will most definitely be the focal point of Pete Carroll’s aerial attack. Look for Baldwin to gain 80 total yards and a touchdown in a much needed win for the defending champs.

Eric Decker
Jets WR Eric Decker
With Percy Harvin taking over as the No. 1 receiver in the Jets offense, Eric Decker should find more space in the secondary now that defenses have to worry about another weapon. Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson provide a solid running game for the Jets and Geno Smith will only improve with Harvin at his disposal. The Jets host the Buffalo Bills secondary that is allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to wide receivers so look for Decker to gain 70 yards and a touchdown in this AFC East showdown.

Dwayne Allen
Colts TE Dwayne Allen
Allen has been a pleasant surprise this season and is currently ranked 7th at his position. In seven games, he has found the end zone five times. Allen has emerged as one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets in the red zone and has outperformed Coby Fleener at the tight end position. The Colts face a Pittsburgh defense that is allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to tight ends so look for Luck and Allen to link up several times. I’m expecting a 60-yard performance including a touchdown for the tight end this week.

Jordan Cameron
Browns TE Jordan Cameron
Jordan Cameron finally broke out of his slump Week 6 against the Steelers when he gained 102 yards and scored a touchdown. Unfortunately, he only gained 5 yards last week against Jacksonville’s weak secondary. However, he did see quarterback Brian Hoyer look in his direction six times, a very high number for a tight end. Cleveland matches up with the Oakland Raiders this week, which is a very winnable game. Cameron should be a huge part of the game plan to help Hoyer get back on track after his past two despicable performances. I predict 75 yards and a touchdown for Cameron at home against Oakland this week.

Cardinals WR John Brown
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

John Brown
Rookie, John Brown, got back to form in Week 8 catching all five passes thrown in his direction for 119 yards and the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes left in the game. The young stud has scored 4 touchdowns in seven games this season and is a borderline WR3 this season ranking 34th at his position thus far. With Carson Palmer back at quarterback, Brown’s production should only continue to increase.

Martavis Bryant
Since this youngster made his debut for the Steelers in Week 7, he has been on fire. In two games this season, Bryant has gained 123 yards and scored three touchdowns. Bryant is fast, tall, and has a tremendous vertical leap. He looks like he is passing Markus Wheaton as the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. In Week 8, Bryant caught five of seven receptions for 83 yards and two scores. Bryant is a great new weapon for Big Ben and with Ben’s performance of late, there is no reason to believe that Bryant won’t be fed the ball. He is a solid pick up at this point of the season.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Brian Quick
The Rams No. 1 option of offense came out of the game in the first half after injuring his shoulder. After an evaluation, head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Quick is out for the remainder of the season. The third-year wide out needs surgery and Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin will likely take his place in the lineup. Quick needs to be dropped in all leagues.

Dwayne Bowe
In six games this season, Bowe has not reached 85 yards receiving in any game nor has he found his way into the end zone. The Kansas City Chiefs like to play a very conservative game with the ultimate game manager- Alex Smith- at quarterback. With Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, and Travis Kelce all playing great football at the moment, it has been difficult for coach Andy Reid to find a way to get Bowe the ball. The Chiefs very rarely score from outside the red zone and when they do, it is usually because Jamaal Charles broke off a huge run like he did last week against the Rams. Bowe is not going to be a touchdown producer this season and is ranked 66th at his position after 8 weeks. Bowe is older and slower than ever. It’s time to drop him.

Tight Ends to Add

Kyle Rudolph
Minnesota’s tight end was one of the best players at his position prior to going down with a sports hernia in Week 3. It looks like Rudolph is just two or three weeks away from suiting up. If you do not have a good tight end, you may want to add and stash Rudolph until he is ready to produce for your fantasy squad.

Heath Miller
The Pittsburgh tight end was one of the many recipients of Big Ben’s franchise-high 522 passing yards. Miller hauled in seven of eight targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in his best performance of the season. Miller has only had two good games this season but after watching what the Steelers did to a Colts defense that shut the Bengals out just one week earlier, it would be hard not to mention Pittsburgh’s tight end in this column. Miller won’t replicate these stats week in and week out but he is a respectable TE2 this season. If you need a back up, he could be your guy.

Keep a Finger on the Eject Button

Owen Daniels
Prior to a Week 8 matchup with the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore’s tight end, Owen Daniels received treatment and had his knee scoped. Daniels is listed as week-to-week but with a veteran at the age of 31 years old, the Ravens have to be careful before allowing him to suit up. Daniels has been relatively productive and with Dennis Pitta out for the year, he has filled the role of starting tight end fairly well. Keep you eye on his injury status. If it looks like he will miss significant time, you may want to drop him.

Trade Bait
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Vernon Davis
The former Pro Bowl tight end has been abysmal this season. Since Week One, Davis has not scored a touchdown or gained 40 yards in a game. Davis was a complete non-factor in Week 7 prior to the Niners bye when he caught just two passes for 21 yards. Hopefully, the bye week helped him rejuvenate and regain his health. If so, he could have a respectable outing against the Rams in Week 9, despite the fact that he gained just 30 yards against them in Week 6. If he plays well, send a few trade proposals out and see if you can get a more consistent option at tight end.