Week 8 Fantasy WR Rankings: Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones remain high despite injured QBs

What’s worse: When your wide receiver is hurt or when the quarterback of your wide receiver is hurt? You might think the answer is obvious, but at least when your receiver is out, you can just play a sub. When your WR’s QB is out, you don’t know what’s gonna happen (ask JuJu Smith-Schuster owners). Our Week 9 fantasy WR rankings feature a mix of both, as studs like Adam Thielen and Will Fuller are dealing with injuries and even bigger studs Tyreek Hill and Julio Jones might be without their usual signal-callers. Fantasy football owners should already be looking for potential sleepers on the waiver wire, just in case.

The loss of Patrick Mahomes (knee) and potentially Matt Ryan (ankle) isn’t enough to knock Hill and Jones out of the starter tier. For now, we’re projecting Ryan to play, so Jones is still safely in the top five. But, again — just ask Smith-Schuster owners what it’s like when even a WR1 is dealing with a backup. Hill scored on a big play with Matt Moore under center last Thursday, which creates a false sense of security. Smith-Schuster did that in Week 3 only to follow it up with 15 yards in Week 4. He hit another long TD in Week 5, then had seven yards in Week 6. You’re always playing elite talents, but the floors are a lot lower. 

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The injured WRs are a mixed bag. Initially, we’ve left Thielen (hamstring) and Fuller (hamstring) out of our rankings, but we’ve put Davante Adams (toe), Tyrell Williams (foot), Josh Gordon (knee), and a few other “questionable” guys in. Obviously, we’ll update as the week goes on, but this should just serve as a reminder that as we get later into the season, there will be more injury uncertainty. 

WEEK 8 DFS: Lineup Builder

One star who might be getting his regular QB back is Michael Thomas. He’s been just fine with Teddy Bridgewater under center, but with reports indicating Drew Brees (thumb) could be ready to go in Week 8, Thomas would have an even higher ceiling. This is bigger news for secondary Saints receivers like Ted Ginn, who would become a much more interesting boom-or-bust WR3 consideration with Brees back under center.

WEEK 8: Waiver pickups

Regardless of your WR situation, there are several sleepers, some available on the waiver wire, worth considering. Corey Davis and A.J. Brown (vs. Buccaneers) look revitalized with Ryan Tannehill under center, and a favorable matchup could continue to give them life. Kenny Stills (@ Raiders) is in the mix whether Fuller plays or not, but if Fuller is out, Stills is an overqualified WR3. The same goes for Olabisi Johnson (vs. Redskins) if Thielen is out. Cole Beasley (vs. Eagles) and Diontae Johnson (vs. Dolphins) aren’t exactly “high-floor” players, but they have the matchups and upside — Beasley because of volume, Johnson because of big-play ability — to work as WR3s, too.

WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

Several usual starters are dropping because of worrisome matchups, including Alshon Jeffery (@ Bills), Tyler Boyd and other Bengals (vs. Rams in UK), D.J. Moore (@ 49ers), and Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry (@ Patriots). You’re still playing  OBJ, but consider the rest on the start-or-sit bubble.

Note: We’ll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest and individual player analysis. 

Week 8 Fantasy WR Rankings

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. OAK
2 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
3 Julio Jones, ATL vs. SEA
4 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ ATL
5 Michael Thomas, NO vs. ARZ
6 Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. WAS
7 John Brown, BUF vs. PHI
8 Davante Adams, GB @ KC
9 Chris Godwin, TB @ TEN
10 Julian Edelman, NE vs. CLE
11 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. DEN
12 DJ Chark, JAX vs. NYJ
13 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. NYG
14 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ IND
15 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. GB
16 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. MIA
17 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. LAC
18 Tyrell Williams, OAK @ HOU
19 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ MIN
20 DK Metcalf, SEA @ ATL
21 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ NE
22 Golden Tate, NYG @ DET
23 Mike Evans, TB @ TEN
24 Keenan Allen, LAC @ CHI
25 Robert Woods, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
26 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ NO
27 Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
28 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)
29 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. SEA
30 Kenny Stills, HOU vs. OAK
31 D.J. Moore, CAR @ SF
32 Marvin Jones, DET vs. NYG
33 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ KC
34 Alshon Jeffery, PHI @ BUF
35 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ JAX
36 Corey Davis, TEN vs. TB
37 Emmanuel Sanders, DEN @ IND
38 Josh Gordon, NE vs. CLE
39 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ NE
40 Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. WAS
41 Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. NYJ
42 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ DET
43 Robby Anderson, NYJ @ JAX
44 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. MIA
45 Christian Kirk, ARZ @ NO
46 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ SF
47 DeVante Parker, MIA @ PIT
48 Mike Williams, LAC @ CHI
49 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. TB
50 Preston Williams, MIA @ PIT
51 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. PHI
52 Zach Pascal, IND vs. DEN
53 Auden Tate, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)
54 Dante Pettis, SF vs. CAR
55 Marquise Goodwin, SF vs. CAR
56 Geronimo Allison, GB @ KC
57 Duke Williams, BUF vs. PHI
58 Mohamed Sanu, ATL vs. SEA
59 Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. ARZ
60 Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. CLE
61 Keke Coutee, HOU vs. OAK
62 Jaron Brown, SEA @ ATL
63 Danny Amendola, DET vs. NYG
64 Alex Erickson, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)
65 Taylor Gabriel, CHI vs. LAC
66 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. GB
67 Adam Humphries, TEN vs. TB
68 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. LAC
69 Nelson Agholor, PHI @ BUF
70 Paul Richardson, WAS vs. MIN
71 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. CAR
72 Zay Jones, OAK @ HOU
73 Darius Slayton, NYG @ DET
74 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. CAR
75 Demaryius Thomas, NYJ @ JAX
76 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. GB
77 Trey Quinn, WAS @ MIN
78 Chris Conley, JAX vs. NYJ
79 James Washington, PIT vs. MIA

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