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Week 8 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Still Cautious on Dez Bryant

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Up to date rankings of NFL WRs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 8.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. WRs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 DeAndre Hopkins Texans 1
2 Julio Jones Falcons 4
3 Antonio Brown* Steelers 6
4 A.J. Green Bengals 3
5 Odell Beckham Jr. Giants 2
6 Brandon Marshall Jets 5
7 Calvin Johnson Lions 7
8 Keenan Allen* Chargers 13
9 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 8
10 Dez Bryant* Cowboys 15
11 Randall Cobb* Packers 11
12 Amari Cooper Raiders 17
13 Julian Edelman* Patriots 9
14 Mike Evans Buccaneers 21
15 Alshon Jeffery Bears 10
16 Demaryius Thomas Broncos 12
17 Allen Robinson Jaguars 14
18 Martavis Bryant Steelers 23
19 Steve Smith* Ravens 18
20 Emmanuel Sanders* Broncos 16
21 T.Y. Hilton* Colts 22
22 James Jones Packers 19
23 Rishard Matthews Dolphins 30
24 Travis Benjamin Browns 24
25 John Brown Cardinals 20
26 Brandon LaFell Patriots 27
27 Stefon Diggs* Vikings 45
28 Davante Adams* Packers 33
29 Allen Hurns Jaguars 29
30 Eric Decker Jets 32
31 Jordan Matthews* Eagles 26
32 Jarvis Landry* Dolphins 37
33 Vincent Jackson Buccaneers 25
34 Donte Moncrief Colts 28
35 Marvin Jones Bengals 34
36 Golden Tate Lions 31
37 Jeremy Maclin* Chiefs 35
38 Brandin Cooks* Saints 36
39 Michael Crabtree Raiders 50
40 Kendall Wright* Titans 42
41 Ted Ginn Panthers 58
42 Tavon Austin Rams 47
43 Victor Cruz Giants 38
44 Anquan Boldin* 49ers 39
45 Mike Wallace* Vikings 40
46 Willie Snead* Saints 41
47 Sammy Watkins Bills 44
48 Leonard Hankerson Falcons 43
49 DeSean Jackson Washington 48
50 Kamar Aiken Ravens 51
51 Pierre Garcon* Washington 55
52 Nate Washington Texans ---
53 Malcolm Floyd Chargers 54
54 Tyler Lockett Seahawks 74
55 Eddie Royal* Bears 56
56 Torrey Smith 49ers 53
57 Terrance Williams Cowboys 68
58 Dorial Green-Beckham Titans 60
59 Percy Harvin* Bills 62
60 Cecil Shorts* Texans 63
61 Lance Moore* Lions 59
62 Devin Funchess Panthers 46
63 Brian Quick Rams 49
64 Devante Parker Dolphins 57
65 Riley Cooper* Eagles 52
66 Jermaine Kearse Seahawks 69
67 Charles Johnson Vikings 61
68 Jeff Janis Packers 64
69 Roddy White* Falcons 65
70 Rueben Randle* Giants 66
71 Marquess Wilson Bears 70
72 Breshad Perriman Ravens 71
73 Justin Hunter Titans 72
74 Steve Johnson* Chargers 73
75 Albert Wilson* Chiefs ---
* - notable players with increased PPR value

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for the receiver who have had their byes, as they have 10 games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's nine.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. For example, an WR3 with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average WR4 with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • There are a lot of injured players in these rankings. Their value combine my expectation of how many weeks they will play for how many points plus replacement level values of roughly eight points per week for the weeks they are expected to miss.

    Dez Bryant will still have to field passes from Matt Cassel for a when he returns in Week 8, so his upside is who he is, but the floor is little different than what we saw from Antonio Brown with Michael Vick under center. With Ben Roelisberger back in Week 8, Brown is solid top-3 with #1 upside.

  • I have zero interest in WRs who don't get the ball enough to elevate above replacement level. I don't care how good they are IRL. Players who are not getting snaps but have upside greater than the Anquan Boldins of the NFL are more worthy of roster spots. If a guy will never enter our lineups, the bench spots are better utilized by stashing players with upside--especially at the WR position where boom potential is greatest.

    DeAndre Hopkins is WR1, simply because there is no WR we can trust to get the ball often more than him. Brian Hoyer looks for him every play, the Texans defense is not allowing them to abandon the pass, and Hopkins is running perfect routes. This is the 2015 version of what Hoyer did for Josh Gordon in 2013.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.