Thursday, November 26, 2020

Fantasy Football PPR Rankings Week 8: Wide Receiver

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Our Week 8 fantasy WR PPR rankings aren’t particularly strong all things considered, and it’s due to a variety of factors. Byes (Cardinals, Washington, Jaguars, Texans), injuries (Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Jamison Crowder, Diontae Johnson, among others), and matchups are of course part of the problem, as they are every week, but disappointing recent performances from some big-name wide receivers are also creating start ’em, sit ’em headaches. 

Mike Evans, who has two catches the past two weeks, is one of the WRs who’s tough to trust, even in a decent matchup against the Giants. CeeDee Lamb (@ Eagles) is coming off a zero-catch game — the first time all year he’s been below five receptions — and DK Metcalf (vs. 49ers) had just two catches on Sunday night. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ Ravens) had been struggling before a nine-catch, 14-target game in Week 7, and T.Y. Hilton (@ Lions) had just one catch in his last game before the Colts’ bye. Further down the rankings, Darius Slayton (vs. Buccaneers) took a backseat to Sterling Shepard in the Giants’ last game, while Julian Edelman (@ Bills) has been a complete non-factor since Week 2. 

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Metcalf, Evans, Lamb and Hilton remain in the top 36 of our rankings (though Hilton gets the nod solely because of his matchup), but clearly they come with risks. Metcalf is the only one who’s above the WR3 tier, though he’s also dealing with a tough matchup that lowers his overall ceiling. 

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While those players drop, several others rise, including a pair of Eagles (Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward Jr.) against the Cowboys, a pair of 49ers (Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk) against the Seahawks, and a pair of Browns (Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins) against the Raiders.

Several more sleepers, including Shepard (vs. Buccaneers), Nelson Agholor (@ Browns), Cole Beasley (vs. Patriots), A.J. Green (vs. Titans), Darnell Mooney (vs. Saints), Zach Pascal (@ Lions), Russell Gage (@ Panthers), Curtis Samuel (vs. Falcons), and Marquez Callaway (@ Bears) are moving up. Shepard, Beasley, Gage, and Callaway have tough matchups on paper, but they have higher floors in PPR leagues thanks to frequent targets.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries. 

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

  • 37 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ BAL
    38 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ CHI
    39 Greg Ward Jr., PHI vs. DAL
    40 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. TB
    41 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. TB
    42 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ CLE
    43 Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
    44 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. LV
    45 A.J. Green, CIN vs. TEN
    46 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. NO
    47 Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN
    48 Julian Edelman, NE @ BUF
    49 Corey Davis, TEN @ CIN
    50 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. LAC
    51 Michael Gallup, DAL @ PHI
    52 Preston Williams, MIA vs. LAR
    53 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. MIN
    54 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. NYJ
    55 Breshad Perriman, NYJ @ KC
    56 Marquez Callaway, NO @ CAR
    57 Russell Gage, ATL @ CAR
    58 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. NYJ
    59 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ CLE
    60 N’Keal Harry, NE @ BUF
    61 Zach Pascal, IND @ DET
    62 Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. ATL
    63 Golden Tate, NYG vs. TB
    64 Damiere Byrd, NE @ BUF
    65 John Brown, BUF @ NE
    66 Marvin Jones, DET vs. IND
    67 Scotty Miller, TB @ NYG
    68 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ SEA
    69 Denzel Mims, NYJ @ KC
    70 Adam Humphries, TEN @ CIN
    71 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. NO
    72 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ DEN
    73 Danny Amendola, DET vs. IND
    74 David Moore, SEA vs. SF
    75 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ MIA
    76 Isaiah Ford, MIA vs. LAR
    77 James Washington, PIT @ BAL
    78 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NE
    79 Jeff Smith, NYJ @ KC
    80 Miles Boykin, BAL vs. PIT

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