2012 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 8

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos knocks Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers away with a stiff arm at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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With an exciting Week 7 under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 8 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas is averaging 90.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns this year. Peyton is on fire and the Saints can’t stop the pass.

2. Victor Cruz, New York Giants 

Cruz has performed six salsa touchdown dances while averaging 87.0 yards the past four games. He has a good chance to dance again in Dallas.

3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

Megatron is a freak. Seattle is tough, but you can never count him out.

4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Marshall is also on fire and should exploit Carolina’s secondary.

5. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallace is lacking in yardage (66.2 ypg), but has four touchdowns in six games. He should have a monster day against Washington’s league-worst pass defense (328.4 ypg).

6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers 

Has five touchdowns while averaging 91.3 yards over the past four games. Jacksonville is giving up 264.5 ypg through the air.

7. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts 

Touchdowns are lacking (just two on the season), but he’s averaging 111.0 ypg.

8. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

Coming on strong as Peyton is on fire. Decker is averaging 83.5 yards with three TDs in his past four games.

9. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings 

Ponder is struggling, but Tampa Bay could bring him back. Percy is an all-purpose freak that can score via pass, run or return.

10. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints 

Colston is averaging 119.0 with five touchdowns in his past three games. He’ll be a handful for Denver.

11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

V-Jax is averaging 127.3 yards with four TDs in his past three games. The Vikings will have a hard time slowing him down.

12. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons 

Julio hasn’t met his high expectations, but he’s still having a solid year. Philly will be a test.

13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots 

Touchdowns belong to the tight ends, but he’s averaging 98.3 ypg.

14. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Both Falcons receivers are big and physical enough to produce against Philly. Roddy is averaging 92.2 yards with four scores in six games.

15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

Has had a touchdown or 100+ yards in five of six games. The Boys will have to air it out against the Giants.

16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Brown bounced back to his normal 74+ yard game. He should be a solid option against the Skins’ league-worst pass defense.

17. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

Had his best game of the year prior to the bye. He should be locked and loaded against Atlanta.

18. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

I’m a little nervous for Bowe with Brady Quinn under center. Oakland has allowed eleven passing touchdowns and 254.7 yards per game though. Plus, he’s playing at home.

19. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals 

Fitz struggled against the Vikings, but Skelton was still able to move the ball through the air. I expect more from Fitz against the Niners.

20. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles 

Jackson is averaging 77.5 yards per game and has the explosiveness to burn Atlanta’s secondary.

21. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Dez disappeared against Carolina, but should be ready to roll against the Giants, who he had 85 yards against in the opener.

22. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants 

Nicks is slowly getting back to form. Still a risky WR2 against Dallas, but there is reward to go with that risk.

23. James Jones, Green Bay Packers

He didn’t score last week against the Rams, but caught six passes. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him against Jacksonville as long as Jennings is out.

24. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

Smith hasn’t scored a touchdown this year, but he’s averaging 78.5 ypg. Chicago presents a tough test.

25. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

Bounced back in a major way. If Graham misses another game, Moore should do more of the same against Denver.

26. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders 

Averaging 64.6 yards with three touchdowns in five games. Takes on Kansas City, who has allowed 13 passing touchdowns.

27. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Cobb is averaging 91.0 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. Takes on Jacksonville.

28. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets

He’s had at least 67 yards or a touchdown in five of the Jets’ seven games. The Dolphins are giving up 284.8 yards per game.

29. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns 

Averaging 80.0 yards with four touchdowns in the past three games. The Chargers have allowed fourteen touchdown passes and 268.2 ypg.

30. Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

The Patriots are terrible against the pass (290.0 ypg). Gibson has twelve catches over the past two games.

31. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

Was held to 30 yards last week, but as he gets healthier he should be more productive. Faces the Colts, who have allowed 12 passing scores..

32. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders

Caught four passes for 85 yards last week. Takes on the Chiefs.

33. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

Averaging 64.3 yards and a touchdown in the past three games. Takes on the Steelers.

34. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Came back to Earth last week, but is averaging 61.3 yards and 0.5 TDs this year. Takes on Vikings.

35. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

He didn’t catch a pass last game, but coming out of the bye he should see his share of looks against the Jets.

36. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

Averaging 69.5 yards with three TDs in the past four games. Takes on Niners.

37. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

He’ll get to face Joe Haden and the Chargers are scaling back on their downfield shots. Not a good mix.

38. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

Continues to see a ton of looks. Better option for PPR leagues.

39. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots

Lloyd is disappointing in New England. He’s always a deep threat, but he’s been held below 70 yards in five of seven games.

40. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams

Averaging 65.3 yards over the past four games. Rams will have to air it out against the Pats.

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