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Week 8 Fantasy Football WR Rankings: Ooh La La! Pierre Garcon in the Top 10

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Pierre Garcon #85 of the Indianapolis Colts runs off the field after making a catch for a touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Nathan WaddellCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2010

Welcome to Week 8, the official midway point of your fantasy football season.  If you haven't yet, it is time to take stock of your wide receiving corps and decide if you need to make some moves.

If you own either Wes Welker or Larry Fitzgerald, you may want to consider dumping either on an unsuspecting owner that values names over production.

You may still be able to acquire a player like Percy Harvin below value if an owner believes that losing QB Brett Favre will have a major impact on Harvin's production.  Another player to target is Chad Ochocinco.  

So take stock of your receivers, and undertake some reorganization if necessary.  Don't be afraid to trade, or even drop, a big name player if he isn't producing.  Names don't score points.

Please note that the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles are all on bye in Week 8.

 

RankPlayerOpponentComments
1.Reggie Wayne       v. HOUNot a surprise here, HOU allowing 27 pts to WRs every week.
2. Andre Johnson@ INDFinally healthy after a bye, and should be a high-scoring affair.
3.Calvin Johnsonv. WASWAS pass defense is just dreadful, allowing 306 yards to WRs every week.
4.Terrell Owensv. MIAMIA a bit soft against the pass, allowing 231 yards and a TD every week.
5.Brandon Marshall           @ CINHaving a bit of trouble finding the end zone, but continuing to lead in targets per game.
6.Brandon Lloyd@ SFThis week should tell us if QB Kyle Orton is slumping.  But Lloyd just too good to pass up.
7.Greg Jennings@ NYJDarrelle Revis may be healthy, but Packers know Jennings must be involved.
8.Miles Austinv. JAXFull week of reps will help QB Jon Kitna, and Austin is the most talented receiving option.
9.Dwayne Bowev. BUFBUF poor against the pass, allowing 20 fantasy points to WRs, and scored in last two games.
10.Pierre Garconv. HOUWithout many other options, QB Peyton Manning will force it to Garcon.
11.Randy Moss@ NEEven without Favre, Moss should see plenty action, and NE is third-worst in passing yards allowed.
12.Hines Ward@ NOPIT defense getting soft, so PIT offense may need to play catchup.
13.Kenny Britt@ SDSD defense is a mirage, of sorts.  Britt is hot, so ride the train until it goes off the tracks.
14.Marques Colstonv. PITPIT allowing 17 or more fantasy points to WRs in four out of six games.
15.Santana Moss@ DETWhile the matchup looks good on paper, still can't trust QB McNabb to make it happen.
16.Chad Ochocincov. MIAReappeared in Week 7, and should be money if the CIN can't hold up again.
17.Percy Harvin@ NEAlways a threat to score, and if QB Jackson starts, it won't hurt his game much.
18.Mike Wallace@ NOWallace has posted at least 50 yards and a touchdown in his last two games.
19.Mike Williams, TB              @ ARICan't count on weekly touchdowns anymore, but still getting plenty of chances to make plays.
20.Steve Smith, CAR@ STLIf WR Gettis really is a receiving threat, it will help Smith but a running game would help more.
21.Davone Bess@ CINFinding ways to score with a TD in each of his last three games.
22.Steve Johnson@ KCKC giving up plenty of yards to WRs, and CB Flowers should cover WR Evans mainly.
23.Wes Welkerv. MINVikings are solid against fantasy WRs, and Welker's role is changing.
24.Nate Burlesonv. WASHas averaged 53 yards and a touchdown over last two games, and WAS pass defense is awful.
25.Larry Fitzgeraldv. TBWhile TB is giving up production to WRs, QB play is killing Fitzgerald.
26.Dez Bryantv. JAXCaught two TDs from QB Kitna in Week 7, so a chance to dominate again.
27.Braylon Edwardsv. GBThe NYJ passing game just isn't flowing yet, so use caution.
28.Patrick Craytonv. TENTEN giving up 20 fantasy points to WRs, and Crayton has been consistent.  
29.Deion Branchv. MINCan't feel great about him after Week 7, but always a chance to score.
30.Lee Evans@ KCThe big game in Week 7 was nice, but we need to see it again.
31.Santonio Holmesv. GBEmerging as the No. 1 WR, but still has much to prove to fantasy owners.
32.Mike Sims-Walker@ DALFound the end zone in Week 7, and DAL giving up seventh-most fantasy points to WRs.
33.Roy Williams v. JAXOne of Williams' best years came with Kitna, so the rapport is there, but will the points be there?
34.Jabar Gaffney@ SF49ers gave up 36 fantasy points to WRs last week.
35.Mike Williams, SEA                @ OAKNot a good matchup this week unless SEA schemes around CB Asomugha.
36.Michael Crabtreev. DENHas cooled off, and QB Troy Smith starting bring inconsistencies and surprises. 
37.Donald Driver@ NYJNYJ surrendering points to WRs, but question if he is dropping off a cliff.
38.Blair Whitev. HOUWith Anthony Gonzalez questionable, White may get the call again to produce.
39.Danny Amendolav. CARShould have room to work the middle of the field, and scored in Week 7.
40.Anthony Armstrong@ DETGood for a couple deep balls each week, and only needs to connect on one for a good day.
    

That wraps up the Week 8 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.  You also view my Week 8 running back rankings should you have the desire.

Best of luck to you this weekend.

 

For an all you can eat buffet of fantasy football information, you can follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanWaddell.

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