Fantasy Football WR Season Rankings at Week 8: Kenny Britt Up, Miles Austin Down

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Fantasy Football WR Season Rankings at Week 8: Kenny Britt Up, Miles Austin Down
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The injury to Tony Romo has Miles Austin’s value on the decline, down to 10th among wide receivers—a six spot drop from where he was at just a week ago. Though the Cowboys will still likely pass plenty and Austin remains the team’s top target, Jon Kitna simply doesn’t seem like he’s going to look Austin’s way as much as Romo did.

Add to that the fact that he simply isn’t as good as Romo and you have a recipe for a fantasy drop-off. The Cowboys do play an awful Jaguars secondary this week that even Kitna could tear up, so look to move Austin if he has a big game this week—it might be the last chance you have.

On the flip side, Dez Bryant’s value is actually on the rise with Kitna at the helm, who threw him two garbage-time touchdown passes in last week’s game. Bryant also has looked like an elite punt returner as he has returned two punts for touchdowns already this season.

Not every league scores for individual player touchdowns, but for those that do that added bonus is certainly something to consider. Bryant may actually be the league’s most fantasy relevant punt returner considering most of the others don’t play a big role in their team’s offense.

Hakeem Nicks is on the rise yet again, up to seventh this week. His nine catch, 108 yard, two touchdown performance against the Cowboys in Week 7 really showed that he is the real deal—if we didn’t already know that. He has scored eight touchdowns already this season and still has some excellent matchups left on his schedule including the Cowboys again and the lowly Jaguars two weeks after that.

Kenny Britt jumps 11 spots up to 29th among wide receivers after an absolutely ridiculous week where he caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Britt now has scored touchdowns in five straight games and is perhaps the biggest surprise star wide receiver of this fantasy season.

He is a must-start in almost all leagues as long as his production continues like this. It’s hard to believe that it will considering the Titans’ run-heavy offensive style, but hey—ride the hot streak while you can!

The Panthers’ Steve Smith continues to fall further and further into fantasy oblivion. While he is certainly still the top receiving option in Carolina, it seems that the value of that title is practically nothing this season.

Matt Moore returning as the Panthers quarterback should help his value a bit overall, but it’s not enough to keep him from sliding down the boards if he continues not to produce. This is just a sad, awful situation for everyone involved, particularly those who hoped for a bounce-back season from Smith.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

RANK PLAYER TEAM PREVIOUS RANK MOVEMENT
1 Roddy White ATL 1 0
2 Andre Johnson HOU 2 0
3 Brandon Marshall MIA 3 0
4 Anquan Boldin BAL 5 1
5 Reggie Wayne IND 6 1
6 Calvin Johnson DET 7 1
7 Hakeem Nicks NYG 11 4
8 Greg Jennings GB 8 0
9 Randy Moss NE 9 0
10 Miles Austin DAL 4 -6
11 Wes Welker NE 12 1
12 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 13 1
13 Jeremy Maclin PHI 16 3
14 Percy Harvin MIN 18 4
15 Mike Wallace PIT 21 6
16 Terrell Owens CIN 24 8
17 Michael Crabtree SF 17 0
18 Malcom Floyd SD 15 -3
19 Braylon Edwards NYJ 20 1
20 Steve Smith NYG 23 3
21 Austin Collie IND 10 -11
22 DeSean Jackson PHI 14 -8
23 Donald Driver GB 19 -4
24 Chad Ochocinco CIN 22 -2
25 Santana Moss WAS 27 2
26 Marques Colston NO 28 2
27 Pierre Garcon IND 38 11
28 Mike Williams TB 32 4
29 Kenny Britt TEN 40 11
30 Dez Bryant DAL 26 -4
31 Hines Ward PIT 30 -1
32 Brandon Lloyd DEN 25 -7
33 Dwayne Bowe KC 39 6
34 Santonio Holmes NYJ 34 0
35 Roy Williams DAL 31 -4
36 Eddie Royal DEN 33 -3
37 Mike Thomas JAC 35 -2
38 Lance Moore NO 37 -1
39 Steve Smith CAR 29 -10
40 Sidney Rice MIN 42 2
41 Demaryius Thomas DEN 36 -5
42 Johnny Knox CHI 41 -1
43 Deion Branch NE 45 2
44 Mike Williams SEA 60 16
45 Jabar Gaffney DEN 43 -2
46 Lee Evans BUF 46 0
47 Mike Sims-Walker JAC 47 0
48 Davone Bess MIA 48 0
49 James Jones GB 57 8
50 Steve Johnson BUF 49 -1
51 Derrick Mason BAL 50 -1
52 Kevin Walter HOU 44 -8
53 Mario Manningham NYG 56 3
54 Louis Murphy OAK 51 -3
55 Danny Amendola STL 53 -2
56 Legedu Naanee SD 55 -1
57 T.J. Houshmandzadeh SEA 52 -5
58 Devin Hester CHI 58 0
59 Brandon Tate NE 54 -5
60 Nate Washington TEN 59 -1
61 Josh Cribbs CLE 61 0
62 Robert Meachem NO 62 0
63 Steve Breaston ARI 65 2
64 Michael Jenkins ATL 63 -1
65 Jacoby Jones HOU 64 -1
66 Josh Morgan SF 66 0
67 Vincent Jackson SD 67 0
68 Chris Chambers KC 68 0
69 Mohamed Massaquoi CLE 69 0
70 Devery Henderson NO 70 0
71 Chaz Schilens OAK 71 0
72 Jason Avant PHI 76 4
73 Bernard Berrian MIN 72 -1
74 Jordy Nelson GB 77 3
75 Mardy Gilyard STL 73 -2
76 Deon Butler SEA 74 -2
77 Nate Burleson DET 75 -2
78 Earl Bennett CHI 78 0
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