Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings: Wide Receiver Risers and Fallers

Nick SeroCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Early Doucet #85 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball as Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants tries to make the tackle at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Wide receivers can come and go in fantasy football. Finding the best performer can sometimes just mean knowing who has the best matchup and other times it's determining who just has the most opportunity.

One way of determining which players are best for your roster is knowing who will actually perform on a consistent basis. With the latest updated fantasy football wide receiver rankings, you can determine just that: player consistency.

Sure, some guys like Plaxico Burress and Dezmon Briscoe had good games, but don’t be fooled. Look past the multi-touchdown performances and realize that consistency is what wins you a fantasy football championship. Our rankings will look past who has scored the most points and tell you which player will consistently get you good stats even when they take on some of the league’s toughest defenses.


How It Works

Each week we analyze a player’s production on the football field and rank them accordingly, and then we go one step further and analyze their competition. Just because someone had 200 yards receiving against the Patriots doesn’t mean they were that week’s best performer. You are going to want a wide receiver that continuously puts up big numbers, even when they take on one of the league’s toughest defenses.

After we rank their weekly performances, we then look at player consistency. Having a player that can consistently be a top performer is what is going to get you a championship at year’s end.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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7(12). Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

There has been a lot of clamoring in the Dallas area that the Cowboys have not been utilizing Dez Bryant like they should be. Bryant had been very underwhelming in the second half of games so far this season but finally showed some life in the later parts of the Cowboys’ 34-7 drubbing of St. Louis.

Bryant will continue to be the punt returner in Big D, but owner Jerry Jones won’t let that go on all season, so don’t expect the extra special teams stats to last.


26(35). Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals

Doucet isn’t a great play every week, but he is getting better. The Cardinals’ passing offense has been dismal all season and they need another reliable receiver to emerge opposite of Larry Fitzgerald.

Doucet hasn’t exactly lit up the scoreboard but he has become a more reliable option for Kevin Kolb. You can probably pick Doucet up off of waivers now, and he could be a decent option at FLEX against the right matchup.

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Receiver Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints warms up just before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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28(46). Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

He’s baaaaack. Colston’s ranking now doesn’t quite reflect how good he is, but he had missed two games after breaking his collarbone and had some not-so-strong showings in his first two games.

Colston has had two consecutive games of at least seven catches and has totaled 216 yards in those two contests. Colston was Drew Brees’ favorite target (Jimmy Graham holds that distinction now) and will surely live up to his previous numbers for the rest of the season.


31(39). Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams

Everyone knew Lloyd would fit in with the St. Louis offense just because he had an established history with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. What we didn’t know was if he would be able to get back to basics quickly. Well, he did and fantasy owners rejoiced.

Lloyd is going to be playing in a pass-heavy offense, with arguably the best quarterback he has ever had in his career. Throw in the fact the Rams are going to be playing from behind more often than not and you’ve got a fantasy stud.


GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos salutes the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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20(15). Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

Two unproductive weeks in a row will drop anyone down the rankings, and there is surely some legitimate concern out there if you are starting Eric Decker weekly. Though we don’t believe his value will ever be as high as it once was, there is a chance he could still stay a reasonable WR3.

The Broncos will have to start playing to Tebow’s strengths, and if they can figure out how to do that Decker will still have some value.


33(27). Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings just don’t utilize Percy Harvin in their offense. He is barely on the field, giving way to Michael Jenkins who is one of the better blocking wide receivers in the league.

Harvin has also had to fight through injuries this season and although he has returned to full practice Thursday, should continue to show some wear and tear.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 23: Morgan Burnett #42 of the Green Bay Packers looks on as Michael Jenkins #84 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter on October 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The
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39(NR). Michael Jenkins, Minnesota Vikings

In a PPR league, Jenkins has been fairly valuable so far this season. Jenkins erupted for the first 100-yard game of his career with Christian Ponder at quarterback this past week and was a yard short of notching two touchdowns.

Jenkins will be on the field almost all of the time, mostly to be another blocker for Adrian Peterson to run behind, but he is also playing in an offense he called his own for his entire career so he will be a safe option for Christian Ponder.

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