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Week 8 Wide Receiver Depth Charts for Fantasy Football


Wide receivers are one of the most critical components, and a core building block, for all fantasy football teams. This is especially true in PPR formats, where fantasy owners are rewarded for every catch that a wide receiver makes. We are here to help you plan your wide receiver draft strategy, and to target the right players on each NFL team.

Below are our 2015 fantasy football wide receiver depth charts as of Week 8 of the NFL and fantasy football season. For each team you will find the primary wide receiver (WR1), the secondary wide receiver (WR2), the third wide receiver (WR3), and dynasty values. Players listed under "Dynasty Value" have added value in dynasty/keeper league formats and can be targeted on draft day.

It’s important to stay on top of the wide receiver situations and any depth chart changes throughout each week of the fantasy football season, so be sure to check back regularly. By staying on top of all the depth charts changes, preseason position battles, and in-season injuries, you can draft the right receivers, adjust your rosters off the waiver wire, find sleepers, potential breakouts, and dominate your fantasy football leagues.

All WR1/WR2/WR3 listings are based off current Fantasy Football projections, not NFL depth chart values. Players listed under "Dynasty Value" have increased value in a Dynasty league.

 

AFC EAST: Fantasy Football Wide Receiver (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Patriots Julian Edelman Danny Amendola Brandon LaFell N/A
Solid Jets Brandon Marshall Eric Decker Quincy Enunwa N/A
Solid Bills Sammy Watkins (INJ) Percy Harvin (INJ) Robert Woods Sammy Watkins
Questionable Dolphins Jarvis Landry Rishard Matthews Kenny Stills DeVante Parker

 

The Patriots wide receiver depth chart is in flux for the first time this season, as the return of Brandon LaFell has made the target dispersal a bit more complicated. LaFell received eight targets in his 2015 debut, but committed a criminal six drops, which may cause Tom Brady to lose faith in a hurry given that he has so many other more reliable options. Until he shakes off the rust he's the third option on this team, but his big-play ability gives him some flex consideration for fantasy purposes.

The Jets situation is also stable, with veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker leading the way on a weekly basis. Decker actually received more looks than Marshall in Week 7, but Marshall may have been hampered by a minor calf injury, so it's not enough to cause a shift here.

With Percy Harvin sidelined indefinitely and a frustrated and oft-injured Sammy Watkins taking shots at fans on social media, there isn't much to rely on in the Buffalo wide receiver corps. Robert Woods was afforded the number one spot against the Jags in London in Week 7 and he did not disappoint, posting 84 yards and a score on nine catches. The Bills have a week off to figure things out and possibly get Watkins healthy, but for now this team is a mess at wide receiver.

The Dolphins offense has been rejuvenated with new head coach Dan Campbell at the helm, and that certainly bodes well for their receiving corps. Jarvis Landry will still lead the team in targets every week and is cemented as a WR2, and Rishard Matthews will be a solid flex play on most weeks as well. With Lamar Miller and the running game now being emphasized, there should be much more room for the receivers to work.

 

AFC WEST: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Broncos Demaryius Thomas Emmanuel Sanders Jordan Norwood Cody Latimer
Solid Chiefs Jeremy Maclin Albert Wilson Chris Conley Chris Conley
Solid Raiders Amari Cooper Michael Crabtree Seth Roberts Amari Cooper
Solid Chargers Keenan Allen Stevie Johnson Malcolm Floyd Keenan Allen

 

Peyton Manning is clearly not a top-tier quarterback anymore, but even at his worst Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are still finding their way to near-top-20 production in most weeks. It's essentially the two of them and then a massive cliff as far as targets go, and that should be the case for the rest of the season barring injury.

No one outside of Jeremy Maclin is startable on the Chiefs, but rookie Chris Conley is an interesting stash in deeper league. He was able to put up a 6-63-1 line with Maclin out last week, and he has the raw talent and speed to make big plays. However, any production this year will be entirely dependent on Maclin's health.

The Raiders offense is fantasy-relevant for the first time in recent memory, and as long as Derek Carr is playing well Amari Cooper is a WR2 and Michael Crabtree has flex consideration on a weekly basis.

Antonio Gates has returned with a vengeance, and as his value rises all Chargers receivers take a hit. However, with the veteran tight end dealing with an MCL sprain and Philip Rivers chucking the ball around like a madman, Stevie Johnson and Malcolm Floyd have gained flex appeal. Keenan Allen is a WR1 as long as he's healthy.

 

AFC NORTH: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Ravens Steve Smith Kamar Aiken Marlon Brown Breshad Perriman
Solid Steelers Antonio Brown Martavis Bryant Darrius Heyward-Bey Martavis Bryant
Solid Bengals A.J. Green Marvin Jones Mohamed Sanu N/A
Solid Browns Travis Benjamin Andrew Hawkins Brian Hartline/Taylor Gabriel N/A

 

Steve Smith has had some outstanding games and a few real clunkers, but as long as he's healthy he's the only reliable pass-catching option in Baltimore. Kamar Aiken is essentially a handcuff for him, so he's at least worth rostering.

With Ben Roethlisberger likely back this week, the Killer B's should be back in action. Antonio Brown should reprise his role as a WR1 and Martavis Bryant will be a high-end WR3 with the capability to explode on any given week.

Andy Dalton is on fire right now (pun very much intended), and coming off of the bye he should be ready and raring to go against the shoddy Pittsburgh secondary in Week 8. A.J. Green is still a stud, and Marvin Jones has flex appeal every week.

Travis Benjamin is the only Cleveland wide receiver you can rely on for any sort of fantasy production on a weekly basis, but he's likely no more than a WR2 with the emergence of Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson as pass-catching options. Josh McCown may be sidelined this week, leaving Johnny Manziel under center--if that's the case you don't want to start any Brown unless you have to.

 

AFC SOUTH: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Colts T.Y. Hilton Donte Moncrief Andre Johnson Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief
Solid Texans DeAndre Hopkins Cecil Shorts III (INJ) Nate Washington Jaelen Strong
Volatile Titans Kendall Wright Dorial Green-Beckham Justin Hunter Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright
Questionable Jaguars Allen Robinson Allen Hurns Bryan Walters Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee

 

The Colts pecking order is pretty solid, with T.Y. Hilton re-establishing himself as the top receiver in the last two weeks. However, Donte Moncrief has touchdowns in five of seven games this season, and is likely going to remain a low-end WR2 as Andrew Luck continues to try to get his act together.

DeAndre Hopkins is still the number one overall fantasy wide receiver despite a relatively weak showing in the Texans' Week 7 blowout loss to the Dolphins. Nate Washington produced huge numbers in that game, but I'm writing it off as a fluke. This is a one-man show, with Shorts and Washington existing a desperation flex plays.

The Titans depth chart is worth keeping an eye on. Kendall Wright is likely the firm number one, but after that it gets a bit hazy. Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter have been virtually non-existent while Dexter McCluster has stolen targets. Dorial Green-Beckham has been a breakout candidate all year, but alleged troubles with the playbook have kept him firmly in flier territory.

Allen Robinson is the most talented receiver in Jacksonville, and I still think he's their WR1, but Allen Hurns has been surprisingly great so far this season. He's riding a five-game touchdown streak, and while his relatively low catch totals are troubling, there is no denying his flex value in any format.

 

NFC EAST: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Giants Odell Beckham Rueben Randle Dwayne Harris Odell Beckham Jr.
Questionable Eagles Jordan Matthews Riley Cooper Josh Huff Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews
Solid Cowboys Dez Bryant Terrance Williams Cole Beasley Dez Bryant 
Questionable Redskins Desean Jackson (INJ) Pierre Garcon Jamison Crowder N/A

 

Victor Cruz doesn't look like he'll be fantasy-relevant anytime soon, and in his absence it appears Dwayne Harris has become Eli Manning's number three receiver. Beckham is a clear WR1, while Randle and Harris a flex options at best.

Jordan Matthews has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy so far, as he's barely a top-30 wide receiver while he was drafted as a WR1 by many fantasy owners. At the moment he's a WR3, while no one else is rosterable at the moment.

He's baaaa-aaackkkk...I have to throw Dez Bryant back in the depth chart as he's convinced he's going to play this week. He's one of those guys who you have to start if he's playing, but I don't see how he puts up WR1 numbers fresh off a lengthy absence and with Matt Cassel throwing him the ball. Not much to do here but wait for Romo to get back.

The Redskins are on bye this week, and it couldn't come soon enough. Hopefully they'll be able to sort out some of their offensive woes, and with any luck the time off will be enough for DeSean Jackson to get healthy. If he does return he'll be a boom-or-bust WR3, with Garcon and Crowder maintaining flex value.

 

NFC WEST: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid 49ers Anquan Boldin Torrey Smith Quinton Patton N/A
Solid Seahawks Doug Baldwin Jermaine Kearse Tyler Lockett Tyler Lockett
Solid Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald John Brown Michael Floyd John Brown
Questionable Rams Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Kenny Britt N/A

 

Anquan Boldin is the clear number one in San Francisco, as he has almost double the amount of targets that the next closest receiver has. He's a WR3 most weeks, and he's the only 49er receiver worth starting. Torrey Smith is the most infuriating player in fantasy football, as he has two weeks with at least 96 yards and a score, and no more than two catches and zero touchdowns in any other individual game. The 49ers are bad and I'm selling any and all shares I have right now.

The Seahawks still don't throw enough for me to trust any wide receiver on a weekly basis. If I'm picking one it's Doug Baldwin. He'll see his four or five targets every week and should finish the year with five or six touchdowns, making him an average flex play. After him it gets sketchy, as neither Jermaine Kearse nor Tyler Lockett see enough action to be started in anything but the deepest of leagues.

Larry Fitzgerald is still the top dog in Arizona, but John Brown has become a reliable 1B in recent weeks. Brown may miss this week's contest against the Browns, but when healthy they are both high-end WR2s.

With Todd Gurley looking like a legitimate threat to opposing defenses, there should be more room for Tavon Austin to utilize his blinding speed in. He's the only player worth rostering in the league's worst pass offense, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Avoid all St. Louis pass-catchers.

 

NFC NORTH: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Depth Charts

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Solid Packers Randall Cobb James Jones Davante Adams Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery
Solid Lions Calvin Johnson Golden Tate Lance Moore N/A
Solid Bears Alshon Jeffery Eddie Royal Marquess Wilson Kevin White
Questionable Vikings Stefon Diggs Mike Wallace Jarius Wright N/A

 

James Jones has such a remarkable rapport with Aaron Rodgers that it's impossible to ignore him in fantasy--he'll be a low-end WR2 every week from here on out. Randall Cobb has been supremely disappointing in the last couple of weeks, but I think a large part of that has to do with his nagging shoulder injury. He's had two weeks to heal up, and I expect him to return to the elite tier of wide receivers soon. Davante Adams should be back this week as well, and he's worth a flex play as an Aaron Rodgers pass-catcher.

Calvin Johnson is no longer a fantasy superstar, but he is definitely still a high-end WR2 on a weekly basis. With a new coaching regime in place the Lions may experience a Miami-esque renaissance, and I have high expectations for Megatron and Golden Tate in the second half of the fantasy season.

The Bears under Jay Cutler are significantly better, and Alshon Jeffery proved just how big an impact he can make on a weekly basis, erupting with eight catches for 147 yards and a score in Week 6. The Bears should be much healthier and prepared coming off the bye, and while Royal and Wilson are worth rostering I'm not starting either as long as Jeffery is healthy.

Stefon Diggs looks like a legitimate superstar, as he has had three amazing weeks in a row now (19 catches for 324 yards and a touchdown in total). He has been leading the team in targets each week and seems to be Teddy Bridgewater's receiver of choice, making him a legitimate WR2. He is the only Vikins wide receiver worth owning at the moment, as Charles Johnson is simply a non-factor at this point.

 

NFC SOUTH: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR)

Baller Stability Rating Team
Name
Primary Wide Receiver (WR1) Second Wide Receiver (WR2) WR3 & Longshots Dynasty Value
Questionable Saints Brandin Cooks Willie Snead Marques Colston Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead
Questionable Falcons Julio Jones Leonard Hankerson Roddy White N/A
Volatile Panthers Ted Ginn Jr. Brenton Bersin Philly Brown Devin Funchess, Kelvin Benjamin
Solid Buccaneers Mike Evans Vincent Jackson (INJ) Donteea Dye Mike Evans

 

Just when everyone was ready to write off Brandin Cooks, he's become fantasy-relevant again. He nearly doubled Willie Snead's target total in Week 7 (13 to seven) and has seemingly become Drew Brees' favorite target once again. The situation is worth monitoring, but for now it looks like Cooks is a low-end WR2 and Snead has become no more than a strong flex play.

The Falcons situation is simple--there's Julio Jones, and that's pretty much it. After a couple impressive performances, Leonard Hankerson has been disappointing. Roddy White is old and not fantasy-relevant at this point in his career.

The Panthers just won't stop winning. With that being said, there's still nobody in this receiving corps I feel comfortable starting. Ted Ginn is technically leading them in fantasy points, but he's done that with 18 total catches on the season. Cam Newton is still finding a way to be a QB1, but that's mostly due to his rushing totals and an undeniable rapport with tight end Greg Olsen.

Mike Evans was drafted as a WR1 in most leagues, and he finally rewarded patient owners with a 8-164-1 line. With Vincent Jackon expected to miss a few weeks with a knee injury and third receiver Louis Murphy done for the knee with an ACL injury, it should be the Mike Evans show in Tampa Bay. Donteea Dye should see an expanded role, but until we see how he's utilized he's not fantasy-relevant.

 

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