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Fantasy Football: Week 8 wide receiver rankings

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Alex Butler
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Williams Jackson (22) breaks up the pass to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schhuster (19) during the first half of play on October 14 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Photo by John Sommers II /UPI
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Williams Jackson (22) breaks up the pass to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schhuster (19) during the first half of play on October 14 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Photo by John Sommers II /UPI | License Photo

Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Adam Thielen, A.J. Green, Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams lead my top 50 wide receiver rankings for Week 8 of the 2018 fantasy football season.

Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown, Robert Woods, Odell Beckham Jr. and JuJu Smith-Schuster also land in my top 10 at the position.

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The Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans have byes this week, meaning you should bench stud wide receivers from those squads. That also means the wide receiver pool is a bit watered down in Week 8, opening up some typically lower-ranked players for bigger perfomances.

You can also check out my top add/drops from the waiver wire for Week 8 if you are needy at the position.

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Here are my Top 50 options at the position this week.

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Thielen is my No. 1 wide receiver for Week 8. He is on a ridiculous streak, including seven consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards to start the season. He also has five touchdowns, including a score in each of his last four games. He is a high-end WR1 for the rest of the season, but should explode in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints, a defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Green is my No. 2 option at the position for Week 8. The Cincinnati Bengals star also has five touchdowns on the season. He went off for a season-high 117 yards and seven catches in week 7 and now faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a unit allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

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Woods is my No. 8 option at wide receiver. The Los Angeles Rams target has a matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who are one of six teams to have allowed at least 10 receiving scores to wide receivers on the season. Woods already has 602 yards on the season and should be heavily involved again against the Packers in a game that I think will be a shootout.

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Smith-Schuster is another WR1 option in Week 8. The Pittsburgh Steelers star has a matchup agains the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the third-most receiving yards to wide receivers this season. Smith-Schuster picked up at least 100 receiving yards in four his his sex starts this season. He is my No. 10 option at the position.

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is my No. 17 option for Week 8, landing in WR2 territory. Hilton went off for two scores in Week 7 and now has four touchdowns on the season. I expect his connection with Luck to ignite again in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, a unit tied for allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

RANKNAMETEAMOPPONENT
1Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikingsvs. NO
2A.J. GreenCincinnati Bengalsvs. TB
3Tyreek HillKansas City Chiefsvs. DEN
4DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texansvs. MIA
5Davante AdamsGreen Bay Packersat LAR
6Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saintsat MIN
7Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelersvs. CLE
8Robert WoodsLos Angeles Ramsvs. GB
9Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giantsvs. WAS
10JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelersvs. CLE
11Stefon DiggsMinnesota Vikingsvs. NO
12Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneersat CIN
13Brandin CooksLos Angeles Ramsvs. GB
14Emmanuel SandersDenver Broncosat KC
15Tyler BoydCincinnati Bengalsvs. TB
16Jarvis LandryCleveland Brownsat PIT
17T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Coltsat OAK
18Josh GordonNew England Patriotsat BUF
19Alshon JefferyPhiladelphia Eaglesat JAX
20Golden TateDetroit Lionsvs. SEA
21Will FullerHouston Texansvs. MIA
22Doug BaldwinSeattle Seahawksat DET
23Kenny GolladayDetroit Lionsvs. SEA
24Michael CrabtreeBaltimore Ravensat CAR
25John BrownBaltimore Ravensat CAR
26Julian EdelmanNew England Patriotsat BUF
27Marvin JonesDetroit Lionsvs. SEA
28DeSean JacksonTampa Bay Buccaneersat CIN
29Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneersat CIN
30Tyler LockettSeattle Seahawksat DET
31Allen RobinsonChicago Bearsvs. NYJ
32Demaryius ThomasDenver Broncosat KC
33Devin FunchessCarolina Panthersvs. BAL
34Sterling ShepardNew York Giantsvs. WAS
35Robby AndersonNew York Jetsat CHI
36Jordy NelsonOakland Raidersvs. IND
37Sammy WatkinsKansas City Chiefsvs. DEN
38Keelan ColeJacksonville Jaguarsvs. PHI
39Taylor GabrielChicago Bearsvs. NYJ
40Marquise GoodwinSan Francisco 49ersat AZ
41Martavis BryantOakland Raidersvs. IND
42Christian KirkArizona Cardinalsvs. SF
43Dede WestbrookJacksonville Jaguarsvs. PHI
44Geronimo AllisonGreen Bay Packersat LAR
45Tre'Quan SmithNew Orleans Saintsat MIN
46Nelson AgholorPhiladelphia Eaglesat JAX
47Randall CobbGreen Bay Packersat LAR
48Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinalsvs. SF
49Chester RogersIndianapolis Coltsat OAK
50Jakeem GrantMiami Dolphinsat HOU

Allen Robinson is my No. 31 option this week. The Chicago Bears pass-catcher had just one catch in Week 7, but has a tasty matchup here against the New York Jets. The Jets are tied for allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the position. Robinson is a dart-throw WR3 due to his matchup.

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