Fantasy Player Projections

Wide Receivers
1coltsReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

9 rec, 111 yards, rec TD

Wayne ranks among the top three receivers in targets, yards per catch and yards per game. The Titans' defense ranks near the bottom in touchdown passes allowed, team sacks and opposing QB Rating. This matchup favors the Colts' passing game, and will provide a big payoff for Wayne.

2broncosDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

8 rec, 110 yards, rec TD

Thomas leads the Broncos with 542 receiving yards this season on 32 catches and has three touchdowns. The playmaker continues to be one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets and should have a huge day against the 30th-ranked Saints pass defense.

3bearsBrandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

6 rec, 109 yards, rec TD

Marshall has now caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games, and he has caught at least one pass of 20 or more yards in all but one game this season. This is only the beginning for Marshall and Jay Cutler. Big things are in store for Week 8.

4packersJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

6 rec, 95 yards, rec TD

Here is Nelson's stat line from the past two weeks: nine catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns, eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. We like where this is going. Play on.

5patriotsWes Welker

Wes Welker

7 rec, 95 yards, rec TD

Welker caught six passes for 66 yards in Week 7 against the Jets, and he continues to be one of Tom Brady's favorite targets. The Rams are a decent defense, but not good enough to hold Welker down.

6giantsVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

5 rec, 91 yards, rec TD

The league's hottest receiver has caught six passes in each of his three career games against Dallas. Dallas doesn't allow many yards through the air, so expect the Giants to move Cruz around in order to find favorable matchups.

7vikingsPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

7 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

The Cardinals did a decent job holding Harvin in check in Week 7, allowing just four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed twice for 10 yards. Harvin's speed will be put on display against an erratic Bucs pass defense in Week 8.

8raidersDenarius Moore

Denarius Moore

7 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Moore caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars in Week 7. He now has a touchdown catch in three of his past four games, and he should have another nice game against the Chiefs' weak pass defense.

9eaglesJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

7 rec, 88 yards, rec TD

Maclin torched Atlanta in the teams' last meeting, catching 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to match those gaudy numbers, but he'll do well.

10steelersMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

4 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

Wallace has been sluggish for much of October. Perhaps a date with Washington will help. The Redskins are one of six NFL defenses allowing 8.0 or more yards per passing attempt. That's good news for Wallace, who loves to make plays down the field.

11broncosEric Decker

Eric Decker

7 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

While Demaryius Thomas leads the Broncos in receiving yardage, Decker leads the team in receptions with 34, and he has just as many touchdown catches (three). Decker and Thomas will have big games against the Saints' bottom-five pass defense.

12falconsRoddy White

Roddy White

5 rec, 82 yards, rec TD

White hasn't produced a bad week yet this season, and only seven receivers have hauled in more touchdowns. White has caught four touchdowns in his last four games against Philadelphia.

13buccaneersVincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Jackson broke out with seven catches for 218 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. A big game was expected -- but not that big. Even without the 95-yard touchdown catch, he still had a big day. He's a good WR2 in Week 8 at Minnesota.

14ramsBrandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Gibson caught five passes for 60 yards against Green Bay, and quarterback Sam Bradford continues to target him a lot with Danny Amendola still sidelined. The Patriots could force the Rams to throw the ball a lot in Week 8, making Gibson an interesting fantasy play.

15dolphinsBrian Hartline

Brian Hartline

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Hartline leads the Dolphins with 29 catches for 514 yards through six games. While most of that was done in one game, Hartline remains one of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite targets, making him a good WR2/3 in PPR leagues.

16raidersDarrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

5 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

DHB caught four passes for 85 yards against the Jaguars in Week 7. His speed is unquestioned, but he needs to start breaking more big plays to help fantasy owners. The Chiefs aren't great against the pass, so Heyward-Bey is a decent play this week.

17saintsMarques Colston

Marques Colston

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Colston caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 7. He continues to turn the heat up, and owners can consider him a top-15 wide receiver right now.

18cardinalsLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Fitzgerald caught four passes for just 29 yards in Week 7, as the Vikings shut him down. Despite the down week and a tough upcoming opponent, Fitzgerald should see better numbers against the Niners.

19chiefsDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

6 rec, 79 yards, rec TD

Bowe leads the Chiefs with 34 catches, 427 receiving yards and three touchdowns after six games. He remains a solid fantasy starter in Week 8 against the Raiders, who have allowed 11 passing touchdowns, compared to just three interceptions.

20packersJames Jones

James Jones

5 rec, 78 yards, rec TD

Jones didn't catch multiple touchdowns in Week 7 as he had in Weeks 4, 5 and 6, but he did lead the Packers in targets with 10. He had 132 yards receiving when Green Bay last played the Jaguars in 2008.

21steelersAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

6 rec, 78 yards, rec TD

Brown has been held to fewer than 70 yards just once this season, but he has also only found the end zone once, and fantasy owners are growing impatient. A game against Washington's woeful secondary couldn't have come at a better time.

22jetsJeremy Kerley

Jeremy Kerley

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Kerley blew up with a big game against the Patriots, catching seven passes for 120 yards in Week 7. He should have a nice game against the Dolphins, too, considering they rank in the bottom-five in passing yards allowed.

23saintsLance Moore

Lance Moore

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Moore led the Saints with nine catches for 121 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 7. Moore's big game can be partially credited to tight end Jimmy Graham's absence due to injury. Even so, Moore is a decent play in Week 8 against Denver.

24lionsCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

5 rec, 73 yards, rec TD

The Bears eliminated the league's top receiver from the equation Monday night, holding Johnson to 34 yards. Now, Johnson must do battle with a Seattle secondary that has given up just six touchdowns in seven games.

25cowboysMiles Austin

Miles Austin

4 rec, 71 yards, rec TD

New York did a nice job of neutralizing Austin in Week 1, save the 34-yard circus-grab touchdown that put the game out of reach. Miles remains the Cowboys' best (and only) big-play weapon, averaging 17.1 yards for a receiving corps in which no one else averages 12.0 or higher.

26patriotsBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

6 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Lloyd had one catch for six yards against the Jets, but he was targeted eight times. He was blanketed in coverage, but he should rebound in Week 8 at St. Louis -- his former team for a short while.

2749ersMario Manningham

Mario Manningham

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

A shoulder injury kept Manningham out of the Niners' Week 7 contest against the Seahawks, but he will have had 10 days to heal up for a Week 8 game against Arizona. When healthy, he has become a very good WR3 in most formats.

28packersRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

4 rec, 61 yards, rec TD

Cobb's touch count has grown the last two weeks, and it's no surprise that his fantasy production has, too. The Packers will continue to make him a focal point -- possibly even giving him more carries -- and Cobb will continue to make fantasy owners happy as a No. 3 wide receiver or flex option.

29chargersMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Floyd leads the Chargers in both receptions (25) and receiving yards (418), but has just one touchdown this season. It's tough to predict touchdowns, however, so stick with Floyd as a WR2/3 against the Browns in Week 8.

30seahawksSidney Rice

Sidney Rice

5 rec, 58 yards, rec TD

The Lions' defense has allowed 100-yard games to Jeremy Maclin and Nate Washington. Rice is among the worst No. 1 receivers in the league, but he just might pull a few tricks out of his hat this week.

31brownsGreg Little

Greg Little

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Little led the Browns with six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. He looks better than he did earlier in the season, and it appears that he's progressing because of the development of the rookie quarterback, running back and receiver around him.

32redskinsSantana Moss

Santana Moss

4 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

Moss showed last week he can still catch and run, but his fumble at the end of the game proved deadly. No matter. He has become one of Robert Griffin III's favorite weapons, and his role in this offense will only increase now that Fred Davis has been shelved for the season.

33panthersBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

2 rec, 33 yards, rec TD

Some weeks LaFell falls behind Louis Murphy in the pecking order. Carolina's passing game is a mess at the moment, and LaFell has been far too inconsistent for fantasy owners to trust. He scored in Week 7 and could again in Week 8, but he could also disappear. He's a risk.

34panthersSteve Smith

Steve Smith

6 rec, 69 yards

Smith is seeing plenty of footballs (47 targets) -- he just isn't finding the end zone. Part of that is due to inefficiency in the passing game, as the Panthers have attempted 23 passes inside the red zone but have thrown almost as many interceptions as touchdowns there. Smith's stock has dropped considerably from last year.

35ramsChris Givens

Chris Givens

6 rec, 65 yards

Givens caught three passes for 73 yards against the Packers in Week 7. He now has seven catches for 209 receiving yards in his past three games. The Rams might have to throw against the Pats.

36eaglesDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

4 rec, 62 yards

Jackson has rarely been a model of consistency, but consider this: He's been targeted nine times in five of six starts, seeing eight targets in the other contest. Because of this, his catch and yardage totals have been predictable, although fantasy owners would love to see more scores.

37brownsJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

4 rec, 60 yards

While Gordon caught just two passes against the Colts in Week 7, he still led the Browns in receiving yards with 59. Gordon continues to prove that he's a playmaker in his rookie season and he has earned WR3 or flex status.

38jetsStephen Hill

Stephen Hill

5 rec, 60 yards

Hill had four catches for 55 yards at New England in Week 7, but the rookie wide receiver is still having a tough time owning a larger part of the Jets offense. The Dolphins have a pretty bad pass defense, though, which could bode well for the big youngster.

3949ersMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

5 rec, 60 yards

Crabtree caught four passes for 31 yards against Seattle in Week 7, and he now has seven catches for just 57 yards in his past two games. He's a better play in PPR leagues, since he does most of his action between the 20s.

40cardinalsAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

5 rec, 60 yards

Roberts led the Cardinals in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (103) against the Vikings in Week 7. He also scored a touchdown and continues to be an erratic fantasy play each week. The 49ers are too tough to consider starting Roberts against.

41falconsJulio Jones

Julio Jones

4 rec, 59 yards

The Eagles held Calvin Johnson in check for three quarters and took Mike Wallace out of the contest the week prior. Jones could be their next victim.

42jaguarsCecil Shorts

Cecil Shorts

5 rec, 58 yards

A pair of deep balls, including one that went for a Week 7 touchdown, has allowed Shorts to lead Jacksonville in receiving in each of the past two weeks. He's not a No. 1 receiver, but he's filling that role in Jacksonville for now.

43redskinsLeonard Hankerson

Leonard Hankerson

4 rec, 57 yards

Pierre Garcon is not expected back until after the Redskins' bye week, making Hankerson the team's No. 1 receiver. Last week that added up to eight targets and 70 yards. This week yards will be tougher to come by.

44cowboysDez Bryant

Dez Bryant

4 rec, 57 yards

A groin injury limited Bryant's effectiveness last week, but fantasy owners may recall he was productive in the previous two games for Dallas. He also made several big catches in the first meeting against New York.

45coltsDonnie Avery

Donnie Avery

4 rec, 56 yards

Avery may be the Colts' No. 2 wide receiver, but he is a stretch in fantasy, even as a flex play. He hasn't reached the end zone since Week 1 and over the past four games he's caught just 36.1 percent (13-of-36) of the balls thrown to him.

46buccaneersMike Williams

Mike Williams

4 rec, 55 yards

Mike Williams followed up his big game with a four-catch, 36-yard performance against the Saints. Despite his breakout games, he's still more of a WR3 or flex option than reliable stud.

47chargersRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

3 rec, 55 yards

Meachem has shown flashes, but coming out of the bye week, he definitely has to be considered one of the biggest busts in free agency. He has just 12 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He's a WR3 or flex play in Week 8.

48dolphinsDavone Bess

Davone Bess

5 rec, 55 yards

Bess is second on the Dolphins with 28 catches for 388 yards in six games so far. He has yet to score this season, and the Dolphins are having a tough time scoring through the air in general. Bess should only be considered for fantasy depth.

49giantsHakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

4 rec, 51 yards

Nicks may finally be beyond the week-to-week status that plagued fantasy owners in the first half of 2012, but as we saw last week he has a ways to go before resembling the dominant player he's been in past years.

50titansNate Washington

Nate Washington

3 rec, 49 yards

Washington has gained between 43-57 yards in each of the past four weeks, with little excitement except last week's fourth-quarter touchdown catch. He is a flex consideration, but if you can afford to keep Washington on the bench we highly advise you to do so.

51chiefsDexter McCluster

Dexter McCluster

4 rec, 45 yards

McCluster caught six passes for 39 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 7. He just couldn't break off any big runs. He has had mixed success against the Raiders in the past, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere in Week 8.

52seahawksGolden Tate

Golden Tate

3 rec, 44 yards

Dropped balls put Tate in Pete Carroll's dog house for a bit, but Tate will reprise his role as the Seahawks' No. 2 receiver this week. He is not a strong fantasy play against a Detroit secondary giving up the sixth-fewest passing yards in the league, though.

53titansKenny Britt

Kenny Britt

4 rec, 43 yards

Britt still hasn't taken the big step we expect him to, and this week doesn't offer much promise. The Colts have not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 2 (Percy Harvin).

54titansKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

5 rec, 42 yards

Wright's production has slipped since Kenny Britt's return to the lineup, but the rookie remains a good possession receiver, with catch-and-run potential.

55giantsDomenik Hixon

Domenik Hixon

3 rec, 42 yards

Since setting the world on fire in Week 4 with 114 yards, Hixon's targets have declined in each of the past three weeks. It's a simple matter of too many mouths to feed, and Hixon won't get to feast any time soon.

56bearsEarl Bennett

Earl Bennett

3 rec, 41 yards

Devin Hester is starting opposite Brandon Marshall, but Bennett is the better fantasy option. He's still not a very strong one, though. Other than Marshall, stay away from Chicago's receiving corps.

57lionsRyan Broyles

Ryan Broyles

3 rec, 40 yards

The rookie finally emerged in the Lions' Monday night loss, catching his first career touchdown. He faces a touch matchup this week, but Matt Stafford seems willing to look Broyles' way.

58vikingsJerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson

4 rec, 40 yards

Simpson had a quiet day against the Cardinals in Week 7. He's coming back from injury and isn't really much of a fantasy option so far.

59lionsTitus Young

Titus Young

3 rec, 38 yards

Young will replace Nate Burleson as Detroit's No. 2 receiver, a role many believed he would have earned already. This week he'll be pestered by a physical Seattle secondary that has embarrassed receivers far better than Young.

60cowboysKevin Ogletree

Kevin Ogletree

3 rec, 38 yards

Ogletree is not a large part of the Cowboys' offense, and there doesn't appear to be anything designed for getting him touches. With Dez Bryant closer to top form, Ogletree has lost what little value he possessed.

61coltsT.Y. Hilton

T.Y. Hilton

3 rec, 34 yards

If it hadn't been for Hilton's 113-yard day against Jacksonville almost a month ago, we wouldn't bother including him in the weekly projections. Fantasy owners need to keep in mind how raw the third-round rookie is.

62jaguarsJustin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon

2 rec, 29 yards

And the award for most disappointing fantasy rookie of 2012 goes to ... Blackmon, not surprisingly, given his awful first half of the season. Even with Laurent Robinson sidelined, Blackmon still has been unable to find relevance in this offense. He's a non-factor for fantasy owners.

63steelersEmmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders

2 rec, 29 yards

Sanders is small potatoes, a slot receiver who doesn't make enough big plays to warrant attention from fantasy owners. He has caught just three balls of 20 or more yards, averages 11.9 yards per catch and has yet to find the end zone.

6449ersRandy Moss

Randy Moss

2 rec, 20 yards

Moss caught just one pass for 14 yards against Seattle despite Mario Manningham (shoulder) being unable to play. Moss is a big name, but not a name you want on your fantasy roster.

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