Fantasy Football Rankings 2015: NFL Week 8 Wide Receivers

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has scored in consecutive games. (Getty)

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has scored in consecutive games. (Getty)

Their numbers are practically identical and All-Pro selections appear to be in their future.

Wide receivers Julio Jones of the Falcons and DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans are two of the league’s best and the stats back that statement up. So who would you rather have the rest of the season, fantasy-wise? Here are their cases:

Julio Jones, Falcons — Jones burst out of the gate, but has slowed recently as the Falcons have found a running game. Jones has 58 receptions (90 targets) for 730 yards and 5 touchdowns, though just 1 over the past 4. He’ll continue to be the No. 1 target for 3-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan. You can say Julio is in a good situation.

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans — Hopkins’ numbers (58 catches, 776 yards, 5 TDs) are practically the same as Jones’ though the Texans WR gets a few more targets per game (102 total). Thing is, the Texans have no running game (just lost Arian Foster) and Brian Hoyer as their quarterback. And defenses know Hopkins is getting the ball. Yet he still gets it done.

The Choice: Give me Hopkins and his nearly 15 targets per game. Let’s face it, the Texans are going nowhere and will be playing catch-up often. Garbage points can win a lot of fantasy games. Hopkins has a legitimate shot to catch 135-140 passes this season. Jones won’t approach that as the Falcons’ offense is much more balanced. A sign of a great receiver is being able to produce regardless of who is under center. And Hopkins has shown the ability to do that.

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Bye weeks: Bills, Eagles, Jaguars and Redskins

Here are my top 50 running back rankings for Week 8:


1. Julio Jones, Falcons, vs. Buccaneers

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, vs. Titans

3. Keenan Allen, Chargers, at Ravens

4. Antonio Brown, Steelers, vs. Bengals

5. Calvin Johnson, Lions, at Chiefs (in London)

6. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, at Saints

7. Julian Edelman, Patriots, vs. Dolphins

8. A.J. Green, Bengals, at Steelers

9. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, vs. Packers

10. Brandon Marshall, Jets, at Raiders

11. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, at Browns

12. T.Y. Hilton, Colts, at Panthers

13. Alshon Jeffery, Bears, vs. Vikings

14. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins, at Patriots

15. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, vs. Packers

16. Mike Evans, Buccaneers, at Falcons

17. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs, vs. Lions (in London)

18. John Brown, Cardinals, at Browns

19. Steve Smith, Ravens, at Chargers

20. Randall Cobb, Packers, at Broncos

21. Martavis Bryant, Steelers, vs. Bengals

22. Amari Cooper, Raiders, vs. Jets

23. Stefon Diggs, Vikings, at Bears

24. Travis Benjamin, Browns, vs. Cardinals

25. Brandin Cooks, Saints, vs. Giants


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26. Kendall Wright, Titans, at Texans

27. Eric Decker, Jets, at Raiders

28. James Jones, Packers, at Broncos

29. Golden Tate, Lions, at Chiefs (in London)

30. Tavon Austin, Rams, vs. 49ers

31. Rishard Matthews, Dolphins, at Patriots

32. Nate Washington, Texans, vs. Titans

33. Anquan Boldin, 49ers, at Rams

34. Danny Amendola, Patriots, vs. Dolphins

35. Ted Ginn Jr., Panthers, vs. Colts

36. Donte Moncrief, Colts, at Panthers

37. Marvin Jones, Bengals, at Steelers

38. Michael Crabtree, Raiders, vs. Jets

39. Michael Floyd, Cardinals, at Browns

40. Willie Snead, Saints, vs. Giants

41. Brandon LaFell, Patriots, vs. Dolphins

42. Rueben Randle, Giants, at Saints

43. Roddy White, Falcons, vs. Buccaneers

44. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals, at Steelers

45. Terrance Williams, Cowboys, vs. Seahawks

46. Stevie Johnson, Chargers, at Ravens

47. Mike Wallace, Vikings, at Bears

48. Andre Johnson, Colts, at Panthers

49. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, at Cowboys

50. Jeremy Kerley, Jets, at Raiders