Koerner’s Week 8 Fantasy Football WR Tiers: Can You Trust Odell Beckham vs. Redskins?

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13).

  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 8 wide receiver tiers.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my wide receiver tiers for Week 7 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Koerner’s Wide Receiver Tiers

Tier 1
Adam Thielen (vs. NO)
Antonio Brown (vs. CLE)
DeAndre Hopkins (vs. MIA)
A.J. Green (vs. TB)
Tyreek Hill (vs. DEN)

A.J. Green joins the Tier 1 party, as he is in an absolute smash spot against the Buccaneers this week.

Tier 2
Michael Thomas (@ MIN)
Davante Adams (@ LAR)
Odell Beckham (vs. WAS)

Odell erupted for a 8/143/1 game in Week 7. Look for him to keep rolling in Week 8 vs. Washington. I may be looking to sell high on him soon.

I’m a little worried that Odell could come unraveled in Week 15-16 (aka the fantasy playoffs) if the Giants continue to lose.

Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ted Ginn Jr. and Michael Thomas

Tier 3
JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. CLE)
Robert Woods (vs. GB)
Brandin Cooks (vs. GB)
Stefon Diggs (vs. NO)
Mike Evans (@ CIN)

There is still no word on whether or not Cooper Kupp will be healthy enough to return Week 8. For sit/start purposes, this doesn’t really matter for Cooks/Woods, but their rank could go up even more if Kupp is ruled out again. Be sure to check my updated rankings on Sunday morning to see where they end up.

Tier 4
Emmanuel Sanders (@ KC)
Tyler Boyd (vs. TB)
Golden Tate (vs. SEA)
Jarvis Landry (@ PIT)
T.Y. Hilton (@ OAK)
Will Fuller (vs. MIA)
Kenny Golladay (vs. SEA)

Will Fuller appears to be getting closer to 100% after a solid 6/68/0 game against a stingy Jaguars defense. The Texans will be without Keke Coutee this week, which means Fuller should see a few extra targets.

Kenny Golladay’s box scores have not reflected just how good he has been lately. For the second week in a row he scored a touchdown that was called back due to a suspect penalty.

Tier 5
John Brown (@ CAR)
Julian Edelman (@ BUF) +1
Alshon Jeffery (@ JAX)
Josh Gordon (@ BUF)
Tyler Lockett (@ DET)
Doug Baldwin (@ DET)
Cooper Kupp (vs. GB)

After being low on Josh Gordon for the first six weeks, I finally called for a breakout game in Week 7. He delivered with a four-catch, 100-yard game and was on the field for 95% of the Patriots’ offensive snaps.

He is only going to get better as he learns the playbook and builds chemistry with Tom Brady. Gordon could become a borderline WR1 at times in the second half of this season.

Tier 6
Demaryius Thomas (@ KC)
DeSean Jackson (@ CIN)
Devin Funchess (vs. BAL)
Michael Crabtree (@ CAR)
Jordy Nelson (vs. IND)
Marvin Jones (vs. SEA)
Sammy Watkins (vs. DEN)
Allen Robinson (vs. NYJ)
Sterling Shepard (vs. WAS)
Robby Anderson (@ CHI)
Taylor Gabriel (vs. NYJ)
Christian Kirk (vs. SF)
Chris Godwin (@ CIN)

I’m a little hesitant to give Jordy Nelson too much of a boost with Amari Cooper’s departure. He is likely going to receive more attention on defense and draw the opposing team’s top corner more often.

I think Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Raiders trading away Cooper.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82) catches a two-point conversion to tie the game against Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Carrie (38) during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum.
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82).

Tier 7
Danny Amendola (@ HOU)
Geronimo Allison (@ LAR)
Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SF)
Nelson Agholor (@ JAX)
Donte Moncrief (vs. PHI)
Keelan Cole (vs. PHI)
Dede Westbrook (vs. PHI)
Marquise Goodwin (@ ARI)

All three Jaguars wide receivers have the same projection from me this week. It’s a weekly game of musical chairs as to which one or two return any sort of usable fantasy stats. Further muddying the waters is the rise of rookie D.J. Chark. He could start eating into the snaps of all three to a certain extent.

Additionally, with Blake Bortles finally getting benched, this is an entire situation I’m avoiding until further notice.

Tier 8
Jakeem Grant (@ HOU)
Tre’Quan Smith (@ MIN)
Martavis Bryant (vs. IND)
Jermaine Kearse (@ CHI)
Kelvin Benjamin (vs. NE)
Willie Snead (@ CAR)
Chris Hogan (@ BUF)
Courtland Sutton (@ KC)

There are some potential BYE-week streamers in this Tier. Jakeem Grant is a sneaky play with Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both out. The Amari Cooper trade gives Martavis Bryant enough of a boost to be a high-upside, dice-roll play this week.

He might have the lowest floor of anyone in this Tier, but if you are using him as a WR3 or Flex in a deeper league, I tend to be a bit riskier with those roster slots since a huge game can lock in a win, while a dud may not necessarily lose your matchup.