Cordarelle Patterson (WR, MIN) – 8% Owned
His Week 7 TD may have been a total garbage-time job, but we can’t totally write off that he’s seen at least six targets in each of Minnesota’s last three games. He’s been buried up until now for being a guy who can’t learn the full playbook, and is therefore limited to wonky gadget-type plays, but it appears they’re really trying to utilize him now. This makes him a decent boom-or-bust type in deep leagues, with a Week 8 date against Chicago likely to provide chances for booming.
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Marquise Goodwin (WR, BUF) – 7% Owned
Goodwin entered Week 7 questionable in his own right, but that was better than Robert Woods’ “Out” status. This meant that Goodwin was Buffalo’s #1 WR in their Week 7 matchup against Miami, and showed his burner speed by torching Byron Maxwell for a 67-yard TD that gave him most of his 4-93-1 line. If Woods can’t go again in Week 8, look for Goodwin to be targeted deep often in a home game against New England that will likely require Buffalo to take some shots to keep up.
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J.J. Nelson (WR, ARI) – 4% Owned
Outside of Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona WR corps really doesn’t have another bankable commodity right now. Michael Floyd is playing with his head in the clouds. John Brown is dealing with a sickle-cell related hamstring injury. Even Jaron Brown had to leave Sunday night’s game in the second quarter with a knee injury. This left little-known J.J. Nelson as the next man up, and he caught three of his seven targets for 84 yards in an ugly 6-6 SNF tie. A dream matchup against Carolina’s woeful secondary in Week 8 awaits.
Chester Rogers (WR, IND) – 2% Owned
Rogers was rolled out as Indianapolis’ #2 receiver in Week 7 against the Titans, but still only saw three targets. The role is there, but the two catches for 30 yards is less than enticing as the Colts head into a Week 8 matchup against a Chiefs defense that can definitely hang. If Philip Dorsett can go then Rogers will have no real relevance against KC, but if Rogers is the #2 again then he could be a nice dice roll if Marcus Peters shadows T.Y. Hilton.
Russell Shepard (WR, TB) – 0% Owned
It looks like Shepard really stepped up to the plate with Vincent Jackson going down, as Shep caught five of his six targets for 77 yards and a TD against San Francisco’s bottom-half defense. Tampa Bay has another great matchup on deck in Week 8 against the Raiders at home, as Oakland is one of the five-worst pass defenses in the league according to DVOA.
Davante Adams (WR, GB) – 29% Owned
Okay, no one is projecting that Adams will see 16 targets every week from here on out, but half of that is doable. His insane 13-132-2 line was glorious for anyone who started him, but Green Bay won’t always be picking on the Bears secondary in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field. Jordy Nelson will likely take back his share of the yardage. But Adams will have his days, and a Week 8 matchup in Atlanta against the NFL’s most potent offense has all the makings of a shootout.
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Ty Montgomery (WR, GB) – 25% Owned
Montgomery saw 13 targets and had nine rushes in Week 8, making for an insane 22 looks in all for Green Bay’s versatile weapon. This came after he saw 12 targets in Week 6, and he now has back-to-back 10-catch weeks. The amount of raw volume that Montgomery is getting in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense makes him a must-add in all leagues, all formats. There’s nothing cutesy anyone needs to know, no cushy matchups to be relied on for production, just good old fashioned numbers.
Quincy Enunwa (WR, NYJ) – 35% Owned
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Enunwa, but a 73-yard day with a TD will remind everyone that you are still the #2 WR on an offense that finds itself needing to sling it often. He still had to do all of that on two catches (four targets), but he looked sharp when he turned and outran the entire Ravens secondary for a long TD on Sunday. The opportunity should be there against a horrible Browns defense in Week 8. You could do worse. A ringing endorsement, I know.
Brandon LaFell (WR, CIN) – 31% Owned
LaFell has now scored four TDs in his last three games, with Week 7’s 83 yards being his highest total since Week 1 (91). So what’s this all mean looking forward? The bad news is that Tyler Eifert will only be another week healthier in Week 8, but the good news is that Josh Norman is concussed and even if he’s okay, A.J. Green should absorb most of his attention. Washington entered Week 7 dead last in FootballOutsiders' DVOA metric against opposing #2 WRs, meaning LaFell has as good a matchup as it gets.
Kenny Stills (WR, MIA) – 25% Owned
He’s basically providing a lighter version of DeSean Jackson and Ted Ginn, but has actually been more “boom” than “bust” lately (especially compared to those two). He averages less than five targets a week and barely over two catches, but three of his seven games have resulted in a nice long TD for his owners. This was no more apparent than in Week 7 when he hauled in a 66-yard TD where both defenders collided into one another, leaving him free to trot into the end zone. He’ll be a nice roulette-wheel spin in Week 9 against a vulnerable Jets secondary.
Marqise Lee (WR, JAX) – 11% Owned
This may come as a surprise, but Lee has seen at least six targets in each of Jacksonville’s last five games. He has topped 60 yards in three of those five games. While he has yet to score a touchdown, this latest seven-catch, 107-yard effort is likely one that will have many fantasy owners wondering what to do about him. It’s tough to bank on Blake Bortles right now, and it’s even tougher to project that Allen Robinson’s market share of the production will remain this low, but Lee is still a nice deep-league PPR grab.