Fantasy Football: Week 5 Rankings

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Prepare yourself for the bye week. The Falcons, Broncos, Saints, and Redskins are off this week, and with a quarter of the season already done, this is where potential playoff berths become reality. With four of the NFL’s top offenses resting, you’ll likely be missing a key player or two. The waiver wire is your pal, but so are this week’s rankings. There’s plenty of favorable match ups to go around (Vikings/Bears, Jets/Browns, anyone?) and with a few more injuries on the board, expect plenty of upsets. Here’s everthing you need to know ahead of Week 5:

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As a real-life quarterback, Matthew Stafford is an alright guy. As a fantasy option, though, he’s definitely the villain. “What to Make of Matt” could easily be a movie title, but you just get the feeling he’ll finally throw for over 300 yards one day soon. So far this season he’s managed fewer fantasy points than Eli Manning, and on Sunday, things might get worse. The Panthers are tied for fourth in the league in sacks this year after registering three sacks and seven hits on Tom Brady last week. This could be the kinda game where Matt needs some magic late in the fourth, which we all know he’s more than capable of.

Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Aaron Rodgers GB @DAL
 2 Tom Brady NE @TB
 3 Dak Prescott  DAL vs. GB
 4 Russell Wilson  SEA @LAR
 5 Cam Newton  CAR @DET
 6 Jameis Winston TB vs. NE
 7 Matthew Stafford DET vs. CAR
 8 Ben Roethlisberger  PIT vs. JAC
 9 Andy Dalton CIN vs. BUF
 10 Marcus Mariota (Q) TEN @MIA
 11 Carson Wentz PHI vs. ARI
 12 Phillip Rivers LAC @NYG
 13 Carson Palmer ARI @PHI
 14 Alex Smith KC @HOU
 15 DeShaun Watson HOU vs. KC
 16 Jared Goff LAR vs. SEA
 17 Tyrod Taylor BUF @CIN
 18 Eli Manning  NYG vs. LAC
 19 Joe Flacco BAL @OAK
 20 Jacoby Brissett IND vs. SF
 21 Case Keenum MIN @CHI
 22 DeShone Kizer CLE vs. NYJ
 23 Brian Hoyer SF @IND
 24 Jay Cutler MIA vs. TEN
 25 Blake Bortles JAC @PIT
 26 Josh McCown  NYJ @CLE
 27 Mitchell Trubisky CHI vs. MIN
 28 E.J. Manuel OAK vs. BAL

Running Backs

In other NFC North news, Ameer Abdullah is also a FLEX play you’ll want to consider. He’s one of four running backs to have at least 14 carries in all four games so far, and since the Lions’ offensive line has allowed the third most hurries this season (50), you have to be encouraged by what’s on paper and what’s on the field.

Rank PlayerTeam  Opponent
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT vs. JAC
2 Todd Gurley  LAR vs. SEA
3 Kareem Hunt KC  @HOU
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. GB
5 Melvin Gordon (Q) LAC @NYG
6 Leonard Fournette JAC @PIT
7 LeSean McCoy BUF @CIN
8 Carlos Hyde (Q) SF @IND
9 Jordan Howard  CHI  vs. MIN
10 Christian McCaffrey CAR @DET
11 Marshawn Lynch OAK vs. BAL
12 DeMarco Murray TEN @MIA
13 Lamar Miller HOU vs. KC
14 Frank Gore IND vs. SF
15 Ameer Abdullah DET vs. CAR
16 Mike Gillislee NE @TB 
17 Bilal Powell  NYJ @CLE
18 Jay Ajayi  MIA vs. TEN
19 LeGarrette Blount PHI vs. ARI 
20 James White NE @TB
21 Joe Mixon  CIN vs. BUF
22 Doug Martin TB vs. NE
23 Jonathan Stewart CAR @DET
24 Latavius Murray MIN @CHI
25 Duke Johnson Jr.  CLE  vs. NYJ
26 Ty Montgomery (Q) GB @DAL
27 Wendell Smallwood PHI vs. ARI
28 Derrick Henry  TEN @MIA
29 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. MIN
30 Eddie Lacy SEA @LAR
31 Isaiah Crowell  CLE vs. NYJ
32 Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. NE 
33 Terrance West  BAL @OAK
34 Theo Riddick  DET vs. CAR
35 Javorious Allen BAL @OAK
36 Chris Johnson  ARI @PHI
37 Alex Collins BAL @OAK
38 Aaron Jones GB @DAL
39 Wayne Gallman NYG vs. LAC
40 D’Onta Foreman  HOU vs. KC
41 Giovani Bernard  CIN vs. BUF
42 Andre Ellington ARI @PHI
43 Shane Vereen NYG vs. LAC
44 Chris Ivory   JAC @PIT
45 Mike Tolbert  BUF @CIN
46 Jerick McKinnon  MIN @CHI
47 Orleans Darkwa NYG vs. LAC
48 Robert Turbin  IND vs. SF
49 Charles Sims TB vs. NE
50Elijah McGuire NYJ @CLE

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown finds himself outside the Top 3 this week, mainly because the Jaguars’ defense is pretty killer in the air. A.J. Green is also in for a tough matchup this week, against… wait, do I have this right, the Bills?! Buffalo is somehow 3-1, and if you’re wondering why, it’s because the longest pass play the Bills’ defense has allowed this season is 39 yards. If they can shut down Green and keep him humble, we might finally be able to get serious about them, y’know, beating out the Patriots this year.

Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Jordy Nelson GB @DAL
 2 A.J. Green  CIN vs. BUF
 3 Mike Evans TB vs. NE
 4 Antonio Brown  PIT vs. JAC
 5 Odell Beckham Jr. (Q) NYG vs. LAC
 6 Dez Bryant DAL vs. GB
 7 Brandin Cooks NE @TB
 8 Stefon Diggs MIN @CHI
 9 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @PHI
 10 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
 11 Doug Baldwin  SEA @LAR
 12 Tyreek Hill KC @HOU
 13 Davante Adams (Q) GB @DAL
 14 Amari Cooper OAK vs. BAL
 15 Keenan Allen  LAC @NYG
 16 Alshon Jeffery PHI vs. ARI
 17 T.Y. Hilton  IND vs. SF
 18 Jarvis Landry MIA vs. TEN
 19 Golden Tate DET vs. CAR
 20 Chris Hogan  NE @TB
 21 Adam Thielen MIN @CHI
 22 DeSean Jackson TB vs. NE
 23 Kelvin Benjamin  CAR @DET
 24 Martavis Bryant PIT vs. JAC
 25 Sammy Watkins  LAR vs. SEA
 26 DeVante Parker MIA vs. TEN
 27 Pierre Garcon  SF @IND
 28 Michael Crabtree (Q) OAK vs. BAL
 29 Rishard Matthews TEN @MIA
 30 Devin Funchess CAR @DET
 31 Jeremy Maclin  BAL @OAK
 32 Randall Cobb  GB @DAL
 33 Jaron Brown ARI @PHI
 34 Jermaine Kearse NYJ @CLE
 35 Nelson Agholor PHI vs. ARI
 36 Tyrell Williams  LAC @NYG
 37 Eric Decker TEN @MIA
 38 Sterling Shepard NYG vs. LAC
 39 Allen Hurns JAC @PIT
 40 Kenny Britt CLE vs. NYJ
 41 Marvin Jones Jr. DET vs. CAR
 42 Cooper Kupp  LAR vs. SEA
 43 Danny Amendola  NE @TB
 44 Donte Moncrief  IND vs. SF
 45 J.J. Nelson  ARI @PHI
 46 Mike Wallace BAL @OAK
 47 Robby Anderson  NYJ @CLE
 48 Brandon Marshall  NYG vs. LAC
 49 Paul Richardson  SEA @LAR
 50 Cole Beasley DAL vs. GB

Tight Ends

So many names to be excited about. Two that really stand out this week are Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. The Giants have allowed 299 yards and four touchdowns to tight ends this season and were completely mauled by Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard last week. It’s no secret that the Giants’ doughnut defense is a liability, but if you’re currently playing tight end roulette, adding Hunter (who is available in 45% of leagues) could be a clever move.

Rank  Player Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @TB
2 Travis Kelce KC @HOU
3 Zach Ertz PHI vs. ARI
4 Charles Clay  BUF @CIN
5 Jimmy Graham SEA @LAR
6  Kyle Rudolph MIN @CHI
7 Evan Engram NYG vs. LAC
8 Delanie Walker  TEN @MIA
9 Jack Doyle (Q) IND vs. SF
10 Jason Witten DAL vs. GB
11 Martellus Bennett GB @DAK
12 Jared Cook  OAK vs. BAL
13 Cameron Brate  TB vs. NE
14 Zach Miller   CHI vs. MIN
14 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @CLE
15 Eric Ebron DET vs. CAR
16 Jesse James  PIT vs. JAC
17 Hunter Henry  LAC @NYG
18 Benjamin Watson   BAL @OAK
19 Julius Thomas MIA @TEN
20 Jermaine Gresham ARI @PHI
21 Antonio Gates LAC @NYG
22 Tyler Kroft CIN vs. BUF
23 Ryan Griffin  HOU vs. KC
24 O.J. Howard TB vs. NE
25 Ed Dickson  CAR @DET


 Rank Team  Opponent
 1 Minnesota Vikings @CHI
 2 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. JAC
 3 Buffalo Bills @CIN
 4 Baltimore Ravens @OAK
 5 Kansas City Chiefs @HOU
 6 Seattle Seahawks @LAR
 7 Philadelphia Eagles vs. ARI
 8 Detroit Lions vs. CAR
 9 New York Jets @CLE
 10 Jacksonville Jaguars @PIT


Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Justin Tucker BAL @OAK
 2 Stephen Gostkowski NE @TB
 3 Dan Bailey DAL vs. GB
 4 Matt Prater DET vs. CAR
 5 Mason Crosby  GB @DAL
 6 Jake Elliot PHI vs. ARI
 7 Greg Zuerlein  LAR vs. SEA
 8 Graham Gano  CAR @DET
 9 Adam Vinatieri  IND vs. SF
 10 Ryan Succop TEN @MIA
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