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Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

These rankings will be updated throughout the week up until Sunday at 1 PM ET for injuries or other reasons. [Note: our rankings are for standard (non-PPR) leagues, but you can simply move guys up or down based on whether or not they are expected to catch passes]



1. Tom Brady (@ TB)

2. Aaron Rodgers (@ DAL)

3. Dak Prescott (v GB)

4. Russell Wilson (@ LAR)

5. Jameis Winston (v NE)

6. Cam Newton (@ DET)

7. Matthew Stafford (v CAR)

8. Deshaun Watson (v KC)

9. Carson Palmer (@ PHI)

10. Sam Bradford (@ CHI)

11. Philip Rivers (@ NYG)

12. Carson Wentz (v ARI)

13. Alex Smith (@ HOU)

14. Ben Roethlisberger (v JAC)

15. Tyrod Taylor (@ CIN)

16. Eli Manning (v LAC)

17. Jared Goff (v SEA)

18. Andy Dalton (v BUF)

19. Jay Cutler (v TEN)

20. Joe Flacco (@ OAK)

21. Jacoby Brissett (v SF)

22. Brian Hoyer (@ IND)

23. Josh McCown (@ CLE)

24. Matt Cassel (@ MIA)

25. DeShone Kizer (v NYJ)


Since Week 1, Tom Brady is throwing for 377 yards per game with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions… Expect a high-scoring game between Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott in a playoff rematch… Jameis Winston can always make boneheaded mistakes that cost you, but New England can’t stop anyone right now… Marcus Mariota needs to be in lineups against Miami if he’s healthy… Cam Newton looked a lot better because of his opponent, but also because he practiced more during the week; expect that to continue… Deshaun Watson has been phenomenal since taking over as the starter, and we get a great look at him in primetime this Sunday night… Carson Palmer has a great matchup, but the offensive line holding up is a concern on the road… Sam Bradford is a streaming option if he’s active… Ben Roethlisberger is back at home, but it’s against the Jaguars… Seattle’s defense isn’t as scary as previous years, but it might be safer to move away from Jared Goff with his upcoming schedule.


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1. Le’Veon Bell (v JAC)

2. Ezekiel Elliott (v GB)

3. Kareem Hunt (@ HOU)

4. Todd Gurley (v SEA)

5. Jay Ajayi (v TEN)

6. Carlos Hyde (@ IND)

7. Melvin Gordon (@ NYG)

8. Leonard Fournette (@ PIT)

9. Jordan Howard (v MIN)

10. LeSean McCoy (@ CIN)

11. Christian McCaffrey (@ DET)

12. DeMarco Murray (@ MIA)

13. Mike Gillislee (@ TB)

14. Lamar Miller (v KC)

15. Joe Mixon (v BUF)

16. Latavius Murray (@ CHI)

17. Ameer Abdullah (v CAR)

18. Aaron Jones (@ DAL)

19. Bilal Powell (@ CLE)

20. Doug Martin (v NE)

21. Frank Gore (v SF)

22. LeGarrette Blount (v ARI)

23. Wayne Gallman (v LAC)

24. Eddie Lacy (@ LAR)

25. James White (@ TB)

26. Marshawn Lynch (v BAL)

27. Tarik Cohen (v MIN)

28. Thomas Rawls (@ LAR)

29. Jonathan Stewart (@ DET)

30. Isaiah Crowell (v NYJ)

31. Derrick Henry (@ MIA)

32. Jerick McKinnon (@ CHI)

33. Duke Johnson (v NYJ)

34. Andre Ellington (@ PHI)

35. Jamaal Williams (@ DAL)

36. Javorius Allen (@ OAK)

37. Alex Collins (@ OAK)

38. Chris Johnson (@ PHI)

39. Elijah McGuire (@ CLE)

40. Jalen Richard (v BAL)

41. Giovani Bernard (v BUF)

42. Corey Clement (v ARI)

43. Shane Vereen (v LAC)

44. Terrance West (@ OAK)

45. Chris Ivory (@ PIT)

46. Theo Riddick (v CAR)

47. D’Onta Foreman (v KC)

48. Jacquizz Rodgers (v NE)

49. J.D. McKissic (@ LAR)

50. Dion Lewis (@ TB)

51. Jeremy Hill (v BUF)

52. Matt Breida (@ IND)

53. DeAndre Washington (v BAL)

54. Robert Turbin (v SF)

55. Mike Tolbert (@ CIN)

56. Orleans Darkwa (v LAC

57. James Conner (v JAC)

58. Kenyan Drake (v TEN)

59. Kenjon Barner (v ARI)

60. Marlon Mack (v SF)


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We knew a monster game was coming from Le’Veon Bell sooner or later, and the Steelers should stay on the ground against Jacksonville this week… Jay Ajayi needs some running lanes, but it’s impossible to take him out of the lineup… Carlos Hyde is a solid RB1 option against the Colts as the 49ers seek their first win of the season… Like Pittsburgh, the Jags are going to stay on the ground this Sunday; Leonard Fournette handled 28 touches last week… Ty Montgomery is more of a low-end RB1 because of his rib injury, and Aaron Jones would get a huge boost if he’s inactive… Christian McCaffrey might already be the best decoy in the league; things will open up for him soon… Ameer Abdullah gets a tough matchup this week, but he’s an every-week RB2 that’s tending up after converting a goal-line score in Week 4… The expectation is that Latavius Murray will takeover as the lead back for Minnesota, but Jerick McKinnon will be involved, too… Bilal Powell was helped by a fluky touchdown run, but he’s a low-end RB2 against the Browns; hopefully he gets 20+ touches again… Doug Martin is risky in his first game back from suspension, but Tampa Bay needs all the help they can get against the somehow 2-2 Patriots… LeGarrette Blount has looked really good when Philadelphia sticks with the run… Wayne Gallman is clearly the best running back on the roster for the Giants… Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy are both worth adds if they were dropped, but Rawls is probably the preferred pickup and fantasy play this week… Maybe Marshawn Lynch will turn it on against a weakened Baltimore run defense, but he looked borderline disinterested in their loss to the Broncos… The Ravens backfield is up in the air at this point.



1. Jordy Nelson (@ DAL)

2. A.J. Green (v BUF)

3. Odell Beckham Jr. (v LAC)

4. Antonio Brown (v JAC)

5. Dez Bryant (v GB)

6. DeVante Parker (v TEN)

7. Brandin Cooks (@ TB)

8. Stefon Diggs (@ CHI)

9. Mike Evans (v NE)

10. DeAndre Hopkins (v KC)

11. Chris Hogan (@ TB)

12. Pierre Garcon (@ IND)

13. T.Y. Hilton (v SF)

14. Keenan Allen (@ NYG)

15. Tyreek Hill (@ HOU)

16. Davante Adams (@ DAL)

17. Larry Fitzgerald (@ PHI)

18. Adam Thielen (@ CHI)

19. John Brown (@ PHI)

20. Sammy Watkins (v SEA)

21. Randall Cobb (@ DAL)

22. Nelson Agholor (v ARI)

23. DeSean Jackson (v NE)

24. Doug Baldwin (@ LAR)

25. Golden Tate (v CAR)

26. Kelvin Benjamin (@ DET)

27. Jaron Brown (@ PHI)

28. Danny Amendola (@ TB)

29. Jeremy Maclin (@ OAK)

30. Michael Crabtree (v BAL)

31. Amari Cooper (v BAL)

32. Devin Funchess (@ DET)

33. Alshon Jeffery (v ARI)

34. Jarvis Landry (v TEN)

35. Rishard Matthews (@ MIA)

36. Eric Decker (@ MIA)

37. Tyrell Williams (@ NYG)

38. Sterling Shepard (v LAC)

39. Marvin Jones (v CAR)

40. Will Fuller (v KC)

41. Cooper Kupp (v SEA)

42. Brandon Marshall (v LAC)

43. Jermaine Kearse (@ CLE)

44. Mike Wallace (@ OAK)

45. J.J. Nelson (@ PHI)

46. Robby Anderson (@ CLE)

47. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v JAC)

48. Marqise Lee (@ PIT)

49. Kenny Stills (v TEN)

50. Allen Hurns (@ PIT)

51. Martavis Bryant (v JAC)

52. Paul Richardson (@ LAR)

53. Tyler Lockett (@ LAR)

54. Cole Beasley (v GB)

55. Robert Woods (v SEA)

56. Aldrick Robinson (@ IND)

57. Terrance Williams (v GB)

58. Torrey Smith (v ARI)

59. Donte Moncrief (v SF)

60. Zay Jones (@ CIN)

61. Chris Godwin (v NE)

62. Kendall Wright (v MIN)

63. Andre Holmes (@ CIN)

64. Brice Butler (v GB)

65. Adam Humphries (v NE)

66. Geronimo Allison (@ DAL)

67. Phillip Dorsett (@ TB)

68. Brandon LaFell (v BUF)

69. Bruce Ellington (v KC)

70. Rashard Higgins (v NYJ)

71. Jeremy Kerley (@ CLE)

72. Trent Taylor (@ IND)

73. Travis Benjamin (@ NYG)

74. Ricardo Louis (v NYJ)

75. Marquise Goodwin (@ IND)


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Jordy Nelson is the clear top receiver with Julio Jones on a bye and Antonio Brown facing the Jaguars… Dez Bryant went for 9/132/2 in last year’s playoff loss to the Packers… Despite the overall offensive struggles for Miami, DeVante Parker should devour Tennessee’s cornerbacks… Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are ranked as if Sam Bradford is playing; they’ll both be downgraded if he’s out again… Pierre Garcon is going to be fed targets against the Colts… Larry Fitzgerald has absolutely torched the Eagles throughout his career, but they’ve limited slot receivers for the most part; it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jaron Brown and a healthy John Brown be the focus for Carson Palmer… Sammy Watkins has the ability to turn Richard Sherman around and he’s a high-upside WR2/FLEX… Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison both see a boost with Davante Adams looking questionable after his scary head injury last Thursday night… DeSean Jackson could get loose against New England, especially if they attempt to contain Mike EvansMichael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are tough starts with Derek Carr sidelined… Nelson Agholor is the preferred fantasy play with Patrick Peterson expected to shadow Alshon Jeffery; the Eagles should make Agholor a full-time player… JuJu Smith-Schuster is trending way up, and he will avoid Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the slot… Rookie Chris Godwin is a deep league option for those hurting at wideout.



1. Travis Kelce (@ HOU)

2. Hunter Henry (@ NYG)

3. Delanie Walker (@ MIA)

4. Charles Clay (@ CIN)

5. Jimmy Graham (@ LAR)

6. Zach Ertz (v ARI)

7. Cameron Brate (v NE)

8. Dwayne Allen (@ TB)

9. Kyle Rudolph (@ CHI)

10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (@ CLE)

11. Jared Cook (v BAL)

12. Benjamin Watson (@ OAK)

13. Evan Engram (v LAC)

14. Antonio Gates (@ NYG)

15. Jason Witten (v GB)

16. Martellus Bennett (@ DAL)

17. Jesse James (v JAC)

18. O.J. Howard (v NE)

19. Eric Ebron (v CAR)

20. Julius Thomas (v TEN)

21. Lance Kendricks (@ DAL)

22. Ed Dickson (@ DET)

23. Zach Miller (v MIN)

24. Tyler Kroft (v BUF)

25. Ryan Griffin (v KC)


Maybe an amazing, one-handed touchdown catch will give Hunter Henry is bigger role in the offense; the Giants are worst in the league against opposing tight ends… Delanie Walker should be ranked this high whether or not Marcus Mariota plays… Charles Clay is basically a wide receiver for the Bills… Jimmy Graham committed a bad drop that turned into an interception on SNF, but Russell Wilson went right back to him… Zach Ertz is on pace for 1,304 yards, but the Cardinals are an imposing matchup… Kyle Rudolph should be better once Sam Bradford returns, which could be Monday night… Austin Seferian-Jenkins in a good matchup is a better play that disappointments like Martellus Bennett and Eric Ebron… With Gronk out, Dwayne Allen is plug-and-play TE1.


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1. Minnesota Vikings (@ CHI)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (v JAC)

3. Philadelphia Eagles (v ARI)

4. Baltimore Ravens (@ OAK)

5. New York Jets (@ CLE)

6. Buffalo Bills (@ CIN)

7. Arizona Cardinals (@ PHI)

8. Oakland Raiders (v BAL)

9. Seattle Seahawks (@ LAR)

10. Los Angeles Chargers (@ NYG)

11. Miami Dolphins (v TEN)

12. Kansas City Chiefs (@ HOU)

13. New York Giants (v LAC)

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ PIT)

15. Tennessee Titans (@ MIA)

16. Carolina Panthers (@ DET)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (v BUF)

18. Detroit Lions (v CAR)

19. Los Angeles Rams (v SEA)

20. Green Bay Packers (@ DAL)


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1. Stephen Goskowski (@ TB)

2. Mason Crosby (@ DAL)

3. Dan Bailey (v GB)

4. Justin Tucker (@ OAK)

5. Matt Prater (v CAR)

6. Jake Elliott (v ARI)

7. Greg Zuerlein (v SEA)

8. Graham Gano (@ DET)

9. Ryan Succop (@ MIA)

10. Cody Parkey (v TEN)

11. Chris Boswell (v JAC)

12. Giorgio Tavecchio (v BAL)

13. Steven Hauschka (@ CIN)

14. Phil Dawson (@ PHI)

15. Nick Folk (v NE)


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