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Fantasy Football: Week 5 Rankings

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  Player Team   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
50 Elijah 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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