Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 5
BATON ROUGE, LA — Week five fantasy football rankings are listed below.
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1. Peyton Manning (@DAL) - No reason to think the hot streak can't continue in Big D. Dallas is giving up 300+ passing yards per game and 10 TDs thus far via the air.
2. Aaron Rodgers (vs. DET) - Back from bye week ready to take on division rival. DET's only given up 4 pass TDs but Rodgers due for 2+.
3. Michael Vick (@NYG) - Shootout ahead: both defenses can't fight their way out of a paper bag. Giants giving up 262 ypg and 10 passing scores so far this season.
4. Eli Manning (vs. PHI) - Philly has 2nd-worst pass D in terms of yardage allowed. Time for Lil Manning to turn this ship around.
5. Drew Brees (@CHI) - Tougher matchup but Brees is some kind of super robot. Big play Bear D can be exploited.
6. Matthew Stafford (@GB) - Packers giving up plenty and this contest should finish with 50+ points.
7. Tony Romo (vs. DEN) - Will have to throw to keep up with Manning & Co., and Denver near the bottom in terms of pass defense.
8. Cam Newton (@ARI) - Always a running threat, Newton's startable based on the big game potential.
9. Andrew Luck (vs. SEA) - Tough matchup but seems to find a way to put points up, especially late in games.
10. Matt Ryan (vs. NYJ) - Should have 150/2 by halftime. Upside is limited based on matchup but you still start Ryan.
Running Back (PPR)
1. Jamaal Charles (@TEN) - Titans are giving up less than 100 rush yards per game but Charles' true value comes in the pass game. Another big game likely.
2. Matt Forte (vs. NOS) - Should be a shootout despite both defenses playing pretty solid. PPR stud.
3. LeSean McCoy (@NYG) - Could easily be the #1 RB this week if the Giants play the way they claim they will.
4. Marshawn Lynch (@IND) - Will be used to control the ball late, as this contest will likely come down to the fourth quarter.
5. DeMarco Murray (vs. DEN) - Will be used in the passing game a bunch this week. Murray's vastly underrated as a pass catcher (21 catches through 4 contests).
6. Fred Jackson (@CLE) - With Spiller hobbled, F-Jax will get more carries. Could get 'em all. Either way, a PPR machine with a solid matchup.
7. Arian Foster (@SFO) - Tough matchup here but looked great against similar competition last week. Risk/reward.
8. Giovani Bernard (vs. NEP) - Off the "watch" list and steadily climbing up the rankings, especially in PPR formats, and especially with a solid matchup.
9. Darren Sproles (@CHI) - Pretty much an every-week start in PPR formats based on his abilities in the passing game.
10. Frank Gore (vs. HOU) - Moderately difficult matchup (Houston does give up 113.5 rushing yards/game) and Gore has been getting the rock.
Wide Receiver (PPR)
1. Calvin Johnson (@GBP) - Not much to say but just plug and play. Had a bit of an off week last week but should bounce back huge in what should be a shoototut.
2. Victor Cruz (vs. PHI) - Eagle secondary can't cover anyone and Cruz has been solid. Recipe for big numbers.
3. Brandon Marshall (vs. NOS) - Losing some targets to Jeffery but based on this matchup he should be good for 20+ in PPR formats.
4. Dez Bryant (vs. DEN) - Potential for huge numbers as Denver's secondary has been allowing teams to throw on them. And with the offense chugging along, opposing teams MUST throw to keep up.
5. Demaryius Thomas (@DAL) - Low floor based on potential/matchup but lower ceiling due to presence of Welker, Decker and even Thomas.
6. Julio Jones (vs. NYJ) - Roddy White is still hobbled but Gonzo commands attention. Always a threat to go deep, but Falcons could be up 3 TDs by halftime.
7. Josh Gordon (vs. BUF) - Thursday night games have been sloppy messes but Gordon could turn 3 catches into 100 yards and 2 scores.
8. Randall Cobb (vs. DET) - Flip a coin between Cobb and Nelson. One of 'em's gonna have a huge game.
9. Jordy Nelson (vs. DET) - See above.
10. Wes Welker (@DAL) - Deadly in the red zone and in chain-moving situations. Should top 6 catches with ease against Dallas secondary.
Tight End (PPR)
1. Jimmy Graham (@CHI) - He and Brees are totally in sync. As good as CHI's secondary is, they tend to gamble a lot and that plays right into Graham's capable hands.
2. Jordan Cameron (vs. BUF) - Should see a ton of targets yet again on Thursday night and is always a red zone threat.
3. Greg Olsen (@ARI) - Been ultra solid this season and is coming off bye week. Should still be in sync with Cam Newton.
4. Tony Gonzalez (vs. NYJ) - The old man is getting it done. With Jet D keying on Jones deep, Gonzo will have opportunities.
5. Martellus Bennett (vs. NOS) - Was solid last week and should remain busy in what should be a higher-scoring game.
6. Jared Cook (vs. JAC) - Been a general disappointment but Rams should get back on track against the hapless Jags.
7. Charles Clay (vs. BAL) - Has emerged as a decent option for Tannehill. This matchup is actually pretty solid as the Ravens give up 2 passing TDs per game.
8. Antonio Gates (@OAK) - Based on matchup and his Week 3 contest, you pretty much have to start him if you got him.
9. Julius Thomas (@DAL) - The targets have decreased but remains a solid option, especially with this kind of matchup.
10. Jason Witten (vs. DEN) - Started hot but has tailed off. Is age catching up? The Cowboys should be throwing a lot so the potential is there this week.
1. Billy Cundiff (vs. BUF) - Sloppy game potential means plenty of FG opportunities.
2. Josh Brown (vs. PHI) - Giants will take what they can get against lax Philly D.
3. Matt Prater (@DAL) - Plenty of scoring ahead. Could easily boot more PATs than FGs, though.
4. Caleb Sturgis (vs. BAL) - Raven D could shut the Fin offense down in the red zone.
5. Dan Carpenter (@CLE) - See Billy Cundiff, above.
6. Jay Feely (vs. CAR) - Carolina D will likely clamp down on 'zona offense in red zone with no run game.
7. Sebastian Janikowski (vs. SDC) - Polish Rifle could have a bunch of FG chances.
8. Rob Bironas (vs. KCC) - KC D has been solid and offense could stall under Fitzpatrick.
9. Greg Zuerlein (vs. JAC) - Legatron should see plenty of chances against Jags.
10. Matt Bryant (vs. NYJ) - Always a solid option, especially at home.
1. St. Louis (vs. JAC) - Aggressive front seven vs. the joke that is the Jaguars? Yes please.
2. Atlanta (vs. NYJ) - Geno Smith plays well at home but susceptible to mistakes especially on the road.
3. San Diego (@OAK) - Shouldn't matter who's at QB, Bolts should disrupt the Raider offense with no solid run game.
4. San Francisco (vs. HOU) - Schaub prone to mistakes... will he correct the snafus in time?
5. Miami (vs. BAL) - Sneaky matchup here as Flacco has shown he can throw his share of INTs.
6. Cleveland (@BUF) - Rookie QBs always prone to mistakes, even at home. Brown D a bit underrated.
7. Chicago (vs. NOS) - Tough matchup here but big play potential makes them startable.
8. New York Giants (vs. PHI) - Giants D vows to play angry and Vick will turn it over.
9. Philadelphia (@NYG) - Should be plenty of throwing in this one, so Eagle D could get a pick or two along with a couple sacks.
10. Kansas City (@TEN) - Could rate much higher but Fitzpatrick is a capable backup.