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Week 5 Rankings – Fantasy Football 2018

As we roll into week 5 of the fantasy season, it is time we are starting to see some truths on the field that will be consistent for he rest of the season. Some of those truths are, Patrick Mahomes is for real, The Cleveland Browns have a lot of talent on their roster, The Rams offense looks literally unstoppable, and Alvin Kamara may actually just maintain his 2017 efficiency.

I think this will be a week we see a lot of “normal” around the league. Things we expected to happen will happen for once. You get this feeling every so often and I have it for this weekend. I think studs will show out, even in tougher matchups and longer platers and guys we weren’t sold on will show us why. But without more fanfare here are the week 5 rankings.

Week 5 teams of bye; Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

————QUARTER BACKS————

Patrick Mahomes came back to earth this past week, and for him that means, lead a 4th quarter comeback in spectacular fashion. Fantasy wise he was still finished as QB11, but keeping his team alive to get the victory was what was noticeable. This guy is going to be a superstar in this league.

Cam returns from a week off and ready to go to work. With Trai Turner clearing the concussion protocol, D.J. Moore getting an extra week of work with the offense in practice, and Curtis Samuel back from injury, things are lining up nicely for Newton. Carolina has been absent from almost every top 10 power ranking I have seen from NFL analysts and they should come out and make a statement this weekend.

Drew Brees is sitting at 71,740 passing yards and needs just  201 passing yards to pass Peyton and break the all time passing yards record and spoiler alert, that will happen as the world watches on Monday Night Football. Some other big days are in store for Big Ben, Jared Goff, and Deshaun Watson. Some not so big days are on the way for Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, and Baker Mayfield.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Cam Newton CAR NYG
2 Drew Brees NO WAS
3 Ben Roethlisberger PIT ATL
4 Aaron Rodgers GB DET
5 Philip Rivers LAC OAK
6 Jared Goff LAR SEA
7 Matthew Stafford DET GB
8 Matt Ryan ATL PIT
9 Kirk Cousins MIN PHI
10 Deshaun Watson HOU DAL
11 Patrick Mahomes KC JAX
12 Andy Dalton CIN MIA
13 Tom Brady NE IND
14 Alex Smith WAS NO
15 Andrew Luck IND NE
16 Blake Bortles JAX KC
17 Carson Wentz PHI MIN
18 Russell Wilson SEA LAR
19 Derek Carr OAK LAC
20 Marcus Mariota TEN BUF
21 Ryan Tannehill MIA CIN
22 Joe Flacco BAL CLE
23 C.J. Beathard SF ARI
24 Eli Manning NYG CAR
25 Josh Rosen ARI SF
26 Dak Prescott DAL HOU
27 Sam Darnold NYJ DEN
28 Josh Allen BUF TEN
29 Baker Mayfield CLE BAL
30 Lamar Jackson BAL CLE

————RUNNING BACKS————

The big news in this department is the return of RB Mark Ingram for the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night. With Brees chasing the record I think Ingram is eased back into the offense a bit this weekend. I can see a lite yardage day but an easy goal line score in his future. Going forward NO will work him in more and we will see a timeshare similar to what we saw through the last 8 weeks of 2017 for the Saints.

I think some guys who pick up where they left off last are McCaffrey, who runs all over the Giants defense this week, Zeke, who shows out in a primetime game, and Todd Gurley against a Seahawks defense that just lost its biggest playmaker for the year. In a good matchup against the Falcons, and a must win for the Steelers and Falcons, James Conner, shows up and makes us forget that Bell is going to report in 2 weeks.

Guys I am fading just a bit this week in less than favorable matchups are; Sony Michel, Kareem Hunt, Tevin Coleman, and Joe Mixon (I am also not sure of his health status and workload this week if he plays). The guy I think I am too low on is Aaron Jones, he is where he is because I am worried about his usage but if he can get 15 carries, he will absolutely trash this Detroit defense hat has given up a lot of fantasy points to running backs. If you can get him in your line up I think its worth the risk.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Todd Gurley LAR SEA
2 Melvin Gordon LAC OAK
3 Alvin Kamara NO WAS
4 Christian McCaffrey CAR NYG
5 Ezekiel Elliot DAL HOU
6 James Conner PIT ATL
7 David Johnson ARI SF
8 Saquon Barkley NYG CAR
9 James White NE IND
10 Chris Thompson WAS NO
11 Matt Breida SF ARI
12 T.J. Yeldon JAX KC
13 Kerryon Johnson DET GB
14 Sony Michel NE IND
15 Carlos Hyde CLE BAL
16 Dion Lewis TEN BUF
17 Kareem Hunt KC JAX
18 Mark Ingram NO WAS
19 Aaron Jones GB DET
20 Philip Lindsay DEN NYJ
21 Tevin Coleman ATL PIT
22 Joe Mixon CIN MIA
23 Jay Ajayi PHI MIN
24 Dalvin Cook MIN PHI
25 Giovani Bernard CIN MIA
26 Nyheim Hines IND NE
27 LeSean McCoy BUF TEN
28 Adrian Peterson WAS NO
29 Javorius Allen BAL CLE
30 Frank Gore MIA CIN
31 Duke Johnson CLE BAL
32 Austin Ekeler LAC OAK
33 Marshawn Lynch OAK LAC
34 Chris Carson SEA LAR
35 Devonta Freeman ATL PIT
36 Alfred Morris SF ARI
37 Doug Martin OAK LAC
38 Ty Montgomery GB DET
39 Theo Riddick DET GB
40 Kenyan Drake MIA CIN

————WIDE RECEIVERS————

The Michael Thomas catch rate watch of 2018 continues this week. He is sitting at 95.5% right now with 42 catches on 44 targets. He was not a big part of the game plan last week, only getting 4 targets, this week he gets back to form and has more than 8 targets on route to 100 yards and a score. I know I dropped him all the way to 2, but thats only because I think Big Ben and Antonio Brown get completely back on the same page this week and he balls out! I also really like Hopkins on a primetime stage against a softer Dallas secondary.

Adam Thielen is going to remain Cousins top target as Diggs pulls the tougher coverage in a good matchup with the Eagles, Julio Jones better find the end zone this week, if he can’t do it against a weak Pittsburgh secondary it just may never happen for him this season, and Golden Tate is continue his reign of terror he started last week in what should be one of the higher scoring games of the week.

Guys I am fading a bit this week; Amari Cooper, A.J. Green, Jarvis Landry, and Larry Fitzgerald. Guy I could be the most wrong about is Will Fuller, I am expecting a bigger day for Hopkins but Watson has shown his connection with Fuller is strong and Will could walk away with the huge game on Sunday Night Football.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Antonio Brown PIT ATL
2 Michael Thomas NO WAS
3 DeAndre Hopkins HOU DAL
4 Julio Jones ATL PIT
5 Adam Thielen MIN PHI
6 Golden Tate DET GB
7 Davante Adams GB DET
8 Brandin Cooks LAR SEA
9 Juju Smith-Scheuster PIT ATL
10 Cooper Kupp LAR SEA
11 Tyreek Hill KC JAX
12 Keenan Allen LAC OAK
13 A.J. Green CIN MIA
14 Corey Davis TEN BUF
15 Devin Funchess CAR NYG
16 Marvin Jones DET GB
17 Geronimo Allison GB DET
18 Amari Cooper OAK LAC
19 Odell Backham Jr NYG CAR
20 Stefon Diggs MIN PHI
21 Tyler Boyd CIN MIA
22 John Brown BAL CLE
23 Keelan Cole JAX SF
24 Kenny Still MIA CIN
25 Will Fuller HOU DAL
26 Jarvis Landry CLE BA:
27 Alshon Jeffrey PHI MIN
28 Julian Edelman NE IND
29 Doug Baldwin SEA LAR
30 Mike Williams LAC OAK
31 Robert Woods LAR SEA
32 Emmanuel Sanders DEN NYJ
33 Tyler Lockett SEA LAR
34 Larry Fitzgerald ARI SF
35 Dede Westbrook JAX KC
36 Antonio Callaway CLE BAL
37 Taywan Taylor TEN BUF
38 Ryan Grant IND NE
39 Christian Kirk ARI SF
40 Marquise Goodwin SF ARI
41 Keke Coutee HOU DAL
42 Willie Snead BAL CLE
43 Mohamed Sanu ATL PIT
44 Chester Rodgers IND NE
45 Cole Beasley DAL HOU
45 Jamison Croweder WAS NO
45 Josh Gordon NE IND

 

————TIGHT ENDS————

I am moving Kelce all the way down to #2 this week in a tougher matchup with Jacksonville this Sunday. I think Jordan Reed is the TE that shows out the most this week in a good matchup against the Saints, he becomes Alex SMith’s go to weapon. Jimmy Graham gets back into the end zone again, David Njoku finally looks like a TE1, and George Kittle does more George Kittle type of things.

Guys I am fading this week are; Nick Vannett (with Baldwin back I think Vannett struggles to see targets that make him useable in a tough matchup for Seattle), Eric Ebron, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The guy I could be the most wrong about is Jared Cook, even at 8 that could be too low against a Chagers team that has given up a decent amount of points to the TE position. He is clearly one of Carr’s top targets and this is another game he could show up in big time.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Jordon Reed WAS NO
2 Travis Kelce KC JAX
3 Jimmy Graham GB DET
4 Vance McDonald PIT ATL
5 Zach Ertz PHI MIN
6 David Njoku CLE BAL
7 George Kittle SF ARI
8 Jared Cook OAK LAC
9 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI SF
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN PHI
11 Rob Gronkowski NE IND
12 Ben Watson NO WAS
13 Eric Ebron IND NE
14 Austin Seferian-Jenkins JAX KC
15 Ausin Hooper ATL PIT
16 Antonio Gates LAC OAK
17 Charles Clay BUF TEN
18 Ian Thomas CAR NYG
19 C.J. Uzomah CIN MIA
20 Hayden Hurst BAL CLE
21 Nick Vannett SEA LAR
22 Geoff Swaim DAL HOU
23 Jeff Heuerman DEN NYJ
24 Tyler Kroft CIN MIA
25 Mike Gesicki MIA CIN

————D/STs————

Some great streaming options are out there on waivers this week. Some of my favorites are Carolina, Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Green Bay. Tennessee should finish the week as DST1 against the Bills though. Squad I could be the most wrong about is Jacksonville, an elite DST is going against an elite QB, and while the elite QB tends to win out, this unit could make a solid statement by shutting down Mahomes and company on Sunday. I am not expecting it, but it is 100% within a plausible range of outcomes.

RANK TEAM OPPONENT
1 Tennessee BUF
2 Baltimore CLE
3 Carolina NYG
4 Denver NYJ
5 Los Angeles Rams SEA
6 New York Jets DEN
7 Los Angelese Chargers OAK
8 Houston DAL
9 Cincinnati MIA
11 San Francisco ARI
10 Jacksonville KC
12 Dallas HOU
13 Arizona SF
14 Philadelphia MIN
15 Minnesota PHI
16 Buffalo TEN
17 Green Bay DET
18 New England IND
19 Pittsburgh ATL
20 Miami CIN
21 Cleveland BAL
22 Detroit GB
23 New Orleans WAS
24 New York Giants CAR
25 Indianapolis NE
25 Atlanta PIT

Best of luck to everyone out there in fantasy land for week 5!

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