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Fantasy Football rankings, Week 5

Nick Falato offers some help with your Week 5 lineup

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

It’s fantasy football time! Week 5 kicked off with a divisional matchup in the NFC West, arguably the best division in the sport. The Los Angeles Rams traveled to Lumin Field in Seattle and defeated the Seahawks 26-17. The game started slow, and eventually couldn’t hit the 54.5 over/under. The biggest takeaway was a third quarter injury to the index finger of Russell Wilson’s throwing hand.

Geno Smith entered the game for Seattle and threw a touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf - his second touchdown reception of the game. Wilson’s Week 6 availability is in question. There are a lot of injuries to monitor heading into week five: Dalvin Cook, Chase Edmonds, Curtis Samuel, Antonio Gibson and Joe Mixon are questionable for the game and both will be evaluated on Saturday.

If Gibson misses the game, rookie Jaret Patterson would assume his role along with J.D. McKissic. Khalil Herbert could see an uptick in carries as well with David Montgomery out. Herbert shouldn’t be trusted yet, but someone to add if Damien Williams sufferers an injury. Lions TE T.J. Hockenson popped up on the injury report on Thursday; he is questionable as well.

George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey are both doubtful to play. Kittle’s teammate Jimmy Garoppolo has been ruled out which leads to Trey Lance making his first start against the Cardinals in a 49.5 point over/under game. I have Lance in my top 10, due to his rushing floor. All of the first round rookie quarterbacks will be starting this weekend for the first time in 2021.

Julio Jones, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have also been ruled out. Expect a heavy rushing attack for the Titans, and a big dosage of Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, and Saquon Barkley against the Cowboys - a game with a 52.5 point over/under.

Falcons’ wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage failed to make the trip to England to play the New York Jets. This should open up a lot of opportunities for the running backs and Kyle Pitts. In three wide receiver, 12-team leagues, look for Olamide Zaccheaus to see more targets. He isn’t ranked in my top 35, but is an option in deeper formats.

Randall Cobb is another waiver wire target who could return some value on Sunday. He had six targets, five catches for 69-yards and two scores last season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers loves Cobb and directly told the Packers to pursue him in a trade. He’s not exciting, but this would only be for deeper formats.

DeVante Parker, who is also questionable, could be interesting and is only rostered in 42% of leagues. The Buccaneers are very injured in their secondary, and the Dolphins will have to throw the football. Parker saw nine targets last week. The Dolphins will be without Jakeem Grant who was just traded and Will Fuller who is injured. The Buccaneers are a defense that absolutely shuts down opposing rushing attacks, and Miami can’t run the football, so expect Jacoby Brissett to throw the ball to Parker, Mike Gesicki, and rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. The over/under is 47.5 with the Buccaneers having an implied total of 29 points.


  1. Patrick Mahomes vs BUF
  2. Josh Allen @ KC
  3. Kyler Murray vs SF
  4. Lamar Jackson vs IND
  5. Tom Brady vs MIA
  6. Dak Prescott vs NYG
  7. Jalen Hurts @ CAR
  8. Justin Herbert vs CLE
  9. Trey Lance @ ARI
  10. Kirk Cousins vs DET
  11. Aaron Rodgers @ CIN
  12. Daniel Jones @ DAL
  13. Sam Darnold vs PHI
  14. Joe Burrow vs GB
  15. Trevor Lawrence vs TEN
  16. Derek Carr vs CHI
  17. Justin Fields @ LV
  18. Ryan Tannehill @ JAX
  19. Matt Ryan vs NYJ
  20. Taylor Heineke vs NO
  21. Jacoby Brissett @ TB
  22. Baker Mayfield @ LAC
  23. Teddy Bridgewater @ PIT
  24. Jared Goff @ MIN
  25. Jameis Winston @ WAS
  26. Mac Jones vs HOU
  27. Zach Wilson @ ATL
  28. Carson Wentz @ BAL
  29. Ben Roethlisberger vs DEN
  30. Davis Mills vs NE

Running Backs

  1. Derrick Henry @ JAX
  2. Austin Ekeler vs CLE
  3. Saquon Barkley @ DAL
  4. Aaron Jones @ CIN
  5. Ezekiel Elliott vs NYG
  6. Dalvin Cook vs DET
  7. Alvin Kamara @ WAS
  8. Nick Chubb @ LAC
  9. Leonard Fournette vs MIA
  10. D’Andre Swift @ MIN
  11. Najee Harris vs DEN
  12. James Robinson vs TEN
  13. Jonathan Taylor @ BAL
  14. Kareem Hunt @ LAC
  15. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs BUF
  16. Damien Harris @ HOU
  17. Antonio Gibson vs NO
  18. Cordarrelle Patterson vs NYJ
  19. Chase Edmonds vs SF (if healthy)
  20. Damien Williams @ LV
  21. Mike Davis vs NYJ
  22. Chubba Hubbard vs PHI (if Christian McCaffrey doesn’t play)
  23. Josh Jacobs vs CHI
  24. Latavius Murray vs IND
  25. Zack Moss @ KC
  26. Miles Sanders @ CAR
  27. Jamaal Williams @ MIN
  28. Melvin Gordon III @ PIT
  29. Nyheim Hines @ BAL
  30. Samaje Perine vs GB (with no Joe Mixon)
  31. Trey Sermon @ ARI
  32. James Conner vs SF
  33. J.D. McKissic vs NO
  34. Javonte Williams @ PIT
  35. Tony Pollard vs NYG

Wide Receivers

  1. Davante Adams @ CIN
  2. Stefon Diggs @ KC
  3. Justin Jefferson @ DET
  4. Tyreek Hill vs BUF
  5. DJ Moore vs PHI
  6. CeeDee Lamb vs NYG
  7. Keenan Allen vs CLE
  8. Terry McLaurin vs NO
  9. DeAndre Hopkins vs SF
  10. Chris Gowin vs MIA
  11. Diontae Johnson vs DEN
  12. Amari Cooper vs NYG
  13. Ja’Marr Chase vs GB
  14. A.J. Brown vs JAX
  15. Deebo Samuel @ ARI
  16. Adam Thielen vs DET
  17. Mike Evans vs MIA
  18. Marvin Jones Jr. vs TEN
  19. Courtland Sutton @ PIT
  20. Mike Williams vs CLE
  21. Marquise Brown vs IND
  22. Tee Higgins vs GB
  23. DeVonta Smith @ CAR
  24. Kenny Golladay @ DAL
  25. Antonio Brown vs MIA
  26. Brandin Cooks vs NE
  27. Corey Davis @ ATL
  28. Laviska Shenault Jr. vs TEN
  29. Odell Beckham Jr. @ LAC
  30. Michael Pittman Jr. @ BAL
  31. Allen Robinson II @ LV
  32. Jaylen Waddle @ TB
  33. Tyler Boyd vs GB
  34. Jakobi Meyers @ HOU
  35. Emmanuel Sanders @ KC

Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce vs BUF
  2. Darren Waller vs CHI
  3. Mark Andrews vs IND
  4. T.J. Hockenson @ MIN
  5. Mike Gesicki @ TB
  6. Kyle Pitts vs NYJ
  7. Dalton Schultz vs NYG
  8. Dalton Knox @ KC
  9. Noah Fant @ PIT
  10. Hunter Henry @ HOU
  11. Dallas Goedert @ CAR
  12. Jared Cook vs CLE
  13. Tyler Conklin vs DET
  14. Jonnu Smith @ HOU
  15. Robert Tonyan @ CIN
  16. Evan Engram @ DAL
  17. Zach Ertz @ CAR
  18. Cameron Brate vs MIA
  19. Austin Hooper @ LAC
  20. Dan Arnold vs TEN
  21. Cole Kmet @ LV
  22. Max Williams vs SF
  23. Anthony Firkser @ JAX
  24. Ricky Seals-Jones vs NO
  25. C.J. Uzomah vs GB

3 streamable defenses (Yahoo ownership percentage)

  1. New Orleans @ WAS (62)
  2. Minnesota vs DET (59%)
  3. Las Vegas vs CHI (26%)

3 streamable kickers (Yahoo ownership %)

  1. Greg Joseph vs DET (14%)
  2. Brandon McManus @ PIT (41%)
  3. Nick Folk @ HOU (19%)