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Fantasy Football: Week Five Start/Sit Rankings

Each week I will provide rankings for the upcoming fantasy week along with a featured start/sit option at each position. That said, the Week 5 edition is here. Be sure to check them out for all your lineup setting needs, and if you have any further questions feel free to reach out on Twitter @DanMarcus3.

QUARTERBACK

  1. Aaron Rodgers, @DAL
  2. Dak Prescott, vs. GB
  3. Russell Wilson, @LAR
  4. Eli Manning, vs. LAC
  5. Carson Wentz, vs. ARI
  6. Matthew Stafford, vs. CAR
  7. Cam Newton, @DET
  8. Ben Roethlisberger, vs. JAC
  9. Deshaun Watson, vs. KC
  10. Andy Dalton, vs. BUF
  11. Philip Rivers, @NYG
  12. Jay Cutler, vs. TEN
  13. Tyrod Taylor, @ CIN
  14. Alex Smith, @HOU
  15. Carson Palmer, @PHI
  16. Jared Goff, vs. SEA
  17. Jacoby Brissett vs. SF
  18. Blake Bortles @PIT
  19. DeShone Kizer, vs. NYJ
  20. Brian Hoyer, @IND

Start

Star power names aren’t plentiful at quarterback this week for the Sunday and Monday games due to bye weeks, injuries, and both of the starters on Thursday being fantasy assets. That being said: Carson Wentz and Eli Manning become strong starting options, especially Manning. After a slow start, Manning has exploded for over 20 fantasy points in each of the past two weeks, and the Chargers haven’t been strong enough on the defensive side of the ball to scare fantasy owners away.

Sit

As already discussed, there isn’t a while lot of wiggle room with the quarterback position this week. However, avoiding Carson Palmer would be advisable if possible. He has already been sacked 17 times this season, and has struggled in early east coast games, throwing eight interceptions in four games in such situations last season.

RUNNING BACK

  1. Le’Veon Bell, vs. JAC
  2. Ezekiel Elliot, vs. GB
  3. Todd Gurley, vs. SEA
  4. Jay Ajayi, vs. TEN
  5. Melvin Gordon, @NYG
  6. Carlos Hyde, @IND
  7. Leonard Fournette, @PIT
  8. DeMarco Murray, @MIA
  9. Jordan Howard, vs. MIN
  10. LeSean McCoy, @CIN
  11. Kareem Hunt, @HOU
  12. Isaiah Crowell, vs. NYJ
  13. Latavius Murray, @CHI
  14. Bilal Powell, @CLE
  15. Frank Gore, vs. SF
  16. Lamar Miller, vs. KC
  17. Ameer Abdullah, vs. CAR
  18. Christian McCaffery, @DET
  19. Wayne Gallman, vs. LAC
  20. Thomas Rawls, @LAR
  21. Marshawn Lynch, vs. BAL
  22. Alex Collins, @OAK
  23. LaGarrette Blount, vs. ARI
  24. Andre Ellington, @PHI
  25. Aaron Jones, @DAL
  26. Duke Johnson, vs. NYJ
  27. Tarik Cohen, vs. MIN
  28. Derrick Henry, @MIA
  29. Elijah McGuire, @CLE
  30. Jamaal Williams, @DAL

Start

Don’t give up on Jay Ajayi or Isaiah Crowell, yet. There is a chance the Dolphins woes have come from Jay Cutler as we’ve seen that story before. On other hand, the Dolphins have traveled an incredible amount over the first few weeks of their season, in part due to Hurricane Irma as well as their game in London.  The Dolphins have their first true home game this week, so Ajayi should be trusted as a RB1 for at least one more week.

The case is a bit more difficult to make for Crowell, but coach Hue Jackson still has faith in him. This week features a matchup the Browns should remain competitive in, allowing them to run the ball enough to give Crowell a chance to return fantasy value.

WIDE RECEIVER

  1. Jordy Nelson, @DAL
  2. Odell Beckham, vs. LAC
  3. Dez Bryant, vs. GB
  4. A.J. Green vs. BUF
  5. Antonio Brown, vs. JAC
  6. Stefon Diggs, @CHI
  7. T.Y. Hilton, vs. SF
  8. DeAndre Hopkins, vs. KC
  9. Tyreek Hill, @HOU
  10. DeVante Parker, vs. TEN
  11. Doug Baldwin, @LAR
  12. Randall Cobb, @DAL
  13. Keenan Allen, @NYG
  14. Adam Thielen, @CHI
  15. Pierre Garcon, @IND
  16. Rishard Matthews, @MIA
  17. Larry Fitzgerald, @PHI
  18. Sterling Shepard, vs. LAC
  19. Will Fuller, vs. KC
  20. Golden Tate, vs. CAR
  21. Kelvin Benjamin, @DET
  22. Jarvis Landry, vs. TEN
  23. Alshon Jeffery, vs. ARI
  24. Michael Crabtree, vs. BAL
  25. Allen Hurns, @ PIT
  26. John Brown, @PHI
  27. Martavis Bryant, vs. JAC
  28. Robby Anderson, @CLE
  29. Devin Funchess, @DET
  30. Donte Moncrief, vs. SF
  31. Amari Cooper, vs. BAL
  32. Jeremy Maclin, @OAK
  33. Nelson Agholor, vs. ARI
  34. Sammy Watkins, vs. SEA
  35. Geronimo Allison, @DAL
  36. Tyrell Williams, @NYG

Start

Donte Monrief has little to no upside in terms of yardage, but the 49ers have allowed six receiving touchdowns to wide receivers alone this season. We have seen Moncrief’s ability to find the end zone in past seasons and we were reminded of that ability with his touchdown last week. What Moncrief lacks in yardage upside this week he makes up for with touchdown upside.

Leading receivers this season against the Cardinals have been ancillary pieces. This is little surprise given that Patrick Peterson often shadows opponents number one wide receivers, more or less eliminating them from the game. That being said: the most obvious place for targets to go to for the Eagles this week is Zach Ertz, but Nelson Agholor should also be involved on Sunday.

Sit

Amari Cooper couldn’t get on track with Derek Carr as his quarterback, so it’s hard to imagine Sunday’s matchup against the Ravens is his get right game with E.J. Manuel at the helm.

TIGHT END

  1. Travis Kelce, @HOU
  2. Zach Ertz, vs. ARI
  3. Charles Clay, @CIN
  4. Jimmy Graham, @LAR
  5. Evan Engram, vs. LAC
  6. Kyle Rudolph, @CHI
  7. Delanie Walker, @MIA
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, @CLE
  9. Martellus Bennett, @DAL
  10. Jason Witten, vs. GB
  11. Jared Cook, vs.BAL
  12. Ben Watson, @OAK
  13. Eric Ebron, vs. CAR
  14. Zach Miller, vs. MIN
  15. Hunter Henry, @NYG
  16. Antonio Gates, @NYG
  17. Jesse James, vs. JAC
  18. Tyler Kroft, vs. BUF
  19. David Njoku, vs. NYJ
  20. Tyler Higbee, vs. SEA

Start

The Raiders have given up big games to tight ends this season, and Joe Flacco loves to target his tight end. Make sure to pay attention to the injury report to make sure Ben Watson is active, but assuming he is, he should be in line for plenty of targets and production on Sunday.

 

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Dan Marcus
Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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