Crunch time begins now for fantasy owners everywhere as we have reached the dreaded bye weeks. The real ones — not those makeshift disasters that may or may not have put Tampa and Miami at disadvantages for the remainder of the season.

But I digress…

Week 4 provided another laundry list of unexpected results across the league both in game scores and fantasy outputs, so where does that leave us this season in terms of thinking we have a good grip on how Week 5 will go? We have no clue, but here’s some rankings anyway!


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By all accounts, Thursday night is shaping up to be an all out points extravaganza between New England and Tampa Bay placing both Brady and Winston in this week’s top 3 plays. How bad has New England’s defense been this year? 27th in pass rush and their shiny new toy in Stephon Gilmore has not been as advertised.

Deshaun Watson makes the biggest jump of the group and is starting to look like the real deal. Hard to imagine DeAndre Hopkins isn’t loving his new quarterback by now. I like Philip Rivers this week to get the Chargers into the win column for the first time this season, but past that there aren’t a lot of deep sleeper options compared to last week’s crop.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE @TB
2 Aaron Rodgers GB @DAL
3 Jameis Winston TB NE
4 Russell Wilson SEA @LAR
5 Dak Prescott DAL GB
6 Deshaun Watson HST KC
7 Matthew Stafford DET CAR
8 Carson Wentz PHI ARZ
9 Eli Manning NYG LAC
10 Cam Newton CAR @DET
11 Tyrod Taylor BUF @CIN
12 Carson Palmer ARZ @PHI
13 Philip Rivers LAC @NYG
14 Alex Smith KC @HST
15 Ben Roethlisberger PIT JAX
16 Andy Dalton CIN BUF
17 Marcus Mariota TEN @MIA
18 Jay Cutler MIA TEN
19 Jacoby Brissett IND SF
20 Jared Goff LAR SEA
21 Joe Flacco BLT @OAK
22 DeShone Kizer CLV NYJ
23 Josh McCown NYJ @CLV
24 Brian Hoyer SF @IND
25 Blake Bortles JAX @PIT


Running Back

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The top three for Week 5 are a wash for me. Each option should put up a solid game as it looks like Bell has finally shaken off the rust after his pre-season holdout. Gurley and Fournette are iffy options for me this week, but because of the talent, you can’t disregard what they could bring to the table. Fournette is starting to give me some cause for concern as his snap count has decreased each week this season as last week he was only on the field for half of Jacksonville’s snaps.

Doug Martin comes back this week following his three game suspension and falls in the 20s among a tangled mess of options including Latavius Murray’s shot to rule the Vikings’ backfield. This also may be the week Wayne Gallman overtakes the Giants’ backfield after unimpressive starts by both Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa.

Oh, and one more sub-3 YPC game from Isaiah Crowell this week and he’s a dump option across all leagues for me. All hail Duke Johnson.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT JAX
2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL GB
3 Kareem Hunt KC @HST
4 Todd Gurley II LAR SEA
5 Carlos Hyde SF @IND
6 Leonard Fournette JAX @PIT
7 LeSean McCoy BUF @CIN
8 Melvin Gordon LAC @NYG
9 Jordan Howard CHI MIN
10 Bilal Powell NYJ @CLV
11 Jay Ajayi MIA TEN
12 DeMarco Murray TEN @MIA
13 Lamar Miller HST KC
14 Christian McCaffrey CAR @DET
15 Ameer Abdullah DET CAR
16 Joe Mixon CIN BUF
17 Tarik Cohen CHI MIN
18 James White NE @TB
19 Aaron Jones GB @DAL
20 Duke Johnson Jr. CLV NYJ
21 Andre Ellington ARZ @PHI
22 Frank Gore IND SF
23 Doug Martin TB NE
24 Mike Gillislee NE @TB
25 Latavius Murray MIN @CHI
26 Marshawn Lynch OAK BLT
27 LeGarrette Blount PHI ARZ
28 Wendell Smallwood PHI ARZ
29 Alex Collins BLT @OAK
30 Theo Riddick DET CAR
31 Javorius Allen BLT @OAK
32 Giovani Bernard CIN BUF
33 Jonathan Stewart CAR @DET
34 Wayne Gallman NYG LAC
35 Jerick McKinnon MIN @CHI
36 Thomas Rawls SEA @LAR
37 Isaiah Crowell CLV NYJ
38 Derrick Henry TEN @MIA
39 Shane Vereen NYG LAC
40 D’Onta Foreman HST KC
41 C.J. Prosise SEA @LAR
42 Elijah McGuire NYJ @CLV
43 Jalen Richard OAK BLT
44 Eddie Lacy SEA @LAR
45 Jacquizz Rodgers TB NE
46 Chris Johnson ARZ @PHI
47 Terrance West BLT @OAK
48 Dion Lewis NE @TB
49 Chris Ivory JAX @PIT
50 Matt Breida SF @IND


Wide Receiver


Came close to placing Brown lower on the list as Jacksonville’s secondary has been lights out against WR1’s this year. Still a risky play regardless. The matchups throughout the top 10 provide plenty of intrigue and are favorable for the most part.

Meanwhile into the teens we find Chris Hogan who continues to thrive following the injury to Julian Edelman. It comes as somewhat of a shock to me that he is THIS good. It should continue on Thursday night.

Will Fuller’s chemistry was on point with Deshaun Watson last week against Tennessee, and with a challenging matchup against Kansas City this week, it should be interesting to see if he can build off the four reception season debut.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Mike Evans TB NE
2 Antonio Brown PIT JAX
3 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG LAC
4 Jordy Nelson GB @DAL
5 A.J. Green CIN BUF
6 DeAndre Hopkins HST KC
7 Stefon Diggs MIN @CHI
8 Dez Bryant DAL GB
9 Brandin Cooks NE @TB
10 T.Y. Hilton IND SF
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARZ @PHI
12 Keenan Allen LAC @NYG
13 Chris Hogan NE @TB
14 Tyreek Hill KC @HST
15 Doug Baldwin SEA @LAR
16 DeVante Parker MIA TEN
17 Pierre Garcon SF @IND
18 Golden Tate DET CAR
19 Jarvis Landry MIA TEN
20 Rishard Matthews TEN @MIA
21 Adam Thielen MIN @CHI
22 Michael Crabtree OAK BLT
23 DeSean Jackson TB NE
24 Randall Cobb GB @DAL
25 Amari Cooper OAK BLT
26 Alshon Jeffery PHI ARZ
27 Sammy Watkins LAR SEA
28 Kelvin Benjamin CAR @DET
29 Sterling Shepard NYG LAC
30 Devin Funchess CAR @DET
31 Tyrell Williams LAC @NYG
32 Martavis Bryant PIT JAX
33 Marvin Jones Jr. DET CAR
34 Jeremy Maclin BLT @OAK
35 Jermaine Kearse NYJ @CLV
36 Will Fuller V HST KC
37 Allen Hurns JAX @PIT
38 Marqise Lee JAX @PIT
39 Jaron Brown ARZ @PHI
40 Paul Richardson SEA @LAR
41 Tyler Lockett SEA @LAR
42 Robby Anderson NYJ @CLV
43 Danny Amendola NE @TB
44 Donte Moncrief IND SF
45 Kendall Wright CHI MIN
46 Cooper Kupp LAR SEA
47 Mike Wallace BLT @OAK
48 Geronimo Allison GB @DAL
49 Nelson Agholor PHI ARZ
50 Eric Decker TEN @MIA


Tight End

Another week, another Gronk-leading rankings. Moving on…

Evan Engram should provide a solid low end TE1 option as should Jared Cook with EJ Manuel looking to him as a security blanket against Baltimore this weekend.

Tyler Croft busted on to the scene, taking advantage of Tyler Eifert’s absence last week but a difficult matchup with a stingy Buffalo defense creates a solid high-risk, high-reward play.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @TB
2 Travis Kelce KC @HST
3 Zach Ertz PHI ARZ
4 Charles Clay BUF @CIN
5 Delanie Walker TEN @MIA
6 Jimmy Graham SEA @LAR
7 Evan Engram NYG LAC
8 Cameron Brate TB NE
9 Jared Cook OAK BLT
10 Jason Witten DAL GB
11 Martellus Bennett GB @DAL
12 Kyle Rudolph MIN @CHI
13 Jack Doyle IND SF
14 Eric Ebron DET CAR
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @CLV
16 Benjamin Watson BLT @OAK
17 Hunter Henry LAC @NYG
18 Antonio Gates LAC @NYG
19 Tyler Kroft CIN BUF
20 O.J. Howard TB NE
21 Zach Miller CHI MIN
22 Jesse James PIT JAX
23 Julius Thomas MIA TEN
24 David Njoku CLV NYJ
25 Ryan Griffin HST KC


Defense/Special Teams

It feels weird putting the Jets as high as they are, but Cleveland is that bad. The debut of Mitchell Trubisky should provide a turnover or two for Minnesota’s defense, but it could also blow up in the Vikings’ face if Chicago plays anything like they did the past two games at home with better quarterback play.

Rank Name Opp
1 Pittsburgh Steelers JAX
2 New York Jets @CLV
3 Minnesota Vikings @CHI
4 Buffalo Bills @CIN
5 Seattle Seahawks @LAR
6 Kansas City Chiefs @HST
7 Cincinnati Bengals BUF
8 Baltimore Ravens @OAK
9 Philadelphia Eagles ARZ
10 Detroit Lions CAR
11 Jacksonville Jaguars @PIT
12 New York Giants LAC
13 Oakland Raiders BLT
14 Arizona Cardinals @PHI
15 Houston Texans KC
16 Los Angeles Rams SEA
17 Miami Dolphins TEN
18 Carolina Panthers @DET
19 Tennessee Titans @MIA
20 San Francisco 49ers @IND
21 Cleveland Browns NYJ
22 Indianapolis Colts SF
23 Chicago Bears MIN
24 Los Angeles Chargers @NYG
25 Green Bay Packers @DAL

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