Expect the unexpected.

Now for those of you who may be reality show junkies, that phrase may bring Big Brother to mind. However, the same could be said for the first five weeks of the NFL season as injuries continue to decimate fantasy rosters leaving 2017 to be one of the most volatile high draft pick years in recent memory.

David Johnson. Gone.

Odell Beckham Jr. Gone.

Jay Ajayi, Demarco Murray and Amari Cooper. Currently missing from relevancy.

Nevertheless, the NFL marches on towards another week (hopefully with much fewer injuries) and we march towards another week of rankings with some more big movers taking advantage of the opportunities.


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Another week, another spectacular performance from Deshaun Watson. Since Week 2, the rookie is the highest scoring player in fantasy football. This trend should only continue against a porous Cleveland secondary. Meanwhile, the rest of this week’s top 10 is chock full of favorable matchups, with the only remaining question being will Mariota make his return on Monday night?

All in all, you know it’s a deep week when Josh McCown is finding himself as a viable deep play. Jacoby Brissett is also a solid start this week if you need to reach into the waiver wire. Tennessee is giving up the 4th most points to quarterbacks this season.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE @NYJ
2 Drew Brees NO DET
3 Aaron Rodgers GB @MIN
4 Deshaun Watson HST CLV
5 Kirk Cousins WAS SF
6 Matt Ryan ATL MIA
7 Cam Newton CAR PHI
8 Matthew Stafford DET @NO
9 Marcus Mariota TEN IND
10 Jameis Winston TB @ARZ
11 Philip Rivers LAC @OAK
12 Alex Smith KC PIT
13 Carson Wentz PHI @CAR
14 Carson Palmer ARZ TB
15 Jacoby Brissett IND @TEN
16 Trevor Siemian DEN NYG
17 Josh McCown NYJ NE
18 Derek Carr OAK LAC
19 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @KC
20 Case Keenum MIN GB
21 Jared Goff LAR @JAX
22 Joe Flacco BLT CHI
23 Brian Hoyer SF @WAS
24 Blake Bortles JAX LAR
25 Mitchell Trubisky CHI @BLT


Running Back

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There will be little surprise this week if Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette finish 1-2 in points this weekend looking at their overwhelmingly positive matchups. Kansas City faces a Pittsburgh defense giving up the 5th most points to the position, Jacksonville meanwhile takes on the Rams who give up the 2nd most.

The week’s biggest news, Adrian Peterson being dealt to the Cardinals, opens the door wide open for Alvin Kamara to begin making more of an impact for the Saints. The talent is there for him to become a top 15 RB by season’s end.

Following a small breakout party, Marlon Mack at RB38 may be due for another big performance on the national stage Monday night.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Kareem Hunt KC PIT
2 Le’Veon Bell PIT @KC
3 Todd Gurley II LAR @JAX
4 Leonard Fournette JAX LAR
5 Melvin Gordon LAC @OAK
6 Devonta Freeman ATL MIA
7 C.J. Anderson DEN NYG
8 Lamar Miller HST CLV
9 DeMarco Murray TEN IND
10 Doug Martin TB @ARZ
11 Jordan Howard CHI @BLT
12 Jay Ajayi MIA @ATL
13 Carlos Hyde SF @WAS
14 Mark Ingram NO DET
15 Marshawn Lynch OAK LAC
16 Javorius Allen BLT CHI
17 Jerick McKinnon MIN GB
18 Christian McCaffrey CAR PHI
19 Duke Johnson Jr. CLV @HST
20 Alvin Kamara NO DET
21 Ameer Abdullah DET @NO
22 Aaron Jones GB @MIN
23 Elijah McGuire NYJ NE
24 Mike Gillislee NE @NYJ
25 Tevin Coleman ATL MIA
26 LeGarrette Blount PHI @CAR
27 Chris Thompson WAS SF
28 Rob Kelley WAS SF
29 Frank Gore IND @TEN
30 Jonathan Stewart CAR PHI
31 Theo Riddick DET @NO
32 Alex Collins BLT CHI
33 Andre Ellington ARZ TB
34 James White NE @NYJ
35 Isaiah Crowell CLV @HST
36 Latavius Murray MIN GB
37 Wayne Gallman NYG @DEN
38 Marlon Mack IND @TEN
39 Matt Breida SF @WAS
40 Derrick Henry TEN IND
41 Shane Vereen NYG @DEN
42 Tarik Cohen CHI @BLT
43 Jamaal Charles DEN NYG
44 Orleans Darkwa NYG @DEN
45 D’Onta Foreman HST CLV
46 Adrian Peterson ARZ TB
47 Corey Clement PHI @CAR
48 Jalen Richard OAK LAC
49 Chris Ivory JAX LAR
50 Samaje Perine WAS SF


Wide Receiver

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How grateful do you think DeAndre Hopkins is now that he has someone who can get him the ball? Devin McCourty had a great game last week against the Jets, but that was the Jets — now it’s time for Hopkins.

Mike Evans is off to a strange start this season and going up against the best shutdown corner in the game in Patrick Peterson will prove to be another difficult week for the Bucs’ WR1.

Into the top 20, the hype is brewing for Will Fuller and Devin Funchess. It should be fun watching to see if they can keep up the production over the past two weeks, finally meeting expectations after they were drafted.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT @KC
2 DeAndre Hopkins HST CLV
3 Julio Jones ATL MIA
4 Michael Thomas NO DET
5 Jordy Nelson GB @MIN
6 Chris Hogan NE @NYJ
7 T.Y. Hilton IND @TEN
8 Keenan Allen LAC @OAK
9 Mike Evans TB @ARZ
10 Larry Fitzgerald ARZ TB
11 Stefon Diggs MIN GB
12 Tyreek Hill KC PIT
13 Brandin Cooks NE @NYJ
14 Alshon Jeffery PHI @CAR
15 Davante Adams GB @MIN
16 Michael Crabtree OAK LAC
17 Golden Tate DET @NO
18 Adam Thielen MIN GB
19 Pierre Garcon SF @WAS
20 Emmanuel Sanders DEN NYG
21 Demaryius Thomas DEN NYG
22 Jarvis Landry MIA @ATL
23 Will Fuller V HST CLV
24 Terrelle Pryor Sr. WAS SF
25 Kelvin Benjamin CAR PHI
26 DeSean Jackson TB @ARZ
27 Devin Funchess CAR PHI
28 Rishard Matthews TEN IND
29 Willie Snead IV NO DET
30 Amari Cooper OAK LAC
31 Randall Cobb GB @MIN
32 Danny Amendola NE @NYJ
33 DeVante Parker MIA @ATL
34 John Brown ARZ TB
35 Jeremy Maclin BLT CHI
36 Jermaine Kearse NYJ NE
37 Marvin Jones Jr. DET @NO
38 Tyrell Williams LAC @OAK
39 Martavis Bryant PIT @KC
40 Allen Hurns JAX LAR
41 Jaron Brown ARZ TB
42 Taylor Gabriel ATL MIA
43 Sammy Watkins LAR @JAX
44 Mike Wallace BLT CHI
45 Cooper Kupp LAR @JAX
46 Jamison Crowder WAS SF
47 Marqise Lee JAX LAR
48 Kendall Wright CHI @BLT
49 Nelson Agholor PHI @CAR
50 Ricardo Louis CLV @HST


Tight End

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The injury that sidelined Gronk last week was the definition of getting blindsided if you’re an owner of the big tight end. By all accounts, he should be back this week and has a solid matchup against the Jets in front of him.

Breaking into the top 10 this week is Houston’s Ryan Griffin who like we’ve mentioned with other Texans has one of the best matchups this week. Both Griffin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins provide good low TE1 value in Week 6.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @NYJ
2 Travis Kelce KC PIT
3 Zach Ertz PHI @CAR
4 Evan Engram NYG @DEN
5 Jordan Reed WAS SF
6 Delanie Walker TEN IND
7 Kyle Rudolph MIN GB
8 Cameron Brate TB @ARZ
9 Martellus Bennett GB @MIN
10 Ryan Griffin HST CLV
11 Hunter Henry LAC @OAK
12 Jared Cook OAK LAC
13 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ NE
14 Jack Doyle IND @TEN
15 Coby Fleener NO DET
16 Zach Miller CHI @BLT
17 Benjamin Watson BLT CHI
18 Ed Dickson CAR PHI
19 Jesse James PIT @KC
20 George Kittle SF @WAS
21 Austin Hooper ATL MIA
22 A.J. Derby DEN NYG
23 Eric Ebron DET @NO
24 David Njoku CLV @HST
25 Antonio Gates LAC @OAK

Defense/Special Teams

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When Scott Tolzien was under center for the Colts, anyone playing Indy was an automatic start. The same could now be said for the Giants who might have to find a fan outside of MetLife Stadium for wide receiver help. Broncos should come up with a big game this weekend.

Keep an eye on the Chargers defense this weekend if David Carr can’t make his return for the Raiders, that could be a solid play after Oakland made Baltimore look like a defensive menace in Week 5.

Rank Name Opp
1 Denver Broncos NYG
2 Jacksonville Jaguars LAR
3 Atlanta Falcons MIA
4 Houston Texans CLV
5 Washington Redskins SF
6 Baltimore Ravens CHI
7 Los Angeles Rams @JAX
8 Kansas City Chiefs PIT
9 New England Patriots @NYJ
10 Green Bay Packers @MIN
11 Tennessee Titans IND
12 Arizona Cardinals TB
13 Carolina Panthers PHI
14 Philadelphia Eagles @CAR
15 Chicago Bears @BLT
16 Los Angeles Chargers @OAK
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ARZ
18 Pittsburgh Steelers @KC
19 Minnesota Vikings GB
20 Detroit Lions @NO
21 Indianapolis Colts @TEN
22 New York Giants @DEN
23 Oakland Raiders LAC
24 New Orleans Saints DET
25 Cleveland Browns @HST

(Rankings based off .5 PPR scoring)

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