We are a quarter of the way through the fantasy football season. There are some trends that are becoming more or less of a normalcy. Fantasy football performance is almost as unpredictable as the injuries that ravage our rosters. As rankers, we have a big enough sample size to start fading some of the players who performed well in past seasons at our choosing and also consistently moving up players that are having good seasons for more than just their match ups.

Without further ado, here are my Week 5 rankings…

 

 

Todd Gurley had a subpar season last year and we are finding out the solution this season as to what brings out the best in him. Aside from racking up seven touchdowns this season and consistently putting up big games in the yardage category, I actually like his matchup against Seattle this Sunday quite a bit. In Week 1, Ty Montgomery racked up over 90 all-purpose yards against Seattle. In weeks 2 and 3 Carlos Hyde and DeMarco Murray racked up at least 115 yards on the ground a piece against this stout front seven. After putting up 35 points on the Cowboys this past weekend, I think it’s time to start taking many facets of the Los Angeles Rams’ offense seriously, even against the Seahawks.

I have Jameis Winston as my third-ranked quarterback this week. The Patriots have given up the most passing yards and the most passing touchdowns in the league against opposing offenses through their first four games this season. The fact that this defense only has a four day turnaround also boosts my confidence that Jameis should be able to shine from a fantasy aspect for the second week in a row. Although I still expect the Patriots to come away with the victory in Tampa, I think that Jameis can help you get a victory on your fantasy team.

Finally, I think that Devante Parker is a top 10 play this week against the Tennessee Titans. In Week 3 against the Titans, Doug Baldwin hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. In Week 4. DeAndre Hopkins also hauled in 10 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. I see a similar stat line on the horizon for Miami’s #1 outside receiver happening this week. Parker hasn’t had his true breakout game yet, but he hasn’t had any less than 69 (nice) yards in any game so far this season.

There are a couple of players that I am avoiding for this time being as well. I don’t think it’s feasible to start a struggling Amari Cooper without Derek Carr in the lineup. That being said, I think he is a great buy-low for later on in the season if you can afford to leave him on the bench for a few weeks. I am also not very confident in what I have seen from Jimmy Graham to this point. He has yet to find the end zone this year and he hasn’t reach the end zone double digit times since the 2014 season. Cam Newton looked awesome last week against the struggling Patriots defense, but the Lions haven’t been a slouch at all on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. I’m rooting for Newton to continue his success, but I’d like to see him do it one more time before I slot him inside of the top-10.

 

 

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  1. SDub88 says:
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    Interesting with the Rivers ranking. You’d start Rivers over Cam? I also have Mariota if he plays do I go with him?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @SDub88: yes, NYG struggles with pass rush, I think he fairs well. No I’m not starting Mariota this week

  2. Noam Levenson says:
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    Thanks MB for the rankings.

    PPR League
    Who would you go with for two RB and one flex? Between: Thielen, Abdullah, J. Howard, Mixon, J. White?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Noam Levenson: I’d go Howard, Abdullah, and Mixon and If you don’t want to start Mixon, I’d start Thielen

      • Noam Levenson says:
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        @Mb: Great! Thanks. Do you think Kyle Rudolph is droppable right now for Brate? Or should I hold onto Rudolph until Bradford comes back?

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @Noam Levenson: I’d hold onto Rudolph

  3. Christian herman says:
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    Standard: G Tate & M Bennett for MY Martavis & Foreman/Engram
    My WRS are Baldwin Bryant Snead. TEs are Clay & Engram
    Tyrell Williams Funchess & Amendola are on free agency for depth (I have 4 open bench slots) I see your low on Bryant & higher on Tate

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Christian herman: I would do it. Tate makes for a good WR2

      • Christian herman says:
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        @Mb: would you rather keep Engram or Foreman? Clay & Engram my TEs Bell Monty & Foreman my RBs (before waivers)

  4. Wric777 says:
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    Interesting Rivers ranking. I am in the process of acquiring him. Thinking about trading away Cousins, thielen and Melvin Gordon for Rivers, Mike thomas and Kelvin. Is that too little of a return for Gordon? Thanks!

    • Wric777 says:
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      @Wric777:

      Forgot to mention. Half pt ppr 12 teamer. My other RBs are ajayi, tymont, gore, Lmurray, Twest. Other WRs are Dthomas, Parker,thielen, crowder, jaron brown.

      Thanks again!

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Wric777: yeah that’s too little return for me

  5. William Hung says:
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    would you drop Jacquizz Rodgers for Mike Wallace?

    • William Hung says:
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      or Thomas Rawls?

  6. Lackeydrinksonme

    lackeydrinksonme says:
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    Having a tough time this week:
    Thanks for this, I think this reinforces that I might start Winston over Prescott this week.

    Need 2 FLEX, .5 PPR

    Sammy Watkins
    Amari Cooper
    Derrick Henry
    Tyrell Williams
    Will Fuller

    Jaron Brown is on waivers.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @lackeydrinksonme: that’s rough. Jaron Brown and Tyrell Williams

  7. Big League Choo says:
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    10 team standard league

    Mccafrey got dropped, missed out on Murray

    What percentage of faab would you spend?

  8. Allan says:
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    I’ve lost Johnson and Cook to IR. Remaining Rbs are Ingram Smallwood Cohen and Bernard. Pick up Lacy McKinnon or Gallman in a PPR dynasty? Also with bye I’m starting Baldwin Cooper and Cupp at WR and flex. Start Marshall over any of them? Or any of my rbs over Cooper or Cupp in the flex?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Allan: Gallman. No I’m fading Marshall

  9. Matt says:
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    Would you trade L. Murray and AMari for Deandre? .5 ppr 14 teamer. Id start abdullah and tevin here on out at rb….other wr are fitz and AJ.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Matt: I like it, boy it gets to be struggle bus at RB in 14 teamers!

  10. Chicken Dinner says:
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    L Miller/ Tyreek or Howard/ Snead

    PPR

    Is DJ a must stash in all leagues with a good record?

  11. Jake says:
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    Would you rather have Rawls or Foreman ?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Jake: rawls

  12. StevJ. says:
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    Trade: k. Benjamin/j. Allen or Abdullah ? Need rb upgrade. Thx

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @StevJ.: J. Allen

      • StevJ. says:
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        Please rate(typo in orig,)
        Trade K. Benjamin and J. Allen
        Receive: Abdullah

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @StevJ.: yes I would do it

  13. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    MB! Good sir. How are you? I appreciated your advice last week. My team won. I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 5? I appreciate it.

    QB1- Winston or Mariota? or Watson?
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Blount? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Elliott? Miller? Coleman? Henry? C.Thompson?
    WR- C. Hogan? Hopkins? or S. Shepard?
    WR2-Hopkins or Hogan or S.Shepard?
    F-L. Miller? T. Coleman? D. Henry? C.Thompson? S.Shepard?
    TE- D. Walker
    K-Cantazaro or Bailey?
    D-AZ or LAR?

  14. Jake says:
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    Debating using James White over Abdulla its .5 ppr I believe he is going to be heavily targeted you agree with this ?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Jake: I like it, starting LBs for Tampa are hurt, could be a big day

  15. Chicken Dinner says:
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    L Miller/ Tyreek or Howard/ Snead?

    PPR

  16. Mr Rogers neighborhood says:
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    Howdy man! .5 PPR league who would you rather have ROS my Melvin Gordon, fournette or shady McCoy? I own Gordon but ROS wise who do you like better? If I do fournette is it fair or should I have him throw in a player or should I throw in a player? His RBs are Ajayi, fournette, Montgomery, Collins, riddick. His WRs are Evans, funchess, martavis Bryant, rishard matthews, golden Tate.

    Onto the McCoy owner I would do that 1 for 1 swap. But next week is mccoys bye if the chargers continue to lose will that effect how they use Gordon? Or try my Gordon + alshon for McCoy + Diggs? Too much of a reach?

    Next, why so low on the Ravens D? They face the raiders w/o Carr

    — QB wise I own only Winston but dak & luck were both dropped, would you put in claims?

    — my RBs are Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Abdullah, Smallwood, Aaron jones, jerrick McKinnon.

    — my WRs Keenan Allen, Baldwin, Alshon, hogan, Lockett, will fuller, Parker

    — lastly I have Aaron jones but I don’t have Montgomery, hang onto jones or drop for Rawls or gallman or foreman?

  17. MB

    Mb says:
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    Hey man!

    I’d try and get Fournette straight up for Gordon

    I’ll adjust my defenses, but I still don’t trust Baltimore with or without Carr.

    I’d put in a claim for Luck drop Lockett

    I’d drop Aaron Jones for Rawls

  18. steve says:
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    r u at all concerned about Gordon’s knee?

    Received a proposal
    Offered Gordon
    Trade away. Baldwin/K. Benjamin/L. Murray

    What do you think?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @steve: I wouldn’t do it. I’m a little concerned about everything regarding Gordon

      • steve says:
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        @Mb:

        Thanks, I didn’t appreciate Gordon’s knee issues.

        How about Baldwin/D. Martin/T. Coleman for K. Hunt? Too much?
        He also has Hunt

  19. mets3145 says:
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    Matt – you seem to be really high on Rawls compared to other people/sites – what about him makes your spidey senses tingle? With the recent “DNP” by Smallwood, I’m in a big time RB bind.

    My expected starters were supposed to be Smallwood and Gallman, but if Smallwood doesn’t play I’m going to need to drop Jacquizz for another RB, and then pray the G-Men do the right thing and let Gallman ball out

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @mets3145: earlier this week, Carroll was hinting at him being the lead back

  20. TTRA1N says:
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    What you think about trading McCaffrey for D.Parker in PPR?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @TTRA1N: I’d do it!

  21. Milkman says:
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    How do you compare Brate vs. Rudolph looking forward? If I had to choose one for the rest of the season who would you pick.

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Milkman: Rudolph ROS, Brate this week

  22. Nick says:
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    Hey bud – you dropping J Allen or Maclin in 10team standard for either Mckissic or McKinnon? I have alot of week 10 byes (especially at RB) so I think dropping J Allen or even Maclin is beneficial all around…

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Nick: I’d drop Maclin, there’s a possibility Buck becomes useful

  23. The KAT's Meow says:
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    Full-point PPR (Same League)

    Drop McKinnon or Smallwood for a bye week QB?

    Start Duke or White in my flex?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @The KAT’s Meow: WHITE and yes drop Smallwood for QB

  24. The KAT's Meow says:
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    Standard League set my lineup question (lots of question marks/close calls)

    Choose a RB (Howard and ?).
    Choose a WR (Hopkins and ?).
    Choose one RB/WR (Flex) from the remaining options.

    RB: Howard, Murray, Collins, Rawls
    WR: Hopkins, Jaron Brown, Cooper, Bryant, Funchess, Tyrell

  25. steve says:
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    Need to drop one.
    Luck or J. Allen? Tough choice for me
    Thanks

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @steve: who would be your QB ros? Probably Allen if it’s not a top 10 guy

      • steve says:
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        @Mb:
        Have Mariota and added Watson this week. So leaning to drop Allen just checking to see if u still agree to hold Luck. Thx

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @steve: 2 decent Qbs, I’d try and see what you can get for Luck!

  26. #flytheW says:
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    pick 1 flex plz M Lee J White, Gillislee, delaine Walker te gets 1.5 per ppr otherwise its 1pt ppr 8 pts rush td n 6pts rec td ….. thank you for the help

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @#flytheW: sorry I missed this. Hopefully you went with James White! Marquis Lee if you didn’t

  27. steve says:
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    Working to improve my rb situation. Offered K. Benjamin and T. Coleman for Ty Montgomery. What do you think? Good deal? Offer more if rejected? Thanks

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @steve: I’m not a big Montgomery fan, so I’m the wrong guy to ask. I’d be targeting Jordan Howard if the owner is weary

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