What’s going on everyone, and welcome to the third week of the 2018 NFL season! I hope you guys all had a great Week 2 thanks to some awesome performances from Mitch Trubisky, Jared Goff, Corey Davis, Ezekiel Elliott, Tarik Cohen, Golden Tate, and Mike Davis (of all people).

Below are my rankings for Week 5, for all scoring systems, so enjoy!

And like always, be sure to check out Rudy’s fantastic premium tools here, and follow myselfMB, and Jay on Twitter.

In the meantime, I’ll be back on Saturday for the fifth edition of my 2018 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em series!

  1. jiggy nits says:
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    i asked this on the ranking page as well – im really torn on this one

    im 1-3 fournette owner in half ppr

    just got offered kerryon johnson and tevin coleman for my fournette and yeldon. what do you think? thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @jiggy nits: It’s close, but I’d rather have Fournette and Yeldon ROS than Johnson and Coleman, especially with Freeman coming back this week

  2. Andre says:
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    Sony Michel and Rashad Penny for Philip Lindsay and Chris Thompson.

    12tm half PPR. Redraft. Which side do you like?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Andre: I’d rather have Lindsay and Thompson

  3. DiRo says:
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    In my keeper league(we only can keep 2 guys and have a cap of 3 years, this is my last year to keep DJ) with 0.5 PPR I just traded D Johnson/A Collins/A Jeffery for M Gordon/T Hill/S Sheppard

    My team;
    Mahomes
    Kamara, D Johnson, Collins, K Johnson, White
    Thielen, Jeffery, Ridley, Garçon, Dez(just stashed him)
    Kittle/Hooper
    Panthers
    Prater

    Thoughts?

    • DiRo says:
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      @DiRo: double post, my bad…

  4. DiRo says:
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    First got to say I had to go against your advice last week and start White over Collins, glad I trusted my gut/Pats biased opinions.

    In my keeper league(we only can keep 2 guys and have a cap of 3 years, this is my last year to keep DJ) with 0.5 PPR I just traded D Johnson/A Collins/A Jeffery for M Gordon/T Hill/S Sheppard

    My team;
    Mahomes
    Kamara, D Johnson, Collins, K Johnson, White
    Thielen, Jeffery, Ridley, Garçon, Dez(just stashed him)
    Kittle/Hooper
    Panthers
    Prater

    Thoughts?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @DiRo: No worries! You’ve got a great team thus far! Good luck to ya, homie!

  5. mike says:
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    Hey Zach,

    Is this trade bad/vetoable?

    Aaron Jones + Allen Robinson for Davante and Peyton Barber?

    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @mike: No, it certainly isn’t veto-able. I’ve seen a lot worse in some of my own leagues

  6. Justin says:
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    should i roll out patty mahomes this week? playing the jags. waiver QBs include: bortles, stafford, alex smith. what you think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Justin: Yeah, you still need to roll with Mahomes. Can’t bench your studs, even in a tough matchup.

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    You picking up Chris Thompson or Yeldon for Aaron Jones this week?

    0.5 PPR – 6 points per TD – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wilsonian: Hey, sorry, I must have missed this. Yeldon!

  8. Scott says:
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    Based on your rankings, it doesn’t look like you are expecting much from kroft? I assumed he would be higher ranked with eiffeer out. He seemed to have a good rapport last year with Dalton and caught 7 td. I need a td this week. Watson or kroft, goeddert? .5ppr.

    I missed out on getting hopper who you have higher ranked. Thanks

    • Zach

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      @Scott: Yeah I’m intrigued to see how he’s gonna work in this year’s offense with the injury to Eifert. I’m keeping my expectations low on him until I see something, however based off of your question, I’d go with him over Watson and Goeddert.

  9. Jose says:
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    Zach i Just trade my kareem hunt for marshawn lynch and brandin cooks… did a make a mistake? Is a standard league

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jose: No, didn’t make a mistake, not a bad trade!

  10. Nightpandas says:
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    got offered D Henry J Gordon and V Macdonald for my Drake and Jeffrey

    16 team std, 2wr, 2rb, 2flex

    wr: Baldwin, Jeffrey, Golloday, Calloway, Gabriel, Stills, Kirk
    rb: Conner, Bell, Drake, Hines, Foreman
    te: Howard (out potentially 4 weeks)

    best ww TE are Goeddert and Clay

    what ya think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nightpandas: Yeah, I’d try to get a better TE but if you know you can get that deal, then I’d pull the trigger.

  11. Eric says:
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    Ppr league I need 2 rb
    Hyde-volume but going against Balt
    K Johnson- prob won’t get more than 10 carries cause Patricia is an idiot
    Eckler- 10-12 pts usually
    Powell- maybe the same
    Hines- possible volume monster with so many injured

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Eric: Even with the potential upside of Hines, I think I’d go with Hyde and Johnson

  12. Jumponit says:
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    Who would you pick:

    Pick 2 RB: Cook, Drake, Lewis, Chubb, A. Jones (not sure if I trust Cook or Drake…)

    Pick 2 WR: Brown, Allison, Coutee, Taywon Taylor

    Pick 1 Flex from above

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jumponit: Cook and Jones, Brown and Allison, and then DLew at the flex

  13. Pigs says:
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    Would you do Royce for Kittle in a PPR?

    I have Melvin, Hunt, Michel and Hines with OJ Howard getting hurt.

    I was looking to trade Hunt for a good WR at some point but I feel like I’d be better off just playing matchups for my WR spot with Boyd, Fitz, and DT.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Pigs: While I wouldn’t necessarily advocate that trade, because you do need help at the TE position and already have Melvin and Hunt, I’d pull that trigger. However, if you could upgrade to Graham or Reed, I’d go with those guys over Kittle

  14. buster moon says:
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    Better stash… OJ Howard or Greg Olson?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @buster moon: Olsen but I’m not confident in any of these two guys

  15. Nightpandas says:
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    16 team std

    Is Yeldon and ASJ a fair return for Baldwin and Kirk

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nightpandas: Assuming you mean Christian Kirk, yes

  16. miles proudfoot says:
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    Thanks for the rankings! Got a few questions today, thank you in advance!

    1) First time playing fantasy football, still trying to pick up some tips on strategy. Both my TE’s are out this week. Do I stream a mediocre to terrible TE for the week or leave the position open? May be a very close week and could easily lose.

    My drop options are Cobb, Cole, Allison, and Godwin.

    2) would you drop any of the aforementioned players for Jamaal Williams, Latavious Murray, RoJo, or Westbrook?

    3) start Cam or Marty Ice this week?

    thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @miles proudfoot:
      1) Don’t leave the slot empty. Drop Cobb or one of the TE’s because…
      2) I’d pick up RoJo over Cobb
      3) Should be ranked in this article above.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Stream a TE and drop Cobb, don’t pick up anyone just yet, and Matty Ice

  17. Corey says:
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    Need 2 RBS PPR
    Michel
    Hines
    Allen
    Ingram
    Hyde
    Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Corey: For this week, I’d go with Michel and Ingram

      • Cram It says:
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        @Zach: Man, you really like Ingram. I don’t trust he’ll get more than 15 touches or a TD but I’ll trust in you!

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Cram It: He should get a lot of work even with Kamara. Just look at what he did last year

  18. JB2 says:
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    Really tough choice for me – trying to get Kamara, thinking of dealing away

    Keenan Allen (underperforming) and Ajayi or Ingram. I could grab a receiver from him coming back. Half-PPR.

    Either of those make sense?

    • Cram It says:
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      @JB2: I’d want Kamara and keep Ingram as the handcuff. Not a tough decision for me. Idk why he’d make that trade.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @JB2: Maybe Ajayi, but I would keep Allen and Ingram if you could. Although Ingram will end up being a solid RB1 by the end of the season.

  19. Mike says:
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    Hey Zach, most upside Aaron Jones or Dion Lewis, gonna need 15 PPR…

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Mike: ROS, I’d go with DLew

  20. gio says:
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    .5 ppr, with news of mixon practing in full and bernard DNP x 2. I need to start 2 of 3…

    Mixon, OBJ, Conner?

    Leaning Conner and Mixon.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @gio: You can’t bench OBJ, so I’d go with OBJ and Conner

  21. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    What up?! I hope you are doing well. I am in a ten team .5 PPR league. We do have big play bonuses in my league. Can you help me figure out who to start? I would really appreciate it. I really don’t know who to play from QB, RBs, TE or Flex.

    QB- Malhomes OR Goff

    RB- S.Michel?

    RB2- Ingram?

    WR1- M. Thomas

    WR2- Diggs

    Flex-B. Cooks? OR S. Watkins? T. Coleman? OR S.Michel, OR V. MacDonald OR M. Ingram?

    TE-Rudolph OR V. MacDonald?

    K- Crosby

    D- Titans

    • William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein:

      I also have Yeldon! I am sorry I didn’t mention that in the first post.

      -WTCS

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein: Hey Willie! I’d go with Mahomes, Ingram, Yeldon, Cooks, and then Rudolph

      • @Zach:

        I ended up starting Michel because of the Thursday night game and I had not heard back yet from you.

        RB2- Yeldon or Ingram?
        Flex- Ingram, Yeldon or Cooks?

        Thanks

        WTCS

  22. Zach,

    Thanks for the rankings and solid advice as always.

    Had a question in a dynasty league: would you trade James Conner for Jerick McKinnon straight up? I’ve got the running back depth to get through this year (Gordon, Devonta Freeman, Cohen, Breida) and the uncertainty about (i) Conner when/if Bell returns this year and (ii) whether Conner is long term answer for Steelers next year and beyond scares me and tells me to get the best deal I can for him while his value is the highest.

    What do you think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Catalina Wine Mixon: Thanks man! I would not, because I do believe that Conner is the long-term answer for the Steelers.

  23. waffles says:
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    good stuff Zach

    would you trade Breida + Tarik Cohen for Dalvin Cook in a 10 team PPR?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @waffles: Thanks! That’s pretty even trade in my opinion, so I’d pull the trigger

  24. russowl says:
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    In a non ppr standard league with 10 pt bonus @ 100 rush or receiving yards . Would you start Jay Ajayi or Alshon Jeffery?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @russowl: Alshon

  25. One says:
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    For a season long lotto ticket what order do you like Callaway, Sutton, Godwin?
    Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @One: Callaway

  26. Ron Pridgen says:
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    I fishing all around for trade advice in a .25 PPR (A tad odd)

    Give: T.Y., John Brown and Allison
    Get: D. Hopkins and Crabtree

    My other WR are: D. Adams, Edelman, J. Gordon, Goodwin

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Ron Pridgen: I wouldn’t pull that trade, I’d hold onto your three guys, they’re pretty good (even with T.Y.’s injury)

  27. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey man, I’m part of a stupid contest here in Brazil whcih is very simple with 7 categories.

    Passing (Team)
    Rushing (Team)
    DST
    Kicker + XPT
    QB
    RB
    WR

    Categories are pretty simple.
    25 Pass Yrd = 1 Point
    10 Rush Yrd = 1 Point
    10 Receiving Yrd = 1 Point
    TD (any kind) = 6 Points
    Extra Point = 1 Point
    FG = 3 Points
    Sack = 1 Point
    Interception/Fumble/Safety = 2 Points
    No points given = 10 points
    2-9 points given = 6 points
    10-20 points given = 3 points

    It’s a little different of fantasy and the same strategies have hiccups, can you help me figue a team out for Sunday/Monday? Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: Okay, let me see what I can come up with…

      For passing, I’d go with the Falcons. For rushing, I’d go with the Saints. For D/ST, I’d go with the Titans. For Kicker, I’d go with Sturgis. For QB I’d go with Matt Ryan, for RB I’d go with Todd Gurley, and for WR I’d go with Antonio Brown.

      Let me know if that answers your question!

  28. AP says:
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    Hi
    Need serious roster help.
    10 team ppr.
    Need rb2/flex help
    Started j white at rb and Edelman at flex.i also just picked up Olsen ahead of the news…(Fingers crossed)
    QB-Rivers
    RB -White/
    Rb2 need 1 Coleman/D Lewis/L Murray( tough matchup)G Bernard(Just got ruled out)
    WR -Edleman/DHop
    Flex-k allen/amari cooper/or 1 of the remaining rb.
    TE-hooper

    Thanks for your guidance

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @AP: For your RB2, I’d go with DLew, and at flex, I’d go with Allen.

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