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Here’s my Week 5 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, and Seattle are on bye.

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1. Michael Turner @ Cleveland
2. Chris Johnson @ Dallas
3. Jahvid Best vs. St. Louis
4. Adrian Peterson @ New York Jets
5. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Buffalo
6. Ray Rice vs. Denver
7. Arian Foster vs. New York Giants
8. Cedric Benson vs. Tampa Bay
9. Steven Jackson @ Detroit
10. Frank Gore vs. Philadelphia
11.  Peyton Hillis vs. Atlanta
12. Ryan Mathews @ Oakland
13. Jamaal Charles @ Indianapolis
14. Ladainian Tomlinson vs. Minnesota
15. Beanie Wells vs. New Orleans
16. Matt Forte @ Carolina
17. Thomas Jones @ Indianapolis
18. LeSean McCoy @ San Francisco
19. Joseph Addai vs. Kansas City
20. Marion Barber vs. Tennessee
21.  DeAngelo Williams vs. Chicago
22. Shonn Greene vs. Minnesota
23. Michael Bush @ San Diego
24. Mike Tolbert @ Oakland
25. Ryan Torain vs. Green Bay
26. Brandon Jacobs @ Houston
27. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Houston
28. Brandon Jackson @ Washington
29. Jonathan Stewart vs. Chicago
30. Marshawn Lynch vs. Jacksonville

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Inside the numbers:

  • Mojo finally looked liked his old self. He should explode against Buffalo’s league worst run defense.
  • Steven Jackson was a game-time decision and responded with 124 total yards against Seattle.  He’s a great play against a Detroit run defense that’s allowing 134.5 rushing ypg.
  • I assume Arian Foster will show up to his meetings on time. The Giants returned to form in a big way on SNF, which made me hold off on putting Foster in the top five.
  • Peyton Hillis has scored a TD every week. He’s the only RB that can say that.
  • Norv Turner made it a point to say that Ryan Mathews remains his starter. Look for more carries out of the rookie this week. Tolbert will still be in the mix, and makes a solid flex position play against Oakland.
  • LeSean McCoy is dealing with broken ribs. If he plays, he’ll be limited.
  • Michael Bush is expected to make the start against San Diego.
  • Ryan Torian is expected to start against Green Bay.
  • Brandon Jacobs could get the start against Houston.

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Here are my Week 5 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, and Seattle are on bye.
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1. Drew Brees @ Arizona
2. Peyton Manning vs. Kansas City
3. Aaron Rodgers @ Washington
4. Eli Manning @ Houston
5. Matt Ryan @ Cleveland
6. Matt Schaub vs. New York Giants
7. Tony Romo vs. Tennessee
8. Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay
9. Philip Rivers @ Oakland
10. Joe Flacco vs. Denver
11. Mark Sanchez vs. Minnesota
12. Sam Bradford @ Detroit
13. Shaun Hill vs. St. Louis
14. Kyle Orton @ Baltimore
15. Donovan McNabb vs. Green Bay
16. Bruce Gradkowski vs. San Diego
17. Kevin Kolb @ San Francisco
18. Josh Freeman @ Cincinnati
19. Brett Favre @ New York Jets
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jacksonville
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Vikings struggle stopping opposing TEs so Mark Sanchez and Dustin Keller should be very active. Plus, Santonio Holmes will be making his debut, which makes Sanchez a low-end QB1 this week.
  • Joe Flacco completed 80 percent of his passes for a 109.2 passer rating against Denver last year. After struggling against Pittsburgh, look for him to bounce back.
  • Jay Cutler is out this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick moves into the top 20.
  • Sam Bradford’s TD streak should extend against Detroit. His team already believes in him.
  • Matthew Stafford could return, which would bump Shaun Hill. I wouldn’t put Stafford as high though because of the injury and rust.

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Here’s my updated Week 4 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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1. Chris Johnson
2. Maurice Jones-Drew
3. Arian Foster
4. Frank Gore
5. Michael Turner
6. LeSean McCoy
7. Rashard Mendenhall
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cedric Benson
10. Darren McFadden
11. Ray Rice
12. Ladainian Tomlison
13. DeAngelo Williams
14. Jahvid Best
15. Matt Forte
16. Beanie Wells
17. Shonn Greene
18. Joseph Addai
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Clinton Portis
21. Brandon Jackson
22. Justin Forsett
23. Peyton Hillis
24. Ronnie Brown
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
26. Jonathan Stewart
27. Ricky Williams
28. Marshawn Lynch
29. Clinton Portis
30. Pierre Thomas
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Notable changes:

  • It looks like Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best will be able to give it a go so I added them to the rankings. John Kuhn and Tim Hightower were shown the door.
  • Pierre Thomas looks to be a game-time decision so I bumped him down to a flex spot. He’s too risky a play. Chris Ivory would get the start, but I think the Saints would just rely on Brees more.
  • I’m expecting Clinton Portis to lose touches to Ryan Torian so he got dropped from 14 to 20.
  • BenJarvus  Green-Ellis will likely start for the Patriots, making his stock rise from 29 to 25.
  • Steven Jackson and Knowshon Moreno remain unlikely to play this week and once again were omitted.

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    Here’s my Week 4 IDP rankings.

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    1. LaRon Landry:  Will be counted on to contain Vick and his speedy WRs.
    2. Lawrence Timmons:  Will be very active against Baltimore.
    3. Patrick Willis:  I expect him to put the Niners on his back vs. ATL.
    4. Jon Beason:  CAR is a mess, but Beason is nasty. 19 tackles vs. NO last year.
    5. James Harrison:  I expect a physical game vs. Baltimore.
    6.  Ray Lewis:  He’ll be amped to face the Steelers.
    7. London Fletcher:  He’ll also be busy trying to slow Vick.
    8. Yeremiah Bell:  Aaron Hernandez & Co. should keep him busy.
    9.  Jerod Mayo:  24 tackles against Miami last year.
    10. Lance Briggs:  Should be very active against the Bears.
    11. Clay Matthews:  Should add to his sack total against Detroit.
    12.  Jonathan Vilma:  SF have a new OC, which could spell trouble on offense.
    13. Trent Cole:  Will put McNabb on his back. 18 tackles and 3 sacks so far.
    14. Karlos Dansby:  Faces NE who figures to run a lot of offensive plays.
    15. Brian Urlacher:  At least 8 tackles every game thus far.

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    Here’s my Week 4 team defense rankings.

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    1. Green Bay:  Should dominate Detroit at home.
    2. New York Jets:  I almost feel sorry for Buffalo in this one.
    3. Cincinnati:  Great play vs. Cleveland.
    4. New Orleans:  Carolina is just dreadful.
    5. Pittsburgh:  Could struggle if Ray Rice is out or limited.
    6. Baltimore:  Pittsburgh will miss Big Ben now more than ever.
    7. Seattle:  Faces St. Louis, possibly without Steven Jackson.
    8. Indianapolis:  Jacksonville is really struggling.
    9. San Diego:  Arizona is a shadow of their former high-octane offense.
    10. Atlanta:  SF is a wildcard with a new OC. They’ve been bad though.
    11. Philadelphia:  Interesting match-up as McNabb comes home.
    12. Tennessee:  10 sacks and 6 turnovers in 3 games. Play Denver.
    13. New York Giants:  Now or never to get it going vs. Cutler and Bears.
    14. Chicago:  Held their own vs. GB, but Giants will be tough at home.
    15. Houston:  Face Oakland on the road.

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    Here’s my Week 4 kicker rankings.

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    1. Mike Nugent:  Tied for the lead with 8 FGs and facing Cleveland.
    2. Mason Crosby:  Had 6 FGs and 6 PATs vs. Detroit last year.
    3. Jeff Reed:  8 FGs already. Baltimore has allowed league high 9 FGs.
    4. Sebastian Janikowski: 8 FGs, facing Houston who has allowed 5 FGs.
    5. Matt Bryant:  7 FGs, facing SF who has allowed 5 FGs.
    6. Nate Kaeding:  Slow start, but faces Arizona who has allowed 7 FGs.
    7. Robbie Gould:  6 FGs, faces NYG, who has allowed 6 FGs.
    8. Nick Folk:  6 FGs, faces Bills who have allowed 5 FGs.
    9. Dan Carpenter:  5 FGs, faces NE who have allowed 6. Had 4 vs. them last year.
    10. Neil Rackers: 7 FGs on year, including 3 from 40+. Faces Oakland.
    11. David Akers:  6 FGs, 4 PATs vs. WASH last year. Skins allowed 6 this year.
    12. Graham Gano:  Has kicked 7 FGs already. Faces Philly.
    13. Stephen Gostkowski:  4 FGs, 4 PATs vs. Miami last year.
    14. Matt Prater:  4 FGs, faces TENN who has allowed 7 this year.
    15. Rob Bironas: 4 FGs and 8 PATs so far. Faces Denver.

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    Here’s my Week 4 tight end rankings.  Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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    1. Dallas Clark:  7 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs last time he played @JAX.
    2. Antonio Gates:  Threat to score every week. Faces Arizona at home.
    3. Dustin Keller:  Held in check by BUF last year, but he’s on fire.
    4. Jermichael Finley:  Sweet match-up at home vs. Detroit.
    5. Chris Cooley:  McNabb uses his best weapons often against Philly.
    6. Brent Celek:  Attention Vick gets could lead to big plays for Celek.
    7. Zach Miller:  Houston has struggled against the pass.
    8. Tony Gonzalez:  Slow start, but broke out last week.
    9. Vernon Davis:  Solid option vs. ATL though SF has struggled.
    10. Jermaine Gresham:  Don’t see a lot of yards, but a TD vs. CLE.
    11. Greg Olsen:  Trying to overcome the Martz stigma.
    12.  Aaron Hernandez:  Reliable target for Brady.
    13. Todd Heap:  Tough match-up against Pittsburgh.
    14. Heath Miller:  Tough match-up against Baltimore
    15. John Carlson:  109 yards and 2 TDs vs. St. Louis last year.

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    Here’s my Week 4 wide receiver rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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    1. Greg Jennings:  Should have a field day against Detroit.
    2. Reggie Wayne:  Torched JAX for 294 yards and 2 TDs last year.
    3. Randy Moss:  Had 213 yards and 2 TDs vs. Miami last year.
    4. Larry Fitzgerald:  Has the opportunity to produce vs. San Diego.
    5. DeSean Jackson:  Will grab the spotlight in McNabb vs. Vick.
    6. Wes Welker:  Had 19 catches for 251 yards vs. Miami last year.
    7. Roddy White:  Quietly produces just about every week.
    8. Brandon Marshall:  Solid match-up against New England.
    9. Chad Ochocinco:  Had just 62 yards in two games vs. CLE last year.
    10. Calvin Johnson:  Held to just ten yards last time he faced GB.
    11. Andre Johnson:  Bad ankle and Asomugha. No good.
    12. Donald Driver:  249 yards and TD vs. Detroit last year.
    13. Anquan Boldin:  Difficult match-up against Pittsburgh.
    14. Hakeem Nicks:  Eli’s favorite weapon.
    15.  Steve Smith (CAR):  Held to 64 yards last time he faced New Orleans.
    16.  Santana Moss:  McNabb is determined to take down Philly.
    17. Malcom Floyd:  Should take it to Arizona.
    18. Austin Collie:  Peyton’s new safety net.
    19. Terrell Owens:  Decent play against Cleveland.
    20. Marques Colston:  Held to 48 yards vs. Carolina last year.
    21. Johnny Knox:  Giants struggle to stop the pass.
    22. Legedu Naanee:  Should also be active vs. Arizona.
    23. Jeremy Maclin:  Vick will spread it around vs. Skins.
    24. Hines Ward:  Just 84 yards vs. Baltimore last year.
    25. Mario Manningham:  Stepped up as Eli’s #2 target.
    26. Michael Crabtree:  Will he get it going vs. Atlanta?
    27. Mark Clayton:  Decent play against Seattle.
    28. Louis Murphy:  11 catches for 210 yards past two weeks. Faces Houston.
    29. Braylon Edwards:  TDs in his last two games. Plays Buffalo.
    30.Kevin Walter:  AJ gets the attention, Walter does the damage.
    31. Robert Meachem:  98 yards and TD last time he played CAR at home.
    32. Mike Sims-Walker:  64 yards vs. Indy last year.
    33. Steve Smith (NYG):  Big game last week, but on 78 yards in first two.
    34. Pierre Garcon:  Off to a slow start. Monitor his health.
    35. Mike Wallace:  83 yards vs. Baltimore last year.
    36. Devin Hester:  Cutler will spread it around vs. G-Men.
    37. Demaryius Thomas:  Should struggle vs. Finnegan.
    38. Brandon Lloyd:  14 catches for 339 yards in three games this year.
    39. Mike Thomas:  Jags will need to pass to keep up with Indy.
    40. Kenny Britt:  Finally coming out of the doghouse?

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    Here’s my Week 4 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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    1. Chris Johnson:  CJ should dominate Denver at home.
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew:  263 total yards and 3 TDs vs. Indy last year.
    3. Arian Foster:  Favorable match-up against Oakland.
    4. Frank Gore:  Will new OC get things going for San Fran offense?
    5. Michael Turner:  Niners defense is not as advertised.
    6. Pierre Thomas:  81 yards and a score against Carolina last year.
    7. LeSean McCoy:  101 total yards vs. Skins at home last year.
    8. Rashard Mendenhall:  Tough draw against Baltimore.
    9. Cedric Benson:  Strong play against Cleveland.
    10. Darren McFadden:  Run DMC continues to shed the bust label vs. HOU.
    11. Ray Rice:  Tough draw against Baltimore, if he plays at all (knee).
    12. Ladainian Tomlison: The LT rebirth continues vs. BUF.
    13. DeAngelo Williams:  149 yards and 2 TDs last time he played Saints.
    14. Clinton Portis:  McNabb will need his new friends to beat his old ones.
    15. Matt Forte:  Should be active in passing game vs. Giants.
    16. Beanie Wells:  Nice play if he can stay healthy vs. SD.
    17. Mike Tolbert:  Nice play vs. Arizona if Ryan Mathews remains out.
    18. Shonn Greene:  I expect the Greene-LT 1-2 punch to be busy.
    19. Joseph Addai:  Solid RB2 during bye weeks.
    20. Ahmad Bradshaw:  Bears have tough run D. Will have to add rec. yards.
    21. Brandon Jackson:  Splitting carries, but good start vs. Detroit.
    22. Justin Forsett:  130 yards and 2 TDs last time he played STL.
    23. Petyon Hillis:  Will need his tough running against Cincy.
    24. Ronnie Brown:  Aside from one monster game, he’s struggled vs. Pats.
    25. Jonathan Stewart:  163 total yards and TD in 2 games vs. NO last year.
    26. Ricky Williams:  Fins will try to control clock to keep Brady watching.
    27.  John Kuhn:  Good chance to score vs. Detroit
    28. Marshawn Lynch:  Top choice of an ugly three-headed RB set.
    29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis:  Law firm will move up ranks if Fred Taylor is out.
    30. Tim Hightower:  Second fiddle now that Beanie is back.

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