O.J. Howard
Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts
DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears
Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets
Cleveland Browns Defense
New York Jets Defense
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense
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Everson Griffen
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 team defense rankings.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Oakland Raiders
6. New York Jets
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Cincinnati Bengals
9. New York Giants
10. Kansas City Chiefs
11. Arizona Cardinals
12. Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Green Bay Packers
14. Tennessee Titans
15. Detroit Lions
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Stephen Gostkowski
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
3. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
4. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
5. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
6. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
7. Nick Folk, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans
9. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
10. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
11. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Phil Dawson, Arizona Cardinals
13. Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland Raiders
14. Steven Hauschka, Buffalo Bills
15. Younghoe Koo, Los Angeles Chargers
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Gronk Grab
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 tight end rankings.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
5. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
6. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
7. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
10. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
11. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers
12. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
13. Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens
14. Evan Engram, New York Giants
15. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
17. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
18. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
19. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals
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2017 NFL Picks – Week 5

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Here are the Lester’s Legends NFL Picks. These picks are straight up and for fun. I went 11-5 last week and my Survivor Pick (Seattle) took care of business. I’ll take the Steelers for my Survivor League pick.
Overall Record: 40-23 (.635)
Lock Picks: 4-0 (1.000)
Winner Locks: ATL (W), OAK (W), GB (W), SEA (W)
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
New England over Tampa Bay
Cincinnati over Buffalo
Cleveland over New York Jets
Detroit over Carolina
Indianapolis over San Francisco
Tennessee over Miami
New York Giants over Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia over Arizona
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville (Survivor Pick)
Baltimore over Oakland
Seattle over Los Angeles Rams
Dallas over Green Bay
Kansas City over Houston
Minnesota over Chicago
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Mike Evans
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 wide receiver rankings.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
1. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
4. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
7. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
8. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
9. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
10. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
12. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
13. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
14. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
15. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
16. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
17. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
18. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
19. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
21. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
22. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
23. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
25. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
26. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
27. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
28. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
29. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
30. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
31. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
32. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
33. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
34. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
35. Jaron Brown, Arizona Cardinals
36. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
37. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
38. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
39. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
40. Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
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Bell Touchdown
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 running back rankings.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
5. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
6. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
9. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
10. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
11. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
12. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
13. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
14. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
15. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
16. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
17. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
18. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
19. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
20. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
21. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
22. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
24. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
25. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
26. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
27. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
29. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
30. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
31. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
32. James White, New England Patriots
33. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
34. Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
35. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
36. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
37. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
38. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
39. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
40. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks

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Aaron Rodgers throw
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 5 quarterback rankings.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
10. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
11. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants
13. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
14. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
15. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
16. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
18. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
19. Josh McCown, New York Jets
20. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins
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Alex Collins
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Bye Week: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Get ‘em
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4 of 6 for 80 yards, TD. 2nd straight game with a score.
Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 8 of 12 targets for 105 yards. 27 yards and a score last week and 73 the week prior.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens – 9 carries for 82 yards for second straight week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals – 286 yards, 4 TDs, 29 rushing. Solid QB2.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants – 50 total yards and a TD. Likely gets a crack at the lead back gig.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6 of 7 for 70 yards. 6 for 68 last week. Worth a look in PPR leagues.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans – 4 of 6 targets for 35 yards and 2 TDs.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers – 13 carries for 49 yards after both Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee) were injured. If he’s next man up, he’s worth an add.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams – 5 of 7 targets for 60 yards, TD. Bench depth.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings – 29  total yards. Will have a larger role if Dalvin Cook (knee) misses any time.
Wendell Smallworld, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – 79 total yards and a score.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans – 283 yards and 4 TD passes, 24 yards and a TD rushing.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears – Caught all four targets for 51 yards and a score. Turned in a dud last week, but he’s still a solid bench option. Chicago has to pass to somebody.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Brice Butler, WR, Dallas Cowboys – 12 yards and a TD. Second straight game with a score, but still not a reliable fantasy option.
A.J. Derby, TE, Denver Broncos – 4 of 6 for 75 yards, TD.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers – 58 total yards, TD.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers – 7 of 9 targets for 70 yards and 2 TDs. Averaging 65.3 yards in his last three games.
James Hanna, TE, Dallas Cowboys – 28-yard, TD.
Johnny Holton, WR, Oakland Raiders – 64-yard TD.
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2 of 4 targets for 63 yards, TD. Put him on your watch list.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – 6 of 7 targets for 68 yards, 2 TDs.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots – 27 total yards, TD.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets – 131 total yards and a score. Earned a larger role, but will be behind Bilal Powell and Matt Forte (when healthy).
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 65 total yards and TD. Even with Carson getting injured, he’s not likely to be a consistent contributor.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – 3 of 4 targets for 47 yards, TD.
Fozzy Whitaker, RB, Carolina Panthers – 3 catches for 34 yards, TD.
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Bobby Wagner
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 4 team IDP rankings.
1. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
2. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
3. Jatavis Brown, Los Angeles Chargers
4. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
5. Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
7. Landon Collins, New York Giants
8. Zach Brown, Washington Redskins
9. Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
10. Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans
11. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
12. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
13. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
14. Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars
15. Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
16. Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
17. Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals
18. Navorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
19. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
20. Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
21. Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers
22. Christian Kirksey, Cleveland Browns
23. Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
24. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
25. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
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