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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. Fred Jackson @ Jacksonville
19. Ryan Torain vs. Green Bay
20. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Houston
21. LeSean McCoy @ San Francisco
22. Joseph Addai vs. Kansas City
23. Michael Bush @ San Diego
24. DeAngelo Williams vs. Chicago
25. Mike Tolbert @ Oakland
26. Shonn Greene vs. Minnesota
27. Brandon Jacobs @ Houston
28. Marion Barber vs. Tennessee
29. Brandon Jackson @ Washington
30. Knowshon Moreno @ Baltimore

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Notable Changes:

  • With Marshawn Lynch going to Seattle, he is off the list due to his bye. Fred Jackson takes advantage of the less crowded backfield by jumping to #18.
  • LeSean McCoy’s rib injury scares me. He is going to play, but is a risk to aggravate his injury. Mike Bell will likely play a larger role this week, especially in goal line packages.
  • It looks like Ahmad Bradshaw will be good to go so he moves up a few slots.
  • Darren McFadden will likely miss the game so Michael Bush moves up a few slots.
  • The Cowboys plan to have Felix Jones more involved so Marion Barber slides down a few slots.
  • With Clinton Portis out, Ryan Torain jumps up a few slots against a Packers run defense that is yielding 5.2 ypc.

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Here’s my Week 5 IDP rankings.

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1. Patrick Willis vs. PHI:  Should pile up tackles vs. Eagles with Kolb under center.
2. Stephen Tulloch @ DAL:  25 tackles past two weeks.
3.  Paris Lenon vs NO:  39 tackles for Cards. Saints will keep him active.
4. Jon Beason vs. CHI:  35 tackles for Panthers.
5.  LaRon Landry vs. GB: Just 11 tackles past two games, but should be busy vs. Packers.
6.  Ray Lewis vs. DEN:  Moreno’s return and Denver’s short passes should lead to a ton of tackles.
7. London Fletcher vs. GB:  39 tackles through 4 games.
8. Chad Greenway @ New York Jets:  Jets ground game will keep him active.
9.  Barrett Ruud @ CIN:  26 tackles in three games.
10. Lance Briggs @ CAR:  Expect a lot of running to keep it easy for Clausen.
11. Clay Matthews @ WAS:  Has 7 sacks already and McNabb is known to take a few.
12.  D.J. Williams @ BAL:  Ray Rice and company should keep him busy.
13. DeMeco Ryans vs. NYG:  Brian Cushing’s return should free up DeMeco.
14. James Anderson vs. CHI:  Has 45 tackles for Panthers with at least 9 every game.
15. Curtis Lofton @ CLE:  Heavy does of Hillis will lead to a bundle of tackles.

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Here’s my Week 5 team defense rankings.

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1.  Cincinnati vs. Tampa Bay
2. Atlanta @ Cleveland
3. San Diego @ Oakland
4. New Orleans @ Arizona
5. Chicago @ Carolina
6. Philadelphia @ San Francisco
7. Baltimore vs. Denver
8. Indianapolis vs. Kansas City
9. New York Jets vs. Minnesota
10.  Green Bay @ Washington
11. Dallas vs. Tennessee
12. Minnesota @ New York Jets
13.  Jacksonville @ Buffalo
14. Houston vs. New York Giants
15. New York Giants @ Houston

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Saints have just six sacks and 3 INTs, but they get have to be licking their chops thinking about Max Hall’s first career start. The Cardinals have allowed 15 sacks already.
  • San Diego is third with 15 sacks while the Raiders are 4th with 13 allowed.
  • Atlanta leads the league with 8 INTs.
  • Carolina has completed just 45.8 percent of their pass attempts.
  • The Eagles have allowed opposing QBs to complete just 52 percent of their passes.

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Here’s my Week 5 kicker rankings.

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1.  Matt Bryant @ Cleveland:  Tied for the league with FGs.
2. Mike Nugent vs. Tampa Bay:  Tied for the league with FGs.
3. David Buehler vs. Tennessee:  Titans lead NFL with 11 FGs allowed.
4. John Carney @ Arizona:  Cardinals have allowed 9 FGs.
5. Graham Gano vs. Green Bay: Gano has 8 FGs, Packers have allowed 8.
6. David Akers @ San Francisco:  Niners have allowed 8 FGs. Expecting more FGs without Vick.
7. Robbie Gould @ Carolina:  Gould has 7 FGs, Panthers have allowed 8.
8. Neil Rackers vs. NYG:  Rackers has 8 FGs, Giants have allowed 7.
9. Mason Crosby @ Washington:  Redskins have allowed 8 FGs.
10.  Matt Prater @ Baltimore:  Ravens have allowed 9 FGs.
11.  Sebastian Janikowski vs. San Diego:  Third in the league with 9 FGs.
12.  Josh Scobee @ Buffalo:  All five of his FGs have come from 40+ yards.
13. Ryan Longwell @ New York Jets:  Physical game should lead to multiple FG attempts.
14. Nick Folk vs. Minnesota:  See above.
15. Jason Hanson vs. St. Louis:  Has 6 FGs, St. Louis has allowed 8.

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

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1. Antonio Gates @ Oakland
2. Dustin Keller vs. Minnesota
3. Dallas Clark vs. Kansas City
4. Tony Gonzalez @ Cleveland
5. Jermichael Finley @ Washington
6. Chris Cooley vs. Green Bay
7. Brent Celek @ San Francisco
8. Jason Witten vs.  Tennessee
9. Vernon Davis vs. Philadelphia
10. Zach Miller vs. San Diego
11. Visanthe Shiancoe @ New York Jets
12. Brandon Pettigrew vs. St. Louis
13. Greg Olsen @ Carolina
14. Kellen Winslow @ Cincinnati
15. Benjamin Watson vs. Atlanta
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Inside the numbers:

  • Antonio Gates has six TDs already and has scored in every game this year.
  • Dustin Keller has five TDs in his last three games.
  • Dallas Clark is averaging seven receptions per game.
  • Kevin Kolb struggled to get the ball to his WRs against Washington. He has a good rapport with Brent Celek and will use him as a safety net.
  • Brandon Pettigrew is averaging seven catches per game since Week 2.
  • Benjamin Watson has 11 catches for 107 yards and a score over the past two weeks.

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

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1. Andre Johnson vs. New York Giants
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Kansas City
3. Roddy White vs. Cleveland
4. Miles Austin vs. Tennessee
5. Calvin Johnson vs. St. Louis
6. Hakeem Nicks @ Houston
7. Marques Colston @ Arizona
8. Austin Collie vs. Kansas City
9. Anquan Boldin  vs. Denver
10. Chad Ochocinco vs. Atlanta
11. DeSean Jackson @ San Francisco
12. Larry Fitzgerald  vs. New Orleans
13. Terrell Owens vs. Atlanta
14. Mark Clayton @ Detroit
15. Randy Moss @ New York Jets
16. Donald Driver @ Washington
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Baltimore
18. Greg Jennings @ Washington
19. Kevin Walter vs. New York Giants
20. Malcom Floyd @ Oakland
21. Louis Murphy vs. San Diego
22. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Houston
23. Jeremy Maclin @ San Francisco
24. Braylon Edwards vs. Minnesota
25. Eddie Royal @ Baltimore
26. Johnny Knox @ Carolina
27. Santana Moss vs. Green Bay
28. Michael Crabtree vs. Philadelphia
29. Percy Harvin @ New York Jets
30. Mario Manningham @ Houston
31. Lance Moore @ Arizona
32. Legedu Naanee @ Oakland
33. Mike Sims-Walker vs. Buffalo
34. Dwayne Bowe @ Indianapolis
35. Steve Johnson @ Jacksonville
36. Kenny Britt @ Dallas
37. Danny Amendola vs. Detroit
38. Roy Williams vs. Tennessee
39. Devin Hester @ Carolina
40. Dez Bryant vs. Tennessee

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Inside the numbers:

  • Andre Johnson took last week off to get healthy. That should pay major dividends against the Giants.
  • Austin Collie leads all WRs with 5 TDs. He’s the only one to have a score each week.
  • DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin slid down the rankings with Kevin Kolb in as the starter. Until he proves he can get the ball to his WRs, their value takes a hit.
  • Brandon Lloyd is just two yards shy of Reggie Wayne for the league high. Denver’s number one passing offense faces Baltimore’s number one passing defense. Something has to give.
  • Greg Jennings is tied for the team lead with Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley with 26 targets, but only has 12 catches.  Driver has become the safer play.
  • Lance Moore has three TDs in the past two weeks.
  • Steve Johnson has a TD in his last two games and is facing Jacksonville who has allowed the most passing TDs (9) on the year.
  • With Jay Cutler out I downgraded Johnny Knox and Devin Hester.

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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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