Week 5 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections

The Lineups.com fantasy football rankings are officially out! Don’t forget to check out our fantasy football defense rankings as well. Also, if you are into DFS we have you covered with our full season NFL DFS projections. Be sure not to miss a thing and continue to check our site for updates.

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 5, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 5 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week .

Week 5 Quarterback Rankings

Week 5 RankingPlayerWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Projection
1Patrick MahomesIND28.0
2Deshaun WatsonATL24.5
3Matt Ryan@HOU22.7
4Jameis Winston@NO22.4
5Lamar Jackson@PIT21.3
6Carson WentzNYJ20.1
7Tom Brady@WAS19.9
8Dak PrescottGB19.8
9Kyler Murray@CIN19.6
10Russell WilsonLAR19.6
11Jacoby Brissett@KC19.4
12Philip RiversDEN19.0
13Jared Goff@SEA19.0
14Andy DaltonARI18.7
15Aaron Rodgers@DAL17.9
16Jimmy GaroppoloSF16.7
17Baker Mayfield@SF16.4
18Kirk Cousins@NYG16.3
19Daniel JonesMIN15.8
20Teddy BridgewaterTB15.5
21Chase Daniel@OAK15.2
22Gardner Minshew@CAR15.2
23Mason RudolphBAL15.0
24Joe Flacco@LAC14.6
25Kyle AllenJAX14.3

deshaun WatsonAfter Marcus Mariota and Tennessee took advantage of a Keanu Neal missing Atlanta defense, Deshaun Watson is in a get right spot at home. He checks in as the number two overall quarterback, behind Patrick Mahomes. Indy’s missing a lot of key defenders, which is going to make the Chiefs spot even better than it already is. Jameis Winston put up monster points, and while the Buccaneers consistency scares me, they face off against a Saints defense that has turned it up since Drew Brees went down. I still like him as a top five QB this week. Kyler Murray has struggled the past two weeks, but has Cincinnati on the road. The Bengals defense is allowing over 251 yards passing per game this season, and have allowed 2.02 passing touchdowns as well. The lower end names are in a tough spot this week, as Gardner Minshew gets Carolina, and Mason Rudolph gets Baltimore. Kyle Allen is also making another start, and while he is at home, Jacksonville is a tough defense.

Week 5 Running Backs Rankings

Week 5 RankingPlayerWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Projection
1Christian McCaffreyJAX23.9
2Alvin KamaraTB21.4
3Dalvin Cook@NYG20.6
4Ezekiel ElliottGB19.3
5David Johnson@CIN18.4
6Leonard Fournette@CAR17.4
7Le'Veon Bell@PHI17.4
8Nick Chubb@SF16.6
9Joe MixonARI16.0
10Austin EkelerDEN15.3
11James ConnerBAL14.6
12Todd Gurley@SEA14.5
13Aaron Jones@DAL14.4
14Chris CarsonLAR14.4
15Devonta Freeman@HOU14.3
16Derrick HenryBUF14.2
17Wayne GallmanMIN14.1
18Phillip Lindsay@LAC13.2
19Mark Ingram@PIT13.0
20LeSean McCoyIND13.0
21Chris ThompsonNE12.6
22David Montgomery@OAK12.5
23Marlon MackKC12.1
24Melvin GordonDEN12.1
25James White@WAS11.1
26Sony Michel@WAS10.9
27Tarik Cohen@OAK10.1
28Royce Freeman@LAC10.0
29Miles SandersNYJ9.9
30Carlos HydeATL9.9
31Josh JacobsCHI9.7
32Duke JohnsonATL9.6
33Matt BreidaCLE9.5
34Jordan HowardNYJ9.4
35Darrel WilliamsIND9.2
36Ronald Jones@NO9.0
37Rex Burkhead@WAS8.8
38Frank Gore@TEN8.5
39Devin Singletary@TEN8.2
40Tevin ColemanCLE8.0
41Peyton Barber@NO7.9
42Damien WilliamsIND7.8
43Dion LewisBUF7.4
44Nyheim Hines@KC7.0
45Adrian PetersonNE7.0
46Rashaad PennyLAR6.6
47Jaylen SamuelsBAL6.6
48Giovani BernardARI6.6
49Ito Smith@HOU5.9
50Raheem MostertCLE5.6

dalvin cookChristian McCaffrey followed up his Arizona performance with an encore against Houston. He is back at home against Jacksonville this week, who rank 23rd in DVOA against the run. Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, and Ezekiel Elliot are all in strong spots this week. David Johnson is in a high upside spot against the Bengals, who struggled to defend James Conner last week in the passing game. Johnson has been used heavily in the passing game, and is a top eight back this week. Coming off a strong performance, Leonard Fournette will take on a tougher Carolina defense. However, his volume still makes him a top ten back. Le’Veon Bell is in a tough spot this week against an Eagles defense that ranks 5th against the run. Nick Chubb will actually see a tougher defense this week as San Francisco is fresh off a bye and ranks 6th against the run.

It was a fun week for Wayne Gallman, but now the schedule toughens up against Minnesota who rank 4th against the run. Devonta Freeman and Chris Carson are in below average spots this week, and have been unreliable to start the season. The volume is decent especially in PPR formats with them working in the passing game, but it isn’t the best of spots.

Week 5 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 5 RankingPlayerWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Projection
1Julio Jones@HOU19.1
2Keenan AllenDEN19.0
3DeAndre HopkinsATL18.8
4Michael ThomasTB18.3
5Chris Godwin@NO17.7
6Mike Evans@NO17.2
7Cooper KuppSEA16.7
8Sammy WatkinsIND16.1
9Julian Edelman@WAS15.7
10Amari CooperGB15.7
11Odell Beckham Jr.@SF15.5
12Adam Thielen@NYG15.4
13Tyler LockettLAR15.3
14Tyler BoydARI15.1
15Robert Woods@SEA14.8
16Brandin Cooks@SEA14.7
17JuJu Smith-SchusterBAL14.7
18Emmanuel Sanders@LAC14.2
19Larry Fitzgerald@CIN14.2
20Stefon Diggs@NYG13.9
21T.Y. Hilton@KC13.6
22Christian Kirk@CIN13.4
23Josh Gordon@WAS13.4
24Allen Robinson@OAK13.2
25Marquise Brown@PIT12.9
26Courtland Sutton@LAC12.7
27Alshon JefferyNYJ12.7
28Calvin Ridley@HOU12.3
29Sterling ShepardMIN12.3
30Jarvis Landry@SF12.2
31Marquez Valdes-Scantling@DAL12.1
32DJ MooreJAX12.0
33Terry McLaurinNE11.8
34Mohamed Sanu@HOU11.5
35Phillip Dorsett@WAS11.4
36Golden TateMIN11.4
37Will FullerATL11.2
38Mike WilliamsDEN10.9
39Jamison Crowder@PHI10.9
40Tyrell WilliamsCHI10.8
41Curtis SamuelJAX10.5
42Robby Anderson@PHI10.5
43Dede Westbrook@CAR10.3
44Demarcus RobinsonIND10.2
45DJ Chark@CAR10.1
46DK MetcalfLAR9.8
47Cole Beasley@TEN9.8
48John Brown@TEN9.7
49Geronimo Allison@DAL9.7
50Mecole HardmanIND9.4

Coming off a down week against Miami, which is just what we all predicted, Keenan Allen is in a sneaky good spot against Denver. They rank 28th against the pass, and have had zero pass rush this season. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have been monsters this season, and New Orleans ranks 26th against the pass. The problem is teams have not been able to capitalize on it the last two weeks, and NO has been playing a time of possession game as well. However, they still rank inside the top ten this week. The Arizona wideouts are in a great spot, as Cincinnati rank 31st against the pass. I love the upside they bring and should be friendly in DFS and season long formats.

It is a bounce back spot for the Vikings pass-catchers this week. New York is a defense to target, ranking 20th against the pass this season. However, Kirk Cousins has been atrocious, and the volume has been poor as well. Houston’s wideouts are in a good spot against Atlanta, who let Tennessee run wild last week. I also like the Rams on the TNF game, as Seattle is a middle of the road pass defense. Washington’s wideouts are in a tough spot against New England, and I will not look for a repeat Titans performance against a top five Bills secondary.

Week 5 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 5 RankingPlayerWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Projection
1Travis KelceIND18.4
2Zach ErtzNYJ14.6
3George KittleCLE14.3
4Evan EngramMIN12.9
5Darren WallerCHI11.7
6Austin Hooper@HOU11.6
7Mark Andrews@PIT10.9
8Will DisslyLAR10.6
9Greg OlsenJAX10.2
10Jimmy Graham@DAL8.3
11Delanie WalkerBUF8.2
12O.J. Howard@NO8.1
13Jason WittenGB8.0
14Eric Ebron@KC7.9
15Jack Doyle@KC7.7
16Tyler EifertARI7.3
17Jared CookTB7.1
18Dawson Knox@TEN6.2
19Noah Fant@LAC6.2
20Trey Burton@OAK6.1
21Jordan AkinsATL5.7

travis kelceTravis Kelce is in a smash spot, as the Colts are allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game so far this season. He is the standout in this spot, as the Jets have been decent against TE. George Kittle is fresh off a bye week, and Cleveland has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends so far. Evan Engram and Darren Waller are in tough spots this week, but are still must starts due to their volume. Tyler Eifert is a streaming option and DFS flyer this week, as the Cardinals have allowed a 32-431-6 line to tight ends. It is hard to take a chance on Jared Cook, but the Buccaneers have allowed a 30-365-2 line to tight ends so far this season. The Jaguars have been sneaky bad against tight ends, and Greg Olsen is worth a start again. Delanie Walker, Austin Hooper, and Zach Ertz are all in tough spots this week, with a limited ceiling for fantasy.

Week 5 Kicker Rankings

Week 5 RankingPlayerWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Projections
1Greg Zuerlein@SEA9.7
2Harrison ButkerIND9.4
4Justin Tucker@PIT9.1
3Brett MaherGB8.9
5Mike Nugent@WAS8.6
6Matt Bryant@HOU8.5
7Ka'imi FairbairnATL8.4
8Joey SlyeJAX8.3
9Wil LutzTB8.1
10Steve Hauschka@TEN7.9
11Dan Bailey@NYG7.8
12Michael BadgleyDEN7.7
13Chris BoswellBAL7.5
14Adam Vinatieri@KC7.4
15Randy BullockARI7.3
16Aldrick RosasMIN7.1
17Jason MyersLAR6.9
18Mason Crosby@DAL6.7
20Zane Gonzalez@CIN6.5
21Jake ElliottNYJ6.4

The bigger names are in good spots, as all of the top offenses should be moving the ball at will this week. Joey Slye continues to be a strong fantasy option, and is a top ten kicker this week. Dan Bailey is also a name who gets a jump going up against the Giants. The Broncos, Rams, Buccaneers, Cardinals, and Texans have all been friendly in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing kickers.

Week 5 Defense Rankings

RankTeamWeek 5 OpponentWeek 5 Fantasy Projection
1Chicago@OAK11.2
2New England@WAS10.7
3Baltimore@PIT10.4
4Minnesota@NYG9.8
5LA ChargersDEN9.3
6Buffalo@TEN9.0
7PhiladelphiaNYJ8.9
8TennesseeBUF8.8
9CarolinaJAX8.5
10Cleveland@SF8.4
11New OrleansTB8.2
12LA Rams@SEA8.1
13San FranciscoCLE8.0
14Jacksonville@CAR7.7
15Denver@LAC7.6
16HoustonATL7.4
17Arizona@CIN7.2
18PittsburghBAL7.0
19Kansas CityIND7.0
20SeattleLAR6.9
21DallasGB6.7
22Green Bay@DAL6.6
23Atlanta@HOU6.4
24NY GiantsMIN6.3
25Tampa Bay@NO6.2
26New York Jets@PHI6.0
27OaklandCHI5.9
28CincinnatiARI5.8
29WashingtonNE5.5
30Indianapolis@KC5.1

Chicago BearsNo surprise to see Chicago and New England top the rankings this week, despite being on the road. Baltimore looked shaky the last few weeks on the defensive side, but will take on Pittsburgh and Mason Rudolph. Both Buffalo and Tennessee square off in what should be an extremely low scoring game. If you are looking for streamers, Philly was dropped by quite a few people, but Cleveland is someone to keep an eye out for on the road against a 49ers offense that hasn’t clicked. The Chargers are banged up on the defensive side, but will take on a hapless Denver offense at home. Dallas, Green Bay, and Seattle all take a drop this week.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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