Week 5 fantasy football rankings: Deshaun Watson is free at last

Week 5 is a big show-me week for many in the NFL. With great matchups, players like Deshaun Watson, Kenyan Drake, D.J. Moore and Tyler Higbee are in top positions to show they deserve to be weekly starters.
Whether they level up or pitch a dud is going to have a huge impact on the way they are viewed in the future.
Below is my PPR Fantasy Football Leaderboard for Week 5.
QB
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
2. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
Jackson didn't train on Wednesday (knee) so his status is worth monitoring. If Jackson passes, he'll have a matchup against a Bengals pass defense, which I happen to think is fraudulent. They're tied for the eighth longest fantasy points QBs allow, but passers-by they face include Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz, and Gardner Minshew - by no means a list of the league's elite. The last time Jackson faced the Bengals, he threw three TDs and ran for one.
3. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
4. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
After some questionable decisions, Bill O'Brien is no longer the Texans head coach. His layoff this week should be seen as an important wake-up call for the 0-4 soccer team. A home game against the Jaguars should give fantasy managers a vintage Watson performance. Jacksonville allows 8.43 yards per attempt to oppose passers-by this season, the fourth most of all teams. Start Watson this week with confidence.
6. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (at New York Jets)
7. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans) *
The Titans had two positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday and two more positive tests on Thursday for ESPN's Adam Schefter, putting that matchup in doubt. Follow the situation throughout the week. *
8. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (at Seattle Seahawks)
Cousins ​​(100) has the second smallest pass attempts of the quarterbacks who have played all four games this season. This has a lot to do with the Vikings' methodical attack on the offensive. Head coach Mike Zimmer, no matter how much he wants, will not be able to implement this strategy against the #ChefRuss Seahawks. My guess is that Minnesota will rely on Cousins' arms and their 2-1 strike at WR in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson to do so against a Seattle team that has the second most fantasy points per Surrenders play to QBs and most of them to WRs.
9. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)
10. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (on Washington Football Team)
11. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (at New Orleans Saints)
On the final episode of The Lineup (shameless self-promotion), I talked about how nice the chargers' upcoming schedule is for Herbert. In his first three starts he already has two top 15 QB placements. His cannon-like arm and surprising early-on accuracy got him straight into the low-end QB1 mix for week 5 against the Saints. New Orleans' Secondary played without CB Marshon Lattimore and CB Janoris Jenkins in Week 4, and it is unclear whether either will play against Los Angeles. An absence of either would improve Herbert's prospects against a Saints defense that is currently linked to giving QBs the sixth most fantasy points.
12. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (v Los Angeles Chargers)
Although Brees plays more in one game than Herbert, his week 5 counterpart, he only has seven more Fantasy Points. Brees may get a great addition this week as WR Michael Thomas may return to the lineup. The hope is that Thomas 'ability to win underneath will compliment Brees' arm and put him back in the weekly QB starting territory.
13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina Panthers)
14. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (near Houston Texans)
15.Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
16. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (at Dallas Cowboys)
Danny Dimes only returned pennies on the dollar for the Giants in 2020. On two occasions this season he has failed to get the top 10 fantasy points. The hope is that in week 5 he can do something about a Cowboys Defensive Unit tied to give QBs the sixth most fantasy points.
17. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (in Baltimore Ravens)
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (at San Francisco 49ers)
19. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (with the Kansas City Chiefs)
20. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (v Buffalo Bills) *
21. Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (v Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
22. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
23. Tom Brady, Tampa Buccaneers (at Chicago Bears)
This has all the makings of a disaster site for Brady and the Bucs. In a short week, the team has to be on the road to face the bears that have been waiting for them comfortably and comfortably in Chicago the whole time. Tampa Bay will appear as WR Chris Godwin (thighs), WR Justin Watson (chest), RB LeSean McCoy (ankles) and TE O.J. Howard (Achilles) will all miss the game while RB Leonard Fournette (Knuckles) is dubious. For four weeks, the bears awarded the second smallest fantasy points to QBs.
24. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (at Cleveland Browns)
25. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
26. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (v Indianapolis Colts)
27. Kyle Allen, Washington Football Team (v Los Angeles Rams)
28. Brett Rypien, Denver Broncos (New England Patriots)
29. Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots (v Denver Broncos)
30. Joe Flacco, New York Jets (v Arizona Cardinals)
RB
1. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (v Los Angeles Chargers)
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
Edwards-Helaire gets a great seat in week 5, battling the raiders who allowed the most Fantasy Points to run back. The problem with his production so far is that he couldn't find the end zone. Despite receiving six of the seven Kansas City transfers within the five yard line, he was unable to make a single one of those attempts. However, the Raiders have allowed a total of eight touchdowns for RBs by week 4.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
4. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (near Seattle Seahawks)
5. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
6. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (at Cleveland Browns)
As of Week 2, Taylor has handled 60 of the Colts' 113 RB touches. Jordan Wilkins (29) and Nyheim Hines (24) are also taken into account. It is clear that Taylor is the returner and he will continue to receive most of the work from this committee. He is also the point of contact for RB on the goal line, as he has handled 10 of the team's 14 transfers within the 10-yard line since week 2.
7. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (with the Kansas City Chiefs)
As a Jacobs Fantasy manager, there hasn't been much to celebrate since his performance with three touchdowns in Week 1. He hasn't found the end zone since then and has exceeded four yards per carry in just one game this season. The matchup against the Chiefs won't be great as the script will likely work against him. The only thing that has benefited Jacobs lately has been his involvement in the passing game. He has already made 13 passes this season and is thus prepared for 52 receptions.
8. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (v Indianapolis Colts)
9. David Johnson, Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
Johnson has fought his way out of the gate, posting a -0.53 yard increase per expected try, the sixth worst number in the NFL. However, surfacing is a good point against the jaguars. A previously fighting RB, known by the name Joe Mixon, faced Jacksonville on Week 4, setting them on fire for 151 rushing yards and two TDs on 25 carries, while adding six receptions for 30 yards and an extra score. The Jaguars allow the sixth most Fantasy Points to oppose RBs so far.
10. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (near Houston Texans)
11. Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)
12. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (v Buffalo Bills) *
13. Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (with New York Jets)
14. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (in Baltimore Ravens)
15. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
16. Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
Mostert (knee) did limited training on Wednesday, an encouraging sign of his availability this weekend. Keep an eye on his exercise status for the rest of the week.
17. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
18. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (v Los Angeles Rams)
19. Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina Panthers)
Todd Gurley is a wild card. (Getty)
Gurley is unlikely to run 100 yards at this stage in his career. Even though he's only 26 years old, his excruciating knee injury is still a problem that limits his production. With Gurley, you hope he finds the end zone. Last week he scored twice against the Green Bay Packers and ended with 18.80 fantasy points. If he doesn't score, you're probably not getting a double digit output from Gurley.
20. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (v Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
21. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Chicago Bears)
Jones will benefit from the likely absence of RB Leonard Fournette (Knuckles), who is classified as doubtful. Last week, when Fournette wasn't in the picture, Jones handled 20 trages for 111 yards while adding six receptions for 17 yards.
22. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans) *
23. Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (near New Orleans Saints)
24. Melvin Gordon III, Denver Broncos (with the New England Patriots)
25. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (at San Francisco 49ers)
26.Mark Ingram II, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
27. Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
28. Damien Harris, New England Patriots (v Denver Broncos)
29. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (on Washington Football Team)
30. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
WR
1. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals of Arizona (with New York Jets)
2. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (at Seattle Seahawks)
3. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (v Los Angeles Chargers)
I am writing in Thomas for this week. He had limited training last week before being expelled from the team's game against the Lions. Continue to monitor his status as the week goes on.
4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
5. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
6. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
7. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (at New Orleans Saints)
Allen has been the most focused player (40) in the NFL since Justin Herbert was named the Chargers' starter. He should again be heavily involved in a football game against the Saints on Monday night. New Orleans allows the fifth most yards per target (9.60) for wide receivers this season.
8. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
9. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (near Atlanta Falcons)
Moore has not yet lived up to the expectations of most fantasy managers. While WR Robby Anderson has hit 13 Fantasy points or more on three separate occasions this season, Moore has only broken that mark once. However, I think that in week 5 he will face the Falcons who awarded the 10th highest fantasy points for wide receivers. Outside of last week's game against the Packers, which saw Davante Adams and Allen Lazard go missing, Atlanta allowed more than 38 points for opposing wideouts in each game.
10. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina Panthers)
11. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans) *
12. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (v Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
13. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team (v Los Angeles Rams)
McLaurin has been as stable as he has been recently, having received more than 80 yards in each of his last three games. He will face the Rams in Week 5 but is approaching weekly WR1 status given the volume he receives. His 39 goals are the seventh most in the NFL this season. He will be looking at a QB change as Kyle Allen replaces Dwayne Haskins, but that move shouldn't detract from his worth too much as Haskins fought mightily.
14.Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
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As you can see in the video above, Brown opened, he and Jackson just couldn't bond on some big plays this season. Brown's 26 targets and 453 air yards lead the ravens. He's a heavily involved member of the crime and it's only a matter of time before he embarks on a massive feat. A matchup against the Bengals who allowed Chark to put an 8-95-2 line on them could be the game.
15. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Chicago Bears)
Evans is turning into a real game decision against the Bears on Thursday night as he deals with an ankle injury. If Evans fits, he should join teammates WR Chris Godwin, WR Justin Watson and TE O.J. Howard doesn't fit.
16. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (near Houston Texans)
17. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (on Washington Football Team)
18. Will Fuller V, Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
19. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)
20. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (at Seattle Seahawks)
Ever since Jefferson topped WR Olabisi Johnson on the depth map in week 3, Jefferson has led the entire NFL at 278 yards. His opponent in week 5, the Seahawks, allow most receivers the most Fantasy Points per game.
21. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (on Washington Football Team)
22. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
23. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins (with the San Francisco 49ers)
24. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (in Baltimore Ravens)
25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
26. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (v Indianapolis Colts)
27. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
Don't lose hope with Gallup. The results have been frustrating this season, but he's still a big part of what the Cowboys are trying to do. Gallup's 249 air yards top all cowboys receivers and make up 27.6% of the team's total air yards. It seems that 2020 will be more volatile than 2019, but it still has a profit for the week.
28. Darius Slayton, New York Giants (at Dallas Cowboys)
29. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
30. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (with the New England Patriots)
TE
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
3. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
4. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (near New Orleans Saints)
In week 5, Henry gets a great matchup against the Saints. New Orleans is giving up the second most Fantasy Points this season to tight ends. Henry has not played badly this season as his 27 goals are second on the team and he averages 61.3 meters per game. The problem with Henry is that he couldn't find the end zone. Thankfully, New Orleans has allowed a touchdown to close ends in every game they have played this season.
5. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (with the Kansas City Chiefs)
6. Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (v Buffalo Bills) *
7. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Ertz was very frustrating for fantasy managers. Last week, production seemed inevitable when teammate TE Dallas Goedert was put on IR. Instead, Ertz turned four receptions into nine meters. He still needs to be treated as TE1 even though he apparently lost a step.
8. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (on Washington Football Team)
Outside of his three touchdown breakouts in Week 2, Higbee only has eight receptions for 100 yards in his other three appearances. His matchup against the soccer team in week 5 is proof of that. Washington has given up five TDs this season to reach a close finish. So if Higbee can't make it against them, it may be time to fall and stray from him.
9.Evan Engram, New York Giants (at Dallas Cowboys)
10. Mike Gesicki, MiamI Dolphins (at San Francisco 49ers)
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11. Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
12.Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina Panthers)
13. Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (at Cleveland Browns)
14.Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Chicago Bears)
As mentioned earlier, the Bucs have few options for this game. It may be out of necessity that the team turns to Gronkowski in the passing game. If you either have T.J. Hockenson or Robert Tonyan goodbye this week, you could do worse than join Gronk.
15.Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (v Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
16.Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
17. Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (v Indianapolis Colts)
18. Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
19. Jordan Akins, Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
20. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (v Los Angeles Rams)
DEF
1. Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
3. New England Patriots (v Denver Broncos)
4. Arizona Cardinals (at New York Jets)
The jets will launch QB Joe Flacco in this case. I shouldn't have to say much else.
5. Los Angeles Rams (on the Washington Football Team)
6. Chicago Bears (v Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
7. Indianapolis Colts (at Cleveland Browns)
8. San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
9. Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans) *
10. Denver Broncos (with New England Patriots)
11. Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
12. Cleveland Browns (v Indianapolis Colts)
13. Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
14. New Orleans Saints (v Los Angeles Chargers)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
16. Los Angeles chargers (near New Orleans Saints)
17. Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
18. Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
19. Miami Dolphins (near San Francisco 49ers)
20. Washington Football Team (vs. Los Angeles Rams)
K.
1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (v Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (versus Los Angeles Chargers)
3. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (v Las Vegas Raiders)
4. Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys (v New York Giants)
5. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (v Minnesota Vikings)
6. Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals of Arizona (with New York Jets)
7. Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis Colts (at Cleveland Browns)
8. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (v Jacksonville Jaguars)
9. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (v Miami Dolphins)
10. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)
11. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (v Philadelphia Eagles)
12. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings (at Seattle Seahawks)
13. Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders (with the Kansas City Chiefs)
14. Sam Sloman, Carolina Panthers (with the Atlanta Falcons)
15. Nick Folk, New England Patriots (v Denver Broncos)
16. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina Panthers)
Koo returned to training on Wednesday, a good sign of his availability on Sunday.
17. Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Chicago Bears)
18. Michael Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers (at New Orleans Saints)
19. Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins (with the San Francisco 49ers)
20. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos (New England Patriots)
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