Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 5

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers threw for 356 yards and 2 TD passes when last he met Dallas – a victory against the Cowboys in the 2016 NFC Divisional playoff. He heads to Dallas this Sunday on a nice little roll that includes 9 TD passes in his past three games. He’s my top-ranked fantasy QB for Week 5.

Name Team Opp
Aaron Rodgers GB @ DAL
Tom Brady NE @ TB
Dak Prescott DAL vs GB
Jameis Winston TB vs NE
Deshaun Watson HOU vs KC
Russell Wilson SEA @ LAR
Carson Wentz PHI vs ARI
Matthew Stafford DET vs CAR
Cam Newton CAR @ DET
Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs JAC
Eli Manning NYG vs LAC
Carson Palmer ARI @ PHI
Jacoby Brissett IND vs SF
Philip Rivers LAC @ NYG
Alex Smith KC @ HOU
DeShone Kizer CLE vs NYJ
Jay Cutler MIA vs TEN
Tyrod Taylor BUF @ CIN
Joe Flacco BAL @ OAK
Andy Dalton CIN vs BUF
Jared Goff LAR vs SEA
Brian Hoyer SF @ IND
Case Keenum MIN @ CHI
Blake Bortles JAC @ PIT
Mitch Trubisky CHI vs MIN
Josh McCown NYJ @ CLE
Matt Cassel TEN @ MIA
EJ Manuel OAK vs BAL

Running Backs

After a slow start to 2017, Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell busted out in a big way in Week 4, putting up 186 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns at Baltimore. Hosting a Jacksonville defense on Sunday that is allowing a whopping 5.8 yards per carry to the RB position, Bell sits atop the Week 5 RB ranks.

Name Team Opp
Le’Veon Bell PIT vs JAC
Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs GB
Kareem Hunt KC @ HOU
Todd Gurley LAR vs SEA
Carlos Hyde SF @ IND
Leonard Fournette JAC @ PIT
Jay Ajayi MIA vs TEN
LeSean McCoy BUF @ CIN
Melvin Gordon LAC @ NYG
Lamar Miller HOU vs KC
Jordan Howard CHI vs MIN
Mike Gillislee NE @ TB
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs BAL
Bilal Powell NYJ @ CLE
DeMarco Murray TEN @ MIA
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs ARI
Doug Martin TB vs NE
Frank Gore IND vs SF
Ameer Abdullah DET vs CAR
Christian McCaffrey CAR @ DET
Isaiah Crowell CLE vs NYJ
Duke Johnson CLE vs NYJ
Joe Mixon CIN vs BUF
Ty Montgomery GB @ DAL
Wayne Gallman NYG vs LAC
Jonathan Stewart CAR @ DET
Tarik Cohen CHI vs MIN
Latavius Murray MIN @ CHI
Wendell Smallwood PHI vs ARI
James White NE @ TB
Derrick Henry TEN @ MIA
C.J. Prosise SEA @ LAR
Alex Collins BAL @ OAK
Andre Ellington ARI @ PHI
Javorius Allen BAL @ OAK
Aaron Jones GB @ DAL
Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs NE
Giovani Bernard CIN vs BUF
Jerick McKinnon MIN @ CHI
Theo Riddick DET vs CAR
Mike Tolbert BUF @ CIN
Eddie Lacy SEA @ LAR
Thomas Rawls SEA @ LAR
Charles Sims TB vs NE
Chris Johnson ARI @ PHI
D’Onta Foreman HOU vs KC
Shane Vereen NYG vs LAC
Terrance West BAL @ OAK
Robert Turbin IND vs SF
Elijah McGuire NYJ @ CLE
Rex Burkhead NE @ TB
Jeremy Hill CIN vs BUF
James Conner PIT vs JAC
DeAndre Washington OAK vs BAL
Jalen Richard OAK vs BAL
J.D. McKissic SEA @ LAR
Matt Breida SF @ IND
Matt Forte NYJ @ CLE
Corey Clement PHI vs ARI
Kerwynn Williams ARI @ PHI

Wide Receivers

When it comes to finding the end zone, Jordy Nelson is among the best. He’s scored five times in three games this season, and has amassed 19 TDs in his past 19 regular-season games. This week he’ll face a Dallas secondary that has allowed 5 TDs to wide receivers this season, fourth-most in the NFL. Nelson is one of the best fantasy receiver options on the board in Week 5.

Name Team Opp
Mike Evans TB vs NE
Jordy Nelson GB @ DAL
Dez Bryant DAL vs GB
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG vs LAC
Antonio Brown PIT vs JAC
DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs KC
A.J. Green CIN vs BUF
Stefon Diggs MIN @ CHI
Brandin Cooks NE @ TB
Tyreek Hill KC @ HOU
Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ PHI
Doug Baldwin SEA @ LAR
T.Y. Hilton IND vs SF
Keenan Allen LAC @ NYG
Jarvis Landry MIA vs TEN
DeVante Parker MIA vs TEN
Chris Hogan NE @ TB
Golden Tate DET vs CAR
Randall Cobb GB @ DAL
Adam Thielen MIN @ CHI
Pierre Garcon SF @ IND
DeSean Jackson TB vs NE
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs ARI
Tyrell Williams LAC @ NYG
Kelvin Benjamin CAR @ DET
Rishard Matthews TEN @ MIA
Jaron Brown ARI @ PHI
Amari Cooper OAK vs BAL
Michael Crabtree OAK vs BAL
Jeremy Maclin BAL @ OAK
Sammy Watkins LAR vs SEA
Geronimo Allison GB @ DAL
Sterling Shepard NYG vs LAC
Adam Humphries TB vs NE
Danny Amendola NE @ TB
Brandon Marshall NYG vs LAC
Devin Funchess CAR @ DET
John Brown ARI @ PHI
Allen Hurns JAC @ PIT
Davante Adams GB @ DAL
Cooper Kupp LAR vs SEA
Kenny Stills MIA vs TEN
Will Fuller HOU vs KC
Marvin Jones DET vs CAR
Martavis Bryant PIT vs JAC
Donte Moncrief IND vs SF
Mike Wallace BAL @ OAK
JJ Nelson ARI @ PHI
Paul Richardson SEA @ LAR
Marqise Lee JAC @ PIT
Eric Decker TEN @ MIA
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs JAC
Ricardo Louis CLE vs NYJ
Jermaine Kearse NYJ @ CLE
Kenny Britt CLE vs NYJ
Robby Anderson NYJ @ CLE
Kendall Wright CHI vs MIN
Cole Beasley DAL vs GB
Nelson Agholor PHI vs ARI
Robert Woods LAR vs SEA
Tyler Lockett SEA @ LAR
Rashard Higgins CLE vs NYJ
Torrey Smith PHI vs ARI
Marquise Goodwin SF @ IND
Terrance Williams DAL vs GB
Bruce Ellington HOU vs KC
Zay Jones BUF @ CIN
Travis Benjamin LAC @ NYG
Trent Taylor SF @ IND
Brandon LaFell CIN vs BUF
Albert Wilson KC @ HOU
T.J. Jones DET vs CAR
Tyler Boyd CIN vs BUF
Brice Butler DAL vs GB

Tight Ends

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce is coming off a 111-yard effort on Monday night against Washington. Topping the century mark in yardage has become somewhat commonplace for Kelce, who has done so in eight of his past 14 regular-season games. Facing a Houston defense that has allowed the eighth-most yards to the TE position over the past three weeks, Kelce is about as good a play as it gets at tight end this week.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE @ TB
Travis Kelce KC @ HOU
Delanie Walker TEN @ MIA
Zach Ertz PHI vs ARI
Cameron Brate TB vs NE
Charles Clay BUF @ CIN
Jimmy Graham SEA @ LAR
Evan Engram NYG vs LAC
Hunter Henry LAC @ NYG
Jason Witten DAL vs GB
Ben Watson BAL @ OAK
Jared Cook OAK vs BAL
Kyle Rudolph MIN @ CHI
Jack Doyle IND vs SF
Martellus Bennett GB @ DAL
Eric Ebron DET vs CAR
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @ CLE
Antonio Gates LAC @ NYG
Ryan Griffin HOU vs KC
Zach Miller CHI vs MIN
Tyler Kroft CIN vs BUF
Julius Thomas MIA vs TEN
Jesse James PIT vs JAC
Gerald Everett LAR vs SEA
O.J. Howard TB vs NE
Marcedes Lewis JAC @ PIT
George Kittle SF @ IND
Ed Dickson CAR @ DET
David Njoku CLE vs NYJ
Jermaine Gresham ARI @ PHI

Defense / Special Teams

Philly gets a home date with Arizona this week. And that’s good news for an Eagles defense that currently sits among the top 10 defenses in fantasy points. The Cardinals have allowed the most QB sacks, QB hurries and QB pressures, and their lack of adequate protection for Carson Palmer should lead to another stellar performance in fantasy for the Eagles defense.

Name Opp
Philadelphia Eagles vs ARI
Pittsburgh Steelers vs JAC
New York Giants vs LAC
Minnesota Vikings @ CHI
Detroit Lions vs CAR
Seattle Seahawks @ LAR
Oakland Raiders vs BAL
Chicago Bears vs MIN
Los Angeles Rams vs SEA
Buffalo Bills @ CIN
Baltimore Ravens @ OAK
Cleveland Browns vs NYJ
Indianapolis Colts vs SF
New York Jets @ CLE
Kansas City Chiefs @ HOU
Houston Texans vs KC
Arizona Cardinals @ PHI
Jacksonville Jaguars @ PIT
Miami Dolphins vs TEN
Cincinnati Bengals vs BUF
Green Bay Packers @ DAL
Tennessee Titans @ MIA
Carolina Panthers @ DET
Los Angeles Chargers @ NYG
San Francisco 49ers @ IND
Dallas Cowboys vs GB
New England Patriots @ TB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs NE

Kickers

No kicker blurb… EVER!

Name Team Opp
Dan Bailey DAL vs GB
Stephen Gostkowski NE @ TB
Mason Crosby GB @ DAL
Justin Tucker BAL @ OAK
Matt Prater DET vs CAR
Ryan Succop TEN @ MIA
Chris Boswell PIT vs JAC
Nick Folk TB vs NE
Steven Hauschka BUF @ CIN
Jake Elliott PHI vs ARI
Graham Gano CAR @ DET
Blair Walsh SEA @ LAR
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs BAL
Phil Dawson ARI @ PHI
Greg Zuerlein LAR vs SEA
Harrison Butker KC @ HOU
Adam Vinatieri IND vs SF
Kai Forbath MIN @ CHI
Robbie Gould SF @ IND
Cody Parkey MIA vs TEN
Aldrick Rosas NYG vs LAC
Randy Bullock CIN vs BUF
Zane Gonzalez CLE vs NYJ
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU vs KC
Connor Barth CHI vs MIN
YoungHoe Koo LAC @ NYG
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ @ CLE
Jason Myers JAC @ PIT
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