Fantasy Football Week 5 Start Rankings

October 09, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

Byes and injuries are beginning to have their effect on the NFL season, and your fantasy season as well. So here are this week’s formulary start rankings. The players are graded mathematically, using 2 parts player performance, and one-part defensive expectations against that player. There are also a few adjustments made for anomalies, injuries, and changes in playing time.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury report, trust your gut, and make sure you’re having fun, that’s the whole point.

 

Also, if you’re fantasy team has let you down already, there’s always the WNST salary cap game, it will give you a shot at a fresh start every week, since you can change your whole lineup weekly if you’d like. Not only that, you can change your entire offensive philosophy each week too. There’s the traditional formation with a QB, 2 RB, 3 WR and a TE, or the run and shoot, with a QB, 5 WR and a TE, or my favorite, the power I, with a QB, 4 RB and 2 TE.

 

Even though week 5 is upon us, and you may not be entered yet, fear not, as the money is being paid to the highest single week scores. So you still have 13 opportunities to step in and get eligible for the money. And the money is substantial too, $1250 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third. With less than 500 people playing currently, it’d be foolish not to take 5 minutes and submit a lineup. Even if you never go back and change it, you could still back into some money.

 

Congrats to last week’s high scorer, Ravens/Canes, who came in with 149 points. Unfortunately, 149 wasn’t enough to crack the top 3 spots, which are currently held by WinningComesEasy89 and Talleshortz who occupy the top spot, tied at 180 points, and Hobos with 179. Seriously, go there now, and submit a lineup. You still have a few shots at NASCAR money too while you’re there.

 

Week 5 Rankings

 

The formulary # is listed in parentheses behind each player, the lower numbers are best, with a lowest possible rating of 3.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Quick QB Note: Where injuries are a factor, I listed the backups, as if they were starting. If they aren’t, you should obviously stay away from them. As for injured starters like McNabb, Hasselbeck, Bulger or Stafford, I want to see them start and finish a game before I consider them. Eli Manning is ranked, but he’s a risky proposition to finish the game this week too, especially if the game goes as expected, and the Giants put the Raiders away early.

 

1. Peyton Manning @ TEN (4)

2. Ben Roethlisberger @ DET (5)

3. Matt Schaub @ AZ (11)

4. Joe Flacco vs. CIN (13)

5. Brett Favre @ St.L (18)

6. David Garrard @ SEA (27)

7. Tony Romo @ KC (27)

8. Kevin Kolb vs. TB (27)

9. Carson Palmer @ BAL (34)

10. Jason Campbell @ CAR (35)

11. Kyle Orton vs. NE (37)

12. Trent Edwards vs. CLE (41)

13. Matt Ryan @ SF (42)

14. Matt Cassell vs. DAL (42)

15. Seneca Wallace vs. JAX (42)

16. Kurt Warner vs. HOU (43)

17. Tom Brady @ DEN (44)

18. Eli Manning vs. OAK (45) *if healthy he’d be 9th

19. Mark Sanchez @ MIA (46)

20. Kyle Boller vs. MIN (48)

21. Shaun Hill vs. ATL (49)

22. Kerry Collins vs. IND (50)

23. Derek Anderson @ BUF (54)

24. Josh Johnson @ PHI (55)

25. Daunte Culpepper vs. PIT (57)

26. Jake Delhomme vs. WAS (60)

27. JaMarcus Russell @ NYG (68)

28. Chad Henne vs. NYJ (73)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Adrian Peterson @ St.L (15)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew @ SEA (17)

3. Chris Johnson vs. IND (18)

4. Ronnie Brown vs. NYJ (26)

5. Tim Hightower vs. HOU (26)

6. Marshawn Lynch vs. CLE (27)

7. Cedric Benson @ BAL (31) *assuming he’s probable or better

8. Fred Jackson vs. CLE (31)

9. Julius Jones vs. JAX (33)

10. Willis McGahee vs. CIN (34)

11. Marion Barber @ KC (37) *assuming he’s probable or better

12. Ricky Williams vs. NYJ (38)

13. Kevin Smith vs. PIT (41)

14. DeAngelo Williams vs. WAS (41)

15. Rashard Mendenhall @ DET (41)

16. Cadillac Williams @ PHI (42)

17. Brandon Jacobs vs. OAK (43)

18. Michael Turner @ SF (43)

19. Ray Rice vs. CIN (44)

20. Knowshon Moreno vs. NE (45)

21. Brian Westbrook vs. TB (47)

22. Clinton Portis @ CAR (48)

23. Glen Coffee vs. ATL (48)

24. Thomas Jones @ MIA (49)

25. Joseph Addai @ TEN (50)

26. Steve Slaton @ AZ (50)

27. LeSean McCoy vs. TB (51)

28. Jerome Harrison @ BUF (52)

29. Tashard Choice @ KC (53)

30. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. OAK (53)

31. Steven Jackson vs. MIN (56)

32. Michael Bush @ NYG (57)

33. Larry Johnson vs. DAL (62)

34. Donald Brown @ TEN (64)

35. Sammy Morris @ DEN (64)

36. Mewelde Moore @ DET (64)

37. Derrick Ward @ PHI (70)

38. Jamal Lewis @ BUF (72)

39. Chester Taylor @ St.L (75)

40. Willie Parker @ DET (76) *if he’s playing

41. Leon Washington @ MIA (77)

42. Lawrence Maroney @ DEN (78)

43. Ladell Betts @ CAR (78)

44. Jason Snelling @ SF (82)

45. LenDale White vs. IND (86)

46. Jonathan Stewart vs. WAS (87)

47. LeRon McClain vs. CIN (92)

48. Rock Cartwright @ CAR (92)

49. Kevin Faulk @ DEN (98)

50. Jamal Charles vs. DAL (98)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Reggie Wayne @ TEN (5)

2. DeSean Jackson vs. TB (6)

3. Andre Johnson @ AZ (11)

4. Steve Smith vs. OAK (17)

5. Mike Sims-Walker @ SEA (19)

6. Chad Ochocinco @ BAL (24)

7. Calvin Johnson vs. PIT (26)

8. Mario Manningham vs. OAK (27)

9. Derrick Mason vs. CIN (27)

10. Santonio Holmes @ DET (30)

11. Jehrico Cotchery @ MIA (33)

12. Pierre Garcon @ TEN (33)

13. Hines Ward @ DET (34)

14. Larry Fitzgerald vs. HOU (34)

15. Nate Burleson vs. JAX (38)

16. Percy Harvin @ St.L (41)

17. Santana Moss @ CAR (44)

18. Patrick Crayton @ KC (44)

19. Randy Moss @ DEN (47)

20. Jacoby Jones @ AZ (47)

21. Nate Washington vs. IND (50)

22. Roy Williams @ KC (50) *assuming he’s probable or better

23. Brandon Marshall vs. NE (53)

24. Anquan Boldin vs. HOU (56)

25. Sidney Rice @ St.L (57)

26. Kelley Washington vs. CIN (57)

27. Mark Clayton vs. CIN (59)

28. Terrell Owens vs. CLE (60)

29. Kenny Britt vs. IND (62)

30. TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. JAX (62)

31. DeWayne Bowe vs. DAL (63)

32. Antonio Bryant @ PHI (63)

33. Roddy White @ SF (66)

34. Steve Smith vs. WAS (68)

35. Bernard Berrian @ St.L (71)

36. Bobby Wade vs. DAL (73)

37. Kevin Walter @ AZ (73)

38. Steve Breaston vs. HOU (77)

39. Lee Evans vs. CLE (78)

40. Brandon Stokley vs. NE (83)

41. Tory Holy @ SEA (83)

42. Bryant Johnson vs. PIT (84)

43. Mark Bradley vs. DAL (85)

44. Austin Collie @ TEN (85)

45. Mike Wallace @ DET (86)

46. Jason Avant vs. TB (89)

47. Wes Welker @ DEN (91)

48. Louis Murphy @ NYG (92)

49. Justin Gage vs. IND (92)

50. Andre Caldwell @ BAL (94)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Dallas Clark @ TEN (5)

2. Chris Cooley @ CAR (15)

3. Owen Daniels @ AZ (16)

4. Vernon Davis vs. ATL (17)

5. Heath Miller @ DET (18)

6. Brent Celek vs. TB (19)

7. Visanthe Schiancoe @ St.L (26)

8. Dustin Keller @ MIA (28)

9. Daniel Fells vs. MIN (29)

10. John Carlson vs. JAX (30)

11. Mercedes Lewis @ SEA (32)

12. Jason Witten @ KC (32)

13. Todd Heap vs. CIN (33)

14. Robert Royal @ BUF (34)

15. Tony Gonzalez @ SF (35)

16. Will Heller vs. PIT (37)

17. Sean Ryan vs. DAL (38)

18. Benjamin Watson @ DEN (41)

19. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ PHI (45)

20. Dante Rosario vs. WAS (45)

21. Zach Miller @ NYG (45)

22. Steve Heiden @ BUF (46)

23. Brandon Pettigrew vs. PIT (47)

24. Randy McMichael vs. MIN (53)

25. Kevin Boss vs. OAK (57)

26. Tony Scheffler vs. NE (59)

27. Matt Spaeth @ DET (62)

28. Ben Hartsock @ MIA (62)

29. Jeramy Stevens @ PHI (63)

30. Daniel Graham vs. NE (65)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Giants vs. OAK (10)

2. Vikings @ St.L (10)

3. Eagles vs. TB (13)

4. Broncos vs. NE (22)

5. Redskins @ CAR (23)

6. Colts @ TEN (25)

7. Dolphins vs. NYJ (25)

8. Ravens vs. CIN (26)

9. 49ers vs. ATL (27)

10. Texans vs. AZ (29)

11. Bills vs. CLE (29)

12. Jets @ MIA (30)

13. Bengals @ BAL (36)

14. Cardinals vs. HOU (36)

15. Cowboys @ KC (39)

16. Falcons @ SF (39)

17. Patriots @ DEN (40)

18. Browns @ BUF (44)

19. Steelers @ DET (46)

20. Jaguars @ SEA (50)

21. Seahawks vs. JAX (52)

22. Panthers vs. WAS (54)

23. Lions vs. PIT (55)

24. Raiders @ NYG (57)

25. Chiefs vs. DAL (61)

26. Buccaneers @ PHI (65)

27. Rams vs. MIN (67)

28. Titans vs. IND (69)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Lawrence Tynes vs. OAK (10)

2. David Akers vs. TB (14)

3. Ryan Longwell @ St.L (17)

4. Joe Nedney vs. ATL (18)

5. Nick Folk @ KC (19)

6. Adam Vinatieri @ TEN (24)

7. Josh Scobee @ SEA (26)

8. Neil Rackers vs. HOU (27)

9. Stephen Gostkowski @ DEN (29)

10. Matt Prater vs. NE (30)

11. Rian Lindell vs. CLE (33)

12. Steven Hauschka vs. CIN (34)

13. Jeff Reed @ DET (34)

14. Jay Feeley @ MIA (39)

15. Jason Hanson vs. PIT (42)

16. Sebastian Janikowski @ NYG (44)

17. Kris Brown @ AZ (47)

18. Shayne Graham @ BAL (49)

19. Rob Bironas vs. IND (51)

20. Dan Carpenter vs. NYJ (53)

21. Jason Elam @ SF (53)

22. Olindo Mare vs. JAX (55)

23. John Kasay vs. WAS (56)

24. Shaun Suisham @ CAR (58)

25. Billy Cundiff @ BUF (59)

26. Josh Brown vs. MIN (62)

27. Ryan Succop vs. DAL (64)

28. Mike Nugent @ PHI (67)

 

 

 

 

 

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