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2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings Review


It is time again for our weekly rankings review. But as always, I will give you another look at how I did in Week 4. Too Low picks Wendell Smallwood and Deshaun Watson shined last week, but Rishard Matthews and Sterling Shepard were disappointments.  For the Too High guys, Marshawn Lynch and Matthew Stafford were about as bad as expected.  But Kelvin Benjamin and Terrelle Pryor turned in serviceable weeks.

As you take a look at who I tag as Too High and Too Low, be sure to take a look at the Week 5 Staff Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders (RB21)

Thus far Lynch’s season has gone pretty much as I expected.  He has done very little either due to game script or general ineffectiveness.  However, this week I am looking for Lynch to have his best game yet.

Despite trying to stay away from this game in general, I think Lynch has a chance to produce.  With Derek Carr down, the Raiders offense will have to travel through the ground game more than it has all year.  Even in what should be a low scoring game, Lynch’s touches should give him a chance for a solid RB2 day.

Rank Above: LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (WR39)

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This isn’t a great week for the Jaguars offense overall.  The Pittsburgh defense has been strong thus far, and Jacksonville is on the road.  But with consistent targets, Hurns could produce WR3 (PPR) numbers this week.

Marqise Lee disappointed last week and Hurns received 10 targets.  Though he didn’t take full advantage of them, at least the opportunity was there.  As a low end WR3, sometimes that all you can ask for.

Rank Above: Jeremy Maclin, John Brown

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (WR13)

This ranking is probably just about right for Fitz this week.  But given the matchup and his ability to be a target hog, I’m hopeful for WR1 numbers.  After a quiet game, Fitz was able to salvage his week with a late score in Week 4.

This week he will matchup with a terrible Eagles secondary.  Even on the road, Fitzgerald should have an opportunity to take advantage of the Cardinals pass heavy scheme.  With a good chance for another score, Fitz is a good bet for WR1 numbers.

Rank Above: Keenan Allen, Doug Baldwin

Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers (TE13)

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This is more of a gut call than anything.  So far Bennett’s arrival in Green Bay has been rather uneventful.  He has yet to crack 50 yards receiving and hasn’t gotten into the endzone either.

But this week I think Bennett breaks through.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke this week about getting Bennett involved early.  If the Packers are able to do so, Bennett will at least be a solid PPR play.  His targets will keep him afloat without a score, but we can hope for a score this week.

Rank Above: Hunter Henry, Austin Seferian- Jenkins

Too High

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (QB7)

The quarterback position is tough this week.  Between bad matchups and bye weeks kicking in, finding a good streamer is more difficult than usual.  A perfect example here is Carson Palmer.  So far his schedule has been flooded with good matchups and Palmer has been painfully average.

This week he gets another cake defense.  The Eagles are one of the leagues worst against the pass, but I still don’t like Palmer.  Arizona is coming off of another overtime game, traveling across country and playing at noon instead of the afternoon.  I’m not sure how far down you can really move him, but just temper your expectations here.

Rank Below: Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (RB15)

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This is another ranking probably bumped by position scarcity this week.  But I’m not too high on McCaffrey just yet.  He did have a bit of a breakout against the Saints where he received for over 100 yards.  But has been disappointing besides that.

This week the Panthers are traveling to face a tough Detroit defense on the road.  Coming off of a super high after taking down the Patriots, I would not be shocked to see a letdown here.  And McCaffrey has done little in standard scoring to warrant a top 15 ranking.

Rank Below: Bilal Powell, Joe Mixon

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (WR9)

So far this year I have loved Keenan Allen.  But coming into Week 5, I am less than excited.  Despite the Giants struggles, they have still surrendered the fifth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this year.

The Chargers are shuffling in the wrong direction, and they are traveling cross country for another noon game(Yes, just like Arizona).  I think that Allen has a pretty safe floor every week, especially in PPR scoring, but there are a few better options here.

Rank Below: Brandin Cooks, Doug Baldwin, Tyreek Hill

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB19)

Martin is coming off of his four game suspension this week, and opens up his season with a great matchup.  The New England defense has been terrible all year, and Tampa is at home this week.  However, I’m would pump the breaks on Martin for at least one week.

Jacquizz Rodgers has been sub-par, but I doubt the Bucs trot out Martin to a full workload right away.  As a Martin owner myself, I am taking a wait and see approach this week.  Expect him to see a decent workload, but he may be too touchdown dependent to start.

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Rank Below: Marshawn Lynch, LeGarrette Blount

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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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