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2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings Review

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Things finally seem to be returning to normal in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins were shut down by the New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers blanked a struggling Bills’ team and Mitch Trubisky threw for six touchdowns.

Okay, so not everything is business as usual. With Trubisky’s dominance of the Tampa Bay secondary, Fitzmagic regrettably came to an end. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was listed as Too High last week, failed to channel anything through Too Low candidate Chris Godwin. A quarterback change halfway through a game is never good for fantasy purposes.

This week, most of the matchups look one sided, although Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta should be a barn burner. Kansas City will face its biggest test yet when the terrifying Jacksonville defense comes to town. In looking at this week’s rankings and matchups, let’s see who is too high or too low.


2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Andy Dalton (QB12)

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Dalton is QB10 through the first four weeks. That’s pretty good for a guy who is missing his starting running back, Joe Mixon. Gio Bernard has filled in nicely, but his catching ability out of the backfield is better suited as a change of pace role.

This week, the Bengals face the Miami Dolphins at home. The Dolphins were hit hard by Tom Brady last week, who despite a slow start, finished with three passing touchdowns. He was aided by running backs Sony Michel and James White, as each gained nice chunks of yardage on the ground and combined for a few touchdowns.

Despite the bashing, the Dolphins’ D/ST hasn’t been too bad this season, sitting at ninth place through four weeks. The issue with Miami lies with the offense. Despite an excellent record so far, the Dolphins finally faced a true test last week in Foxborough and failed. Having the best average starting field position in the NFL so far has helped tremendously, too, so don’t let the 3-1 record deceive you.

Dalton is also on a tear to start the season, as he’s currently tied for second in the league with 11 touchdown passes. He’s thrown for over 330 yards in three out of four games thus far too, and he’s likely got his eye on the AFC North crown. Look for Dalton to outrank those above him, including Matt Stafford and DeShaun Watson.

Rank Above: Matt Stafford, DeShaun Watson

Corey Davis (WR21)

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Corey Davis leads the NFL in percentage of team target share, which is pretty crazy considering his fantasy output so far.

Davis had a breakout game last week, tallying 161 yards and a touchdown against a normally stingy Eagles‘ defense. Marcus Mariota was calm under pressure, targeting Davis 15 times. The Titans haven’t missed a beat since Delanie Walker‘s season-ending injury, as they are 3-1 and are currently tied with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South.

This week, the Titans have a soft matchup against a struggling Buffalo Bills, who came back down to Earth in a shutdown led by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Davis was the fifth overall pick in 2017 and he’ll look to continue to deliver on his high draft status on Sunday in Buffalo.

Rank Above: Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay

Aaron Jones (RB23)

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The Lions allow an average of 157 rushing yards per game. That should be all you need to know.

But you might want to note that Aaron Jones ran for a solid 65 yards and a touchdown last week. And though head coach Mike McCarthy is determined to disrupt any consistent fantasy production at the running back position, Jones could easily change that dynamic.

After the thrashing of the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had high praise for Jones: “He’s a different type of runner than we’ve had here in a while. You’ve gotta find ways to get him the ball.” If the best quarterback in the league is singing a player’s praises, that might be a sign to change the RBBC that’s been in place since the dawn of time.

Jones’ snap count has been trending upward so far as well, seeing 17 against the Redskins and 29 against the Bills. Currently at 23 in the rankings this week, expect Jones to surprise owners and rise high in the rankings.

Rank Above: Matt Breida, Alex Collins

Too High

Ben Roethlisberger (QB1)

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This isn’t a start ’em sit ’em, and this definitely isn’t Michael Fabiano telling you to start Todd Gurley every week.

Big Ben has an amazing matchup at home against a pathetic Falcons‘ defense. There’s no reason not to start the guy, however he is listed here as someone to keep an eye on. He’s having a great season so far, leading the league in total passing yards. So what’s he doing here?

The issue Ben has is his defense, which refuses to bring pressure and fails to play man-coverage against basically every team. This results in opposing offenses marching down the field, giving Ben and his Steeler’s offense next to no rest before the following drive.

On top of the exertion, the lean and mean Roethlisberger is feeling the stinging effects of a Bell-less run game. James Connor, while serviceable, isn’t extending plays nor finding gaps that no one other than Bell is able to find. So when the Steelers‘ defense throws Ben into a 14-0 hole like last weekend, or god forbid a 28-0 situation like Week 2 against the Chiefs, there’s a sickening amount of pressure on the veteran’s shoulders. Talk about frustrating.

It’s this inconsistency with the Steelers that should have Ben ranked a bit lower than other consistent options, such as Aaron Rodgers.

Rank Below: Tom Brady, Drew Brees

Ravens D/ST (DST2)

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The Ravens are similar to the above Roethlisberger, in that there’s a good chance they’ll do well this week. However, the recently energized Cleveland offense just hung 42 points on an exhausted Oakland defense, with Baker Mayfield leading the charge with 2 touchdowns and almost 300 yards.

The Ravens have played well this season, but Week 5 has a lot of juicy matchups for defenses this week, with the Broncos at the Jets, who nearly made Patrick Mahomes look mortal for more then two quarters. The Panthers host a New York Giants offense that failed t0 get much going against a weak New Orleans’ secondary. The Texans take on a Dallas offense that has yet to produce a WR1. There are plenty of great defensive matchups for fantasy purposes, so it’s possible the Ravens could drop a few spots.

Look for the Ravens to face a Cleveland offense that will continue to turn heads.


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Rank Below: Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos


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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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