NOTE: These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season and are intended to be used as a tool, not necessarily a definitive guide to player valuation. The scoring system is performance PPR. Return each Tuesday for an update following the outcome of Monday Night Football, any new developments, and further review of situations. There is no exact science behind season-long rankings, considering all of the variables and situational uncertainties at work.
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||KCC||5|
|6||Los Angeles Rams||LAR||8|
|7||New England Patriots||NEP||9|
|8||New York Giants||NYG||8|
|12||New York Jets||NYJ||11|
|15||Green Bay Packers||GBP||4|
|23||San Diego Chargers||SDC||11|
|25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TBB||6|
|29||New Orleans Saints||NOS||5|
|32||San Francisco 49ers||SFO||8|
|78||Ted Ginn Jr.||CAR||7|
RB Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
I'm not the biggest fan of McKinnon -- I see a limited skill set that doesn't translate well to a frequent fantasy play -- but he is starting to win me over. I believe some of this is because Norv Turner is putting McKinnon in better positions to succeed than he previously did when Adrian Peterson was on the field. McKinnon also appears to see the field better.
RB Bobby Rainey, New York Giants
While rookie Paul Perkins mustered 80 yards on his four touches, Rainey was utilized 11 times and is clearly the favored weapon out of the backfield at this time. Consider this a fluid situation.
WR Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
No touchdowns through four weeks ... it's hard to fathom. The Giants desperately need a running game to alleviate some pressure. Additionally, Beckham can't keep his cool lately and continues to put himself in situations that teeter on the brink of something drastically worse. He went down just two spots because I'm more comfortable with Julio Jones and A.J. Green at this point.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton's concussion came at the worst time. He was starting to get it on track. I will leave him ranked No. 1 one more week to see how things shake out.
Miami Dolphins running backs
This is such a mess. Don't put any value in this hodgepodge behind Arian Foster (groin), who could return any week now. The offense doesn't run enough, and the coaches cannot make up their minds as to which back is worth given more than token touches.
New York Giants running backs
Monday Night Football will be quite helpful in assessing the expected utilization. In all honesty, none of these backs are likely to offer the weekly consistent playability that came from Shane Vereen.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
He's for real. I wanted to see it happen against a divisional rival like Carolina, and did it ever happen.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
If he wasn't injury-prone, I'd probably rank Big Ben No. 1 ... it's almost a guarantee that he'll miss time.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck can't stay upright, and his cast of weapons is banged up. The play-calling is predictable, and I have my doubts Luck can stay healthy.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
The rookie is the real deal, and he is starting to show a better grasp of the passing game. Dallas' rushing attack frees up Prescott. Tony Romo may not have a job when he returns to health.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
It has been anything but pretty for Mariota, a quarterback without weapons.
Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears
Speaking of not having a job, Jay Cutler has to be getting nervous. Hoyer looks to be in better control of the offense.
Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos
The injury to Trevor Siemian's non-throwing shoulder isn't clear, so Lynch returned to the rankings after being removed once Siemian solidified himself last week.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
Injury is always a concern with Murray, but he is playing too well to be ignored. The passing game stinks, which is putting the ball in Murray's hands more than expected. He could be a great sell-high candidate, however.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
As previously discussed in this space and The Pickup Joint, Gurley is in serious trouble. His offensive line isn't opening holes, and he's trying to do too much. The offense around him isn't scaring anyone, which stacks the box. Despite more involvement in the passing game, Gurley has very limited upside.
Matt Forte, New York Jets
Forte is losing too much time on third downs to Bilal Powell, robbing him of what was one of his best attributes for fantasy value.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
There is little reason to believe Jeremy Langford (leg) will have a job when he returns. Howard is clearly the best back in Chicago.
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
Buoyed by a trio of touchdowns over the first three weeks, Murray's ranking was inflated and required a correction.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
This really might not be enough of a bump up for Crowell, who is averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Forgive me if I want to see more, but I'm not entirely sold -- yet.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
The ageless Gore is effectively the entire offense for the Colts right now. Admittedly, he is a bit too TD heavy, but Indy has no size around the stripe in the passing game, and Gore is getting it done.
Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Powell has cut into Forte's receiving chores and is now a staple in PPR lineups with all of the rash of injuries at receiver.
Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns
Despite still being quite involved in the aerial game, Johnson isn't accomplishing anything with his receptions.
Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
He is probably too low, but West is too reliant on scoring touchdowns. This backfield is a tenuous mess for fantasy purposes, but you have to chase the value where you perceive it. How will his workload look when Kenneth Dixon (knee) is ready in the next week or two?
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
Dixon is inching closer to his NFL debut and should be stashed in all formats given the volatility of this backfield.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday night's garbage-time touchdown aside, Williams figures to have almost no value unless Le'Veon Bell suffers an injury or finds himself in trouble off the field.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions
Washington left early and did not return. Detroit has no commitment to running the ball, and I haven't seen enough from him to warrant a higher ranking. Fluid situation.
Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers
The Jonathan Stewart-less Panthers are doing anything to extend the running game, which means more work for Whittaker. He has PPR-only appeal.
Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills
He is more involved than expected, and Reggie Bush's healthy scratch only further endorses the increase.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
Doghouse, then out on good behavior, then relegated to a sliver of work in a messy backfield.
Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts
Ferguson re-entered the rankings after showing PPR prowess. He's arguably the best receiving back on this roster, and their receiving woes, mixed with a porous line, have opened a need.
C.J. Spiller, Seattle Seahawks
A touchdown in his debut brought Spiller back into the conversation ... This backfield is looking for a passing-game spark, and C.J. Prosise hasn't been able to stay on the field.
Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
A fractured leg has Langford on the mend, but he probably won't have a job upon his eventual return. Howard has outplayed him in every way imaginable.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
Yes, he was the top backup to West on Sunday, but Allen has yet to distinguish himself and is likely to lose touches to Dixon soon.
John Kuhn, New Orleans Saints
Three scores in a game will get one a spot in the rankings, even if it doesn't earn him a spot on fantasy rosters.
Reggie Bush, Buffalo Bills
Realistically, Bush should be cut from the rankings. I'll give it another week of him being a healthy scratch.
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Slightly down. Cooper has not scored in 11 of his last 12 games, dating back to his promising rookie season. He is seeing too many doubles that have forced Derek Carr to go elsewhere with the ball.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
DT is playing at a high level while battling injuries and appears to be quarterback-proof.
Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
All of those doubles on Cooper have left Crabtree to exploit single coverage. And he's pretty good at doing it.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Just when he started to play well, yet another injury is robbing Dez of gameplay.
Terrelle Pryor Sr., Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon's impending dismissal from the team removes any lingering doubt I had over Pryor's role. He's the guy, even with Corey Coleman returns.
Eric Decker, New York Jets
I won't be shocked if Decker eventually makes his way to IR, which has been discussed. This is a serious injury that will impact his range of motion.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
A gaffe benched him for the second half, and it's not like he was playing well before the blunder. Tate is one of the most fluidly ranked players at this stage.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Am I still selling him short? He gets it, and it's simply a numbers game at this point. Thomas looks like he has the ability to be a special player -- in time.
Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans
Despite all of the good he brings to the table, Sharpe is still a rookie No. 1 in an offense that desperately needs him to be the WR2 to an established vet.
Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
Maybe I'm too low on Woods. He is the de facto No. 1 with Sammy Watkins on the shelf.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant's injury theoretically increases Beasley's involvement, even though I have my doubts about that being a true benefit for a player of his mold.
Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens
The old timer continues to get it down as he rounds into form after last year's injury. Maybe I'm still selling him short with this placement. ...
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
Too inconsistent. I have major doubts surrounding the Carolina offense as a whole.
Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears
Royal pops off here and there, but his rapport with Brian Hoyer intrigues me.
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
A token increase based on Dez's injury and Prescott's ascension.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
His knee injury doesn't appear to be the culprit that is stunting this preseason sleeper. Lockett isn't playing enough but should remain stashed for the short term.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
A trip to IR-designated to return leaves the door open, but I'm not particularly hopeful.
Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams
Quick bolts up the rankings after the Rams show some signs of life in the passing game. Frankly, I may be too low on him.
Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers finds the open receiver indiscriminately, and Inman is often that guy. He has shown flashes in his short career, so look for a ranking increase with continued involvement.
Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
I can't argue if someone wants to rate him higher, but my major concern is the consistency factor. Coates is too difficult to play in fantasy with any confidence, which is an abstract reason that I hold him down in the rankings.
Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers
Kerley isn't a No. 1, but San Fran doesn't have one. PPR value only here, and he's likely to increase a touch.
Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills
Losing Watkins opens more looks for the one-trick pony.
Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers
Market Correction. He is inconsistent and also a one-trick type. He was ranked slightly lower than I see it playing out.
Andre Johnson, Tennessee Titans
The veteran is seeing looks around the stripe, but this passing game is in a rough spot.
Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders
Roberts continues to see a handful of looks and benefits from the attention paid to Cooper and Crabtree.
Brice Butler, Dallas Cowboys
Dez's injury thrusts Butler into the starting lineup and gives gamers a short-term flier candidate.
Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
The former Brown joined the Birds on the eve of the season and is getting up to speed.
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
I have my doubts about his health, but it doesn't seem to matter given the way he has played the past two weeks. Now he gets a bye week to further recover.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston loves him some Cameron Brate, and fantasy owners should, too.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
The oft-injured pass catcher is on the verge of returning to the field.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Indy's passing game is struggling something fierce, and Allen is still barely involved. Stash him for a few more games, if you can find the room.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
The loss of Watkins should pave the way for more looks for the vertical Clay, one he is fully healthy.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
The truth be told, I'm gaining more confidence in his ability to stay on the field. All it takes is one hit, of course. Overlook his 3-17-0 line from Week 4 and look at the bigger picture.
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
The rookie is earning more playing time even when Antonio Gates returns. Henry will benefit from all of the injuries in San Diego's passing game.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
I was waiting to see him give way to Austin Hooper, which happened on a single play of broken coverage in Week 4. In the long run, I can see Tamme remaining involved.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lewis entered the rankings on the heels of a bum Julius Thomas elbow.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
The troubled tight end re-entered the rankings and has a chance to contribute with Decker's injury.
Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Market correction ... ranked too low early in the year, and after four weeks, we have a much clearer picture of offensive identities.
Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
I contemplated upping him after last week, and am kicking myself for waiting until he kicked five more field goals, but it's necessary.
Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona's offense isn't given him enough opportunities at this time, although that could drastically change if this team gets it together soon.
Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia Eagles
Market correction ... Philly's offense has provided the unsteady Sturgis more chances than expected.
Nick Folk, New York Jets
Fewer touchdown chances translate to more three-point kicks for the veteran.
Connor Barth, Chicago Bears
Barth isn't seeing enough chances, making only two of his four attempts.
The offense is putting too much pressure on the defense right now ... fluid ranking change.
A combination of poor offensive play and overrated defensive talent, Carolina was ranked too high.
The loss of J.J. Watt will zap most of the power from this fantasy unit.
Who would have thought that firing your OFFENSIVE coordinator would spark the defense? Go figure.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This group is getting trampled left and right. Perhaps this wasn't low enough.
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