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|
|13||New York Jets||NYJ||11|
|16||Green Bay Packers||GBP||4|
|23||San Diego Chargers||SDC||11|
|25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TBB||6|
|28||New Orleans Saints||NOS||5|
|32||San Francisco 49ers||SFO||8|
|79||Ted Ginn Jr.||CAR||7|
The quiet Monday night game offered the removal of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (placed on Monday) and the entry of running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Doug Martin appears close to returning, and Tampa is on bye this week, to buy him more time.
Green Bay Packers running backs
Learning more about the ankle injury suffered by Eddie Lacy will be the determining factor in James Starks' rankings placement. He will remain unchanged at this time. Despite a quality showing in limited action, Lacy was lowered a few spots based on market correction for his overall season-long outlook.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Concussion aside, I am no longer comfortable with the belief that he can make it through the rest of the season upon his eventual return, which isn't necessarily going to be in Week 6. If he looks vintage in his return, Palmer will be on the rise.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Back-to-back weeks of some of the worst quarterbacking the NFL has offered this season ... and I get accused of being irrationally pro-Tannehill. This upcoming week brings the Steelers and then a bye. After the bye, he has a very friendly schedule, which is why he wasn't reduced even more.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones insists Romo will return to a starting position once his health permits. Dak Prescott has been ranked as he is with the expectation the floor would give out at some point before Romo came back ... that doesn't seem likely. I'll give Jones the benefit of the doubt for now, but I remain somewhat skeptical that Romo doesn't get "Bledsoed."
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Seriously, how can Chip Kelly maintain that Kaepernick is not a better option for the 49ers? While I realize Kaepernick is visibly lighter than before his injury problems, Blaine Gabbert is imploding.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton is out of sync when he's on the field, and his offensive line has been a mess. Last year's success was a confluence of a kind schedule, no expectations, raw talent, and an emotional high. The Super Bowl loss changed everything, which I wrote about on USA TODAY several months ago. To Cam's credit, I don't see his ranking falling beyond this point.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
The generational talent is proving his to be worth his draft weight in gold. You can't teach that kind of speed and vision ... playing behind the best line in football never hurts, either.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Coleman is getting it done with limited touches, and this backfield continues to prove there is enough meat on the bone most weeks for both backs to be productive for fantasy.
Matt Forte, New York Jets
Three straight games of subpar fantasy production, combined with a loss of playing time on third downs, has Forte's stock tumbling. He's not solely to blame, but the gap between the floor and ceiling is narrower than ever before.
Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions
Zenner enters the rankings based on the off-chance Detroit learns how to run the football and gives him a shot near the stripe.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
The Nelson increase was more of a hat tip to his scoring prowess and improving form. He went up two spots and could rise more for owners in standard-scoring formats.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz is quarterback-proof. He needed a bump based on recent production.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb actually comes down slightly (previously ranked 19th) despite a strong game. He is still more of a matchup play than a weekly lineup lock. He took a massive head shot at the end of the game, which may not matter, but it is worth monitoring given the NFL's emphasis on concussions.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott loves him some Cole Beasley, and the diminutive receiver continues to churn out double-digit PPR efforts -- Dez Bryant or not.
Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
Coates erupted in Week 5, but as we've previously discussed, he is a one-trick pony. Games like his two-touchdown showing will spring up, but predicting them can induce headaches. He's a fringe weekly play at this point, but owners must accept the bad with the good when he fails to produce.
Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams
Britt is a weekly contributor at this point and deserved his season-long outlook to reflect such ... his injury history really is the only thing holding him back from being a confident WR3 play.
Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears
Meredith has a starting spot in the lineup with Kevin White on IR, and he did a masterful job of showcasing his abilities in Week 5. He's an obvious waiver wire add and instantly becomes a legitimate weekly consideration.
Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
Hogan left Week 5 with a head injury, and his prognosis is unclear, so this ranking is tentative. Tom Brady makes everyone better, and no receiver in this offense benefits more from No. 12 than Hogan. His size alone makes the former Buffalo Bill a red zone weapon, and his vertical presence is an asset between the 20s.
Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams
Quick looks like his pre-2015 self. There is considerable upside with Quick, at least as long as Kenny Britt continues to play well.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears
White was placed on short-term IR and could come back in eight weeks.
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
Bennett could be a weekly fantasy factor with Brady back under center, although we know huge games like this cannot be expected. There will be games in which he is non-existent for fantasy, but the position will be involved heavily throughout the season.
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
McDonald is closer to returning, so lowering him is probably a little unfair. This is a very fluid ranking, largely because of the unsettling quarterback situation. Gabbert is probably better for McDonald.
No notable ranking changes.
The Vikings enter their bye week with a bang ... a five-week explosion, really. This is absolutely a championship-caliber defense that can carry the offense when it misfires, scoring huge bonus points for fantasy gamers along the way.
Buffalo is getting to the quarterback and showing their offensive tweaks had the intended effect on the defensive side of the ball.
Atlanta exploited a rookie quarterback in Week 5. They still allow too many yards and points, so scoring systems matter greatly in their season-long outlook. Most formats can consider this group a matchup play with upside.
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