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UPDATED Fantasy Football Week 5 Player Rankings

Each week I post my first set of player rankings on Monday or Tuesday. Inevitably, things happen throughout the week (injuries, trades, the release of naughty cell phone pictures) that alter my projection for how guys will fare on Sundays.

Because my goal is to help each and every one of our readers (and myself) be in the best possible position to win, I update my rankings on Friday to reflect all the activity from the week.

Click for the latest injury updates on guys like Darren McFadden and Pierre Thomas, which impacted the rankings below. Then check out the final, updated rankings for Week 5.

First, have a look at this week’s Fantasy Football 3-2-1 video. I analyze players who have surprised and disappointed, and tell you whether it’s time to buy low or jump ship.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Player Rankings

Remember that the Dolphins, Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks all have byes in Week 5.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: QB

fantasy-football-rankings-week-5-qb-rb-wr-te-defenseNot yet ranked due to injury: Matthew Stafford

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Eli Manning
  5. Matt Schaub
  6. Philip Rivers
  7. Tony Romo
  8. Kyle Orton
  9. Brett Favre
  10. Sam Bradford
  11. Matt Ryan
  12. Mark Sanchez
  13. Joe Flacco
  14. Donovan McNabb
  15. Kevin Kolb
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. Carson Palmer
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  19. Bruce Gradkowski
  20. Shaun Hill
  21. Josh Freeman
  22. Vince Young
  23. David Garrard
  24. Alex Smith
  25. Matt Cassel
  26. Max Hall
  27. Seneca Wallace (or Jake Delhomme)
  28. Jimmy Clausen

Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: RB

Not yet ranked due to injury uncertainty: Pierre Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown, LeSean McCoy, Darren McFadden, Clinton Portis

  1. Maurice Jones-Drew
  2. Adrian Peterson
  3. Michael Turner
  4. Frank Gore
  5. Chris Johnson
  6. Arian Foster
  7. Steven Jackson
  8. Ray Rice
  9. Cedric Benson
  10. Jamaal Charles

Head over to MSF Fantasy Sports to see the rest of our updated Week 5 rankings.

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  1. Jerod,

    You've helped me several times with "start/sit" advice.

    Thank you, with your help, I'm 5 and 3 in my league (we play two games a week)

    I'd like your opinion on a trade I've been offered–

    I was offered Shonn Green and Matt Schaub for Carson Palmer and DeAngelo Williams.

    My other QB is Matt Ryan.
    My other RB's are–Arian Foster, Jahvid Best, CJ Spiller and Tim Hightower.

    What's your opinion??


    • Before the season I would have said No in a second, because I really liked DAW. But Carolina's O is terrible and it's really limiting his chances. Now it's a bit closer. Still, I'd rather have Palmer and DAW. Green doesn't start for you at RB but Williams does (over Best, Spiller, Hightower). And while Schaub is better than Palmer, Ryan is still a pretty good QB and you can do okay playing matchups between he and Palmer. I'd say no.

  2. thanks Jerod. I felt the same way, but I value your advice.

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