Fantasy Football Week 5: Injuries, bye weeks shake up rankings, with Deshaun Watson, Bilal Powell, Stefon Diggs moving up

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Editor's Note: All rankings updated as of Friday at 2:30 p.m. EST to reflect the latest news and changes our experts have made. This will be updated throughout the week. 

We're one-fourth of the way through the season, and that means bye weeks are starting. You've got holes to fill in your lineup, which is no fun for those of you who have been relying on Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones and others who won't be available this week.

Those bye weeks might leave you hurting as you set your lineup, but they also lower the bar for Fantasy relevance each week, meaning more unexpected players can sneak into the rankings than usual. That can make setting your lineup a chore, and makes our expert rankings even more valuable. 

Here's this week's breakdown:   

PPR Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST   

 Note: All rankings for Standard scoring. 

Quarterback Rankings

Week 5 QB Rank Jamey Eisenberg Dave Richard Heath Cummings
1 Aaron Rodgers GB (at DAL) Aaron Rodgers GB (at DAL) Aaron Rodgers GB (at DAL)
2 Tom Brady NE (at TB) Dak Prescott DAL (vs GB) Tom Brady NE (at TB)
3 Dak Prescott DAL (vs GB) Jameis Winston TB (vs NE) Russell Wilson SEA (at LAR)
4 Jameis Winston TB (vs NE) Tom Brady NE (at TB) Dak Prescott DAL (vs GB)
5 Russell Wilson SEA (at LAR) Russell Wilson SEA (at LAR) Jameis Winston TB (vs NE)
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs JAC) Cam Newton CAR (at DET) Eli Manning NYG (vs LAC)
7 Deshaun Watson HOU (vs KC) Carson Palmer ARI (at PHI) Carson Wentz PHI (vs ARI)
8 Eli Manning NYG (vs LAC) Deshaun Watson HOU (vs KC) Deshaun Watson HOU (vs KC)
9 Carson Palmer ARI (at PHI) Eli Manning NYG (vs LAC) Carson Palmer ARI (at PHI)
10 Matthew Stafford DET (vs CAR) Matthew Stafford DET (vs CAR) Alex Smith KC (at HOU)
11 Alex Smith KC (at HOU) Alex Smith KC (at HOU) Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs JAC)
12 Carson Wentz PHI (vs ARI) Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs JAC) Matthew Stafford DET (vs CAR)
  • Injury updates: Marcus Mariota (hamstring) and Sam Bradford (knee) have made progress, and could be game-time decisions for Week 5. The good news is Mariota plays at 1 Sunday, so you'll have a chance to get him in or out of your lineup when the decision is made. Bradford doesn't play until Monday, and isn't a recommended start, because your alternatives in the event of an inactive designation are Case Keenum and Mitchell Trubisky in his first start. Steer clear of that one. 
  • Breaking Out: Dak Prescott was pretty unanimously considered a borderline starting option coming into the season, but he's inside everyone's top-four this week. A matchup against the Packers doesn't hurt, but his recent performance is really helping. He has multiple touchdowns in three straight games, and has been throwing more than he did last season to make up for a rushing game that hasn't been quite as effective. Averaging 22.8 Fantasy points per game, he could get there again in what could turn into a shootout. 
  • Bounceback Alert: Ben Roethlisberger just hasn't given us that trademark huge performance yet. His high for the season is 19 Fantasy points. That's not what you were hoping for, but in fairness, three of his first four games have come on the road, where he has struggled in recent years. The Jaguars' defense is improved, but expect Ben him to play better this week. 
  • Buying In: If you predicted that Alex Smith, Jared Goff and Deshaun Watson would be top-eight quarterbacks in Fantasy scoring by the quarter mark of the season, please email me immediately so we can set up a Biff Tannen-esque sports betting scheme. Smith and Watson are consensus top-12 options this week, while Goff even sneaks into the top-12 in Dave's rankings. 

Running Back Rankings

Week 5 RB Rank Jamey Eisenberg Dave Richard Heath Cummings
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC) Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC) Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC)
2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB) Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB) Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB)
3 Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU) Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA) Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU)
4 Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA) Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU) Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA)
5 Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN) Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT) LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN)
6 Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG) Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG) Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT)
7 Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT) Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN) Carlos Hyde SF (at IND)
8 LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN) LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN) Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN)
9 Carlos Hyde SF (at IND) Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE) Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG)
10 Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE) LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI) Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN)
11 Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN) Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN) Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC)
12 Mike Gillislee NE (at TB) Carlos Hyde SF (at IND) Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE)
13 Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC) Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC) DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA)
14 DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA) Mike Gillislee NE (at TB) Mike Gillislee NE (at TB)
15 Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL) Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET) Ameer Abdullah DET (vs CAR)
16 Frank Gore IND (vs SF) Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL) Duke Johnson CLE (vs NYJ)
17 Latavius Murray MIN (at CHI) Aaron Jones GB (at DAL) Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET)
18 Alex Collins BAL (at OAK) Latavius Murray MIN (at CHI) Frank Gore IND (vs SF)
19 Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF) Frank Gore IND (vs SF) LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI)
20 Doug Martin TB (vs NE) Ameer Abdullah DET (vs CAR) Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF)
21 LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI) Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF) Jonathan Stewart CAR (at DET)
22 Wayne Gallman NYG (vs LAC) DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA) Tarik Cohen CHI (vs MIN)
23 Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET) Thomas Rawls SEA (at LAR) Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL)
24 Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs NYJ) Alex Collins BAL (at OAK) Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs NYJ)
  • Injury update: Matt Forte (toe) has been ruled out. Paul Perkins (ribs) too. Wendell Smallwood (knee) did not practice this week, and is questionable. He likely will not play. Ty Montgomery remains a question mark. 
  • Back on top: Le'Veon Bell just needed a few weeks to get going after holding out for all of training camp. He got going in a big way in Week 4, rushing for 144 yards and had 42 more on four receptions. He also scored twice. It was a vintage performance, and now he gets to go against a Jaguars defense that is allowing 5.7 yards per carry to opposing running backs. Not that you were ever thinking of sitting him. 
  • Keep on rolling: Bilal Powell benefited from an iffy call that resulted in a 75-yard touchdown, but even taking out that run would have given him 88 yards on 20 carries, to go with four catches for 27. He had a good week, and some help from above, perhaps. He probably won't need much help in Week 5, however, with the Browns on the way. Keep him in your lineup.
  • Bust alert: Latavius Murray could be in line for a big role now that Dalvin Cook is out, but Heath isn't convinced; he has him 34th at the position, 15 spots lower than either Dave or Jamey. In fact, he has Jerick McKinnon just two spots lower than Murray, a sign that he likely expects a pretty even split here. 

Wide Receiver Rankings

Week 5 WR Rank Jamey Eisenberg Dave Richard Heath Cummings
1Jordy Nelson GB (at DAL) Jordy Nelson GB (at DAL) Antonio Brown PIT (vs JAC)
2Mike Evans TB (vs NE) Antonio Brown PIT (vs JAC) Odell Beckham NYG (vs LAC)
3Odell Beckham NYG (vs LAC) Mike Evans TB (vs NE) Mike Evans TB (vs NE)
4Antonio Brown PIT (vs JAC) Odell Beckham NYG (vs LAC) A.J. Green CIN (vs BUF)
5A.J. Green CIN (vs BUF) A.J. Green CIN (vs BUF) Jordy Nelson GB (at DAL)
6DeAndre Hopkins HOU (vs KC) T.Y. Hilton IND (vs SF) DeAndre Hopkins HOU (vs KC)
7Dez Bryant DAL (vs GB) Stefon Diggs MIN (at CHI) Dez Bryant DAL (vs GB)
8Stefon Diggs MIN (at CHI) Keenan Allen LAC (at NYG) Stefon Diggs MIN (at CHI)
9Keenan Allen LAC (at NYG) Golden Tate DET (vs CAR) Randall Cobb GB (at DAL)
10Doug Baldwin SEA (at LAR) Dez Bryant DAL (vs GB) Tyreek Hill KC (at HOU)
11Tyreek Hill KC (at HOU) DeVante Parker MIA (vs TEN) Doug Baldwin SEA (at LAR)
12Larry Fitzgerald ARI (at PHI) DeAndre Hopkins HOU (vs KC) Larry Fitzgerald ARI (at PHI)
13Randall Cobb GB (at DAL) Tyreek Hill KC (at HOU) DeVante Parker MIA (vs TEN)
14DeVante Parker MIA (vs TEN) Chris Hogan NE (at TB) Keenan Allen LAC (at NYG)
15DeSean Jackson TB (vs NE) Randall Cobb GB (at DAL) T.Y. Hilton IND (vs SF)
16Brandin Cooks NE (at TB) Jarvis Landry MIA (vs TEN) Adam Thielen MIN (at CHI)
17Golden Tate DET (vs CAR) Pierre Garcon SF (at IND) Kelvin Benjamin CAR (at DET)
18Chris Hogan NE (at TB) DeSean Jackson TB (vs NE) Golden Tate DET (vs CAR)
19T.Y. Hilton IND (vs SF) Doug Baldwin SEA (at LAR) Brandin Cooks NE (at TB)
20Pierre Garcon SF (at IND) Adam Thielen MIN (at CHI) Chris Hogan NE (at TB)
21Jarvis Landry MIA (vs TEN) Brandin Cooks NE (at TB) Jarvis Landry MIA (vs TEN)
22Adam Thielen MIN (at CHI) Larry Fitzgerald ARI (at PHI) Pierre Garcon SF (at IND)
23Danny Amendola NE (at TB) Devin Funchess CAR (at DET) DeSean Jackson TB (vs NE)
24Jaron Brown ARI (at PHI) Jaron Brown ARI (at PHI) Alshon Jeffery PHI (vs ARI)
  • Injury updates: Davante Adams remains in the concussion protocol, and his status will likely be determined when the team travels Dallas Saturday afternoon. Keep a close eye on reports. 
  • Jekyll and Hyde: T.Y. Hilton and Martavis Bryant have both had up-and-down seasons. At least Hilton has an excuse because quarterback Jacoby Brissett is still very much a work in progress. Bryant has the rust excuse, but that's holding less and less weight every week. We know how high the ceiling is for these two, but both are extremely risky starting options. 
  • Bad QB Watch: Should you avoid wide receivers with bad quarterbacks? DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry and Pierre Garcon are the biggest question marks in regards to that this week, as all three have seen their production fluctuate this season along with their inconsistent quarterbacks. Like Hilton and Bryant, you can start any of these three, but you might have to deal with some indigestion when you hit "submit."
  • Is he really a No. 1?: Expectations were sky-high for Brandin Cooks after he was traded to New England, and they went even higher after Julian Edelman's preseason injury. However, at the quarter mark of the season, he looks a lot like... Chris Hogan? Hogan has 15 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 26 targets. Cooks has 13 catches for 294 yards and two touchdowns on 24 targets. If Cooks is getting six targets per game moving forward, he's going to be just a No. 2 WR, at best.
  • Welcome back!: Will Fuller returned from injury with a bang, scoring two touchdowns on four catches and six targets. He only had 35 yards in the game, but a healthy role in his return to action is enough to convince Jamey to move him into his top-24 this week. 

Tight End Rankings

Week 5 TE Rank Jamey Eisenberg Dave Richard Heath Cummings
1Travis Kelce KC (at HOU) Travis Kelce KC (at HOU) Rob Gronkowski NE (at TB)
2Zach Ertz PHI (vs ARI) Zach Ertz PHI (vs ARI) Zach Ertz PHI (vs ARI)
3Charles Clay BUF (at CIN) Charles Clay BUF (at CIN) Travis Kelce KC (at HOU)
4Jimmy Graham SEA (at LAR) Cameron Brate TB (vs NE) Charles Clay BUF (at CIN)
5Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ (at CLE) Jimmy Graham SEA (at LAR) Jimmy Graham SEA (at LAR)
6Cameron Brate TB (vs NE) Delanie Walker TEN (at MIA) Delanie Walker TEN (at MIA)
7Evan Engram NYG (vs LAC) Hunter Henry LAC (at NYG) Evan Engram NYG (vs LAC)
8Hunter Henry LAC (at NYG) Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ (at CLE) Martellus Bennett GB (at DAL)
9Delanie Walker TEN (at MIA) Antonio Gates LAC (at NYG) Cameron Brate TB (vs NE)
10Benjamin Watson BAL (at OAK) Evan Engram NYG (vs LAC) Hunter Henry LAC (at NYG)
11Antonio Gates LAC (at NYG) Benjamin Watson BAL (at OAK) Antonio Gates LAC (at NYG)
12Kyle Rudolph MIN (at CHI) Jared Cook OAK (vs BAL) Benjamin Watson BAL (at OAK)
  • Injury updates: Jack Doyle (concussion) was ruled out for Week 5. 
  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Who knows what to make of Hunter Henry at this point. The talented young tight end caught a touchdown in Week 4, but he was still targeted just three times in the game. He is playing about half of the team's offensive snaps overall, and hasn't even been targeted in two games. We know how high the ceiling is for him, but this has been a huge disappointment. He is only Fantasy relevant right now thanks to the lack of any quality depth at the position, but it's going to be hard to bench him against a team that can't cover tight ends like the Giants
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