Monday's game between the Raiders and Chargers was kind of a disappointment for everyone except Austin Ekeler. Just in case there were any questions about whether Ekeler is an elite Fantasy option -- there shouldn't be at this point -- his current 16-game pace is 1,132 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 72 receptions, 564 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. And he hasn't even been that good as a receiver, his best trait, yet. Yeah, he's elite.

Derek Carr, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams left us with some more questions, and Justin Herbert probably had his worst overall game of the season, though that didn't necessarily show up in the Fantasy score. I'm still optimistic about that whole crew, but if you were skeptical, they gave you some reason to be Monday. 

We'll have to figure out what to make of all of them and the rest of the field for Week 5, amid another crowded injury report. We'll have updates on all of the injuries you need to know about in tomorrow's newsletter, but first, let's set our expectations for Week 5 with a first look at the rankings for each position. Plus, we've got Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets for you today. 

For more on what will be another busy week on the injury front, make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims join Jamey, Adam Aizer, and me on the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we'll be taking your questions live for an hour. If you've got any questions before then, as always, you can email me at with the subject line "#AskFFT" to be included this week -- including in tomorrow's trade mailbag. 

And here's what we've got on tap in today's newsletter: 

  • ➕Top Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets
  • 📈Week 5 Rankings📉

➕Top Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Rondale Moore scores in Week 2.  Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have created another couple of opportunities for waiver-wire targets to make a big impact. Here are Jamey Eisenberg's top targets plus one more for each position -- and you can read Jamey's breakdown of the top targets at every position here

Jamey Eisenberg's top targets

  1. Damien Williams (16% rostered) -- David Montgomery (knee) seems likely to miss upwards of a month, and could be out until the team's Week 10 bye, so Williams is the first potential long-term starter on the wire who actually has a track record of being good. Williams will likely take on an every down role for the Bears against the Raiders and beyond and is a top-24 back for me this week and likely until Montgomery returns.. 
  2. Samaje Perine (8%) -- If Perine were to get the start for the Bengals in Week 5, I might like him even more than Williams for the week, considering he plays in a better offense. The problem is, Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters Monday he views Joe Mixon (ankle) as more day to day than week to week. Of course, Taylor was overly optimistic publicly about Mixon's foot injury all last season, so take that with a grain of salt. 
  3. Laviska Shenault (60%) -- With DJ Chark (ankle, IR) leaving Thursday's game early, Shenault had his best game of the season, catching six of seven passes for 99 yards. 52 of those yards came on a broken play, and otherwise Shenault was still mostly used on short-area targets, however, I think there's still a decent chance he's the team's top target moving forward, with Marvin Jones taking on some more of Chark's deep role. Parker isn't my top WR if you need a Week 5 starter, but he's worth adding for the potential that he breaks out and becomes a start. He has that kind of talent. 
  4. DeVante Parker (52%) -- Parker came into the season with less hype than his other Dolphins teammates, but he's been the best one of them so far with at least seven targets in all four games. With Will Fuller (hand) out for Week 5 at least, Parker isn't a bad starting option if you need one.  
  5. Jamison Crowder (31%) -- All Crowder does when he's healthy is earn targets, and he led the Jets with nine in his debut in Week 4. If you need a starter in PPR, he's not a bad option at all. 

One (more) target for each position

  • QB: Trey Lance (50%) -- It's no guarantee Lance actually starts, but if Jimmy Garoppolo's calf injury keeps him sidelined, Lance is going to be a starting-caliber Fantasy QB if he can even be decent as a passer, given his rushing ability. 
  • RB: Brandon Bolden (6%) -- Bolden has been the clear beneficiary of James White's (hip) absence, and he's worth an add in PPR formats.  
  • WR: Rashod Bateman (24%) -- I'm not sure what to expect of Bateman when he returns from preseason groin injury, which could come any day now. The team's first-round pick has plenty of upside, however, and if he does hit the ground running, this is your chance to get in ahead of the rush.
  • TE: Tyler Conklin (32%) -- Conklin was a disappointment if you started him in Week 4, but the process was sound. Despite being limited during practice, he played a season-high 85% snap share and was targeted six times. He has a healthy role in the offense right now and is one of the more interesting streamers at the position ahead of a great matchup.

📈Week 5 Rankings📉

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sep 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (30) is grabbed on the ankle by Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker Anthony Walker (54) as defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) and defensive end Justin Houston (50) and Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) look on during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Reinhold Matay / USA TODAY Sports

Here's where things stand for me in my first run through of the Week 5 rankings for PPR leagues. You can find Jamey, Dave, and Heath's rankings right here:


  1. Josh Allen @KC
  2. Patrick Mahomes vs. BUF
  3. Lamar Jackson vs. IND
  4. Kyler Murray vs. SF
  5. Jalen Hurts @CAR
  6. Tom Brady vs. MIA
  7. Justin Herbert vs. CLE
  8. Dak Prescott vs. NYG
  9. Matthew Stafford @SEA
  10. Aaron Rodgers @CIN
  11. Russell Wilson vs. LA
  12. Derek Carr vs. CHI
  13. Kirk Cousins vs. DET
  14. Daniel Jones @DAL
  15. Trey Lance @ARI
  16. Sam Darnold vs. PHI
  17. Joe Burrow vs. GB
  18. Matt Ryan vs. NYJ
  19. Taylor Heinicke vs. NO
  20. Jared Goff @MIN
  21. Zach Wilson @ATL
  22. Ryan Tannehill @JAX
  23. Mac Jones @HOU
  24. Trevor Lawrence vs. TEN
  25. Baker Mayfield @LAC
  26. Jacoby Brissett @TB
  27. Andy Dalton @LV
  28. Ben Roethlisberger vs. DEN
  29. Drew Lock @PIT
  30. Carson Wentz @BAL
  31. Jameis Winston @WAS
  32. Davis Mills vs. NE

Running backs

  1. Derrick Henry @JAX
  2. Austin Ekeler vs. CLE
  3. Dalvin Cook vs. DET
  4. Aaron Jones @CIN
  5. Najee Harris vs. DEN
  6. D'Andre Swift @MIN
  7. Saquon Barkley @DAL
  8. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NYG
  9. Alvin Kamara @WAS
  10. James Robinson vs. TEN
  11. Darrell Henderson @SEA
  12. Chase Edmonds vs. SF
  13. Josh Jacobs vs. CHI
  14. Leonard Fournette vs. MIA
  15. Jonathan Taylor @BAL
  16. Antonio Gibson vs. NO
  17. Nick Chubb @LAC
  18. Mike Davis vs. NYJ
  19. Kareem Hunt @LAC
  20. Samaje Perine vs. GB
  21. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. NYJ
  22. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. BUF
  23. Damien Williams @LV
  24. Chris Carson vs. LA
  25. Damien Harris @HOU
  26. Jamaal Williams @MIN
  27. Miles Sanders @CAR
  28. Melvin Gordon @PIT
  29. Michael Carter @ATL
  30. Chuba Hubbard vs. PHI
  31. Trey Sermon @ARI
  32. Tony Pollard vs. NYG
  33. Nyheim Hines @BAL
  34. Myles Gaskin @TB
  35. Devin Singletary @KC
  36. Javonte Williams @PIT
  37. Alexander Mattison vs. DET
  38. Latavius Murray vs. IND
  39. James Conner vs. SF
  40. Zack Moss @KC
  41. Brandon Bolden @HOU
  42. J.D. McKissic vs. NO
  43. Kenyan Drake vs. CHI
  44. Jeremy McNichols @JAX
  45. Kenneth Gainwell @CAR
  46. Mark Ingram vs. NE
  47. David Johnson vs. NE
  48. Ty Johnson @ATL
  49. Le'Veon Bell vs. IND
  50. Sony Michel @SEA
  51. AJ Dillon @CIN
  52. Ronald Jones vs. MIA
  53. Royce Freeman vs. PHI
  54. Malcolm Brown @TB
  55. Darrel Williams vs. BUF
  56. Phillip Lindsay vs. NE
  57. Carlos Hyde vs. TEN
  58. Alex Collins vs. LA
  59. Peyton Barber @LV
  60. Salvon Ahmed @TB

Wide receivers

  1. Davante Adams @CIN
  2. Tyreek Hill vs. BUF
  3. Stefon Diggs @KC
  4. Cooper Kupp @SEA
  5. D.J. Moore vs. PHI
  6. Justin Jefferson vs. DET
  7. D.K. Metcalf vs. LA
  8. Calvin Ridley vs. NYJ
  9. Keenan Allen vs. CLE
  10. Diontae Johnson vs. DEN
  11. Terry McLaurin vs. NO
  12. CeeDee Lamb vs. NYG
  13. Deebo Samuel @ARI
  14. Mike Williams vs. CLE
  15. Chris Godwin vs. MIA
  16. Tyler Lockett vs. LA
  17. DeAndre Hopkins vs. SF
  18. Amari Cooper vs. NYG
  19. Brandin Cooks vs. NE
  20. Ja'Marr Chase vs. GB
  21. Mike Evans vs. MIA
  22. Tyler Boyd vs. GB
  23. Odell Beckham @LAC
  24. Marquise Brown vs. IND
  25. Antonio Brown vs. MIA
  26. Kenny Golladay @DAL
  27. Adam Thielen vs. DET
  28. Jakobi Meyers @HOU
  29. DeVonta Smith @CAR
  30. DeVante Parker @TB
  31. Courtland Sutton @PIT
  32. Jaylen Waddle @TB
  33. Robert Woods @SEA
  34. Michael Pittman @BAL
  35. Allen Robinson @LV
  36. Cole Beasley @KC
  37. Corey Davis @ATL
  38. Emmanuel Sanders @KC
  39. Darnell Mooney @LV
  40. Jamison Crowder @ATL
  41. Marvin Jones vs. TEN
  42. Laviska Shenault vs. TEN
  43. Hunter Renfrow vs. CHI
  44. Sammy Watkins vs. IND
  45. Robby Anderson vs. PHI
  46. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. DEN
  47. Henry Ruggs @LV
  48. AJ Green vs. SF
  49. Brandon Aiyuk @ARI
  50. Rondale Moore vs. SF
  51. Tim Patrick @PIT
  52. Mecole Hardman vs. BUF
  53. Kadarius Toney @DAL
  54. Christian Kirk vs. SF
  55. Curtis Samuel vs. NO
  56. Jalen Reagor @CAR
  57. Nelson Agholor @HOU
  58. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine @JAX
  59. Zach Pascal @BAL
  60. Collin Johnson @DAL

Tight ends

  1. Travis Kelce vs. BUF
  2. Darren Waller vs. CHI
  3. George Kittle @ARI
  4. T.J. Hockenson @MIN
  5. Mark Andrews vs. IND
  6. Kyle Pitts vs. NYJ
  7. Noah Fant @PIT
  8. Dalton Schultz vs. NYG
  9. Tyler Higbee @SEA
  10. Dallas Goedert @CAR
  11. Mike Gesicki @TB
  12. Tyler Conklin vs. DET
  13. Dawson Knox @KC
  14. Anthony Firkser @JAX
  15. Evan Engram @DAL
  16. Jonnu Smith @HOU
  17. Jared Cook vs. CLE
  18. Robert Tonyan @CIN
  19. C.J. Uzomah vs. GB
  20. Austin Hooper @LAC
  21. Zach Ertz @CAR
  22. Hunter Henry @HOU
  23. Dan Arnold vs. TEN
  24. Cole Kmet @LV
  25. Blake Jarwin vs. NYG
  26. Tommy Tremble vs. PHI
  27. David Njoku @LAC
  28. Cameron Brate vs. MIA
  29. Mo Alie-Cox @BAL
  30. Maxx Williams vs. SF

Top-150 Flex Rankings

  1. Derrick Henry @JAX
  2. Austin Ekeler vs. CLE
  3. Davante Adams @CIN
  4. Dalvin Cook vs. DET
  5. Cooper Kupp @SEA
  6. Aaron Jones @CIN
  7. Travis Kelce vs. BUF
  8. Tyreek Hill vs. BUF
  9. Najee Harris vs. DEN
  10. Stefon Diggs @KC
  11. D.J. Moore vs. PHI
  12. D'Andre Swift @MIN
  13. Keenan Allen vs. CLE
  14. Justin Jefferson vs. DET
  15. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NYG
  16. Alvin Kamara @WAS
  17. Saquon Barkley @DAL
  18. Calvin Ridley vs. NYJ
  19. Darrell Henderson @SEA
  20. James Robinson vs. TEN
  21. Darren Waller vs. CHI
  22. Diontae Johnson vs. DEN
  23. Deebo Samuel @ARI
  24. Terry McLaurin vs. NO
  25. CeeDee Lamb vs. NYG
  26. Chris Godwin vs. MIA
  27. Chase Edmonds vs. SF
  28. Tyler Lockett vs. LA
  29. Brandin Cooks vs. NE
  30. Mike Williams vs. CLE
  31. D.K. Metcalf vs. LA
  32. Mike Davis vs. NYJ
  33. Leonard Fournette vs. MIA
  34. Ja'Marr Chase vs. GB
  35. DeAndre Hopkins vs. SF
  36. Mike Evans vs. MIA
  37. Jonathan Taylor @BAL
  38. Antonio Gibson vs. NO
  39. Nick Chubb @LAC
  40. Kareem Hunt @LAC
  41. Tyler Boyd vs. GB
  42. Amari Cooper vs. NYG
  43. Odell Beckham @LAC
  44. Josh Jacobs vs. CHI
  45. Samaje Perine vs. GB
  46. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. NYJ
  47. Antonio Brown vs. MIA
  48. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. BUF
  49. Damien Williams @LV
  50. Jakobi Meyers @HOU
  51. Adam Thielen vs. DET
  52. Kenny Golladay @DAL
  53. Jaylen Waddle @TB
  54. Robert Woods @SEA
  55. Michael Pittman @BAL
  56. George Kittle @ARI
  57. Marquise Brown vs. IND
  58. DeVonta Smith @CAR
  59. Chris Carson vs. LA
  60. T.J. Hockenson @MIN
  61. Mark Andrews vs. IND
  62. DeVante Parker @TB
  63. Allen Robinson @LV
  64. Cole Beasley @KC
  65. Courtland Sutton @PIT
  66. Corey Davis @ATL
  67. Emmanuel Sanders @KC
  68. Darnell Mooney @LV
  69. Jamaal Williams @MIN
  70. Jamison Crowder @ATL
  71. Myles Gaskin @TB
  72. Melvin Gordon @PIT
  73. Marvin Jones vs. TEN
  74. Michael Carter @ATL
  75. Laviska Shenault vs. TEN
  76. Kyle Pitts vs. NYJ
  77. Chuba Hubbard vs. PHI
  78. Trey Sermon @ARI
  79. Tony Pollard vs. NYG
  80. Hunter Renfrow vs. CHI
  81. Sammy Watkins vs. IND
  82. Miles Sanders @CAR
  83. Damien Harris @HOU
  84. Nyheim Hines @BAL
  85. Robby Anderson vs. PHI
  86. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. DEN
  87. Devin Singletary @KC
  88. Javonte Williams @PIT
  89. Mike Gesicki @TB
  90. Noah Fant @PIT
  91. AJ Green vs. SF
  92. Henry Ruggs vs. CHI
  93. Dalton Schultz vs. NYG
  94. Alexander Mattison vs. DET
  95. James Conner vs. SF
  96. Brandon Aiyuk @ARI
  97. Zack Moss @KC
  98. Tyler Higbee @SEA
  99. Rondale Moore vs. SF
  100. Brandon Bolden @HOU
  101. Curtis Samuel vs. NO
  102. Dallas Goedert @CAR
  103. Tim Patrick @PIT
  104. Tyler Conklin vs. DET
  105. J.D. McKissic vs. NO
  106. Mecole Hardman vs. BUF
  107. Kadarius Toney @DAL
  108. Christian Kirk vs. SF
  109. Latavius Murray vs. IND
  110. Jeremy McNichols @JAX
  111. Kenyan Drake vs. CHI
  112. Dawson Knox @KC
  113. Jalen Reagor @CAR
  114. Nelson Agholor @HOU
  115. Anthony Firkser @JAX
  116. Evan Engram @DAL
  117. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine @JAX
  118. Kenneth Gainwell @CAR
  119. Zach Pascal @BAL
  120. Mark Ingram vs. NE
  121. David Johnson vs. NE
  122. Jonnu Smith @HOU
  123. Jared Cook vs. CLE
  124. Robert Tonyan @CIN
  125. Collin Johnson @DAL
  126. K.J. Osborn vs. DET
  127. C.J. Uzomah vs. GB
  128. Ty Johnson @ATL
  129. Austin Hooper @LAC
  130. Le'Veon Bell vs. IND
  131. Terrace Marshall vs. PHI
  132. Zach Ertz @CAR
  133. Hunter Henry @HOU
  134. Kendrick Bourne @HOU
  135. Van Jefferson @SEA
  136. Sony Michel @SEA
  137. Dan Arnold vs. TEN
  138. AJ Dillon @CIN
  139. Demarcus Robinson vs. BUF
  140. Cole Kmet @LV
  141. Randall Cobb @CIN
  142. Marquez Callaway @WAS
  143. Ronald Jones vs. MIA
  144. Blake Jarwin vs. NYG
  145. Tommy Tremble vs. PHI
  146. David Njoku @LAC
  147. Chester Rogers @JAX
  148. Tyron Johnson vs. TEN
  149. Cameron Brate vs. MIA
  150. Royce Freeman vs. PHI