Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 20 Players at Every Position

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 2, 2012

Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 20 Players at Every Position

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    We've reached the end of the first quarter of the fantasy football season, with some teams riding high at 4-0 while others are in panic made at 0-4, with squads of all kinds in between.

    However, whether you're celebrating a win last week or trying to shake off a loss, the time for retrospection is over and it's time to look alive and prepare for Week 5.

    To aid fantasy owners in doing so at here's an early set of rankings for the Top 20 players at each position in point-per-reception (PPR) fantasy football leagues.

Matt Ryan and the Top 20 Quarterbacks

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is off to a phenomenal start to his fifth season in the National Football League, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards and 11 scores with only two interceptions this year.

    The 27-year-old has an excellent shot at keeping that going this week against the Washington Redskins, who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks so far this season.

    1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. SD)

    3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at IND)

    4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. ATL)

    5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    6. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA)

    8. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (at NE)

    9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PHI)

    11. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at NO)

    12. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    13. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIA)

    14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    15. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at JAX)

    16. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. GB)

    17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at CIN)

    18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    19. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    20. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (at STL)

Ray Rice and the Top 20 Running Backs

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    Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens has performed as advertised to this point in the 2012 season, as the fifth-year pro is on pace for nearly 2,000 yards and a dozen touchdowns this year.

    Rice should keep racking up the yardage and find the end zone this week when the Ravens travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs, who have surrendered the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs so far in 2012.

    1. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    4. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. BUF)

    5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (at CAR)

    6. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (at CIN)

    7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    8. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. CHI)

    9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at JAX)

    10. Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns (at NYG)

    11. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. BAL)

    12. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. ATL)

    14. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (at NO)

    15. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    16. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos (at NE)

    17. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals (at STL)

    18. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (vs. ARI)

    19. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    20. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers (at IND)

Roddy White and the Top 20 Wide Receivers

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    Fantasy football pundits who thought that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was going to pass the torch to Julio Jones in Atlanta this year may have spoken too soon, as the eighth-year pro is fantasy's second-ranked wideout through four games.

    White's hot start should continue this week when the Falcons meet the Washington Redskins, who are the friendliest fantasy matchup in the NFL for opposing wide receivers so far this season.

    1. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIA)

    3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (at JAX)

    4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at STL)

    6. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at IND)

    8. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    9. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA)

    10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    11. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (vs. SD)

    12. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. GB)

    13. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    14. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PHI)

    15. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    16. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at NE)

    17. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    18. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. BAL)

    19. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    20. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (vs. ARI)

Rob Gronkowski and the Top 20 Tight Ends

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    After getting off to something of a slow start (at least by his standards) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finally had a big game in Week 4, hauling in five passes for 104 yards and a score in a win over the Buffalo Bills

    The third-year pro has an excellent shot at making it two big showings in a row this week when the Patriots host the Denver Broncos, who are a top-10 fantasy matchup for tight ends to this point in 2012.

    1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints (vs. SD)

    3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at NO)

    5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (vs. BUF)

    6. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (at IND)

    7. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA)

    8. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    10. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    11. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos (at NE)

    12. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIA)

    13. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PHI)

    15. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    16. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (at MIN)

    17. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    18. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (vs. ATL)

    19. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (vs. GB)

    20. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. CHI)

Greg Zuerlein and the Top 20 Kickers

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    This one is simple.

    If you haven't missed a field goal all season, you just kicked 58 and 60-yarders the week before, and you're playing at home then you get top billing among kickers.

    Ladies and gentlemen, Greg Zuerlein of the St. Louis Rams.

    1. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams (vs. ARI)

    2. David Akers, Sam Francisco 49ers (vs. BUF)

    3. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (at IND)

    5. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears (at JAX)

    6. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    7. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    8. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    9. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    10. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints (vs. SD)

    11. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    12. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos (at NE)

    13. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PHI)

    14. Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. CHI)

    15. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    16. Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals (at STL)

    17. Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    18. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks (at CAR)

    19. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIA)

    20. Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans (at MIN)

6. Houston Texans and the Top 20 Team Defenses

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    The Houston Texans defense exploded from a fantasy perspective a week ago against the Tennessee Titans, as two interceptions returned for touchdowns propelled the team to their fourth straight win to start the season.

    This week the Texans face a New York Jets team that's appears to be disintegrating by the day, and star defensive end J.J. Watt and the rest of the Texans should tee off on Gang Green next Monday night.

    1. Houston Texans (at NYJ)

    2. Arizona Cardinals (at STL)

    3. Baltimore Ravens (at KC)

    4. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PHI)

    5. Chicago Bears (at JAX)

    6. New York Giants (vs. CLE)

    7. San Francisco 49ers (vs. BUF)

    8. Atlanta Falcons (at WAS)

    9. Green Bay Packers (at IND)

    10. Philadelphia Eagles (at PIT)

    11. Cincinnati Bengals (vs. MIA)

    12. Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)

    13. Seattle Seahawks (at CAR)

    14. New England Patriots (vs. DEN)

    15. Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    16. St. Louis Rams (vs. ARI)

    17. Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA)

    18. Miami Dolphins (at CIN)

    19. Buffalo Bills (at SF)

    20. Denver Broncos (at NE)