Fantasy Football Week 5: Positional Power Rankings

Nick Sero@@thesportscannonCorrespondent IIIOctober 8, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 5: Positional Power Rankings

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    The Fantasy Football Positional Power Rankings are a top-five list of each position based on weekly production and consistency. The numbers you see in the parenthesis are last weeks rankings so you can see exactly how the last week has affected their rank. 

    The NFL saw it's first batch of bye week this past week and because of it some names have dropped of the list, while others were good enough to stick around. Which one of your players is still deserving of that "elite" title? 

    There were major shakeups thanks to injuries and some upsets. The only position to stay intact was the tight end position while there are some fresh faces to the quarterback rankings. 

Positional Power Rankings: Kickers

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    1(3) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons: Bryant has been clutch for the Dirty Birds in every game so far this season. (2 30-39, 1 40-49, 1/1 XP) 

    2(1) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals: The rockstar continues to help the Bengals get on the board. (2 20-29, 0/1 40-49, 2/2 XP)

    3(2) Neil Rackers, Houston Texans: Same as last week, if they don’t need him to get them three, he will still get a ton of extra point tries. (1 30-39, 0/1 40-49, 4/4 XP)

    4(N/R) Matt Prater, Denver Broncos: I got some flack from Broncos fans last week, but Prater doesn’t make the list because of their heckling, it’s because he was perfect when the Broncos struggled once near the end zone (much like every other week). (4 30-39, 2/2 XP)

    5(N/R) Nick Folk, New York Jets: The Jets really seem to be clicking on offense and on defense and Folk owners are reaping the benefits. (1 1-19, 0/1 30-39, 5/5 XP)

    on the cusp: Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers; Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders; Nick Folk, New York Jets; Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears; Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

Positional Power Rankings: Defense/Special Teams

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    1(1) Pittsburgh Steelers The Defense couldn’t step up one final time in the wining minutes after their offense failed to finish off the game. Still the Steelers D is the best in the business, and despite the lack of big stats they still posted good numbers in fantasy. (17 PA, 1 int, 1 fr, 1 sack)

    2(N/R) New England Patriots: For the second time, the Patriots find themselves in the top-five thanks to stellar special teams play. The defense in Bean Town doesn’t scare too many opposing offenses, but they're as opportunistic as it gets. (14 PA, 4 int, 2 sacks, 1 td, 1 krtd, 1 blk)

    3(N/R) San Diego Chargers: The Chargers defensive front looked unstoppable, sacking the Cardinals QBs a total of nine times. The Chargers D is making a routine out of following poor performances to looking devastating. (10 PA, 2 int, 1 fr, 9 sacks, 1 td)

    4(5) Tennessee Titans: The Titans D are becoming the most consistent defense in fantasy without any eye popping statistics. Any defense that can average you above ten points per week is a great starter. (26 PA, 1 int, 6 sacks, 1 krtd)

    5(2) Chicago Bears: Even though their offense let them down in a big way, and they looked half as dominating as the Giants defense yet they were still had one of the best showing in fantasy this past week. (17 PA, 3 fr, 2 sack)

    on the cusp: Seattle Seahawks; St. Louis Rams; Green Bay Packers; Atlanta Falcons; Kansas City Chiefs

Positional Power Rankings: Tight Ends

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    Tight Ends

    1(1) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: Gates was the Chargers best option in the redzone and he is continuously the most targeted player on the team. As the receiving corp in San Diego still looking for a go to guy in their carousel, Rivers will continue to go to Gates first. (7 rec, 144 yds, 2 td, 7 tar)

    2(2) Dustin Keller, New York Jets: Mark Sanchez is looking better every week and Keller is reaping the benefits. The Jets will get Santonio Holmes on the field for the first time this week, so it will be interesting to see how Keller’s production is affected. (4 rec, 28 yds, 2 td, 6 tar) 

    3(3) Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts: Not much to say here, Clark is going to continue to impress as long as Peyton is under center. (7 rec, 68 yds, 1 td, 11 tar) 

    4(4) Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins: McNabb’s best friend is also his best target when in the redzone. It will be interesting to see how the loss of Clinton Portis will hurt the Skins’ passing attack.(2 rec, 37 yds, 1 td, 5 tar)

    5(5) Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers: He’s big, he’s fast, he’s athletic and he is a consistent double digit point getter in fantasy. (4 rec, 36 yds, 1 td, 5 tar)

    on the cusp: Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders; Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers; Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars; Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons; Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs

Positional Power Rankings: Wide Receivers

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    Wide Receivers

    1(1) Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts: Even when he doesn’t have a huge week, it is still a good showing. Collie barely practiced the week before, but it looked like the Jaguars only planned for him (see: Reggie Wayne). Collie is again barely practicing this week but I doubt the Chiefs will forget about Reggie Wayne. (5 rec, 39 yds, 1 td, 1 tar)

    2(4) Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos: Lloyd is easily the best receiving threat the Broncos have. The lack of run game in the Mile High CIty is causing the Broncos to got high octane offensively. With that, comes the emergence of Lloyd as a serious threat. His 18 targets this past week are all that needs to be seen to know Lloyd will continue to put up big numbers. (11 rec, 115 yds, 18 tar) 

    3(N/R) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts: The jaguars have one of the worst secondaries in the league, and the emergence of Austin Collie seemed to get in their heads. While Collie was blanketed all game, Wayne routinely got behind the secondary and torched the Jags for nearly 200 yards. (15 rec, 196 yds, 19 tar)

    4(N/R) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons: Roddy was not only fantastic catching the ball in the wining minutes buy playing defense too. It’s just too bad it doesn’t translate to fantasy. What does translate to fantasy, however, is his seven catches this past week. (7 rec, 104 yds, 9 tar)

    5(N/R) Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants: Nicks has been a breakout star on the Giants offense. Nicks isn’t even getting the most targets on the team, that distinction goes to Steve Smith. Once the offense starts realizing what they have, and Nicks becomes even more used in the offensive game plan, his stock will only rise. (8 rec, 110 yds, 10 tar)

    on the cusp: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles; Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens; Terrell Owens, Cincinnati Bengals; Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions; Mark Clayton, St. Louis Rams

Postional Power Rankings: Running Backs

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    Running Backs

    1(3) Arian Foster, Houston Texans: He was reprimanded by Gary Kubiak and didn’t get the start, but it didn’t matter for Foster owners. Foster was able to score on the ground and as a receiver, just imagine if he had started the game. Foster is establishing himself as the best option in fantasy this season. (16 car, 131 yds, 1 td, 3 rec, 56 yds, 1 td, 4 tar) 

    2(4) Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers: Mendenhall didn’t exactly burn up the grass at Heinz Field this past weekend against the Ravens, but he did come out with two touchdowns. Mendenhall was the primary weapon for the Steelers, still without Big Ben. Their QB is back now though, so Mendenhall’s days as the offensive star are numbered. (25 car, 79 yds, 2 td) 

    3(1) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson has really stepped it up as of late so I couldn’t bump him out of the top-five just yet. He will face a tough test against the Jets this week, unless the Vikings can find a receiver that has deep ball ability... hmmm...(Bye Week) 

    4(5) Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders: Run DMC couldn’t get in the end zone but he was the best threat the entire Raiders offense had. When the Raiders couldn’t throw the ball, they ran McFadden, when they couldn’t run the ball, they threw it to McFadden. (12 car, 47 yds, 6 rec, 82 yds, 7 tar)

    5(N/R) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers: Much like McFadden, Gore was unable to reach the end zone but made his presence felt. Alex Smith is still shaky under center, so Gore is becoming his favorite receiving target. The fact he went to Gore eight times says it all. (21 car, 77 yds, 7 rec, 60 yds, 8 tar)

    on the cusp: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles; Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns; Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans; Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants; Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Positional Power Rankings: Quarterbacks

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    1(1) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts: What else is there to say about Peyton?  Nothing much, except he definitely has his struggles against Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars, even when the Jags have their worst secondary in years. But what does “struggle” mean for Peyton Manning? Absolutely nothing in fantasy football. (33/46, 352 yds, 2 td, 1 int -1 rush yds)

    2(3) Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: Rivers got a big game from his offense this week, and even with an increased run game he was still able to put up big numbers. Despite only throwing the ball 20 times, Rivers was able to accumulate nearly 250 yards passing. (15/20, 241 yds, 2 td)

    3(5) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Finally it looks like Rodgers is taking his place near the top, as many expected he would. Despite throwing 2 picks, and NOT COVERING THE SPREAD! ... I digress, Rodgers still had a strong showing fantasy wise. The added rushing yards are something to keep an eye on too, Rodgers is a threat to run one in every game. (12/17, 181 yds, 3 td, 2int, 20 rush yds)

    4(N/R) Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos: Orton has been very solid all season, defying all the naysayers. Orton had some pressure with the offseason acquisitions of Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn but had great showing in the preseason and the first three games this season. He face a tough test against the Titans this week but walked away from it as one of the best quarterbacks this week. (16/27, 221 yds, 1 td, 1 int, 37 rush yds) 

    5(N/R) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: There is something missing in the Bayou with brees and the Saints. The offense is far below their average numbers in yards and points from last year. The loss of Reggie Bush may actually hurt more than anyone may have thought. (33/48, 275 yds, 1 td)

    on the cusp: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams; Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons; Mark Sanchez, New York Jets; Matt Schaub, Houston Texans