Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Projections to Love and Matchups to Exploit

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBAFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Projections to Love and Matchups to Exploit

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    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills throws a first half pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Week 5 of the 2022 NFL season opened with a fantasy flop.

    Thursday's clash between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos stretched into overtime and still didn't produce a single touchdown.

    If you had any exposure to that game that wasn't a kicker or a defense, then you probably have ground to make up this weekend. If you were fortunate enough to avoid that contest, then you have a chance to take advantage of the fantasy managers who were dragged down by the drowsy affair.

    Either way, you need to maximize your lineup this weekend, so let's get that ball rolling with our rankings and top matchups at the three marque positions.


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    TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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    Top 10

    1. Josh Allen, BUF (vs. PIT)

    2. Jalen Hurts, PHI (at ARI)

    3. Patrick Mahomes, KC (vs. LV)

    4. Lamar Jackson, BAL (vs. CIN)

    5. Justin Herbert, LAC (at CLE)

    6. Joe Burrow, CIN (at BAL)

    7. Tom Brady, TB (vs. ATL)

    8. Kyler Murray, ARI (vs. PHI)

    9. Derek Carr, LV (at KC)

    10. Jared Goff, DET (at NE)

    Matchup to Exploit: Patrick Mahomes vs. Las Vegas Raiders

    Mahomes' numbers haven't been quite as absurd without Tyreek Hill, but Kansas City's quarterback has still delivered 11 touchdown passes against just two interceptions.

    That scoring category could spike after this weekend's matchup with the Raiders.

    Las Vegas has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, per Yahoo. Russell Wilson produced three scores against this defense (two passing, one rushing); he's had two touchdowns in his other four outings combined.

    Projected stats: 296 passing yards, three touchdowns

Running Back

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    ATLANTA, GA  OCTOBER 02:  Cleveland running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball during the NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons on October 2nd, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.  (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    Top 20

    1. Saquon Barkley, NYG (at GB)

    2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR (vs. SF)

    3. Nick Chubb, CLE (vs. LAC)

    4. Derrick Henry, TEN (at WAS)

    5. Austin Ekeler, LAC (at CLE)

    6. Joe Mixon, CIN (at BAL)

    7. Alvin Kamara, NO (vs. SEA)

    8. Jamaal Williams, DET (at NE)

    9. Aaron Jones, GB (vs. NYG)

    10. Josh Jacobs, LV (at KC)

    11. Miles Sanders, PHI (at ARI)

    12. Dalvin Cook, MIN (vs. CHI)

    13. Leonard Fournette, TB (vs. ATL)

    14. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC (vs. LV)

    15. Dameon Pierce, HOU (at JAX)

    16. James Robinson, JAX (vs. HOU)

    17. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE (vs. DET)

    18. David Montgomery, CHI (at MIN)

    19. Jeff Wilson Jr., SF (at CAR)

    20. Najee Harris, PIT (at BUF)

    Matchup to Exploit: Nick Chubb vs. Los Angeles Chargers

    Chubb may not get much work in Cleveland's passing game, but he doesn't need it.

    He's such a force as a rusher, that he'll simply race his way to elite numbers on a near weekly basis. He has topped 110 rushing yards in three of four contests this season, and in the other, he had 113 scrimmage yards (season-high 26 receiving yards) and three scores.

    He doesn't need a great matchup to post great numbers, but it's still exciting when the fantasy gods put an exploitable defense in front of him. The Chargers clearly qualify, having allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs, per Yahoo.

    Projected stats: 121 rushing yards, 11 receiving yards, two touchdowns

Wide Receiver

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    CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 29: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball while being chased by Keion Crossen #27 of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter at Paycor Stadium on September 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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    Top 20

    1. Cooper Kupp, LAR (vs. DAL)

    2. Stefon Diggs, BUF (vs. PIT)

    3. Davante Adams, LV (at KC)

    4. Justin Jefferson, MIN (vs. CHI)

    5. Tyreek Hill, MIA (at NYJ)

    6. Deebo Samuel, SF (at CAR)

    7. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET (at NE)

    8. Ja'Marr Chase, CIN (at BAL)

    9. CeeDee Lamb, DAL (at LAR)

    10. Tee Higgins, CIN (at BAL)

    11. A.J. Brown, PHI (at ARI)

    12. Mike Evans, TB (vs. ATL)

    13. Christian Kirk, JAX (vs. HOU)

    14. Jaylen Waddle, MIA (at NYJ)

    15. DK Metcalf, SEA (at NO)

    16. Marquise Brown, ARI (vs. PHI)

    17. Drake London, ATL (at TB)

    18. Mike Williams, LAC (at CLE)

    19. Chris Godwin, TB (vs. ATL)

    20. Brandin Cooks, HOU (at JAX)

    Matchup to Exploit: Ja'Marr Chase at Baltimore Ravens

    Since opening the season with 10 receptions for 129 yards and a score, Chase's numbers have been relatively held in check.

    Look for that to change in a big way this weekend.

    The Ravens have allowed the most fantasy points to the position, per Yahoo, and they were essentially powerless against him last season. In a pair of 2021 meetings, Chase produced 15 receptions for 326 yards and a score.

    Projected stats: 131 receiving yards, two touchdowns