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Updated Week 7 PPR Rankings (Top 400)

Welcome to Week 7 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 7 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 7.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings (PPR)

You can also see our Week 7 ranks for Half-PPR and Standard scoring.

Note that quarterbacks, defenses and kickers are all grouped separately towards the bottom. Each of those positions is ranked on their own. This is to allow owners to compare running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for their FLEX spot (without seeing QB, DEF, K mixed in).

Last updated on Friday 10/23 at 7:00 am ET:

Tier Rank Player Name Pos
1 1 Alvin Kamara RB
1 2 Aaron Jones RB
1 3 DeAndre Hopkins WR
1 4 Davante Adams WR
1 5 Kareem Hunt RB
1 6 Ezekiel Elliott RB
1 7 Derrick Henry RB
1 8 Stefon Diggs WR
1 9 Mike Davis RB
2 10 Julio Jones WR
2 11 Kenny Golladay WR
2 12 Travis Kelce TE
2 13 D.K. Metcalf WR
2 14 Tyreek Hill WR
2 15 Joe Mixon RB
2 16 James Conner RB
2 17 Calvin Ridley WR
3 18 James Robinson RB
3 19 Chris Carson RB
3 20 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
3 21 Allen Robinson II WR
3 22 Keenan Allen WR
3 23 A.J. Brown WR
3 24 Todd Gurley II RB
3 25 Terry McLaurin WR
3 26 Ronald Jones II RB
3 27 Chris Godwin WR
3 28 Tyler Lockett WR
3 29 Will Fuller V WR
3 30 George Kittle TE
3 31 Josh Jacobs RB
3 32 Robert Woods WR
3 33 Amari Cooper WR
3 34 Robby Anderson WR
3 35 Chase Claypool WR
3 36 Michael Thomas WR
3 37 Cooper Kupp WR
4 38 Mike Evans WR
4 39 David Johnson RB
4 40 Kenyan Drake RB
4 41 David Montgomery RB
4 42 Tyler Boyd WR
4 43 Antonio Gibson RB
4 44 CeeDee Lamb WR
4 45 Odell Beckham Jr. WR
4 46 D.J. Chark Jr. WR
4 47 D'Andre Swift RB
4 48 Darrell Henderson RB
4 49 D.J. Moore WR
4 50 Jamison Crowder WR
4 51 Darius Slayton WR
5 52 Devonta Freeman RB
5 53 Devin Singletary RB
5 54 Travis Fulgham WR
5 55 Brandin Cooks WR
5 56 Tee Higgins WR
5 57 James White RB
5 58 Darren Waller TE
5 59 Boston Scott RB
5 60 Jerick McKinnon RB
5 61 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
5 62 T.J. Hockenson TE
5 63 Christian Kirk WR
5 64 Mike Williams WR
5 65 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
5 66 Adrian Peterson RB
5 67 Hunter Henry TE
5 68 Jarvis Landry WR
5 69 Justin Jackson RB
5 70 Julian Edelman WR
5 71 Deebo Samuel WR
5 72 Michael Gallup WR
5 73 Marvin Jones Jr. WR
5 74 Melvin Gordon III RB
6 75 Phillip Lindsay RB
6 76 John Brown WR
6 77 Jerry Jeudy WR
6 78 Tim Patrick WR
6 79 Chase Edmonds RB
6 80 J.D. McKissic RB
6 81 Mecole Hardman WR
6 82 Keelan Cole WR
6 83 Robert Tonyan TE
6 84 Dalton Schultz TE
6 85 Cole Beasley WR
6 86 Golden Tate WR
6 87 Evan Engram TE
6 88 Brandon Aiyuk WR
7 89 James Washington WR
7 90 Henry Ruggs III WR
7 91 Rob Gronkowski TE
7 92 A.J. Green WR
7 93 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR
7 94 Noah Fant TE
7 95 Frank Gore RB
7 96 Damien Harris RB
7 97 Jamaal Williams RB
7 98 Hayden Hurst TE
7 99 Austin Hooper TE
7 100 Jared Cook TE
7 101 Randall Cobb WR
7 102 Jonnu Smith TE
7 103 Demarcus Robinson WR
7 104 Latavius Murray RB
7 105 Adam Humphries WR
7 106 Russell Gage WR
7 107 Diontae Johnson WR
7 108 Jimmy Graham TE
7 109 Damiere Byrd WR
7 110 Eric Ebron TE
7 111 Greg Ward WR
8 112 Breshad Perriman WR
8 113 N'Keal Harry WR
8 114 Logan Thomas TE
8 115 Danny Amendola WR
8 116 Joshua Kelley RB
8 117 Emmanuel Sanders WR
8 118 Darnell Mooney WR
8 119 Darren Fells TE
8 120 Le'Veon Bell RB
8 121 Tyler Higbee TE
8 122 Anthony Miller WR
8 123 Rex Burkhead RB
8 124 Kendrick Bourne WR
8 125 Malcolm Brown RB
8 126 Zack Moss RB
8 127 Duke Johnson Jr. RB
8 128 Tre'Quan Smith WR
8 129 Larry Fitzgerald WR
8 130 Andy Isabella WR
8 131 Scotty Miller WR
8 132 Lamical Perine RB
9 133 D'Ernest Johnson RB
9 134 Jeff Smith WR
9 135 JaMycal Hasty RB
9 136 Drew Sample TE
9 137 Brian Hill RB
9 138 Corey Davis WR
9 139 Hunter Renfrow WR
9 140 DeSean Jackson WR
9 141 Dontrelle Inman WR
9 142 Giovani Bernard RB
9 143 Greg Olsen TE
9 144 Leonard Fournette RB
9 145 Nelson Agholor WR
9 146 Cordarrelle Patterson WR
9 147 Tony Pollard RB
9 148 Anthony Firkser TE
9 149 Josh Reynolds WR
9 150 Richard Rodgers TE
9 151 Gerald Everett TE
9 152 Chris Conley WR
9 153 Chris Thompson RB
10 154 Jordan Akins TE
10 155 Cam Akers RB
10 156 Sterling Shepard WR
10 157 Isaiah Wright WR
10 158 Rashard Higgins WR
10 159 John Hightower WR
10 160 Curtis Samuel WR
10 161 Kerryon Johnson RB
10 162 Ian Thomas TE
10 163 Corey Clement RB
10 164 James O'Shaughnessy TE
10 165 Cedrick Wilson WR
10 166 Dion Lewis RB
10 167 KJ Hamler WR
10 168 Darrell Daniels TE
10 169 Tyler Johnson WR
10 170 Cameron Brate TE
11 171 Gabriel Davis WR
11 172 Olamide Zaccheaus RB
11 173 DaeSean Hamilton WR
11 174 Kenny Stills WR
11 175 Wayne Gallman RB
11 176 Tyler Eifert TE
11 177 David Moore WR
11 178 Chris Herndon IV TE
11 179 Tyler Kroft TE
11 180 Jalen Guyton WR
11 181 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB
11 182 Kalif Raymond WR
11 183 Austin Mack WR
11 184 Denzel Mims WR
11 185 Braxton Berrios WR
11 186 Benny Snell Jr. RB
11 187 Dan Arnold TE
11 188 Raheem Mostert RB
11 189 Royce Freeman RB
11 190 Collin Johnson WR
11 191 Jeremy McNichols RB
11 192 Justin Watson WR
11 193 Albert Okwuegbunam TE
11 194 Mike Thomas WR
11 195 Vance McDonald TE
12 196 Jesse James TE
12 197 Darrel Williams RB
12 198 David Njoku TE
12 199 Will Dissly TE
12 200 Ito Smith RB
12 201 Dawson Knox TE
12 202 Van Jefferson WR
12 203 Jason Croom TE
12 204 Byron Pringle WR
12 205 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB
12 206 Christian Blake WR
12 207 Cole Kmet TE
12 208 Kyle Juszczyk RB
12 209 Trent Taylor WR
12 210 Darrius Shepherd WR
12 211 Carlos Hyde RB
12 212 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB
12 213 Harrison Bryant TE
12 214 Isaiah McKenzie WR
12 215 Cam Batson WR
12 216 K.J. Hill WR
13 217 Freddie Swain WR
13 218 Peyton Barber RB
13 219 Jalen Richard RB
13 220 Ryan Izzo TE
13 221 Ryan Griffin TE
13 222 Ty Johnson RB
13 223 Jace Sternberger TE
13 224 C.J. Board WR
13 225 Kaden Smith TE
13 226 Damion Ratley WR
13 227 Dontrell Hilliard RB
13 228 Travis Homer RB
13 229 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR
13 230 Jason Witten TE
13 231 Seth Roberts WR
13 232 Nick Vannett TE
13 233 Keith Kirkwood WR
13 234 Miles Sanders RB
13 235 Jaylen Samuels RB
13 236 AJ Dillon RB
13 237 LeSean McCoy RB
13 238 Trenton Cannon RB
13 239 T.J. Yeldon RB
13 240 Devontae Booker RB
13 241 Marvin Hall WR
13 242 Demetrius Harris TE
13 243 Darwin Thompson RB
13 244 Cam Sims WR
13 245 Jason Huntley RB
13 246 Malik Taylor WR
13 247 Ryquell Armstead RB
13 248 Josh Hill TE
14 249 Alex Armah RB
14 250 Marcedes Lewis TE
14 251 Patrick Mahomes II QB
14 252 Russell Wilson QB
14 253 Cethan Carter TE
14 254 Josh Allen QB
14 255 Noah Brown WR
14 256 Kyler Murray QB
14 257 Ryan Nall RB
14 258 Equanimeous St. Brown WR
14 259 Aaron Rodgers QB
14 260 Deshaun Watson QB
14 261 Jakobi Meyers WR
14 262 Pharaoh Brown TE
14 263 Jakob Johnson RB
14 264 Blake Bell TE
14 265 Matthew Stafford QB
14 266 Matt Ryan QB
14 267 Justin Herbert QB
14 268 Tanner Hudson TE
15 269 Elijhaa Penny RB
15 270 Alec Ingold RB
15 271 Ben Roethlisberger QB
15 272 Ray-Ray McCloud WR
15 273 Tom Brady QB
15 274 Dare Ogunbowale RB
15 275 Ryan Tannehill QB
15 276 Josh Adams RB
15 277 Jacob Hollister TE
15 278 Cam Newton QB
15 279 Drew Brees QB
15 280 C.J. Prosise RB
15 281 Joe Burrow QB
15 282 Jaydon Mickens WR
15 283 Carson Wentz QB
15 284 Gardner Minshew II QB
15 285 Ted Ginn Jr. WR
15 286 Luke Stocker TE
15 287 DeAndre Washington RB
15 288 Adam Trautman TE
15 289 Eno Benjamin RB
15 290 DeeJay Dallas RB
15 291 Cyril Grayson Jr. WR
15 292 Teddy Bridgewater QB
15 293 Samaje Perine RB
15 294 Jared Goff QB
15 295 Virgil Green TE
15 296 Andy Dalton QB
15 297 MyCole Pruitt TE
15 298 Derek Carr QB
15 299 Chris Manhertz TE
15 300 Kyle Allen QB
15 301 Daniel Jones QB
15 302 Baker Mayfield QB
15 303 Jimmy Garoppolo QB
15 304 Foster Moreau TE
15 305 Nick Foles QB
15 306 Drew Lock QB
15 307 Sam Darnold QB
15 308 Brett Rypien QB
15 309 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR
15 310 C.J. Beathard QB
15 311 Tyler Ervin RB
15 312 Jarrett Stidham QB
16 313 Javon Wims WR
16 314 Case Keenum QB
16 315 Jake Butt TE
16 316 Nick Mullens QB
16 317 Alex Smith QB
16 318 Taysom Hill QB
16 319 Harrison Butker K
16 320 Geoff Swaim TE
16 321 Younghoe Koo K
16 322 Wil Lutz K
16 323 Lee Smith TE
16 324 Jeremy Sprinkle TE
16 325 Mason Crosby K
16 326 Temarrick Hemingway TE
16 327 Nick Keizer TE
16 328 Matt Prater K
16 329 Bryan Edwards WR
16 330 Zane Gonzalez K
16 331 Ross Dwelley TE
16 332 Devin Asiasi TE
16 333 Ryan Succop K
16 334 Tyler Bass K
16 335 Michael Badgley K
16 336 Jaeden Graham TE
16 337 Greg Zuerlein K
16 338 Michael Burton RB
16 339 Daniel Carlson K
16 340 Jason Myers K
16 341 Zay Jones WR
16 342 Randy Bullock K
16 343 Khari Blasingame RB
16 344 Graham Gano K
16 345 Stephen Gostkowski K
17 346 Anthony Sherman RB
17 347 Robbie Gould K
17 348 Brandon Powell WR
17 349 Deon Yelder TE
17 350 Jake Elliott K
17 351 Keith Smith RB
17 352 Nick Folk K
17 353 Gunner Olszewski WR
17 354 Levine Toilolo TE
17 355 Cody Parkey K
17 356 Luke Willson TE
17 357 Joe Flacco QB
17 358 Derek Carrier TE
17 359 Dustin Hopkins K
17 360 Jalen Hurts QB
17 361 Donald Parham Jr. TE
17 362 Kai Forbath K
17 363 Johnny Mundt TE
17 364 Auden Tate WR
17 365 Buffalo Bills DST
17 366 Reggie Gilliam RB/TE
17 367 Andy Janovich RB
17 368 Los Angeles Rams DST
17 369 Kansas City Chiefs DST
17 370 Philadelphia Eagles DST
17 371 Riley Ridley WR
17 372 Taywan Taylor WR
17 373 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST
17 374 J.J. Taylor RB
17 375 New England Patriots DST
17 376 Los Angeles Chargers DST
17 377 Kalen Ballage RB
17 378 Trayveon Williams RB
17 379 New York Giants DST
17 380 Chicago Bears DST
17 381 Pittsburgh Steelers DST
17 382 Cleveland Browns DST
17 383 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR
17 384 Washington Football Team DST
17 385 San Francisco 49ers DST
17 386 Joey Slye K
17 387 Ka'imi Fairbairn K
17 388 Tyron Johnson WR
17 389 New Orleans Saints DST
17 390 Kenjon Barner RB
17 391 Isaiah Zuber WR
17 392 Chris Boswell K
17 393 Brandon McManus K
17 394 Marquez Callaway WR
17 395 Deon Cain WR
17 396 Ty Montgomery RB
17 397 Pharoh Cooper WR
17 398 KeeSean Johnson WR
17 399 Dante Pettis WR
17 400 Cairo Santos K
17 401 Andre Roberts WR
17 402 Jonathan Brown K
17 403 Sam Ficken K
17 404 Quez Watkins WR
17 405 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
17 406 DeAndre Carter WR
17 407 Alex Erickson WR
17 408 Tyrie Cleveland WR
17 409 Diontae Spencer WR
17 410 Trent Sherfield WR
17 411 Deonte Harris WR
17 412 Quintez Cephus WR
17 413 Bennie Fowler III WR
17 414 John Ross WR
17 415 Keke Coutee WR
17 416 Cincinnati Bengals DST
17 417 Richie James Jr. WR
17 418 Vyncint Smith WR
17 419 Dallas Cowboys DST
17 420 Green Bay Packers DST
17 421 Seattle Seahawks DST
17 422 Tennessee Titans DST
17 423 Sam Sloman K
17 424 Arizona Cardinals DST
17 425 Las Vegas Raiders DST
17 426 Atlanta Falcons DST
17 427 New York Jets DST
17 428 Jacksonville Jaguars DST
17 429 Detroit Lions DST
17 430 Carolina Panthers DST
17 431 Denver Broncos DST
17 432 Houston Texans DST


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Week 7 IDP Rankings, Streamers, and Notes

The big IDP news of the week happened just this Thursday morning, as our rankings were being finalized.

It was pretty big news, too. Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Baltimore Ravens! Let’s discuss just how big this news is, and whether it’s good or bad for his short and long term fantasy prospects, shall we?

In the short term, fantasy managers should expect Ngakoue’s fantasy potential to actually improve after this trade, even if he was already on a 13 sack pace in Minnesota. The reason for this optimism is twofold.

 

Yannick Ngakoue Implications

The first reason to be optimistic about Ngakoue’s 2020 prospects in Baltimore is the likelihood that the Ravens will use him similarly to how they have used Matthew Judon this season. In 2020, Harbaugh and company have put Judon at or on the line of scrimmage on 79% of his snaps. That is encouraging, since Ngakoue is used to being a hand-in-the-dirt pass rusher and not a stand-up coverage 'backer. Fantasy managers do not want Ngakoue learning a new position mid-season, nor do they want him serving as an all-purpose linebacker. His strength is as a pass rusher, and Baltimore should use him that way.

The second reason to expect Ngakoue to continue his 2020 tear, despite changing teams and defensive schemes, is that he should get FAR more help from the secondary in Baltimore than he got in Minnesota. Baltimore’s three best corners this year (Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, and Marcus Peters) are giving up a 63.8% completion percentage to opposing passers despite seeing a dozen more targets than Minnesota’s corners. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s corners are giving up a 72.9% completion percentage to opponents. This upgrade in corner performance, as well an increase in opponent passing plays, should spell a much better opportunity for Ngakoue’s sack totals.

While the short term ramifications of this trade are positive for Ngakoue’s fantasy managers, the long term implications are even better. According to overthecap.com, the Vikings are currently more than $8 million over the 2021 salary cap, meaning they will likely be cutting talent rather than adding it this offseason. The same cannot be said for the Ravens, who have approximately $43 million in 2021 cap space. Keep in mind that Baltimore's rosy cap situation is with players like Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, Patrick Queen, and Chuck Clark all under contract through at least the 2022 season.

Overall, this trade is great for all IDP managers who roster Ngakoue. Dynasty managers should love the idea of a 25-year-old pass rusher going to a defense with good corners under contract for several years. Redraft managers should also love this move, as it makes big plays easier to come by for the stud pass rusher. In both formats, the needle is pointing up on this Maryland born star.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 Myles Garrett Bengals
2 T.J. Watt Titans
3 Joey Bosa Jaguars
4 Jason Pierre-Paul Raiders
5 Harold Landry III Steelers
6 Chase Young Cowboys
7 Za’Darius Smith Texans
8 Bud Dupree Titans
9 Khalil Mack Rams
10 Aldon Smith Washington Football Team
11 Aaron Donald Bears
12 Bradley Chubb Chiefs
13 Cameron Jordan Panthers
14 J.J. Watt Packers
15 Shaquil Barrett Raiders
16 Montez Sweat Cowboys
17 Chris Jones Broncos
18 Frank Clark Broncos
19 Josh Allen (Q) Chargers
20 Brian Burns Saints
21 Kyler Fackrell Eagles
22 Carl Lawson Browns
23 Grady Jarrett Lions
24 Jeffery Simmons Steelers
25 Sheldon Richardson Bengals

DL Streamer of the Week: Chase Young, Washington Football Team

Young sits comfortably outside of the top-15 DL rankings for multiple prominent fantasy outlets this week, and that may make sense if you just looked at his output since he was injured in Week 2. Another factor that may be scaring some IDP managers/rankers is his matchup this week with a Dallas Cowboys team famous for its pass-blocking unit. The Cowboys' pass blocking isn't what it used to be, however.

This year, the Cowboys have allowed 14 sacks, which is only slightly below the league average. That number does not reflect what the Cowboys passing game has going on right now, though. So far this year, Dallas has lost both of its starting offensive tackles, Pro Bowl Guard Zack Martin, and mobile superstar Dak Prescott. Do not underestimate how many sacks Prescott has saved this season with his legs or how many Dalton won't save with his. If you want a better idea of what this Cowboys offense really looks like aftr all of these injuries, look no further than the three sacks they allowed against a Cardinals Defense that was missing its best pass rusher (Chandler Jones) on Monday.

Given his low rankings across the industry this week and his matchup with a gimpy Cowboys squad, Young is a nice sneaky play in pretty much all IDP formats. While he may already be a starter for some managers, Young is available in 25% of leagues right now. Young’s combination of availability, talent, and matchup mean he is a strong sleeper/streamer in Week 7.

DL Fade of the Week: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Donald is arguably the best player in the NFL, and he is always a fantasy starter in leagues where you have to play a DT. In fact, most weeks Donald is a reasonable high upside fantasy play no matter what kind of league you play in. With all of that said, Donald doesn't have the ideal fantasy matchup in Week 7.

While Chicago’s offense has surrendered 11 sacks this year (tied for 13th lowest), their starting offensive line has been surprisingly efficient. The five starting blockers for the Bears have allowed only seven total sacks and 9.3 pressures per contest this season. That type of efficiency should concern Donald fantasy managers. Although Donald has the talent to blow up any blocking unit in the league, the Bears and their style of play suggest another dud of a week could be on tap for the former Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is a boom-or-bust fantasy prospect in Week 7

Sneaky Good Matchup of the Week: Jason Pierre-Paul v. the Oakland Raiders’ Offensive Line

You don’t need me to tell you to start Pierre-Paul. The fireworks fan stands third in the NFL in sacks right now, and he has already forced three fumbles while averaging nearly four tackles per game. He is arguably a top-ten DL each week, regardless of matchup. His matchup this week is particularly interesting, though.

On paper, fantasy managers should consider downgrading any defensive linemen going against the Raiders’ offensive line. Las Vegas has allowed the sixth least sacks in the NFL so far this season, and the Raiders rank 12th in Adjusted Sack Rate according to Football Outsiders. However, things in Sin City aren't quite as rosy in Week 7 as those factors may suggest.

One of the Raiders’ best pass blockers is Trent Brown, who just went on the COVID list. If Brown doesn’t play, Pierre-Paul could take advantage. On top of that, the Raiders are currently quarantining all of their starting offensive linemen because they had contact with Brown. If Vegas is missing multiple starting offensive linemen, it could turn into slaughter and a terrible fantasy week for the Raiders’ offensive players, too.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Linebackers of the Week 

Rank Player Opponent
1 Bobby Wagner Cardinals
2 Blake Martinez Eagles
3 Jaylon Smith Washington Football Team
4 Roquan Smith Rams
5 Fred Warner Patriots
6 Devin White Raiders
7 Zach Cunningham Packers
8 Lavonte David Raiders
9 T.J. Watt Titans
10 Micah Kiser Bears
11 Shaq Thompson Saints
12 Joe Schobert Chargers
13 Jordan Hicks Seahawks
14 Deion Jones Lions
15 Jon Bostic Cowboys
16 Myles Jack Chargers
17 Foyesade Oluokun Lions
18 Kenneth Murray Jaguars
19 Jayon Brown Steelers
20 Demario Davis Panthers
21 Alexander Johnson Chiefs
22 Tremaine Edmunds Jets
23 Kyzir White Jaguars
24 Dre Greenlaw Patriots
25 Avery Williamson Bills

LB Streamer of the Week: Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers

Kwon Alexander missed last week’s matchup against the Rams with a high ankle sprain. It seems increasingly likely that he will miss this week’s game after he sat out practice this Wednesday, too. In games that Alexander sits, Dre Greenlaw averages a fantasy friendly nine tackles per game, with a ceiling of 13 tackles.

The Patriots are the third most run-heavy team in the NFL. Even better, Cam’s powerful yet improvisational running style tends to involve linebackers in the game more than usual. That bodes well for a guy like Greenlaw, who brings with him a high floor and ceiling in tackle premium IDP leagues.

LB Fade of the Week: Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys

For those who read all of our IDP columns, you will notice that we have advised you to both add Vander Esch and fade him in this week. That is not an accident or a typo. As a season-long asset, fantasy managers should be eager to add the Boise State product. That doesn't mean you should start him this week, though.

As a Week 7 fantasy prospect, there are simply too many questions floating out there to start him. Chief amongst those questions is how much playing time Vander Esch will see against Washington. Last week he played only 52% of the Cowboys’ snaps, and it would make sense for this team to continue to take things slow with a guy who has a history of neck issues and a recently repaired clavicle. With only six total tackles this year and less than 55% of his team’s snaps in both of the games he has played (granted Week 1 was due to injury), Vander Esch should be rostered but benched until he is back to being a full-time starter.

Cautious Optimism of the Week: Foyesade Oluokun, Atlanta Falcons

If you know who Foyesade Oluokun is or how to pronounce his name, then you are probably one of his family members, a teammate, or an IDP fantasy manager. The Yale alumnus has never had the profile of an NFL superstar, nor has he ever been given the playing time necessary to become one. He is finally getting that opportunity now, though, and he is doing enough to make casual fans wonder just who this guy is and whether he is for real.

You want a reason to believe Oluokun is for real? Well, it helps that the Atlanta Falcons finally seem to think he is. While Oluokun occasionally popped with double-digit tackle games during his first two pro seasons, the Falcons rarely rewarded that play with significant playing time. For example, in 2018 the Yale grad only played on 29.88% of the Falcons’ defensive snaps, despite being available in all 16 games. This season is a different story, though, as the Yale Bulldog has played on nearly 60% of Atlanta’s defensive snaps despite missing time to injury. Expect that increased usage to continue, as Oluokun saw 100% of the team’s defensive snaps in Interim Head Coach Raheem Morris’s first game leading the Falcons.

A second reason for Oluokun optimism, beyond how often Atlanta is using him, is how Atlanta uses him. In his first two seasons combined, the Falcons brought Oluokun on a blitz just 25 times. In just five games this season, the Falcons have already sent him after the quarterback on 23 times. That increased blitz usage spells an increase in sack and TFL opportunities, which raises his fantasy value in all formats. Additionally, Oluokun has significantly improved in pass coverage. While quarterbacks had a 115.4 Passer Rating targeting him in 2017, they are now putting up an 85.6 Passer Rating against him. That improvement is likely one of the reasons that Atlanta feels comfortable keeping Oluokun on the field during passing downs.

Given his current production and increased usage, Oluokun is worth rostering in 16-team IDP leagues and unique IDP setups. Do not make the mistake of thinking you have to know how to pronounce his name in order to roster him, though. You don’t. If your friends ask you who he is or how you knew to add him, just say, "He’s that guy from that thing… you know, the guy! I've always liked him! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go poop!” That should end the conversation right there.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 Budda Baker Seahawks
2 Jamal Adams Cardinals
3 John Johnson III Bears
4 Jordan Poyer Jets
5 Tracy Walker Falcons
6 Jessie Bates III Browns
7 Jeremy Chinn Saints
8 Antoine Winfield Jr. Raiders
9 Justin Simmons Chiefs
10 Landon Collins Cowboys
11 Malcolm Jenkins Panthers
12 Josh Jones Chargers
13 Taylor Rapp Bears
14 Vonn Bell Browns
15 Johnathan Abram Buccaneers
16 Jabrill Peppers Eagles
17 Jordan Whitehead Raiders
18 Carlton Davis Raiders
19 Marcus Maye Jets
20 Pierre Desir Bills
21 Justin Reid Packers
22 Keanu Neal Lions
23 Logan Ryan Eagles
24 Adrian Phillips 49ers
25 Kenny Vaccaro Steelers

DB Streamer of the Week: Taylor Rapp, Los Angeles Rams

As we have already covered in past articles, fantasy managers with Taylor Rapp on their roster are in a precarious position this season. Rapp performs very well when he sees a ton of snaps, but he doesn’t tend to see a ton of snaps when rookie Jordan Fuller is healthy.

When Fuller was healthy in Weeks 1, 2, and 5 of his season, Rapp never played more than 24% of the Rams’ defensive snaps. When Fuller wasn’t healthy in Weeks 3, 4, and 5, Rapp played a vast majority of his team's snaps, and he consistently put up starter level fantasy numbers. This trend consistently reflects Rapp's 2019 season, too. Last year Rapp started ten games and saw more than 80% of his team's snaps in nine contests. Rapp put up enough stats to be a fantasy starter in most formats in each of those games.

The lesson to learn from all of this is that when Rapp plays a lot, fantasy managers play him. With Jordan Fuller on the IR, he isn’t going to play this week. That means Rapp will play a lot. It also means you should play him.

DB Fade of the Week: Carlton Davis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A constant favorite of mine and a streamer recommendation for us last week, Davis is a bit of a fade in Week 7. The primary concern with Davis this week is the fact Derek Carr likes to spread the ball around. Carr has given double-digit targets to seven different skill players on the Raiders this year. His most-targeted weapon by far is Darren Waller, who lines up inline or in the slot on 77.6% of his snaps this year. Davis rarely goes into the slot, preferring to stick outside. A diverse target selection and primary target in the slot means the Raiders could easily avoid Davis without changing their game plan much at all.

While Tampa may use Davis to shadow Waller, it seems unlikely. It also seems unlikely that Carr will force the ball to his tight end if Davis is blanketing him in good coverage. That means Davis should see limited opportunities for fantasy points this week.



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Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find:

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2020 Half-PPR Rankings - Redraft

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2020 Standard Scoring Rankings - Redraft

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2020 Best Ball Rankings

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Week 7 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

We had some surprise defenses crack the top-10 in Week 6 with the Atlanta Falcons picking off Kirk Cousins seemingly at will and the Tampa Bay Bucs easily handling Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Even with that, we were able to get six of the top-10 defensive units, but the Indianapolis Colts may be showing some cracks in the armor, and Washington offensive ineptitude surprisingly flipped the script and allowed the Giants to finish as the only top-10 unit in that matchup.

I've been mentioning this for weeks, but it bears repeating that scoring and yards are at an all-time high this year. 4,621 points or 25.4 points per game so far this season and are gaining 363.3 yards per game, which are both the most through the first five weeks of any season in the Super Bowl era. With offenses putting up video game numbers, it means that we can't continue to judge a defense solely by the number of points they allow or the number of yards they give up. Those numbers will naturally be higher than we're used to. Instead, we need to look for which offensive lines are truly weak points and which defenses will either be blitz-heavy or get consistent pressure with their pass rush. These are all incredibly important pieces of information in determining which defenses to play in any given week.

Remember that picking the right defense is not about identifying who will allow the fewest points, but who will cause the most turnovers or tally the most sacks since that has a higher correlation to weekly fantasy DST leaders. That means that, as much these rankings are about the talent on the defensive side of the ball, it is equally about taking advantage of the lack of talent on the offensive side. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker, so remember to check back here during the week as I will make updates once we get more information on some of these injuries and also get a better sense of the weather for the game.

 

Week 7 Defenses To Start & Stream: Tiers & Rankings

Below are my Week 7 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 7 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 7. I've broken out our defense rankings into tiers with analysis on each matchup. Some of these Week 7 defenses have good matchups and are not widely-owned, representing fantasy scoring opportunities if they are available on your league's waiver wire for a Week 7 pickup or add.

Returning for this year: Confidence Ratings (out of 15) - Since every league's DST scoring is different, projections don't always make a ton of sense. The confidence rating, which Bill Dubiel started last year, is a guideline for how much more I like one team over another instead of a straight point projection. A zero means "do not start," then the confidence rises from there. I take a lot of factors into account: opponent injuries, home-field advantage, weather (which will be updated during the week), etc. We still have only one game of in-season data to work with, so this week's rankings weigh schedule and personnel heavier than they will down the line.

Typically the top three tiers will be DSTs you should target, with Tier 4 being options in deep leagues and Tier 5 being desperation plays or good defenses in horrendous matchups.

 

Tier 1 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 7 Opponent Confidence Rating
1 1 Buffalo Bills Defense @ NYJ 13.9
2 1 Philadelphia Eagles Defense vs. NYG 13.5
3 1 Kansas City Chiefs Defense @ DEN 12.3
4 1 Los Angeles Rams Defense vs. CHI 11.8

Perhaps I'm about to be overly hard on the Bills as a life-long Bills fan, but their defense is concerning me right now. Yes, the Jets are a terrible offense. They rank 31st in passing yards, 26th in sacks allowed, 31st in drives ending in a score, and 15th in rushing and now are without Le'Veon Bell. But, as the Chiefs showed on Monday night, the Bills can be run on, even though Frank Gore and the Jets offensive line are not Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs unit. This is clearly not the same Bills defense that we've seen over the last couple of years. In addition to being gashed by the run, they are dead last in pressure rate. If you are not creating pressure, then you don't give yourself much chance to add fantasy points through sacks and turnovers. With Sam Darnold coming back, the Jets should become a little better on offense, though not much. I know you simply want to play defenses going up against the Jets, and the Bills have enough talented defensive players that you have to imagine they can take advantage of this matchup, but I could just as easily see the Eagles as the #1 DST this week due to their ability to create pressure.

The Eagles have started to get healthier on defense and are currently fourth in the NFL with 21 sacks. The Giants are 25th in the NFL with 17 sacks allowed, so I expect a healthy Eagles defensive front to get in Daniel Jones' face throughout the game which is good news since the Giants are already third-worst in the NFL with 18.4% of drives ending in a turnover. Even without the pressure, the Giants simply aren't a good offense right now. They're 27th passing yards, 28th in rushing yards, and 25th in drives ending in a score. If the Eagles are without Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz, who both left hurt on Sunday, the already sputtering offense will be even more short-handed which could lead to some short fields for the Giants. However, that's not enough to scare me off using this Eagles unit against one of the worst offenses in the NFL.

The Chiefs defense came to play Monday night against a solid Bills offense. The Chiefs send blitzes at one of the highest rates, and although they didn't sack Josh Allen, they were in his face all night long. Kansas City is 7th in the league in pressure rate, tops in quarterback knockdown rate at 1o.6%, and 9th in quarterback hurries. That will be useful against a Denver offensive line that is 22nd in sacks allowed and 5th-worst in the league with 16.7% of drives ending in a turnover. Obviously, having Drew Lock, Melvin Gordon, and Phillip Lindsay back will help the Broncos offense overall, but they don't have the firepower to keep up with the Chiefs and their defense is too banged up to keep the Chiefs from scoring. That will mean the Broncos will be forced to pass in the second half, which will lead to more blitzes, sacks, and turnovers for the Chiefs defense.

The Rams had been riding high on defense before falling short against the 49ers on Sunday night. However, maybe you're noticing a trend, but the Bears offense is simply not as good as the 49ers with all their pieces back. The Bears are 15th in sacks allowed, 18th in passing yards, 25th in rushing yards, and 27th in drives ending in points. While their sack numbers aren't egregious, the Rams defense is 5th in the league in sacks and 5th in drives ending in points against. With Jalen Ramsey likely shadowing Allen Robinson, I don't expect the Bears to be able to move the ball much in this game, which will allow more chances for Aaron Donald and company to get to a super immobile Nick Foles.

 

Tier 2 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 7 Opponent Confidence Rating
5 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense  vs. LV 10.9
6 2 San Francisco 49ers Defense   @ NE 10.6
7 2 New York Giants Defense @ PHI 10.3
8 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Defense @ TEN 9.8

Tampa Bay thoroughly dominated Green Bay on Sunday, so it's not too much to expect a similar outing against a lesser-talented Las Vegas team. It's clear that losing Vita Vea didn't inhibit the Bucs' ability to stop the run. They're tops in the NFL with only 3.0 yards allowed per carry, which should help them against a Raiders' offense that relies heavily on Josh Jacobs. The Bucs are 3rd-best in pressure rate at 28.3% and second-best sack total, which means that, despite the Raiders not allowing many sacks this season, the Bucs should still be able to generate pressure on Derek Carr and the offense. That's good news considering Las Vegas is 9th-worst in the league in drives ending in turnovers. I expect Tampa Bay to score nearly at will against this Las Vegas defense, and even if the Raiders do put up points, they will also likely cough up a few turnovers. Tampa Bay is just playing too well to bet against right now.

The 49ers came to play on Sunday against the Rams, starting to look a little more like the playoff contenders they've been in recent years. Despite their rash of injuries, they are still fifth in the league in pressure rate, third in quarterback knockdowns and fourth in quarterback hurries. As we saw on Sunday against the Broncos, this is not the same Patriots offense, even with Cam Newton back. They are 17th in sacks allowed, 30th in passing yards, 7th-worst in drives ending in points, and worst in the league in drives ending in an offensive turnover at 19.2%. The Patriots are unlikely to put up lots of points against this 49ers defense, which raises their defensive floor and it wouldn't surprise me if San Francisco can also notch a few sacks and force some turnovers.

I honestly can't believe I have the Giants this high, but here we are. They just finished as a top-10 unit against Washington and now will face an Eagles offense that will be without Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz and possibly still without Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson. This is also an Eagles offense that is dead last in sacks allowed, 26th in yards per play, and 27th in drives ending in a turnover. Also, this Giants defense hasn't been as bad as many think. James Bradbury has been great in shadow coverage against opponents' top receivers, and the team is 9th in pressure rate, 10th in sacks, and 10th in quarterback knockdowns. With the Eagles not even entirely sure who will be starting for them at right guard on Thursday, I expect the Giants to be able to get into Carson Wentz's face throughout what should be an ugly game with lots of turnovers.

The Steelers absolutely dismantled the Browns on Sunday. Now they will get a much stiffer test in the Tennessee Titans. I think the Steelers are the best defense in the NFL, but the Titans are no joke on offense, so it moves Pittsburgh down a little bit in our weekly ranks. The Titans offense is second in the league in drives that end in a score, fourth in the league in yards per play, and best in the league in sacks allowed. However, there is only so far down that I can drop a Steelers defense that is the best pressure defense in the NFL by a large margin. Their 38.9% pressure rate is well above the second-best rate of 29.2%. The Steelers blitz the most in the league (46.3%), have the most quarterback hurries, and are 2nd-best in yards per rushing attempt at 3.3 yards. Add to that the fact that the Titans just lost starting left tackle Taylor Lewan to a torn ACL, and I think the Steelers will be able to get some pressure on Ryan Tannehill in this game.

 

Tier 3 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
9 3 Los Angeles Chargers Defense vs. JAX 9.3
10 3 Cleveland Browns Defense @ CIN 8.9
11 3 New England Patriots Defense vs. SF 8.6
12 3 New Orleans Saints Defense vs. CAR 8.3
13 3 Chicago Bears Defense @ LAR 7.7
14 3 Washington Football Team Defense vs. DAL 7.5
15 3 Green Bay Packers Defense @ HOU 6.9

The Chargers are fresh off the bye and have two weeks to prepare for a Jaguars offense that has been struggling with consistency of late. While Jacksonville is 6th in passing yards, Minshew has also thrown 11 interceptions, the offensive line has given up the 18th most sacks, and the Jaguars have the 7th-most drives ending in a turnover. The Chargers may only have eight sacks on the season, but they are 11th in pressure rate and 3rd in quarterback hurries. The Chargers are getting healthier on defense with Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones back both at practice. If either one of them, or both, is able to return on Sunday, it would be a big boost to a pass rush that could wreak havoc on an over-matched Jaguars offensive line.

As I mentioned above, the Browns got trampled on Sunday by the Steelers, but their defense had been playing good football up until that point. They will also face a much softer test this week. The Bengals are 31st in the NFL in sacks allowed, 24th in drives ending in points, and have an offensive line that has been below average in almost every blocking metric. The Browns defense is 6th in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing only 3.6 yards per attempt, but they have been destroyed through the slot. That means the Bengals only hope is Joe Burrow to Tyler Boyd. If the Browns can build an early lead against a bad Bengals Defense and force passing downs, it will give more opportunity for sacks for a defense that is 2nd in the NFL in quarterback hurries and 2nd-best in the league in drives that end in an offensive turnover at 18.2%.

The Patriots defense certainly wasn't the reason they lost to the Broncos on Sunday. They are 4th in the league in pressure rate and best in the league in drives ending in a defensive turnover. That pressure will be a factor on Sunday considering the 49ers are 27th in the league in sacks allowed and may not have as strong of a running game with Raheem Mostert out to keep the Patriots from coming after Jimmy Garropolo. What keeps me from pushing the Patriots into the top-10 is the fact that their defensive faults have been overshadowed a bit by the talent-level of opponents and gamescript. They are 18th in the NFL in yards per play allowed, 13th in yards allowed per carry, 15th in drives ending in a score, and 27th in yards allowed per pass attempt. The 49ers offense is middle of the road in drives ending in turnover and has been much better at protecting the ball with Jimmy G and Deebo Samuel back in the lineup. I expect them to take better care of the ball and scheme ways to take advantage of a Patriots defense that is giving up a fair amount of yards per play and surviving by slowing down the pace of play.

The Saints will come off their bye week with two weeks to prepare for a Carolina offense that is 19th in sacks allowed and just scored 16 points against the Bears. Teddy Bridgewater has been solid for the Panthers, but he also has five interceptions to only six touchdowns on the season. With the Saints offense expected to get Michael Thomas back, they should exploit a vulnerable Panthers Defense and force Bridgewater to have to throw often to keep up. That will leave open opportunities for a defense that had the bye week to get healthy. What this comes down to for me is simply that the Saints have been a strong defensive unit for a couple of years now and have too many good players to keep giving up this many yards and touchdowns through the air. With Sean Payton and company coming out of the bye week, I expect them to begin to right the ship.

The Bears defense showed up to play against a solid Panthers offense on Sunday, but this still a defense that is underperforming its previous levels. They are 21st in pressure rate, 24th in quarterback hurry percentage, and 15th in drives ending in an offensive turnover. The best way to slow down the Rams offense is to get pressure on Jared Goff. However, the Bears pressure rate matched up against a Rams offense that is 4th in the league in sacks allowed doesn't give me confidence that Goff will be under a lot of pressure. That means he can manage an offense that is 10th in yards per play and 4th in expected points contributed by the offense.

What we saw from the Cowboys offense on Monday night made me even more confident in playing the Washington defense against them. The Cowboys may be 21st in sacks allowed, but their cobbled together offensive line gave up a ton of pressure against the Cardinals, and the task won't be any easier against a Washington team that is 8th in sacks, 13th in pressure rate, and 11th in quarterback hurry rate. The Cowboys offense is 31st in the NFL in offensive drives ending in a turnover and clearly doesn't have the firepower to score quickly with Andy Dalton under center. I don't expect Washington to handle them the way Arizona did, but a few turnovers and sacks seem likely.

The Bills' offense set the league on fire for the first four weeks, but we've seen the return of frazzled Josh Allen. The strong-armed quarterback has continued to score points and gain yardage with his legs, but he has also begun turning the ball over a bit more and the Bills are now 25th in the league drives ending in a turnover. The Jets get pressure at a below-average rate and their offense continues to put the defense in poor positions, but if Josh Allen is trending towards past issues with inaccuracy and holding onto the ball too long, it's likely going to lead to some questionable decisions, sacks, and maybe turnovers.

 

Tier 4 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 7 Opponent Confidence Rating
16 4 Dallas Cowboys Defense @ WAS 6.7
17 4 Tennessee Titans Defense vs. PIT 6.3
18 4 New York Jets Defense vs. BUF 5.9
19 4 Denver Broncos Defense vs. KC 5.1
20 4 Cincinnati Bengals Defense vs. CLE 4.9
21 4 Seattle Seahawks Defense @ ARI 4.4
22 4 Atlanta Falcons Defense vs. DET 3.9

 

Tier 5 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 7 Opponent Confidence Rating
23 5 Arizona Cardinals Defense vs. SEA 3.4
24 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Defense vs. LAC 2.9
25 5 Las Vegas Raiders Defense vs. TB 2.3
26 5 Detroit Lions Defense @ ATL 1.9
27 5 Houston Texans Defense vs. GB 1.1
28 5 Carolina Panthers Defense @ NO 0.9
29 5 Miami Dolphins Defense BYE 0.0
30 5 Baltimore Ravens Defense BYE 0.0
31 5 Indianapolis Colts Defense BYE 0.0
32 5 Minnesota Vikings Defense BYE 0.0


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Week 7 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

This NFL season continues to be the weirdest one that I’ve seen in my lifetime. In Week 6, we saw games that we expected to be close turn into blowouts, and we had blowouts turn into close games. If it weren’t for some winding back the clock magic by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers, they were headed towards another loss to a bad Cincinnati Bengals team. 

We saw some explosive kicker performances in Week 6. Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus single-handedly beat the New England Patriots, as he scored all 18 of the team’s points en route to a 24-point fantasy outing. Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons also broke 20 thanks to his team’s 40-point scoring outburst.

With COVID-19 continuing to weave its way through NFL locker rooms, bye weeks are getting more and more difficult to navigate. We have four teams currently slated for byes this week in the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. A couple of these guys have been locked for fantasy lineups, so you could be forced into a switch here.

 

Tier 1 NFL Kickers

  1. Mason Crosby (GB) @ HOU
  2. Harrison Butker (KC) @ DEN
  3. Wil Lutz (NO) vs CAR
  4. Matt Prater (DET) @ ATL
  5. Brandon McManus (DEN) vs KC

The Green Bay Packers got absolutely waxed in Week 6 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite that, Crosby gets the top spot. Crosby has been automatic and the Houston Texans are the perfect get-right spot. Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker grabs our second spot. The Chiefs can still put up points in bunches, and they’ll be looking to thrive in that thin Denver air, even if he hasn't been nearly as accurate this year. 

New Orleans Saints’ kicker Wil Lutz is up next. This offense has been playing well, and they should be getting All-Pro wide receiver, Michael Thomas, back. The recipe is there for a big week. Detroit Lions’ kicker Matt Prater slides in at four this week. Detroit has scored at least 20 points in every game this season, and the Atlanta Falcons’ defense is still not that good. Denver Broncos’ kicker Brandon McManus rounds out the top five. His offense isn’t perfect, but they’re serviceable. At home against a KC defense that has been suspect over the last three years, he should get into scoring range frequently.

 

Tier 2 NFL Kickers

  1. Zane Gonzalez (ARI) vs SEA
  2. Tyler Bass (BUF) @ NYJ
  3. Chris Boswell (PIT) @ TEN
  4. Younghoe Koo (ATL) vs DET
  5. Jason Myers (SEA) @ ARI

We have Arizona Cardinals’ kicker Zane Gonzelez up to start the second tier. This Cardinals’ offense is still finding their footing, but just about anyone can put points up on Seattle. Buffalo Bills’ kicker Tyler Bass comes in seventh. The New York Jets are bad, and the Bills are good on offense. That is all. Pittsburgh Steelers’ kicker Chris Boswell is in the middle of these ranks this week. This team is just playing good football. It’s not pretty, but it works. I think they move the ball better than their Tennessee Titan opponents in Week 7.

Koo grabs the ninth spot. This offense showed their explosiveness in Week 6, and they can do that again against the Lions’ defense that is allowing over 28 points per game on average this season. Seattle Seahawks’ kicker Jason Myers rounds out our second tier. This Seattle team is just firing away right now, and they’re not going to slow down against the Cardinals. Plug him in once again.

 

Tier 3 NFL Kickers

  1. Michael Badgley (LAC) vs JAX
  2. Ryan Succop (TB) @ LV
  3. Robbie Gould (SF) @ NE
  4. Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) vs PIT
  5. Greg Zuerlein (DAL) @ WAS

Los Angeles Chargers’ kicker Michael Badgley is 11th in our rankings. Even if this team isn’t going to compete for a title, they’re finding ways to score, and that will continue against a Jacksonville Jaguars Defense that’s giving up 30 points per game. Buccaneers’ kicker Ryan Succop slides in at 12. Tampa has all of their pieces back, and they’re going to continue to get in sync as the season moves along.

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould is next. The 49ers moved the ball well against the Los Angeles Rams, and I think they can put up some points on the road this week. Titans’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski comes in at 14. The Titans are humming right now, but this is a tough defensive matchup. Some regression should be expected here. Dallas Cowboys’ kicker Greg Zuerlein rounds out the ranks this week. This offense has too many weapons not to score points against the Washington Football Team regardless of quarterback or location. They should bounce back enough to make Zuerlein at least streamable.

 

Kickers to Avoid

Sam Ficken is our first avoidance of the week because *checks notes* Adam Gase is still the head coach. Even if quarterback Sam Darnold returns, I don’t want any piece of the Jets regardless of the matchup. 

Jonathan Brown of the Jaguars grabs our second spot. This Jaguars roster continues to struggle after a surprising win to start the season. Until they’re able to turn things around, Brown just can’t be trusted to produce. The Jags have been inclined to go for it on fourth downs rather than attempt a long field goal these days.

Joey Slye of the Carolina Panthers grabs our final spot. This New Orleans Saints team will be looking to come out and make a statement, and they can make that over this young Panthers’ roster. Teddy Bridgewater finally struggled in Week 6 and could do so again this week.



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Updated Week 6 PPR Rankings (Top 400)

Welcome to Week 6 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 6 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 6.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings (PPR)

You can also see our Week 6 ranks for Half-PPR and Standard scoring.

Note that quarterbacks, defenses and kickers are all grouped separately towards the bottom. Each of those positions is ranked on their own. This is to allow owners to compare running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for their FLEX spot (without seeing QB, DEF, K mixed in).

Last updated on Sunday 10/18 at 9:00 am ET:

Tier Rank Player Name Pos
1 1 Ezekiel Elliott RB
1 2 DeAndre Hopkins WR
1 3 Adam Thielen WR
1 4 Derrick Henry RB
1 5 Davante Adams WR
1 6 Tyreek Hill WR
1 7 Mike Davis RB
1 8 Alexander Mattison RB
1 9 James Robinson RB
2 10 Aaron Jones RB
2 11 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
2 12 Stefon Diggs WR
2 13 Jonathan Taylor RB
2 14 Allen Robinson II WR
2 15 Calvin Ridley WR
2 16 Kareem Hunt RB
2 17 Kenny Golladay WR
3 18 Miles Sanders RB
3 19 James Conner RB
3 20 David Montgomery RB
3 21 Travis Kelce TE
3 22 Robert Woods WR
3 23 Todd Gurley II RB
3 24 Mike Evans WR
3 25 George Kittle TE
3 26 Raheem Mostert RB
3 27 Joe Mixon RB
3 28 CeeDee Lamb WR
3 29 A.J. Brown WR
3 30 Cooper Kupp WR
3 31 Ronald Jones II RB
3 32 DeVante Parker WR
3 33 Amari Cooper WR
3 34 Antonio Gibson RB
3 35 Will Fuller V WR
3 36 Robby Anderson WR
3 37 Justin Jefferson WR
4 38 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
4 39 Terry McLaurin WR
4 40 Myles Gaskin RB
4 41 Odell Beckham Jr. WR
4 42 Mark Andrews TE
4 43 Devin Singletary RB
4 44 Marquise Brown WR
4 45 David Johnson RB
4 46 Jamison Crowder WR
4 47 Tyler Boyd WR
4 48 D.J. Moore WR
4 49 Kenyan Drake RB
4 50 Darius Slayton WR
4 51 Jonnu Smith TE
5 52 D.J. Chark Jr. WR
5 53 Chris Godwin WR
5 54 Chase Claypool WR
5 55 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
5 56 Julio Jones WR
5 57 T.Y. Hilton WR
5 58 Jarvis Landry WR
5 59 Brandin Cooks WR
5 60 Devonta Freeman RB
5 61 Julian Edelman WR
5 62 Chase Edmonds RB
5 63 Darrell Henderson RB
5 64 Tee Higgins WR
5 65 Mecole Hardman WR
5 66 Michael Gallup WR
5 67 Mark Ingram II RB
5 68 Deebo Samuel WR
5 69 Evan Engram TE
5 70 Christian Kirk WR
5 71 Phillip Lindsay RB
5 72 T.J. Hockenson TE
5 73 Travis Fulgham WR
5 74 Mike Gesicki TE
6 75 Golden Tate WR
6 76 Jerry Jeudy WR
6 77 John Brown WR
6 78 Preston Williams WR
6 79 Robert Tonyan TE
6 80 Brandon Aiyuk WR
6 81 Keelan Cole WR
6 82 Russell Gage WR
6 83 Adrian Peterson RB
6 84 Dalton Schultz TE
6 85 Marvin Jones Jr. WR
6 86 Curtis Samuel WR
6 87 Cole Beasley WR
6 88 Zach Ertz TE
7 89 James White RB
7 90 Randall Cobb WR
7 91 Nyheim Hines RB
7 92 Eric Ebron TE
7 93 Tyler Higbee TE
7 94 Austin Hooper TE
7 95 N'Keal Harry WR
7 96 Greg Ward WR
7 97 Scotty Miller WR
7 98 Damien Harris RB
7 99 Cam Akers RB
7 100 Anthony Miller WR
7 101 James Washington WR
7 102 Zach Pascal WR
7 103 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR
7 104 Tim Patrick WR
7 105 Demarcus Robinson WR
7 106 Hayden Hurst TE
7 107 Duke Johnson Jr. RB
7 108 J.K. Dobbins RB
7 109 Larry Fitzgerald WR
7 110 Frank Gore RB
7 111 A.J. Green WR
8 112 Jimmy Graham TE
8 113 Jerick McKinnon RB
8 114 Andy Isabella WR
8 115 Darnell Mooney WR
8 116 Gabriel Davis WR
8 117 J.D. McKissic RB
8 118 Kendrick Bourne WR
8 119 Damiere Byrd WR
8 120 Irv Smith Jr. TE
8 121 Rex Burkhead RB
8 122 Chris Conley WR
8 123 D'Andre Swift RB
8 124 Olamide Zaccheaus RB
8 125 Jeff Smith WR
8 126 Adam Humphries WR
8 127 Cordarrelle Patterson WR
8 128 Malcolm Brown RB
8 129 Danny Amendola WR
8 130 Miles Boykin WR
8 131 D'Ernest Johnson RB
8 132 Darren Fells TE
9 133 Isaiah Ford WR
9 134 Josh Reynolds WR
9 135 Logan Thomas TE
9 136 Tyler Eifert TE
9 137 Dontrelle Inman WR
9 138 Drew Sample TE
9 139 Rob Gronkowski TE
9 140 Leonard Fournette RB
9 141 Willie Snead IV WR
9 142 Zack Moss RB
9 143 Gus Edwards RB
9 144 Kenny Stills WR
9 145 Brian Hill RB
9 146 Trey Burton TE
9 147 Tony Pollard RB
9 148 John Hightower WR
9 149 Jamaal Williams RB
9 150 Chris Thompson RB
9 151 Lamical Perine RB
9 152 Tyler Johnson WR
9 153 Giovani Bernard RB
10 154 Cedrick Wilson WR
10 155 Kalif Raymond WR
10 156 Ian Thomas TE
10 157 Cameron Brate TE
10 158 Isaiah Wright WR
10 159 Breshad Perriman WR
10 160 Devin Duvernay WR
10 161 Braxton Berrios WR
10 162 Jack Doyle TE
10 163 Kyle Rudolph TE
10 164 Wayne Gallman RB
10 165 Byron Pringle WR
10 166 Dion Lewis RB
10 167 Chris Herndon IV TE
10 168 Darrel Williams RB
10 169 DaeSean Hamilton WR
10 170 Gerald Everett TE
11 171 Matt Breida RB
11 172 Van Jefferson WR
11 173 Collin Johnson WR
11 174 Boston Scott RB
11 175 Marcus Johnson WR
11 176 OlaBisi Johnson WR
11 177 Mike Boone RB
11 178 Auden Tate WR
11 179 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB
11 180 Rashard Higgins WR
11 181 Dan Arnold TE
11 182 Dawson Knox TE
11 183 David Njoku TE
11 184 Mike Thomas WR
11 185 Darrius Shepherd WR
11 186 Jakeem Grant WR
11 187 Tyler Kroft TE
11 188 Ito Smith RB
11 189 Benny Snell Jr. RB
11 190 Nick Vannett TE
11 191 Royce Freeman RB
11 192 James O'Shaughnessy TE
11 193 Jordan Wilkins RB
11 194 Kerryon Johnson RB
11 195 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB
12 196 Nick Boyle TE
12 197 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB
12 198 Sterling Shepard WR
12 199 Kyle Juszczyk RB
12 200 Anthony Firkser TE
12 201 C.J. Board WR
12 202 Jake Butt TE
12 203 Chad Beebe WR
12 204 Ryan Izzo TE
12 205 Trent Taylor WR
12 206 Dante Pettis WR
12 207 Isaiah McKenzie WR
12 208 Vance McDonald TE
12 209 Peyton Barber RB
12 210 Damion Ratley WR
12 211 T.J. Yeldon RB
12 212 Ashton Dulin WR
12 213 Daurice Fountain WR
12 214 Darrynton Evans RB
12 215 Darwin Thompson RB
12 216 Jeremy McNichols RB
13 217 Marcedes Lewis TE
13 218 Christian Blake WR
13 219 Justin Watson WR
13 220 Jakobi Meyers WR
13 221 Richard Rodgers TE
13 222 Ryan Griffin TE
13 223 Jace Sternberger TE
13 224 Dontrell Hilliard RB
13 225 Tyler Ervin RB
13 226 Noah Brown WR
13 227 Trenton Cannon RB
13 228 Darrell Daniels TE
13 229 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR
13 230 Harrison Bryant TE
13 231 Kaden Smith TE
13 232 Jaylen Samuels RB
13 233 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR
13 234 C.J. Ham RB
13 235 AJ Dillon RB
13 236 Ty Johnson RB
13 237 Adam Shaheen TE
13 238 Corey Clement RB
13 239 Pharaoh Brown TE
13 240 Demetrius Harris TE
13 241 Albert Okwuegbunam TE
13 242 Dare Ogunbowale RB
13 243 Alex Armah RB
13 244 Jordan Howard RB
13 245 Marvin Hall WR
13 246 Chris Manhertz TE
13 247 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB
13 248 Ryan Nall RB
14 249 KeeSean Johnson WR
14 250 Ameer Abdullah RB
14 251 Jaydon Mickens WR
14 252 Ryquell Armstead RB
14 253 Javon Wims WR
14 254 Gunner Olszewski WR
14 255 JaMycal Hasty RB
14 256 Jesse James TE
14 257 Josh Adams RB
14 258 Patrick Laird RB
14 259 Jason Huntley RB
14 260 DeAndre Washington RB
14 261 Tanner Hudson TE
14 262 Buddy Howell RB
14 263 Eno Benjamin RB
14 264 Cole Kmet TE
14 265 Andy Janovich RB
14 266 Lee Smith TE
14 267 Patrick Ricard RB
14 268 C.J. Prosise RB
15 269 Taywan Taylor WR
15 270 J.J. Taylor RB
15 271 Riley Ridley WR
15 272 Jakob Johnson RB
15 273 Justice Hill RB
15 274 Blake Bell TE
15 275 Qadree Ollison RB
15 276 Cethan Carter TE
15 277 MyCole Pruitt TE
15 278 Durham Smythe TE
15 279 Patrick Mahomes II QB
15 280 Kyler Murray QB
15 281 Trayveon Williams RB
15 282 Josh Allen QB
15 283 Luke Stocker TE
15 284 Devin Asiasi TE
15 285 Aaron Rodgers QB
15 286 Lamar Jackson QB
15 287 Deshaun Watson QB
15 288 Cyril Grayson Jr. WR
15 289 Ross Dwelley TE
15 290 Ben Roethlisberger QB
15 291 Matthew Stafford QB
15 292 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
15 293 Kirk Cousins QB
15 294 Nick Keizer TE
15 295 Cam Newton QB
15 296 Brandon Powell WR
15 297 Gardner Minshew II QB
15 298 Ryan Tannehill QB
15 299 Tom Brady QB
15 300 Jared Goff QB
15 301 Tyler Conklin TE
15 302 Matt Ryan QB
15 303 Andy Dalton QB
15 304 Trevon Wesco TE
15 305 Joe Burrow QB
15 306 Teddy Bridgewater QB
15 307 Daniel Jones QB
15 308 Quintez Cephus WR
15 309 Trent Sherfield WR
15 310 Carson Wentz QB
15 311 Nick Mullens QB
15 312 Steven Mitchell Jr. WR
16 313 Nick Foles QB
16 314 Baker Mayfield QB
16 315 Philip Rivers QB
16 316 Cam Sims WR
16 317 Jimmy Garoppolo QB
16 318 Kyle Allen QB
16 319 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
16 320 Deon Cain WR
16 321 Alex Erickson WR
16 322 Joe Flacco QB
16 323 Drew Lock QB
16 324 Jaeden Graham TE
16 325 Jeremy Sprinkle TE
16 326 Levine Toilolo TE
16 327 Jalen Hurts QB
16 328 Marcus Baugh TE
16 329 Brett Rypien QB
16 330 Justin Tucker K
16 331 C.J. Beathard QB
16 332 Deon Yelder TE
16 333 Harrison Butker K
16 334 Zane Gonzalez K
16 335 Greg Zuerlein K
16 336 Rodrigo Blankenship K
16 337 Johnny Mundt TE
16 338 Stephen Gostkowski K
16 339 Matt Prater K
16 340 Mason Crosby K
16 341 Aldrick Rosas K
16 342 Dan Bailey K
16 343 Joey Slye K
16 344 Jason Sanders K
16 345 Chris Boswell K
17 346 Younghoe Koo K
17 347 Jarrett Stidham QB
17 348 Robbie Gould K
17 349 Nick Folk K
17 350 Alex Smith QB
17 351 Sam Sloman K
17 352 Ka'imi Fairbairn K
17 353 Ryan Succop K
17 354 Graham Gano K
17 355 Tyler Bass K
17 356 Cody Parkey K
17 357 Randy Bullock K
17 358 Jake Elliott K
17 359 Cairo Santos K
17 360 Sam Ficken K
17 361 Dustin Hopkins K
17 362 Brandon McManus K
17 363 Baltimore Ravens DST
17 364 Indianapolis Colts DST
17 365 New England Patriots DST
17 366 Los Angeles Rams DST
17 367 Miami Dolphins DST
17 368 Pittsburgh Steelers DST
17 369 Washington Football Team DST
17 370 New York Giants DST
17 371 Chicago Bears DST
17 372 Kansas City Chiefs DST
17 373 Carolina Panthers DST
17 374 Tennessee Titans DST
17 375 San Francisco 49ers DST
17 376 Arizona Cardinals DST
17 377 Green Bay Packers DST
17 378 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST
17 379 Cincinnati Bengals DST
17 380 Minnesota Vikings DST
17 381 Cleveland Browns DST
17 382 New York Jets DST
17 383 Detroit Lions DST
17 384 Denver Broncos DST
17 385 Buffalo Bills DST
17 386 Dallas Cowboys DST
17 387 Philadelphia Eagles DST
17 388 Jacksonville Jaguars DST
17 389 Houston Texans DST
17 390 Atlanta Falcons DST


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Week 6 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

I was riding high after predicting eight out of the top ten defenses two weeks ago, but we saw some craziness this Sunday (along with some top tier defenses postponed or canceled), which caused only a 50% success rate in identifying top-10 units. Miami throttling San Francisco was truly a surprise, as was a Kansas City defense that hadn't allowed more than 20 points in any game this season allowing 40 points to Las Vegas.

I touched on this last week, but teams have now scored 3,900 points or 25.6 points per game so far this season and are gaining 367.4 yards per game which are both the most through the first five weeks of any season in the Super Bowl era. With offenses putting up video game numbers, it means that we can't continue to judge a defense solely by the number of points they allow or the number of yards they give up. Those numbers will naturally be higher than we're used to. Instead, we need to look for which offensive lines are truly weak points and which defenses will either be blitz-heavy or get consistent pressure with their pass rush. These are all incredibly important pieces of information in determining which defenses to play in any given week.

Remember that picking the right defense is not about identifying who will allow the fewest points, but who will cause the most turnovers or tally the most sacks since that has a higher correlation to weekly fantasy DST leaders. That means that, as much these rankings are about the talent on the defensive side of the ball, it is equally about taking advantage of the lack of talent on the offensive side. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker, so remember to check back here during the week as I will make updates once we get more information on some of these injuries and also get a better sense of the weather for the game.

 

Week 6 Defenses To Start & Stream: Tiers & Rankings

Below are my Week 6 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 5 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 6. I've broken out our defense rankings into tiers with analysis on each matchup. Some of these Week 6 defenses have good matchups and are not widely-owned, representing fantasy scoring opportunities if they are available on your league's waiver wire for a Week 6 pickup or add.

Returning for this year: Confidence Ratings (out of 15) - Since every league's DST scoring is different, projections don't always make a ton of sense. The confidence rating, which Bill Dubiel started last year, is a guideline for how much more I like one team over another instead of a straight point projection. A zero means "do not start," then the confidence rises from there. I take a lot of factors into account: opponent injuries, home-field advantage, weather (which will be updated during the week), etc. We still have only one game of in-season data to work with, so this week's rankings weigh schedule and personnel heavier than they will down the line.

Typically the top three tiers will be DSTs you should target, with Tier 4 being options in deep leagues and Tier 5 being desperation plays or good defenses in horrendous matchups.

 

Tier 1 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
1 1 Baltimore Ravens Defense @ PHI 13.4
2 1 New England Patriots Defense vs. DEN 12.9
3 1 Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. CIN 12.1
4 1 Pittsburgh Steelers Defense vs. CLE 11.6

Yes, Philadelphia is set to get a little bit healthier on offense with the returns of Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, and they just put up 29 points on the Steelers, but they are also the third-largest underdog on the slate, according to Las Vegas.  The Eagles are still going to be hobbled on the offensive line, and Lane Johnson is getting a second opinion on his troublesome knee, which is an even bigger issue than their beleaguered receiving corps. Philadelphia has allowed the third-most sacks in the league, with 19 in only five games. The relentless pressure has also caused Carson Wentz to throw nine interceptions, which is the most in the league. As I mentioned above, I'm not really concerned if the Eagles are able to put up 20 points in this game since most teams are doing that relatively consistently this year. The Ravens defense hasn't been elite this year, ranking only 14th in pressure ate, but they are 6th in the NFL in sacks and should find themselves in the backfield consistently on Sunday, racking up sacks and causing a few interceptions. All of which makes them one of the best bets at DST in Week 6.

Holding the Chiefs offense in check the way the Patriots did during the first half last Monday night was a truly impressive feat; however, I'm not sure we should have expected much different from Bill Belichick. Yes, the Chiefs wound up with 26 points and the win, but their offense was stalled way more than usual. Belichick has always been an incredible defensive coach, but now his task gets significantly easier on Sunday, even if the Denver Broncos get Drew Lock back under center. The Patriots may only have six sacks on the season, but they are second in the NFL in pressure rate at 30.9% and third in the league with 26 quarterback hurries, numbers that are more impressive when you consider that three of the four teams the Patriots have played are in the top-13 in pressure allowed. Meanwhile, the Broncos were 28th in the league with 13 sacks allowed before missing this Sunday with a "BYE" and simply don't have the playmakers to scare these Patriots defenders. Yes, Jerry Jeudy will be good, but he's not somebody that is going to consistently get the better of Stephon Gilmore, who should be back from his COVID diagnosis on Sunday. I expect the Patriots to control this game and cause lots of problems for the Broncos offense.

The Colts are the second-largest favorite according to Vegas odds, but this game will hinge on the health of their defense. Star linebacker Darius Leonard missed Sunday's game against the Browns with a groin injury and, despite playing, fellow linebackers Anthony Walker and Bobby Okerele were banged up during the week and came into the game hobbled. As a result, the Colts gave up 385 yards to the Browns and lost 32-23. The Colts were able to pick Baker Mayfield off twice, but only got one sack against the Browns stalwart offensive line. It will be a much different story on Sunday against a Bengals offensive line that has been one of the worst in football, allowing a league-leading 22 sacks, including seven last week to a Ravens team that has consistently gotten less pressure on the quarterback than Indianapolis. That's good news for a Colts defense that is 8th in the NFL in pressure rate and 9th in quarterback hurry percentage. With Phillip Rivers more likely to find success against the Bengals Defense than he did against the Browns, and the Bengals likely playing this game without A.J. Green (who admittedly wasn't really productive when in) the Colts should get up early in this game and take advantage of a weak Bengals offensive line.

As I mentioned above, the Browns don't give up a lot of sacks, but Baker Mayfield is still one of the more turnover-prone quarterbacks in the league. Only 53.2% of his passes have been on target, according to Pro Football Reference, and he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league last year when pressured. So far this season, he has only been pressured on 13.5% of dropbacks and has been hurried a total of 13 times in five games. That has allowed him to curtail some of his mistakes (even though there have been a few head-scratching throws); however, the Steelers have the third-highest blitz percentage at 38.7% and the best pressure rate in the league at 38.1%. Since the Steelers are second in the league with only 3.3 yards allowed per rush, the Browns may have to turn to Baker more often than they want. If he is not able to stand in a clean pocket, he's more liable to make mistakes that lead to turnovers. Pairing that with the likely low-scoring total in this division rivalry, and I like the Steelers as a high floor offense with a good chance at a defensive touchdown.

 

Tier 2 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
5 2 Miami Dolphins Defense  vs. NYJ 11.3
6 2 Washington Football Team Defense @ NYG 10.4
7 2 Tennessee Titans Defense vs. HOU 10.2
8 2 Los Angeles Rams Defense @ SF 9.8

The Dolphins defense just manhandled a near-full strength 49ers team, so it makes sense to have faith in them to put up a similarly inspired effort against an undermanned Jets team. Le'Veon Bell came back, but his usage continued to be questionable. Sam Darnold missed last week, as did left tackle Mekhi Bechton, but they may return this weekend which would be a boon for the Jets. The Dolphins as a unit have been fairly average on the year, ranking 13th in pressure rate and 16th in hurry percentage despite being tied for 7th in sacks. This pick is really more about the ineptitude of the Jets offense that is 25th in the league in sacks allowed and 28th in total yards.

If we're attacking the Jets, then we should also be attacking the other New Jersey (sorry, New York) team. The Giants put up 30+ points against the Cowboys, but that is more about Dallas featuring one of the worst defenses in the league than the Giants all of the sudden becoming a strong offense. Devonta Freeman lacks explosiveness and Darius Slayton gives the Giants one consistent weapon on the outside, but he doesn't have much help. Washington got Chase Young back this Sunday, which is great news for a pass rush that suffered a bit without him. However, on the year, they are 3rd in the league in interceptions, sixth in the league in sacks, 12th in quarterback hurry rate, and will now face a Giants team that is 27th in total yards and 26th in sacks allowed. I think Washington will be a surprisingly high-scoring defensive unit this week.

As of this writing, the Titans have only played one half of football in two weeks, but they look pretty good for a team that was a bit short-handed due to their COVID designations. Another week should allow them to get talented players that Kristian Fulton and Jeffrey Simmons back in the fold. Coming into Tuesday night's game, they are fourth in the league in pressure rate and first in quarterback knockdowns, despite having only four sacks. That tells me that a big week is coming, and who better to have it against than a Texans offensive line that is 28th in sacks allowed. The Titans defense is 7th in the league in drives ending in points, so I expect them to keep this from turning into a truly high-scoring affair, especially with Derrick Henry grinding down a weak Texans Defense, so I feel more confident in using the Titans this weekend.

As I mentioned above, the Dolphins defense held the 49ers to 259 yards of offense, picked off two passes, and registered five sacks. They've also consistently generated a worse pass rush than the Rams throughout the season. That makes me a little bullish on a Rams defense that is 9th in the NFL in pressure rate and tied for first in sacks. The 49ers are 29th in the league in sacks allowed and are clearly discombobulated right now as they recover from a slew of injuries, which means it's the wrong time to have to face Aaron Donald. The Rams defense has been steadily improving on the season, so I look for Los Angeles to take advantage of a beaten-down 49ers team.

 

Tier 3 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
9 3 New York Giants Defense vs. WAS 9.1
10 3 Kansas City Chiefs Defense @ BUF 8.9
11 3 Chicago Bears Defense @ CAR 8.4
12 3 New York Jets Defense @ MIA 8.1
13 3 San Francisco 49ers Defense  vs. LAR 7.9
14 3 Denver Broncos Defense @ NE 7.6
15 3 Cleveland Browns Defense @ PIT 7.1

OK, we all know the Giants defense is not that good, but Washington's offense may be worse. They benched Dwayne Haskins and got even worse production from Kyle Allen and Alex Smith. It was great seeing Smith back on the field, but he was hit constantly and he clearly doesn't have the mobility that he used to. The Giants are 11th in pressure rate and 12th in sacks, but this play is simply about attacking one of the worst offenses in the NFL. If Alex Smith starts again, which should be expected, the Giants really only have to worry about stopping Terry McLaurin and can go to work on an offensive line that is 31st in the NFL in sacks allowed with 21 in five games.

The Bills offense has been an elite offense this season, but they looked relatively mediocre in a first half without John Brown and both starting right guard Jon Feliciano and his back-up Brian Winters. That's not a great sign against a Chiefs defense that is 7th in the league in pressure rate. Josh Allen has gotten away with a few questionable throws heading into Tuesday night, and then had those decisions come back to bite him against the Titans on national television. The Chiefs were exposed against the Raiders on Sunday, but this is still a strong defensive unit that blitzes the 6th-most in the league and could cause problems for replacements on the Bills'offensive line. I think this game will be fast-paced and involve a fair share of sacks and turnovers.

The Bears defense has so far lacked the bite of recent seasons, ranking 18th in pressure rate, 16th in sacks, and 23rd in quarterback hurry percentage. They're also 12th in the number of drives ending in scores and will face off against a surprisingly strong Panthers offense that has the fourth-most yards in the league. The Panthers have allowed the 15th-most sacks in the NFL, so it's likely that the Bears bring down Bridgewater a couple of times, but this isn't the slam dunk game people would have assumed once Christian McCaffrey went down.

I know we don't want to pick on the Dolphins offense after what they just did to San Francisco, but we've seen enough of Ryan Fitzpatrick to know that turnovers are always on the table when he takes the field. The Jets' secondary has struggled, but they are 9th in the NFL with five interceptions, tied for third in quarterback knockdowns, and are 17th in the NFL in pressure rate, so they still have a little bit of pep, unlike the offensive side of the ball. Maybe I'm alone here, but I think we could just as easily see the Dolphins throw two interceptions and yield three-plus sacks as I can see them turn in another rout.

This hasn't been a great season for the 49ers, and they've lost some key pieces on the defensive line, but they are still 5th in the NFL in pressure rate and 7th in quarterback knockdowns, which means they're getting after the quarterback. The Rams have only allowed seven sacks total on the season and are third in the league in total yards, so they will score points and keep the 49ers from putting up a massive fantasy total, but we all know how Jared Goff's play diminishes when he's under pressure, so there's a chance we can see Bad Goff on Sunday in a messy game overall. I think the 49ers are too well-coached to come out and lay another egg.

An extra week means the Patriots will most likely be starting Cam Newton in this game instead of Jarrett Stidham, which is, as I'm sure you know, a massive difference. The Broncos defense is still 6th in the NFL in pressure rate and 5th in quarterback hurry percentage, but they banged up enough that I'm not sure they can contain a well-coached Patriots offense for the entire game. I just don't see a lot of upside in the matchup, especially with how the Broncos offense put their defense in bad positions throughout the entire game against the Jets. However, I think the Broncos can get to Cam a couple of times, and I can't envision this being a high-scoring, or exciting, football game.

The Browns have played really solid defense of late, including a strong game in limiting an admittedly average Colts offense. The Steelers have a near-elite offensive line that has allowed only six sacks in four games and should have little problem with a Browns pass rush that has a mediocre 19.6% pressure rate. However, the Browns do lead the league in quarterback hurries with 30, which could cause problems for Ben Roethlisberger since the veteran loves to hold the ball a little longer than he should. Chase Claypool was superb last week, but if Diontae Johnson misses next week, Claypool will really need to deliver against since JuJu Smith-Schuster will likely get a heavy dose of Denzel Ward. I expect this to be a grinding, low-scoring game that should keep the fantasy DST floors relatively safe.

 

Tier 4 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
16 4 Buffalo Bills Defense vs KC 6.9
17 4 Green Bay Packers Defense @ TB 6.3
18 4 Carolina Panthers Defense vs. CHI 6.1
19 4 Cincinnati Bengals Defense @ IND 5.3
20 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense vs. GB 4.9
21 4 Arizona Cardinals Defense @ DAL 4.5
22 4 Jacksonville Jaguars Defense vs. DET 4.2

 

Tier 5 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 6 Opponent Confidence Rating
23 5 Houston Texans Defense @ TEN 3.8
24 5 Philadelphia Eagles Defense vs. BAL 3.1
25 5 Detroit Lions Defense @ JAX 2.7
26 5 Dallas Cowboys Defense vs ARI 2.1
27 5 Atlanta Falcons Defense @ MIN 1.2
28 5 Minnesota Vikings Defense vs. ATL 0.9
29 5 New Orleans Saints Defense BYE 0.4
30 5 Las Vegas Raiders Defense BYE 0.3
31 5 Los Angeles Chargers Defense BYE 0.0
32 5 Seattle Seahawks Defense BYE 0.0


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Week 6 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

This NFL season continues to be the weirdest one that I’ve seen in my lifetime. I’ve seen teams come out and get embarrassed by bottom dwellers, and I just watched Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins absolutely dismantled the San Francisco 49ers. If you ever think that you’re going to be able to accurately predict a week in the NFL, you’re wrong.

We saw some explosive kicker performances in Week 5. Dolphins’ kicker Jason Sanders put up 22 points on the afternoon, and he was tightly contested by New York Giants’ kicker Graham Gano, who had a 20-point outing for himself. As defenses are adapting and improving, we’re going to see more big kicker performances, so keep that in mind when setting your lineups.

With Covid-19 continuing to weave its way through NFL locker rooms, bye weeks are getting more and more difficult to navigate. The New England Patriots were originally slated to have their bye in Week 6, but there will now be just three teams off this week. Those will be the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. In addition to their regular fantasy talent, all three of them have had great fantasy kickers thus far.

 

Tier 1 NFL Kickers

  1. Justin Tucker (BAL) @ PHI
  2. Harrison Butker (KC) @ BUF
  3. Dan Bailey (MIN) vs ATL
  4. Tyler Bass (BUF) vs KC
  5. Jason Sanders (MIA) vs NYJ

Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker has reclaimed our top spot. After his team thoroughly beat the Cincinnati Bengals, they now draw the Philadelphia Eagles’ who have struggled mightily on defense all season. Points should abound here. Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker gets our next spot. Even in a loss, this offense still put up 32 points. I think we should see plenty of points from these two high-scoring units. Minnesota Vikings’ kicker Dan Bailey is up next. Even though they’re 1-4, they Vikings are putting points up, and Bailey is the primary beneficiary of that.

Buffalo Bills’ kicker Tyler Bass grabs the fourth spot this week. This offense has put up at least 27 points in all four games this season, and they’ve cleared 30 in their last three. Against the Chiefs, they will find ways to move the ball. Sanders wraps up our first tier. Through five games, he has scored 62 points, which leads all players at the position. Against the dumpster fire that is the New York Jets, he’s a near must-start for the week.

 

Tier 2 NFL Kickers

  1. Mason Crosby (GB) @ TB
  2. Samuel Sloman (LAR) @ SF
  3. Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) vs CIN
  4. Cairo Santos (CHI) @ CAR
  5. Ryan Succop (TB) vs GB

Green Bay Packers’ kicker Mason Crosby gets our next spot. He’s nearly perfect to start the season, and he’s playing with one of the NFL’s best offenses. Have no qualms starting him this week. Los Angeles Rams’ kicker Samuel Sloman comes in at seven. His offense continues to hum along, and they have a matchup with the division-rival 49ers. This game could be lower scoring, but I think Sloman still gets a good amount of work.

Indianapolis Colts’ kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is next. After five games, Blankenship is the only other kicker to clear 60 points. His offense isn’t perfect, but the Cincinnati Bengals are the perfect get-right spot. Chicago Bears’ kicker Cairo Santos gets the next spot. This team isn’t winning pretty, but they’re still winning. They can move the ball enough to get Santos scoring chances against the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ kicker Ryan Succop rounds out this next group. The Packers’ defense isn’t the best unit, and the Bucs should be able to get some plays working against them.

 

Tier 3 NFL Kickers

  1. Matt Prater (DET) @ JAX
  2. Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) vs HOU
  3. Zane Gonzalez (ARI) @ DAL
  4. Robbie Gould (SF) vs LAR
  5. Greg Zuerlein (DAL) vs ARI

Detroit Lions’ kicker Matt Prater slides into the lineup after a week off. The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost four straight after a surprising win over the Colts in Week 1, and this Lions’ team has been moving the ball well as of late. Tennessee Titans’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski is up next. As of this writing, he has played just three games, and he’s still tied for K12 on the year. I think they can move the ball on the Houston Texans. Zane Gonzalez sneaks in at the 13th spot. This offense finally showed some life last week, and now they head for a shootout in Texas with the Dallas Cowboys.

This San Francisco team struggled last week, but kicker Robbie Gould remains consistent. This team should be able to bounce back at home to give him a solid outing. Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein gets our final spot this week. Even with quarterback Andy Dalton in over Dak Prescott (ankle), this offense has enough weapons to keep putting up points, especially against a suspect defense like Arizona.

 

Kickers to Avoid

Sam Ficken is our first avoidance of the week because *checks notes* Adam Gase is still the head coach. Even if quarterback Sam Darnold returns, I don’t want any piece of the Jets regardless of the matchup. 

Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons grabs our next spot in this category. This Falcons’ team is reeling, and they just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Even with an easier matchup, I’m not seeking Koo out this week, especially with a new head coach calling the shots. 

Randy Bullock of the Bengals is our final avoidance of the week. Quarterback Joe Burrow has looked as advertised to start the year, but he gets another tough matchup in this Colts’ defense that has played very well through five games. Bullock and the team as a whole could easily struggle.



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Updated Week 6 Wide Receiver Rankings

Welcome to Week 6 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 6 wide receiver rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 6.

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Last updated on Sunday 10/18 at 9:00 am ET:

WR Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 DeAndre Hopkins WR 2
2 Adam Thielen WR 3
3 Davante Adams WR 5
4 Tyreek Hill WR 6
5 Stefon Diggs WR 12
6 Allen Robinson II WR 14
7 Calvin Ridley WR 15
8 Kenny Golladay WR 17
9 Robert Woods WR 22
10 Mike Evans WR 24
11 CeeDee Lamb WR 28
12 A.J. Brown WR 29
13 Cooper Kupp WR 30
14 DeVante Parker WR 32
15 Amari Cooper WR 33
16 Will Fuller V WR 35
17 Robby Anderson WR 36
18 Justin Jefferson WR 37
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 38
20 Terry McLaurin WR 39
21 Odell Beckham Jr. WR 41
22 Marquise Brown WR 44
23 Jamison Crowder WR 46
24 Tyler Boyd WR 47
25 D.J. Moore WR 48
26 Darius Slayton WR 50
27 D.J. Chark Jr. WR 52
28 Chris Godwin WR 53
29 Chase Claypool WR 54
30 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 55
31 Julio Jones WR 56
32 T.Y. Hilton WR 57
33 Jarvis Landry WR 58
34 Brandin Cooks WR 59
35 Julian Edelman WR 61
36 Tee Higgins WR 64
37 Mecole Hardman WR 65
38 Michael Gallup WR 66
39 Deebo Samuel WR 68
40 Christian Kirk WR 70
41 Travis Fulgham WR 73
42 Golden Tate WR 75
43 Jerry Jeudy WR 76
44 John Brown WR 77
45 Preston Williams WR 78
46 Brandon Aiyuk WR 80
47 Keelan Cole WR 81
48 Russell Gage WR 82
49 Marvin Jones Jr. WR 85
50 Curtis Samuel WR 86
51 Cole Beasley WR 87
52 Randall Cobb WR 90
53 N'Keal Harry WR 95
54 Greg Ward WR 96
55 Scotty Miller WR 97
56 Anthony Miller WR 100
57 James Washington WR 101
58 Zach Pascal WR 102
59 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 103
60 Tim Patrick WR 104
61 Demarcus Robinson WR 105
62 Larry Fitzgerald WR 109
63 A.J. Green WR 111
64 Andy Isabella WR 114
65 Darnell Mooney WR 115
66 Gabriel Davis WR 116
67 Kendrick Bourne WR 118
68 Damiere Byrd WR 119
69 Chris Conley WR 122
70 Jeff Smith WR 125
71 Adam Humphries WR 126
72 Cordarrelle Patterson WR 127
73 Danny Amendola WR 129
74 Miles Boykin WR 130
75 Isaiah Ford WR 133
76 Josh Reynolds WR 134
77 Dontrelle Inman WR 137
78 Willie Snead IV WR 141
79 Kenny Stills WR 144
80 John Hightower WR 148
81 Tyler Johnson WR 152
82 Cedrick Wilson WR 154
83 Kalif Raymond WR 155
84 Isaiah Wright WR 158
85 Breshad Perriman WR 159
86 Devin Duvernay WR 160
87 Braxton Berrios WR 161
88 Byron Pringle WR 165
89 DaeSean Hamilton WR 169
90 Van Jefferson WR 172
91 Collin Johnson WR 173
92 Marcus Johnson WR 175
93 OlaBisi Johnson WR 176
94 Auden Tate WR 178
95 Rashard Higgins WR 180
96 Mike Thomas WR 184
97 Darrius Shepherd WR 185
98 Jakeem Grant WR 186
99 Sterling Shepard WR 198
100 C.J. Board WR 201
101 Chad Beebe WR 203
102 Trent Taylor WR 205
103 Dante Pettis WR 206
104 Isaiah McKenzie WR 207
105 Damion Ratley WR 210
106 Ashton Dulin WR 212
107 Daurice Fountain WR 213
108 Christian Blake WR 218
109 Justin Watson WR 219
110 Jakobi Meyers WR 220
111 Noah Brown WR 226
112 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 229
113 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 233
114 Marvin Hall WR 245
115 KeeSean Johnson WR 249
116 Jaydon Mickens WR 251
117 Javon Wims WR 253
118 Gunner Olszewski WR 254
119 Taywan Taylor WR 269
120 Riley Ridley WR 271
121 Cyril Grayson Jr. WR 288
122 Brandon Powell WR 296
123 Quintez Cephus WR 308
124 Trent Sherfield WR 309
125 Steven Mitchell Jr. WR 312
126 Cam Sims WR 316


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Updated Week 6 Running Back Rankings

Welcome to Week 6 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 6 running back rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 6.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

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Last updated on Sunday 10/18 at 9:00 am ET:

RB Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 Ezekiel Elliott RB 1
2 Derrick Henry RB 4
3 Mike Davis RB 7
4 Alexander Mattison RB 8
5 James Robinson RB 9
6 Aaron Jones RB 10
7 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 11
8 Jonathan Taylor RB 13
9 Kareem Hunt RB 16
10 Miles Sanders RB 18
11 James Conner RB 19
12 David Montgomery RB 20
13 Todd Gurley II RB 23
14 Raheem Mostert RB 26
15 Joe Mixon RB 27
16 Ronald Jones II RB 31
17 Antonio Gibson RB 34
18 Myles Gaskin RB 40
19 Devin Singletary RB 43
20 David Johnson RB 45
21 Kenyan Drake RB 49
22 Devonta Freeman RB 60
23 Chase Edmonds RB 62
24 Darrell Henderson RB 63
25 Mark Ingram II RB 67
26 Phillip Lindsay RB 71
27 Adrian Peterson RB 83
28 James White RB 89
29 Nyheim Hines RB 91
30 Damien Harris RB 98
31 Cam Akers RB 99
32 Duke Johnson Jr. RB 107
33 J.K. Dobbins RB 108
34 Frank Gore RB 110
35 Jerick McKinnon RB 113
36 J.D. McKissic RB 117
37 Rex Burkhead RB 121
38 D'Andre Swift RB 123
39 Olamide Zaccheaus RB 124
40 Malcolm Brown RB 128
41 D'Ernest Johnson RB 131
42 Leonard Fournette RB 140
43 Zack Moss RB 142
44 Gus Edwards RB 143
45 Brian Hill RB 145
46 Tony Pollard RB 147
47 Jamaal Williams RB 149
48 Chris Thompson RB 150
49 Lamical Perine RB 151
50 Giovani Bernard RB 153
51 Wayne Gallman RB 164
52 Dion Lewis RB 166
53 Darrel Williams RB 168
54 Matt Breida RB 171
55 Boston Scott RB 174
56 Mike Boone RB 177
57 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 179
58 Ito Smith RB 188
59 Benny Snell Jr. RB 189
60 Royce Freeman RB 191
61 Jordan Wilkins RB 193
62 Kerryon Johnson RB 194
63 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB 195
64 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB 197
65 Kyle Juszczyk RB 199
66 Peyton Barber RB 209
67 T.J. Yeldon RB 211
68 Darrynton Evans RB 214
69 Darwin Thompson RB 215
70 Jeremy McNichols RB 216
71 Dontrell Hilliard RB 224
72 Tyler Ervin RB 225
73 Trenton Cannon RB 227
74 Jaylen Samuels RB 232
75 C.J. Ham RB 234
76 AJ Dillon RB 235
77 Ty Johnson RB 236
78 Corey Clement RB 238
79 Dare Ogunbowale RB 242
80 Alex Armah RB 243
81 Jordan Howard RB 244
82 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB 247
83 Ryan Nall RB 248
84 Ameer Abdullah RB 250
85 Ryquell Armstead RB 252
86 JaMycal Hasty RB 255
87 Josh Adams RB 257
88 Patrick Laird RB 258
89 Jason Huntley RB 259
90 DeAndre Washington RB 260
91 Buddy Howell RB 262
92 Eno Benjamin RB 263
93 Andy Janovich RB 265
94 Patrick Ricard RB 267
95 C.J. Prosise RB 268
96 J.J. Taylor RB 270
97 Jakob Johnson RB 272
98 Justice Hill RB 273
99 Qadree Ollison RB 275
100 Trayveon Williams RB 281
101 Trayveon Williams RB 280


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Week 6 IDP Rankings, Streamers, and Notes

I am glad football is back, I really am. I am forever grateful that the players are risking their health for our amusement, and I am thankful for each snap I get to watch. Pretty much all of us feel this way, I would imagine. So take what I am about to say with a grain of salt… but I have to say, there have been some pretty ugly football games played so far this season. I am talking about some eye-roll-inducing, nausea causing pigskin play.

One shining example of this ugly COVID tainted play occurred this past weekend, in the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins. Now, some watching that game may say that Ryan Fitzpatrick and company looked terrific. They could argue that it was a breakout moment for Miami’s offense, Fitz-magical even. The Dolphins Defense, some might also contend, performed beautifully. They shut down the vaunted Kyle Shanahan attack, and they did it with authority. It was a huge step forward for the hopes and dreams of all Miami fans!

Optimism wasn’t something that a lot of us took from this matchup, however. Hope is not what Trevor, our devoted and sometimes clingy IDP super fan, felt when he watched Preston Williams pick on San Francisco’s practice squad corners. Quality football wasn’t even what my creepy Instagram stalker ‘Taterguy121’ saw on Sunday, judging from the overly supportive messages he keeps sending me on the ‘gram… and the oddly graphic pictures… and that package I am afraid to open because it smells like feet covered in mustard and burnt hair. Anyways, the point is that many of us watching Sunday’s matchup in Levi’s Stadium didn’t see a breakout performance for Miami. We didn’t see the end of Kyle Shanahan’s brilliance, either. What we saw, instead, was a phenomenon that one might call “Backup Blowout.”

 

Week 6 Intro

The term ‘Backup Blowout’ refers to the war of attrition that the NFL is currently fighting in 2020. This season, more than any other in recent memory, games are being decided by third-string corners, scout team blockers, and second-string quarterbacks. While injuries and depth problems have always been a part of football, COVID and a rash of likely COVID-related injuries are pushing NFL coaches and fantasy managers to their limits in just our sixth week of play. Already, multiple superstars on both sides of the ball have gone down for good. Already, a plethora of solid starters and role players have gone missing as well. It’s infecting all stages of the game, including fantasy rosters.

With COVID-related issues striking down NFL players at a record pace, one could argue that IDP managers are put in a particularly precarious position. As superstars like Darius Leonard and Jamal Adams go down in IDP leagues, fantasy managers are having to decide whether to keep these stars on their bench rather than add a guy like Travis Fulgham. Many casual IDP managers may also be struggling with who to start on unexpected COVID bye weeks, or with who to add now that the 20-30 star defenders they already know are all hurt or rostered. This dire lack of stability at the top of the defender pool is something that casual IDP managers likely haven’t had to face before, but it is very real.

The best piece of advice to give IDP managers hurt by COVID is to know focus on matchups when you are picking up tier-two or tier-three defenders off of waivers. Once your star defenders succumb to injury or on a COVID bye, don’t just look for the most famous name or the highest tackle total. Instead, you should consider the opponents of any defender you may be looking to stream or start in perpetuity.

Now more than ever, weekly matchups are nearly as relevant in IDP fantasy leagues as they are in offense only fantasy leagues. Who your defenders are playing matters each week, just like it mattered that the Dolphins were playing a depleted 49ers team in Week 5. Don't be caught off guard like San Francisco was against Miami. Be prepared, and be vigilant. That is how you can weather this sloppy and often frustrating COVID-soaked fantasy season.

Note: As always, our rankings will be split into RotoBaller’s three primary IDP positions (DL, LB, and DB), and they will typically come with some flyer/fade notes for each position as well. Also, as per usual, we will include edge rushers in both our DL and LB ranks since they have different eligibility depending on the fantasy site you are using.

*Fantasy Relevant Defenders Not in Our Week 6 Ranks Due to Bye/Injury: Jamal Adams, Chandler Jones, Nick Bosa, Derwin James, Joey Bosa, Bobby Wagner, Cameron Jordan, Christian Kirksey, Demario Davis, Cory Littleton, Johnathan Abram, Maxx Crosby, and Sam Hubbard.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 Aaron Donald 49ers
2 T.J. Watt Browns
3 Myles Garrett Steelers
4 Chase Young Giants
5 Harold Landry III Texans
6 Aldon Smith Cardinals
7 Yannick Ngakoue Falcons
8 Shaquil Barrett Packers
9 Bud Dupree Browns
10 Khalil Mack Panthers
11 J.J. Watt Titans
12 Jason Pierre-Paul Packers
13 Deforest Buckner Bengals
14 Chris Jones Bills
15 Za’Darius Smith Buccaneers
16 Leonard Williams Washington Football Team
17 Carl Lawson Colts
18 Frank Clark Bills
19 Kyle Van Noy Jets
20 Brian Burns Bears
21 Bradley Chubb Patriots
22 Josh Allen (Q) Lions
23 Grady Jarrett Vikings
24 Akiem Hicks Panthers
25 Justin Houston Bengals

DL Streamer of the Week: Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee Titans

Simmons was officially activated off of the COVID list this week, and the hope is he can return to form quickly. Reports are that Simmons is feeling great, and we hope he is. If the former Mississippi State standout doesn’t have any setbacks in practice this week, he should be a prime streamer candidate in Week 6.

As we have covered before in this column, the Houston Texans' offensive line is below par in a variety of ways. Their pass blocking unit is particularly bad, ranking third to last in Adjusted Sack Rate, per Football Outsiders. Thanks to that poor unit, Deshaun Watson is taking over three sacks per game. While this Texans team may continue to ride a hot streak in the wake of Bill O’Brien’s firing, the Titans Defense has several talented defenders who can help Simmons contain a mobile quarterback like Watson. Remember that Simmons was a wrecking ball when he last played against Minnesota, and Houston’s performance so far in 2020 doesn’t suggest they can contain him any better than Minnesota did. You should feel comfortable streaming Simmons in deeper leagues, as long as he practices the rest of the week.

DL Fade of the Week: All Bengals Pass Rushers

Some have speculated that the Colts’ offensive line has been disappointing this season, in part because pre-season darling Jonathan Taylor isn’t averaging six-yards-per carry. Whether this unit is as good as it should be or not, it has allowed just five sacks in five games despite having a human statute at quarterback. That sort of unit spells concerns for fantasy managers looking for sacks and big plays against Indy.

Generally speaking, Carl Lawson is one of the only Bengals defenders worth rostering in fantasy. Lawson and his teammates tend to be boom-or-bust fantasy assets, however. They are often reliant on a sack or turnover for fantasy production. To make matters worse, the Bengals will be without Sam Hubbard this week. That means that the Colts can more easily hone in on Lawson and the Bengals' few other assets. This week, it seems less than likely that any of the Bengals’ defensive linemen will get the big play they need to start for you in fantasy.

Exploding Matchup of the Week: Aaron Donald v. San Francisco 49ers

Last week we listed Donald as our Explosive Matchup of Week 5, thanks to the fact he was going against Washington's weak offensive line. Donald rewarded our prediction with a whopping four sacks in one game. Do not expect him to repeat that sort of performance this week, but there is still a good chance that he gets a second consecutive multi-sack game against a feeble San Francisco offensive line.

Unquestionably, San Francisco’s most talented blockers are its offensive tackles, Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey. However, neither of these talented linemen have been particularly impressive in pass protection in 2020. McGlinchey has allowed 14 pressures in five games, and it could be argued that he was as responsible for the 49ers' collapse against Philadelphia in Week 4 as Nick Mullens was. Meanwhile, most who watch Williams’ blocking against the Eagles and Dolphins will tell you that his PFF grade is misleadingly high. Together, these tackles have allowed 22 pressures in five games, and they are the strength of the line. The 49ers’ guards are the real weakness, allowing 27 pressures between them.

Overall, this line is allowing approximately ten pressures per game. It doesn't help that the 49ers will likely start either C.J. Beathard (a career 8.5% sack rate) or a gimpy Jimmy Garoppolo under center, either. Put one of those immobile QBs behind a porous offensive line, and you have the same sack cocktail that Washington was mixing last week against Donald.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Linebackers of the Week 

Rank Player Opponent
1 Darius Leonard (D) Bengals
2 Blake Martinez Washington Football Team
3 Jaylon Smith Cardinals
4 Fred Warner Rams
5 Zach Cunningham Titans
6 Roquan Smith Panthers
7 Eric Kendricks Falcons
8 Patrick Queen Eagles
9 Lavonte David Packers
10 T.J. Watt Browns
11 Micah Kiser 49ers
12 Devin White Packers
13 Myles Jack (Q) Lions
14 Shaq Thompson Bears
15 Deion Jones Vikings
16 Jon Bostic Giants
17 Jordan Hicks Cowboys
18 Jerome Baker Jets
19 Devin Bush Browns
20 Eric Wilson Falcons
21 Joe Schobert Lions
22 Alexander Johnson Patriots
23 Tremaine Edmunds Chiefs
24 Josey Jewell Patriots
25 Foyesade Oluokun Vikings

LB Streamer of the Week: Bobby Okereke, Indianapolis Colts

This former Stanford Cardinal is ascending in the absence of Darius Leonard, and he is doing it against both pass and run-heavy offenses. Two weeks ago, Okereke performed well against a Bears offense that throws the ball 62% of the time, and in Week 5, he did even better against a Browns unit that runs the ball more than any team in the NFL. Okereke has the skills to help in coverage and run support, acting almost as a poor man's Darius Leonard.

Going against the Bengals this week, look for this talented sophomore to serve as an attractive IDP streamer if Darius Leonard is out. However, if Leonard does play, be more cautious about inserting Okereke into lineups in shallow IDP leagues.

LB Fade of the Week: Joe Schobert, Jacksonville Jaguars

For two weeks in a row, Schobert has put up disappointing stats. Even with Myles Jack out last week, Schobert wasn’t able to secure anything but four tackles. In fact, the Wisconsin alum has failed to get you anything but decent tackle totals all of this season. He hasn't secured a turnover, sack, or even a PD. The matchup this week doesn’t spell a high ceiling for the former Brown, either.

The Detroit Lions run the sixth-fewest offensive plays in the NFL this season. That means fewer fantasy opportunities than usual for all Jaguars defenders in Week 6. Detroit also employs a 60/40 pass-to-run ratio, meaning that Schobert and his poor coverage skills will be at a disadvantage on approximately 60% of his plays this week.

If Jack is fully healthy, expect him to be the primary coverage 'backer for the Jaguars when players like T.J. Hockenson or D’Andre Swift are running routes. The Jags should want to keep Schobert away from the passing action as much as possible, considering he allows a 100% completion rate in coverage this season. While the Lions may want to target Schobert for that reason, nothing indicates Schobert will break up or intercept the passes thrown his way. Instead, his history and skillset tell us that he will be a tackle only prospect this week and a low-ceiling fantasy option. Bench him if you can afford to do so.

IDP Star of the Week: Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens

Queen has consistently been in our top-20 LB rankings this season. On top of that, he has made multiple appearances in our columns as a waiver target, long-term investment, and weekly streamer. Now, he has officially made his way into our overall top-ten LB ranks. That is a big deal for a rookie who some are still discounting because he is a rookie.

Queen was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 5, accruing nine tackles, two FR, a FF, and a TD. That wasn’t his only big performance this season, though. In fact, Queen’s only poor fantasy showing this season came against Kansas City. Otherwise, he has been a worthy fantasy starter in even the shallowest of leagues every week. While some will be concerned about relying on a rookie defender in fantasy, and the odds are he will put up a few more stinkers before he is done, Queen is a worthy add in all leagues.

This week, in particular, Queen is a terrific IDP option. While you shouldn’t expect him to repeat his terrific Week 5 (just like with Aaron Donald), the LSU alum should be able to notch a sack or a couple of TFLs against a poor Eagles offensive line. The rookie will also have several shots at an INT or PD against Carson Wentz, who has targeted the intermediate-center of the field (where Queen will patrol) on 43% of his passes this season.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 Budda Baker Cowboys
2 John Johnson III 49ers
3 Jordan Poyer Chiefs
4 Tracy Walker Jaguars
5 Jessie Bates III Colts
6 Marlon Humphrey Eagles
7 Antoine Winfield Jr. Packers
8 Landon Collins Giants
9 Justin Simmons Patriots
10 Jeremy Chinn Bears
11 Chuck Clark Eagles
12 Josh Jones Lions
13 Marcus Maye Dolphins
14 Jordan Whitehead Bears
15 Carlton Davis (Q) Packers
16 Mike Hilton Browns
17 Vonn Bell Colts
18 Keanu Neal Vikings
19 Pierre Desir Dolphins
20 Justin Reid Titans
21 Jabrill Peppers Washington Football Team
22 Logan Ryan Texans
23 Adrian Phillips Broncos
24 Trevon Diggs Cardinals
25 Harrison Smith Falcons

DB Streamer of the Week: Carlton Davis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Davante Adams is set to come back from injury this week, and we should expect Davis to shadow him all game long. That is great news for IDP managers since Aaron Rodgers has targeted his favorite receiver on 18% of Adams' snaps this season. Think about that for a second. If Adams is on the field, there is an 18% chance the ball is thrown his way. That rate is only slightly lower than in 2019 when Rodgers targeted Adams on 15.7% of his snaps.

Adams could realistically see 15+ targets against the Bucs this week. That would give Davis ample opportunities to collect tackles and turnovers. Davis should easily be the second-overall fantasy CB this week and a DB starter in 16-team fantasy leagues.

DB Fade of the Week: Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants

While Peppers established himself as a high-floor fantasy option in 2019, thanks to his high tackle rates and ability to force fumbles, Peppers' 110-tackle pace from last year has disappeared in 2020. This year, Peppers has become a fantasy afterthought. While his draft pedigree, talent, and past production will keep him on fantasy radars for some time, Peppers should be faded in Week 6 and every subsequent week until he proves he is what he used to be.

Now, one might think that the woeful Washington offense would be an excellent spot for Peppers to get right this season. After all, Ron Rivera starts a QB who loves to get sacked and turn the ball over. So why wouldn't fantasy managers hope for Peppers to blitz in and win them glory with a strip-sack? Or maybe a pick-six?

One problem with expecting big things from Peppers in Week 6 is that he only has one sack in four NFL seasons. Even worse, he has zero sacks as a Giant. Neither the Browns nor the Giants have used the Michigan grad as a Blitzer off of the edge. So why should fantasy managers expect this to change suddenly?

A second problem with expecting big things in Week 6 is that Washington runs a low volume offense that cannot establish the run game. Rivera’s squad passes the ball on over 60% of its plays. Given that Peppers has lined up in the box or at the line on nearly 70% of his defensive snaps as a Giant, he should see a low fantasy opportunity against a Washington team that will pass more than run. That spells a meager opportunity for tackles and big plays.



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Welcome to Week 5 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 5 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 5.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings (PPR)

You can also see our Week 5 ranks for Half-PPR and Standard scoring.

Note that quarterbacks, defenses and kickers are all grouped separately towards the bottom. Each of those positions is ranked on their own. This is to allow owners to compare running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for their FLEX spot (without seeing QB, DEF, K mixed in).

Last updated on Sunday 10/11 at 9:30 am ET after the Patriots-Broncos game was cancelled:

Tier Rank Player Name Pos
1 1 Alvin Kamara RB
1 2 Ezekiel Elliott RB
1 3 DeAndre Hopkins WR
1 4 Dalvin Cook RB
1 5 Kareem Hunt RB
1 6 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
1 7 D.K. Metcalf WR
1 8 James Robinson RB
1 9 Adam Thielen WR
2 10 Tyreek Hill WR
2 11 Tyler Lockett WR
2 12 Mike Davis RB
2 13 Josh Jacobs RB
2 14 Stefon Diggs WR
2 15 Chris Carson RB
2 16 Amari Cooper WR
2 17 George Kittle TE
3 18 Derrick Henry RB
3 19 Michael Thomas WR
3 20 Keenan Allen WR
3 21 Travis Kelce TE
3 22 Calvin Ridley WR
3 23 James Conner RB
3 24 Allen Robinson II WR
3 25 Jonathan Taylor RB
3 26 Joe Mixon RB
3 27 Todd Gurley II RB
3 28 Mike Evans WR
3 29 D.J. Chark Jr. WR
3 30 Robby Anderson WR
3 31 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
3 32 Justin Jefferson WR
3 33 Cooper Kupp WR
3 34 Darren Waller TE
3 35 David Johnson RB
3 36 Robert Woods WR
3 37 Antonio Gibson RB
4 38 D.J. Moore WR
4 39 Terry McLaurin WR
4 40 CeeDee Lamb WR
4 41 Will Fuller V WR
4 42 DeVante Parker WR
4 43 Mark Andrews TE
4 44 Miles Sanders RB
4 45 Kenyan Drake RB
4 46 Tyler Boyd WR
4 47 Diontae Johnson WR
4 48 Marquise Brown WR
4 49 Odell Beckham Jr. WR
4 50 Jerick McKinnon RB
4 51 Ronald Jones II RB
5 52 Devin Singletary RB
5 53 Darius Slayton WR
5 54 Michael Gallup WR
5 55 Jamison Crowder WR
5 56 Golden Tate WR
5 57 A.J. Brown WR
5 58 Hunter Henry TE
5 59 John Brown WR
5 60 Myles Gaskin RB
5 61 Jarvis Landry WR
5 62 Deebo Samuel WR
5 63 David Montgomery RB
5 64 T.Y. Hilton WR
5 65 Tyler Higbee TE
5 66 Tee Higgins WR
5 67 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
5 68 Devonta Freeman RB
5 69 Scotty Miller WR
5 70 Russell Gage WR
5 71 Jonnu Smith TE
5 72 Dalton Schultz TE
5 73 Mark Ingram II RB
5 74 Joshua Kelley RB
6 75 Evan Engram TE
6 76 Brandon Aiyuk WR
6 77 Zach Ertz TE
6 78 Le'Veon Bell RB
6 79 Emmanuel Sanders WR
6 80 Sammy Watkins WR
6 81 Tre'Quan Smith WR
6 82 Brandin Cooks WR
6 83 Hunter Renfrow WR
6 84 Hayden Hurst TE
6 85 Mike Gesicki TE
6 86 Greg Ward WR
6 87 A.J. Green WR
6 88 Zach Pascal WR
7 89 Curtis Samuel WR
7 90 Raheem Mostert RB
7 91 Latavius Murray RB
7 92 Cole Beasley WR
7 93 Adam Humphries WR
7 94 Randall Cobb WR
7 95 Darrell Henderson RB
7 96 Eric Ebron TE
7 97 Malcolm Brown RB
7 98 Christian Kirk WR
7 99 Nyheim Hines RB
7 100 D'Ernest Johnson RB
7 101 Chase Edmonds RB
7 102 Olamide Zaccheaus RB
7 103 Preston Williams WR
7 104 Mecole Hardman WR
7 105 Mo Alie-Cox TE
7 106 Jimmy Graham TE
7 107 Anthony Miller WR
7 108 Greg Olsen TE
7 109 Keelan Cole WR
7 110 Justin Jackson RB
7 111 Damiere Byrd WR
8 112 David Moore WR
8 113 Larry Fitzgerald WR
8 114 Henry Ruggs III WR
8 115 J.K. Dobbins RB
8 116 Isaiah Ford WR
8 117 Austin Hooper TE
8 118 Jared Cook TE
8 119 Alexander Mattison RB
8 120 Logan Thomas TE
8 121 Rob Gronkowski TE
8 122 Darnell Mooney WR
8 123 Jeff Smith WR
8 124 Dontrelle Inman WR
8 125 Andy Isabella WR
8 126 Frank Gore RB
8 127 Drew Sample TE
8 128 Kendrick Bourne WR
8 129 Duke Johnson Jr. RB
8 130 Nelson Agholor WR
8 131 Jalen Guyton WR
8 132 Zack Moss RB
9 133 Brian Hill RB
9 134 Jordan Akins TE
9 135 Miles Boykin WR
9 136 Kalif Raymond WR
9 137 Chris Herndon IV TE
9 138 Cordarrelle Patterson WR
9 139 J.D. McKissic RB
9 140 Gabriel Davis WR
9 141 Ian Thomas TE
9 142 Cedrick Wilson WR
9 143 Chris Hogan WR
9 144 Braxton Berrios WR
9 145 Julio Jones WR
9 146 James Washington WR
9 147 Gus Edwards RB
9 148 Chris Conley WR
9 149 Demarcus Robinson WR
9 150 Cam Akers RB
9 151 Willie Snead IV WR
9 152 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB
9 153 Tyler Eifert TE
10 154 Darren Fells TE
10 155 Chase Claypool WR
10 156 Josh Reynolds WR
10 157 Kenny Stills WR
10 158 Chris Thompson RB
10 159 Cameron Brate TE
10 160 John Hightower WR
10 161 Boston Scott RB
10 162 Giovani Bernard RB
10 163 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB
10 164 Jordan Howard RB
10 165 Dan Arnold TE
10 166 Jack Doyle TE
10 167 Jakeem Grant WR
10 168 Kyle Rudolph TE
10 169 Tony Pollard RB
10 170 DaeSean Hamilton WR
11 171 Van Jefferson WR
11 172 Travis Homer RB
11 173 Dawson Knox TE
11 174 Matt Breida RB
11 175 Dion Lewis RB
11 176 OlaBisi Johnson WR
11 177 Trent Taylor WR
11 178 Zay Jones WR
11 179 Travis Fulgham WR
11 180 Mike Williams WR
11 181 Wayne Gallman RB
11 182 Isaiah Wright WR
11 183 Jalen Richard RB
11 184 Irv Smith Jr. TE
11 185 Tyler Johnson WR
11 186 Nick Vannett TE
11 187 Devin Duvernay WR
11 188 Jordan Wilkins RB
11 189 Leonard Fournette RB
11 190 Gerald Everett TE
11 191 Deonte Harris WR
11 192 Christian Blake WR
11 193 Noah Fant TE
11 194 Darrel Williams RB
11 195 Auden Tate WR
12 196 Damion Ratley WR
12 197 Trey Burton TE
12 198 Isaiah McKenzie WR
12 199 Nick Boyle TE
12 200 Jake Butt TE
12 201 Cole Kmet TE
12 202 Lamical Perine RB
12 203 Dontrell Hilliard RB
12 204 Jaydon Mickens WR
12 205 Anthony Firkser TE
12 206 Tyron Johnson WR
12 207 Will Dissly TE
12 208 Adam Trautman TE
12 209 Benny Snell Jr. RB
12 210 Peyton Barber RB
12 211 David Njoku TE
12 212 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB
12 213 Devontae Booker RB
12 214 Richard Rodgers TE
12 215 James O'Shaughnessy TE
12 216 Harrison Bryant TE
13 217 Freddie Swain WR
13 218 Daurice Fountain WR
13 219 Jakobi Meyers WR
13 220 Mike Thomas WR
13 221 Ito Smith RB
13 222 Ashton Dulin WR
13 223 Deontay Burnett WR
13 224 T.J. Yeldon RB
13 225 Cyril Grayson Jr. WR
13 226 DeeJay Dallas RB
13 227 Vance McDonald TE
13 228 Darwin Thompson RB
13 229 Darrynton Evans RB
13 230 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR
13 231 Kyle Juszczyk RB
13 232 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR
13 233 Jaylen Samuels RB
13 234 Carlos Hyde RB
13 235 Ryan Izzo TE
13 236 Royce Freeman RB
13 237 Corey Clement RB
13 238 Noah Brown WR
13 239 Tyler Kroft TE
13 240 Donald Parham Jr. TE
13 241 Collin Johnson WR
13 242 J.J. Taylor RB
13 243 Josh Hill TE
13 244 KeeSean Johnson WR
13 245 C.J. Board WR
13 246 Trenton Cannon RB
13 247 Jason Witten TE
13 248 Chad Beebe WR
14 249 Gunner Olszewski WR
14 250 Ted Ginn Jr. WR
14 251 C.J. Ham RB
14 252 Ryan Nall RB
14 253 Blake Bell TE
14 254 Russell Wilson QB
14 255 Seth Roberts WR
14 256 K.J. Hill WR
14 257 Patrick Mahomes II QB
14 258 Albert Okwuegbunam TE
14 259 Artavis Pierce RB
14 260 Kaden Smith TE
14 261 Alex Armah RB
14 262 Dak Prescott QB
14 263 Lamar Jackson QB
14 264 Lawrence Cager WR
14 265 Josh Allen QB
14 266 Dare Ogunbowale RB
14 267 Alec Ingold RB
14 268 Josh Adams RB
15 269 Kyler Murray QB
15 270 Rashard Higgins WR
15 271 Deshaun Watson QB
15 272 Chris Manhertz TE
15 273 Patrick Laird RB
15 274 Drew Brees QB
15 275 Adam Shaheen TE
15 276 Teddy Bridgewater QB
15 277 Foster Moreau TE
15 278 Dede Westbrook WR
15 279 JaMycal Hasty RB
15 280 Ryan Griffin TE
15 281 Brandon Powell WR
15 282 Marcus Johnson WR
15 283 Matt Ryan QB
15 284 Quez Watkins WR
15 285 Mike Boone RB
15 286 Gardner Minshew II QB
15 287 Kirk Cousins QB
15 288 Dezmon Patmon WR
15 289 Tom Brady QB
15 290 Ben Roethlisberger QB
15 291 Daniel Jones QB
15 292 Jared Goff QB
15 293 Pharoh Cooper WR
15 294 C.J. Prosise RB
15 295 Joe Burrow QB
15 296 Demetrius Harris TE
15 297 Justin Herbert QB
15 298 Javon Wims WR
15 299 MyCole Pruitt TE
15 300 Tanner Hudson TE
15 301 Patrick Ricard RB
15 302 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
15 303 Dante Pettis WR
15 304 Ryan Tannehill QB
15 305 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
15 306 Jacob Hollister TE
15 307 Eno Benjamin RB
15 308 Justice Hill RB
15 309 Derek Carr QB
15 310 Philip Rivers QB
15 311 Carson Wentz QB
15 312 Nick Mullens QB
16 313 Jimmy Garoppolo QB
16 314 Baker Mayfield QB
16 315 Jeremy McNichols RB
16 316 Qadree Ollison RB
16 317 Nick Foles QB
16 318 Jarrett Stidham QB
16 319 Devin Asiasi TE
16 320 Isaiah Zuber WR
16 321 Joe Flacco QB
16 322 Kyle Allen QB
16 323 Theo Riddick RB
16 324 Ameer Abdullah RB
16 325 Keith Smith RB
16 326 Ross Dwelley TE
16 327 Jakob Johnson RB
16 328 Mack Hollins WR
16 329 Justin Tucker K
16 330 Diontae Spencer WR
16 331 Taywan Taylor WR
16 332 Harrison Butker K
16 333 Wil Lutz K
16 334 Cethan Carter TE
16 335 Greg Zuerlein K
16 336 Jason Myers K
16 337 Jordan Thomas TE
16 338 Robbie Gould K
16 339 Lee Smith TE
16 340 Zane Gonzalez K
16 341 Darrell Daniels TE
16 342 C.J. Beathard QB
16 343 Rodrigo Blankenship K
16 344 Joey Slye K
16 345 Ka'imi Fairbairn K
17 346 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB
17 347 Luke Stocker TE
17 348 Brandon Zylstra WR
17 349 Stephen Gostkowski K
17 350 Alex Erickson WR
17 351 Michael Badgley K
17 352 Ryan Succop K
17 353 Virgil Green TE
17 354 Anthony Sherman RB
17 355 Jeremy Sprinkle TE
17 356 Daniel Carlson K
17 357 Randy Bullock K
17 358 Trent Sherfield WR
17 359 Jason Sanders K
17 360 Reggie Gilliam RB/TE
17 361 Levine Toilolo TE
17 362 Graham Gano K
17 363 Taysom Hill QB
17 364 Jalen Hurts QB
17 365 DeAndre Washington RB
17 366 Sam Ficken K
17 367 Elliott Fry K
17 368 Marquez Callaway WR
17 369 Josh Malone WR
17 370 Los Angeles Rams DST
17 371 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST
17 372 Tyler Conklin TE
17 373 Nick Keizer TE
17 374 Andy Janovich RB
17 375 Arizona Cardinals DST
17 376 Pittsburgh Steelers DST
17 377 DeAndre Carter WR
17 378 Stephen Anderson TE
17 379 Jaeden Graham TE
17 380 Steven Mitchell Jr. WR
17 381 Tyler Bass K
17 382 Sam Sloman K
17 383 Chris Boswell K
18 384 Dalton Keene TE
18 385 Stephen Carlson TE
18 386 Johnny Mundt TE
18 387 Dan Bailey K
18 388 Trevon Wesco TE
18 389 Luke Willson TE
18 390 Cam Sims WR
18 391 Bennie Fowler III WR
18 392 Jake Elliott K
18 393 Derek Carrier TE
18 394 Aldrick Rosas K
18 395 Cairo Santos K
18 396 Cody Parkey K
18 397 Buddy Howell RB
18 398 Jason Huntley RB
18 399 Elijhaa Penny RB
18 400 Byron Pringle WR
18 401 Andre Roberts WR
18 402 Johnny Holton WR
18 403 Baltimore Ravens DST
18 404 James Proche WR
18 405 San Francisco 49ers DST
18 406 Keelan Doss WR
18 407 Indianapolis Colts DST
18 408 Jason Moore WR
18 409 Buffalo Bills DST
18 410 New Orleans Saints DST
18 411 Kansas City Chiefs DST
18 412 Dustin Hopkins K
18 413 Seattle Seahawks DST
18 414 Chicago Bears DST
18 415 Cleveland Browns DST
18 416 Dallas Cowboys DST
18 417 Philadelphia Eagles DST
18 418 Houston Texans DST
18 419 Tennessee Titans DST
18 420 Los Angeles Chargers DST
18 421 Atlanta Falcons DST
18 422 Jacksonville Jaguars DST
18 423 Washington Football Team DST
18 424 New York Jets DST
18 425 Miami Dolphins DST
18 426 Carolina Panthers DST
18 427 New York Giants DST
18 428 Minnesota Vikings DST
18 429 Robert Griffin III QB
18 430 Mitchell Trubisky QB
18 431 Cincinnati Bengals DST
18 432 Las Vegas Raiders DST
18 433 Younghoe Koo K


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Updated Week 5 Running Back Rankings

Welcome to Week 5 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 5 running back rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

  • Carlos Hyde is inactive for Week 5
  • Broncos-Patriots Postponed Monday, Moved To Next Sunday
  • Titans Close Facility Again After New Positive COVID-19 Test
  • Cincinnati Expects Joe Mixon To Play Sunday
  • Raheem Mostert On Track To Suit Up Sunday
  • Phillip Lindsay Was On Track To Return After Three-Week Absence
  • Jets Activate Le'Veon Bell From Injured Reserve
  • Le'Veon Bell will be activated this week
  • Cam Akers (ribs) is set to return in Week 5
  • Cardinals-Jets On Track To Play Sunday
  • Chargers Put Austin Ekeler On Injured Reserve
  • Leonard Fournette is officially active for Week 5
  • Titans-Bills game scheduled for Sunday is being moved to Tuesday at 6 pm
  • Zack Moss Could Return In Week 5

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 5.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

You can also see our full Week 5 ranks for PPRHalf-PPR and Standard scoring.

Last updated on Sunday 10/11 at 9:30 am ET after the Patriots-Broncos game was cancelled:

RB Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 Alvin Kamara RB 1
2 Ezekiel Elliott RB 2
3 Dalvin Cook RB 4
4 Kareem Hunt RB 5
5 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 6
6 James Robinson RB 8
7 Mike Davis RB 12
8 Josh Jacobs RB 13
9 Chris Carson RB 15
10 Derrick Henry RB 18
11 James Conner RB 23
12 Jonathan Taylor RB 25
13 Joe Mixon RB 26
14 Todd Gurley II RB 27
15 David Johnson RB 35
16 Antonio Gibson RB 37
17 Miles Sanders RB 44
18 Kenyan Drake RB 45
19 Jerick McKinnon RB 50
20 Ronald Jones II RB 51
21 Devin Singletary RB 52
22 Myles Gaskin RB 60
23 David Montgomery RB 63
24 Devonta Freeman RB 68
25 Mark Ingram II RB 73
26 Joshua Kelley RB 74
27 Le'Veon Bell RB 78
28 Raheem Mostert RB 90
29 Latavius Murray RB 91
30 Darrell Henderson RB 95
31 Malcolm Brown RB 97
32 Nyheim Hines RB 99
33 D'Ernest Johnson RB 100
34 Chase Edmonds RB 101
35 Olamide Zaccheaus RB 102
36 Justin Jackson RB 110
37 J.K. Dobbins RB 115
38 Alexander Mattison RB 119
39 Frank Gore RB 126
40 Duke Johnson Jr. RB 129
41 Zack Moss RB 132
42 Brian Hill RB 133
43 J.D. McKissic RB 139
44 Gus Edwards RB 147
45 Cam Akers RB 150
46 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 152
47 Chris Thompson RB 158
48 Boston Scott RB 161
49 Giovani Bernard RB 162
50 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB 163
51 Jordan Howard RB 164
52 Tony Pollard RB 169
53 Travis Homer RB 172
54 Matt Breida RB 174
55 Dion Lewis RB 175
56 Wayne Gallman RB 181
57 Jalen Richard RB 183
58 Jordan Wilkins RB 188
59 Leonard Fournette RB 189
60 Darrel Williams RB 194
61 Lamical Perine RB 202
62 Dontrell Hilliard RB 203
63 Benny Snell Jr. RB 209
64 Peyton Barber RB 210
65 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB 212
66 Devontae Booker RB 213
67 Ito Smith RB 221
68 T.J. Yeldon RB 224
69 DeeJay Dallas RB 226
70 Darwin Thompson RB 228
71 Darrynton Evans RB 229
72 Kyle Juszczyk RB 231
73 Jaylen Samuels RB 233
74 Carlos Hyde RB 234
75 Royce Freeman RB 236
76 Corey Clement RB 237
77 J.J. Taylor RB 242
78 Trenton Cannon RB 246
79 C.J. Ham RB 251
80 Ryan Nall RB 252
81 Artavis Pierce RB 259
82 Alex Armah RB 261
83 Dare Ogunbowale RB 266
84 Alec Ingold RB 267
85 Josh Adams RB 268
86 Patrick Laird RB 273
87 JaMycal Hasty RB 279
88 Mike Boone RB 285
89 C.J. Prosise RB 294
90 Patrick Ricard RB 301
91 Eno Benjamin RB 307
92 Justice Hill RB 308
93 Jeremy McNichols RB 315
94 Qadree Ollison RB 316
95 Theo Riddick RB 323
96 Ameer Abdullah RB 324
97 Keith Smith RB 325
98 Jakob Johnson RB 327
99 Lynn Bowden Jr. RB 346
100 Anthony Sherman RB 354
101 Reggie Gilliam RB 360
102 DeAndre Washington RB 365
103 Andy Janovich RB 374
104 Buddy Howell RB 397
105 Jason Huntley RB 398
106 Elijhaa Penny RB 399


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Updated Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings

Welcome to Week 5 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 5 wide receiver rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 5.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

You can also see our full Week 5 ranks for PPRHalf-PPR and Standard scoring.

Last updated on Sunday 10/11 at 9:30 am ET after the Patriots-Broncos game was cancelled:

WR Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 DeAndre Hopkins WR 3
2 D.K. Metcalf WR 7
3 Adam Thielen WR 9
4 Tyreek Hill WR 10
5 Tyler Lockett WR 11
6 Stefon Diggs WR 14
7 Amari Cooper WR 16
8 Michael Thomas WR 19
9 Keenan Allen WR 20
10 Calvin Ridley WR 22
11 Allen Robinson II WR 24
12 Mike Evans WR 28
13 D.J. Chark Jr. WR 29
14 Robby Anderson WR 30
15 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 31
16 Justin Jefferson WR 32
17 Cooper Kupp WR 33
18 Robert Woods WR 36
19 D.J. Moore WR 38
20 Terry McLaurin WR 39
21 CeeDee Lamb WR 40
22 Will Fuller V WR 41
23 DeVante Parker WR 42
24 Tyler Boyd WR 46
25 Diontae Johnson WR 47
26 Marquise Brown WR 48
27 Odell Beckham Jr. WR 49
28 Darius Slayton WR 53
29 Michael Gallup WR 54
30 Jamison Crowder WR 55
31 Golden Tate WR 56
32 A.J. Brown WR 57
33 John Brown WR 59
34 Jarvis Landry WR 61
35 Deebo Samuel WR 62
36 T.Y. Hilton WR 64
37 Tee Higgins WR 66
38 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 67
39 Scotty Miller WR 69
40 Russell Gage WR 70
41 Brandon Aiyuk WR 76
42 Emmanuel Sanders WR 79
43 Sammy Watkins WR 80
44 Tre'Quan Smith WR 81
45 Brandin Cooks WR 82
46 Hunter Renfrow WR 83
47 Greg Ward WR 86
48 A.J. Green WR 87
49 Zach Pascal WR 88
50 Curtis Samuel WR 89
51 Cole Beasley WR 92
52 Adam Humphries WR 93
53 Randall Cobb WR 94
54 Christian Kirk WR 98
55 Preston Williams WR 103
56 Mecole Hardman WR 104
57 Anthony Miller WR 107
58 Keelan Cole WR 109
59 Damiere Byrd WR 111
60 David Moore WR 112
61 Larry Fitzgerald WR 113
62 Henry Ruggs III WR 114
63 Isaiah Ford WR 116
64 Darnell Mooney WR 122
65 Jeff Smith WR 123
66 Dontrelle Inman WR 124
67 Andy Isabella WR 125
68 Kendrick Bourne WR 128
69 Nelson Agholor WR 130
70 Jalen Guyton WR 131
71 Miles Boykin WR 135
72 Kalif Raymond WR 136
73 Cordarrelle Patterson WR 138
74 Gabriel Davis WR 140
75 Cedrick Wilson WR 142
76 Chris Hogan WR 143
77 Braxton Berrios WR 144
78 Julio Jones WR 145
79 James Washington WR 146
80 Chris Conley WR 148
81 Demarcus Robinson WR 149
82 Willie Snead IV WR 151
83 Chase Claypool WR 155
84 Josh Reynolds WR 156
85 Kenny Stills WR 157
86 John Hightower WR 160
87 Jakeem Grant WR 167
88 DaeSean Hamilton WR 170
89 Van Jefferson WR 171
90 OlaBisi Johnson WR 176
91 Trent Taylor WR 177
92 Zay Jones WR 178
93 Travis Fulgham WR 179
94 Mike Williams WR 180
95 Isaiah Wright WR 182
96 Tyler Johnson WR 185
97 Devin Duvernay WR 187
98 Deonte Harris WR 191
99 Christian Blake WR 192
100 Auden Tate WR 195
101 Damion Ratley WR 196
102 Isaiah McKenzie WR 198
103 Jaydon Mickens WR 204
104 Tyron Johnson WR 206
105 Freddie Swain WR 217
106 Daurice Fountain WR 218
107 Jakobi Meyers WR 219
108 Mike Thomas WR 220
109 Ashton Dulin WR 222
110 Deontay Burnett WR 223
111 Cyril Grayson Jr. WR 225
112 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 230
113 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 232
114 Noah Brown WR 238
115 Collin Johnson WR 241
116 KeeSean Johnson WR 244
117 C.J. Board WR 245
118 Chad Beebe WR 248
119 Gunner Olszewski WR 249
120 Ted Ginn Jr. WR 250
121 Seth Roberts WR 255
122 K.J. Hill WR 256
123 Lawrence Cager WR 264
124 Rashard Higgins WR 270
125 Dede Westbrook WR 278
126 Brandon Powell WR 281
127 Marcus Johnson WR 282
128 Quez Watkins WR 284
129 Dezmon Patmon WR 288
130 Pharoh Cooper WR 293
131 Javon Wims WR 298
132 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 302
133 Dante Pettis WR 303
134 Isaiah Zuber WR 320
135 Mack Hollins WR 328
136 Diontae Spencer WR 330
137 Taywan Taylor WR 331
138 Brandon Zylstra WR 348
139 Alex Erickson WR 350
140 Trent Sherfield WR 358
141 Marquez Callaway WR 368
142 Josh Malone WR 369
143 DeAndre Carter WR 377
144 Steven Mitchell Jr. WR 380
145 Cam Sims WR 390
146 Bennie Fowler III WR 391
147 Byron Pringle WR 400
148 Andre Roberts WR 401
149 Johnny Holton WR 402
150 James Proche WR 404
151 Keelan Doss WR 406
152 Jason Moore WR 408


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Week 5 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

After successfully predicting eight out of the top ten defenses last week, we may be starting to hit our groove. Some of them felt a bit like gimmes, but the Jets in the top-10 was the subject of criticism and watching the Bills round into form a bit was also nice. The only two outliers here were my faith in the Seahawks Defense to capitalize on Ryan Fitzpatrick's mistakes, and my belief that the Cardinals Defense could curtail the Christian McCaffrey-less Panthers. However, the Cam Newton news on Saturday (after the rankings were published) also drastically shifted the defensive landscape.

Now four weeks in, certain stats have started to stabilize and we have a good idea that the limited preseason may be impacting defenses more than offenses. Entering Monday night, teams had scored 3,151 points, which was already the most through the first month of any season in the Super Bowl era. On top of that, there has been a combined average of 13.65 penalties per game, down from an average of 18.54 through the same stretch last season. All of this is causing offenses to put up video game numbers, which means that we can't continue to judge a defense solely by the number of points they allow. Those numbers will naturally be higher than we're used to. Instead, we need to look for which offensive lines are truly weakpoints and which defenses will either be blitz-heavy or get consistent pressure with their pass rush. These are all incredibly important pieces of information in determining which defenses to play in any given week.

Remember that picking the right defense is not about identifying who will allow the fewest points, but who will cause the most turnovers or tally the most sacks since that has a higher correlation to weekly fantasy DST leaders. That means that, as much these rankings are about the talent on the defensive side of the ball, it is equally about taking advantage of the lack of talent on the offensive side. Starting the right defense every week can be a difference-maker, so remember to check back here during the week as I will make updates once we get more information on some of these injuries and also get a better sense of the weather for the game.

 

Week 5 Defenses To Start & Stream: Tiers & Rankings

Below are my Week 5 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 5 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver wire pickups to improve your lineups, and to decide which defenses to start, sit, target, avoid or stream for Week 5. I've broken out our defense rankings into tiers with analysis on each matchup. Some of these Week 5 defenses have good matchups and are not widely-owned, representing fantasy scoring opportunities if they are available on your league's waiver wire for a Week 5 pickup or add.

Returning for this year: Confidence Ratings (out of 15) - Since every league's DST scoring is different, projections don't always make a ton of sense. The confidence rating, which Bill Dubiel started last year, is a guideline for how much more I like one team over another instead of a straight point projection. A zero means "do not start," then the confidence rises from there. I take a lot of factors into account: opponent injuries, home-field advantage, weather (which will be updated during the week), etc. We still have only one game of in-season data to work with, so this week's rankings weigh schedule and personnel heavier than they will down the line.

Typically the top three tiers will be DSTs you should target, with Tier 4 being options in deep leagues and Tier 5 being desperation plays or good defenses in horrendous matchups.

 

Tier 1 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 2 Opponent Confidence Rating
1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers Defense  vs.PHI 14.1
2 1 New England Patriots Defense vs. DEN 13.4
3 1 Baltimore Ravens Defense vs. CIN 12.1
4 1 Los Angeles Rams Defense @ WAS 11.4

Having a game postponed due to positive COVID tests is never a good thing, but it did give the Steelers an extra few days to gameplan for Carson Wentz and the Eagles. Coming into Sunday's victory over to the 49ers, the Eagles offense was a shell of itself. Repeated injuries to their offensive line, as well as to Dallas Goedert, DeSean Jackson, and Jalen Reagor left Wentz with practice squad wide receivers. Even though the Eagles scored 25 points and won the game on Sunday night, they only gained 267 yards of total offense against a defense that has been decimated by injuries. Alshon Jeffrey may come back next week, but he's going to be incredibly rusty, and the Eagles offensive line will still be the walking wounded, especially with the revelation that Lane Johnson will have to play the entire season through injury. Through four games, the Eagles are allowing a tremendous amount of pressure, tied for 29th in the NFL in sacks allowed, and the Steelers lead the league in blitz percentage (51.2%) and pressure rate (46.5%). San Francisco was able to get to Wentz three times despite losing yet another defensive lineman (Ezekiel Ansah) to injury, so I expect the Steelers to make his life miserable this weekend.

Holding the Chiefs offense in check the way the Patriots did during the first half on Monday night was a truly impressive feat; however, I'm not sure we should have expected much different from Bill Belichick. Yes, the Chiefs wound up with 26 points and the win, but their offense was stalled way more than usual. Belichick has always been an incredible defensive coach, but now his task gets significantly easier on Sunday against Brett Rypien (most likely) and the Denver Broncos. Fresh off of throwing three interceptions and almost giving the game away against the Jets, Rypien looks like fresh meat to the Patriots coaching staff. The Patriots may only have six sacks on the season, but they are sixth in the NFL in pressure rate at 26.9% and seventh in the league with 19 quarterback hurries, numbers that are more impressive when you consider that three of the four teams the Patriots have played are in the top-13 in pressure allowed. Meanwhile, the Broncos are 28th in the league with 13 sacks allowed and simply don't have the playmakers to scare these Patriots defenders. Yes, Jerry Jeudy will be good, but he's not somebody that is going to consistently get the better of Stephon Gilmore right now. I expect the Patriots to control this game and cause lots of problems for Rypien. UPDATE: Stephone Gilmore recently tested positive for COVID, which will likely downgrade this defense, slightly, when I update the rankings after Thursday's game. 

The Ravens surprisingly allowed 343 total yards to Washington in their 31-17 victory on Sunday, coming away with only one sack and one turnover against Dwayne Haskins, who had been on the verge of demotion before the game began. To make matters more troubling, Washington is currently 25th in the league with 13 sacks allowed, so the fact that the Ravens couldn't get to Haskins often is mildly concerning and a microcosm of their larger issues. On the season, the Ravens are tied for a disappointing 15th in the league with nine sacks and are 22nd with only a 20.4% pressure rate. Those numbers simply aren't going to do it. However, the Bengals may be just what the doctor ordered. Despite their victory against Jacksonville, and Joe Mixon's big day, the Bengals offensive line has been horrendous. They get very little push in the running game and are 31st in the league with 15 sacks allowed. I'm betting on the talent the Ravens have on defense, and if they can't come away with multiple sacks this weekend, it may be time to move them out of the elite tier.

After getting shellacked in the first half against the Bills, the Rams defense has really started to wake up. They were getting no pressure on the quarterback early in the season, but are now fifth in the NFL in sacks and 17th in pressure rate, which is a major improvement over the last two weeks. They now get to face the aforementioned Washington offense, which should be no contest for this Rams defense. With Jalen Ramsey more than capable of making life hard on Terry McLaurin, Haskins will need to consistently move the ball with his other options on offense. I simply don't seem that happening against a Rams defense that is playing fast and hungry. They got to Daniel Jones five times on Sunday, and I expect more of the same this week. Remember, Dwayne Haskins was on the verge of being benched for Kyle Allen. One mediocre game doesn't all of the sudden make him a much better quarterback.

 

Tier 2 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 5 Opponent Confidence Rating
5 2 San Francisco 49ers Defense  vs. MIA 11.1
6 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense @ CHI 10.6
7 2 Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. CLE 10.1
8 2 Arizona Cardinals Defense @ NYJ 9.8

As I mentioned above, the 49ers just suffered yet another defensive injury, but they are also second in the NFL with a 30.9% pressure rate and held the Eagles to under 300 yards of total offense. The good news for the 49ers is that there is a chance they get linebacker Dre Greenlaw and cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley, K'Waun Williams, and Ahkello Witherspoon back in time for the game against Miami. While those won't help their decimated pass rush, getting some starters back in the secondary will be crucial for a match-up against pass-happy Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. The Harvard graduate as thrown the third-most interceptions in the league, but the Dolphins have only allowed six sacks per game, so that San Francisco pressure rate will be put to the test. I expect the 49ers to grind this game out on the ground, not giving Miami a chance to run as many plays as they did this weekend. That will lead to this being a low-scoring game with a Fitz interception or two thrown into the mix for a solid overall game at the office of the Niners defense.

While the Chargers put up 31 points against the Bucs on Sunday, only 24 of those came against the defense, and, as mentioned above, scoring is up across the league, so we can't judge a defense only by the amount of points they give up. The Bucs limited the Chargers to 324 total yards; yet, 125 of them came on two touchdowns passes by Justin Herbert. Now, those still count, but that means, outside of two big plays, the Bucs held the Chargers to 199 yards on 48 plays, or 4.1 yards per play. The only reason I bring that up is that the Chicago Bears with Nick Foles are not the kind of explosive offense to take advantage of the Bucs' tendency to give up big plays. However, they also aren't the type of offense to give up a ton of sacks, as they held the Colts high-pressure defense to only one. They also only put up 11 points in a loss. I don't think the Bears are going to do much damage on offense and the Bucs are currently fourth in the NFL in sacks and 3rd in pressure rate (29.9%), so they'll likely get to Foles once or twice and at least pressure him into some bad throws since I expect the Bears to be playing from behind.

Losing Nick Chubb is a major blow for the Browns offense. Yes, they still have Kareem Hunt, but those two as a tandem never gave the defense a chance to breathe. While Hunt is explosive, he doesn't have Chubb's power inside and isn't as effective in goal-line situations. The rushing offense is absolutely crucial to the Browns' success because it puts less pressure on the erratic play of Baker Mayfield. In Sunday's win, the Browns ran for 307 of their 508 total yards. That's going to be a lot harder to do against a Colts defense that is 6th in the NFL with 3.6 yards allowed per attempt and tops in the league by allowing only 26.7% of drives end in points. If the Browns aren't able to control the game on the ground and use it to set up play-action then Mayfield is going to have to put more weight on his own shoulders against a Colts defense that is 4th in the league in pressure rate (27.9%), tied for 8th in sacks, and tied for 10th in quarterback hurries. A game where Baker throws more usually means more interceptions and less high-scoring offense, especially against a defense that isn't allowing many points to begin with.

It's pretty clear after four weeks that you play your defenses against the Jets. Even the Browns Defense that had lost nearly every impact starter other than Bradley Chubb still put up a reasonable performance. Believe it or not, this Cardinals defense is better. They are tied for 6th in the league with 11 sacks and are 15th in drives that end in a score. They're relatively average in both rushing and passing defense, but they have been a bit weaker against the run this year,  a fact which shouldn't hurt them much against Frank Gore and the Jets. The Cardinals will also likely get safety Budda Baker back this week, which only makes them a stronger play. On the other side of the ball, I simply can't see the Jets Defense stopping Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins, provided the veteran receiver is healed enough from a foot injury that clearly hampered him against Carolina. If the Cardinals are scoring points, that will put the Jets in catch-up mode, and they simply don't have the offensive line to consistently protect Darnold in that situation. The young signal-caller has made some great plays this year, but is also making more head-scratching mistakes as a result of his dismal supporting cast. I expect more of the latter on Sunday.

 

Tier 3 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 5 Opponent Confidence Rating
9 3 Buffalo Bills Defense @ TEN 9.5
10 3 Kansas City Chiefs Defense vs. LV 9.4
11 3 Tennessee Titans Defense vs. BUF 8.5
12 3 Cleveland Browns Defense vs. IND 8.2
13 3 New Orleans Saints Defense vs. LAC 7.9
14 3 Denver Broncos Defense @ NE 7.4
15 3 Houston Texans Defense vs. JAX 7.1

The Bills defense is starting to come around. They kept Raiders star Josh Jacobs in check for much of Sunday afternoon and stifled an admittedly banged up Raiders offense until a garbage-time touchdown at the end of the game. However, this is a different task. The Bills are still only 16th in the NFL in yards allowed per carry with 4.4, and the Titans will bring bruiser Derrick Henry with them on Sunday. Now, the Titans offensive line hasn't been great and they're currently 27th in the league with only 3.8 yards per attempt, but we know Henry's talent and the Bills also lost linebacker Matt Milano to injury on Sunday, so if he's unable to play, this advantage swings even more to Tennessee. With news that wide receiver A.J. Brown is on track to return Week 5, this becomes a more dangerous Titans offense. Considering they've only allowed four sacks on the year, I don't expect the Bills to get to Ryan Tannehill that much, which means this could be a slow, low-scoring game that won't yield too many fantasy points. UPDATE: With more Titans testing positive for COVID, this game has a real chance to be postponed or outright canceled (with Tennessee forfeiting) since the Titans have already had a bye. Get a back-up option ready. 

The Chiefs just came out of that Monday night game with a dominating win over the Patriots, even though it was a version without Cam Newton. However, the Chiefs defense is 9th in the NFL in pressure rate, fifth in the NFL in sacks, and third in interceptions. That opportunistic nature is going to be important against a Raiders offensive line that's banged up and looked to tire in the second half against the Bills. What's more, it's unclear if the Raiders will get Henry Ruggs or Bryan Edwards back for this game, leaving Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow as the main pass-catching options. If that's the case, the Chiefs defense may move up in the rankings, but I think Derek Carr will be throwing in catch-up mode all game long, which will lead to garbage points, but also a lot of turnovers and sacks.

The Bills offense has been on fire to start the season, but they've also not played a defense that is the same caliber as the Titans. Add to that that the Titans had extra days to prepare for this Bills team, and you could see the first rough Sunday for this Buffalo offense. The Bills offensive line is without Jon Feliciano and also lost Brian Winters on Sunday; that's not great for a line that is already 18th in the league in sacks allowed. The Titans may only have four sacks, but they are 5th in the NFL in pressure rate and second in quarterback knockdowns, so they are likely going to be in Josh Allen's face. The quarterback's near-injury and horrible fourth-quarter sack on Sunday show that there are still chinks in his armor. If the Titans can get pressure on him, they can turn some of that Hero Ball mentality into some turnovers, which will be crucial in what should be a low-scoring game. UPDATE: With more Titans testing positive for COVID, this game has a real chance to be postponed or outright canceled (with Tennessee forfeiting) since the Titans have already had a bye. Get a back-up option ready. 

The Browns defense is decidedly average when it comes to pressure rate (16th) and quarterback knockdowns (30th), but they are tops in the league in quarterback hurries and 8th in yards allowed per rushing attempt at 3.9 yards. Those last two stats are particularly important in this game because Phillip Rivers remains relatively immobile, and the Colts will try to win this on the ground. TY Hilton has looked like a shell of his former self and has yet to top 87 yards in a game since Andrew Luck retired. If the Colts can't get Jonathan Taylor going against a solid run defense, then I expect a fair share of stalled drives and punts. The Colts offensive line is good enough to prevent many sacks, but I expect an interception from the Browns and a really ugly game without many points scored.

The Saints secondary is beyond banged up right now, and Justin Herbert actually looks pretty good. However, the loss of Austin Ekeler hurts the Chargers offense enough to keep the Saints in play in deeper leagues. The Saints had done a decent job containing the Lions, limiting them to 281 yards on the day, 112 of which came on two scoring drives when the game was essentially already decided. Still, this is a team that's 27th in the league in pressure rate and 28th in drives ending in points allowed with 53.1%, so there is cause for concern. If the Saints secondary, particularly Marshon Lattimore, can come back healthy on Sunday, then I like them to take advantage of a banged-up Chargers team and a rookie quarterback. If not, I would stay away from this game.

This ranking is assuming that Cam Newton misses another week since he was diagnosed with COVID-19, which has a 14-day quarantine period. With Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham under center, this offense simply isn't scary. The Broncos defense is banged up enough that I'm not sure they can contain a well-coached Patriots offense for the entire game, so I just don't see a lot of upside in the matchup, especially with how the Broncos offense but their defense in bad positions throughout the entire game against the Jets. However, I think a few turnovers are in store with those either of those players at quarterback, and I can't envision this being a high-scoring, or exciting, football game.

Don't look now, but we have a Replacement Coach Narrative. After the Texans fired Bill O'Brien, there was a report that the Texans players felt a sense of relief. They will now be playing for Romeo Crennell, the defensive coordinator, who appears well-loved in the locker room. However, that's not reason enough to want to play them. What is the reason is that the Jaguars are 27th in the league in sacks allowed and the Texans are tied for 10th in the league in sacks. The Texans blitz the 7th most in the league, which could confuse a mediocre Jaguars offensive line and cause issues for Gardner Minshew, who already has four interceptions on the year. I expect the Texans to be fired up and think they could dominate the Jaguars in this game.

 

Tier 4 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 5 Opponent Confidence Rating
16 4 Dallas Cowboys Defense vs. NYG 7.0
17 4 New York Jets Defense vs. ARI 6.6
18 4 Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. MIN 6.5
19 4 Chicago Bears Defense vs. TB 5.2
20 4 Philadelphia Eagles Defense @ PIT 4.9
21 4 Washington Football Team Defense vs. BAL 4.5
22 4 Miami Dolphins Defense @ SF 4.2

Yes, I know the Cowboys are playing the Giants, but they just gave up over 500 yards to the Browns and have given up 1,722 yards through four games, over 430 per game. The fact that they're playing the Giants gives them some upside for sacks and turnovers, but this is also a really bad defense that could give up 20+ points easily in this game.

The Jets run defense is solid, but they're secondary is not equipped to handle Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. They may notch a sack or two, which can keep them interesting in super deep leagues, but this isn't a match-up I would be targeting.

Jamaal Adams appears to be another week away from returning, so that makes the Seahawks secondary vulnerable to Adam Thielen and emerging Justin Jefferson. I expect the Seahawks to score at will against Minnesota, which will lead to lots of garbage time points and yards for the Vikings offense. The Seahawks will likely get enough sacks to keep them in deep league consideration, but I don't love the play this week.

The Bears defense simply doesn't have the bite it's had in year's past. They are 28th in the league in pressure rate and have a mediocre eight sacks over four games. They rarely blitz and simply aren't getting pressure with their front four, especially against a Bucs offensive line that has allowed five total sacks in four games. With the way Tom Brady just torched a better Chargers secondary, I wouldn't feel comfortable lining up the Bears against him this week, even with Chris Godwin likely to miss another week.

The Eagles defense woke up against an injured Niners team on Sunday night, and I think this defense is one to keep an eye on now that they're starting to get healthy. I'm just not interested in them this week. Facing Nick Mullens, Jerrick McKinnon, and the Niners, even with George Kittle, is much different than facing this Steelers offense. Additionally, I think the Steelers defense is going to have a field day with the Eagles offensive line, which will likely lead to turnovers and a lot of bad spots for the Eagles defense. That's never good for fantasy production.

Michael Thomas is likely to return this week, and the Chargers just allowed 38 points to a Tampa Bay offense without Chris Godwin. Are you really confident in rolling them out against a fully healthy Saints offense?

Washington gets a tremendous amount of pressure, which keeps them from the bottom tier, but this isn't going to be a game you want to play them. They are banged up on the defensive line and don't have the secondary talent to keep this Ravens team from running up 30+ points.

The Dolphins squeeze into the bottom of this tier because we still don't know who is suiting up for San Francisco. If Jimmy Garropollo, Raheem Mostert, and/or Deebo Samuel come back, this is an entirely different offense and one that I am not comfortable attacking with the Dolphins and their mediocre pass rush.

 

Tier 5 Defenses

Rank Tier DST Week 5 Opponent Confidence Rating
23 5 Los Angeles Chargers Defense @ NO 3.9
24 5 Atlanta Falcons Defense vs. CAR 3.1
25 5 Cincinnati Bengals Defense @ BAL 2.5
26 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Defense @ HOU 2.4
27 5 Carolina Panthers Defense vs. ATL 1.5
28 5 New York Giants Defense @ DAL 0.8
29 5 Minnesota Vikings Defense @ SEA 0.4
30 5 Las Vegas Raiders Defense @ KC 0.3
31 5 Detroit Lions Defense BYE 0.0
32 5 Green Bay Packers Defense BYE 0.0


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Week 5 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2020 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Week 4 is done, and the NFL season is really starting to roll now. Offenses are scoring more than we've ever seen before. Heading into the Monday night games, nine of the 13 games for the week had gone over the 50-point mark, and two of the four came within five points of that mark. If offenses are just going to keep getting better as they gel more, we could be on pace to see the most high-scoring season of all time.

We don't have a ton of matchups that figure to be offensive shootouts, but we could see several high-powered offenses beat up on lower-level teams. We saw teams hanging around in games last week, so we can never overlook those teams. Regardless of what you think of these matchups, we're all going to be watching, and I'm sure we'll see some exciting moments across the board in every game.

Bye weeks are officially here. We're going to be without Detroit Lions' kicker Matt Prater and Green Bay Packers' kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby has been one of the NFL's best kickers in the early going, so you'll have to find a replacement for him this week. Prater isn't in the top tier, but he's been in the top half of the league thus far. If you're looking to replace one of those guys, you're in the right place.

 

Tier 1 NFL Kickers

1. Harrison Butker (KC) vs LV
2. Greg Zuerlein (DAL) vs NYG
3. Jason Myers (SEA) vs MIN
4. Dan Bailey (MIN) @ SEA
5. Zane Gonzalez (ARI) @ NYJ

Kansas City Chiefs' kicker Harrison Butker claims the top spot for Week 5. He draws a matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders that are playing hard-nosed football to start the year. While they may not win the game, they will be able to hang and score points. Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is probably loving life. Since Week 2, they've scored 31 or more points in all three games. Lock him in against the New York Giants this week. Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers gets the next spot. This has been arguably the NFL's best offense through four weeks, and they grab a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, who are still struggling to stop teams a quarter of the way into the season. I'm expecting a lot of points from both teams.

Vikings' kicker Dan Bailey grabs the fourth spot. I'm expecting a shootout in this game. The Vikings can move the ball well, and they'll be able to run up some points against the Seahawks' defense that has allowed at least 23 points in all four games thus far. Rounding out the top five, we have Arizona Cardinals' kicker Zane Gonzalez. This Cardinals' unit is sputtering after a hot 2-0 start, but the New York Jets are a perfect recipe to get things back on track. I think the Cardinals' have the potential to have one of their best games of the season this week. Gonzalez will be a primary beneficiary of that.

 

Tier 2 NFL Kickers

6. Justin Tucker (BAL) vs CIN
7. Samuel Sloman (LAR) @ WAS
8. Younghoe Koo (ATL) vs CAR
9. Cody Parkey (CLE) vs IND
10. Robbie Gould (SF) vs MIA

Baltimore Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker grabs the sixth spot. This Baltimore offense ran up the score early against the Washington Football Team, and they bulled their starters. I don't think that will be happening against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he should still have a great scoring week. Los Angeles Rams' kicker Samuel Sloman gets the next spot. This Rams' group was held in check in Week 4, but they can bounce back against Washington in Week 5. This offense has the pieces to take advantage of Washington's weaknesses in the secondary. Atlanta Falcons' kicker Younghoe Koo comes in the eighth spot. His offense is still loaded with talent, and they can put points on a Carolina Panthers' defense that has outperformed expectations to this point.

Cleveland Browns' kicker Cody Parkey gets the next spot here. This offense just ran for over 300 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. I don't think they'll be able to move the ball at will against the Indianapolis Colts, but I do think they'll be able to get him into scoring situations throughout the game. San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould rounds out our second tier. This 49ers' team should be getting a few starters back next week, and that will automatically help his cause for scoring points. He's getting a little long in the tooth, but he remains one of the best in the business at what he does.

 

Tier 3 NFL Kickers

11. Wil Lutz (NO) vs LAC
12.Stephen Hauschka (JAX) @ HOU
13.Chris Boswell (PIT) vs PHI
14.Daniel Carlson (LV) @ KC
15. Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) @ CLE

New Orleans Saints' kicker Wil Lutz grabs the first spot in this third tier. He's on an offense that's finally starting to get their feet under them, and wide receiver Michael Thomas has a strong chance to return next week against the Los Angeles Chargers, which will give them a big boost. Jacksonville Jaguars' kicker Stephen Hauschka is up next. This Jaguars' team is feisty, and they can put some points on a reeling Houston Texans' team that just fired their coach following an 0-4 start. Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers claims the next spot. The Steelers' offense has been decent thus far, and they can play even better against the Philadelphia Eagles that have struggled through four games. 

Raiders' kicker Daniel Carlson sneaks into the 14-spot this week. This Raiders' offense can move the ball against Kansas City on the ground, and they've found ways to put up points through the first month of the season. He's been nearly perfect thus far, and I think he has another good week ahead. Indianapolis Colts' kicker Rodrigo Blankenship snags our last spot for this week. This Colts' team has shown that they can score well, or they can win ugly. They could be forced to do either one of those this week against the Browns. This one isn't a perfect matchup, but he's been a good kicker on a good team. Relying on that this week.

 

Kickers to Avoid

Ka'imi Fairbairn is our first choice to avoid this week. This Texans' group is 0-4, spending more money than anyone else in the NFL this season, and they just fired their head coach/GM in Bill O'Brien. They have a decent matchup against the Jaguars, but I'm not trying to count on this team right now.

Sam Ficken of the New York Jets is next. This Jets' team is awful. They might be the worst team in football right now. Even though they have an easier matchup against Arizona, Ficken is still not a guy you should be going to play. Let him ride your bench this week, and that should continue for most weeks.

Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Football Team is our final kicker to avoid. This team just got rolled by Baltimore, and it doesn't get any easier against the Rams. The Rams' defense is playing some truly great football right now, and that's going to continue against Washington.



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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings and Streamers - Week 5

Let’s start Week 5 off with a piece of obvious, but apparently necessary, advice. It is advice that no IDP manager should need, but approximately 8% of IDP managers have to hear. Are you ready for this nugget of wisdom? Wait for it…. Here it comes….

Stop dropping the best defender in fantasy (Darius Leonard)!

This nugget of information seems blatantly obviously, but approximately 6% of fantasy managers have dropped Leonard this week so it has to be said. It is staggering to think that Leonard is currently available in about 8% of IDP leagues (an average of Yahoo and ESPN leagues combined). That’s about 8% too many.

 

Week 5 Overview

Before you ask, yes, I am aware that Leonard may miss Week 5 with a groin injury. And before you hit send on the inevitable hate tweet you have ready for me, yes, I am also aware that Leonard hasn't provided you a turnover or sack this season. I know all of this. Still, remind yourself of who we are talking about here. Leonard is a young superstar who, when healthy, has been the highest-scoring fantasy defender over the past two seasons in almost all IDP formats. He is also a player who, even during his “slump” this season, is averaging a solid nine tackles per game in 2020. That is a fantasy floor that many fantasy LBs would call their ceiling.

Further, recall that Leonard started 2019 with a relatively quiet streak that culminated in three missed games due to injury. During those missed games, many fantasy managers dropped Leonard just like they are this season. All Leonard did after that was punish those who dropped him by racking up 103 tackles, four sacks, five interceptions, seven PDs, and two forced fumbles over the season's final 11 games. That streak saw Leonard match top-ten fantasy QB production multiple times, and it serves as a reminder why you should never give up on him in fantasy.

Now, I hear you. You need to fill that valuable RB role after Nick Chubb and Saquon Barkley went down. I get you. D'Ernest Johnson and Justin Jackson can look pretty appetizing to fantasy managers who are hurting. My question is, do you really have to drop Leonard to roster one of those guys? Isn’t there someone else you can drop? And if there isn’t someone else you can drop, is it worth losing a fantasy LB capable of outscoring Tom Brady just to get a few weeks of spot starter work from Johnson or Jackson?

My answer is no, neither Johnson nor Jackson has more fantasy value than Leonard does the rest of this season in most IDP leagues. There are few fantasy assets who are as reliable as a healthy Leonard. Heck, the only things more reliable in this world that come to mind are Patrick Mahomes, airplane glue, Fruit of the Loom underwear, and a tasty chalupa from Taco Bell (sponsorship pending).

Note: As always, our rankings will be split into RotoBaller’s three primary IDP positions (DL, LB, and DB), and they will typically come with some flyer/fade notes for each position as well. Also, as per usual, we will include edge rushers in both our DL and LB ranks since they have different eligibility depending on the fantasy site you are using.

*Fantasy Relevant Defenders Not in Our Week 5 Ranks Due to Injury/Bye Include: Jamal Adams, Nick Bosa, Derwin James, Chase Young, Tracy Walker, Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Trey Flowers, and Christian Kirksey.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 T.J. Watt Eagles
2 Aaron Donald Washington Football Team
3 J.J. Watt Jaguars
4 Myles Garrett Colts
5 Joey Bosa Saints
6 Bud Dupree Eagles
7 Shaquil Barrett Bears
8 Aldon Smith Giants
9 Chandler Jones Jets
10 Khalil Mack Buccaneers
11 Yannick Ngakoue Seahawks
12 Harold Landry III Bills
13 Jason Pierre-Paul Bears
14 Carl Lawson Ravens
15 Chris Jones Raiders
16 Deforest Buckner Browns
17 Cameron Jordan Chargers
18 Frank Clark Raiders
19 Arik Armstead Dolphins
20 Josh Allen (Q) Texans
21 Bradley Chubb Patriots
22 Kyle Van Noy 49ers
23 Grady Jarrett Panthers
24 Sam Hubbard Ravens
25 Justin Houston Browns

DL Streamer of the Week: Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals

Lawson is an exciting player who is ascending now that he is healthy, despite having limited snaps so far. He was a promising prospect with first-round talent coming out of Auburn, and when healthy he has been the Bengals' most gifted pass rusher over the past three seasons. While Lawson is often hit-or-miss in fantasy thanks to his rotational role on this defense and his sack dependency, he is a significant enough sack artist to be worth starting in prime situations. While this situation against Baltimore may seem less than ideal, it could turn out to be a prime situation in which you can nab Lawson and start him thanks to others discounting his matchup.

This week Lawson is going against a QB who has been on the injured list all week and may not have his extra gear on Sunday. While Baltimore has a good blocking unit, they aren't quite as good as they were last year and if Lamar Jackson isn't himself, Lawson could get a sack or two in Week 5 as a quality fantasy spot starter. The prospect of Baltimore keeping Lamar in the pocket a bit more, or Lamar being slowed by illness/injury is enough to make Lawson a really interesting streamer, even if on paper he doesn't seem to be.

DL Fade of the Week: Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

The Chiefs have allowed an average of 11 pressures per game so far in 2020, which isn't ideal. Despite that, Mahomes and company have given up only one sack per contest. While this blocking unit is just average in the running game, allowing 18% of their runs to be stuffed at or behind the line, they have surrendered very few big defensive plays despite going against some good defenses (Baltimore and New England, specifically).

KC's ability to avoid significant losses, sacks, and turnovers is a problem for Crosby's fantasy managers. The second-year pass rusher derives almost all of his fantasy value from big plays (sacks and TFLs). He is averaging less than two tackles per game in 2020, getting nearly all of his fantasy production from three sacks and one PD. That means he is a particularly sack dependent fantasy player. Against this KC unit, don't expect him to get one of those. Feel free to leave Crosby on your bench, or waivers in shallow leagues, this week.

Exploding Matchup of the Week: Aaron Donald v. Washington Football Team

Putting Donald in this spot seems like low hanging fruit since we all know just how good he is as a player. That said, Donald should utterly dominate Washington’s offensive line this week.

Washington has allowed 13 sacks this season so far, and the team is now starting Kyle Allen under center. Allen is a veritable statue who took 3.5 sacks per game in Carolina (an 8.6% sack rate), and who fumbled the ball a whopping once per game in 2019. Combine Washington’s offensive line with an 8.1% sack rate, a fumbling QB who takes sacks like gummy vitamins, and put them up against the best defender in football together, and you’ve got a bleak opening to Mr. Allen Goes to Washington.

 

Top-25 Fantasy Linebackers of the Week 

Rank Player Opponent
1 Darius Leonard (Q) Browns
2 Bobby Wagner Vikings
3 Jaylon Smith Giants
4 Fred Warner Dolphins
5 Devin White Bears
6 Zach Cunningham Jaguars
7 Blake Martinez Cowboys
8 T.J. Watt Eagles
9 Lavonte David Bears
10 Micah Kiser (Q) Washington Football Team
11 Devin Bush Eagles
12 Roquan Smith Buccaneers
13 Eric Kendricks Seahawks
14 Myles Jack Texans
15 Deion Jones Panthers
16 Patrick Queen Bengals
17 Jon Bostic Rams
18 Joe Schobert Texans
19 Shaq Thompson Falcons
20 Jerome Baker 49ers
21 Kenneth Murray, Jr. Saints
22 Alexander Johnson Patriots
23 Tremaine Edmunds Titans
24 Demario Davis Chargers
25 Jordan Hicks Jets

LB Streamer of the Week: Josey Jewell, Denver Broncos

A member of our IDP Waiver column this week, Jewell is an ascending fantasy prospect with a concrete floor and a decent ceiling. Last week we saw the Broncos use both Jewell and Alexander Johnson more as pass rushers, which was impactful. Expect them to be utilized like that more as the season goes on.

Jewell has a nice matchup against a run-heavy New England team this week, especially if Cam Newton starts at QB. Newton has historically allowed opposing LBs to put up good fantasy weeks against him, thanks to his style of running up the middle and through defenders. An example of this would be in Week 1 when Newton helped Jerome Baker to a big fantasy day. Expect a similar game plan from New England this week if Cam plays, and expect Jewell to put up starter fantasy stats as a result.

LB Fade of the Week: Jayon Brown, Tennessee Titans

Brown is usually a stable and steady fantasy contributor. He suffers this week from two problems, however. One problem is that his game this week, which was already moved to Tuesday, may still be canceled. That makes it hard to play any Titan or Bill this week. The second problem is that we don’t even know how any of these Titans players will perform if the game does go.

Football is genuinely in new territory with this COVID pandemic, especially regarding how these COVID delays will impact NFL players’ readiness. We have already seen how a shortened offseason and a lack of conditioning time has caused more injuries, more lineup rotations, and more unpredictable results than usual in 2020. The question now is how well Titans players, like Brown, will be able to go from their couches to the field with little to no practice time over the past two weeks. Do you want to risk your fantasy week on an LB, or any other player, who hasn't been able to take a snap with his teammates for more than 14 days?

 

Top-25 Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Opponent
1 John Johnson III Washington Football Team
2 Budda Baker Jets
3 Antoine Winfield Jr. Bears
4 Landon Collins Rams
5 Jordan Poyer Titans
6 Justin Simmons Patriots
7 Jessie Bates III Ravens
8 Marcus Maye Cardinals
9 Jeremy Chinn Falcons
10 Malcolm Jenkins Chargers
11 Josh Jones Texans
12 Johnathan Abram Chiefs
13 Chuck Clark Bengals
14 Marlon Humphrey Bengals
15 Vonn Bell Ravens
16 Harrison Smith Seahawks
17 Jordan Whitehead Falcons
18 Jabrill Peppers Cowboys
19 Carlton Davis Bears
20 James Bradberry Cowboys
21 Adrian Phillips Broncos
22 Keanu Neal Panthers
23 Justin Reid Jaguars
24 Tyrann Mathieu Raiders
25 Mike Hilton Eagles

DB Streamer of the Week: James Bradberry, New York Giants

Last week we faded Bradberry because the Rams were a multi-faceted offense that could easily avoid the Giants' top corner, spelling low opportunity rates for Bradberry to score fantasy points. This week Bradberry is an excellent bet to get multiple fantasy opportunities, however, against the high-flying Dallas Cowboys. While some may question whether Dallas may look to finally establish a consistent run game against the woeful Giants this week, it seems safe to assume the Cowboys will throw the ball at least 35 times this game, with many targets coming Bradberry’s way.

Dak Prescott loves to target Amari Cooper, as evidenced by the pick he forced towards Cooper to end the Browns game last week. Bradberry should see plenty of Cooper, and plenty of targets as a result. Expect this corner to return to his pace of three PDs per game, which he maintained through the first three weeks of this season, in Week 5. That is significant in leagues that reward points for deflections.

DB Fade of the Week: Justin Reid, Houston Texans

So far this year, Reid has been a steady but unspectacular fantasy DB. Reid’s fantasy ceiling has been seriously capped so far because he has zero turnovers or sacks. While Reid can make those kinds of plays, fantasy managers shouldn't expect them to come this week.

Reid’s opponent in Week 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars, runs the fifth-fewest plays in the NFL so far this season. That low volume limits all defenders' opportunities for fantasy points. To make matters worse, the Jaguars average just 1.25 turnovers per game, which limits the odds that Reid will pick up his first pick or fumble this week. While Reid should spend more than half his time in coverage against the Jaguars, who run the fourth pass heaviest offense in the NFL, the low volume and low turnover rates of this Jaguars offense seriously limits Reid’s fantasy upside in Week 5.

Red Flag of the Week: Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills

Poyer is valuable enough that you can't just drop him like you can many fantasy defenders, even if he and the Bills may miss Week 5 due to COVID delay. The Bills’ standout safety is a top-three fantasy DB this week if his game goes. The problem is that we won’t likely know if Poyer is going to play in Week 5 until probably Monday or Tuesday morning of next week. Because this game has already been moved to Tuesday, with no indication if it will be played, fantasy managers must decide what to do with their Bills and Titans this week.

Poyer managers have to decide whether to risk playing him with no available backups on Tuesday, or they have to bench him for a lower ceiling player they know will play on Sunday. The only real option, beyond benching Poyer, is adding a player like C.J. Gardner-Johnson. The hyphenated Saints DB plays on Monday, and hopefully you will know whether Poyer’s game will be canceled before Gardner-Johnson takes the field on Monday night.



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Frank Ammirante's Rest-of-Season PPR Rankings

We're a quarter through the NFL season, so it's the perfect time to update my PPR rankings. These are tiered rankings organized by position. My rankings prioritize upside and downgrade injury concerns.

In this article, I'll identify players to consider trading away or acquiring to help you find trade targets and optimize your redraft lineups. These rankings account for overall volume and remaining schedule.

Below you'll find a few selections that will surely have you raising an eyebrow. Be sure to voice these concerns and come at me on Twitter @FAmmiranteTFJ! I can assure you that I'll be ready to provide insights behind these selections and we can engage in debate.

 

Quarterbacks

Tier Rank QB Previous Rank
1 1 Patrick Mahomes 2
1 2 Lamar Jackson 3
1 3 Kyler Murray 6
1 4 Russell Wilson 5
1 5 Dak Prescott 4
1 6 Josh Allen 11
2 7 Deshaun Watson 1
2 8 Cam Newton 15
2 9 Aaron Rodgers 14
3 10 Joe Burrow 10
3 11 Tom Brady 13
3 12 Matthew Stafford 12
3 13 Matt Ryan 7
3 14 Ben Roethlisberger 19
4 15 Carson Wentz 8
4 16 Daniel Jones 9
4 17 Justin Herbert 34
4 18 Drew Brees 16
4 19 Gardner Minshew II 22
4 20 Teddy Bridgewater 24
4 21 Ryan Tannehill 18
4 22 Jared Goff 21
5 23 Jimmy Garoppolo 17
5 24 Kirk Cousins 27
5 25 Baker Mayfield 25
5 26 Derek Carr 28
6 27 Tua Tagovailoa 33
6 28 Drew Lock 20
6 29 Nick Foles 32
6 30 Philip Rivers 30
6 31 Ryan Fitzpatrick 31
6 32 Sam Darnold 26
6 33 Dwayne Haskins 29
7 34 Mitch Trubisky 35
7 35 Jameis Winston 37
7 36 Jalen Hurts 36
7 37 Andy Dalton 38
7 38 Jarrett Stidham 40
7 39 Jacoby Brissett 39
7 40 Brett Rypien N/A

BUY HIGH: Josh Allen looks like a different passer this season, ready to join the elite ranks of the position. The addition of Stefon Diggs has been massive to Allen's growth as a quarterback. Pay the premium price to acquire Allen.

BUY LOW: Daniel Jones has really struggled this season, but the Giants have had a tough schedule. This will be a pass-heavy team that plays at one of the fastest paces in the league, so the fantasy points will be there. Jones has probably been dropped in your league.

SELL HIGH: Dak Prescott is one pace to shatter yardage records, but the Cowboys are playing at too fast of a pace, which is leaving their defense out to dry. Expect them to slow things down a bit and feed Zeke more. This team also loves to run in the red-zone, which caps Dak's upside. Sell high on the current QB1.

SELL LOW: Drew Brees is no longer the big-play passer that he once was. It's tough to trust a 41-year old quarterback to provide fantasy production, especially when quarterback is such a deep position. Currently QB23 in fantasy points per game, it's time to trade Brees for 40 cents on the dollar.

 

Running Backs

Tier Rank RB Previous Rank
1 1 Alvin Kamara 5
1 2 Ezekiel Elliott 3
1 3 Dalvin Cook 12
1 4 Aaron Jones 10
1 5 Derrick Henry 4
1 6 Clyde Edwards-Helaire 6
1 7 Christian McCaffrey 2
2 8 Joe Mixon 8
2 9 Josh Jacobs 7
2 10 Kareem Hunt 27
2 11 Miles Sanders 9
2 12 Jonathan Taylor 16
3 13 James Robinson N/A
3 14 Melvin Gordon 19
3 15 Chris Carson 22
3 16 James Conner 13
3 17 Kenyan Drake 15
3 18 David Montgomery 30
3 19 Todd Gurley 25
4 20 Antonio Gibson 18
4 21 Raheem Mostert 24
4 22 Devin Singletary 32
4 23 David Johnson 21
4 24 Myles Gaskin N/A
5 25 Le'Veon Bell 20
5 26 Ronald Jones II 38
5 27 Mark Ingram II 23
5 28 Leonard Fournette 26
5 29 Darrell Henderson 48
5 30 Cam Akers 17
6 31 Latavius Murray 40
6 32 D'Andre Swift 34
6 33 J.K. Dobbins 28
6 34 Damien Harris 42
6 35 Austin Ekeler 14
6 36 Joshua Kelley 49
6 37 Jerick McKinnon 79
6 38 Nick Chubb 11
7 39 Chase Edmonds 39
7 40 Devonta Freeman N/A
7 41 Mike Davis N/A
7 42 Alexander Mattison 41
7 43 Phillip Lindsay 47
7 44 James White 48
7 45 Zack Moss 29
7 46 Jamaal Williams N/A
7 47 Adrian Peterson N/A
8 48 Tony Pollard 44
8 49 Nyheim Hines 50
8 50 Duke Johnson 45
8 51 Rex Burkhead N/A
8 52 Malcolm Brown 50
8 53 Darrel Williams 53
8 54 Carlos Hyde 54
8 55 Giovani Bernard 55
8 56 Kerryon Johnson 31
8 57 Wayne Gallman N/A
8 58 Brian Hill N/A
8 59 Boston Scott 59
8 60 Darrynton Evans 60

BUY HIGH: James Robinson has come out of nowhere as an undrafted rookie for a rebuilding team to deliver RB1 production. He's become the bell cow of the Jaguars' backfield, even adding some receiving production. Jacksonville has the ninth-friendliest schedule for running backs.

BUY LOW: David Montgomery has the easiest schedule for running backs. The injury to Tarik Cohen could allow him to see more work in the passing game. Nick Foles is an upgrade at quarterback, so we could see more touchdown opportunities.

SELL HIGH: Kareem Hunt has been highly productive this season and now Nick Chubb is on the shelf, but the Browns seem to prefer to keep their committee in the backfield. Some people view Hunt as a top-five back going forward, so take advantage of this selling opportunity.

SELL LOW: Mark Ingram is stuck in a committee that has become a situation to avoid for fantasy players. There's a chance that the Ravens start to give more work to rookie J.K. Dobbins, who looks like the more dynamic player. Try to sell Ingram's big-name for a more appealing bench piece with upside.

 

Wide Receivers

Tier Rank WR Previous Rank
1 1 DeAndre Hopkins 13
1 2 Davante Adams 1
1 3 Michael Thomas 2
1 4 Amari Cooper 15
1 5 Tyreek Hill 3
2 6 Allen Robinson 11
2 7 Adam Thielen 8
2 8 Keenan Allen 28
2 9 Calvin Ridley 19
2 10 Tyler Lockett 22
2 11 D.K. Metcalf 18
3 12 A.J. Brown 5
3 13 Mike Evans 10
3 14 Odell Beckham Jr. 12
3 15 Kenny Golladay 14
3 16 Terry McLaurin 16
3 17 Stefon Diggs 26
3 18 Cooper Kupp 21
3 19 Robert Woods 20
3 20 D.J. Chark 17
3 21 Will Fuller 23
3 22 Tyler Boyd 24
4 23 D.J. Moore 6
4 24 Julio Jones 4
4 25 Chris Godwin 9
4 26 JuJu Smith-Schuster 7
4 27 Diontae Johnson 45
4 28 Marquise Brown 27
5 29 CeeDee Lamb 30
5 30 Robby Anderson 57
5 31 DeVante Parker 25
5 32 Justin Jefferson 63
5 33 Julian Edelman 36
5 34 Michael Gallup 31
5 35 Deebo Samuel 24
6 36 Jarvis Landry 41
6 37 Tee Higgins N/A
6 38 Jamison Crowder 44
6 39 Darius Slayton 57
6 40 John Brown 42
6 41 T.Y. Hilton 35
6 42 Jerry Jeudy 45
7 43 Laviska Shenault Jr. 56
7 44 Jalen Reagor 39
7 45 Christian Kirk 37
7 46 Marvin Jones 40
7 47 A.J. Green 34
7 48 Brandon Aiyuk 48
7 49 Cole Beasley N/A
7 50 Mike Williams 50
7 51 Golden Tate 51
7 52 N'Keal Harry 59
7 53 Mecole Hardman 43
8 54 Hunter Renfrow 66
8 55 Brandin Cooks 38
8 56 Emmanuel Sanders N/A
8 57 Russell Gage N/A
8 58 Scotty Miller N/A
8 59 Preston Williams 58
8 60 Corey Davis 68
8 61 Sammy Watkins 67
9 62 Allen Lazard 65
9 63 Parris Campbell 55
9 64 Alshon Jeffery 71
9 65 DeSean Jackson 47
9 66 Sterling Shepard 46
9 67 Michael Pittman Jr. 62
9 68 Tim Patrick N/A
9 69 Keelan Cole N/A
9 70 Anthony Miller 53

BUY HIGH: Amari Cooper is still the alpha WR1 in Dallas, posting over 25% target share and more than 30% air yards share, both of which lead the team. He's currently WR1 in PPR PPG and he should remain an elite option on a pass-heavy offense loaded with weapons.

BUY LOW: D.J. Moore has been a massive disappointment, but he still has over a 23% target share and more than 42% air yard share, so the production will come soon. Try to pry him off a fantasy player who thinks that Robby Anderson has supplanted Moore as the Panthers' WR.

SELL HIGH: JuJu Smith-Schuster still has the big name and his production has been inflated by his three touchdowns, but Diontae Johnson actually leads the Steelers in target share. There's a chance that Diontae has surpassed JuJu as Ben's favorite target.

SELL LOW: A.J. Green looks like a declining player, ready to be supplanted by promising rookie Tee Higgins. If you can use Green's big name to pick up an upside bench player like Chase Edmonds, I would fully support that move.

 

Tight Ends

Tier Rank TE Previous Rank
1 1 George Kittle 1
1 2 Travis Kelce 2
2 3 Darren Waller 5
2 4 Mark Andrews 3
3 5 Zach Ertz 5
3 6 Evan Engram 6
3 7 Hunter Henry 19
4 8 Jonnu Smith 15
4 9 T.J. Hockenson 12
4 10 Noah Fant 7
4 11 Robert Tonyan N/A
4 12 Hayden Hurst 14
4 13 Mike Gesicki 13
4 14 Jared Cook 19
4 15 Tyler Higbee 7
5 16 Dalton Schultz N/A
5 17 Mo Alie-Cox N/A
5 18 Rob Gronkowski 18
5 19 Eric Ebron 23
6 20 Dallas Goedert 17
6 21 Jimmy Graham N/A
6 22 Jordan Akins N/A
6 23 Logan Thomas N/A
6 24 Greg Olsen N/A
6 25 Chris Herndon 11

BUY HIGH: Jonnu Smith is breaking out before our very eyes, posting a 20.83% target share (3rd among tight ends), including 33.33% in the red-zone (2nd among tight ends). He's currently TE3 in PPR PPG and looks here to stay as a TE1.

BUY LOW: Evan Engram ranks second in targets among tight ends, but the production has not matched the volume yet. Luckily, he plays on a fast-paced, pass-heavy offense that has the second-easiest schedule for tight ends. Engram should get back on track this week against the Cowboys.

SELL HIGH: Robert Tonyan is generating tons of hype after his dominant performance on Monday Night Football. While I still consider him a TE1 going forward, try to take advantage of his big game and see if you can acquire someone reliable like Jonnu Smith.

SELL LOW: Tyler Higbee is just not receiving enough volume to put up TE1 numbers, ranking 22nd in targets among tight ends. While it's only been three games and he does have a three-touchdown performance under his belt, Higbee is someone to move right now - perhaps you can grab an upside wide receiver like Tee Higgins for Higbee.



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Updated Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings

Welcome to Week 4 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 4 wide receiver rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 4.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

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Last updated on Sunday 10/4 at 10:00 am ET

WR Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 DeAndre Hopkins WR 5
2 Davante Adams WR 6
3 D.K. Metcalf WR 8
4 Calvin Ridley WR 9
5 Tyreek Hill WR 10
6 Allen Robinson II WR 11
7 Tyler Lockett WR 12
8 Adam Thielen WR 19
9 Mike Evans WR 20
10 Amari Cooper WR 21
11 Stefon Diggs WR 22
12 Keenan Allen WR 26
13 Robert Woods WR 28
14 D.J. Moore WR 29
15 Julian Edelman WR 30
16 Cooper Kupp WR 32
17 Julio Jones WR 33
18 Odell Beckham Jr. WR 34
19 Kenny Golladay WR 35
20 Terry Mclaurin WR 39
21 Tyler Boyd WR 41
22 DeVante Parker WR 43
23 Will Fuller V WR 46
24 Marquise Brown WR 51
25 Jarvis Landry WR 52
26 Michael Gallup WR 53
27 Robby Anderson WR 54
28 CeeDee Lamb WR 55
29 A.J. Green WR 56
30 Marvin Jones Jr. WR 59
31 T.Y. Hilton WR 60
32 Justin Jefferson WR 64
33 Emmanuel Sanders WR 65
34 Preston Williams WR 66
35 Brandin Cooks WR 67
36 D.J. Chark Jr. WR 68
37 Jerry Jeudy WR 69
38 John Brown WR 70
39 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 72
40 Darius Slayton WR 73
41 N'Keal Harry WR 76
42 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 78
43 Brandon Aiyuk WR 79
44 Russell Gage WR 80
45 Greg Ward WR 82
46 Hunter Renfrow WR 83
47 Cole Beasley WR 84
48 Keelan Cole WR 85
49 Tre'Quan Smith WR 86
50 Golden Tate WR 88
51 KJ Hamler WR 90
52 Anthony Miller WR 92
53 Tee Higgins WR 94
54 Randall Cobb WR 96
55 Sammy Watkins WR 97
56 Mecole Hardman WR 99
57 Braxton Berrios WR 100
58 Jamison Crowder WR 101
59 Curtis Samuel WR 102
60 Andy Isabella WR 103
61 Zach Pascal WR 104
62 Scotty Miller WR 106
63 Larry Fitzgerald WR 110
64 Kendrick Bourne WR 112
65 Danny Amendola WR 116
66 Damiere Byrd WR 123
67 Chris Conley WR 127
68 David Moore WR 128
69 Isaiah Ford WR 129
70 Chris Hogan WR 134
71 Dede Westbrook WR 137
72 Tim Patrick WR 138
73 Demarcus Robinson WR 140
74 Cordarrelle Patterson WR 141
75 Willie Snead IV WR 143
76 Nelson Agholor WR 145
77 Gabriel Davis WR 146
78 Darnell Mooney WR 148
79 John Hightower WR 150
80 Jalen Guyton WR 151
81 Justin Watson WR 152
82 Jakeem Grant WR 153
83 Zay Jones WR 156
84 Miles Boykin WR 157
85 Cedrick Wilson WR 163
86 Dontrelle Inman WR 164
87 Josh Reynolds WR 171
88 Van Jefferson WR 172
89 Christian Kirk WR 177
90 Henry Ruggs III WR 178
91 Trent Taylor WR 180
92 OlaBisi Johnson WR 182
93 Christian Blake WR 184
94 Kenny Stills WR 185
95 KhaDarel Hodge WR 188
96 Jakobi Meyers WR 194
97 KeeSean Johnson WR 195
98 Quintez Cephus WR 202
99 Brandon Powell WR 204
100 Devin Duvernay WR 208
101 Mohamed Sanu WR 209
102 Deonte Harris WR 214
103 DaeSean Hamilton WR 216
104 Mike Thomas WR 217
105 Marcus Johnson WR 219
106 Tyler Johnson WR 222
107 Marvin Hall WR 226
108 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 230
109 Ashton Dulin WR 231
110 John Ross WR 232
111 K.J. Hill WR 233
112 Freddie Swain WR 238
113 Taywan Taylor WR 239
114 Javon Wims WR 244
115 Daurice Fountain WR 246
116 Damion Ratley WR 247
117 Collin Johnson WR 251
118 Brandon Zylstra WR 252
119 Isaiah McKenzie WR 253
120 Dante Pettis WR 254
121 Lawrence Cager WR 259
122 Byron Pringle WR 263
123 Trent Sherfield WR 264
124 Deontay Burnett WR 266
125 Josh Malone WR 267
126 Auden Tate WR 269
127 Hakeem Butler WR 270
128 Cam Sims WR 274
129 Riley Ridley WR 275
130 Ted Ginn Jr. WR 291
131 Noah Brown WR 295
132 Joe Reed WR 297
133 Diontae Spencer WR 326
134 Isaiah Wright WR 327
135 Chad Beebe WR 332
136 Seth Roberts WR 334
137 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 338
138 Rashard Higgins WR 348
139 Marquez Callaway WR 349
140 DeAndre Carter WR 350
141 Pharoh Cooper WR 351
142 Tajae Sharpe WR 355
143 Keke Coutee WR 357


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Updated Week 4 Running Back Rankings

Welcome to Week 4 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 4 running back rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates:

These rankings are a consensus from four of our lead fantasy football columnists - Nick MarianoPierre Camus, Brandon Murchison, Scott Engel, and Dominick Petrillo - who have all analyzed the NFL matchups and game slates for Week 4.

And in case you weren't aware, our very own Nick Mariano was ranked #11 overall in 2018 out of ~120 industry experts, and was ranked #9 overall the year before. So be sure to follow his rankings every week!

 

Week 4 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

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Last updated on Sunday 10/4 at 10:00 am ET

RB Rank Player Name Pos Overall Rank
1 Alvin Kamara RB 1
2 Dalvin Cook RB 2
3 Ezekiel Elliott RB 3
4 Aaron Jones RB 4
5 Jonathan Taylor RB 7
6 Nick Chubb RB 13
7 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 14
8 Kenyan Drake RB 15
9 Miles Sanders RB 16
10 Austin Ekeler RB 17
11 James Robinson RB 18
12 Josh Jacobs RB 23
13 Joe Mixon RB 24
14 Melvin Gordon III RB 27
15 Devin Singletary RB 31
16 David Johnson RB 36
17 Mike Davis RB 37
18 David Montgomery RB 38
19 Darrell Henderson RB 42
20 Todd Gurley II RB 44
21 Jerick McKinnon RB 45
22 Kareem Hunt RB 49
23 Myles Gaskin RB 50
24 Mark Ingram II RB 62
25 Antonio Gibson RB 63
26 Ronald Jones II RB 77
27 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB 87
28 J.K. Dobbins RB 89
29 Joshua Kelley RB 91
30 Carlos Hyde RB 95
31 Adrian Peterson RB 98
32 Latavius Murray RB 109
33 Frank Gore RB 111
34 Nyheim Hines RB 113
35 Malcolm Brown RB 117
36 D'Andre Swift RB 118
37 Sony Michel RB 119
38 Chase Edmonds RB 120
39 Rex Burkhead RB 121
40 Devonta Freeman RB 125
41 Alexander Mattison RB 132
42 Dion Lewis RB 135
43 James White RB 136
44 Chris Thompson RB 139
45 Jamaal Williams RB 142
46 Jordan Howard RB 144
47 Giovani Bernard RB 147
48 Kerryon Johnson RB 154
49 Boston Scott RB 158
50 Chris Carson RB 159
51 Olamide Zaccheaus RB 160
52 J.D. McKissic RB 165
53 Gus Edwards RB 166
54 Wayne Gallman RB 167
55 Brian Hill RB 168
56 Matt Breida RB 170
57 Zack Moss RB 174
58 Travis Homer RB 176
59 Jalen Richard RB 181
60 Darrel Williams RB 183
61 Tony Pollard RB 187
62 Jordan Wilkins RB 189
63 Devontae Booker RB 192
64 Duke Johnson Jr. RB 193
65 Ito Smith RB 197
66 Reggie Bonnafon RB 198
67 Lamical Perine RB 199
68 Phillip Lindsay RB 200
69 Peyton Barber RB 201
70 Corey Clement RB 210
71 T.J. Yeldon RB 211
72 Kalen Ballage RB 213
73 LeSean McCoy RB 215
74 Royce Freeman RB 221
75 Darwin Thompson RB 223
76 JaMycal Hasty RB 224
77 Tyler Ervin RB 225
78 J.J. Taylor RB 227
79 Kyle Juszczyk RB 234
80 C.J. Prosise RB 235
81 AJ Dillon RB 242
82 Ryan Nall RB 243
83 Patrick Laird RB 245
84 DeeJay Dallas RB 248
85 Alex Armah RB 249
86 Buddy Howell RB 250
87 Dare Ogunbowale RB 255
88 Eno Benjamin RB 256
89 Mike Boone RB 260
90 Ameer Abdullah RB 261
91 Josh Adams RB 262
92 Damien Harris RB 265
93 Alec Ingold RB 273
94 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 280
95 Andy Janovich RB 281
96 Dontrell Hilliard RB 284
97 Qadree Ollison RB 296
98 Trayveon Williams RB 312
99 Justice Hill RB 323
100 Bryce Love RB 324


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