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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Early positional rankings for NFL Week 5


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Patrick Mahomes, Zeke Elliott, George Kittle, DeAndre Hopkins, Travis Kelce, Tom Brady, David Johnson, Todd Gurley and even the enigmatic Kirk Cousins highlight BATSBY Sports' positional rankings for the NFL's fifth weekend.


  1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  2. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  3. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  5. Tom Brady, Patriots
  6. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  7. Jared Goff, Rams
  8. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  9. Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  10. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  11. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  12. Andy Dalton, Bengals
  13. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  14. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  15. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  16. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  17. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  18. Teddy Bridgewater, Saints
  19. Marcus Mariota, Titans
  20. Kyle Allen, Panthers
  21. Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  22. Josh Allen, Bills
  23. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  24. Joe Flacco, Broncos
  25. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  26. Daniel Jones, Giants
  27. Chase Daniel, Bears
  28. Derek Carr, Raiders
  29. Luke Falk, Jets
  30. Colt McCoy/Dwayne Haskins, Redskins


  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  2. David Johnson, Cardinals
  3. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  4. Derrick Henry, Titans
  5. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  6. Todd Gurley, Rams
  7. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  8. James Conner, Steelers
  9. Nick Chubb, Browns
  10. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  11. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  12. James White, Patriots
  13. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  14. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  15. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  16. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  17. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  18. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
  19. Marlon Mack, Colts
  20. Jordan Howard, Eagles
  21. David Montgomery, Bears
  22. Sony Michel, Patriots
  23. Damien Williams, Chiefs
  24. Aaron Jones, Packers
  25. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs
  26. Wayne Gallman, Giants
  27. Frank Gore, Bills
  28. Carlos Hyde, Texans
  29. Matt Breida, 49ers
  30. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  31. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  32. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  33. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  34. Chris Thompson, Redskins
  35. Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  36. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  37. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  38. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  39. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  40. Duke Johnson, Texans
  41. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  42. Jaylen Samuels, Steelers
  43. Latavius Murray, Saints
  44. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
  45. Devin Singletary, Bills
  46. Ito Smith, Falcons
  47. Adrian Peterson, Redskins
  48. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  49. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  50. Dion Lewis, Titans


  1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  2. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  3. Julio Jones, Falcons
  4. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  5. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  6. Michael Thomas, Saints
  7. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  8. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  9. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  10. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  11. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  12. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  13. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  14. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  15. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  16. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  17. Allen Robinson, Bears
  18. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  19. Robert Woods, Rams
  20. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  21. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  22. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  23. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  24. Corey Davis, Titans
  25. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  26. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  27. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  28. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  29. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  30. Auden Tate, Bengals
  31. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
  32. Cole Beasley, Bills
  33. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers
  34. Josh Gordon, Patriots
  35. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  36. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  37. Brandin Cooks, Rams
  38. A.J. Brown, Titans
  39. Will Fuller, Texans
  40. Parris Campbell, Colts
  41. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  42. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  43. Mike Williams, Chargers
  44. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
  45. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  46. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  47. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
  48. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
  49. Dontrelle Inman, Chargers
  50. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  51. James Washington, Steelers
  52. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  53. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  54. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  55. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  56. Randall Cobb/Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  57. John Brown, Bills
  58. Geronimo Allison, Packers
  59. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
  60. Golden Tate, Giants
  61. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  62. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  63. Taylor Gabriel/Javon Wims, Bears
  64. Ted Ginn Jr., Saints
  65. Chester Rogers, Colts
  66. Chris Conley, Jaguars
  67. Dante Pettis, 49ers
  68. Willie Snead, Ravens
  69. KeeSean Johnson, Cardinals
  70. Paul Richardson, Redskins


  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. George Kittle, 49ers
  3. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  4. Evan Engram, Giants
  5. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
  6. Darren Waller, Raiders
  7. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  8. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  9. Eric Ebron, Colts
  10. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  11. Will Dissly, Seahawks
  12. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  13. Jared Cook, Saints
  14. Delanie Walker, Titans
  15. Dawson Knox, Bills
  16. Noah Fant, Broncos
  17. Trey Burton, Bears
  18. Jack Doyle, Colts
  19. Jordan Akins, Texans
  20. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  21. Chris Herndon, Jets
  22. Hayden Hurst, Ravens
  23. Ricky Seals-Jones, Browns
  24. James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars
  25. Vernon Davis, Redskins

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out,,, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

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