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Week 5 fantasy football rankings

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These are my early ranks and I will update them later in the week. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

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1 Patrick Mahomes
2 Lamar Jackson
3 Deshaun Watson
4 Russell Wilson
5 Carson Wentz
6 Matt Ryan
7 Tom Brady
8 Jared Goff
9 Dak Prescott
10 Baker Mayfield
11 Kyler Murray
12 Aaron Rodgers
13 Jameis Winston
14 Philip Rivers
15 Jacoby Brissett
16 Andy Dalton
17 Jimmy Garoppolo
18 Daniel Jones
19 Kirk Cousins
20 Kyle Allen

RB

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1 Christian McCaffrey
2 Alvin Kamara
3 Ezekiel Elliott
4 Dalvin Cook
5 David Johnson
6 Nick Chubb
7 Le'Veon Bell
8 James Conner
9 Mark Ingram
10 Leonard Fournette
11 Derrick Henry
12 Austin Ekeler
13 Joe Mixon
14 Devonta Freeman
15 Todd Gurley
16 Chris Carson
17 LeSean McCoy
18 Aaron Jones
19 Melvin Gordon
20 David Montgomery
21 Wayne Gallman
22 Josh Jacobs
23 James White
24 Phillip Lindsay
25 Darrel Williams
26 Jordan Howard
27 Chris Thompson
28 Jaylen Samuels
29 Royce Freeman
30 Matt Breida
31 Sony Michel
32 Carlos Hyde
33 Tarik Cohen
34 Raheem Mostert
35 Miles Sanders
36 Tarik Cohen

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1 Julio Jones
2 Keenan Allen
3 Cooper Kupp
4 DeAndre Hopkins
5 Michael Thomas
6 Chris Godwin
7 Odell Beckham
8 Mike Evans
9 Robert Woods
10 Adam Thielen
11 Larry Fitzgerald
12 Tyler Lockett
13 Julian Edelman
14 Brandin Cooks
15 Tyler Boyd
16 Josh Gordon
17 Sammy Watkins
18 Amari Cooper
19 Allen Robinson
20 Emmanuel Sanders
21 Stefon Diggs
22 JuJu Smith-Schuster
23 Marquise Brown
24 Alshon Jeffery
25 Sterling Shepard
26 Calvin Ridley
27 Courtland Sutton
28 D.J. Chark
29 Will Fuller
30 Demarcus Robinson
31 John Brown
32 Auden Tate
33 D.J. Moore
34 Phillip Dorsett
35 Marquez Valdes-Scantling
36 Jarvis Landry
37 Mecole Hardman
38 Curtis Samuel
39 Robbie Anderson
40 Tyrell Williams

TE

1 Travis Kelce
2 George Kittle
3 Zach Ertz
4 Evan Engram
5 Austin Hooper
6 Mark Andrews
7 Darren Waller
8 Will Dissly
9 Delanie Walker
10 Greg Olsen
11 Jimmy Graham
12 Tyler Eifert
13 Jason Witten
14 Eric Ebron
15 O.J. Howard

Defense

1 Patriots
2 Bears
3 Eagles
4 Titans
5 Vikings
6 Bills
7 Panthers
8 Chargers
9 Saints
10 49ers
11 Steelers
12 Texans
13 Jaguars
14 Chiefs
15 Bengals

Kicker

1 Justin Tucker
2 Greg Zuerlein
3 Will Lutz
4 Harrison Butker
5 Joey Slye
6 Robbie Gould
7 Jake Elliott
8 Ka'imi Fairbairn
9 Zane Gonzalez
10 Brett Maher
11 Jason Myers
12 Mason Crosby
13 Adam Vinatieri
14 Matt Bryant
15 Josh Lambo

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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