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Week 5 fantasy football rankings: Cowboys-Packers should be fantasy gold

Jordy Nelson should have a big day against the Cowboys' depleted secondary. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Below are my PPR fantasy rankings for Week 5. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice.

I will update rankings throughout the week, so make sure you check back before kickoff on Sunday. If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!

QB

1 A. Rodgers GB

2 D. Prescott DAL

3 R. Wilson SEA

4 B. Roethlisberger PIT

5 D. Watson HOU

6 E. Manning NYG

7 C. Wentz PHI

8 C. Palmer ARI

9 C. Newton CAR 

10 A. Smith KC

11 M. Stafford DET

12 P. Rivers LAC

13 J. Cutler MIA

14 A. Dalton CIN

15 T. Taylor BUF

16 S. Bradford MIN *questionable knee

17 J. McCown NYJ

18 J. Brissett IND

19 J. Goff LAR

20 B. Bortles JAC

21 M. Mariota *questionable hamstring

22 D. Carr *questionable back

RB

1 L. Bell PIT

2 E. Elliott DAL

3 L. McCoy BUF

4 T. Gurley LAR

5 K. Hunt KC

6 J. Ajayi MIA

7 C. Hyde SF

8 D. Murray TEN

9 L. Fournette JAC

10 M. Gordon LAC

11 J. Howard CHI

12 L. Miller HOU

13 B. Powell NYJ 

14 F. Gore IND

15 M. Lynch OAK

16 L. Blount PHI

17 J. Mixon CIN

18 C. McCaffrey CAR

19 D. Johnson CLE

20 A. Abdullah DET

21 A. Ellington ARI

22 T. Cohen CHI 

23 I. Crowell CLE

24 A. Jones GB

25 W. Gallman NYG

26 L. Murray MIN

27 A. Collins BAL

28 J. Allen BAL  

29 E. McGuire NYJ

30 J. Stewart CAR

31 T. Rawls SEA 

32 J. Williams GB

33 G. Bernard CIN

34 D. Henry TEN

35 E. Lacy SEA

36 C. Clement PHI

37 J. McKissic SEA

38 J. McKinnon MIN

39 T. Riddick DET

40 D. Foreman HOU

WR

1  A. Brown PIT  

2  J. Nelson GB

3 D. Bryant DAL 

4 A. Green CIN

5 O. Beckham NYG  

6 D. Hopkins HOU

7 S. Diggs MIN 

8 T. Hill KC  

9 L. Fitzgerald ARI 

10 D. Baldwin SEA 

11 K. Allen LAC

12 D. Parker MIA  

13 T. Hilton IND

14 A. Thielen MIN 

15 R. Cobb GB  

16 G. Tate DET

17 J. Landry MIA

18 P. Garcon SF

19 D. Adams GB *If he's active I would roll with him

20 K. Benjamin CAR 

21 C. Kupp LAR

22 M. Bryant PIT

23 Jaron Brown ARI

24 A. Cooper OAK

25 T. Williams LAC

26 A. Hurns JAC

27 D. Funchess CAR

28 M. Crabtree OAK

29 S. Watkins LAR

30 R. Matthews TEN 

31 A. Jeffery PHI 

32 B. Marshall NYG  

33 W. Fuller HOU

34 J. Maclin BAL

35 K. Wright CHI   

36 S. Shepard NYG  

37 P. Richardson SEA

38 J. Kearse NYJ

39 J. Nelson ARI 

40 R. Anderson NYJ

TE

1 T. Kelce KC  

2 Z. Ertz PHI 

3 J. Graham SEA  

4 C. Clay BUF

5 H. Henry LAC   

6 K. Rudolph MIN  

7 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ

8 M. Bennett GB

9 D. Walker TEN

10 E. Engram NYG

11 J. Witten DAL

12 B. Watson BAL  

13 A. Gates LAC 

14 T. Croft CIN

15 J. Cook OAK

16 R. Griffin HOU 

17 J. Thomas MIA

18 E. Ebron DET

19 D. Njoku CLE

20 M. Lewis JAC 

DEF

1 Vikings 

2 Seahawks

3 Eagles

4 Steelers

5 Ravens 

6 Giants 

7 Bills

8  Jets

9 Cardinals

10 Rams 

11 Lions 

12 Chiefs 

13 Texans 

14 Panthers 

15 Bengals

16 49ers 

17 Dolphins

18 Packers

19 Titans

20 Colts

21  Raiders

22 Chargers

23 Jaguars 

24 Cowboys

Kicker

1 J. Elliott PHI  

2 M. Crosby GB

3 D. Bailey DAL

4 C. Boswell PIT 

5  J. Tucker BAL

6 G. Zuerlein LAR

7 H. Butker KC    

8 M. Prater DET

9 K. Fairbairn HOU

10 A. Vinatieri IND

11  A. Rosas NYG

12 R. Gould SF

13 P. Dawson ARI

14 R. Succop TEN

15 R. Bullock CIN

17 B. Walsh SEA 

18 G. Tavecchio OAK  

19 C. Parkey MIA 

20 K. Forbath MIN

21 G. Gano CAR

22 J. Myers JAC 

 

 

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Rockets get another much-needed win. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets went on a redemption tour by beating the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks. But the most pivotal win was against the Mavericks as the Rockets finally showed their true potential. John Wall finally made his return from his injury hiatus and played with a lot of energy. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Gordon combined for 61 points. It was great to see Stephan Silas crack a smile as he was able to beat his former team.

The Rockets clearly missed Wall during his eight-game absense. This season, the Rockets are a .500 team with Wall on the court. Wall is the Rockets' floor general that leads, constructs, and also pushes his teammates to become better.

Wall only played 21 minutes in the 133-108 win over the Mavericks but still had eight assists. Even though Wall only had 7 points, his presence was still felt by finding his teammates for open looks beyond the perimeter. Wall made sure Cousins and Gordon got a plethora of touches. He called multiple actions, so they got open looks from three, which was mainly Gordon. Gordon and Cousins' struggles have been similar but with Wall on the court, they were successful against the Mavericks. According to NBA Stats, Wall posted a 111 offensive rating with the starters versus the Mavericks, which included Gordon and Cousins.

"He's the engine to this team. He gets everybody going. He makes the game easy," Cousins told a reporter after the game. "The pressure that he constantly puts on the defense is a tough thing to deal with."

Gordon has struggled all season long with three-point shooting and relied on his slashing abilities. Saturday night, Gordon made six three pointers against the Mavericks, which was 66 percent from beyond the perimeter. Gordon increased his three-point percentage from 31 percent to 34.5 percent after Saturday night's game. Gordon's 33 points came from being able to attack the entire Mavericks' defense. Willy Cauley-Stein didn't stand a chance against Gordon as he was burned multiple times. Gordon's been a lifesaver for the Rockets in the last two games, and hopefully he maintains his play.

Cousins played fantastic against the Mavericks scoring 28 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. This is Cousins' first double-double with the Rockets this season. Cousins became the vintage player from the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. It was extremely fun watching Cousins push the ball up the court and aggressively snatch rebounds. Boogie shot 50 percent from behind the arc by making four three-pointers. He was dominant inside the paint as Cousins went 7/8 from the restricted area versus the Mavericks. This was the game Cousins needed after having a poor performance against the Pistons Friday night.

"It was really, really good. He did it all. He's a physical presence on both ends of the floor," as Silas said on Cousins' performance.

David Nwaba and Mason Jones were big factors off the Rockets' bench by having a combined total of 34 points together. Nwaba has been great in transition for the Rockets the entire season. Keep in mind that Nwaba is returning from an Achilles injury he suffered with his former team, the Brooklyn Nets. Nwaba has became a great defender, slasher, and is averaging a career-high nine points per game with the Rockets. He finished with 18 points on Saturday night versus the Mavericks.

Mason Jones has become a fan favorite of the Rockets because of his confidence. Silas is loving the usage of Jones off the bench but wants to find more minutes for him. Jones had a breakout performance versus the San Antonio Spurs with 24 points off 66 percent shooting from the field. He continues to get better with his reads from the point guard position. Jones' knowledge of running the offense has helped his efficiency on the court. He is never afraid to take clutch shots in pivotal moments of the game.

"To have a young kid who can come in and not be afraid of the moment, that's big. That's a tough position to be in as an undrafted rookie. I trust him. It's a good problem to have," Silas mentioned after the game. "He's showing me he's ready. He's a confident kid, and he should be. That's why he's good. He's not afraid of the moment, at all. He can get us organized, run plays, and score the basketball."

Hopefully, the Rockets can sustain their level of play when Victor Oladipo returns against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday. It will be interesting to watch Oladipo and Wall play in the same backcourt.

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