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Week 5 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver PPR Rankings

The yardage and scoring surge that has taken over the NFL has generally been good for wide receivers, but it seems to have leveled the playing field a bit for traditional “PPR wide receivers.” While possession receivers still exist, their reception-stuffing ways aren’t quite so valuable when other receivers are seeing increases in big plays and touchdowns. As such, our fantasy WR PPR rankings are starting to become more like our standard set, and that’s once again true in Week 5. 

In the past, we always elevated receivers like Julian Edelman, D.J. Moore, Jarvis Landry, Golden Tate, and Jamison Crowder in PPR leagues. This season, you could add guys like Diontae Johnson and Russell Gage to the list. And while it’s true that some of those guys still rise, most notably Crowder and Johnson, some of the others aren’t really living up to their pass-catching hype. Edelman had a monster Week 2, but in Weeks 1 and 3 he had seven total catches. Moore has had four or fewer catches in three of four games, and Landry is yet to top five catches or 61 yards in a game. Tate has turned in output similar to Landry.

WEEK 5 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

A 5-50 stat line used to be “good enough” for a WR3 spot in PPR leagues, but it’s not anymore. There are too many other receivers blowing up. So, while receivers like Tyler Boyd, Crowder, Johnson, and CeeDee Lamb can maintain consistently high PPR rankings because they’re also decent bets for yards and touchdowns, the same isn’t necessarily true for the traditional possession types. Ultimately, they move up in our PPR rankings compared to our standard set, but overall they’re moving down in both. 

WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

That’s not to say we’re totally out on all of these guys. Moore (@ Falcons) and Edelman (vs. Broncos) have favorable matchups this week that land them in the top 25, and Tate (@ Cowboys) is in a good spot, too. Greg Ward Jr. (@ Steelers) has a tough matchup, but given the Eagles WR injury woes, he might fit the mold as one of those “traditional” PPR receivers worth considering if you just need a high floor for your last receiver spot. 

Of course, when traditional big-play receivers such as Robby Anderson (@ Falcons) are hauling in five-plus receptions every week and going for 100 yards, who needs little guys over the middle? Guys like him, Terry McLaurin (vs. Rams), and, to a lesser extent, Marquise Brown (vs. Bengals), are becoming more reliable this year. When you combine that with many superstars seeing even higher target shares than usual, you have a rising tide that is lifting most boats — just not the ones used to being lifted in this format.

The Packers and Lions are on bye this week, which knocks out at least a few every-week starters, so be prepared to consider all types of options when looking for replacements.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Cardinals vs. Jets

Vikings @ Seahawks

Cowboys vs. Giants

Saints vs. Chargers

Bears vs. Buccaneers

Chargers @ Saints

Chiefs vs. Raiders

Buccaneers @ Bears

Bills @ Titans

Seahawks vs. Vikings

Falcons vs. Panthers

Seahawks vs. Vikings

Falcons vs. Panthers

Panthers @ Falcons

Dolphins @ 49ers

Panthers @ Falcons

Browns vs. Colts

Steelers vs. Eagles

Jaguars @ Texans

Rams @ Washington

Washington vs. Rams

Texans vs. Jaguars

Cowboys vs. Giants

Patriots vs. Broncos

Bengals @ Ravens

Steelers vs. Eagles

Jets vs. Cardinals

Titans vs. Bills

Giants @ Cowboys

Vikings @ Seahawks

Colts @ Browns

Rams @ Washington

Ravens vs. Bengals

Broncos @ Patriots

49ers vs. Dolphins

49ers vs. Dolphins

37 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ PIT
38 Golden Tate, NYG @ DAL
39 Scotty Miller, TB vs. CHI
40 Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. LAC
41 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. DEN
42 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TEN
43 Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR
44 John Brown, BUF @ TEN
45 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. IND
46 Christian Kirk, ARZ @ NYJ
47 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ATL
48 Zach Pascal, IND @ CLE
49 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ HOU
50 Corey Davis, TEN vs. BUF
51 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. LV
52 A.J. Green, CIN @ BAL
53 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. LAC
54 Tim Patrick, DEN @ NE
55 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. NYG
56 Tee Higgins, CIN @ BAL
57 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ KC
58 Isaiah Ford, MIA @ SF
59 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LV
60 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. JAX
61 Justin Watson, TB @ CHI
62 David Moore, SEA vs. MIN
63 Alshon Jeffery, PHI @ PIT
64 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. ARZ
65 Randall Cobb, HOU vs. JAX
66 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. TB
67 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. DEN
68 Preston Williams, MIA @ SF
69 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ NO
70 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. PHI
71 Nelson Agholor, LV @ KC
72 Andy Isabella, ARZ @ NYJ
73 Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. LAR
74 Keelan Cole, JAX @ HOU
75 James Washington, PIT vs. PHI
76 Jeff Smith, NYJ vs. ARZ
77 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. TB
78 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ WAS
79 Chris Hogan, NYJ vs. ARZ
80 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ NYJ
81 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. MIA
82 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LV
83 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TEN
84 Miles Boykin, BAL vs. CIN

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