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Fantasy Football: Week 5 rankings

The Week 5 fantasy football rankings are out! Obviously, keep tabs on injury situations with Lamar Miller, Joe Mixon, Alex Collins, Chris Carson and Josh Doctson. For now, dive in -- and good luck.

Quarterbacks

1.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
2.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Tom Brady, NE
 
5.  Drew Brees, NO
 
6.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
7.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
8.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
9.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
10.  Patrick Mahomes, KC
 
11.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
12.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
13.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
14.  Kirk Cousins, MIN
 
15.  Alex Smith, WAS
 
16.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
17.  Andrew Luck, IND
 
18.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
19.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
20.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
21.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
22.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
 
23.  Baker Mayfield, CLE
 
24.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
25.  Case Keenum, DEN
 
26.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
27.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
28.  Josh Allen, BUF
 
29.  Sam Darnold, NYJ
 
30.  Josh Rosen, ARI

Running backs

1.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
2.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
3.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
4.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
5.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
6.  Saquon Barkley, NYG
 
7.  James Conner, PIT
 
8.  David Johnson, ARI
 
9.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
10.  Sony Michel, NE
 
11.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
12.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
13.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
14.  Matt Breida, SFQ
 
15.  James White, NE
 
16.  Carlos Hyde, CLE
 
17.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
18.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
19.  Kerryon Johnson, DET
 
20.  Adrian Peterson, WAS
 
21.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
22.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
23.  Lamar Miller, HOUQ
 
24.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
25.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
26.  Phillip Lindsay, DEN
 
27.  Dion Lewis, TEN
 
28.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
29.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
30.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
31.  Royce Freeman, DEN
 
32.  Nyheim Hines, IND
 
33.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
34.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
35.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
36.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
37.  Dalvin Cook, MINQ
 
38.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
 
39.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
40.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
41.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
42.  Alfred Morris, SF
 
43.  Frank Gore, MIA
 
44.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
45.  Corey Grant, JAC
 
46.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
47.  Jordan Wilkins, IND
 
48.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
49.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
50.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
51.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
52.  Chris Ivory, BUF
 
53.  Nick Chubb, CLE
 
54.  Rashaad Penny, SEA
 
55.  LeGarrette Blount, DET
 
56.  C.J. Anderson, CAR
 
57.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
58.  Doug Martin, OAK
 
59.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
60.  Kyle Juszczyk, SF

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
6.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
7.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
8.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
9.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
10.  Davante Adams, GBQ
 
11.  Brandin Cooks, LAR
 
12.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
13.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
14.  Golden Tate, DET
 
15.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
16.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
17.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
18.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
19.  Jarvis Landry, CLE
 
20.  Marvin Jones, DETQ
 
21.  John Brown, BAL
 
22.  Calvin Ridley, ATL
 
23.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
 
24.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
25.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
26.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
27.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
28.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
29.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
30.  Julian Edelman, NE
 
31.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
32.  Keelan Cole, JAC
 
33.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
 
34.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
35.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
36.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
37.  Mike Williams, LAC
 
38.  Michael Crabtree, BAL
 
39.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
40.  Jordy Nelson, OAK
 
41.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
42.  Taywan Taylor, TEN
 
43.  Donte Moncrief, JAC
 
44.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARIQ
 
45.  Ryan Grant, IND
 
46.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
47.  Antonio Callaway, CLE
 
48.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
49.  Keke Coutee, HOUQ
 
50.  Paul Richardson, WAS
 
51.  Chester Rogers, IND
 
52.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
53.  Christian Kirk, ARI
 
54.  Marquise Goodwin, SFQ
 
55.  Josh Gordon, NEQ
 
56.  Willie Snead, BAL
 
57.  Albert Wilson, MIA
 
58.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
59.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
60.  Courtland Sutton, DEN
 
61.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
62.  Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
 
63.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
64.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
65.  Robby Anderson, NYJ

Tight ends

1.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
4.  Rob Gronkowski, NEQ
 
5.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
6.  Jimmy Graham, GB
 
7.  George Kittle, SF
 
8.  Eric Ebron, IND
 
9.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
10.  Vance McDonald, PIT
 
11.  David Njoku, CLE
 
12.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
13.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
14.  Benjamin Watson, NO
 
15.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC
 
16.  Geoff Swaim, DAL
 
17.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
18.  Nick Vannett, SEA
 
19.  Rhett Ellison, NYG
 
20.  C.J. Uzomah, CIN
 
21.  Jeff Heuerman, DEN
 
22.  Dallas Goedert, PHI
 
23.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
24.  Ian Thomas, CAR
 
25.  Charles Clay, BUFQ

Defenses

1.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
2.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
3.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
4.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
5.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
6.  New England Patriots, NE
 
7.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
8.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
9.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
10.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
11.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
12.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
13.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
 
14.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
15.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
16.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
17.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
18.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
19.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
20.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
21.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
22.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
23.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
24.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
25.  Indianapolis Colts, IND

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
3.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
4.  Randy Bullock, CIN
 
5.  Cairo Santos, LAR
 
6.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
7.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
8.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
9.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
10.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
12.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
13.  Dan Bailey, MIN
 
14.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
15.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
16.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
17.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
18.  Matt Prater, DET
 
19.  Adam Vinatieri, INDQ
 
20.  Caleb Sturgis, LAC

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Fantasy Football QB Rankings 2019 2.1

Fantasy Football QB Rankings 2019 2.1

With the preseason off and running it is finally time for fantasy football leagues to do the same. Andrew Luck's sudden retirement shook up the sports world and will absolutely alter fantasy football drafting strategies.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback
Running Back
Wide Receiver
Tight End

Quarterback always seems to be the murkiest position during fantasy drafts. There is always that one person that selects Aaron Rodgers, and now this year Patrick Mahomes, WAY too early and throws the remainder of the draft selections out of proportions. The best methodology is to select your quarterback as far back in the draft as possible. The dangers of selecting too early vary, and it's not worth it to blow that high of a pick on a player who puts up comparable stats to someone you can grab much later

TIER 1: Showtime

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Stats: 5,097 Passing YDs, 50 Passing TD, 12 INT, 272 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 2018 QB1
Previous Ranking: 1

TIER 2: Elite Starters

2. DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans
2018 Stats: 4,165 Passing YDS, 26 Passing TD, 9 INT, 551 Rushing YDS, 5 Rush TD, 2018 QB4
Previous Ranking: 2

3. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Stats: 3,296 Passing YDS, 33 Passing TD, 7 INT, 299 Rushing YDS, 2017 QB5
Previous Ranking: 4

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2018 Stats: 4,442 Passing YDS, 25 Passing TD, 2 INT, 269 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 2018 QB6
Previous Ranking: 5

TIER 3: Near Elite

5. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
2018 Stats: 3,725 Passing YDS, 26 Passing TD, 14 INT, 131 Rushing YDS, 2018 QB16
Previous Ranking: 6

6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2018 Stats: 4,924 Passing YDS, 35 Passing TD, 7 INT, 3 Rushing TD, 2018 QB2
Previous Ranking: 7

7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
​​​​​​2018 Stats: 3,395 Passing YDS, 24 Passing TD, 13 INT, 488 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 2018 QB13
Previous Ranking: 8

8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2018 Stats: 3,992 Passing YDS, 32 Passing TD, 5 INT, 22 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 2018 QB8
Previous Ranking: 9

TIER 4: Late-round options

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
2018 Stats: 3,448 Passing YDS, 35 Passing TD, 7 INT, 376 Rushing YDS, 2018 QB9
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
​​​​​​2018 Stats: 4,308 Passing YDS, 32 Passing TD, 12 INT, 2018 QB11
Previous Ranking: 11

11. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Previous Ranking:
 12

12. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Stats: 2,992 Passing YDS, 19 Passing TD, 14 INT, 2018 QB21
Previous Ranking: 13

TIER 5: Potential is there

13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
2018 Stats: 4,688 Passing YDS, 32 Passing TD, 12 INT, 108 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 2018 QB7
Previous Ranking: 14

14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
2018 Stats: 5,129 Passing YDS, 34 Passing TD, 15 INT, 98 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 2018 QB3
Previous Ranking: 15

TIER 6: Backup Options

15. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

2018 Stats: 3,223 Passing YDS, 24 Passing TD, 12 INT, 421 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 2018 QB15
Previous Ranking: 16

16. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
2018 Stats: 4,298 Passing YDS, 30 Passing TD, 10 INT, 123 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 2018 QB12
Previous Ranking: 17

17. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
2018 Stats: 2,074 Passing YDS, 10 Passing TD, 12 INT, 639 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 2018 QB21
Previous Ranking: 18

18. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
2018 Stats: 3,885 Passing YDS, 22 Passing TD, 8 INT, 305 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 2018 QB10
Previous Ranking: 19

19. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
2018 Stats: 1,201 Passing YDS, 6 Passing TD, 3 INT, 695 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 2018 QB28
Previous Ranking: 20

20. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
2018: Tore ACL in Game 3
Previous Ranking: 21

21. Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars
2018 Stats: 1,413 Passing YDS, 7 Passing TD, 4 INT, 2018 QB35
Previous Ranking: 22

22. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
2018 Stats: 4,049 Passing YDS, 19 Passing TD, 10 INT, 2018 QB17
Previous Ranking: 23

23. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2018 Stats: 4,355 Passing YDS, 29 Passing TD, 11 INT, 2 Rushing TD, 2018 QB14
Previous Ranking: 24

24. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
2018 Stats: 3,777 Passing YDS, 21 Passing TD, 11 INT, 2018 QB19
Previous Ranking: 25

25. Sam Darnold, New York Jets
2018 Stats:
2,865 Passing YDS, 17 Passing TD, 15 INT, QB26
Previous Ranking: NR

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‘We’re not robots’: Redskins react to Luck's retirement

‘We’re not robots’: Redskins react to Luck's retirement

The news came like a thunderbolt on a Saturday night across the NFL: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring at age 29. 

Just like that, one of the game’s great players, again dealing with a series of injuries he never seemed able to escape, is gone. Even his opponents empathized, including several Redskins players. 

“I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to think,” running back Adrian Peterson said. “Just goes to show the type of pain and what he was dealing with and mentally where he was, to retire at such a young age and with so much  to look forward top in his future.”

Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, one spot before the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III, left $64 million on the table by retiring. But he missed nine games in 2015 with a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscles and the entire 2017 season because of a shoulder injury. The last straw was an ankle injury that just wasn’t healing. On and off a constant cycle of rehabilitation for years, Luck had enough. The news leaked on social media during Indianapolis’ preseason home game Saturday night and Colts fans booed Luck as he left the field in street clothes. 

“We’re human beings. We’re not robots,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “You can’t turn us on, turn us off when you want….Yeah, they may see the numbers and how much we get paid. But you’ve also got to understand that’s it’s a livelihood where if something happens you can’t do something for the rest of your life. That is much bigger than the numbers and whatever else that they look at it. It’s the gift that we’ve been given and it’s also the curse.” 

Luck made a similar point in an emotional press conference after Saturday’s game while stunned Colts coaches, players and executives looked on. He cried. The sport he played with joy his entire life wasn’t fun anymore. Articulating that was difficult, especially on the eve of a season with such high hopes for the Colts and the fans’ boos still ringing in his ears. 

“I remember my teacher being like, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I want to play quarterback in the NFL,” Redskins quarterback Case Keenum said. “They don’t tell you about a lot of the other things. Like fans booing you when you’re walking off the field for the last time. The injuries, the mental, the physical, the emotional toll it takes on you and your family….We get paid a lot of money and people have their opinions about us, but his family was probably at that game, too. It’s tough and I feel for him.”

Luck made 86 career starts, had a 53-33 record and led the Colts to the playoffs four times and the AFC title game in 2014. That same year he threw five touchdown passes in a Nov. 30 game against Washington. He made the Pro Bowl four times despite the years lost to injury. 

His final NFL season showed his greatness one last time for a Colts team coming off a 4-12 season. With Luck back, they went 10-6, finished second in the AFC South and won an AFC wild-card game. Luck might have had his greatest season. He had 4,593 passing yards with 39 touchdowns and set career highs in completions (430), completion percentage and passer rating (98.7). But back on the injury cycle again this summer, it was time to go.

“If you can’t go out there and put your heart and soul into this game then you probably shouldn’t be out there,” Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said. “I would be the same way if I was Andrew Luck. Kudos to him for being honest with himself, being honest with the organization, with the NFL and doing what was right.” 

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