DYNASTY OWNER: Week 5 Lineup Decisions

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RUNNING BACKS

START WITHOUT HESITATION:  This group you start and don't think twice about.  Most of these guys are obvious, but we know how some owners tend to talk themselves out of the obvious when they overthink the match-ups on Sundays.  

  • DeMarco Murray DAL vs. HOU
  • Le'Veon Bell PIT at JAC
  • Matt Forte CHI at CAR
  • Marshawn Lynch SEA at WAS
  • Rashad Jennings NYG vs. ATL
  • LeSean McCoy PHI vs. STL
  • Giovani Bernard CIN at NE
  • Jamaal Charles KC at SF
  • Eddie Lacy GB vs. MIN (Final)

STRONG PLAYS: This is the group where you are likely playing these RBs, especially on a bye filled week, but there could be decisions to be made if you are considering one of these guys over the other.  Here is the order we rank this Tier.

  • Andre Ellington ARI at DEN
  • Frank Gore SF vs. KC
  • Arian Foster HOU at DAL:  NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andre Johnson (ankle) and Arian Foster (hamstring) will both play Sunday against the Cowboys.
  • Montee Ball DEN vs. ARI
  • Matt Asiata MIN at GB (Final)
  • Reggie Bush DET vs. BUF
  • Zac Stacy STL at PHI
  • Khiry Robinson NO vs. TB
  • Doug Martin TB at NO
  • Alfred Morris WAS vs. SEA

SHAKY PLAYS: Every week there are 2-3 guys in this group that go off but none are a given and often these guys are locked into a time share or a ride-the-hot-hand RB situation.  Here is the ranking of guys from this group.

  • Christopher Ivory NYJ at SD
  • Ahmad Bradshaw IND vs. BAL
  • Justin Forsett BAL at IND
  • Fred Jackson BUF at DET
  • C.J. Spiller BUF at DET
  • Bishop Sankey TEN vs. CLE
  • Ben Tate CLE at TEN
  • Shane Vereen NE vs. CIN
  • Donald Brown SD vs. NYJ
  • Trent Richardson IND vs. BAL
  • Darren Sproles PHI vs. STL
  • Steven Jackson ATL at NYG
  • Toby Gerhart JAC vs. PIT
  • Isaiah Crowell CLE at TEN
  • Stevan Ridley NE vs. CIN
  • Jerick McKinnon MIN at GB (FINAL)
  • Jeremy Hill CIN at NE
  • Darrin Reaves CAR vs. CHI
  • Chris Johnson NYJ at SD
  • Pierre Thomas NO vs. TB
  • Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL at IND
  • Andre Williams NYG vs. ATL
  • Knile Davis KC at SF
  • Shonn Greene TEN vs. CLE
  • LeGarrette Blount PIT at JAC
  • Fozzy Whittaker CAR vs. CHI
  • Branden Oliver SD vs. NYJ
  • Bernard Pierce BAL at IND
  • Terrance West CLE at TEN
  • Roy Helu WAS vs. SEA
  • Alfred Blue HOU at DAL

QUARTERBACKS

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START WITHOUT HESITATION

  • Drew Brees NO vs. TB
  • Peyton Manning DEN vs. ARI
  • Aaron Rodgers GB vs. MIN (FINAL)
  • Philip Rivers SD vs. NYJ
  • Andrew Luck IND vs. BAL
  • Matthew Stafford DET vs. BUF
  • Russell Wilson SEA at WAS
  • Ben Roethlisberger PIT at JAC
  • Matt Ryan ATL at NYG

STRONG PLAYS

  • Nick Foles PHI vs. STL
  • Colin Kaepernick SF vs. KC
  • Jay Cutler CHI at CAR
  • Eli Manning NYG vs. ATL
  • Tony Romo DAL vs. HOU
  • Cam Newton CAR vs. CHI
  • Joe Flacco BAL at IND
  • Andy Dalton CIN at NE
  • Alex Smith KC at SF
  • Blake Bortles JAC vs. PIT
  • Tom Brady NE vs. CIN

SHAKY PLAYS

  • Drew Stanton ARI at DEN
  • Mike Glennon TB at NO
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU at DAL
  • Jake Locker TEN vs. CLE
  • Austin Davis STL at PHI
  • Kyle Orton BUF at DET
  • Kirk Cousins WAS vs. SEA
  • Christian Ponder MIN at GB (FINAL)
  • Brian Hoyer CLE at TEN
  • Geno Smith NYJ at SD

WIDE RECEIVER

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  • Antonio Brown PIT at JAC
  • Julio Jones ATL at NYG
  • Jordy Nelson GB vs. MIN (FINAL)
  • Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. ARI
  • Dez Bryant DAL vs. HOU
  • Calvin Johnson DET vs. BUF:  Calvin's clearly not 100%.  Last year he was questionable 4 times and never scored in any of those games.  
  • A.J. Green CIN at NE
  • Randall Cobb GB vs. MIN (FINAL)
  • Brandon Marshall CHI at CAR
  • Alshon Jeffery CHI at CAR
  • Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. STL
  • Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. CHI
  • Steve Smith BAL at IND
  • Victor Cruz NYG vs. ATL
  • Vincent Jackson TB at NO
  • Keenan Allen SD vs. NYJ

STRONG PLAYS

  • Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. ARI
  • Percy Harvin SEA at WAS
  • Roddy White ATL at NYG
  • DeAndre Hopkins HOU at DAL
  • Michael Floyd ARI at DEN
  • Andre Johnson HOU at DAL
  • Julian Edelman NE vs. CIN
  • Michael Crabtree SF vs. KC
  • Brandin Cooks NO vs. TB
  • Ty Hilton IND vs. BAL
  • Wes Welker DEN vs. ARI
  • Golden Tate DET vs. BUF
  • Pierre Garcon WAS vs. SEA
  • Reggie Wayne IND vs. BAL
  • Brian Quick STL at PHI
  • Sammy Watkins BUF at DET

SHAKY PLAYS

  • Larry Fitzgerald ARI at DEN
  • Rueben Randle NYG vs. ATL
  • Marques Colston NO vs. TB
  • Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at GB (FINAL)
  • Terrance Williams DAL vs. HOU
  • Eddie Royal SD vs. NYJ
  • Markus Wheaton PIT at JAC
  • Torrey Smith BAL at IND
  • Andrew Hawkins CLE at TEN
  • Allen Hurns JAC vs. PIT
  • Greg Jennings MIN at GB
  • DeSean Jackson WAS vs. SEA
  • Eric Decker NYJ at SD
  • Kendall Wright TEN vs. CLE
  • Malcom Floyd SD vs. NYJ
  • Allen Robinson JAC vs. PIT
  • Anquan Boldin SF vs. KC
  • Dwayne Bowe KC at SF
  • Devin Hester ATL at NYG
  • John Brown ARI at DEN
  • Davante Adams GB vs. MIN
  • Jarius Wright MIN at GB
  • Louis Murphy TB at NO: Murphy had six catches for 99 yards on 11 targets last week and projects for an increased role with Mike Evans sidelined. He's already been named the starter opposite Vincent Jackson.
  • Brandon LaFell NE vs. CIN
  • Jordan Matthews PHI vs. STL
  • Mohamed Sanu CIN at NE
  • Kenny Stills NO vs. TB
  • Ricardo Lockette SEA at WAS
  • Miles Austin CLE at TEN
  • Justin Hunter TEN vs. CLE
  • Harry Douglas ATL at NYG
  • Doug Baldwin SEA at WAS
  • Hakeem Nicks IND vs. BAL
  • Jeremy Kerley NYJ at SD
  • Jermaine Kearse SEA at WAS
  • Marvin Jones CIN at NE
  • Jerricho Cotchery CAR vs. CHI
  • Riley Cooper PHI vs. STL
  • Kenny Britt STL at PHI
  • Robert Woods BUF at DET
  • Steve Johnson SF vs. KC
  • Denard Robinson JAC vs. PIT
  • Odell Beckham Jr. NYG vs. ATL

TIGHT ENDS

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OVERALL TE RANKINGS FOR WEEK 5

  • Jimmy Graham NO vs. TB
  • Julius Thomas DEN vs. ARI
  • Rob Gronkowski NE vs. CIN: Gronkowski practiced in full this week and could be close to returning to a full-time role.
  • Martellus Bennett CHI at CAR
  • Larry Donnell NYG vs. ATL
  • Greg Olsen CAR vs. CHI
  • Delanie Walker TEN vs. CLE
  • Heath Miller PIT at JAC
  • Travis Kelce KC at SF
  • Antonio Gates SD vs. NYJ
  • Jordan Cameron CLE at TEN
  • Zach Ertz PHI vs. STL
  • Jason Witten DAL vs. HOU
  • Niles Paul WAS vs. SEA
  • Garrett Graham HOU at DAL
  • Owen Daniels BAL at IND
  • Dwayne Allen IND vs. BAL
  • Vernon Davis SF vs. KC: With no practices all week, Davis seems unlikely to play for the 49ers. Indeed, he said Friday that there's a "small chance" he plays, ESPN.com reports. With Vance McDonald (knee) also questionable, the 49ers might need to turn to Derek Carrier once again. McDonald logged limited practices all week, though, so he likely has a better chance to play than Davis.
  • Jared Cook STL at PHI
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at NO
  • Clay Harbor JAC vs. PIT
  • Jordan Reed WAS vs. SEA
  • Eric Ebron DET vs. BUF
  • Levine Toilolo ATL at NYG
  • Coby Fleener IND vs. BAL
  • Jace Amaro NYJ at SD
  • Luke Willson SEA at WAS
  • Jermaine Gresham CIN at NE
  • Ladarius Green SD vs. NYJ
  • Andrew Quarless GB vs. MIN (FINAL)

DST RANKS

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OVERALL DEFENSIVE RANKS FOR WEEK 5

  • Seattle Seahawks SEA at WAS
  • San Diego Chargers SD vs. NYJ
  • Detroit Lions DET vs. BUF
  • Pittsburgh Steelers PIT at JAC
  • Denver Broncos DEN vs. ARI
  • Cincinnati Bengals CIN at NE
  • Green Bay Packers GB vs. MIN
  • San Francisco 49ers SF vs. KC
  • Philadelphia Eagles PHI vs. STL
  • Cleveland Browns CLE at TEN
  • Carolina Panthers CAR vs. CHI
  • New England Patriots NE vs. CIN
  • New Orleans Saints NO vs. TB
  • Dallas Cowboys DAL vs. HOU
  • Houston Texans HOU at DAL
  • Indianapolis Colts IND vs. BAL
  • Buffalo Bills BUF at DET
  • Tennessee Titans TEN vs. CLE
  • Baltimore Ravens BAL at IND
  • Chicago Bears CHI at CAR
  • New York Giants NYG vs. ATL
  • Kansas City Chiefs KC at SF
  • St. Louis Rams STL at PHI
  • New York Jets NYJ at SD
  • Arizona Cardinals ARI at DEN
  • Atlanta Falcons ATL at NYG
  • Washington Redskins WAS vs. SEA
  • Jacksonville Jaguars JAC vs. PIT
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB at NO
  • Minnesota Vikings MIN at GB (FINAL)