Fantasy Football rankings for week 5, 2022: model says start Rashaad Penny, but sit Najee Harris

Fantasy football injuries are starting to pile up, which could make it difficult to define your fantasy football rosters for Week 5. The Colts have announced that Jonathan Taylor (knee) is out for a Week 5 game with the Colts. Broncos, and losing one of fantasy football’s top picks is a blow to running back depth. To make matters worse, Javonte Williams and Cordarrelle Patterson both landed on IR with knee injuries, while David Montgomery looks questionable for Week 5 with his own knee injury.

Who should you target in the Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings at running back and all other positions? Before setting your fantasy football rosters, be sure to check out the Week 5 fantasy football rankings from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

When it comes to player rankings, SportsLine’s model has beaten human fantasy football experts over the past few seasons, especially when there were large differences in rankings. Over the course of a season, it could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.

Last week, the model was extremely high on Lions running back Jamaal Williams, saying he would finish among the top 10 players in his position. The result: Williams recorded 19 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit’s loss to the Seahawks. Anyone who had him in their roster was on course for a huge week.

Now the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its fantasy football ranking for Week 5 of the 2022 NFL season. Head over to SportsLine now to see them.

Top Fantasy Football Picks of Week 5

One player the role model is being raised on this week: Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny. After leading the NFL in averaging 6.3 yards per carry and racking up 749 yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games last season, Penny had a relatively disappointing three games to start the 2022 NFL season. However, his general lack of productivity felt more like a product of the game situation and those who stuck with him were rewarded in Week 4.

Penny rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a thrilling 48-45 win over the Lions last week and now he has another solid matchup against a 20th-ranked Saints defense. Penny has made 69% of offensive snaps in three of four games this season, and so far second-round pick Kenneth Walker III hasn’t encroached on his workload. It’s one of the main reasons the model likes Penny among the top 10 running backs in her Week 5 fantasy football RB rankings. See who else to target here.

And a huge shocker: Steelers running back Najee Harris, who has scored a touchdown in every one of Pittsburgh’s road games this season, stumbles wildly and doesn’t even make the top 20 at his position. Harris recorded 18 carries for 74 yards in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Jets last Sunday. Pittsburgh’s offense has struggled to find a rhythm against the Jets and the Steelers are expected to advance rookie QB Kenny Pickett.

That doesn’t bode well for Harris’ fantasy value with teams expected to stack the box against an inexperienced caller. Additionally, Harris and the Steelers will face the Buffalo Bills, who are giving up just 234.5 yards per game this season, ranking them first in the NFL. With such a tough game on Sunday, Harris is one player to consider benching in Week 5. See who else to fade here.

How to Set Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

The model also calls for a surprising quarterback you wouldn’t even think of to finish in the top 10 of their Week 5 fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

So who should you start and sit on this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 5 fantasy football rankings for every position, and see which QB will come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that has outplayed the experts for the most part.

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