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Erickson: Week 5 fantasy football rankings overview

In this week’s preview of the NFL slate, I'm highlighting key insights on players from all the road teams. For my takes on fantasy players from all the home teams, check out PFF's NFL Week 5 Preview, where I put my fantasy spin on half of the matchups this coming this week.

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I'll identify sleepers, busts, DFS picks and waiver-wire options with consideration for injuries and other fantasy-relevant news and notes. It’s the behind the scenes look into my weekly fantasy rankings

I’ll also add some suggested potential replacements for the players from the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, as the game is in doubt amid more positive Covid-19 tests coming out of Tennessee. 

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

I'm slightly higher on Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr this weekend than the overall consensus, ranking him just outside the top 20 and considering him a viable play in 2QB or Superflex formats. It might sound surprising, but Carr is the QB9 on the season despite three pretty tough matchups in the last few weeks.

The Raiders’ quarterback should play well enough offensively to make Josh Jacobs ($6,300) a staple in DraftKings DFS cash game lineups. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed the sixth-most rushing yards to the running back position this season.

And even if the Raiders were to predictably fall behind as 13-point road dogs, Jacobs has been involved enough in the passing game thus far to be game script-proof. He leads the Raiders running backs by a large margin in routes run (69) and targets (16). He's a top-five running back this week. 

Darren Waller ($5,900) is also in a nice spot as a bring-back option in DFS if you decide to stack the Chiefs’ offense. Waller has seen a 29% target share of the offense this season and played well in both games against the Chiefs last season.

He averaged over 80 yards and eight targets in two games versus his AFC West rival. 

I wouldn’t go back to Hunter Renfrow in any format this week. He had the plus-matchup in the slot last week, but it’s a different story against the Chiefs. They've allowed the third-fewest targets to slot wide receivers this season.  

CAROLINA PANTHERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS

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