Week 6 NFL Power Rankings


Week 6 of the NFL Power Rankings is a good time to assess the fantasy football landscape. Odds are that your squad hasn’t performed the way you expected it to, as some players have exceeded their preseason rankings while others, to be frank, haven’t.

We’re going to name names, as our NFL Nation reporters each picked a player from their team who has had a surprising fantasy season to date. So read up and figure out how to get these guys via trade or the waiver wire (or figure out if you need to trade or release the underperformers). How we rank: Our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluates how teams stack up throughout the season.

Previous rankings: 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Preseason

Week 5 ranking: 1

Surprise fantasy player: Sony Michel, RB

Sunday’s performance represented a notable change for those patiently waiting for Michel to have some significant production. He finished with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 32 yards. The pass-catching production is a good sign that the coaching staff is trusting Michel more in the passing game. Last year when Michel was on the field, it was almost always a run. Look for Michel’s production to increase going forward, now with some added potential in the passing game. — Mike Reiss



Tim Hasselbeck explains why he has no doubts in selecting Tom Brady as the all-time quarterback he’d pick if he needed to win a game.

Week 5 ranking: 3

Surprise fantasy player: Jared Cook, TE

The Saints’ highest-profile free-agent addition hasn’t delivered much yet as the Saints continue to search for a reliable third option behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. But Cook did catch a season-high four passes for 41 yards and his first TD in Week 5, and he is third on the team with 23 targets this season. So there still should be some better days to come, mixed with some quiet ones. — Mike Triplett

Week 5 ranking: 2

Surprise fantasy player: Tyreek Hill, WR

Hill’s impact should grow as early as this Sunday’s game against the Texans. He returned to practice last week after missing four games with a collarbone and sternum injury and looked close to being ready for game action. If anyone’s return from an extended absence should be seamless, it is Hill’s. He missed offseason practice because of suspension but came back at camp like he hadn’t missed a day. While the Chiefs have developed receiving threats in his absence, don’t mistake who their No. 1 guy is. It’s Hill. — Adam Teicher

Week 5 ranking: 6

Surprise fantasy player: Aaron Jones, RB

Yes, everyone expected Jones to be the Packers’ go-to guy on the ground, and he has a pair of 100-yard games so far. But did anyone expect him to match his 2018 touchdown total in five weeks? Of course, half of his eight rushing touchdowns came in one game — on Sunday at Dallas. But if that game showed Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur anything, it’s that Jones should be the first option when the Packers get near the goal line. — Rob Demovsky

Week 5 ranking: 7

Surprise fantasy player: Will Dissly, TE

The Seahawks coveted Dissly in the 2018 draft for his blocking, so even they might be surprised that he has emerged as one of Russell Wilson‘s go-to targets. His four touchdowns this season give him six in his career, which tied the record for most scores by a tight end in his first eight games since the merger. What makes it even more surprising: Dissly is coming off a torn patellar tendon that ended his rookie season after four games. That’s a hard touchdown pace to sustain, but Dissly looks like he’ll remain Seattle’s first option at tight end, even when Ed Dickson comes off the injured reserve list. — Brady Henderson

Week 5 ranking: 8

Surprise fantasy player: Raheem Mostert, RB

Mostert was impressive enough in the preseason and in short bursts last year that the Niners wanted to get him more involved this season. That happened sooner than expected when Tevin Coleman suffered a sprained ankle in Week 1. Mostert rewarded San Francisco’s belief in him by averaging nearly 6 yards per carry in the first three games, but with Coleman back, it’s fair to wonder where Mostert fits in. Expect the Niners to keep getting Mostert opportunities, but it’s hard to project consistent touches in a talented room that also includes Matt Breida. — Nick Wagoner

Week 5 ranking: 4

Surprise fantasy player: Cooper Kupp, WR

Kupp, the Rams’ shifty and speedy slot receiver, is coming off season-ending ACL surgery, but that has not slowed him one bit. The third-year pro is the go-to target for quarterback Jared Goff. Kupp leads the team with 41 receptions on 63 targets. He has a team-high 505 receiving yards, and his five touchdowns are the most among a receiving corps that includes Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. — Lindsey Thiry

Week 5 ranking: 5

Surprise fantasy player: Michael Gallup, WR

Gallup missed two games because of arthroscopic knee surgery, but he remains on pace for a 1,000-yard season. The Cowboys’ passing game is led by Amari Cooper, but Gallup has seen a jump in his production because of the trust Dak Prescott has in him. Gallup has two 100-yard performances in the three games he has played, putting him on pace for 64 receptions and 1,085 yards. He has hit the end zone just once, but if teams do more to take away Cooper, then Gallup is showing he can hurt defenses, too. There’s no reason to think he can’t continue this type of play. — Todd Archer

Week 5 ranking: 11

Surprise fantasy player: Zach Ertz, TE

Coming off a record-breaking season in which he had 116 catches and eight touchdowns, Ertz has had a quieter start to his 2019 campaign. His first touchdown came on Sunday against the Jets. Among tight ends, he ranks fourth in catches (29) and fifth in yards (312). Expect his production to pick up in the coming weeks, especially once field-stretcher DeSean Jackson returns from injury. — Tim McManus

Week 5 ranking: 12

Surprise fantasy player: Frank Gore, RB

We probably shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but Gore continues to produce in his 15th season. In the three games Devin Singletary has missed with a hamstring injury, Gore has averaged 81.7 rushing yards and 5.4 yards per carry. That being said, his touches likely will decrease once Singletary returns, so Gore isn’t likely to hit the 1,066 rushing yards that he is on pace for. — Marcel Louis-Jacques



Ryan Clark hasn’t seen enough from Lamar Jackson or the Ravens’ defense in order to consider them Super Bowl contenders this season.

Week 5 ranking: 10

Surprise fantasy player: Marquise Brown, WR

It was unknown what kind of impact Brown would make — if any at all — after the rookie missed a chunk of training camp and half the preseason games while recovering from offseason foot surgery. But Brown, who is nicknamed “Hollywood,” ranks in the top 20 in fantasy points after catching three touchdown passes in his first five games. This will be a challenging pace to keep up for Brown. Over his next four games, he’ll play three defenses (Bengals twice and Patriots) that rank in the top 10 in fewest yards allowed to wide receivers this season. — Jamison Hensley

Week 5 ranking: 13

Surprise fantasy player: DeAndre Hopkins, WR

Texans tight end Darren Fells has more touchdowns (three) than Hopkins (two) through five games. Hopkins opened the season with a big performance against the Saints, but he hasn’t had 100 yards receiving in game since. Teams have been doubling Hopkins, and when the Falcons did that on Sunday, it allowed Will Fuller V to take advantage, with 14 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. “As long as the scoreboard says W, I’m happy,” Hopkins said. “I know I can’t go out there and beat a team by myself. The little things you don’t see on fantasy football. It’s real football.” — Sarah Barshop

Week 5 ranking: 9

Surprise fantasy player: David Montgomery, RB

Montgomery’s fantasy value has decreased because the Bears can’t do much right on offense. Eventually, though, Montgomery is expected to break through and become a focal point. As head coach Matt Nagy feels more pressure to turn Chicago’s quarterbacks into game managers, the Bears’ focus will turn more to the run game, for which Montgomery is the only true three-down back on the roster. Montgomery is too talented not to have a serious fantasy impact. — Jeff Dickerson

Week 5 ranking: 14

Surprise fantasy player: Kyle Rudolph, TE

The nine-year veteran tight end didn’t think his main responsibility would be blocking when he signed a lucrative contract extension in June, but that has been Rudolph’s primary role, as his targets have shrunk significantly in 2019. He has had exactly one pass thrown his way in each of the past three games, and he doesn’t possess value as a red zone threat to fantasy owners as he once did. We expected Rudolph’s role in the passing game to decrease with a shift to a more run-oriented attack, but where it is right now is somewhat staggering. — Courtney Cronin



Pat McAfee loves what he’s seeing from the Colts and how they’ve rallied since Andrew Luck retired.

Week 5 ranking: 19

Surprise fantasy player: Marlon Mack, RB

The Colts are leaning heavy on Mack to lighten quarterback Jacoby Brissett‘s workload. Mack hasn’t disappointed so far, as two of his six career 100-yard rushing games have come this season. Mack is coming off a game in which he had a career-high 29 carries for 132 yards against Kansas City to bring his season rushing total to 470 yards. He is on pace to be the 1,500-yard rusher owner Jim Irsay envisioned he would be a couple of years ago. — Mike Wells

Week 5 ranking: 15

Surprise fantasy player: Kerryon Johnson, RB

Johnson would be the first one to tell you he doesn’t care about his fantasy production, just what his teammates and coaches are asking of him. But it hasn’t been the most productive fantasy year for him, topping 50 yards just once and scoring twice in four weeks. However, Johnson looks like he found something in his most recent contest against Kansas City in which he rushed for 125 yards. The schedule doesn’t get much easier, with Green Bay and Minnesota next, but Johnson appears to have found some rhythm, which should bode well the rest of the season. — Michael Rothstein

Week 5 ranking: 20

Surprise fantasy player: Curtis Samuel, WR

Samuel looked set to have a breakout year in training camp. However, with the injury to QB Cam Newton and the heavy workload Christian McCaffrey has received since, Samuel has only 19 catches and one touchdown through five games. Samuel hasn’t developed the rapport on the field with Kyle Allen that he had with Newton. Again, the Panthers have simplified things and have leaned heavily on the running game to take the pressure off Allen. — David Newton

Week 5 ranking: 17

Surprise fantasy player: Ricky Seals-Jones, TE

With David Njoku on injured reserve with a wrist injury, Seals-Jones has emerged as Baker Mayfield‘s favorite tight end target. Coach Freddie Kitchens loves using TEs, which means Seals-Jones will continue to be on the field, at least until Njoku returns, which won’t be until late November at the earliest. — Jake Trotter

Week 5 ranking: 16

Surprise fantasy player: Hunter Henry, TE

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