Fantasy Football Big Board: Top 25 Players Through Week 5

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Introduction

Intro
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome to the Rant Sports Fantasy Football big board for Week 6. We have gone through five weeks of the season thus far, and like every year, there have been plenty of disappointments, surprises and guys who are living up to their billing. You're likely tearing you hair out if you picked Chris Johnson in the first round, and you're likely jumping for joy if you took Stevan Ridley in the later rounds.

Now that we're a few weeks into the year, we can start to evaluate these players based on their production and not their preseason rankings. Some of the players make this list because of their name, but mostly this list is based on their numbers so far.

Most of the players on this list should not come as a surprise to any of you who are regular checking your leagues. If you are an absentee owner, then there are definitely a few names that might make you question my knowledge of the game. Feel free to check the stats if you disagree with anyone on this list.

One thing I've noticed so far in 2012 is how many quarterbacks are legitimate fantasy options. If you're in a 10 or 12 team league, there is no chance you ended up without a solid fantasy play, unless you just completely whiffed in your draft.

Fantasy Football is subsequently one of the most fun and most frustrating games to play, so hopefully you're not putting too much stock into your leagues. That's much easier said than done though. With that said, here is my big board for Week 6.

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25. Adrian Peterson

Peterson
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

With 499 total yards and two touchdowns, it appears Adrian Peterson is not feeling many lingering effects from his knee surgery. He should get even better as the season progresses and he starts to trust the knee more.

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24. Maurice Jones-Drew

Jones-Drew
Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Maurice Jones-Drew has made a lot of people happy who were lucky enough to see him fall in their drafts. He has 494 yards and two touchdowns so far, and is obviously not feeling the effects from his holdout.

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23. Percy Harvin

Harvin
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Percy Harvin is not finding the end zone much, but he's got 469 total yards, two touchdowns and a return touchdown. He's even more valuable if your league counts return yards.

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22. LeSean McCoy

McCoy
Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE

LeSean McCoy has not been the top 10 option you thought you got in the first five picks, but he's still be good. He's go 523 total yards and two touchdowns. If Andy Reid starts giving him the ball in the goal line like he should be, McCoy will put up monster points.

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21. Brandon Marshall

Marshall
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Marshall is right around what he was projected to be prior to the season so far. He's on pace for a big year with 496 yards and three touchdowns. The reunion with Jay Cutler has paid off.

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20. Marques Colston

Colston
Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

286 of his 444 yards and all four of his touchdowns have come in the past two weeks, so he's climbed to the top 25 during that span. However, Marques Colston has been a reliable, consistent wide receiver when healthy.

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19. Roddy White

White
Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Many people thought Julio Jones would surpass Roddy White as the team's top fantasy option, and so far that hasn't happened. White is still a stud, but the two seem to be exchanging big games. White has the edge right now, as his 481 yards and three touchdowns indicate.

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18. Eli Manning

Manning
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Eli Manning is second in yards to Drew Brees, but is fifth in touchdowns and has five interceptions already. If he cuts down the mistakes and finds the end zone more, you could see him creep up this list.

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17. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

You may hear Aaron Rodgers owners complaining about his lack of production, but to expect him to duplicate his 2011 numbers was setting the bar way too high. Rodgers has still been dominant and has 1299 yards, 10 touchdowns and 108 rushing yards. He's also had rough matchups against three of the league's top defenses.

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16. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Marshawn Lynch has continued his reign of dominance from the second half of last season. He has 567 total yards and two touchdowns.

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15. Frank Gore

Gore
Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Frank Gore is showing no signs of slowing down. It doesn't hurt that he's behind a terrific offensive line and benefiting from Jim Harbaugh's great running game. He has 473 yards and four touchdowns so far.

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14. Reggie Bush

Bush
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Reggie Bush surprised a lot of people last season with his first ever 1000 yard rushing season. He clearly is better than most gave him credit for. He has 513 total yards and three touchdowns.

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13. Victor Cruz

Cruz
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Victor Cruz is still one of the best big play wide receivers in the league and exploded for three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. He has 438 yards and five touchdowns so far this season.

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12. Alfred Morris

Morris
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Rookie Alfred Morris has shocked many fantasy football owners with his consistency. Mike Shanahan is usually one of the more frustrating coaches in terms of his running backs, but Morris has been getting the bulk of the carries every game. He's got 517 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

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11. Tom Brady

Brady
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Brady was having a sub par year until these last two games. He has 563 yards and six total touchdowns in those two weeks, actually getting a rushing TD in both games.

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10. Peyton Manning

Manning
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

If there is one thing we've learned this year it is that Peyton Manning is still the same guy we once knew. He may have lost a little arm strength, but his arm was never that strong to begin with.

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9. A.J. Green

A.J. Green
Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Green has been the top wide receiver in standard leagues so far this season, with 493 yards and four touchdowns.

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8. Stevan Ridley

Ridley
Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Stevan Ridley has easily been the biggest surprise of the season so far. The New England Patriots have been running the ball a ton and Ridley is seeing the bulk of the carries. He has 541 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in 2012.

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7. Trent Richardson

Richardson
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

In watching the games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, I've come to realize Trent Richardson is a man child and will be one of the best running backs in the league as early as next season. Richardson is only a rookie, but has 472 total yards and four touchdowns thus far.

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6. Ray Rice

Rice
John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Ray Rice is so consistent it's almost unfair. If only the Ravens would give him the ball more he would be a fantasy monster. He's got 609 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns this year.

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5. Jamaal Charles

Charles
Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Jamaal Charles was an absolute bargain this season, going as low as the fourth or fifth round in some drafts. He has rewarded fantasy owners with a monster week, but has been pretty good all but one week. He has 669 total yards and three touchdowns.

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4. Robert Griffin

Griffin
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

It's amazing how much Robert Griffin is doing in his rookie season. He might actually be topping Cam Newton's production as a rookie from a fantasy points perspective. Griffin is third in total points in standard leagues, having 1161 passing yards and four touchdowns, and 241 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The key for Griffin? He only has two turnovers.

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3. Matt Ryan

Ryan
Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Ryan is the top MVP candidate right now, and he's having a terrific fantasy season as well. Not only are the Atlanta Falcons undefeated right now, but the offense is putting up huge numbers. Ryan has 1507 passing yards and 13 touchdowns so far, plus 53 rushing yards and one TD on the ground.

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2. Drew Brees

Brees
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints are not having the best year, but Drew Brees is still putting up his video game numbers. He has 1720 passing yards and 15 total touchdowns this season. The problem with the Saints is their defense.

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1. Arian Foster

Foster
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

It's going to take several awful weeks to move Arian Foster from the top spot of my rankings. The Houston Texans run the ball like crazy and their offensive line is one of the best in the business. Foster has 592 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns already.

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Introduction

Intro
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome to the Rant Sports Fantasy Football big board for Week 6. We have gone through five weeks of the season thus far, and like every year, there have been plenty of disappointments, surprises and guys who are living up to their billing. You're likely tearing you hair out if you picked Chris Johnson in the first round, and you're likely jumping for joy if you took Stevan Ridley in the later rounds.

Now that we're a few weeks into the year, we can start to evaluate these players based on their production and not their preseason rankings. Some of the players make this list because of their name, but mostly this list is based on their numbers so far.

Most of the players on this list should not come as a surprise to any of you who are regular checking your leagues. If you are an absentee owner, then there are definitely a few names that might make you question my knowledge of the game. Feel free to check the stats if you disagree with anyone on this list.

One thing I've noticed so far in 2012 is how many quarterbacks are legitimate fantasy options. If you're in a 10 or 12 team league, there is no chance you ended up without a solid fantasy play, unless you just completely whiffed in your draft.

Fantasy Football is subsequently one of the most fun and most frustrating games to play, so hopefully you're not putting too much stock into your leagues. That's much easier said than done though. With that said, here is my big board for Week 6.

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25. Adrian Peterson

Peterson
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

With 499 total yards and two touchdowns, it appears Adrian Peterson is not feeling many lingering effects from his knee surgery. He should get even better as the season progresses and he starts to trust the knee more.

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24. Maurice Jones-Drew

Jones-Drew
Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Maurice Jones-Drew has made a lot of people happy who were lucky enough to see him fall in their drafts. He has 494 yards and two touchdowns so far, and is obviously not feeling the effects from his holdout.

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23. Percy Harvin

Harvin
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Percy Harvin is not finding the end zone much, but he's got 469 total yards, two touchdowns and a return touchdown. He's even more valuable if your league counts return yards.

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22. LeSean McCoy

McCoy
Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE

LeSean McCoy has not been the top 10 option you thought you got in the first five picks, but he's still be good. He's go 523 total yards and two touchdowns. If Andy Reid starts giving him the ball in the goal line like he should be, McCoy will put up monster points.

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21. Brandon Marshall

Marshall
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Marshall is right around what he was projected to be prior to the season so far. He's on pace for a big year with 496 yards and three touchdowns. The reunion with Jay Cutler has paid off.

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20. Marques Colston

Colston
Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

286 of his 444 yards and all four of his touchdowns have come in the past two weeks, so he's climbed to the top 25 during that span. However, Marques Colston has been a reliable, consistent wide receiver when healthy.

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19. Roddy White

White
Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

Many people thought Julio Jones would surpass Roddy White as the team's top fantasy option, and so far that hasn't happened. White is still a stud, but the two seem to be exchanging big games. White has the edge right now, as his 481 yards and three touchdowns indicate.

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18. Eli Manning

Manning
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Eli Manning is second in yards to Drew Brees, but is fifth in touchdowns and has five interceptions already. If he cuts down the mistakes and finds the end zone more, you could see him creep up this list.

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17. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

You may hear Aaron Rodgers owners complaining about his lack of production, but to expect him to duplicate his 2011 numbers was setting the bar way too high. Rodgers has still been dominant and has 1299 yards, 10 touchdowns and 108 rushing yards. He's also had rough matchups against three of the league's top defenses.

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16. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Marshawn Lynch has continued his reign of dominance from the second half of last season. He has 567 total yards and two touchdowns.

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15. Frank Gore

Gore
Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Frank Gore is showing no signs of slowing down. It doesn't hurt that he's behind a terrific offensive line and benefiting from Jim Harbaugh's great running game. He has 473 yards and four touchdowns so far.

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14. Reggie Bush

Bush
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Reggie Bush surprised a lot of people last season with his first ever 1000 yard rushing season. He clearly is better than most gave him credit for. He has 513 total yards and three touchdowns.

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13. Victor Cruz

Cruz
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Victor Cruz is still one of the best big play wide receivers in the league and exploded for three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. He has 438 yards and five touchdowns so far this season.

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12. Alfred Morris

Morris
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Rookie Alfred Morris has shocked many fantasy football owners with his consistency. Mike Shanahan is usually one of the more frustrating coaches in terms of his running backs, but Morris has been getting the bulk of the carries every game. He's got 517 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

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11. Tom Brady

Brady
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Brady was having a sub par year until these last two games. He has 563 yards and six total touchdowns in those two weeks, actually getting a rushing TD in both games.

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10. Peyton Manning

Manning
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

If there is one thing we've learned this year it is that Peyton Manning is still the same guy we once knew. He may have lost a little arm strength, but his arm was never that strong to begin with.

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9. A.J. Green

A.J. Green
Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Green has been the top wide receiver in standard leagues so far this season, with 493 yards and four touchdowns.

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8. Stevan Ridley

Ridley
Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Stevan Ridley has easily been the biggest surprise of the season so far. The New England Patriots have been running the ball a ton and Ridley is seeing the bulk of the carries. He has 541 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in 2012.

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7. Trent Richardson

Richardson
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

In watching the games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, I've come to realize Trent Richardson is a man child and will be one of the best running backs in the league as early as next season. Richardson is only a rookie, but has 472 total yards and four touchdowns thus far.

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6. Ray Rice

Rice
John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Ray Rice is so consistent it's almost unfair. If only the Ravens would give him the ball more he would be a fantasy monster. He's got 609 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns this year.

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5. Jamaal Charles

Charles
Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Jamaal Charles was an absolute bargain this season, going as low as the fourth or fifth round in some drafts. He has rewarded fantasy owners with a monster week, but has been pretty good all but one week. He has 669 total yards and three touchdowns.

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4. Robert Griffin

Griffin
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

It's amazing how much Robert Griffin is doing in his rookie season. He might actually be topping Cam Newton's production as a rookie from a fantasy points perspective. Griffin is third in total points in standard leagues, having 1161 passing yards and four touchdowns, and 241 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The key for Griffin? He only has two turnovers.

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3. Matt Ryan

Ryan
Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Ryan is the top MVP candidate right now, and he's having a terrific fantasy season as well. Not only are the Atlanta Falcons undefeated right now, but the offense is putting up huge numbers. Ryan has 1507 passing yards and 13 touchdowns so far, plus 53 rushing yards and one TD on the ground.

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2. Drew Brees

Brees
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints are not having the best year, but Drew Brees is still putting up his video game numbers. He has 1720 passing yards and 15 total touchdowns this season. The problem with the Saints is their defense.

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1. Arian Foster

Foster
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

It's going to take several awful weeks to move Arian Foster from the top spot of my rankings. The Houston Texans run the ball like crazy and their offensive line is one of the best in the business. Foster has 592 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns already.


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