Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are all on bye.
2012 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
at NYJ (Mon.)
Just like 49ers, Texans should feast on Jets' O in disarray.
Bears abused Romo (5 INTs) on MNF, greener Gabbert next.
at STL (Thurs.)
No. 2 DEF in fantasy, second in league in sacks (16).
Hawks D vs. Cam Newton will be fun to watch.
Chiefs have turned ball over NFL-worst 15 times.
San Francisco 49ers
Looking to feast on AFC East for second week in a row.
St. Louis Rams
vs. ARI (Thurs.)
Rams been strong against pass (8 INTs) so far.
Vikings can get to QB, make big special teams plays.
New York Giants
Will T-Rich run on G-Men like McCoy (123 yds.)?
Last week it was Cam, this week it's RGIII.
Should get Polamalu, Harrison back.
Green Bay Packers
Packers looking to pressure rookie Luck into mistakes.
Will need to get pressure on Big Ben to slow down passing attack.
Fins better against run than pass, could be issue with Green.
Leading league in sacks with 17.
New England Patriots
Pats rely on turnovers, Manning has just 3 INTs so far.
New York Jets
vs. HOU (Mon.)
Offensive issues starting to bring down D.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
Additional Week 5 Positional Rankings