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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 5

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After just 244 passing yards against Cincinnati, Aaron Rodgers will rebound against Detroit this week.

Week 5 should bring the fantasy community a whole lot of excitement.

New Orleans visits Chicago. Detroit goes to Green Bay in a huge divisional game. The Giants and Eagles may not be very good, but that game certainly features plenty of fantasy studs. Denver heads to Dallas in what is likely it's most challenging game to date.

Who will put up big numbers in those games, and the other 10 matchups this week. Let's find out with the Week 5 projections.

Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football fast forward, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, composite rankings, and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 5

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Aaron
      Rodgers
      QB
    4. PASS YDS404
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS11
    8. RUSH TD0

    The Packers are 1-2 and can't afford to fall 2.5 games behind the Lions with a head-to head loss to boot. Rodgers won't let that happen.

    1. 2
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS423
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Manning is on pace for 5,880 yards and 64 touchdowns this season. Yeah, he's having a nice start to the year.

    1. 3
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    4. PASS YDS410
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Going up against a strong Miami defense, Brees threw for 413 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions. He should have a field day against the Bears.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS127
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD1

    The fact that we can safely call a game in which McCoy had 94 yards from scrimmage subpar shows how great he has been this year. He'll rebound against the Giants.

    1. 2
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS82
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD1

    Charles kept on rolling last week, totaling 127 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown. He's every bit as good as advertised.

    1. 3
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS56
    7. REC TD0

    Forte ran for 95 yards and a TD on just 14 carries and caught another four passes for 22 yards. He's a top-five running back.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS118
    5. REC TD2

    Johnson had four catches for 44 yards and a TD last week. He'll be happy to not see Charles Tillman across from him this week.

    1. 2
    2. Julio Jones
    3. Julio
      Jones
      WR
    4. REC YDS81
    5. REC TD2

    Jones hasn't been 100 percent most of the season, but that doesn’t stop him from putting up big numbers.

    1. 3
    2. Victor Cruz
    3. Victor
      Cruz
      WR
    4. REC YDS131
    5. REC TD1

    It has been a terrible year for this offense as a whole, but Cruz has been a monster. He'll keep that up against Philly.

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Tight Ends

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Kickers

    1. 1
    2. Greg Zuerlein
    3. Greg
      Zuerlein
      K
    4. PAT2
    5. FG4

    Zuerlein is 6-for-6 on the season, and the Rams should have plenty of scoring opportunities this week.

    1. 2
    2. Matt Prater
    3. Matt
      Prater
      K
    4. PAT4
    5. FG3

    The Broncos are sometimes too good for Prater, but he should be started with confidence every week.

    1. 3
    2. Alex Henery
    3. Alex
      Henery
      K
    4. PAT3
    5. FG3

    Henery made two of his three field goal attempts last week and has already missed three field goals this year, all from within 50 yards.

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Defenses

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