With four teams having a bye this week (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), things get a bit tougher for fantasy football owners lacking strong flex options. That's why we're here to help. Here we are in Week 5, and the depth on this list doesn't match what it was a few weeks ago. Still, we fight on, combining the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends (especially the tight ends, one might say!), to form a tidy top 100 for those looking for advice when comparing options.
Of course, your teams are yours and should be managed with that in mind, but use these ranks and ESPN Fantasy in general as a guide, not a rule. Check out the Week 5 staff rankings, which you can sort individually by expert, and perhaps your question was answered either in my Wednesday chat wrap or will be by my colleagues today or tomorrow. You can also find me on Twitter (I am @karabellespn).
Good luck in Week 5 and beyond!
1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Getting a bit too many rushing attempts for my taste, but he appears healthy. Certainly healthier than the Jets defense; he should find plenty of running room Sunday.
2. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Has 39 fewer rushing attempts than Foster, but only seven fewer fantasy points.
3. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Getting 20-plus carries per game, but no issues here.
5. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: His top game this season was 13 fantasy points, and he's not catching passes. Don't ever sit him, but is he still in the top-3 class? After this week, probably not.
7. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: I'd just close my eyes and play him weekly, despite the inconsistency.
9. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
10. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
11. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Remember that his team is playing Thursday. Of course, you'd never sit Fitz.
12. Roddy White, WR, Falcons: If you own White and his sophomore stud wide receiver teammate, don't overrate the situation. Both are great.
13. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: After the first week, he has been impressive.
14. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins: Who else was shocked that he played last week? This guy is durable now!
16. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
17. Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Didn't look his best Monday, but should be fine this week.
18. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings: Don't worry, he'll score some "conventional" touchdowns this season, too.
19. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Honestly, this situation doesn't worry me much. It doesn't matter who starts. Mathews will get plenty of touches either way.
20. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: You can see by this rank how concerned I am about him being in a timeshare. (Uh, I'm not.)
21. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: Eight catches over the past three weeks is not cool. Won't last this highly ranked much longer without producing.
22. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: So overrated he actually became underrated.
23. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Has basically convinced Mike Shanahan he's for real, which is more important than convincing anyone else.
25. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
26. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
27. Cedric Benson, RB, Packers: Running well and has another fine matchup.
28. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: Awfully quiet so far, but give him time.
29. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: He's doing fine but hasn't been worth that top-20 pick.
30. Marques Colston, WR, Saints: Seems underrated to me. I ranked him well.
31. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos: Does anyone else still remember the unbelievable hit he took to his knee in the Fiesta Bowl? How has this guy had such a good career? Kudos to him.
32. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Quietly emerging as a safe, balanced WR2.
33. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
34. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Hey, garbage-time fantasy points count, too!
35. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants: Should see a majority of the backfield touches again this week.
36. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: Who would have thought his owners would be so happy to have him back from his bye week?
37. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
38. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
39. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: Does nothing for three weeks, then runs great on a tough defense. Can't explain that.
40. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: If he can't hold on to the football, there could be ramifications.
41. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Isn't dropping passes like he did a year ago, which is nice.
42. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots: Don't let this relatively poor rank fool you; he's still a potential statistical time bomb ready to explode.
44. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
45. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
46. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: People are concerned because of his age, but better numbers are coming.
47. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Should get more touches than his colleague, thus the better rank.
48. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: Fewer touches isn't always a bad thing, though.
49. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills
50. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
51. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles: Certainly looks like is slowed by injury, but it's premature to give up on him.
52. Donald Brown, RB, Colts
53. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
54. Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers: A worthy flex option this week, but relying on him for the long term is not wise.
56. Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals: Is better than he looked in Week 4, but still not a star, despite opportunity.
57. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: Better health would be nice.
58. Danny Amendola, WR, Rams
59. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
60. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
61. Michael Bush, RB, Bears: Some weeks he'll get a goal-line score, and some weeks he won't. That's the problem.
62. Lance Moore, WR, Saints
63. Nate Washington, WR, Titans
64. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins: On pace for more than 1,800 receiving yards, just like everyone expected. Um, right.
65. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: If he can't produce numbers this week against the Saints, then he might drop from the top 10 at his position. No, seriously.
66. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers: A must-add just in case, but hardly a must-play this week.
67. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
68. Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants: Totally dependent on whether Nicks plays.
69. Donnie Avery, WR, Colts: Might be a bit forgotten coming off the bye, but he was doing well.
70. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets: He certainly isn't doing well. I wouldn't drop him yet, though.
71. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
72. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
73. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens
74. Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers: I'm going out on a limb here, because he's better than this and he's facing his old team.
75. Ben Tate, RB, Texans: Seems to be getting fewer looks each week.
76. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
77. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers: If something were to happen to Gore, this guy is next in line, not Jacobs.
78. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks: Could use some help from his quarterback.
79. Fred Davis, TE, Redskins: One of those forgotten tight ends who is capable of top-5 numbers.
80. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Redskins
81. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
82. Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots: Popular add this week, but not likely to see a ton of touches in a closer game.
83. Greg Little, WR, Browns: His numbers would look better if he would actually catch the targets.
84. Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings: Nice opening game for him and probably ranked too low here, since I like his quarterback.
85. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers
86. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams
87. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
88. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
89. Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants: Commenters cried out for his inclusion last week, and he scored nary a fantasy point.
90. Andre Brown, RB, Giants: Things change fast in the fantasy football world. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.
91. Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: Hartline had the big game, but Bess is going to catch 75 passes this season as well.
92. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings: Another no-show in Week 4, but still worth using.
93. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Bengals
94. Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals
95. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins
96. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Nice sleeper for a team that throws a lot.
97. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos: Finally saw him do something in Week 4, which is a nice harbinger.
98. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
100. Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots
Others: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears; Kendall Wright, WR, Titans; Owen Daniels, TE, Texans; Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens; Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers; Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens; Lance Ball, RB, Broncos; Bilal Powell, RB, Jets; Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings; Shaun Draughn, RB, Chiefs.