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Here’s my Week 4 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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1. Chris Johnson:  CJ should dominate Denver at home.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew:  263 total yards and 3 TDs vs. Indy last year.
3. Arian Foster:  Favorable match-up against Oakland.
4. Frank Gore:  Will new OC get things going for San Fran offense?
5. Michael Turner:  Niners defense is not as advertised.
6. Pierre Thomas:  81 yards and a score against Carolina last year.
7. LeSean McCoy:  101 total yards vs. Skins at home last year.
8. Rashard Mendenhall:  Tough draw against Baltimore.
9. Cedric Benson:  Strong play against Cleveland.
10. Darren McFadden:  Run DMC continues to shed the bust label vs. HOU.
11. Ray Rice:  Tough draw against Baltimore, if he plays at all (knee).
12. Ladainian Tomlison: The LT rebirth continues vs. BUF.
13. DeAngelo Williams:  149 yards and 2 TDs last time he played Saints.
14. Clinton Portis:  McNabb will need his new friends to beat his old ones.
15. Matt Forte:  Should be active in passing game vs. Giants.
16. Beanie Wells:  Nice play if he can stay healthy vs. SD.
17. Mike Tolbert:  Nice play vs. Arizona if Ryan Mathews remains out.
18. Shonn Greene:  I expect the Greene-LT 1-2 punch to be busy.
19. Joseph Addai:  Solid RB2 during bye weeks.
20. Ahmad Bradshaw:  Bears have tough run D. Will have to add rec. yards.
21. Brandon Jackson:  Splitting carries, but good start vs. Detroit.
22. Justin Forsett:  130 yards and 2 TDs last time he played STL.
23. Petyon Hillis:  Will need his tough running against Cincy.
24. Ronnie Brown:  Aside from one monster game, he’s struggled vs. Pats.
25. Jonathan Stewart:  163 total yards and TD in 2 games vs. NO last year.
26. Ricky Williams:  Fins will try to control clock to keep Brady watching.
27.  John Kuhn:  Good chance to score vs. Detroit
28. Marshawn Lynch:  Top choice of an ugly three-headed RB set.
29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis:  Law firm will move up ranks if Fred Taylor is out.
30. Tim Hightower:  Second fiddle now that Beanie is back.

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Here are my Week 4 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.
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1. Aaron Rodgers:  Manhandled Detroit last year; 353 ypg, 5 TDs, 1 INT
2. Peyton Manning:  305 ypg & 5 TDs vs. Jacksonville last year.
3. Drew Brees:  Averaged 316 ypg with 5 TDs in last three starts vs. CAR.
4. Tom Brady:  Averaged 342 ypg vs. Miami last year.
5. Philip Rivers:  New WRs are doing the trick. Should torch Arizona.
6. Michael Vick:  Vick will be out to prove himself against McNabb.
7. Jay Cutler:  Cutler will keep slinging it vs. Giants.
8.  Donovan McNabb:  Guess who’s going back to Philadelphia?
9.  Matt Schaub:  Should be heavy on the run vs. Oakland.
10. Carson Palmer:  23 TDs in ten career games against Browns.
11. Eli Manning:  CHI has stout run defense, Giants are a passing team.
12. Matt Ryan:   Plays SF at home where he has 14 TDs in past seven games.
13. Kyle Orton:  Had 13 TDs, 3 INTs on road last year. Playing in TENN.
14. Matt Hasselbeck:  Match-up against St. Louis has him borderline QB1.
15. Alex Smith: Consistency is an issue, but has weapons to exploit ATL.
16. Joe Flacco:  Faces Steelers in Pittsburgh. Use your backup.
17. Chad Henne:  Averaged 277 ypg vs. New England last year.
18. Mark Sanchez:  Ground control against Bills this week.
19. Bruce Gradkowski:  Plays Houston who has been lit up every week.
20. David Garrard:  552 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs last two home starts vs. Indy.

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Here’s my Week 3 wide receiver rankings.

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1. Miles Austin
2. Calvin Johnson
3. Randy Moss
4. DeSean Jackson
Andre Johnson
6. Wes Welker
7. Roddy White
8. Greg Jennings
9. Reggie Wayne
10. Marques Colston
11. Chad Ochocinco
12. Larry Fitzgerald
13. Brandon Marshall
14. Hakeem Nicks
15. Steve Smith (CAR)
16.  Anquan Boldin
17. Terrell Owens
18. Austin Collie
19. Percy Harvin
20. Santana Moss
21. Johnny Knox
22. Donald Driver
23. Hines Ward
24. Jeremy Maclin
25. Steve Smith (NYG)
26. Demaryius Thomas
27. Dwayne Bowe
28. Kevin Walter
29. Robert Meachem
30. Malcom Floyd
31. Mark Clayton
32. Michael Crabtree
33. Legedu Naanee
34. Bernard Berrian
35. Dez Bryant
36. Mike Thomas
37. Eddie Royal
38. Devery Henderson
39. Devin Aromashodu
40. Mike Sims-Walker
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Notable changes:

  • Andre Johnson’s ankle won’t knock him out of the game, but it will knock him out of my #1 ranking.
  • Pierre Garcon is out today. Reggie Wayne slid up from #11 to #9 and Austin Collie jumped up dramatically to #18.
  • I think it was wishful thinking with Dwayne Bowe, but reality set in and I slid him from #20 to #27.
  • With AJ not at 100% and Owen Daniels still not back, I think I was not given Kevin Walter enough credit. I rectified that by putting him at #28.
  • Michael Crabree is like Dwayne Bowe. He got bumped down two slots.
  • With Knowshon Moreno out the Broncos should use more bubble screens with Eddie Royal to move the chains and control the clock much like the Patriots do with Wes Welker. Royal wasn’t ranked before the injury, but now is listed at #37.

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Here’s my Week 3 running back rankings.

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1. Adrian Peterson
2. Ray Rice
3. Chris Johnson
4. Frank Gore
5.  Rashard Mendenhall
6. Maurice Jones-Drew
7. Arian Foster
8. Pierre Thomas
9. Michael Turner
10. Steven Jackson
11. Jahvid Best
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Clinton Portis
14. Darren McFadden
15. Cedric Benson
16. DeAngelo Williams
17. Mike Tolbert
18.  Matt Forte
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Shonn Greene
21. Joseph Addai
22. Tim Hightower
22. Jamaal Charles
24. Brandon Jackson
25. Fred Taylor
26.  Ronnie Brown
27. Jonathan Stewart
28. Felix Jones
29. Thomas Jones
30. Petyon Hillis
31. Cadillac Williams
32. Ladainian Tomlison
33. Ricky Williams
34. Justin Forsett
35. Correll Buckhalter

 

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Notable changes:

  • Tom Coughlin’s doghouse is not easy to get out of, which bumps Brandon Jacobs from the list.
  • Jason Snelling played too well not to get additional touches, especially with Turner at less than 100%. I wouldn’t do anything drastic like bench him, but I did knock him down to the nine slot.
  • Even though the Raiders make a QB change and Michael Bush returned to practice, Darren McFadden was just too low. I moved the NFL’s #2 rusher up to #14.
  • I slid Thomas Jones’ former running mate Shonn Greene down to #20 because LT looks so good, and his current running mate Jamaal Charles to 23 because Thomas Jones remains the starter. Thomas Jones takes Brandon Jacobs’ spot on the list.
  • Initially Ronnie Brown was off the list because Ricky Williams had twice as many rushing yards against the Jets last year, but I think I was putting too much stock in last year. Ronnie makes the list at #26.
  • Knowshon Moreno will miss this week’s game against Seattle, meaning Correll Buckhalter joins the ranks.
  • Beanie Wells is expected to play this week. I think they’ll limit his touches so Hightower is still the RB to use, though I did move him down a few slots.
  • Marshawn Lynch was bumped from the list to make room for Ronnie Brown.

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Here’s my Week 3 IDP rankings.

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1. Patrick Willis:  Will be busy tackling Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles.
2. Laurence Timmons:   26 tackles in two games. Faces Tampa Bay.
3. Jonathan Vilma:  Turner, Snelling, and Gonzo should keep him busy.
4. LaRon Landry:  28 tackles in two games. Faces St. Louis.
5. James Harrison:  Working on Defensive POY award.
6. Jon Beason:  About the only thing Carolina has going for them.
7. London Fletcher:  Tackling machine should be active vs. S-Jax.
8. Karlos Dansby: Was brought in to slow Jets’ run game.
9. Chad Greenway:  Nice match-up against Detroit.
10. Lance Briggs:  Should be busy against Packers.
11. Barrett Ruud:  Pitt can only run, which should mean a lot of tackles.
12. Ray Lewis:  Should be a menace to Cleveland.
13. Dhani Jones:  9 tackles in each game this year. Plays Carolina.
14. Yeremiah Bell:  Will have to help stop the Jets’ ground game.
15. Brian Urlacher:  See #10.

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Here’s my Week 3 team defense rankings.

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1. Pittsburgh:  Clearly the best defensive unit in football. Look out TB.
2. Baltimore:  It’s going to get ugly in Baltimore against the Browns.
3. Minnesota:  Have to be licking their chops with Lions coming to town.
4. New England Patriots:  Patriots take out Jets loss on Bills.
5. Cincinnati:  Bengals feast on QB deprived Panthers.
6. Green Bay:  GB will test Jay Cutler.
7. New York Jets:  Jets will get after Henne.
8. Washington:  After Romo and Schaub, Skins will welcome Bradford.
9. New York Giants:  Tennessee better figure out QB in a hurry.
10. Oakland:  Arizona is struggling to replace Warner.
11. Philadelphia:  Defense struggled against Lions. JAX this week.
12. Indianapolis:  Indy’s offense could make Denver’s one-dimensional.
13. Tampa Bay:  Pittsburgh can’t get it going on offense.
14. Miami:  You never know which Sanchez will show up.
15. Kansas City:  Chiefs are one of the surprising teams so far.

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We also ranked 30th at QB (8th overall), 24th at RB (13th overall), 28th at WR (24th overall), 14th at DST (11th), and 33rd at K (33rd overall – at least I’m consistent).  Here are my Week 3 fantasy rankings.
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Here’s my Week 3 kicker rankings.

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1. Ryan Longwell:  4 FGs, 6 PATs vs. Detroit last year.
2. Stephen Gostkowski:  3 FGs, 3 PATs vs. Buffalo last year.
3. Garrett Hartley:  2 FGs, 2 PATs last game vs. Atlanta.
4. Mason Crosby:  4 FGs, 2 PATs vs. Chicago last year.
5. Nate Kaeding:  Should get FGs chances vs. Seattle.
6. Rob Bironas:  Solid play vs. Giants.
7. Dan Carpenter:  2 FGs, 7 PATs vs. Jets last year.
8. David Akers:  Not as effective on the road.
9. Billy Cundiff:  Should produce against Cleveland.
10. Sebastian Janikowski:  Always capable of a deep FG.
11. Adam Vinatieri:  74 points in 11 career games vs. Denver.
12. Lawrence Tynes:  14 of 15 FGs at home last year.
13. Matt Prater:  16 FGs at home last year.
14. Neil Rackers:  Should be high scoring affair vs. Dallas.
15. Jeff Reed:  Pittsburgh should be able to score on TB.

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Here’s my Week 3 tight end rankings.

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1. Dallas Clark:  Averaged 72.4 ypg with 7 TDs on road last year.
2. Antonio Gates:  Averaged 81.9 ypg on the road last year.
3. Vernon Davis:  Averaged 75 ypg with 9 TDs on the road last year.
4. Jason Witten:  Averaged 69.5 ypg on the road last year.
5. Chris Cooley:  Sweet match-up against St. Louis
6. Tony Gonzalez:  12 catches for 139 yards vs. Saints last year.
7. Visanthe Shiancoe:  Averaged just 22 ypg vs. Detroit last year.
8. Jermichael Finley:  38 ypg against Chicago last year.
9. Zach Miller:  Solid match-up with Arizona.
10. Brent Celek:  Decent play vs. Jacksonville.
11.  Dustin Keller:  Keller is Sanchez’s safety net.
12. Todd Heap:  Good play vs. Cleveland.
15. Kellen Winslow:  Stiff test against Pittsburgh
15. Greg Olsen:  Just22 yards vs. GB last year.
15. Heath Miller:  Borderline starter vs. TB.
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Here’s my Week 3 wide receiver rankings.

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1. Andre Johnson:  #1 option if his ankle is OK.
2. Miles Austin:  About the only thing the Cowboys have going.
3. Calvin Johnson:  13 catches for 135 yards, TD vs. MIN last year.
4. Randy Moss:  17 catches for 211 yards, TD vs. BUF last year.
5. DeSean Jackson:  Will Kolb hold off Vick?
6. Wes Welker:  16 catches for 133 yards vs. BUF last year.
7. Roddy White:  149 yards and TD vs. NO last year.
8. Greg Jennings:  9 catches for 162 yards, TD vs. CHI last year.
9. Marques Colston:  12 catches for 139 yards, 2 TDs vs. ATL last year.
10. Chad Ochocinco:  93.5 ypg vs. Carolina.
11. Reggie Wayne:  Tough draw against Champ Bailey.
12. Larry Fitzgerald:  Will have to beat Asomugha.
13. Brandon Marshall:  Revis likely out, but Miami is struggling to pass.
14. Hakeem Nicks:  Establishing himself as one of the best WRs.
15. Steve Smith (CAR):  QB situation slows Smiths’ roll.
16.  Anquan Boldin:  Should torch Cleveland.
17. Terrell Owens:  Won’t let Ocho and S. Smith steal all the spotlight.
18. Austin Collie:  Peyton spreads it around.
19. Percy Harvin:  If he’s healthy he should smoke Detroit.
20. Dwayne Bowe:  Tough draw against SF.
21. Santana Moss:  Should excel against St. Louis.
22. Johnny Knox:  Chicago is going to need to air it out vs. GB.
23. Donald Driver:  Kept in check by CHI last year, but should bounce back.
24. Hines Ward:  TB should make Ward happy. Big Ben back soon.
25. Jeremy Maclin:  Solid WR3 vs. Jacksonville.
26. Steve Smith (NYG):  Expect a bunch of catches vs. Tennessee.
27. Demaryius Thomas:  Looked great in his debut.
28. Robert Meachem:  Threat to go deep vs. Atlanta.
29. Malcom Floyd:  Size should challenge Seattle DBs.
30. Michael Crabtree:  A little less conversation, a little more action.
31. Legedu Naanee:  Deep threat against Seattle.
32. Mark Clayton:  Bradford’s go-to-guy.
33. Bernard Berrian:  Do-or-die time for Berrian.
34. Dez Bryant:  Rookie should play big vs. Texans.
35. Mike Thomas:  Borderline WR3 vs. Philly.
36. Steve Breaston:  Can Kurt Warner come back?
37. Braylon Edwards:  9 catches for 138 yards, 2 TDs vs. MIA last year.
38.  Devery Henderson:  Threat to strike deep vs. Atlanta.
39. Devin Aromashodu:  8 catches, 76 yards, TD last time faced GB.
40. Mike Sims-Walker:  Is he back?

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