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Here’s my updated 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
2. Maurice Jones-Drew
3. Arian Foster
4. Frank Gore
5. Michael Turner
6. LeSean McCoy
7. Rashard Mendenhall
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cedric Benson
10. Darren McFadden
11. Ray Rice
12. Ladainian Tomlison
13. DeAngelo Williams
14. Jahvid Best
15. Matt Forte
16. Beanie Wells
17. Shonn Greene
18. Joseph Addai
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Clinton Portis
21. Brandon Jackson
22. Justin Forsett
23. Peyton Hillis
24. Ronnie Brown
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
26. Jonathan Stewart
27. Ricky Williams
28. Marshawn Lynch
29. Clinton Portis
30. Pierre Thomas
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Notable changes:

  • It looks like Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best will be able to give it a go so I added them to the rankings. John Kuhn and Tim Hightower were shown the door.
  • Pierre Thomas looks to be a game-time decision so I bumped him down to a flex spot. He’s too risky a play. Chris Ivory would get the start, but I think the Saints would just rely on Brees more.
  • I’m expecting Clinton Portis to lose touches to Ryan Torian so he got dropped from 14 to 20.
  • BenJarvus  Green-Ellis will likely start for the Patriots, making his stock rise from 29 to 25.
  • Steven Jackson and Knowshon Moreno remain unlikely to play this week and once again were omitted.

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    Here’s my Week 4 IDP rankings.

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    1. LaRon Landry:  Will be counted on to contain Vick and his speedy WRs.
    2. Lawrence Timmons:  Will be very active against Baltimore.
    3. Patrick Willis:  I expect him to put the Niners on his back vs. ATL.
    4. Jon Beason:  CAR is a mess, but Beason is nasty. 19 tackles vs. NO last year.
    5. James Harrison:  I expect a physical game vs. Baltimore.
    6.  Ray Lewis:  He’ll be amped to face the Steelers.
    7. London Fletcher:  He’ll also be busy trying to slow Vick.
    8. Yeremiah Bell:  Aaron Hernandez & Co. should keep him busy.
    9.  Jerod Mayo:  24 tackles against Miami last year.
    10. Lance Briggs:  Should be very active against the Bears.
    11. Clay Matthews:  Should add to his sack total against Detroit.
    12.  Jonathan Vilma:  SF have a new OC, which could spell trouble on offense.
    13. Trent Cole:  Will put McNabb on his back. 18 tackles and 3 sacks so far.
    14. Karlos Dansby:  Faces NE who figures to run a lot of offensive plays.
    15. Brian Urlacher:  At least 8 tackles every game thus far.

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    Here’s my Week 4 team defense rankings.

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    1. Green Bay:  Should dominate Detroit at home.
    2. New York Jets:  I almost feel sorry for Buffalo in this one.
    3. Cincinnati:  Great play vs. Cleveland.
    4. New Orleans:  Carolina is just dreadful.
    5. Pittsburgh:  Could struggle if Ray Rice is out or limited.
    6. Baltimore:  Pittsburgh will miss Big Ben now more than ever.
    7. Seattle:  Faces St. Louis, possibly without Steven Jackson.
    8. Indianapolis:  Jacksonville is really struggling.
    9. San Diego:  Arizona is a shadow of their former high-octane offense.
    10. Atlanta:  SF is a wildcard with a new OC. They’ve been bad though.
    11. Philadelphia:  Interesting match-up as McNabb comes home.
    12. Tennessee:  10 sacks and 6 turnovers in 3 games. Play Denver.
    13. New York Giants:  Now or never to get it going vs. Cutler and Bears.
    14. Chicago:  Held their own vs. GB, but Giants will be tough at home.
    15. Houston:  Face Oakland on the road.

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    Here’s my Week 4 kicker rankings.

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    1. Mike Nugent:  Tied for the lead with 8 FGs and facing Cleveland.
    2. Mason Crosby:  Had 6 FGs and 6 PATs vs. Detroit last year.
    3. Jeff Reed:  8 FGs already. Baltimore has allowed league high 9 FGs.
    4. Sebastian Janikowski: 8 FGs, facing Houston who has allowed 5 FGs.
    5. Matt Bryant:  7 FGs, facing SF who has allowed 5 FGs.
    6. Nate Kaeding:  Slow start, but faces Arizona who has allowed 7 FGs.
    7. Robbie Gould:  6 FGs, faces NYG, who has allowed 6 FGs.
    8. Nick Folk:  6 FGs, faces Bills who have allowed 5 FGs.
    9. Dan Carpenter:  5 FGs, faces NE who have allowed 6. Had 4 vs. them last year.
    10. Neil Rackers: 7 FGs on year, including 3 from 40+. Faces Oakland.
    11. David Akers:  6 FGs, 4 PATs vs. WASH last year. Skins allowed 6 this year.
    12. Graham Gano:  Has kicked 7 FGs already. Faces Philly.
    13. Stephen Gostkowski:  4 FGs, 4 PATs vs. Miami last year.
    14. Matt Prater:  4 FGs, faces TENN who has allowed 7 this year.
    15. Rob Bironas: 4 FGs and 8 PATs so far. Faces Denver.

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

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    1. Dallas Clark:  7 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs last time he played @JAX.
    2. Antonio Gates:  Threat to score every week. Faces Arizona at home.
    3. Dustin Keller:  Held in check by BUF last year, but he’s on fire.
    4. Jermichael Finley:  Sweet match-up at home vs. Detroit.
    5. Chris Cooley:  McNabb uses his best weapons often against Philly.
    6. Brent Celek:  Attention Vick gets could lead to big plays for Celek.
    7. Zach Miller:  Houston has struggled against the pass.
    8. Tony Gonzalez:  Slow start, but broke out last week.
    9. Vernon Davis:  Solid option vs. ATL though SF has struggled.
    10. Jermaine Gresham:  Don’t see a lot of yards, but a TD vs. CLE.
    11. Greg Olsen:  Trying to overcome the Martz stigma.
    12.  Aaron Hernandez:  Reliable target for Brady.
    13. Todd Heap:  Tough match-up against Pittsburgh.
    14. Heath Miller:  Tough match-up against Baltimore
    15. John Carlson:  109 yards and 2 TDs vs. St. Louis last year.

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

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    1. Greg Jennings:  Should have a field day against Detroit.
    2. Reggie Wayne:  Torched JAX for 294 yards and 2 TDs last year.
    3. Randy Moss:  Had 213 yards and 2 TDs vs. Miami last year.
    4. Larry Fitzgerald:  Has the opportunity to produce vs. San Diego.
    5. DeSean Jackson:  Will grab the spotlight in McNabb vs. Vick.
    6. Wes Welker:  Had 19 catches for 251 yards vs. Miami last year.
    7. Roddy White:  Quietly produces just about every week.
    8. Brandon Marshall:  Solid match-up against New England.
    9. Chad Ochocinco:  Had just 62 yards in two games vs. CLE last year.
    10. Calvin Johnson:  Held to just ten yards last time he faced GB.
    11. Andre Johnson:  Bad ankle and Asomugha. No good.
    12. Donald Driver:  249 yards and TD vs. Detroit last year.
    13. Anquan Boldin:  Difficult match-up against Pittsburgh.
    14. Hakeem Nicks:  Eli’s favorite weapon.
    15.  Steve Smith (CAR):  Held to 64 yards last time he faced New Orleans.
    16.  Santana Moss:  McNabb is determined to take down Philly.
    17. Malcom Floyd:  Should take it to Arizona.
    18. Austin Collie:  Peyton’s new safety net.
    19. Terrell Owens:  Decent play against Cleveland.
    20. Marques Colston:  Held to 48 yards vs. Carolina last year.
    21. Johnny Knox:  Giants struggle to stop the pass.
    22. Legedu Naanee:  Should also be active vs. Arizona.
    23. Jeremy Maclin:  Vick will spread it around vs. Skins.
    24. Hines Ward:  Just 84 yards vs. Baltimore last year.
    25. Mario Manningham:  Stepped up as Eli’s #2 target.
    26. Michael Crabtree:  Will he get it going vs. Atlanta?
    27. Mark Clayton:  Decent play against Seattle.
    28. Louis Murphy:  11 catches for 210 yards past two weeks. Faces Houston.
    29. Braylon Edwards:  TDs in his last two games. Plays Buffalo.
    30.Kevin Walter:  AJ gets the attention, Walter does the damage.
    31. Robert Meachem:  98 yards and TD last time he played CAR at home.
    32. Mike Sims-Walker:  64 yards vs. Indy last year.
    33. Steve Smith (NYG):  Big game last week, but on 78 yards in first two.
    34. Pierre Garcon:  Off to a slow start. Monitor his health.
    35. Mike Wallace:  83 yards vs. Baltimore last year.
    36. Devin Hester:  Cutler will spread it around vs. G-Men.
    37. Demaryius Thomas:  Should struggle vs. Finnegan.
    38. Brandon Lloyd:  14 catches for 339 yards in three games this year.
    39. Mike Thomas:  Jags will need to pass to keep up with Indy.
    40. Kenny Britt:  Finally coming out of the doghouse?

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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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