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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Rankings

Week 4

Back in January, I viewed Week 4 as the Milhouse section of the schedule. It seemed like a dud, with very few upset chances and 16 very predictable outcomes. After last weekend, though, *insert fart noise* who even knows anymore. To wrap up September, here are some more weekly rankings. As always, these have your standard PPR league formats in mind.

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And in this week’s edition of things that make you go “hmm,” Carson Palmer ranks third in passing yards behind only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He’s owned in all of 19% of leagues and is facing a 49ers team that allowed 292 yards and 3 TDs to Jared Goff last week. Palmer is worth an add if you’re unfortunately still paired with Philip Rivers, but the Cardinals’ offensive line has allowed the fourth most hits on their QB, don’t forget. The good times are rolling now, but when the tougher defenses appear on the schedule, be wary.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Aaron Rodgers  GB  vs. CHI
 2  Tom Brady  NE  vs. CAR
 3  Matt Ryan   ATL  vs. BUF
 4  Drew Brees  NO  @MIA
 5  Matthew Stafford  DET  @MIN
 6  Kirk Cousins  WAS  @KC
 7  Russell Wilson   SEA  vs. IND
 8  Jameis Winston  TB  vs. NYG
 9  Dak Prescott   DAL  vs. LAR
 10  Ben Roethlisberger   PIT  @BAL
 11  Carson Wentz  PHI  @LAC
 12  Marcus Mariota  TEN  @HOU
 13  Derek Carr  OAK  @DEN
 14  Andy Dalton   CIN  @CLE
 15  Alex Smith  KC  vs. WAS
 16  Cam Newton (Q)  CAR  @NE
 17  Joe Flacco  BAL  vs. PIT
 18  Tyrod Taylor  BUF  @ATL
 19  Carson Palmer  ARI  vs. SF
 20  Philip Rivers  LAC  vs. PHI
 21  Eli Manning   NYG  @TB
 22  DeShaun Watson  HOU  vs. TEN
 23  Jared Goff  LAR  @DAL
 24  Case Keenum  MIN  vs. DET
 25  Trevor Siemian  DEN  vs. OAK
 26  Jay Cutler  MIA  vs. NO
 27  DeShone Kizer  CLE  vs. CIN
 28  Brian Hoyer  SF  @ARI
 29  Blake Bortles  JAC  @NYJ
 30  Jacoby Brissett  IND  @SEA
 31  Josh McCown   NYJ  vs. JAC
 32  Mike Glennon  CHI  @GB

Running Backs

DeMarco Murray has landed. It took only three weeks, but we finally saw a 100+ yard performance last Sunday against the Seahawks. The Titans face another tough defense this week in Houston. Tennessee’s approach last week was to split the carries, as Derrick Henry saw one fewer handoff than Murray did. It’s safe to assume the Titans will roll with this same approach in Week 4, but don’t expect another 75-yard rush from Murray this week. The Texans have allowed zero runs of 20 yards or more this season.

Rank  Player Team   Opponent
1  DeVonta Freeman   ATL  vs. BUF
2  Le’Veon Bell  PIT  @BAL
3  Todd Gurley   LAR  @DAL
4  Kareem Hunt  KC   vs. WAS
5  Melvin Gordon (Q)  LAC  vs. PHI
6  Ezekiel Elliott  DAL  vs. LAR
7  Dalvin Cook   MIN  vs. DET
8  Jordan Howard   CHI  @GB
9  Leonard Fournette  JAC  @NYJ
10  LeSean McCoy  BUF  @ATL
11  Carlos Hyde  SF  @ARI
12  DeMarco Murray   TEN  @HOU
13  Jay Ajayi (Q)  MIA  vs. NO
14  Lamar Miller  HOU  vs. TEN
15  Christian McCaffrey  CAR  @NE
16  Marshawn Lynch  OAK  @DEN
17  Mark Ingram   NO  @MIA
18  Ty Montgomery   GB  vs. CHI 
19  C.J. Anderson  DEN  vs. OAK
20  Mike Gillislee  NE  vs. CAR
21  Chris Thompson   WAS  @KC
22  Joe Mixon   CIN  @CLE
23  Jacquizz Rodgers  TB  vs. NYG
24  Isaiah Crowell (Q)  CLE  vs. CIN
25  Chris Carson   SEA  vs. IND
26  Tarik Cohen  CHI  @GB
27  Bilal Powell   NYJ  vs. JAC
28  Theo Riddick   DET  @MIN
29  LeGarrette Blount  PHI  @LAR
30  Duke Johnson Jr. (Q)  CLE  vs. CIN
31  Frank Gore  IND  @SEA
32  Jonathan Stewart   CAR  @NE
33  Ameer Abdullah  DET  @MIN
34  Alvin Kamara  NO  @MIA
35  Terrance West   BAL  vs. PIT
36  Jamaal Charles  DEN  vs. OAK
37  Derrick Henry  TEN  @HOU
38  Tevin Coleman   ATL  vs. BUF
39  Rob Kelley (Q)  WAS  @KC
40  James White  NE  vs. CAR
41  Wendell Smallwood  PHI  @LAC
42  Andre Ellington  ARI  vs. SF
43  C.J. Prosise  SEA  vs. IND
44  Chris Johnson   ARI  vs. SF
45  Adrian Peterson    NO  @MIA
46  D’Onta Foreman   HOU  vs. TEN
47  Alex Collins  BAL  vs. PIT
48  Giovani Bernard (Q)  CIN  @CLE
49  Mike Tolbert   BUF  @ATL
50  Rex Burkhead  NE  vs. CAR
51  Kerwynn Williams  ARI  vs. SF
52  Orleans Darkwa  JAC  @NYJ
53  Robert Turbin   IND  @SEA
54  Charcandrick West  NYG  @TB
55  Chris Ivory    JAC @NYJ
56  Latavius Murray   MIN  vs. DET
57  Corey Grant  JAC @NYJ

Wide Receivers

You have to like all of the Saints’ receivers against the Dolphins this week, or wait, do you? This seems like a pretty fair fight on paper, but don’t let last week’s blowout against the Jets fool you. The Dolphins’ defense isn’t that bad, and in fact, they have actually allowed the second-fewest completions and the seventh-fewest passing yards this season. It’s nice to see Michael Thomas and Drew Brees on the same page, especially on deep routes. Thomas will likely draw CB Xavien Howard this week, a matchup that could be 50/50 all day.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Julio Jones (Q)  ATL  vs. BUF
 2  Antonio Brown   PIT  @BAL
 3  A.J. Green   CIN  @CLE
 4  Odell Beckham Jr.  NYG  @TB
 5  Jordy Nelson  GB  vs. CHI
 6  Michael Thomas  NO  @MIA
 7  Mike Evans  TB  vs. NYG
 8  Brandin Cooks  NE  vs. CAR
 9  Dez Bryant  DAL  vs. LAR
 10  Demaryius Thomas  DEN  vs. OAK
 11  Doug Baldwin (Q)  SEA  vs. IND
 12  Larry Fitzgerald  ARI  vs. SF
 13  Amari Cooper  OAK  @DEN
 14  Stefon Diggs  MIN  vs. DET
 15  DeAndre Hopkins  HOU  vs. TEN
 16  Keenan Allen   LAC  vs. PHI
 17  Tyreek Hill  KC  vs. WAS
 18  Terrelle Pryor  WAS  @KC
 19  Devante Adams  GB  vs. CHI
 20  Chris Hogan   NE  vs. CAR
 21  Emmanuel Sanders  DEN  vs. OAK
 22  Alshon Jeffery  PHI  @LAC
 23  Jarvis Landry  MIA  vs. NO
 24  Michael Crabtree (Q)  OAK  @DEN
 25  Sammy Watkins (Q)  LAR  @DAL
 26  Golden Tate  DET  @MIN
 27  T.Y. Hilton   IND  @SEA
 28  Martavis Bryant (Q)  PIT  @BAL
 29  Adam Thielen   MIN  vs. DET
 30  Pierre Garcon   SF  @ARI
 31  DeVante Parker  MIA  vs. NO
 32  Jeremy Maclin   BAL  vs. PIT
 33  Jordan Matthews  BUF  @ATL
 34  Kelvin Benjamin (Q)  CAR  @NE
 35  Nelson Agholor  PHI   @LAC
 36  Randall Cobb (Q)  GB  vs. CHI
 37  Jamison Crowder  WAS  @KC
 38  DeSean Jackson   TB  vs. NYG
 39  Rishard Matthews  TEN  @HOU
 40  Mohamed Sanu   ATL  vs. DET
 41  Eric Decker  TEN  @HOU
 42  Willie Snead  NO  @MIA
 43  Jermaine Kearse  NYJ  @JAC
 44  Ted Ginn Jr.   NO  @MIA
 45  Tyrell Williams  LAC  PHI
 46  Devin Funchess  CAR  @NE
 47  Marvin Jones  DET  @MIN
 48  Danny Amendola (Q)  NE  vs. CAR
 49  Sterling Shepard  NYG  @TB
 50  Marquise Lee  JAC  @NYJ
 51  Brandon Marshall   NYG  @TB
 52  Kenny Britt  CLE  vs. CIN
 53  J.J. Nelson   ARI  vs. SF
 54  Robert Woods   LAR  @DAL
 55  Cooper Kupp   LAR  @DAL
 56  Allen Hurns  JAC  @NYJ
 57  Kenny Golladay (Q)  DET  @MIN
 58  Jaron Brown   ARI  vs.SF
 59  Zay Jones  BUF  @ATL
 60  Tyler Lockett  SEA  vs. IND

Tight Ends

Ugh, now we’re into the dregs. I’d love to know the percentage of proposed trades for tight ends across all leagues this week, because I’m sure most of you are scrambling. Anyway, I think it’s fair to expect another big day from Jimmy Graham on Sunday. The Colts defense has allowed an average of 283.7 yards per game this season and has also allowed the most plays of 20 yards or more. Doug Baldwin is downplaying his groin injury, but his status for Sunday night is still up in the air. That spells potential trouble for Russell Wilson’s No. 1 downfield threat, but Baldwin’s absence would mean a larger target share for Graham.

 Rank   Player  Team  Opponent
1  Rob Gronkowski  NE  vs. CAR
2  Travis Kelce  KC  vs. WAS
3  Jimmy Graham  SEA  vs. IND
4  Zach Ertz  PHI  @LAC 
5  Kyle Rudolph  MIN  vs. DET
6  Delanie Walker (Q)  TEN  @HOU
7  Jordan Reed (Q)  WAS  @KC
8  Coby Fleener  NO  @MIA
9  Jason Witten  DAL  vs. LAR
10  Martellus Bennett  GB  vs. CHI
11  Jared Cook   OAK  @DEN
12  Evan Engram  NYG  @TB
13  Jack Doyle (Q)  IND  @SEA
14  Austin Hooper  ATL  vs. BUF
14  Eric Ebron   DET  @MIN
15  Jesse James   PIT  @BAL
16  Zach Miller    CHI  @GB
17  Hunter Henry   LAC  vs. PHI
18  Cameron Brate   TB  vs. NYG
19  Julius Thomas  MIA  vs. NO
20  Antonio Gates  LAC  vs. PHI
21  Charles Clay   BUF  @ATL
22  Ryan Griffin   HOU  vs. TEN
23  David Njoku  CLE  vs. CIN
24  Benjamin Watson    BAL  vs. PIT
25  Austin Seferian-Jenkins  NYJ   vs. JAC


 Rank  Team   Opponent
 1  Seattle Seahawks  vs. IND
 2  Arizona Cardinals  vs. SF
 3  Denver Broncos   vs. OAK
 4  Kansas City Chiefs  vs. WAS
 5  Jacksonville Jaguars  @NYJ
 6  Pittsburgh Steelers  @BAL
 7  Minnesota Vikings  vs. DET
 8  New England Patriots  vs. CAR
 9  Baltimore Ravens  vs. PIT
 10  Tampa Bay Buccaneers   vs. NYG


Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Matt Bryant  ATL  vs. BUF
 2  Justin Tucker  BAL  vs. PIT
 3  Dan Bailey  DAL  vs. LAR
 4  Stephen Gostkowski  NE  vs. CAR
 5  Mason Crosby   GB  vs. CHI
 6  Wil Lutz  NO  @MIA
 7  Blair Walsh  SEA  vs. IND
 8  Matt Prater  DET  @MIN
 9  Dustin Hopkins  WAS  @KC
 10  Jake Elliot  PHI  @LAC
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