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Week 4 Rankings Update

Friday, September 26, 2008

Week 4 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Frank Goreat NO -
2Marion Barbervs. WAS -
3Marshawn Lynchat STL -
4Reggie Bushvs. SF -
5LaDainian Tomlinsonat OAKProbable(toe)
6Adrian Petersonat TENQuestionable, but should start
7Brian Westbrookat CHIRanked as if he'll start, probably won't
8Clinton Portisat DALProbable(neck)
9Ryan Grantat TB -
10Maurice Jones-Drewvs. HOU
11Matt Fortevs. PHI tough matchup
12Steven Jacksonvs. BUFProbable(groin)
13Michael Turnerat CAR -
14Chris Perryvs. CLE -
15Thomas Jonesvs. ARZ -
16Larry Johnsonvs. DEN -
17Jonathan Stewartvs. ATLProbable(foot)
18Steve Slatonat JAC -
19Jamal Lewisat CIN -
20Selvin Youngat KC -
21Fred Taylorvs. HOUProbable(hand)
22Earnest Grahamvs. GB -
23Chris Johnsonvs. MIN -
24Correll Buckhalterat CHIRanked as if he'll start
25Edgerrin Jamesat NYJ -
26Willis McGaheeat PITProbable(eye)
27Darren McFaddenvs. SDToe remains a problem
28DeAngelo Williamsvs. ATL -
29Rashard Mendenhallvs. BALIs Rashard ready?
30LenDale Whitevs. MIN
31Michael Bushvs. SD -
32Felix Jonesvs. WASProbable(calf)
33LeRon McClainat PITProbable(ankle)
34Fred Jacksonat STL -
35Pierre Thomasvs. SF -
36Darren Sprolesat OAK -
37Andre Hallat KC -
38Warrick Dunnvs. GB -
39Chester Taylorat TENQuestionable(foot)
40Tim Hightowerat NYJ -
41Michael Pittmanat KC -
42Jerious Norwoodat CAR -
43Chris Taylorat JAC -
44Brandon Jacksonat TB -
45Ray Riceat PIT -
46Jamaal Charlesvs. DEN -
47Lorenzo Bookerat CHI -
48Leon Washingtonvs. ARZ -
49Mewelde Moorevs. BAL -
50Ladell Bettsat DAL -
51Kenny Watsonvs. CLEQuestionable(hamstring)
52Kevin Jonesvs. PHI -
53Jerome Harrisonat CIN -

RB Notes: LaDainian Tomlinson may be far from 100%, but there's no reason to bench him against Oakland if he's in the starting lineup. Darren Sproles could have a nice clean-up game if the Chargers get off to a fast start. … Expect the Jaguars to run like crazy on Houston after finding great success against Indianapolis. … Season Pass' workload report points out that Steven Jackson is getting the highest percentage of offensive touches of any back in the league. So much for easing into the season after his holdout. That's helping to maintain his value. Matt Forte and Frank Gore are second on that list.

We're not ranking Brian Westbrook, but he'll be added to the list on the Friday evening update if he's listed as questionable. Correll Buckhalter is a competent replacement, but the Bears run defense is one of the very best, so he's not a great RB2 as a starter. … This is the week Chris Perry's high workload translates into big yardage. …The Broncos should run more in this game if they can get ahead of Kansas City early. That makes it a fine week to gamble on Selvin Young. … Steve Slaton is suddenly a rock solid RB2 playing in a runner-friendly scheme. … Expect more of the same out of the Oakland backfield with Darren McFadden still not 100%. Split carries against a tough defense limits his value. … Willis McGahee had the majority of carries for the Ravens last week before hurting his eye. Watch his status for this week.

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Week 4 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Brandon Marshallat KC -
2Terrell Owensvs. WAS -
3Larry Fitzgeraldat NYJ -
4Andre Johnsonat JAC -
5Steve Smithvs. ATL -
6Anquan Boldinat NYJProbable(hamstring)
7Greg Jenningsat TB -
8Jerricho Cotcheryvs. ARZ -
9T.J. Houshmandzadehvs. CLE -
10Lee Evansat STL -
11Santana Mossat DAL -
12Braylon Edwardsat CINProbable(shoulder)
13Chad Ocho Cincovs. CLE -
14Dwayne Bowevs. DEN -
15Santonio Holmesvs. BAL
16Donald Driverat TB -
17Torry Holtvs. BUF -
18DeSean Jacksonat CHI -
19Hines Wardvs. BALProbable(-)
20Chris Chambersat OAK -
21Laveranues Colesvs. ARZQuestionable(thigh)
22Eddie Royalat KC -
23Roddy Whiteat CAR -
24Antonio Bryantvs. GBStill No. 1 receiver
25Isaac Bruceat NO -
26Vincent Jacksonat OAK -
27Bernard Berrianat TENProbable(foot)
28Patrick Craytonvs. WAS -
29Matt Jonesvs. HOU -
30Bryant Johnsonat NONot 100%, game-time decision
31Justin Gagevs. MIN -
32Lance Moorevs. SF -
33Antwaan Randle Elat DAL -
34Brandon Lloydvs. PHIQuestionable(hip)
35Hank Baskettat CHI -
36Ike Hilliardvs. GB -
37Josh Reedat STL -
38Jerry Portervs. HOUProbable(hamstring)
39D.J. Hackettvs. ATL -
40David Pattenvs. SFQuestionable(groin)
41Muhsin Muhammadvs. ATL -
42Robert Meachemvs. SF -
43Sidney Riceat TENQuestionable(knee)
44Arnaz Battleat NO -
45Kevin Walterat JACProbable(toe)
46Derrick Masonat PIT -
47Justin McCareinsvs. MINProbable(groin)
48Ronald Curryvs. SD -
49Michael Claytonvs. GB -
50Chansi Stuckeyvs. ARZ -
51Mark Claytonat PIT -
52Josh Morganat NO -

WR Notes: Lance Moore is an excellent pickup for WR3-hungry teams during this week with six teams on a bye. If David Patten is out, I'd expect him to lead the Saints in targets. … JaMarcus Russell's play has rendered Raiders wideouts unplayable. … Dwayne Bowe leads the NFL in targets. With Damon Huard returning this week, he should parlay that into WR2 stats. The Chiefs are always trailing and Huard has few options to throw to. Tony Gonzalez is fifth on the list. Other surprises include Antonio Bryant and Santana Moss tied for the fifth most targeted wideouts. They are playing at high volume positions in West Coast offenses, which will keep their numbers afloat. Bryant, however, has an ugly 45% catch rate. Roy Williams, D.J. Hackett, Chris Chambers (35%!), and Braylon Edwards (32%) are some inefficient wideouts doing even worse than Bryant.

With six teams off, some shaky options get WR3 grades this week. After the top-30, it's guesswork. And it's amazing that Matt Jones and Brandon Lloyd have been among the more consistent targets as WR3 options. Jones finally gets a good matchup this week and Jerry Porter's status is uncertain. … Donte' Stallworth will be added if he makes it through a successful week of practice. … Chris Chambers is a risky play. He has four touchdowns on only six receptions. … If Kevin Curtis returns, downgrade DeSean Jackson and Hank Baskett slightly. … The 49ers should do well against the Saints, but they spread the targets around so well, it's difficult to guess who will step up.

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