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Week 4 Rankings

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 4 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Chris Johnsonvs. DEN -
2Arian Fosterat OAK -
3Frank Goreat ATL -
4Maurice Jones-Drewvs. IND Probable(ankle)
5Darren McFaddenvs. HOU -
6Michael Turnervs. SF Probable(groin)
7Cedric Bensonat CLE Probable(knee)
8Rashard Mendenhallvs. BAL -
9LeSean McCoyvs. WAS -
10Steven Jacksonvs. SEA Questionable(groin)
11Ahmad Bradshawvs. CHI -
12Pierre Thomasvs. CAR Questionable(ankle)
13Matt Forteat NYG Probable(knee)
14DeAngelo Williamsat NO -
15Peyton Hillisvs. CIN -
16Ronnie Brownvs. NE -
17Ryan Mathewsvs. ARZ Probable(ankle)
18LaDainian Tomlinsonat BUF -
19Shonn Greeneat BUF -
20Ray Riceat PIT Questionable(knee)
21Jahvid Bestat GB Questionable(toe)
22Joseph Addaiat JAC Questionable(knee)
23Beanie Wellsat SD Probable(knee)
24Brandon Jacksonvs. DET -
25Justin Forsettat STL -
26Ricky Williamsvs. NE -
27Jonathan Stewartat NO -
28Mike Tolbertvs. ARZ -
29Marshawn Lynchvs. NYJ -
30Tim Hightowerat SD -
31Laurence Maroneyat TEN Probable(thigh)
32Darren Sprolesvs. ARZ -
33BenJarvus Green-Ellisat MIA -
34Clinton Portisat PHI Questionable(wrist)
35Donald Brownat JAC -
36Jason Snellingvs. SF -
37C.J. Spillervs. NYJ -
38John Kuhnvs. DET -
39Ryan Torainat PHI -
40Willis McGaheeat PIT -
41Correll Buckhalterat TEN -
42Jerome Harrisonvs. CIN Questionable(thigh)
43Fred Jacksonvs. NYJ -
44Chester Taylorat NYG -
45Brandon Jacobsvs. CHI -
46Michael Bushvs. HOU Probable(thumb)
47Fred Taylorat MIA Questionable(toe)
48Chris Ivoryvs. CAR Probable(knee)
49Leon Washingtonat STL -
50Bernard Scottat CLE -
51Mike Goodsonat NO -
52Dimitri Nancevs. DET -
53Maurice Morrisat GB -
54Kenneth Darbyvs. SEA -
55Keiland Williamsat PHI -
56Steve Slatonat OAK -
57Rashad Jenningsvs. IND -
58Mike Bellvs. WAS -
59Isaac Redmanvs. BAL -
60Danny Woodheadat MIA -
61Javon Ringervs. DEN -
62Brian Westbrookat ATL -
63Keith Tostonvs. SEA Probable(shoulder)
64James Davisvs. CIN -

RBs moving up: Ahmad Bradshaw: Brandon Jacobs is just another backup and Bradshaw has a complete game now. Love the way he's running inside and he's made strides as a receiver.

Cedric Benson: It's a tough week at the top of the rankings, so Benson's safe 20 carries have him high. Not a lot of great matchups out there.

DeAngelo Williams: If he's going to do it, the Saints rush defense provides a chance.

Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams: They both often chew up the Patriots. Expect a high scoring game.

Shonn Greene: This is the week to use him. The Jets are going to run like crazy and want to get Greene going.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Keep an eye on Fred Taylor's status.

Chris Ivory: If Pierre was out, we'd put Ivory in the top-20.

Jason Snelling: Curious to see how Michael Turner responds after 30 carries. Snelling has looked as good or better than Turner through three weeks. Could pile up big yards if the Falcons get the lead.

RBs moving down: Jahvid Best: I'd play him, but toe injuries are especially concerning because players often don't finish what they started. You also have to keep a close eye on Steven Jackson, Ray Rice, and Pierre Thomas. But I'd play them if they are out there.

Ryan Mathews: The concern nows is that they'll be overly careful with him in his first game back.

Tim Hightower: Stepping back into the role we expected all along, but still not a terrible flex PPR option.

Clinton Portis: Can't trust him. Ryan Torain looked more explosive last week.

Week 4 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Randy Mossat MIA -
2Roddy Whitevs. SF -
3Reggie Wayneat JAC -
4DeSean Jacksonvs. WAS -
5Brandon Marshallvs. NE Probable(ankle)
6Greg Jenningsvs. DET -
7Anquan Boldinat PIT Probable(thigh)
8Austin Collieat JAC -
9Larry Fitzgeraldat SD Probable(knee)
10Santana Mossat PHI -
11Calvin Johnsonat GB -
12Marques Colstonvs. CAR -
13Wes Welkerat MIA Probable(-)
14Andre Johnsonat OAK Questionable(ankle)
15Chad Ochocincoat CLE -
16Hakeem Nicksvs. CHI -
17Steve Smithvs. CHI -
18Jeremy Maclinvs. WAS Probable(back)
19Donald Drivervs. DET -
20Mark Claytonvs. SEA -
21Johnny Knoxat NYG -
22Malcom Floydvs. ARZ Probable(hamstring)
23Louis Murphyvs. HOU -
24Steve Smithat NO -
25Michael Crabtreeat ATL -
26Hines Wardvs. BAL Probable(calf)
27Jacoby Jonesat OAK -
28Kevin Walterat OAK Probable(-)
29Mike Sims-Walkervs. IND -
30Mike Wallacevs. BAL -
31Eddie Royalat TEN -
32Brandon Lloydat TEN -
33Devin Hesterat NYG -
34Braylon Edwardsat BUF -
35Legedu Naaneevs. ARZ -
36Lee Evansvs. NYJ -
37Jabar Gaffneyat TEN -
38Terrell Owensat CLE Probable(back)
39Demaryius Thomasat TEN Probable(arm)
40Pierre Garconat JAC Questionable(hamstring)
41Mario Manninghamvs. CHI Sidelined(concussion)
42Kenny Brittvs. DEN -
43Lance Moorevs. CAR -
44James Jonesvs. DET -
45Derrick Masonat PIT Probable(knee)
46Mike Williamsat STL Questionable(shoulder)
47Devery Hendersonvs. CAR -
48Stephen Williamsat SD -
49Jerricho Cotcheryat BUF -
50Nate Washingtonvs. DEN -
51Joshua Cribbsvs. CIN -
52Robert Meachemvs. CAR -
53Mike Thomasvs. IND -
54Davone Bessvs. NE -
55Golden Tateat STL -
56Josh Morganat ATL Sidelined(knee)
57Deon Butlerat STL -
58Mohamed Massaquoivs. CIN -
59Justin Gagevs. DEN -
60Blair Whiteat JAC -
61Jordan Shipleyat CLE Probable(shoulder)
62Brandon Tateat MIA -
63T.J. Houshmandzadehat PIT -

WRs moving up: DeSean Jackson: Jackson faces the only team as bad against top receivers as the Jaguars.

Brandon Marshall: Without Leigh Bodden, the Patriots don't have a player physical enough to stop Marshall.

Austin Collie: Even if Pierre Garcon is back, you can't sit fantasy's top wideout thus far against the awful Jaguars secondary.

Brandon Lloyd: It's hard to separate the Broncos wideouts. Eddie Royal should be the most consistent, while Lloyd should score the most touchdowns.

Legedue Naanee: The Cardinals secondary struggles against secondary receivers and Naanee is turning into a consistent WR3 if you need help.

Kenny Britt: He's quietly started to turn it around and the Titans will need to throw more this week.

Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter: They can benefit from Andre Johnson's injury, even if he plays.

Louis Murphy: We're believers. Especially when he faces the Texans.

WRs moving down: Larry Fitzgerald: Steve Breaston's absence can't hut, but it's fair to be concerned.

Andre Johnson: Nmamdi + bum ankle could be a bummer. With that said, it's tough to bench AJ unless you are stacked.

Steve Smith (Car): Jimmy Clausen + Jabari Greer is another rough combination.

Mike Sims-Walker and Michael Crabtree: Two of our favorites are in major slumps. We like Crabtree to be more consistently eventually. MSW is victim to David Garrard's crisis of confidence.

Mike Wallace: Tipped pass touchdowns won't happen against the Ravens. He's a top-15 option when Ben Roethlisberger comes back, but don't bet on another big game from Charlie Batch.

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