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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Position Rankings

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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Position Rankings

With Week 3 officially in the books and the fantasy football waiver wire open for business, it's time to begin looking at the entire landscape of fantasy football heading into Week 4.

Three weeks isn't a large sample size, but we certainly have a feel which players are exceeding expectations (Kareem Hunt, Chris Thompson, Trevor Siemien, DeVante Parker) and which ones are indeed concerning (Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor, Marshawn Lynch).

Yet a turnaround or setback could be right around the corner depending on matchups, injuries depth chart changes and more.

With that said, here's an initial look at the Week 4 rankings, position by position. 

RELATED: WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE RANKINGS

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs
1. Kareem Hunt, KC
2. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
3. Le'Veon Bell, PIT
4. Devonta Freeman, ATL
5. Todd Gurley, LAR
6. Jay Ajayi, MIA
7. LeSean McCoy, BUF
8. Dalvin Cook, MIN
9. Leonard Fournette, JAC
10. Ty Montgomery, GB
11. Melvin Gordon, LAC
12. Carlos Hyde, SF
13. C.J. Anderson, DEN
14. Chris Carson, SEA
15. Jordan Howard, CHI
16. Mike Gillislee, NE
17. Christian McCaffrey, CAR
18. Joe Mixon, CIN
19. Lamar Miller, HOU
20. DeMarco Murray, TEN
21. Mark Ingram, NO
22. Marshawn Lynch, OAK
23. Isaiah Crowell, CLE
24. Tarik Cohen, CHI
25. Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
26. Ameer Abdullah, DET
27. Javorius Allen, BAL
28. Tevin Coleman, ATL
29. Chris Thompson, WAS
30. Jonathan Stewart, CAR
31. Chris Johnson, ARI
32. Frank Gore, IND
33. Derrick Henry, TEN
34. LeGarrette Blount, PHI
35. Bilal Powell, NYJ
36. James White, NE
37. Jamaal Charles, DEN
38. Duke Johnson, CLE
39. Samaje Perine, WAS
40. Theo Riddick, DET
41. Wendell Smallwood, PHI
42. Terrance West, BAL
43. Matt Forte, NYJ
44. Robert Kelley, WAS
45. Alvin Kamara, NO
46. Andre Ellington, ARI
47. D'Onta Foreman, HOU
48. C.J. Prosise, SEA
49. Giovani Bernard, CIN
50. Shane Vereen, NYG
51. Chris Ivory, JAC
52. Kerwynn Williams, ARI
53. Orleans Darkwa, NYG
54. Paul Perkins, NYG
55. Adrian Peterson, NO
56. DeAndre Washington, OAK
57. Jalen Richard, OAK
58. Mike Tolbert, BUF
59. Elijah McGuire, NYJ
60. Matt Breida, SF
61. Alex Collins, BAL
62. Jerick McKinnon, MIN 
63. Robert Turbin, IND
64. Branden Oliver, LAC
65. Corey Clement, PHI

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

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

Defenses
1. Seattle Seahawks, SEA
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
3. Arizona Cardinals, ARI
4. Denver Broncos, DEN
5. Kansas City Chiefs, KC
6. Green Bay Packers, GB
7. Minnesota Vikings, MIN
8. Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
9. Houston Texans, HOU
10. Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
11. Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
12. New York Giants, NYG
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
14. Atlanta Falcons, ATL
15. New England Patriots, NE
16. Tennessee Titans, TEN
17. Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
18. New York Jets, NYJ
19. Los Angeles Rams, LAR
20. Baltimore Ravens, BAL

Kickers
1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2. Matt Bryant, ATL
3. Justin Tucker, BAL
4. Dan Bailey, DAL
5. Mason Crosby, GB
6. Matt Prater, DET
7. Blair Walsh, SEA
8. Will Lutz, NO
9. Brandon McManus, DEN
10. Dustin Hopkins, WAS
11. Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
12. Chris Boswell, PIT
13. Phil Dawson, ARI
14. Ryan Succop, TEN
15. Nick Folk, TB
16. Jake Elliott, PHI
17. Graham Gano, CAR
18. Steven Hauschka, BUF
19. Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
20. Cody Parkey, MIA

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

The Redskins spent modestly in 2018 free agency, and plenty of fans thought the team should have shelled out much bigger bucks. Talking with sources around the Ashburn facility, a prevaling notion became clear that the Washington brass believed they had a strong team in 2017, but they lost their chance to compete because of injuries. 

Well, the secret is out. Doug Williams said as much on Tuesday. 

"Coming out of Richmond last year, I liked this football team. I think we’ve got a tough football team, a smart football team. Some things you can’t control," Williams said Tuesday in a pre-draft media session. "We were very competitive up to a certain point, and when you have the injuries that we have, at a certain point, that competitive edge, you lose it because your best players are not playing."

Williams' words were true, and telling. 

First the true part:

  • In Washington's first five games of 2017, the team went 3-2. The Redskins only lost to eventual the Super Bowl champs Philadelphia and AFC West champs Kansas City. Washington only gave up more than 100 yards rushing once in those first five games, before rookie Jonathan Allen got hurt and the defense began to look much different. After Week 5, the Redskins only held one team under 100 yards rushing and finished the year dead last in rush defense.

Now the telling part:

  • The Redskins signed free agent WR Paul Richardson, and kept free agent LB Zach Brown. Beyond that, the team added inexpensive veterans in OLB Pernell McPhee and CB Orlando Scandrick. No splash moves, and recurring speculation that Washington was not offering top dollar to free agents. Bruce Allen acknowledged as much during NFL League Meetings when he explained that his team identified exactly how much they would offer free agents, their own and otherwise, and wouldn't go beyond that dollar figure. 

That means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is about this weekend's NFL Draft.

That also means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is not about Johnathan Hankins or any other free agent. 

"We’re going to deal with the draft now, and the second wave of free agents, if it’s somebody out there we feel like can help the Redskins,that’s what we’re going to do," Williams said. 

Throughout the offseason, Redskins fans wanted more action from their front office. It didn't happen, and Williams' basically explained why on Tuesday. The brass likes their team, and by default, expects better health and luck in 2018. 

When Williams talks about drafting the best player available, it's not just the typical NFL front office tripe. Right or wrong, the Redskins believe they have a team ready to compete in 2018, and any rookies that come in will only supplement that position.

"At the end of the day, I like this football team we’ve got. Like, last year when I walked out of camp, I thought we had a pretty good football team and I still feel the same way today," Williams said.

"At the end of the day, you get the best football player, and if that best football player is the guy that you want to plug and play, that’s all right. But if that’s the best football player that’s going to help your team overall, I think that’s the route you have to go."

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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