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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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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 22, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Travel to Philadelphia, no media availability

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 7
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 14
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 32

Final report on injures of note:
Out
: CB Josh Norman (rib)
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),

FULL INJURY REPORT AND ANALYSIS

Five Redskins who are under pressure vs. the Eagles

Every NFL player is under pressure and the stress increased in games that are in the prime-time spotlight like the Redskins have on Monday night. But the spotlight is brighter on some players than it is on others.

—With a banged up defense, the Redskins are going to have to put up some points to win this game. That means that QB Kirk Cousins is going to have to help the Redskins get some points on the board. In the opener against the Eagles he threw a key interception, posted a season-low 72.9 passer rating, and got sacked four times. He has been playing better since then and he may need his best game of the year for the Redskins to pull out the win.

—DT Fletcher Cox is an All-Pro caliber defender and the battle between him and G Brandon Scherff will be important. But the Eagles other defensive tackle, Timmy Jernigan, is also a handful and it will largely be up to G Shawn Lauvao to keep him under control. Jernigan isn’t a great pass rusher (1.5 sacks, 10 pressures) but he tough against the run. The Redskins needs to establish a running game to win and Lauvao vs. Jernigan will be a key battle to get the ground game going.

—There still is plenty of time for WR Terrelle Pryor to have a breakout game and turn around his disappointing season. Monday would be an ideal time to start. He has 16 receptions on the season and with the exception of a couple of plays, his impact has been minimal. When the line gives Cousins time to throw the ball he will need a big target and Pryor is the ideal candidate.

—With Jonathan Allen on injured reserve, it will be up to DE Matt Ioannidis to continue to get pass pressure up the middle. Playing with Allen, the second-year player has 3.5 sacks and 16 pressures. He will need to keep that up in Allen’s absence. On Monday, Ioannidis and the rest of the pass rushers need to get Carson Wentz on the ground when they have the opportunity.

—As much as the Redskins would like to see Wentz take a bunch of sacks, chances are he will get away from the pressure on occasion and scramble to make a play. At times like that, S D.J. Swearinger and the rest of the defensive backs need to stay in coverage and not lose their men. It’s hard to cover a receiver for five seconds or more while the quarterback scrambles around but Swearinger needs to maintain his position as the last line of defense.

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To update this tweet from the beginning of practice, Williams did practice on a limited basis and he is questionable for the game, although it is likely that he will play.

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Fantasy Football -- Updated Week 7 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Updated Week 7 rankings

The latest Week 7 fantasy football (standard) rankings are out and updated following various injury updates around the league. That includes Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston cleared for action and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman sitting down for another week with a rib injury and a late change in the status for Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette.

Click here for notes and strategy for Week 7. As a reminder, get your Lions and Texans out of lineups this week. 

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

1.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  Leonard Fournette, JAC -- Early Sunday report has Fournette unlikely to play in Week 7
 
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
7.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
10.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
13.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
14.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
15.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
16.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
17.  Doug Martin, TB
 
18.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
19.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
20.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
21.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
22.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
23.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
24.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
25.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
26.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
27.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
28.  Frank Gore, IND
 
29.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
30.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
31.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
32.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
33.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
34.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
35.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
36.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
37.  James White, NE
 
38.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
39.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
40.  Chris Ivory, JAC -- Move to RB26 range if Fournette inactive
 
41.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
42.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
43.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
44.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
45.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
46.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
47.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
48.  Matt Breida, SF
 
49.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
50.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
51.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
52.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
53.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
54.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
55.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
56.  C.J. Prosise, SEA
 
57.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
58.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
59.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
60.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
61.  Alfred Morris, DAL

Wide receivers

1.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
2.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
5.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
6.  Mike Evans, TB
 
7.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
8.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
9.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
10.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
12.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
13.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
14.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
15.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
16.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
17.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
18.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
19.  Davante Adams, GB
 
20.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
21.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
22.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
23.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
24.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
25.  John Brown, ARI
 
26.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
27.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
28.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
29.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
30.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
31.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
32.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
33.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
34.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
35.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
36.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
37.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
38.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
39.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
40.  Bennie Fowler, DEN
 
41.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
42.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
43.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
44.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
45.  Ricardo Louis, CLE
 
46.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
47.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
48.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
49.  Willie Snead, NO
 
50.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
51.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
52.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
53.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
54.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
55.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
56.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
57.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
60.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
61.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
62.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
63.  Kenny Britt, CLE
 
64.  Brice Butler, DAL
 
65.  De'Anthony Thomas, KC
 
66.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
67.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
68.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
69.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
70.  Jeremy Kerley, NYJ

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
7.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
8.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
9.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
10.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
12.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
13.  George Kittle, SF
 
14.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
15.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
16.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
17.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
18.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
19.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
20.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
21.  Nick O'Leary, BUF
 
22.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
23.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
24.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
25.  Julius Thomas, MIA

Defenses

1.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
2.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
3.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
4.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
5.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
6.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
7.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
8.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
9.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
10.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
11.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
12.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
13.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
14.  New York Giants, NYG
 
15.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
16.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
17.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
18.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
19.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
20.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
3.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
4.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
5.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
6.  Will Lutz, NO
 
7.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
8.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
9.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
10.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
11.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
14.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
16.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
17.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
18.  Aldrick Rosas, NYG
 
19.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
 
20.  Brandon McManus, DEN