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Fantasy Football: Week 4 rankings

Three weeks into the NFL season and a first-year starter (Pat Mahomes) is the quarterback to own, a consensus top-5 overall draft pick (David Johnson) seems stuck in the mud and a rookie wide receiver (Calvin Ridley) is outscoring the Pro Bowler (Julio Jones) on his own team.

Now Patriots running back Rex Burkhead landed on Injured Reserve, Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen popped up on the weekly injury report, and Doug Baldwin and Dalvin Cook are among the iffy players for Week 4.

The Cardinals and Browns turning to rookie quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield respectively offers both hope and greater variance for those passing attacks. This game we call fantasy football, often fun and always maddening. 

Here's a first look at the Week 4 position rankings. As a reminder, byes begin this week with the Redskins and Panthers.

Quarterbacks
1.  Patrick Mahomes, KC
2.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
3.  Drew Brees, NO
4.  Matt Ryan, ATL
5.  Tom Brady, NE
6.  Philip Rivers, LAC
7.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
10.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB
11.  Jared Goff, LAR
12.  Matthew Stafford, DET
13.  Andy Dalton, CIN
14.  Carson Wentz, PHI
15.  Kirk Cousins, MIN
16.  Andrew Luck, IND
17.  Case Keenum, DEN
18.  Eli Manning, NYG
19.  Baker Mayfield, CLE
20.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
21.  Joe Flacco, BAL
22.  Blake Bortles, JAC
23.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
24.  Derek Carr, OAK
25.  Dak Prescott, DAL
26.  C.J. Beathard, SF
27.  Josh Allen, BUF
28.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
29.  Josh Rosen, ARI
30.  Sam Darnold, NYJ

Running Backs
1.  Alvin Kamara, NO
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
4.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
5.  Saquon Barkley, NYG
6.  James Conner, PIT
7.  Jordan Howard, CHI
8.  Kareem Hunt, KC
9.  David Johnson, ARI
10.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
11.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
12.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
13.  Carlos Hyde, CLE
14.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
15.  Lamar Miller, HOU
16.  Alex Collins, BAL
17.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
18.  Chris Carson, SEA
19.  Sony Michel, NE
20.  Matt Breida, SF
21.  Kerryon Johnson, DET
22.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
23.  Dion Lewis, TEN
24.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
25.  Phillip Lindsay, DEN
26.  Royce Freeman, DEN
27.  James White, NE
28.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
29.  Javorius Allen, BAL
30.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
31.  Peyton Barber, TB
32.  Derrick Henry, TEN
33.  Jamaal Williams, GB
34.  Alfred Morris, SF
35.  Corey Clement, PHI
36.  Jordan Wilkins, IND
37.  Latavius Murray, MIN
38.  Aaron Jones, GB
39.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
40.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
41.  Chris Ivory, BUF
42.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
43.  Nyheim Hines, IND
44.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
45.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
46.  Ty Montgomery, GB
47.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
48.  Duke Johnson, CLE
49.  Frank Gore, MIA
50.  Ito Smith, ATL
51.  LeGarrette Blount, DET
52.  Rashaad Penny, SEA
53.  Theo Riddick, DET
54.  Chase Edmonds, ARI
55.  Marlon Mack, IND
56.  Jalen Richard, OAK
57.  Doug Martin, OAK
58.  Marcus Murphy, BUF
59.  Devontae Booker, DEN
60.  Darren Sproles, PHI

Wide Receivers
1.  Michael Thomas, NO
2.  Antonio Brown, PIT
3.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
4.  Julio Jones, ATL
5.  Tyreek Hill, KC
6.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
7.  Keenan Allen, LAC
8.  Davante Adams, GB
9.  Mike Evans, TB
10.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
11.  Adam Thielen, MIN
12.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
13.  A.J. Green, CIN
14.  Jarvis Landry, CLE
15.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
16.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
17.  Will Fuller, HOU
18.  Brandin Cooks, LAR 
19.  Allen Robinson, CHI
20.  Kenny Golladay, DET
21.  Golden Tate, DET
22.  Robert Woods, LAR
23.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
24.  John Brown, BAL
25.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
26.  Sammy Watkins, KC
27.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
28.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
29.  Marvin Jones, DET
30.  Amari Cooper, OAK
31.  Keelan Cole, JAC
32.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
33.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
34.  Kenny Stills, MIA
35.  Calvin Ridley, ATL
36.  Chris Hogan, NE
37.  DeSean Jackson, TB
38.  Michael Crabtree, BAL
39.  Corey Davis, TEN
40.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
41.  Mike Williams, LAC
42.  Chris Godwin, TB
43.  Randall Cobb, GB
44.  Antonio Callaway, CLE
45.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
46.  Geronimo Allison, GB
47.  Ted Ginn, NO
48.  Jordy Nelson, OAK
49.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
50.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
51.  Brandon Marshall, SEA
52.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
53.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
54.  Josh Gordon, NE
55.  Ryan Grant, IND
56.  Courtland Sutton, DEN
57.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
58.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
59.  Willie Snead, BAL
60.  Christian Kirk, ARI
61.  Pierre Garcon, SF
62.  Cole Beasley, DAL
63.  Devante Parker, MIA
64.  Albert Wilson, MIA
65.  Taylor Gabriel, CHI
66.  Phillip Dorsett, NE
67.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
68.  Jaron Brown, SEA
69.  Donte Moncrief, JAC
70.  John Ross, CIN

Tight Ends
1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
4.  Jared Cook, OAK
5.  Jimmy Graham, GB
6.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
7.  Trey Burton, CHI
8.  O.J. Howard, TB
9.  Eric Ebron, IND
10.  David Njoku, CLE
11.  George Kittle, SF
12.  Tyler Eifert, CIN
13.  Benjamin Watson, NO
14.  Vance McDonald, PIT
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
16.  Jack Doyle, IND
17.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
18.  Will Dissly, SEA
19.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC
20.  Dallas Goedert, PHI
21.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
22.  Jake Butt, DEN
23.  Rhett Ellison, NYG
24.  Mark Andrews, BAL
25.  Nick Vannett, SEA

Defenses
1.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
2.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
3.  Green Bay Packers, GB
4.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
6.  Chicago Bears, CHI
7.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
8.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
9.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
10.  Houston Texans, HOU
11.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
12.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
13.  New England Patriots, NE
14.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
15.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
16.  New Orleans Saints, NO
17.  Indianapolis Colts, IND
18.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
19.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
20.  Tennessee Titans, TEN

Kickers
1.  Harrison Butker, KC
2.  Mason Crosby, GB
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
4.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
5.  Justin Tucker, BAL
6.  Caleb Sturgis, LAC
7.  Wil Lutz, NO
8.  Chris Boswell, PIT
9.  Brandon McManus, DEN
10.  Josh Lambo, JAC
11.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
12.  Sam Ficken, LAR
13.  Cody Parkey, CHI
14.  Jake Elliott, PHI
15.  Randy Bullock, CIN
16.  Matt Prater, DET
17.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
18.  Brett Maher, DAL
19.  Dan Bailey, MIN
20.  Aldrick Rosas, NYG

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Ron Rivera sees releasing Josh Norman as an opportunity for Redskins to get younger

Ron Rivera sees releasing Josh Norman as an opportunity for Redskins to get younger

On Friday the Redskins released veteran cornerback Josh Norman, and on Saturday head coach Ron Rivera explained that the decision allowed the team to get younger at a key position. 

"The big thing is it's an opportunity for us to get younger. Josh is a veteran guy and again, just looking at the young guys that we have, we got to get these guys on the football field and more exposed," Rivera said. 

Rivera spoke to reporters at a charity event in Charlotte, and while everything he said is true, it's also not the full story. Yes, Norman just turned 32 in December, but Washington's decision to cut him was not solely about age. 

Norman was set to make $15 million in 2020, and the team will save $12.5 million on the salary cap by letting him go. And his level of play no longer validated the hefty price tag and probably hasn't for the last two seasons. Norman finished the 2019 season on the bench and only played in rare situations when the other active cornerbacks were hurt. 

As for a youth movement at cornerback, it's coming, ready or not. Quinton Dunbar is in the last year of his deal and will be 28 when the season starts. Fabian Moreau will be in the last year of his rookie deal and will be 26 when the season starts. Jimmy Moreland had an up and down rookie year in 2019 and will be 25 when the season starts this fall. 

Some NFL sources also expect the Redskins to be quite active in free agency, particularly at the cornerback spot. Two names to watch are unrestricted free agents James Bradberry and Bashaud Breeland. Bradberry played for Rivera in Carolina while Breeland nearly signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 2018 before a foot injury voided his contract. 

So sure, the Redskins released Norman in part of an effort to get a younger roster. But there was plenty more involved, Rivera just decided to take the high road with his public comments. 

NOTES: Rivera also got asked about taking the Redskins job earlier this offseason: "It's going well. It's a little bit of a transition obviously as well. It's an opportunity to change things and kind of put things in the way we want to have them done. "

The coach also got asked about the difference between coaching in Charlotte and coaching in D.C. "The area is huge. Compared to here there's a lot of people," Rivera said. "It's very loud. All the restaurants are very loud." True words. 

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How much do people love Ron Rivera? Watch this video from Charlotte

How much do people love Ron Rivera? Watch this video from Charlotte

Panthers owner David Tepper fired head coach Ron Rivera after Week 12 of the 2019 season. Usually an in-season firing means that fans have turned on the coach amid a lost season.

In Carolina, that wasn't exactly the case.

When Rivera was fired, he and his wife Stephanie took out a full-page ad in The Charlotte Observer to thank a number of people and show gratitude for his nine years as head coach of the Panthers. That's unusual.

It seems that many Panthers fans were waiting to get their opportunity to thank Rivera, and on Saturday, it came.

Hundreds of Carolina fans showed up in Charlotte to say goodbye to Rivera as well as raise money for the Charlotte Humane Society. Why? Rivera decided to hold a yard sale of sorts, selling much of his Panthers gear, signed shirts and memorabilia going to the Humane Society. The event raised more than $30,000. 

The whole idea is admirable, and it appears from social media that the execution was a hit. 

Rivera's relationship with Redskins fans is just beginning, but if the crowd in Charlotte is any indication, it should be a fun ride. Winning helps too, and for most of his nine seasons in Carolina the Panthers won. That will build goodwill with any fan base, and in Washington, fans are desperate for some playoff football. 

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