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Jeff Erickson

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Week 4 Rankings

Bye Weeks: Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay

Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: three points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards.

Last updated October 3. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)

Quarterback

1. Aaron Rodgers GB vs. DET
2. Peyton Manning IND at JAC
3. Tom Brady NE at MIA
4. Philip Rivers SD vs. AZ
5. Drew Brees NO vs. CAR
Note: Banged his left knee late in the fourth quarter in Week 3 and was limping in the locker room afterwards.
Update: (Knee) MRI on Wednesday checked out fine, though he's wearing a brace in practice.
6. Eli Manning NYG vs. CHI
Note: Could very well put up big passing yards regularly.
7. Matt Schaub HOU at OAK
Note: The Cowboys pass rush really got to Schaub, who has been sacked 11 times already.
8. Jay Cutler CHI at NYG
9. Kyle Orton DEN at TEN
Note: The lack of success in the running game, particularly in the red zone, bodes well for him, as does the Broncos' defense failing to stop anyone.
10. Chad Henne MIA vs. NE
11. Michael Vick PHI vs. WAS
12. Vince Young TEN vs. DEN
13. Bruce Gradkowski OAK vs. HOU
14. Matt Hasselbeck SEA at STL
15. Matt Ryan ATL vs. SF
16. Sam Bradford STL vs. SEA
Note: I like the matchup this week, and if Steven Jackson can't go, that only means that Bradford will throw even more.
17. Donovan McNabb WAS at PHI
18. Carson Palmer CIN at CLE
19. Mark Sanchez NYJ at BUF
20 (Prev. 23.) Joe Flacco BAL at PIT
Update: Moving up a couple of notches.
21. *Seneca Wallace CLE vs. CIN
Note: General sense that Wallace will start ahead of Jake Delhomme, but no official word from the Browns.
Update: Delhomme (ankle) still appeared hobbled on Thursday. Starting decision won't be made until Saturday, but we're still working under the assumption that Wallace will start this week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - DELHOMME INACTIVE ***
22. *Charlie Batch PIT vs. BAL
Note: Named the starter again for Week 4 against the Ravens.
23. *Shaun Hill DET at GB
Note: Matthew Stafford (shoulder) expects to start throwing this week, but Hill should start again.
Update: Stafford still not practicing as of Thursday, but remains on track in rehab.
24. Alex Smith SF at ATL
25. *David Garrard JAC vs. IND
Note: Only thing keeping him in a starting role right now is a lack of a credible alternative.
26. *Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. NYJ
Note: Not terrible ... speaking of which, Trent Edwards was released and claimed by the Jaguars.
27. Derek Anderson AZ at SD
Note: Just got the ever-so-popular vote of confidence that his starting job wasn't in jeopardy. That wouldn't be necessary unless his job actually were in jeopardy due to poor performance (4.7 yards per attempt last week).
28. *Jimmy Clausen CAR at NO
Note: Awful first start, as should be expected with most rookies. The two fumbles were devastating.

Running Back

1. Chris Johnson TEN vs. DEN
2. Michael Turner ATL vs. SF
3. *Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. IND
Note: Showed up on the injury report with an ankle injury last week but then had 22 carries.
4. Arian Foster HOU at OAK
5. Darren McFadden OAK vs. HOU
6. Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. BAL
7. Frank Gore SF at ATL
8. (Prev. 11.) Cedric Benson CIN at CLE
Update: (Knee) Settling into a miss practice on Wednesday, but practice on Thursday and Friday routine.
9. Matt Forte CHI at NYG
10. LeSean McCoy PHI vs. WAS
Note: Only had 11 carries in Week 3 against the Jags in part because the passing game was working so well.
11. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. CHI
12. Peyton Hillis CLE vs. CIN
13. (Prev. 28.) *Ryan Mathews SD vs. AZ
Note: Sat out last week with a high ankle sprain. Had an "extensive workout" on Monday.
Update: Full practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
14. DeAngelo Williams CAR at NO
15. Justin Forsett SEA at STL
Note: Starting to get more action.
16. *Chris Wells AZ at SD
Note: (Knee) Very effective (14-for-75) in his return to action.
Update: Full practice on Thursday.
17. Joseph Addai IND at JAC
Update: (Knee) Full practice on Thursday.
18. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at BUF
19. (Prev. 25.) *Ray Rice BAL at PIT
Note: Suffered a knee contusion in Week 3. His availability against the Steelers is still unresolved.
Update: (knee) Missed practice on Wednesday but was able to go on Thursday. Even if he gets a full load of carries, the matchup remains bad. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - ACTIVE THIS WEEK ***
20. Ronnie Brown MIA vs. NE
Update: Was "nicked up" with a sore hamstring in Week 3.
28. *Steven Jackson STL vs. SEA
Note: There's a problem with the diagnosis of Jackson's groin injury, in that it was described as "only a strain." As anyone who has listened to or read Will Carroll before, a strain is a tear - the descriptions given otherwise are a matter of degree.
Update: This is shaping up to be a game-time decision. He hasn't practiced yet and will need to show considerable improvement in rehab on Friday. Still, we've been through this dance with Jackson before - he has practiced with worse weeks of practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - JACKSON ACTIVE ***
21. Shonn Greene NYJ at BUF
Note: I have a good feeling about Greene this week that this will be his first productive fantasy week.
22. Benjarvus Green-Ellis NE at MIA
Note: The most effective back for the Pats last week, plus Taylor re-injured his toe.
26. *Jahvid Best DET at GB
Note: Diagnosed with a Grade Two turf toe injury.
Update: (Turf toe) Missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but hoping to practice on Friday and "give it a go" on Sunday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - ACTIVE, NOT SURE HOW MUCH HE'LL PLAY ***
23. *Brandon Jackson GB vs. DET
Note: Only seven carries on Monday night.
24. Jonathan Stewart CAR at NO
27. *Clinton Portis WAS at PHI
Note: Limited in the second half Week 3 because of a recurrence of his wrist injury.
Update: (Wrist) Affirmed as the starter - but how much will Torain cut into his carries?
37. (Prev. Unlisted) Ladell Betts NO vs. CAR
Update: Could start if Pierre Thomas can't go. Still, what does starting mean for the Saints, especially if Chris Ivory takes the goal line carries? *** SUNDAY UPDATE - PIERRE THOMAS INACTIVE - BETTS WILL START ***

29. (Prev. 44.) John Kuhn GB vs. DET
Update: Moving up upon consideration of the discussion in the comments. I still prefer Jackson over Kuhn, but it's a lot closer than I previously acknowledged.
29. (Prev. 20.) *Mike Tolbert SD vs. AZ
30. (Prev. 38.) *Kenneth Darby STL vs. SEA
Update: Moving up due to the uncertainty of Jackson's status.
31. *Marshawn Lynch BUF vs. NYJ
Note: The Bills are now saying that they'll listen to trade offers for Lynch.
32. Willis McGahee BAL at PIT
33. *Maurice Morris DET at GB
Note: Most of his action in relief of Best came in the passing game.
34. *Tim Hightower AZ at SD
35. *Jason Snelling ATL vs. SF
Note: Better than a standard backup, though not rising to the level of a timeshare back.
36. C.J. Spiller BUF vs. NYJ
Note: The kick return was electrifying, but he still got only seven touches from scrimmage.
38. (Prev. 55.) *Chris Ivory NO vs. CAR
Note: Despite losing a fumble he got a vote of confidence to receive more short-yardage situations.
39. Ryan Torain WAS at PHI
40. Rashad Jennings JAC vs. IND
41. Ricky Williams MIA vs. NE
Note: Slow start to the season so far.
42. Sammy Morris NE at MIA
43. Leon Washington SEA at STL
45. *Fred Jackson BUF vs. NYJ
46. Darren Sproles SD vs. AZ
Note: I was wrong about Sproles/Tolbert - Sproles received only one carry.
47. Chester Taylor CHI at NYG
48. Bernard Scott CIN at CLE
49. Javon Ringer TEN vs. DEN
Note: Has performed well in a limited role as Johnson's backup.
50. Laurence Maroney DEN at TEN
Note: More carries than Buckhalter, but got stuffed on the goal line.
51. Correll Buckhalter DEN at TEN
Note: Even with Moreno out his role was limited.
52. *Michael Bush OAK vs. HOU
Note: (Thumb) Had three carries for 13 yards in his first game back, including one goal line carry. Plans to play without his protective padding next week.
66. *Jerome Harrison CLE vs. CIN
Note: Inactive last week with a thigh injury, hopes to practice this week. No matter, though, the starting job is clearly Hillis' to lose.
Update: (Thigh) Limited, but has a chance to play this week after getting scratched last week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - ACTIVE, AND JAMES DAVIS INACTIVE ***
53. Mike Hart IND at JAC
Update: Adding to the list after Donald Brown missed practice again on Friday.

54. Mike Goodson CAR at NO
55. Steve Slaton HOU at OAK
57. Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. CHI
58. Danny Woodhead NE at MIA
60. Anthony Dixon SF at ATL
61. Mike Bell PHI vs. WAS
62. Julius Jones SEA at STL
Note: Starting to get appropriately buried behind Forsett and Washington.
63. *Brian Westbrook SF at ATL
64. Isaac Redman PIT vs. BAL
65. *Kevin Smith DET at GB
Note: (Knee) Could be active for the first time this season with Jahvid Best and Aaron Brown (broken finger) both banged up.
67. (Prev. 50.) *Keith Toston STL vs. SEA
Update: Sprained AC joint in his shoulder.
68. (Prev. 58.) *Fred Taylor NE at MIA
Note: Re-injured his toe against the Bills.
Update: Missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - OFFICIALLY OUT ***
53. (Prev. 40.) Donald Brown IND at JAC
Update: (Hamstring) Missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE - DID NOT TRAVEL WITH TEAM ***
56. James Davis CLE vs. CIN
Update: (thigh) Limited in practice this week. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - INACTIVE ***
25. (Prev. 14.) *Pierre Thomas NO vs. CAR
Note: Injured his ankle in the fourth quarter last week, but stayed in the game and had a big reception in overtime.
Update: (Ankle) Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and will be a game-day decision. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE ***
69. *Knowshon Moreno DEN at TEN
Note: Sidelined last week after injuring his hamstring on Friday. The Broncos don't think this hamstring injury is as severe as the one he suffered in training camp.
Update: (Hamstring) Ruled out for Week 4 already.
59. Keiland Williams WAS at PHI
UPDATE: Released by the Redskins. Weird decision, weirder timing.

Wide Receiver

1. Randy Moss NE at MIA
2. Roddy White ATL vs. SF
Note: Leads the NFL in targets with 41.
3. DeSean Jackson PHI vs. WAS
4. Reggie Wayne IND at JAC
5. Brandon Marshall MIA vs. NE
6. Larry Fitzgerald AZ at SD
7. Malcom Floyd SD vs. AZ
8. Wes Welker NE at MIA
9. Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. CHI
10. Greg Jennings GB vs. DET
11. Anquan Boldin BAL at PIT
13. Donald Driver GB vs. DET
14. (Prev. 20.) Calvin Johnson DET at GB
Note: Someone please tell the Lions that they are allowed to throw the ball to Johnson *before the fourth quarter.
Update: Slight bump up after an on-air discussion on Thursday with Chris Liss.
15. Austin Collie IND at JAC
Update: (Heel) Limited in practice on Thursday.
16. Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. WAS
Update: (Back) Full participant in practice.
17. Johnny Knox CHI at NYG
18. Hines Ward PIT vs. BAL
19. Marques Colston NO vs. CAR
21. Steven Smith NYG vs. CHI
22. Mike Wallace PIT vs. BAL
23. *Chad Ochocinco CIN at CLE
24. Braylon Edwards NYJ at BUF
25. Mike Sims-Walker JAC vs. IND
Note: Only two catches last week despite getting eight targets.
26. Kevin Walter HOU at OAK
27. Santana Moss WAS at PHI
28. (Prev. 38.) Jabar Gaffney DEN at TEN
29. Mark Clayton STL vs. SEA
30. *Steve Smith CAR at NO
Note: Targeted just five times in the loss to the Bengals. I'm struggling with just how much to downgrade Smith and Williams for Carolina.
31. Terrell Owens CIN at CLE
32. Legedu Naanee SD vs. AZ
33. Lance Moore NO vs. CAR
34. (Prev. 63.) Brandon Lloyd DEN at TEN
Update: The reason I'm lower on him despite his place among the leaders right now is that he still might be the Broncos' third or even fourth choice. Gaffney got more targets last week, I think a healthy Thomas is a greater priority in the passing game, and you can make the case that Royal could rank ahead of him too. Even still, he deserved to be higher than his original ranking, as many have correctly pointed out.
12. (Prev. 6.) *Andre Johnson HOU at OAK
Note: Will be listed as "day-to-day" (ankle) all week.
Update: (ankle) Has not practiced yet and will be a game-time decision. More problematic is that he'll have a late-afternoon game. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - "Preparing to play." I'm just going to stay risk-averse on this one and tell you not to start him if you have to decide before the early kickoffs. If you can sub in late, and have a viable alternative then, ok, make that decision late. ***
35. James Jones GB vs. DET
Note: Very active again, but lost a critical fumble.
20. Louis Murphy OAK vs. HOU
Update: (Clavicle) Looked less than 100 percent on Thursday in practice. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE, THOUGH EXPECTED TO PLAY ***
36. *Josh Morgan SF at ATL
Note: Injured his knee on the final play of the game against the Chiefs.
Update: (Knee) Said he'd "be fine by Sunday."
37. (Prev. 43.) *Demaryius Thomas DEN at TEN
Note: Injury to upper forearm/elbow - not considered serious.
38. *Josh Cribbs CLE vs. CIN
Note: Should be "good to go" after playing with a sore ankle last week against Baltimore.
Update: Limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
39. Mario Manningham NYG vs. CHI
Update: Sat out practice Wednesday with a head injury that isn't officially a concussion, but returned on Thursday.
40. Jacoby Jones HOU at OAK
41. Jerricho Cotchery NYJ at BUF
42. Eddie Royal DEN at TEN
43. Michael Crabtree SF at ATL
Note: Three catches on seven targets last week.
45. Devin Hester CHI at NYG
46. Brian Hartline MIA vs. NE
Update: Adding to the rankings. After getting just three targets each of the first two games, he got 11 targets last week. Miami should be throwing it frequently again this week against the Patriots.

46. Danny Amendola STL vs. SEA
47. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. HOU
*** SUNDAY UPDATE - QUESTIONABLE WITH A GROIN STRAIN ***
48. Mohamed Massaquoi CLE vs. CIN
49. Lee Evans BUF vs. NYJ
50. Harry Douglas ATL vs. SF
51. Nate Washington TEN vs. DEN
52. Devery Henderson NO vs. CAR
53. Earl Bennett CHI at NYG
Note: Has surpassed Aromashodu on the depth chart.
54. Mike Thomas JAC vs. IND
55. *Mike Williams SEA at STL
Update: (Shoulder) Full participant in practice on Thursday.
56. Joey Galloway WAS at PHI
57. Deon Butler SEA at STL
58. Patrick Crayton SD vs. AZ
59. Derrick Mason BAL at PIT
60. Davone Bess MIA vs. NE
61. Deion Branch SEA at STL
62. *Stephen Williams AZ at SD
Note: Stepping in with both Steve Breaston and Early Doucet out.
63. (prev. Unlisted) Steve Johnson BUF vs. NYJ
Update: Added to the list. Had a big catch last week, but only three targets. I'm not quite ready to invest in the #3 receiver in the Buffalo offense.

64. Justin Gage TEN vs. DEN
65. Craig Davis SD vs. AZ
Note: Three catches for 82 yards last week.
66. T.J. Houshmandzadeh BAL at PIT
67. *Jordan Shipley CIN at CLE
Note: Sore right shoulder.
Update: (Shoulder) Limited in practice still.
68. Blair White IND at JAC
Note: Playing time hinges upon how active Garcon will be.
69. Jason Avant PHI at DAL
70. Kenny Britt TEN vs. DEN
Note: Out of coaching jail.
71. Robert Meachem NO vs. CAR
Note: Ugh, I have to bury him for now.
72. *Julian Edelman NE at MIA
73. *Laurent Robinson STL vs. SEA
Update: (Foot) Did not practice on Thursday.
74. *Nate Burleson DET at GB
Note: (Ankle) Expects to play this week - we'll see.
Update: Did not practice on Thursday. *** SUNDAY INACTIVE ***
75. *Ted Ginn SF at ATL
76. *Brandon LaFell CAR at NO
77. Devin Aromashodu CHI at NYG
Note: Inactive on Monday night.
44. *Pierre Garcon IND at JAC
Note: (Hamstring) Didn't travel with the team last week.
Update: (Hamstring) Sat out practice on Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - INACTIVE ***
78. *Steve Breaston AZ at SD
Note: Out until Week 7 after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Tight End

1. Antonio Gates SD vs. AZ
2. Jermichael Finley GB vs. DET
3. Vernon Davis SF at ATL
4. Dallas Clark IND at JAC
5. Zach Miller OAK vs. HOU
6. Dustin Keller NYJ at BUF
7. Chris Cooley WAS at PHI
8. Aaron Hernandez NE at MIA
9. Greg Olsen CHI at NYG
Note: Proof that a tight end can be productive in a Mike Martz offense.
10. Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. SF
11. Jermaine Gresham CIN at CLE
12. John Carlson SEA at STL
13. Brent Celek PHI vs. WAS
Note: Dealing with a wrist contusion. Celek had his most productive game yet, with four catches on six targets.
Update: (Wrist) Full practice this week.
14. Jeremy Shockey NO vs. CAR
15. Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. IND
16. Brandon Pettigrew DET at GB
Note: Two huge drops in Week 3. Also splitting time with Scheffler in the passing game.
17. *Todd Heap BAL at PIT
18. *Kevin Boss NYG vs. CHI
Note: Bounced back strong in return from concussion.
19. *Owen Daniels HOU at OAK
Update: Now dealing with a sore hamstring, missed practice Thursday. *** SUNDAY UPDATE - EXPECTED TO PLAY, BUT LATE GAME ***
20. Tony Scheffler DET at GB
21. Heath Miller PIT vs. BAL
22. Ben Watson CLE vs. CIN
23. Daniel Fells STL vs. SEA
24. Anthony Fasano MIA vs. NE
25. *Evan Moore CLE vs. CIN
26. Bo Scaife TEN vs. DEN
27. Rob Gronkowski NE at MIA
28. Fred Davis WAS at PHI

Kicker

1. Jeff Reed PIT vs. BAL
2. Nate Kaeding SD vs. AZ
3. Mason Crosby GB vs. DET
4. David Akers PHI vs. WAS
5. Dan Carpenter MIA vs. NE
6. Stephen Gostkowski NE at MIA
7. Mike Nugent CIN at CLE
Note: 8-for-8 on field goal attempts.
8. Neil Rackers HOU at OAK
9. Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. HOU
Note: Three misses last week, including a potential game-winner that was relatively easy.
10. Matt Bryant ATL vs. SF
11. John Carney NO vs. CAR
*** Sunday Update: Carney and not Garrett Hartley will kick this week.***
12. Adam Vinatieri IND at JAC
13. Matt Prater DEN at TEN
14. Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. CHI
15. Robbie Gould CHI at NYG
16. Rob Bironas TEN vs. DEN
17. Nick Folk NYJ at BUF
18. Graham Gano WAS at PHI
19. Josh Scobee JAC vs. IND
20. Josh Brown STL vs. SEA
Note: Had a kick blocked for the second time this year.
21. *Olindo Mare SEA at STL
22. Jay Feely AZ at SD
23. Jason Hanson DET at GB
24. Phil Dawson CLE vs. CIN
25. Joe Nedney SF at ATL
26. Rian Lindell BUF vs. NYJ
27. Billy Cundiff BAL at PIT
28. John Kasay CAR at NO

Defense

1. New York Jets vs. Buffalo
2. Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore
3. New Orleans vs. Carolina
4. Green Bay vs. Detroit
5. San Diego vs. Arizona
6. Atlanta vs. San Francisco
7. Indianapolis at Jacksonville
8. Philadelphia vs. Washington
9. Tennessee vs. Denver
10. New York Giants vs. Chicago
11. Cleveland vs. Cincinnati
12. Oakland vs. Houston
13. Cincinnati at Cleveland
14. Baltimore at Pittsburgh
15. Chicago at New York Giants
16. San Francisco at Atlanta
17. Washington at Philadelphia
18. St. Louis vs. Seattle
19. New England at Miami
20. Seattle at St. Louis
21. Buffalo at New York Jets
22. Denver at Tennessee
23. Houston at Oakland
24. Miami vs. New England
25. Arizona at San Diego
26. Carolina at New Orleans
27. Detroit at Green Bay
28. Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis

Flex Position (RB/WR/TE)

1. Chris Johnson TEN vs. DEN
2. Michael Turner ATL vs. SF
3. *Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. IND
Note: Showed up on the injury report with an ankle injury last week but then had 22 carries.
4. Arian Foster HOU at OAK
5. Darren McFadden OAK vs. HOU
6. Randy Moss NE at MIA
7. Roddy White ATL vs. SF
Note: Leads the NFL in targets with 41.
8. DeSean Jackson PHI vs. WAS
9. Reggie Wayne IND at JAC
10. Brandon Marshall MIA vs. NE
11. Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. BAL
12. Antonio Gates SD vs. AZ
13. Frank Gore SF at ATL
14. Matt Forte CHI at NYG
15. *Andre Johnson HOU at OAK
Note: Will be listed as "day-to-day" (ankle) all week.
16. Larry Fitzgerald AZ at SD
17. LeSean McCoy PHI vs. WAS
Note: Only had 11 carries in Week 3 against the Jags in part because the passing game was working so well.
18. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. CHI
19. Cedric Benson CIN at CLE
20. Peyton Hillis CLE vs. CIN
21. Malcom Floyd SD vs. AZ
22. Wes Welker NE at MIA
23. Jermichael Finley GB vs. DET
24. Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. CHI
25. Vernon Davis SF at ATL
26. Dallas Clark IND at JAC
27. DeAngelo Williams CAR at NO
28. *Pierre Thomas NO vs. CAR
Note: Injured his ankle in the fourth quarter last week, but stayed in the game and had a big reception in overtime.
29. Justin Forsett SEA at STL
Note: Starting to get more action.
30. *Chris Wells AZ at SD
Note: (Knee) Very effective (14-for-75) in his return to action.
31. Greg Jennings GB vs. DET
32. Austin Collie IND at JAC
33. Anquan Boldin BAL at PIT
34. Donald Driver GB vs. DET
35. Johnny Knox CHI at NYG
36. Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. WAS
37. Zach Miller OAK vs. HOU
38. Dustin Keller NYJ at BUF
39. Chris Cooley WAS at PHI
40. Aaron Hernandez NE at MIA
41. Hines Ward PIT vs. BAL
42. Joseph Addai IND at JAC
43. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ at BUF
44. Ronnie Brown MIA vs. NE
45. *Mike Tolbert SD vs. AZ
46. Marques Colston NO vs. CAR
47. Louis Murphy OAK vs. HOU
48. Calvin Johnson DET at GB
Note: Someone please tell the Lions that they are allowed to throw the ball to Johnson *before the fourth quarter.
49. Steven Smith NYG vs. CHI
50. Mike Wallace PIT vs. BAL
51. *Chad Ochocinco CIN at CLE
52. Braylon Edwards NYJ at BUF
53. Shonn Greene NYJ at BUF
Note: I have a good feeling about Greene this week that this will be his first productive fantasy week.
54. Benjarvus Green-Ellis NE at MIA
Note: The most effective back for the Pats last week, plus Taylor re-injured his toe.
55. Mike Sims-Walker JAC vs. IND
Note: Only two catches last week despite getting eight targets.
56. Kevin Walter HOU at OAK
57. Santana Moss WAS at PHI
58. Mark Clayton STL vs. SEA
59. Greg Olsen CHI at NYG
Note: Proof that a tight end can be productive in a Mike Martz offense.
60. Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. SF
61. *Steve Smith CAR at NO
Note: Targeted just five times in the loss to the Bengals. I'm struggling with just how much to downgrade Smith and Williams for Carolina.
62. *Brandon Jackson GB vs. DET
Note: Only seven carries on Monday night.
63. Jonathan Stewart CAR at NO
64. *Ray Rice BAL at PIT
Note: Suffered a knee contusion in Week 3. His availability against the Steelers is still unresolved.
65. *Steven Jackson STL vs. SEA
Note: There's a problem with the diagnosis of Jackson's groin injury, in that it was described as "only a strain." As anyone who has listened to or read Will Carroll before, a strain is a tear - the descriptions given otherwise are a matter of degree.
66. *Jahvid Best DET at GB
Note: Diagnosed with a Grade Two turf toe injury.
67. *Ryan Mathews SD vs. AZ
Note: Sat out last week with a high ankle sprain. Had an "extensive workout" on Monday.
68. *Clinton Portis WAS at PHI
Note: Limited in the second half Week 3 because of a recurrence of his wrist injury.
69. *Marshawn Lynch BUF vs. NYJ
Note: The Bills are now saying that they'll listen to trade offers for Lynch.
70. Terrell Owens CIN at CLE
71. Legedu Naanee SD vs. AZ
72. Lance Moore NO vs. CAR
73. James Jones GB vs. DET
Note: Very active again, but lost a critical fumble.
74. Willis McGahee BAL at PIT
75. *Maurice Morris DET at GB
Note: Most of his action in relief of Best came in the passing game.
76. *Tim Hightower AZ at SD
77. *Jason Snelling ATL vs. SF
Note: Better than a standard backup, though not rising to the level of a timeshare back.
78. C.J. Spiller BUF vs. NYJ
Note: The kick return was electrifying, but he still got only seven touches from scrimmage.
79. Ryan Torain WAS at PHI
80. *Josh Morgan SF at ATL
Note: Injured his knee on the final play of the game against the Chiefs.
81. *Josh Cribbs CLE vs. CIN
Note: Should be "good to go" after playing with a sore ankle last week against Baltimore.
82. Mario Manningham NYG vs. CHI
83. Jacoby Jones HOU at OAK
84. Jabar Gaffney DEN at TEN
85. Jermaine Gresham CIN at CLE
86. John Carlson SEA at STL