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Fantasy football Week 4 rankings: Colts could be kick Russell Wilson needs

Week 4 may bring some clarity as teams begin to see show they really are. We haven't seen as much production from Ezekiel Elliott and Le'Veon Bell as we expected, but that may begin to change this week.

A lot hinge on who defenses really are. Were the Ravens just skating by on poor competition the first couple of weeks? Are the Redskins going to be this tough all year? The Patriots, which on paper looked better than last year, couldn't be this soft all year, right?

We'll see.  For now, we have to take some matchups at face value, but don't go strictly by early season stats. Use your best sense.

Note: Send your fantasy questions to plthompson@chicagotribune.com or tweet them to @_phil_thompson.


1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bears

2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Colts

3. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Panthers

4. Derek Carr, Raiders at Broncos

5. Matt Stafford, Lions at Vikings

6. Drew Brees, Saints at Dolphins

7. Cam Newton, Panthers at Patriots

8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Ravens

9. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Eagles

10. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns

11. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Bills

12. Kirk Cousins, Redskins at Chiefs

13. Marcus Mariota, Titans at Texans

14. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Giants

15. Tyrod Taylor, Bills at Falcons

16. Eli Manning, Giants at Buccaneers

17. Dak Prescott, Cowboys vs. Rams

18. Carson Wentz, Eagles at Chargers

19. Alex Smith, Chiefs vs. Redskins

20. Jared Goff, Rams at Cowboys

21. Trevor Siemian, Broncos vs. Raiders

22. Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. 49ers

23. Blake Bortles, Jaguars at Jets

24. Deshaun Watson, Texans vs. Titans

25. Jay Cutler, Dolphins vs. Saints

26. Brian Hoyer, 49ers at Cardinals

27. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Steelers

28. Case Keenum, Vikings vs. Lions

29. Mike Glennon, Bears at Packers

30. Jacoby Brissett, Colts at Seahawks

31. DeShone Kizer, Browns vs. Bengals

32. Josh McCown, Jets vs. Jaguars

The Colts might be that kind of mirage defense I referenced, building stats off a hobbled Cardinals passing game and the Browns. They've still allowed the third most passing yards, so take note Russell Willson owners. ... The Giants held Matt Stafford to 5.8 yards per attempt and Carson Wentz to 5.7, according to our partners at RotoWire.com. Keep that in mind with Jameis Winston. ... Cam Newton has been erratic, and that's putting it kindly, but give him one more chance against the Patriots' league-leading eight touchdown passes allowed. ... Sleeper category: Trevor Siemian owners, the Raiders are top 10 in fantasy points allowed and have not had an interception.

Running backs

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys vs. Rams

2. LeSean McCoy, Bills at Falcons

3. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers at Ravens

4. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs vs. Redskins

5. Melvin Gordon, Chargers vs. Eagles

6. Devonta Freeman, Falcons vs. Bills

7. Jordan Howard, Bears at Packers

8. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars at Jets

9. Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Lions

10. Todd Gurley, Rams at Cowboys

11. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins vs. Saints

12. Chris Carson, Seahawks vs. Colts

13. Frank Gore, Colts at Seahawks

14. Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers vs. Giants

15. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders at Broncos

16. DeMarco Murray, Titans at Texans

17. C.J. Anderson, Broncos vs. Raiders

18. Ty Montgomery, Packers vs. Bears

19. Terrance West, Ravens vs. Steelers

20. Carlos Hyde, 49ers at Cardinals

21. Joe Mixon, Bengals at Browns

22. Lamar Miller, Texans vs. Titans

23. Isaiah Crowell, Browns vs. Bengals

24. Chris Thomspon, Redskins at Chiefs

25. Mike Gillislee, Patriots vs. Panthers

26. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Patriots

27. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers at Patriots

28. Tarik Cohen, Bears at Packers

29. Theo Riddick, Lions at Vikings

30. Ameer Abdullah, Lions at Vikings

31. Javorius Allen, Ravens vs. Steelers

32. Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals vs. 49ers

33. Derrick Henry, Titans at Texans

34. Darren Sproles, Eagles at Chargers

35. Giovani Bernard, Bengals at Browns

36. Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Jaguars

37. Mark Ingram, Saints at Dolphins

38. Tevin Coleman, Falcons vs. Bills

39. Jamaal Charles, Broncos vs. Raiders

40. James White, Patriots vs. Panthers

41. Jeremy Hill, Bengals at Browns

42. Duke Johnson, Browns vs. Bengals

43. Samaje Perine, Redskins at Chiefs

44. Alvin Kamara, Saints at Dolphins

45. Legarrette Blount, Eagles at Chargers

46. Paul Perkins, Giants at Buccaneers

47. Charcandrick West, Chiefs vs. Redskins

48. Rex Burkhead, Patriots vs. Panthers

49. Jamaal Williams, Packers vs. Bears

50. Rob Kelley, Redskins at Chiefs

Le'Veon Bell and company averaging just 69 yards rushing but the Ravens allowing an uncharacteristic 112 yards per game. ... Bilal Powell gets a boost with Matt Forte sitting this one out. ... Melvin Gordon has a bone bruise, but it's not believe to be severe, according to Ahtletico. ... Ezekiel Elliott owners, the Rams defense leads in fantasy points allowed (31.95 on NFL.com) the last two weeks. ... If you're worried about Frank Gore, yes, the Seahawks have given up only two rushing scores but they've allowed a league-leading 5.3 yards per carry.

Wide receivers

1. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants at Buccaneers

2. Jordy Nelson, Packers vs. Bears

3. Antonio Brown, Steelers at Ravens

4. A.J. Green, Bengals at Browns

5. Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Giants

6. Allen Hurns, Jaguars at Jets

7. Marvin Jones, Lions at Vikings

8. Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Bills

9. Stefon Diggs, Vikings vs. Lions

10. Michael Thomas, Saints at Dolphins

11. Amari Cooper, Raiders at Broncos

12. Sammy Watkins, Rams at Cowboys

13. Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Eagles

14. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles at Chargers

15. Brandin Cooks, Patriots vs. Panthers

16. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Titans

17. DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Saints

18. Michael Crabtree, Raiders at Broncos

19. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs vs. Redskins

20. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. 49ers

21. Golden Tate, Lions at Vikings

22. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos vs. Raiders

23. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins vs. Saints

24. T.Y. Hilton, Colts at Seahawks

25. Pierre Garcon, 49ers at Cardinals

26. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks vs. Colts

27. Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Bears

28. Terrelle Pryor, Redskins at Chiefs

29. Martavis Bryant, Steelers at Ravens

30. Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers at Patriots

31. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos vs. Raiders

32. Dez Bryant, Cowboys vs. Rams

33. Sterling Shepard, Giants at Buccaneers

34. Jeremy Maclin, Ravens vs. Steelers

35. Cooper Kupp, Rams at Cowboys

36. Davante Adams, Packers vs. Bears

37. Eric Decker, Titans at Texans

38. Adam Thielen, Vikings vs. Lions

39. Brandon Marshall, Giants at Buccaneers

40. Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Eagles

41. DeSean Jackson, Buccaneers vs. Giants

42. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons vs. Bills

43. Rishard Matthews, Titans at Texans

44. Chris Hogan, Patriots vs. Panthers

45. Jamison Crowder, Redskins at Chiefs

46. Travis Benjamin, Chargers vs. Eagles

47. Will Fuller, Texans vs. Titans

48. Donte Moncrief, Colts at Seahawks

49. Paul Richardson, Seahawks vs. Colts

50. Willie Snead, Saints at Dolphins

Aaron Rodgers favoring the slot so far, so if Randall Cobb starts play him and sit Geronimo Allison. ... We could see the return of Will Fuller, who could serve as a desperation flex in deep leagues. .. .Sammy Watkins, J.J. Nelson and Michael Crabtree have been limited in practice.

Tight ends

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Redskins

2. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks vs. Colts

3. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots vs. Panthers

4. Jesse James, Steelers at Ravens

5. Eric Ebron, Lions at Vikings

6. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Rams

7. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings vs. Lions

8. Jared Cook, Raiders at Broncos

9. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Giants

10. Delanie Walker, Titans at Texans

11. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars at Jets

12. Jack Doyle, Colts at Seahawks

13. Ryan Griffin, Texans vs. Titans

14. Zach Ertz, Eagles at Chargers

15. Charles Clay, Bills at Falcons

16. Evan Engram, Giants at Buccaneers

17. Ed Dickson, Panthers at Patriots

18. Martelllus Bennett, Packers vs. Bears

19. Nick Boyle, Ravens vs. Steelers

20. Coby Fleener, Saints at Dolphins

21. Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Bills

22. Hunter Henry, Chargers vs. Eagles

23. Benjamin Watson, Ravens vs. Steelers

24. Julius Thomas, Dolphins vs. Saints

25. Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals vs. 49ers

26. Zach Miller, Bears at Packers

27. David Njoku, Browns vs. Bengals

28. Tyler Kroft, Bengals at Browns

29. Tyler Higbee, Rams at Cowboys

30. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Giants

Monitor the Ravens' tight end situation. If Ben Watson's calf keeps him out or limited, the bulk of the work falls to Nick Boyle. Whichever one plays, the Steelers could miss one or both of their starting safeties. .. Charles Clay faces a Falcons defense that has allowed the most receptions (84).

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