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Week 4 fantasy football rankings

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There were some big injuries in Week 3, so let's take a look at how that impacts this week's ranks. These are my early ranks and I will update them later in the week. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

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1 Patrick Mahomes
2 Lamar Jackson
3 Russell Wilson
4 Dak Prescott
5 Aaron Rodgers
6 Philip Rivers
7 Deshaun Watson
8 Kyler Murray
9 Jared Goff
10 Matt Ryan
11 Carson Wentz
12 Tom Brady
13 Daniel Jones
14 Matthew Stafford
15 Jameis Winston
16 Jacoby Brissett
17 Andy Dalton
18 Baker Mayfield
19 Josh Allen
20 Case Keenum

RB

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1 Christian McCaffrey
2 Alvin Kamara
3 Ezekiel Elliott
4 Austin Ekeler
5 Mark Ingram
6 Nick Chubb
7 Dalvin Cook
8 James Conner
9 Marlon Mack
10 David Johnson
11 Derrick Henry
12 Leonard Fournette
13 Joe Mixon
14 Josh Jacobs
15 Todd Gurley
16 Chris Carson
17 LeSean McCoy
18 Kerryon Johnson
19 Phillip Lindsay
20 Devonta Freeman
21 David Montgomery
22 Wayne Gallman
23 Aaron Jones
24 James White
25 Chris Thompson
26 Darrel Williams
27 Justin Jackson Out
28 Adrian Peterson
29 Royce Freeman
30 Carlos Hyde
31 Miles Sanders
32 Rex Burkhead
33 Tarik Cohen
34 Peyton Barber
35 Kenyan Drake
36 Jamaal Williams

WR

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1 Julio Jones
2 Keenan Allen
3 Davante Adams
4 DeAndre Hopkins
5 Amari Cooper
6 Sammy Watkins
7 Cooper Kupp
8 Tyler Lockett
9 Michael Thomas
10 Odell Beckham
11 Larry Fitzgerald
12 Brandin Cooks
13 Julian Edelman
14 JuJu Smith-Schuster
15 Mike Evans
16 Tyler Boyd
17 Kenny Golladay
18 Terry McLaurin *Out
19 Marquise Brown
20 Robert Woods
21 Sterling Shepard
22 Adam Thielen
23 Chris Godwin
24 Christian Kirk
25 Calvin Ridley
26 D.J. Moore
27 Marquez Valdes-Scantling
28 Demarcus Robinson
29 Tyrell Williams
30 Mecole Hardman
31 Josh Gordon
32 Emmanuel Sanders
33 Marvin Jones
34 Phillip Dorsett
35 Mike Williams
36 D.J. Chark
37 Allen Robinson
38 Curtis Samuel
39 Alshon Jeffery
40 DK Metcalf

TE

1 Travis Kelce
2 Zach Ertz
3 Evan Engram
4 Greg Olsen
5 Darren Waller
6 Delanie Walker
7 Mark Andrews
8 Austin Hooper
9 T.J. Hockenson
10 Will Dissly
11 O.J. Howard
12 Jason Witten
13 Jared Cook
14 Eric Ebron
15 Jimmy Graham

Defense/Special Teams

1 Chargers
2 Rams
3 Bears
4 Patriots
5 Vikings
6 Jaguars
7 Ravens
8 Packers
9 Texans
10 Cowboys
11 Steelers
12 Colts
13 Seahawks
14 Broncos
15 Bengals

Kicker

1 Justin Tucker
2 Greg Zuerlein
3 Stephen Gostkowski
4 Harrison Butker
5 Ka'imi Fairbairn
6 Joey Slye
7 Will Lutz
8 Mason Crosby
9 Zane Gonzalez
10 Matt Bryant
11 Jason Myers
12 Jake Elliott
13 Matt Prater
14 Brett Maher
15 Dustin Hopkins

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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