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Week 4 fantasy football rankings: Look for big things from Zeke Elliot

Week 4 fantasy football rankings: Look for big things from Zeke Elliot
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a tasty matchup against the Rams this week. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Below are my PPR fantasy rankings for Week 4. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice.

I will update rankings throughout the week. If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 A. Rodgers GB

3 D. Brees NO

4 R. Wilson SEA

5 M. Ryan ATL

6 P. Rivers LAC

7 A. Dalton CIN

8 C. Palmer ARI

9 C. Wentz PHI

10 D. Prescott DAL

11 T. Siemian DEN

12 M. Mariota

13 K. Cousins WAS

14 A. Smith KC

15 M. Stafford DET

16 E. Manning NYG

17 D. Carr OAK

18 D. Watson HOU

19 B. Roethlisberger PIT

20 J. Cutler MIA

21 T. Taylor BUF

22 B. Bortles JAC

23 J. Goff LAR

24 J. Winston TBRB


1 E. Elliott DAL

2 D. Freeman ATL

3 K. Hunt KC

4 T. Gurley LAR

5 D. Cook MIN

6 L. Bell PIT

7 L. McCoy BUF

8 J. Ajayi MIA

9 L. Fournette JAC

10 C. Hyde SF

11 T. Montgomery GB

12 J. Howard CHI

13 M. Gordon LAC

14 C. Carson SEA

15 D. Murray TEN

16 J. Mixon CIN

17 C. Anderson DEN

18 C. McCaffrey CAR

19 M. Ingram NO

20 T. Cohen CHI

21 C. Thompson WAS

22 T. Coleman ATL

23 M. Gillislee NE

24 D. Johnson CLE

25 L. Miller HOU

26 M. Lynch OAK

27 J. White NE

28 J. Allen BAL

29 F. Gore IND

30 W. Smallwood PHI

31 T. West BAL

32 L. Blount PHI 

33 J. Rodgers TB

34 T. Riddick DET

35 A. Abdullah DET

36 B. Powell NYJ 

37 I. Crowell CLE

38 A. Kamara NO

39 A. Ellington ARI

40 S. Vereen NYG

41 J. Charles DEN

42 D. Foreman HOU

43 G. Bernard CIN

44 J. Stewart CAR

45 D. Henry TEN

46 C. Johnson ARI

47 A. Peterson NO

48 C. Sims TB

 

WR

1 A. Brown PIT  

2 A. Green CIN  

3 O. Beckham NYG  

4 J. Nelson GB  

5 J. Jones ATL   

6 D. Bryant DAL 

7 M. Thomas NO

8 K. Allen LAC  

9 B. Cooks NE  

10 D. Baldwin SEA *Game-time decision. He may be limited if he plays. Consider other options.

11 D. Parker MIA  

12 D. Hopkins HOU

13 S. Diggs MIN 

14 T. Hill KC  

15 M. Evans TB  

16 D. Adams GB

17 D. Thomas DEN  

18 G. Tate DET  

19 E. Sanders DEN  

20 C. Hogan NE 

21 A. Jeffery PHI  

22 L. Fitzgerald ARI

23 A. Thielen MIN  

24  J. Landry MIA

25  S. Watkins LA

26 R. Cobb GB  

27 A. Cooper OAK

28 W. Snead NO  

29 R. Matthews TEN

30 M. Bryant PIT  

31 D. Jackson TB 

32 P. Garcon SF 

33 D. Amendola NE  

34 J. Crowder WAS  

35 S. Shepard NYG   

36 K. Benjamin CAR 

37 M. Lee JAC

38 T. Hilton IND 

39 C. Kupp LAR 

40 K. Britt CLE   

41 T. Pryor WAS  

42 M. Sanu ATL  

43 J. Nelson ARI  

44 J. Maclin BAL  

45 J. Brown ARI 

46 M. Crabtree OAK     No practice Friday

47 K. Wright CHI  

48 A. Hurns JAC

 

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE 

2 T. Kelce KC  

3 Z. Ertz PHI 

4 J. Graham SEA  

5 D. Walker TEN

6  J. Cook OAK

7 C. Clay BUF

8 C. Brate TB

9  K. Rudolph MIN  

10 R. Griffin HOU

11 J. Witten DAL

12 M. Bennett GB 

13 E. Ebron DET

14 B. Watson BAL  

15 V. Davis WAS 

16 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ 

17 E. Engram NYG  

18 H. Henry LAC   

19 C. Fleener NO   

20 J. Doyle IND   

21 J. Thomas MIA  

22 D. Njoku CLE  

23 A. Gates LAC 

24 M. Lewis JAC  

 

DEF

1 Seahawks 

2 Jaguars 

3 Vikings

4 Giants

5 Broncos

6 Packers

7 Bengals

8 Steelers

9 Cardinals

10 Chiefs 

11 Patriots 

12 Lions 

13 Buccaneers 

14 Ravens 

15 Falcons 

16 Eagles 

17 Texans 

18 Rams 

19 Panthers 

20 Titans 

21 Jets 

22 49ers 

23 Cowboys 

24 Saints 

 

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE

2 M. Bryant ATL

3 D. Bailey DAL

4 B. Walsh SEA 

5 W. Lutz NO 

6 J. Tucker BAL

7 R. Succop TEN  

8 J. Elliott PHI  

9 M. Prater DET

10 M. Crosby GB

11 N. Folk TB 

12 H. Butker KC  

13 P. Dawson ARI

14 B. McManus DEN 

15 K. Fairbairn HOU 

16 R. Bullock CIN 

17 C. Boswell PIT 

18 G. Tavecchio OAK  

19 C. Parkey MIA 

20 G. Zuerlein LAR

21 G. Gano CAR

22 J. Myers JAC 

23 K. Forbath MIN 

24 D. Hopkins WAS 

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Major League Baseball could test robot umpires as part of a challenge system in spring training next year, which could lead to regular-season use in 2026.

MLB has been experimenting with the automated ball-strike system in the minor leagues since 2019 but is still working on the shape of the strike zone.

“I said at the owners meeting it is not likely that we would bring ABS to the big leagues without a spring training test. OK, so if it’s ’24 that leaves me ’25 as the year to do your spring training test if we can get these issues resolved, which would make ’26 a viable possibility,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday during a meeting with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. "But is that going to be the year? I’m not going to be flat-footed on that issue.

“We have made material progress. I think that the technology is good to a 100th of an inch. The technology in terms of the path of the ball is pluperfect.”

Triple-A ballparks have used ABS this year for the second straight season, but there is little desire to call the strike zone as the cube defined in the rule book and MLB has experimented with modifications during minor league testing.

The ABS currently calls strikes solely based on where the ball crosses the midpoint of the plate, 8.5 inches from the front and the back. The top of the strike zone was increased to 53.5% of batter height this year from 51%, and the bottom remained at 27%.

"We do have technical issues surrounding the definition of the strike zone that still need to be worked out,” Manfred said.

After splitting having the robot alone for the first three games of each series and a human with a challenge system in the final three during the first 2 1/2 months of the Triple-A season, MLB on June 25 switched to an all-challenge system in which a human umpire makes nearly all decisions.

Each team currently has three challenges in the Pacific Coast League and two in the International League. A team retains its challenge if successful, similar to the regulations for big league teams with video reviews.

“The challenge system is more likely or more supported, if you will, than the straight ABS system,” players' association head Tony Clark said earlier Tuesday at a separate session with the BBWAA. "There are those that have no interest in it at all. There are those that have concerns even with the challenge system as to how the strike zone itself is going to be considered, what that looks like, how consistent it is going to be, what happens in a world where Wi-Fi goes down in the ballpark or the tech acts up on any given night.

“We’re seeing those issues, albeit in minor league ballparks," Clark added. "We do not want to end up in a world where in a major league ballpark we end up with more questions than answers as to the integrity of that night’s game or the calls associated with it.”

Playing rules changes go before an 11-member competition committee that includes four players, an umpire and six team representatives. Ahead of the 2023 season, the committee adopted a pitch clock and restrictions on defensive shifts without support from players.

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