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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!


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



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



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  



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 



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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Houston's bats have a hot night

Astros clobber Rangers to win series opener

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After dropping two of three in Seattle, the Astros entered the regular season's final series still waiting to clinch their playoff berth. Luckily their matchup favored them, with four games against the 19-37 Rangers, which they have done well against in recent years. Here are highlights from the opener:

Final Score: Astros 12, Rangers 4.

Record: 29-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.32 ERA).

Astros put up 10 on Lynn 

Houston had no trouble getting acquainted with the Rangers' new stadium, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a lengthy at-bat against Lance Lynn, Jose Altuve reached on a one-out single, then scored from first on a two-out RBI-triple by Alex Bregman. They'd double their lead in the next at-bat on an error, making it 2-0.

They extended that lead even more in the next inning, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning to set up a big three-run dinger by George Springer to straightaway center-field to make it 5-0. Bregman added two more RBI to his night in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on a leadoff single by Michael Brantley by hitting a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 lead. Altuve would push the total to double-digits in the top of the sixth, lifting a three-run home run of his own to make it a 10- lead.

Javier with a decent start, bullpen closes out the win

Meanwhile, Cristian Javier was doing well on the mound against the Rangers. He allowed just three baserunners through the first five innings, a double in the first, a hit batter in the second, and a single in the fifth. He would falter a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff single then a two-run homer, then later in the inning a sac fly, making it 10-3 before Houston would turn to their bullpen. Javier's final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 95 TP.

Luis Garcia would get the final out of the sixth then returned for the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff double that would score on a two-out RBI-double, making it a six-run game before Garcia finished the frame. Brooks Raley was the next reliever and notched two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

Josh Reddick gave Houston two more insurance runs, joining the home run barrage with a two-run homer in the top of the inning to make it 12-4 going to the bottom half. Brandon Bielak was given a low-leverage opportunity to throw in the bottom of the ninth. He erased a two-out double for a scoreless inning to wrap up the lopsided win, lowering Houston's magic number to 1.

Up Next: The second game of this four-game set between Houston and Texas will start Friday at 7:05 PM Central at Globe Life Field. The pitching battle will be Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53 ERA) for the Rangers and Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78 ERA) for the Astros.

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