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Week 4 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Week 4 is here and there is a lot to go over regarding this week’s Flex rankings. First, a couple of programming notes. Hurricane Ian seems to have weakened after making landfall in Florida. Hopefully, there is as little damage and destruction as possible and everyone in the area is safe. I also bring this up because the weather is likely to have some impact on this weekend’s games. Several games are likely to be impacted by rain and/or wind. My current Week 4 Flex rankings do not factor that in, but it may be something to consider depending on the forecasts. Any game that features high winds is likely to see a dip in passing game production. If you are choosing between a running back and a receiver for your Flex spot, you may want to incorporate the weather report into your decision-making process.

Also, note that there is a London game this Sunday. Yes, it is (already) that time of year. The Minnesota Vikings will be playing the New Orleans Saints overseas. Players from these two teams will lock early, so keep that in mind when setting your lineups. OK, now that all that good stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the Week 4 Flex rankings! I ranked over 300 players based on half-PPR scoring. As always, feel free to comment below or on Twitter with any specific start/sit questions you may have.

Running Back Notes

Week 3 was likely a rough one if you roster a running back from the NFC North. Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, and David Montgomery all left their respective games due to injury. Cook stayed in long enough to provide double-digit fantasy points. But Swift and Montgomery could only watch as their backups blew up for huge games. Khalil Herbert emerged from Week 3 as the top overall scorer among Flex players. He ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns against the hapless Houston run defense. Jamaal Williams finished as the overall RB2 for the week on the strength of a 22-touch, two-touchdown performance. Williams enters Week 4 tied for the NFL lead with four touchdowns. If Swift sits as is expected, it is hard to argue against Williams being an RB1 this week. Only Houston has allowed more rushing yards to opposing backs than the Seattle Seahawks.

As you can gather from my Week 4 Flex rankings, I do expect Dalvin Cook to play this week. I currently have him as my RB21, and I will move him up if there are no setbacks. He will reportedly wear a harness for his shoulder and give it a go. I will probably end up ranking Cook somewhere in the 10-15 range among running backs. The bottom line is that you are starting him if he is on your roster. Montgomery has yet to practice this week, and I believe Chicago will give him a week to heal up. I have Herbert ranked as a low-end RB2, but he may sneak up a few spots as well. The Giants have allowed the third-most rushing yards to enemy backs thus far. They are also one of four teams who have given up multiple touchdown receptions to opposing running backs.

J.K. Dobbins made his return from a torn ACL last week in Baltimore’s win over New England. Dobbins earned nine touches and totaled 40 yards from scrimmage. He should garner more work in the coming weeks, but he is not a recommended Week 4 Flex play. Justice Hill could be a sneaky add in deeper leagues. The fourth-year pro ran for 60 yards and earned praise from head coach John Harbaugh. He should continue to spell Dobbins for the foreseeable future. The Ravens listed Kenyan Drake as a healthy scratch and did not give Mike Davis any touches last week. Anyone holding out hope for either veteran can likely cut bait at this point. Besides, Baltimore’s best running back also happens to be their quarterback.

Wide Receiver Notes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers boast perhaps the most talented but also most frustrating group of wide receivers from a fantasy standpoint. Russell Gage was the primary beneficiary of multiple Bucs wideouts missing their tilt against the Green Bay Packers. With Mike Evans out due to suspension and Chris Godwin and Julio Jones sidelined with injuries, Gage caught 12 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Tampa’s loss. I am not expecting anything close to the repeat this week from Gage, though through no fault of his own. Mike Evans will return from his one-game suspension and should reclaim the lion’s share of targets from Tom Brady. Chris Godwin and Julio Jones may also return to the lineup after missing each of the last two games. Godwin would be the top Week 4 Flex option for me among the remaining Buccaneer wide receivers.

The New York Giants are dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness at the wide receiver position. Leading receiver Sterling Shepard tore his ACL on Monday night and will miss the remainder of the season. Kenny Golladay looks dusted, while Kadarius Toney continues to miss time with a hamstring injury. Richie James has emerged as a reliable option, hauling in 14-of-17 targets from Daniel Jones. Despite being one of the week’s most popular adds, James is still rostered in just 33 percent of Fantrax leagues. I think James is easily the Giants wide receiver I would want this week. Having said that, I am not exactly expecting a track meet against the Bears this week. Daniel Jones and Justin Fields have combined for 137 passing attempts this season. For reference, Joe Flacco has 155 and Kyler Murray has 141.

Speaking of Arizona, who had Greg Dortch as a top-24 fantasy wide receiver heading into Week 4? Everyone who rosters Rondale Moore just simultaneously clenched their fists in frustration after reading that last sentence. Moore got in a limited practice on Wednesday, but I am not expecting much out of him this week. Dortch could be a Week 4 Flex play depending on your other options. However, I am not expecting Arizona to throw as much as they have been. James Conner is likely to be more involved this week depending on his health. Marquise Brown is the only Arizona wide receiver I would feel comfortable starting this week. Those who have Dortch should consider selling high given that Moore should return to the team sooner rather than later.

While we can understand Dortch’s emergence as it relates to Moore’s injury, I do not have a logical explanation for Mack Hollins and Zay Jones being top-30 fantasy wide receivers through three weeks. Hollins currently leads the Raiders in receiving yards. Y’know, the same Raiders who have Davante Adams, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow. And while I don’t think I would go out of my way to start him as a Week 4 Flex, I wouldn’t have started him in either of the last two weeks, and we saw how that turned out. There is also this interesting nugget courtesy of Ahaan Rungta:

So perhaps I am not giving Collins enough credit. The Raiders certainly seem to be buying what Hollins is selling, and they are giving him plenty of opportunities to show what he can do. I am going to make him beat me again this week, but he may very well do just that.

I am a bit more willing to buy into Jones’ potential breakout. First of all, Hollins is 29 and has already set a career-high in receiving yards. Though Jones has yet to live up to his second-round draft pick billing, he does at least have a couple of 500-plus yard seasons under his belt. More than that though, is that I am starting to believe in Jacksonville’s offense. Trevor Lawrence looks like a different quarterback in Doug Pederson’s scheme. The second-year starter is in the top 10 among all quarterbacks in passing touchdowns, QBR, and quarterback rating. Christian Kirk is emerging as the team’s top wide receiving threat, but Jones is certainly in the mix. He is tied for 14th in the NFL in receptions and the top 30 in targets. I think Jones is an intriguing Week 4 Flex play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tight End Notes

As of this writing, I have pretty clear top-12 tight ends for Week 4. After that, I have several others bunched together. Among this group is Tyler Conklin, who currently checks in as the overall TE3 on the season. Only Mark Andrews has more receptions among tight ends than Conklin through three weeks. Part of that is because the Jets have faced a ton of negative game scripts. But that is also likely to continue throughout the season. I do not expect Zach Wilson to target Conklin as heavily as Joe Flacco did. Flacco is famous for peppering tight ends, to the point where Dennis Pitta was considering an NFL comeback. OK, I made that up, but the point remains. If you want to stream Conklin, I won’t fight you on it. I just think we’ve seen his most productive stretch.

Week 4 Flex Rankings

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1Cooper KuppLARWR1@SF
2Saquon BarkleyNYGRB1CHI
3Jonathan TaylorINDRB2TEN
4Stefon DiggsBUFWR2@BAL
5Leonard FournetteTBRB3KC
7Ja’Marr ChaseCINWR3MIA
8Davante AdamsLVWR4DEN
9Austin EkelerLACRB5@HOU
10Justin JeffersonMINWR5@NO
11Mark AndrewsBALTE1BUF
12Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR6SEA
13Tyreek HillMIAWR7@CIN
14Deebo SamuelSFWR8LAR
15Najee HarrisPITRB6NYJ
16Derrick HenryTENRB7@IND
17Aaron JonesGBRB8NE
18Nick ChubbCLERB9@ATL
20Alvin KamaraNORB10MIN
21CeeDee LambDALWR10WAS
22Travis KelceKCTE2@TB
23Diontae JohnsonPITWR11NYJ
24Jaylen WaddleMIAWR12@CIN
25Ezekiel ElliottDALRB11WAS
26DK MetcalfSEAWR13@DET
27Javonte WilliamsDENRB12@LV
28Jamaal WilliamsDETRB13SEA
29Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB14CLE
30Michael PittmanINDWR14TEN
31Jeffery Wilson Jr.SFRB15LAR
32Brandin CooksHOUWR15LAC
33Courtland SuttonDENWR16@LV
34Tyler LockettSEAWR17@DET
35Dameon PierceHOURB16LAC
36Antonio GibsonWASRB17@DAL
37Josh JacobsLVRB18DEN
38James ConnerARIRB19@CAR
39Amari CooperCLEWR18@ATL
40Tee HigginsCINWR19MIA
41A.J. DillonGBRB20NE
42Dalvin CookMINRB21@NO
43Christian KirkJACWR20@PHI
44Mike EvansTBWR21KC
45James RobinsonJACRB22@PHI
46Drake LondonATLWR22CLE
47Khalil HerbertCHIRB23@NYG
48Gabe DavisBUFWR23@BAL
49Curtis SamuelWASWR24@DAL
50Chris OlaveNOWR25MIN
51Rashaad PennySEARB24@DET
52Mike WilliamsLACWR26@HOU
53Marquise BrownARIWR27@CAR
54DeVonta SmithPHIWR28JAC
55Miles SandersPHIRB25JAC
56D.J. MooreCARWR29ARI
57Melvin Gordon IIIDENRB26@LV
58Michael CarterNYJRB27@PIT
59Christian McCaffreyCARRB28ARI
60Keenan AllenLACWR30@HOU
61George KittleSFTE3LAR
62Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB29@TB
63Terry McLaurinWASWR31@DAL
64Garrett WilsonNYJWR32@PIT
65Kareem HuntCLERB30@ATL
66Chris GodwinTBWR33KC
67Damien HarrisNERB31@GB
68Devin SingletaryBUFRB32@BAL
69Michael ThomasNOWR34MIN
70Brandon AiyukSFWR35LAR
71Darren WallerLVTE4DEN
72Rhamondre StevensonNERB33@GB
73Kyle PittsATLTE5CLE
74Pat FreiermuthPITTE6NYJ
75Breece HallNYJRB34@PIT
76Richie JamesNYGWR36CHI
77Rashod BatemanBALWR37BUF
78Adam ThielenMINWR38@NO
79Chase EdmondsMIARB35@CIN
80Robert WoodsTENWR39@IND
81Zay JonesJACWR40@PHI
82Tony PollardDALRB36WAS
83Hunter RenfrowLVWR41DEN
84Jerry JeudyDENWR42@LV
85Allen LazardGBWR43NE
86Romeo DoubsGBWR44NE
87J.K. DobbinsBALRB37BUF
88Chase ClaypoolPITWR45NYJ
89Zach ErtzARITE7@CAR
90Elijah MooreNYJWR46@PIT
91Dallas GoedertPHITE8JAC
92Raheem MostertMIARB38@CIN
93David NjokuCLETE9@ATL
94Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR47@TB
95D.J. CharkDETWR48SEA
96JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWR49@TB
97Cam AkersLARRB39@SF
98Tyler HigbeeLARTE10@SF
99T.J. HockensonDETTE11SEA
100Julio JonesTBWR50KC
101Treylon BurksTENWR51@IND
102Gerald EverettLACTE12@HOU
103Robby AndersonCARWR52ARI
104Nyheim HinesINDRB40TEN
105Marvin JonesJACWR53@PHI
106Allen Robinson IILARWR54@SF
107Jakobi MeyersNEWR55@GB
108Greg DortchARIWR56@CAR
109Josh ReynoldsDETWR57SEA
110Jahan DotsonWASWR58@DAL
111Tyler BoydCINWR59MIA
112Travis EtienneJACRB41@PHI
113J.D. McKissicWASRB42@DAL
114Josh PalmerLACWR60@HOU
115Nico CollinsHOUWR61LAC
116Darrell HendersonLARRB43@SF
117Darnell MooneyCHIWR62@NYG
118Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR63@ATL
119Mack HollinsLVWR64DEN
120Rex BurkheadHOURB44LAC
121Jerick McKinnonKCRB45@TB
122Alexander MattisonMINRB46@NO
123DeVante ParkerNEWR65@GB
124Corey DavisNYJWR66@PIT
125Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR67@BAL
126Jarvis LandryNOWR68MIN
127Mecole HardmanKCWR69@TB
128Russell GageTBWR70KC
129Chuba HubbardCARRB47ARI
130George PickensPITWR71NYJ
131Craig ReynoldsDETRB48SEA
132Dawson KnoxBUFTE13@BAL
133Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE14NE
134Dalton SchultzDALTE15WAS
135Noah BrownDALWR72WAS
136K.J. OsbornMINWR73@NO
137Tyler ConklinNYJTE16@PIT
138Evan EngramJACTE17@PHI
139Michael GallupDALWR74WAS
140Irv Smith Jr.MINTE18@NO
141Noah FantSEATE19@DET
142David MontgomeryCHIRB49@NYG
143Kadarius ToneyNYGWR75CHI
144Olamide ZaccheausATLWR76CLE
145Kenneth Walker IIISEARB50@DET
146Mark IngramNORB51MIN
147D'Andre SwiftDETRB52SEA
148Devin DuvernayBALWR77BUF
149Eno BenjaminARIRB53@CAR
150Hayden HurstCINTE20MIA
151Tyler AllgeierATLRB54CLE
152Chris MooreHOUWR78LAC
153Randall CobbGBWR79NE
154Kendrick BourneNEWR80@GB
155Logan ThomasWASTE21@DAL
156Brandon BoldenLVRB55DEN
157Cole KmetCHITE22@NYG
158Kenneth GainwellPHIRB56JAC
159Sony MichelLACRB57@HOU
160D’Onta ForemanCARRB58ARI
161Nick WestbrookTENWR81@IND
162Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR82@NYG
163Nelson AgholorNEWR83@GB
164Rondale MooreARIWR84@CAR
165Albert OkwuegbunamDENTE23@LV
166Ben SkowronekLARWR85@SF
167Jamison CrowderBUFWR86@BAL
168Jauan JenningsSFWR87LAR
169Mike GesickiMIATE24@CIN
170Dontrell HilliardTENRB59@IND
171Kyle PhilipsTENWR88@IND
172Alec PierceINDWR89TEN
173David Sills VNYGWR90CHI
174Cameron BrateTBTE25KC
175Samaje PerineCINRB60MIA
176Parris CampbellINDWR91TEN
177Shi SmithCARWR92ARI
178Juwan JohnsonNOTE26MIN
179Justice HillBALRB61BUF
180James CookBUFRB62@BAL
181DeAndre CarterLACWR93@HOU
182Mo Alie-CoxINDTE27TEN
183Wan’Dale RobinsonNYGWR94CHI
184Will DisslySEATE28@DET
185Isaiah LikelyBALTE29BUF
186Pharaoh BrownHOUTE30LAC
187Austin HooperTENTE31@IND
188Jonnu SmithNETE32@GB
189Harrison BryantCLETE33@ATL
190Ian ThomasCARTE34ARI
191Dante PettisCHIWR95@NYG
192Marquise GoodwinSEAWR96@DET
193Durham SmytheMIATE35@CIN
194Hunter HenryNETE36@GB
195Quez WatkinsPHIWR97JAC
196Geoff SwaimTENTE37@IND
197Darrel WilliamsARIRB63@CAR
198Christian WatsonGBWR98NE
199Foster MoreauLVTE38DEN
200C.J. UzomahNYJTE39@PIT
201Laviska Shenault Jr.CARWR99ARI
202Jaylen WarrenPITRB64NYJ
203Daniel BellingerNYGTE40CHI
204Demarcus RobinsonBALWR100BUF
205Joshua KelleyLACRB65@HOU
206Zach PascalPHIWR101JAC
207Braxton BerriosNYJWR102@PIT
208Ashton DulinINDWR103TEN
209K.J. HamlerDENWR104@LV
210Zack MossBUFRB66@BAL
211A.J. GreenARIWR105@CAR
212Boston ScottPHIRB67JAC
213Tre’Quan SmithNOWR106MIN
214O.J. HowardHOUTE41LAC
215Kyle JuszczykSFRB68LAR
216Andy IsabellaARIWR107@CAR
217Cedrick WilsonMIAWR108@CIN
218Brock WrightDETTE42SEA
219Jelani WoodsINDTE43TEN
220Colby ParkinsonSEATE44@DET
221Breshad PerrimanTBWR109KC
222Brandon PowellLARWR110@SF
223Rachaad WhiteTBRB69KC
224Ameer AbdullahLVRB70DEN
225Donald ParhamLACTE45@HOU
226Johnny MundtMINTE46@NO
227Bryan EdwardsATLWR111CLE
228John BatesWASTE47@DAL
229David BellCLEWR112@ATL
230Adam TrautmanNOTE48MIN
231Kendall HintonDENWR113@LV
232Kylen GransonINDTE49TEN
233Cade OttonTBTE50KC
234Isiah PachecoKCRB71@TB
235Trent SherfieldMIAWR114@CIN
236Jordan MasonSFRB72LAR
237Noah GrayKCTE51@TB
238Brevin JordanHOUTE52LAC
239Ray-Ray McCloudSFWR115LAR
240Justin WatsonKCWR116@TB
241KhaDarel HodgeATLWR117CLE
242Kenny GolladayNYGWR118CHI
243Trestan EbnerCHIRB73@NYG
244Jamal AgnewJACWR119@PHI
245Ross DwelleySFTE53LAR
246Parker HesseATLTE54CLE
247Tommy TrembleCARTE55ARI
248Kyle RudolphTBTE56KC
249Alec IngoldMIARB74@CIN
250Kalif RaymondDETWR120SEA
251Reggie GilliamBUFRB75@BAL
252Quintez CephusDETWR121SEA
253Phillip DorsettHOUWR122LAC
254Peyton HendershotDALTE57WAS
255Taysom HillNOTE58MIN
256Matt BreidaNYGRB76CHI
257D’Wayne EskridgeSEAWR123@DET
258Patrick RicardBALRB77BUF
259Andrew BeckDENTE59@LV
260Eric SaubertDENTE60@LV
261Jake FergusonDALTE61WAS
262Joe FortsonKCTE62@TB
263Demetric FeltonCLEWR124@ATL
264Terrace MarshallCARWR125ARI
265Tylan WallaceBALWR126BUF
266Jonathan WilliamsWASRB78@DAL
267Mike DavisBALRB79BUF
268Cam SimsWASWR127@DAL
269DeeJay DallasSEARB80@DET
270Miles BoykinPITWR128NYJ
271Devin AsiasiCINTE63MIA
272Tre’ McKittyLACTE64@HOU
273Zach GentryPITTE65NYJ
274Maxx WilliamsARITE66@CAR
275Tyrie ClevelandDENWR129@LV
276Jalen TolbertDALWR130WAS
277Justin JacksonDETRB81SEA
278Hassan HaskinsTENRB82@IND
279Andre BaccelliaARIWR131@CAR
280Jordan AkinsHOUTE67LAC
281Marquez CallawayNOWR132MIN
282Anthony FirkserATLTE68CLE
283Keelan ColeLVWR133DEN
284D'Ernest JohnsonCLERB83@ATL
285Deonte HartyNOWR134MIN
286Chris ManhertzJACTE69@PHI
287Dan ArnoldJACTE70@PHI
288Josh OliverBALTE71BUF
289James ProcheBALWR135BUF
290Grant CalcaterraPHITE72JAC
291Dezmon PatmonINDWR136TEN
292Chris MyarickNYGTE73CHI
293Zander HorvathLACRB84@HOU
294Tommy SweeneyBUFTE74@BAL
295C.J. HamMINRB85@NO
296Marcedes LewisGBTE75NE
297Ty JohnsonNYJRB86@PIT
298Josiah DeguaraGBTE76NE
299Velus JonesCHIWR137@NYG
300Dare OgunbowaleHOURB87LAC
301Benny SnellPITRB88NYJ
302River CracraftMIAWR138@CIN
303Danny GraySFWR139LAR
304Mitchell WilcoxCINTE77MIA
305Lil'Jordan HumphreyNEWR140@GB
306Scotty MillerTBWR141KC
307Tutu AtwellLARWR142@SF
308Skyy MooreKCWR143@TB
309Jaelon DardenTBWR144KC
310Nick VannettNOTE78MIN
311Anthony SchwartzCLEWR145@ATL
312Ryan GriffinCHITE79@NYG
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