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Week 4 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Projecting fantasy production is as easy as figuring out which team will score 70 points in a given week. Once you know that, the rest is smooth sailing. I would say we should just blindly play all skill players against the Denver Broncos, except that they face the Bears and the Jets in the next two weeks. If you could put all 22 offensive starters on Chicago and New York at the same time, I still don’t think they would score 70 points. But I digress. Below are my Week 4 Flex rankings. I ranked nearly 300 players, so these should help you with most of your start/sit decisions. These rankings are based on half-PPR scoring, so adjust as you see fit based on your league’s specs. Feel free to comment below if you have any specific questions regarding your roster decisions.

Running Back Notes

It was quite the day for Miami’s dynamic duo of Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane last week. The pair combined for eight touchdowns in Week 3, as the Dolphins put up the aforementioned 70-burger against the Denver Broncos. Many fantasy managers benched Achane and missed out on his historic performance. It is hard to blame them. After all, the rookie was scratched in Week 1 and handled just two touches in Week 2. The issue now is that those fantasy managers have a major case of FOMO. That may cause some to overvalue Achane in Week 4. I do not consider Achane a must-start this week against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has yet to allow an opposing running back to score a touchdown this season. I currently have the Dolphins’ rookie running back right around the normal threshold for Flex consideration in 12-team leagues.

Thursday night’s matchup features the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. This will be an interesting matchup and feels like a tricky one for fantasy managers to navigate. Both starting running backs, David Montgomery and Aaron Jones, appear likely to play after missing last week’s respective contests. Their expected presence also affects the value of Jahmyr Gibbs and AJ Dillon. You can make a case to start any or all of these backs depending on your other options. I currently rank both Gibbs and Jones as low-end RB2s, and I expect to be lower than most on both. Conversely, I will probably be higher on Montgomery and Dillon than most will be. Having said that, both are RB3s for me, so neither is an automatic start.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara makes his 2023 debut this week after serving a three-game suspension. The Saints will most likely be without quarterback Derek Carr, who suffered an AC joint sprain last week. That means Jameis Winston should be under center when New Orleans faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In two games with Winston last season, Kamara scored a total of 12.4 fantasy points. That is a small sample, but it may mean we should temper expectations, especially considering the layoff. I am probably still starting Kamara where I have him. However, this is another situation where it may depend on who your other running backs are. I currently rank Kamara just outside my overall top 50 in my Week 4 Flex rankings.

Wide Receiver Notes

Chargers wideout Mike Williams suffered a season-ending injury last week. It is hard to imagine Keenan Allen getting any more looks than he has already gotten. The players most likely to benefit from this injury are Josh Palmer and rookie Quentin Johnston. Palmer filled in admirably when both Allen and Williams dealt with injuries last season. He posted six top-36 weekly fantasy finishes in 2022, with an additional four weeks inside the top 50. I expect similar production from him going forward. That puts him squarely in the weekly Flex conversation beginning this week. He is currently my WR42 in half-PPR leagues. Johnston may have more long-term upside, but I am not in a hurry to start him quite yet. I have Johnston outside my top 50 receivers as well as my top 100 overall flex options.

Last week I put my stamp of approval on Nico Collins. So naturally, he had 34 yards while rookie wideout Tank Dell torched Jacksonville for 145 yards and a long touchdown. I think the main takeaway here is that both are viable, and Houston seems to have something with rookie signal-caller C.J. Stroud. Both Collins and Dell already have a pair of top-30 weekly finishes to their credit. The problem is that it may be hard to know which Texans wideout is the better bet each week. This week Houston faces the Pittsburgh Steelers. Though the Steelers have a solid defense, they have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. I believe both Nico Collins and Tank Dell could be worthy of Flex consideration in Week 4 depending on the other available options on your roster.

To be perfectly honest, I was not planning on paying much attention to the Carolina Panthers wide receiver room. Especially after the number-one overall pick, Bryce Young missed last week’s game. But Andy Dalton filled in for Young and Carolina called 62 passing plays for the Red Rifle. Yes, 62. That volume resulted in top-12 fantasy weeks for both Adam Thielen and DJ Chark. Young is expected to return after participating in practice on Wednesday, and I cannot project another 62 dropbacks regardless of who is under center. But Thielen and Chark are certainly on the fantasy radar, at least for the time being. Thielen is my preferred option in leagues that incorporate PPR scoring, and I think he can be a top-40 wide receiver this week. Chark is the better TD bet, but may not see enough volume to warrant consideration as a fantasy starter.

Tight End Notes

I mentioned Sam LaPorta in last week’s column, and the Lions rookie responded with another big day. LaPorta caught eight balls for 84 yards and a touchdown. LaPorta now has the most receptions by a rookie tight end in his first three games in NFL history. He is quickly earning the trust of fantasy managers in all formats. LaPorta will face off on Thursday with another heralded rookie tight end, Green Bay’s Luke Musgrave. Musgrave may not have matched LaPorta’s production as of yet, but his usage is very encouraging. Musgrave has caught 11 passes for 124 yards through three games. He also gets the better head-to-head matchup, as Detroit has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. I still prefer LaPorta based on his volume and expected role, but Musgrave should be a sneaky Week 4 start.

Week 4 Flex Rankings

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Rank NamePosTeamOpp
1Christian McCaffreyRB1SFARI
2Tyreek HillWR1MIA@BUF
3Justin JeffersonWR2MIN@CAR
4Keenan AllenWR3LACLV
5Tony PollardRB2DALNE
6Ja’Marr ChaseWR4CIN@TEN
7Stefon DiggsWR5BUFMIA
8Davante AdamsWR6LV@LAC
9Josh JacobsRB3LV@LAC
10Kyren WilliamsRB4LAR@IND
11Derrick HenryRB5TENCIN
12Travis EtienneRB6JACATL
13Bijan RobinsonRB7ATL@JAC
15Kenneth Walker IIIRB8SEA@NYG
16Zack MossRB9INDLAR
17Puka NacuaWR8LAR@IND
18Travis KelceTE1KC@NYJ
19Deebo SamuelWR9SFARI
20Joe MixonRB10CIN@TEN
21Miles SandersRB11CARMIN
22Rhamondre StevensonRB12NE@DAL
23Amon-Ra St. BrownWR10DET@GB
24CeeDee LambWR11DALNE
25Chris OlaveWR12NOTB
26Raheem MostertRB13MIA@BUF
27James CookRB14BUFMIA
28Alexander MattisonRB15MIN@CAR
29Tee HigginsWR13CIN@TEN
30Javonte WilliamsRB16DEN@CHI
31Mike EvansWR14TB@NO
32Calvin RidleyWR15JACATL
33James ConnerRB17ARI@SF
34Michael Pittman Jr.WR16INDLAR
35Najee HarrisRB18PIT@HOU
36Garrett WilsonWR17NYJKC
37DK MetcalfWR18SEA@NYG
38Rachaad WhiteRB19TB@NO
39Tutu AtwellWR19LAR@IND
40Isiah PachecoRB20KC@NYJ
41Jahmyr GibbsRB21DET@GB
42Jerome FordRB22CLEBAL
43George PickensWR20PIT@HOU
44Aaron JonesRB23GBDET
45D’Andre SwiftRB24PHIWAS
46Dameon PierceRB25HOUPIT
47Tyler LockettWR21SEA@NYG
48Amari CooperWR22CLEBAL
49Matt BreidaRB26NYGSEA
50T.J. HockensonTE2MIN@CAR
51DeVonta SmithWR23PHIWAS
52Alvin KamaraRB27NOTB
53Brian RobinsonRB28WAS@PHI
54DeAndre HopkinsWR24TENCIN
55Christian KirkWR25JACATL
56Courtland SuttonWR26DEN@CHI
57Jakobi MeyersWR27LV@LAC
58Breece HallRB29NYJKC
59Jerry JeudyWR28DEN@CHI
60Zay FlowersWR29BAL@CLE
61Darren WallerTE3NYGSEA
62Terry McLaurinWR30WAS@PHI
63David MontgomeryRB30DET@GB
64Chris GodwinWR31TB@NO
65George KittleTE4SFARI
66Christian WatsonWR32GBDET
67D.J. MooreWR33CHIDEN
68Khalil HerbertRB31CHIDEN
69Michael ThomasWR34NOTB
70Jaylen WarrenRB32PIT@HOU
71Nico CollinsWR35HOUPIT
72A.J. DillonRB33GBDET
73Marquise BrownWR36ARI@SF
74Mark AndrewsTE5BAL@CLE
75Tank DellWR37HOUPIT
76Brandon AiyukWR38SFARI
77Adam ThielenWR39CARMIN
78Jordan AddisonWR40MIN@CAR
79Gabe DavisWR41BUFMIA
80Joshua KelleyRB34LACLV
81Sam LaPortaTE6DET@GB
82Tyler AllgeierRB35ATL@JAC
83Josh PalmerWR42LACLV
84Jaylen WaddleWR43MIA@BUF
85Elijah MooreWR44CLEBAL
86Kenneth GainwellRB36PHIWAS
87Drake LondonWR45ATL@JAC
88Devon AchaneRB37MIA@BUF
89Jahan DotsonWR46WAS@PHI
90Jayden ReedWR47GBDET
91Evan EngramTE7JACATL
92Dallas GoedertTE8PHIWAS
93Josh DownsWR48INDLAR
94Tyler BoydWR49CIN@TEN
95Roschon JohnsonRB38CHIDEN
96Calvin Austin IIIWR50PIT@HOU
97Romeo DoubsWR51GBDET
98Kyle PittsTE9ATL@JAC
99Brandin CooksWR52DALNE
100Treylon BurksWR53TENCIN
101Darius SlaytonWR54NYGSEA
102Quentin JohnstonWR55LACLV
103Gus EdwardsRB39BAL@CLE
104DeVante ParkerWR56NE@DAL
105Robert WoodsWR57HOUPIT
106Samaje PerineRB40DEN@CHI
107D.J. CharkWR58CARMIN
108Kendrick BourneWR59NE@DAL
109Allen LazardWR60NYJKC
110Pat FreiermuthTE10PIT@HOU
111Tyler HigbeeTE11LAR@IND
112Dalvin CookRB41NYJKC
113Van JeffersonWR61LAR@IND
114Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR62SEA@NYG
115K.J. OsbornWR63MIN@CAR
116Allen Robinson IIWR64PIT@HOU
117Rashid ShaheedWR65NOTB
118Austin EkelerRB42LACLV
119Josh ReynoldsWR66DET@GB
120Luke MusgraveTE12GBDET
121Dalton KincaidTE13BUFMIA
122Skyy MooreWR67KC@NYJ
123Zach ErtzTE14ARI@SF
124Jake FergusonTE15DALNE
125David NjokuTE16CLEBAL
126Tyjae SpearsRB43TENCIN
127Chigoziem OkonkwoTE17TENCIN
128Alec PierceWR68INDLAR
129Jonathan MingoWR69CARMIN
130Hunter HenryTE18NE@DAL
131Darnell MooneyWR70CHIDEN
132Curtis SamuelWR71WAS@PHI
133Cole KmetTE19CHIDEN
134Devin SingletaryRB44HOUPIT
135Dalton SchultzTE20HOUPIT
136Gerald EverettTE21LACLV
137Marvin MimsWR72DEN@CHI
138Antonio GibsonRB45WAS@PHI
139Kareem HuntRB46CLEBAL
140Michael GallupWR73DALNE
141Ezekiel ElliottRB47NE@DAL
142Parris CampbellWR74NYGSEA
143Rondale MooreWR75ARI@SF
144Isaiah HodginsWR76NYGSEA
145Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR77KC@NYJ
146Chuba HubbardRB48CARMIN
147Dawson KnoxTE22BUFMIA
148Juju Smith-SchusterWR78NE@DAL
149Jerick McKinnonRB49KC@NYJ
150Juwan JohnsonTE23NOTB
151Kadarius ToneyWR79KC@NYJ
152Donovan Peoples-JonesWR80CLEBAL
153Justice HillRB50BAL@CLE
154Hayden HurstTE24CARMIN
155Gary BrightwellRB51NYGSEA
156Tyler ConklinTE25NYJKC
157Kylen GransonTE26INDLAR
158Taysom HillTE27NOTB
159Mack HollinsWR81ATL@JAC
160Zach CharbonnetRB52SEA@NYG
161Rashee RiceWR82KC@NYJ
162Sean TuckerRB53TB@NO
163Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR83TENCIN
164Chase ClaypoolWR84CHIDEN
165Noah FantTE28SEA@NYG
166Michael WilsonWR85ARI@SF
167Cade OttonTE29TB@NO
168Kalif RaymondWR86DET@GB
169Terrace Marshall Jr.WR87CARMIN
170Adam TrautmanTE30DEN@CHI
171Tony Jones Jr.RB54NOTB
172Braxton BerriosWR88MIA@BUF
173Donald ParhamTE31LACLV
174Jauan JenningsWR89SFARI
175Elijah MitchellRB55SFARI
176Tank BigsbyRB56JACATL
177Justin WatsonWR90KC@NYJ
178Rico DowdleRB57DALNE
179Rashod BatemanWR91BAL@CLE
180Hunter RenfrowWR92LV@LAC
181Jonnu SmithTE32ATL@JAC
182Latavius MurrayRB58BUFMIA
183Mike GesickiTE33NE@DAL
184Deonte HartyWR93BUFMIA
185Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB59KC@NYJ
186Durham SmytheTE34MIA@BUF
187Tyler LockettWR94SEA@NYG
188Jamal AgnewWR95JACATL
189Zay JonesWR96JACATL
190Irv Smith Jr.TE35CIN@TEN
191Odell Beckham Jr.WR97BAL@CLE
192Damien HarrisRB60BUFMIA
193Trey PalmerWR98TB@NO
194Logan ThomasTE36WAS@PHI
195Marvin JonesWR99DET@GB
196Brandon JohnsonWR100DEN@CHI
197Randall CobbWR101NYJKC
198Zamir WhiteRB61LV@LAC
199Cam AkersRB62MIN@CAR
200Austin HooperTE37LV@LAC
201Kendre MillerRB63NOTB
202Demario DouglasWR102NE@DAL
203Noah GrayTE38KC@NYJ
204Trey SermonRB64INDLAR
205Deven ThompkinsWR103TB@NO
206Wan’Dale RobinsonWR104NYGSEA
207Colby ParkinsonTE39SEA@NYG
208Nelson AgholorWR105BAL@CLE
209Laviska Shenault Jr.WR106CARMIN
210Chris MooreWR107TENCIN
211Dontayvion WicksWR108GBDET
212Trey McBrideTE40ARI@SF
213Jalin HyattWR109NYGSEA
214Olamide ZaccheausWR110PHIWAS
215Ronnie RiversRB65LAR@IND
216Cole TurnerTE41WAS@PHI
217Josh OliverTE42MIN@CAR
218Michael CarterRB66NYJKC
219Keaontay IngramRB67ARI@SF
220Michael MayerTE43LV@LAC
221Mo Alie-CoxTE44INDLAR
222Ben SkowronekWR111LAR@IND
223Trayveon WilliamsRB68CIN@TEN
224Isaiah SpillerRB69LACLV
225John Metchie IIIWR112HOUPIT
226Will DisslyTE45SEA@NYG
227Melvin GordonRB70BAL@CLE
228River CracraftWR113MIA@BUF
229Trent SherfieldWR114BUFMIA
230Daniel BellingerTE46NYGSEA
231Deuce VaughnRB71DALNE
232Isaiah LikelyTE47BAL@CLE
233John BatesTE48WAS@PHI
234Ty ChandlerRB72MIN@CAR
235Craig ReynoldsRB73DET@GB
236Kavontae TurpinWR115DALNE
237Jalen TolbertWR116DALNE
238Cordarrelle PattersonRB74ATL@JAC
239Devin DuvernayWR117BAL@CLE
240Ronnie BellWR118SFARI
241Brycen HopkinsTE49LAR@IND
242Khalil ShakirWR119BUFMIA
243Harrison BryantTE50CLEBAL
244C.J. UzomahTE51NYJKC
245Drew SampleTE52CIN@TEN
246Dyami BrownWR120WAS@PHI
247Andrew OgletreeTE53INDLAR
248Jaleel McLaughlinRB75DEN@CHI
249Tim JonesWR121JACATL
250Derius DavisWR122LACLV
251Connor HeywardTE54PIT@HOU
252Elijah DotsonRB76LACLV
253Alec IngoldRB77MIA@BUF
254Samori ToureWR123GBDET
255Quez WatkinsWR124PHIWAS
256DeeJay DallasRB78SEA@NYG
257Brevin JordanTE55HOUPIT
258Kyle JuszczykRB79SFARI
259Jordan AkinsTE56CLEBAL
260Emari DemercadoRB80ARI@SF
261Ameer AbdullahRB81LV@LAC
262Pierre StrongRB82CLEBAL
263Foster MoreauTE57NOTB
264Zach PascalWR125ARI@SF
265Peyton HendershotTE58DALNE
266Zach EvansRB83LAR@IND
267Brock WrightTE59DET@GB
268D'Ernest JohnsonRB84JACATL
269Kenyan DrakeRB85BAL@CLE
270Chris ManhertzTE60DEN@CHI
271Darnell WashingtonTE61PIT@HOU
272Mecole HardmanWR126NYJKC
273Justyn RossWR127KC@NYJ
274Chris EvansRB86CIN@TEN
275Robert Tonyan Jr.TE62CHIDEN
276Josiah DeguaraTE63GBDET
277Marquise GoodwinWR128CLEBAL
278C.J. HamRB87MIN@CAR
279Cedrick WilsonWR129MIA@BUF
280Tre TuckerWR130LV@LAC
281Xavier HutchinsonWR131HOUPIT
282Tanner HudsonTE64CIN@TEN
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