Fantasy football: Who to start — and sit — in Week 4

The tundra isn’t frozen yet but Lambeau Field will still be an apt setting to kick off Week 4 on Thursday night. You’ll want to start all the usual suspects in that game. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Jordan Howard and even Tarik Cohen should be productive. Here’s a look a a few of this week’s tougher calls.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals: Palmer had a rough start to the season, but it looks like that was due to the Lions being better defensively than originally thought. Since then he had good performances in Week 2 and Week 3. Palmer moved well in the pocket on Monday night and put up solid numbers against a good Cowboys pass rush. He should do well against the 49ers this week.

RELATED: Week 4 fantasy football rankings.

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals: He finally looked decent in Week 3, throwing for two touchdown passes, as the Bengals switched offensive coordinators. Dalton should keep it up against a Browns defense that allowed Jacoby Brissett to throw three touchdown passes.

Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: Carson is starting to take over the lead back role and should get the majority of touches as he faces the Colts on Sunday. Indy is playing well against the run, allowing just over 85 yards per game, but they’ve already surrendered four rushing touchdowns in three games. An expected game script would allow for a lot of carries for Carson.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) gets past Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) as Carson scores a touchdown on a 10-yard run in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: Mixon had 18 carries and over 100 yards of offense so it looks like Marvin Lewis will give the rookie a decent shot at becoming the lead runner. He gets a nice matchup as he faces the Browns.

Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins: He has a great matchup as he gets to face the Saints at home. Jay Cutler has the right mentality for a receiver like Parker. And if they get behind due to an effective Saints offense led by Drew Brees then the Dolphins should be passing often and late.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: Hopkins has caught at least seven passes in each game this year. His lone score came in Week 1, but the Titans have already surrendered seven this season.

Broncos receivers: Both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have been great so far this year, even when Trevor Siemian has a bad game. Feel safe about starting either one and look for Thomas to catch his first touchdown of the season.

Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Tre’Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills during an NFL game on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Benjamin Watson, TE, Ravens: He’s caught 11 straight targets and the Ravens get to play at home this week rather than across the ocean. The Steelers give up six fantasy points per game to tight ends in standard scoring leagues.

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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: The Ravens are a tough draw with one of the best defenses in the league right now. Big Ben has trouble on the road, so if you’ve got another option, let him sit this one out. The Ravens have eight sacks and eight interceptions in three games.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: It’s time to park this guy. If he’s not going to produce against the Saints defense, then you can’t trust him to do it against the Patriots. Start to stream your quarterback if necessary.

Hau’oli Kikaha #44 of the New Orleans Saints sacks Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: He’s got to go into a tough environment as Washington visits the Chiefs. Cousins hasn’t found a rhythm with Terrell Pryor yet and needs to have more plays than just dump offs to Chris Thompson.

Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals: He’s taken over the lead back role for the injured David Johnson, but it hasn’t translated to many fantasy points. Andre Ellington seemed to have a little more spark in Monday’s loss to the Cowboys. I’m not expecting Johnson to be that effective against the 49ers.

Most Raiders*: Derek Carr has a tough time in divisional games. He’ll be on the road facing the Broncos this week and looked bad against the Redskins. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t looked great this season, but he’s been OK. You should probably find another option this week, though, as the Broncos haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this year. They’re also holding opponents to less than 60 yards rushing per game. Michael Crabtree is ailing with a chest injury, and I wasn’t high on starting him even before that with this matchup.

*-Jared Cook may be the only reliable start against the Broncos. Jason Witten had a huge game against that tough defense. Where you drafted Amari Cooper, you almost have to start him if you haven’t hit the jackpot on waiver pickups.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is stopped by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Andrew Luck almost started practicing this week, but he’s out again. I’d let Hilton sit the matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins: It’s to the point where you have to let him sit until he show’s something, anything, in a game. It’s not likely he does that in Kansas City.

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers: He’s had two scoreless weeks in this young season. Don’t start him until he shows any kind of consistency.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Week 4 rankings

Are you hanging in there? I’m pulling for you all. Just a reminder that an 0-3 start in fantasy football isn’t the same as it is in the NFL. You’ve still got a decent chance to make the playoffs. Don’t give up and stay engaged. With that said, here are my Week 4 fantasy football rankings by position.

Fantasy football Week 3 recap and top waiver wire picks

A chaotic fantasy football season continued Sunday, but we actually got to see some quality games.

Of the 14 games played on Sunday, eight of them finished with a margin of victory within 10 points. Seven of those games finished with a margin of victory within six points. Even Monday’s game was close until late as the Cowboys topped the Cardinals 28-17.

Sunday didn’t start out with a quality game, however. The Jacksonville Jaguars must have felt at home as they trounced the Baltimore Ravens 44-7 in London, England early.

Blake Bortles made you think he’s still a viable fantasy option as he threw four touchdowns on the day. Three of those scores went to Marcedes Lewis, the Jaguars’ tight end who hadn’t caught three touchdowns in a game ever. In fact, he hadn’t scored that many TDs in a whole season since 2013 when he had four.

The Ravens skill players were non-existent in terms of fantasy. It’s hard to trust the results of this game, given the unique circumstances. Suffice it to say Bortles may have some viability left while the Ravens running backs aren’t actually as bad as they appeared. One thing is undeniable, though, and that’s that the Jags’ defense is a real option to start for you.

Speaking of what looked like a good start, turns out Trevor Siemian isn’t John Elway just yet. He feasted on a poor Cowboys secondary last week but didn’t find such success against the Bills. Though he turned the ball over twice, he managed to provide enough for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to avoid turning in dud games.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

One thing to keep an eye on from this game was the use of Jamaal Charles. C.J. Anderson was great in the first two weeks, but Charles had the same amount of touches as Anderson and scored. Charles also outgained Anderson 57 to 43.

Another running back tandem that had better success was the one in Chicago. Jordan Howard, though banged up, had his best game of the season with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including the game winner against the Steelers in overtime. Tarik Cohen nearly scored the winning touchdown but was ruled out of bounds, negating an electrifying play. He finished with 102 yards of offense.

On the other side of the ball, Antonio Brown was reliable as always with over 100 yards and a score. Le’Veon Bell had his best fantasy game of the season as he finally got into the end zone.

The best running back performance of the week came from Todd Gurley on Thursday night. He scored three times and totaled 149 yards.

Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on September 21, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Another back that came through was the ultra-efficient Chris Thompson of Washington. I didn’t think he would be able to keep making the most of his few touches like he did in the first two weeks. Well, the Redskins gave him 18 touches for 188 yards and a touchdown. Shut me up.

A running back that has to have few doubters left is rookie Kareem Hunt. He scored once again, this time from 69 yards in the fourth quarter. Hunt became the first player ever to score a touchdown from beyond 50 yards in each of his first three career games.

Dalvin Cook, another rookie, Devonta Freeman and DeMarco Murray all had big days. Murray surprised with a 115-yard performance, highlighted by a 75-yard score. Cook totaled 169 yards and scored while Freeman rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown.

On the flip side, Terrance West, Jay Ajayi and Marshawn Lynch were terrible in what looked to be decent matchups.

In a far cry from last week, 13 wide receivers caught passes for over 100 yards. The best performance of the week came from Stefon Diggs, who caught eight passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. It was quite the surprise given that Case Keenum was his quarterback Sunday. Even Adam Thielen had a serviceable five catch-98 yard game.

Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball for a touchdown over defender Vernon Hargreaves #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of the game on September 24, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

T.Y. Hilton had a surprisingly good game with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Hilton caught seven passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Brandin Cooks had his best game as a Patriot, catching five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in the final minute.

Larry Fitzgerald had a huge game for the Cardinals, like I thought he would, taking advantage of a banged up Cowboys secondary. He caught 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Fitzgerald’s counterpart nearly had a terrible game, but Dez Bryant was able to turn a short pass into a highlight score as he dragged four defenders into the end zone with the help of his teammates. The Cowboys’ best receiver of the night turned out to be Brice Butler. He caught just two passes but gained 90 yards and scored.

Sammy Watkins had his best game as a Ram on Thursday. He scored twice and gained 106 yards.

Chris Hogan, Jordy Nelson and Odell Beckham Jr. each scored twice as well. Beckham Jr. made another one-handed highlight catch for his second score of the day.

New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, left, catches a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Mills during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The worst receiving performance of the day was put up by Kelvin Benjamin, though it was mostly due to his leg injury. With him and Greg Olsen already out, Cam Newton was terrible.

The only worse performance from a quarterback was by Joe Flacco, who scored negative fantasy points.

It’s important to mention that Russell Wilson finally looked like he did in the second half of last season. He threw for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns. If you bought him low after his first two weeks, good for you. Wilson even hooked up with Jimmy Graham well. The tight end caught seven passes for 72 yards.

It’s been a tough two years for tight ends. Fifteen of them caught touchdowns this week, though. Vernon Davis was a big factor in the Redskins’ win on Sunday night. If Jordan Reed stays sidelined, Davis can be a nice pickup.

Top waiver wire picks

Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants: 7 rec., 133 yards, TD.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Falcons: 5 rec., 79 yards, TD.

Case Keenum, QB, Vikings: A great streaming option for as long as Sam Bradford is out.

Robert Woods, WR, Rams: 6 rec., 108 yards.

Brice Butler, WR, Cowboys: 2 rec., 90 yards, TD. If he can continue to stretch the field and catch jump balls, things could open up for the passing game.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos: He’s owned in just 33 percent of Yahoo leagues. Stow him away if you have room.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans: 10 touches, 90 yards.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles: Darren Sproles is out with a broken arm and Smallwood stepped up.

Robby Anderson, WR, Jets: 3 rec., 95 yards, TD

Vernon Davis, TE, Redskins: 5 rec., 58 yards, TD

Fantasy football: Week 3 rankings

Congrats if you had Tom Brady or Michael Crabtree in your fantasy football lineup in Week 2. My condolences if you started Ezekiel Elliott or Jordy Nelson. That said, we’ll look forward to the Week 3 fantasy football rankings. Every week I’ll give you rankings for each position. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions. Rankings will be updated throughout the week so make sure to check back here.

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Fantasy football: Who to start — and sit — in Week 2

Well, that was an interesting first week of the season, wasn’t it? Can’t wait to see what Week 2 brings. It kicks off Thursday night with Houston at Cincinnati. Safe starts are clearly A.J. Green and Lamar Miller. We’ll help you with the tougher calls as we tell you who should start and sit this week (and every week this season).

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: This is a vote of confidence for Stafford, even though he’s taking on a tough secondary in the Giants. He’s got a solid, dependable target in Golden Tate and an emerging big play receiver in Kenny Golladay. Add to that his receiving threats out of the backfield, and I think Stafford does just as well as Dak Prescott did in Week 1 against the Giants.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 2 rankings.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: He did more than hold his own against a great Broncos defense. Rivers has a much better matchup as he faces the Dolphins this week. He found Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon for touchdown passes in Week 1 and should be a low-end QB1 in Week 2.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: I don’t trust him over the long haul because of age and wear and tear. But it’s early in the season and he should still be fresh. He had over 90 yards of offense last week and he should find the end zone for the first time this season against the lowly Jets.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots: I was wrong about him last week, but it looks like he really is taking on the LeGarrette Blount role. He scored three short touchdowns last week and should have plenty of chances to produce good fantasy numbers against the Saints.

New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs away from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs away from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Terrance West, RB, Ravens: Danny Woodhead is out and the Ravens give their running backs a good amount of touches. West has a nice matchup against the Browns this weekend and should produce RB2 numbers at least.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: Cooks had a solid outing in the season opener, but he wasn’t able to cash in on a score. This week should be better, given that he’s facing a bad Saints defensive backfield that got torched by Sam Bradford and the Vikings.

Eric Ebron, TE, Lions: I’m going out on a limb on this one after Ebron had just two catches for nine yards in Week 1. He’s facing the Giants and I think he’ll take advantage of the matchup that Jason Witten did in the first week of the season.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals: Is it just me or does Palmer look like he should have retired in the offseason after all? Last week he was horrible against the Lions. He has a great matchup against the Colts, but I don’t trust him after his Week 1 performance.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: His performance in Week 1 was nothing to write home about and he’s got a tough matchup against the Rams. They returned two interceptions for touchdowns in their game against the Colts. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and the Rams will make things tough.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) and defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) and defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals: He’ll replace David Johnson in the Cardinals’ lineup, but I don’t think he’s worthy of the start on your fantasy team. It’s more about how the Colts have played the run so far. They faced Todd Gurley and the Rams in Week 1 but allowed just 1.9 yards per carry.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Despite Hill being the veteran starter, Joe Mixon got the most touches out of the backfield for the Bengals last week. The Texans had trouble stopping the Jaguars on the ground last week, but with three mouths to feed, it’s hard to start Hill.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: The Steelers face a solid defensive backfield and Bryant disappointed against the Browns last week. Ben Roethlisberger plays a lot better at home, but he’s found a nice target in tight end Jesse James. Antonio Brown will most likely be the only wideout for Pittsburgh worthy of a start.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: With Andrew Luck still out, I don’t see how Hilton holds much value, especially facing tough coverage from the Cardinals.

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Fantasy football: Week 2 rankings

A weird Week 1 is in the books and with that we take a look forward to my Week 2 fantasy football rankings. Every week I’ll give you rankings for each position. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions. Rankings will be updated throughout the week so make sure to check back here.

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Fantasy football Week 1 recap and top waiver wire picks

Is it just me or was Week 1 kind of weird? You had Tom Brady posting a dud on Thursday while Alex Smith went off. You had Le’Veon Bell gaining just 47 total yards in a juicy matchup with the Browns, getting outscored by players like Tommy Bohanon of the Jags. Who? And you had Julio Jones getting outscored by players like Andre Holmes.

There are always a few surprises in the season opener, but this year seemed odder than most.

Don’t worry about Brady, Bell or Jones too much, though. Things should return back to normal in Week 2 for them.

The big news is surrounding the likely No. 1 pick in a lot of drafts, David Johnson. The initial diagnosis is that Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist, according to ESPN, and will likely need surgery. The Cardinals are going to get a second opinion, but he could be out for a lengthy period of time. Kerwynn Williams should be picked up off the waiver wire since he’ll be Johnson’s replacement in Arizona.

D.J. Hayden #31 of the Detroit Lions tackles David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Ford Field on September 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 35-23.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Something that’s almost just as concerning for the Cardinals is the play of Carson Palmer. Even if Johnson is healthy, Palmer didn’t inspire confidence. When the passing threat isn’t much of a threat at all, the running game will suffer.

Speaking of suffering running games, only nine running backs rushed for more than 70 yards this week. That’s not to say there weren’t great performances overall out of the backfield.

Kareem Hunt had the best debut for a rookie running back this season, but he wasn’t alone in putting up great numbers as a rookie.

Leonard Fournette was expected to get a lot of touches and he came through with a productive performance in his debut. He rushed for 100 yards and and caught three passes for 24 yards.

Dalvin Cook took the lion’s share of touches in the Vikings backfield while rushing for 127 yards. He had 25 touches to Latavius Murray’s two.

Count among the running back duds, everyone in the Saints backfield. Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram each rushed just six times for a combined 35 yards.

One unexpected performance came out of Chicago’s diminutive Tarik Cohen. He looked great in preseason, but with Jordan Howard as the main back for the Bears, it wasn’t clear if Cohen would be used that much. Well, he was used just enough, totaling 13 touches and gaining over 100 yards from scrimmage. Cohen was very effective in the passing game, looking like Darren Sproles as he led the team with 12 targets. He even caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Cohen, Fournette, Hunt and Cook were four of the top eight fantasy scoring running backs this week. That’s a great start for my prediction that five rookies will end the season as RB1 or RB2 status. Add to that, Joe Mixon led the Bengals’ backfield in touches. He didn’t have a good game, but who did for the Bengals? That could possibly work in your favor. A piece of advice? Try to trade for him now. Buy low and benefit when his team-leading touches pay off.

Even rookie receivers performed well on Sunday. Kenny Golladay scored two touchdowns for the Lions and Cooper Kupp caught 4 passes for 76 yards and scored for the Rams.

Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions catches a fourth quarter touchdown next to Justin Bethel #28 of the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on September 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 35-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Speaking of the Rams, Jared Goff actually looked pretty good. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and a TD. Has the Jeff Fisher curse finally been lifted? Could be, but we’ll have to see against a decent defense. If you’ve got room on your bench, go ahead and add Goff as trade bait.

This wild Week 1 really made me appreciate veteran quarterbacks who came through. Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr and Matt Ryan all played as well as expected. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play great, but they didn’t stink up your team like Brady, Palmer or Eli Manning.

Another veteran, Sam Bradford, is finally starting to look like what some thought he would coming out of college. He was sharp, decisive and accurate in the thrashing of a terrible Saints defense Monday night.

As far as veteran running backs go, LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley all played well.

Antonio Brown outplayed every wide receiver on Sunday, hauling in all 11 of his targets for 182 yards. Jordy Nelson was Jordy Nelson while Amari Cooper showed signs of taking that next step owners have been waiting to see. Of course, Tyreek Hill had the best game of all on Thursday.

Monday night, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs just outright abused the Saints secondary. Thielen had 9 catches for 157 yards while Diggs scored twice.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Jason Witten’s performance. He caught 7 passes for 59 yards and scored on his way to becoming the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards.

Top waiver wire picks:

Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears: 5 rushes-66 yards, 8 rec.-47 yards, TD

Sam Bradford, QB, Vikings: 27-32, 346, 3 TDs

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions: 4 rec.-69 yards, 2 TDs

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles: 6 rec.-86 yards, TD

Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens: 21 rushes-71 yards

Mike Tolbert, RB, Bills: 12 rushes-42 yards, TD, 1 rec.-12 yards

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals: Will start in place of Johnson.

Jesse James, TE, Steelers: 8 targets, 6 rec.-41 yards 2 TDs

Jared Goff, QB, Rams: 21 comp., 29 att., 306 yards, TD

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Fantasy football Week 1 updated rankings and injury updates

The 2017 fantasy football season started Thursday but things really get rolling the first Sunday of the season. You should make a final check of our week 1 rankings at the bottom of the page. Also stay updated on injuries heading into the week with these NFL insiders.

After seeing this tweet I’ve downgraded Beckham Jr., thinking even if he plays then he won’t be as effective as he’d be at 100 percent. Be sure to have him in your flex spot if you have other options playing Sunday night or Monday. That way you can swap in other positions, not just wide receivers, if he can’t play.

I’ve been high on Crowder ever since DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left Washington. Looks like he’ll be good to go Sunday.

In running back news, looks like Leonard Fournette should definitely get the full load to start his career. Eddie Lacy gets a slight bump up if Rawls is held out.

Looks like Cam Newton and rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel are good to go. Newton should have a good week facing the 49ers. Samuel is a wait-and-see type of player.

Check out this week’s rankings below. You can click each position to see rankings for those positions.

Fantasy football: An alternate set of Week 1 rankings

Earlier this week, Cat Vasquez laid out his player rankings for Week 1 as well as a list of start ’em/sit ’ems.

Here are my own Week 1 player rankings, by position:

QUARTERBACKS

1. Tom Brady

2. Aaron Rodgers

3. Russell Wilson

4. Matt Ryan

5. Drew Brees

6. Dak Prescott

7. Marcus Mariota

8. Eli Manning

9. Derek Carr

10. Matthew Stafford

11. Cam Newton

12. Eli Manning

13. Kirk Cousins

14. Ben Roethlisberger

15. Carson Palmer

16. Alex Smith

RUNNING BACK

1. Ezekiel Elliott

2. David Johnson

3. LeVeon Bell

4. Todd Gurley

5. Dalvin Cook

6. Devonta Freeman

7. Melvin Gordon

8. Lamar Miller

9. LeSean McCoy

10. Jordan Howard

11. DeMarco Murray

12. Ameer Abdullah

13. Ty Montgomery

14. C.J. Anderson

15. Kareem Hunt

16. Carlos Hyde

17. Isaiah Crowell

18. Paul Perkins

19. Marshawn Lynch

20. Matt Forte

21. Jonathan Stewart

22. Mark Ingram

23. Joe Mixon

24. Christian McCaffrey

25. Leonard Fournette

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Antonio Brown

2. A.J. Green

3. Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Julio Jones

5. Michael Thomas

6. Doug Baldwin

7. Dez Bryant

8. Amari Cooper

9. Jordy Nelson

10. Michael Crabtree

11. DeAndre Hopkins

12. Kelvin Benjamin

13. Demaryius Thomas

14. Golden Tate

15. Tyreek Hill

16. Stefon Diggs

17. Keenan Allen

18. Pierre Garcon

19. Emmanuel Sanders

20. Martavis Bryant

21. Larry Fitzgerald

22. Marvin Jones

23. Ted Ginn Jr.

24. Jamison Crowder

25. Chris Hogan

TIGHT ENDS

1. Rob Gronkowski

2. Greg Olsen

3. Travis Kelce

4. Delanie Walker

5. Jimmy Graham

6. Jordan Reed

7. Jason Witten

8. Martellus Bennett

9. Zach Ertz

10. Kyle Rudolph

11. Tyler Eifert

12. Charles Clay

13. Jack Doyle

14. Eric Ebron

15. Jared Cook

KICKERS

1. Stephen Gostkowski

2. Dan Bailey

3. Chris Boswell

4. Matt Bryant

5. Blair Walsh

6. Dustin Hopkins

7. Justin Tucker

8. Brandon McManus

9. Matt Prater

10. Ka’imi Fairbaim

11. Mason Crosby

12. Kai Forbath

DEFENSES/SPECIAL TEAMS

1. Steelers

2. Texans

3. Panthers

4. Cardinals

5. Bills

6. Broncos

7. Vikings

8. Chargers

9. Falcons

10. Redskins

11. Rams

12. Bengals

Fantasy Football: Week 1 Rankings

It’s finally here. Week 1 of the NFL regular season starts Thursday and that means the kickoff of the 2017 fantasy football season. Every week we’ll give you our rankings for each position. Here’s the first installment. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions.

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