Injuries are a major part of the NFL, and if they're starting to wreak havoc on your fantasy team, you can make up some ground at the flex positions.
These early rankings will certainly change as various injury situations get sorted out, but the following rankings, broken down by position, give you a starting point for setting up your lineup for Week 4.
|Top 40 Running Backs|
|1||Le'Veon Bell, PIT||BAL||125 rush yards, 50 rec yards, TD|
|2||Eddie Lacy, GB||SF||90 yards, 2 TD|
|3||Latavius Murray, OAK||CHI||125 yards, TD|
|4||Jamaal Charles, KC||CIN||100 rush yards, 20 rec yards, TD|
|5||Matt Forte, CHI||OAK||90 yards, TD|
|6||Devonta Freeman, ATL||HOU||90 yards, TD|
|7||Adrian Peterson, MIN||DEN||85 yards, TD|
|8||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||DET||75 yards, TD|
|9||Joseph Randle, DAL||NO||75 yards, TD|
|10||Karlos Williams, BUF||NYG||75 yards, TD|
|11||T.J. Yeldon, JAC||IND||70 yards, TD|
|12||Frank Gore, IND||JAC||70 yards, TD|
|13||Jeremy Hill, CIN||KC||70 yards, TD|
|14||Justin Forsett, BAL||PIT||80 rush yards, 50 rec yards|
|15||Mark Ingram, NO||DAL||60 yards, TD|
|16||Demarco Murray, PHI||WSH||50 yards, TD|
|17||Jonathan Stewart, CAR||TB||90 yards|
|18||Chris Ivory, NYJ||MIA||85 yards|
|19||Chris Johnson, ARZ||STL||75 yards|
|20||Carlos Hyde, SF||GB||75 yards|
|21||C.J. Anderson, DEN||MIN||60 yards|
|22||Giovani Bernard, CIN||KC||30 rush yards, 30 rec yards|
|23||Rashad Jennings, NYG||BUF||60 yards|
|24||Isaiah Crowell, CLE||SD||60 yards|
|25||Lamar Miller, MIA||NYJ||50 yards|
|26||Melvin Gordon, SD||CLE||50 yards|
|27||Alfred Blue, HOU||ATL||50 yards|
|28||Doug Martin, TB||CAR||50 yards|
|29||Alfred Morris, WSH||PHI||50 yards|
|30||Danny Woodhead, SD||CLE||15 rush yards, 30 rec yards|
|31||Lance Dunbar, DAL||NO||50 rec yards|
|32||Darren Sproles, PHI||WSH||20 rush yards, 30 rec yards|
|33||Matt Jones, WSH||PHI||45 yards|
|34||Thomas Rawls, SEA||DET||45 yards|
|35||Todd Gurley, STL||ARZ||40 yards|
|36||Tre Mason, STL||ARZ||40 yards|
|37||Duke Johnson, CLE||SD||15 rush yards, 25 rec yards|
|38||Joique Bell, DET||SEA||40 yards|
|39||Ameer Abdullah, DET||SEA||35 yards|
|40||James Starks, GB||KC||35 yards|
1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger's injury is devastating for Steelers fans but good news for Bell's fantasy owners.
Ranking him No. 1 is a somewhat risky play against the Ravens defense, but this feels like the perfect storm for a monster game from Bell.
Final touch count in PIT backfield: Le'Veon Bell 26, DeAngelo Williams 1.— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) September 27, 2015
With Roethlisberger out, the Steelers should feature Bell heavily both in the running game and as a receiver out of the backfield as a check-down option for Michael Vick.
Bell has some built up frustration to take out on the Ravens after they held him to just 79 yards on 21 carries in two games last season. But this clearly isn't the same Ravens team, and Bell and the Steelers will be fired up about kicking them while they're down.
10. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
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According to Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News, LeSean McCoy may sit out this week due to a hamstring injury.
This will open the door for Karlos Williams, who has already been a sneaky fantasy play this season with a touchdown in all three games of his pro career.
The Giants have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher yet this season, but if McCoy sits out, Williams seems like a safe bet to reach the end zone at least once.
34. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Closely monitor the Marshawn Lynch situation this week, because Rawls will be a great play (especially in DFS, given his cheap price tag) if he gets the start against the Lions defense.
Carroll said Thomas Rawls "was one of my guys" during draft process. Said he was a personal favorite b/c of his style. #Seahawks— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) September 28, 2015
The Lions have allowed 294 rushing yards in two road games this season (against San Diego and Minnesota), and Rawls would be a safe bet to rack up some yardage and potentially sneak into the end zone if he's getting the bulk of the carries.
According to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, Pete Carroll said, "We'll just have to wait and see" in regards to Lynch's hamstring injury, so this is a situation to monitor throughout the week.
|Top 40 Wide Receivers|
|1||Julio Jones, ATL||HOU||130 yards, TD|
|2||DeAndre Hopkins, HOU||ATL||125 yards, TD|
|3||Amari Cooper, OAK||CHI||110 yards, TD|
|4||A.J. Green, CIN||KC||100 yards, TD|
|5||Randall Cobb, GB||SF||100 yards, TD|
|6||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||MIN||90 yards, TD|
|7||Antonio Brown, PIT||BAL||130 yards|
|8||Jordan Matthews, PHI||WSH||125 yards|
|9||T.Y. Hilton, IND||JAC||60 yards, TD|
|10||Brandin Cooks, NO||DAL||110 yards|
|11||Odell Beckham, NYG||BUF||110 yards|
|12||Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ||STL||50 yards, TD|
|13||Mike Evans, TB||CAR||50 yards, TD|
|14||Emmanuel Sanders, DEN||MIN||100 yards|
|15||Brandon Marshall, NYJ||MIA||100 yards|
|16||Steve Smith, BAL||PIT||100 yards|
|17||Calvin Johnson, DET||SEA||40 yards, TD|
|18||Keenan Allen, SD||CLE||90 yards|
|19||Allen Robinson, JAC||IND||90 yards|
|20||Terrance Williams, DAL||NO||30 yards, TD|
|21||Donte Moncrief, IND||JAC||25 yards, TD|
|22||Alshon Jeffery, CHI||OAK||85 yards|
|23||Jeremy Maclin, KC||CIN||75 yards|
|24||Ted Ginn Jr., CAR||TB||75 yards|
|25||Eric Decker, NYJ||MIA||70 yards|
|26||Devante Adams, GB||SF||70 yards|
|27||Michael Crabtree, OAK||CHI||70 yards|
|28||Pierre Garcon, WSH||PHI||70 yards|
|29||John Brown, ARZ||STL||65 yards|
|30||Jarvis Landry, MIA||NYJ||65 yards|
|31||Nate Washington, HOU||ATL||65 yards|
|32||Stevie Johnson, SD||CLE||60 yards|
|33||Vincent Jackson, TB||CAR||60 yards|
|34||Golden Tate, DET||SEA||70 yards|
|35||Anquan Boldin, SF||GB||55 yards|
|36||Leonard Hankerson, ATL||HOU||50 yards|
|37||Marques Colston, NO||DAL||50 yards|
|38||Andre Johnson, IND||JAC||50 yards|
|39||Percy Harvin, BUF||NYG||50 yards|
|40||Mike Wallace, MIN||DEN||50 yards|
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
According to Pro Football Focus, Hopkins has received double-digit targets in every game this season, making him a strong fantasy play regardless of the competition. But this matchup makes him an elite option this week.
The Falcons should produce strong fantasy numbers for opponents all season, as their defense can give up points and their offense can keep them in shootouts.
After watching Brandon Weeden lead the Cowboys to 28 points against Atlanta in Week 3, concerns about Ryan Mallett's ability to get the ball to Hopkins should be minimal.
According to OddsShark, this game has one of the highest over/unders of the week at 46.5, and Hopkins is a key component to the expected high score.
8. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford didn't play well on Sunday, but the Eagles offense appears to be getting closer to hitting its stride.
For all those who panicked about the Eagles offense early, remember: Bradford missed an entire season and is playing in a brand-new offense. A learning curve should have been expected, and eventually he'll break out.
It's only Week 4, but the wheels are already coming off for the Redskins, making this a great opportunity for the Eagles to open things up on offense and flex their muscles against a division opponent.
This could be a breakout game for both Matthews and Bradford.
27. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree is one of the top sleeper plays this week and could far exceed his projections in Week 4.
While Amari Cooper is getting the attention (and rightfully so, given his production), Crabtree actually leads the Raiders in targets.
According to Pro Football Focus, Crabtree is one of 12 receivers with at least 30 targets through three weeks, and Derek Carr should have no problem finding him throughout the game against Chicago.
The Bears have allowed a league-worst eight passing touchdowns this season, and Carr is sure to add to that total on Sunday. Given his target numbers, there's a decent chance Crabtree will catch at least one.
|Top 20 Tight Ends|
|1||Jimmy Graham, SEA||DET||75 yards, TD|
|2||Jordan Reed, WSH||PHI||65 yards, TD|
|3||Tyler Eifert, CIN||KC||50 yards, TD|
|4||Travis Kelce, KC||CIN||45 yards, TD|
|5||Dwayne Allen, IND||JAC||40 yards, TD|
|6||Greg Olsen, CAR||TB||65 yards|
|7||Jason Witten, DAL||NO||65 yards|
|8||Eric Ebron, DET||SEA||55 yards|
|9||Ladarius Green, SD||CLE||50 yards|
|10||Charles Clay, BUF||NYG||40 yards|
|11||Coby Fleener, IND||JAC||40 yards|
|12||Kyle Rudolph, MIN||DEN||40|
|13||Jared Cook, STL||ARZ||35 yards|
|14||Jordan Cameron, MIA||NYJ||35 yards|
|15||Heath Miller, PIT||BAL||35 yards|
|16||Zach Ertz, PHI||WSH||30 yards|
|17||Martellus Bennett, CHI||OAK||30 yards|
|18||Gary Barnidge, CLE||SD||30 yards|
|19||Gavin Escobar, DAL||NO||30 yards|
|20||Virgil Green, DEN||MIN||30 yards|
1. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Despite the quiet start to the season, Graham already has two touchdowns and will continue to be a red-zone weapon for Russell Wilson.
The Lions have allowed touchdowns to tight ends in all three games this season, and the streak is a good bet to be kept alive by Seattle.
7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
It's tough to trust Brandon Weeden to put up huge numbers, but Witten should be a very safe play at tight end this week.
Witten leads the Cowboys in targets this season and should continue to be heavily featured in the passing game as long as Weeden is at the helm.
Greg Olsen lit up the Saints defense for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. And while Witten won't match those numbers, it's clear the Saints defense is vulnerable to a receiver with Witten's tools.