Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Running Backs

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IISeptember 30, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Running Backs

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    These are who I believe to be the top 10 options at running back for Week 4.

    I am assuming that these 10 players will in fact start this week and trust they will not be injured after the publication of this article.

    Feel free to provide your opinions, however uplifting or negative they may be.

No. 10: Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel
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    The Packers play the Lions this week...

No. 9: Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions scores on a 75 yard pass from Shaun Hill #14 during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Hali
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    Best had his worst outing of his professional career against the Vikings last week. He is listed as questionable this week but is still expected to play.

    Even with Best's uncertain status, he is a viable RB1 option against a Packers defense that has yielded 116 rushing yards per game this season.

    Best has become one of the most versatile options in the NFL in his rookie season and should put up some decent numbers in Week 4.

No. 8: Shonn Greene, New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets in action against the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Ima
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    Sure, LaDainian Tomlinson performed better than Greene against the Dolphins in Week 3, but Greene is the starter and will get the first shot at picking apart a Bills defense that has allowed 141 yards rushing per game through the first three weeks, as well as five rushing touchdowns.

    Greene will make up for his lack of production last week, even if Tomlinson does steal some of the statistical glory.

No. 7: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The Bengals play the Browns this week...

No. 6: Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The injury bug bit Mathews last week, causing him to miss his first game in the NFL. However, Mathews is probable this week and facing the Cardinals, who are second worst against the run so far this season.

    Even with Mathews recovering from his week off, expect the Chargers' offensive line to provide plenty of holes for the rookie against a suspect Arizona defense.

No. 5: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Williams has had a fairly disappointing season thus far, just like the rest of his team.

    However, Williams has a chance to make it up to his fantasy owners this week against a porous Saints defense that has given up an average of 145 yards on the ground through the first three weeks of the season, which ranks third worst in the NFL.

    You can expect Williams to gash the Saints defense for some nice numbers, finally, in Week 4.

No. 4: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans looks on against the Oakland Raiders during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/G
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    He's Chris Johnson—he's bound to succeed no matter who he's up against, which happens to be the Denver Broncos in Week 4.

    The Broncos have done pretty well against the run this season, but they haven't tried stopping Johnson yet.

    We all know Johnson can take it to the house any play. The Broncos won't be able to hold Johnson down for the whole contest; look for Johnson to exploit the Denver D.

No. 3: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Forte has had a stellar 2010 campaign so far. He was stalled somewhat against the Packers on Monday night but should rebound against the Giants, who have allowed 136 rushing yards per game so far this season.

    The Giants are much better against the pass than the run, so expect Mike Martz to give Forte plenty of touches this weekend, resulting in a satisfying performance for fantasy owners.

No. 2: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the NFL season opener game against the Denver Broncos at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/G
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    Jones-Drew has had a less than admirable 2010 campaign. He's bound to have a breakout game sometime soon, and he might as well do it against a Colts defense that has given up 141 rushing yards per game through the first three weeks of the season.

    One of Jones-Drew's biggest problems this season has been the lack of production from quarterback David Garrard. The Jaguars signed ex-Bills quarterback Trent Edward this week, which should give Garrard some motivation and, in turn, give Jones-Drew a better chance to succeed.

    Expect better numbers from Jones-Drew on Sunday.

No. 1: Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs in the NFL season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Foster is going up against an Oakland defense that has given up an average of 133 rushing yards per game this season.

    Foster has been the breakout of the year so far in the NFL and should continue that breakout status against a suspect Raiders defense.

    The Texans should be able to mix up the pass and run nicely en route to a bountiful day for the Texans' surprise back.