According to reports this morning the governing body were unwilling to offer the Nenagh native an extension to his central contract due to his age, much to the displeasure of Munster.Ryan turns 34 in December, but the province are believed to be unhappy with the reasoning given Jamie Heaslip – who is one week older – had his contract extended last month.The second row is set to link up with Ronan O’Gara at Racing 92 from the start of next season. Meanwhile, Munster are giving Conor Murray “every opportunity” to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.The scrum-half missed Ireland’s final Six Nations game against England due to an injury he picked up the previous week against Wales.
We talked about it in this space last week, but it’s worth doing again: More and more top running backs are catching passes at the expense of classic PPR backs. When making the Week 4 PPR RB rankings, it wasn’t as easy to just slide Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette down the list. Henry’s being involved in the Tennessee screen game, while Jacksonville is simply leaving Fournette in on passing downs. Players like Josh Jacobs and Nick Chubb would also have been classic off-the-field-in-passing-down-situation guys, but this year, Oakland and Cleveland have shown no problem throwing to them.That seemingly league-wide development makes it tougher to find PPR sleepers. Most of the names who figure into the weekly rankings are the same ones you’d find in standard-league ranks. At least James White is the player we’ve known and loved (or hated — it’s the Patriots), and he should be back this week after missing Week 3 due to the birth of his child. WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerGuys like Tarik Cohen, Dion Lewis and Nyheim Hines still receive small rankings bumps, as their respective teams have them on the field frequently enough that their PPR value is better than standard. It’s just not by as much as it used to be. Even someone like Royce Freeman can baffle us. He’s a big and strong runner to the point that Denver handed off to him as a fullback multiple times in Week 3, yet it also has lined Freeman up as the boundary wide receiver in all of their games this season — and it hasn’t been as a decoy, as they’ve thrown him screens and curl passes. Meanwhile, Phillip Lindsay is getting carries inside the one-yard line in addition to also being used as a receiver.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Wide receiver | Tight endSo, what are you, the fantasy owner in a PPR league, to do about this trend? Step one is coming to our PPR rankings, so good work there. Beyond that, your best bet for deciphering PPR value in a given week is to predict game flow. If a team projects to be trailing, that could be good for any of their RBs to catch passes. Also, if you can spot anything in the underlying stats, like Atlanta’s propensity to funnel targets to backs, then that can help, too.WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPOverall, PPR fantasy strategy hasn’t changed that much with lead backs getting more catches in unexpected places. You just might have to wash your brain of the classic names to buy or avoid in PPR.One final note: Week 4 features byes for Le’Veon Bell, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, Jr. At least the first three all have PPR value in most weeks, so be sure to check out our rankings below to find the players to replace them for this week.WEEK 4: Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsReminder: Check back for frequent updates during the week. For individual analysis of key RBs, check our standard RB rankings. MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup Builder LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 4 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 4 Fantasy PPR Rankings: RBsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.1Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ HOU.2Austin Ekeler, LAC @ MIA.3Alvin Kamara, NO vs. DAL.4Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NO.5Mark Ingram, BAL vs. CLE.6James Conner, PIT vs. CIN.7Marlon Mack, IND vs. OAK.8Josh Jacobs, OAK @ IND.9Nick Chubb, CLE @ BAL.10David Johnson, ARZ vs. SEA.11Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. KC.12Joe Mixon, CIN @ PIT.13Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. JAX.14Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CHI.15Leonard Fournette, JAX @ DEN.16Derrick Henry, TEN @ ATL.17Todd Gurley, LAR vs. TB.18Aaron Jones, GB vs. PHI.19David Montgomery, CHI vs. MIN.20Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. TEN.21James White, NE @ BUF22LeSean McCoy, KC @ DET23Sony Michel, NE @ BUF.24Chris Carson, SEA @ ARZ.25Royce Freeman, DEN vs. JAX26Miles Sanders, PHI @ GB27Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. WAS.28Darrel Williams, KC @ DET.29Rashaad Penny, SEA @ ARZ30Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. MIN31Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NE.32Adrian Peterson,WAS @ NYG33Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. CAR34Kenyan Drake, MIA vs. LAC35Peyton Barber, TB @ LAR36Chris Thompson, WAS @ Giants.37Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. CAR38Nyheim Hines, IND vs. OAK39Dion Lewis, TEN @ ATL40Jamaal Williams, GB vs. PHI.41Ronald Jones, TB @ LAR42Jordan Howard, PHI @ GB43Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ LAR44Darrel Williams, KC @ DET45Frank Gore, BUF vs. NE46Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF.47C.J. Prosise, SEA @ ARZ.48Latavius Murray, NO vs. DAL49Ito Smith, ATL vs. TEN50Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PIT51Melvin Gordon, LAC @ MIA52DeAndre Washington, OAK @ IND.53Gus Edwards, BAL vs. CLE54Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. TB.55Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CHI56Kalen Ballage, MIA vs. LAC57Tony Pollard, DAL @ NO.58Jalen Richard, OAK @ IND59T.J. Yeldon, BUF vs. NE