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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (745 yards passing, three TD in 2012) threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints last September.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (745 yards passing, three TD in 2012) threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints last September.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2012

The following rankings support my early top-25 picks for Week 4, among fantasy quarterbacks.

To clarify, this countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns for the NFL's fourth weekend.

Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn't supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:

1. Always give preferential treatment to healthy superstars
2. Always ride your gut instinct

NOTE: The Colts and Steelers are on their bye week.

Top 25 QBs For Week 4

1. Aaron Rodgers vs. New Orleans
2. Tom Brady @ Buffalo
3. Drew Brees @ Green Bay
4. Michael Vick vs. N.Y. Giants
5. Cam Newton @ Atlanta
6. Matt Schaub vs. Tennessee
7. Eli Manning @ Philadelphia
8. Matt Ryan vs. Carolina
9. Matthew Stafford vs. Minnesota (not worried about leg strain)
10. Robert Griffin III @ Tampa Bay
11. Peyton Manning vs. Oakland
12. Tony Romo vs. Chicago
13. Christian Ponder @ Detroit
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England
15. Philip Rivers @ Kansas City
16. Andy Dalton @ Jacksonville
17. Joe Flacco vs. Cleveland
18. Jake Locker @ Houston
19. Jay Cutler @ Dallas
20. Carson Palmer @ Denver
21. Kevin Kolb vs. Miami
22. Josh Freeman vs. Washington
23. Matt Cassel vs. San Diego
24. Sam Bradford vs. Seattle
25. Brandon Weeden @ Baltimore
25a. Alex Smith @ N.Y. Jets

Quick Hitters

1. Aaron Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints in last year's Week 1 thriller, with Drew Brees, in turn, rolling for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Is it too much to ask for a reasonable facsimile of last season's output?

2. I'd be crazy to ignore Tom Brady's four-game streak of 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns against the Bills (2010-11).

3. Cam Newton has been an elite-level fantasy quarterback since his NFL debut in 2011, but his track record against the Falcons, comparatively speaking, is a little spotty. In two games, Newton has per-outing averages of only 296 total yards, 1.5 touchdowns and 2.5 interceptions.

4. With 1-2 records, respectively, the Raiders and Broncos have incurred deficits in each of their first three games. From a fantasy standpoint, this means plenty of playing-from-behind passing from Carson Palmer (879 yards, five TD) and Peyton Manning (824 yards, five TD). It also begs the question: For their head-to-head clash in Week 4, which quarterback won't wait until the second half to post rock-solid numbers?

5. Hamburger ear aside, Matt Schaub has a tremendous home matchup against the Titans on Sunday. He also history on his side. In Schaub's last five games against Tennessee, he boasts per-outing averages of 293 yards passing and 2.4 touchdowns.

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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