Fantasy Football Week 4: Quarterbacks (QB) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 25, 2012

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a touchdown pass during the game against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
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Joe Flacco looks for real this season and his matchup against the Browns this week puts him on the map as a top-seven option at the quarterback position for fantasy leagues. With young targets Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta emerging as quality options, Flacco now has enough weapons around him to be a fantasy factor.

Not an every-week play, Flacco is an option when he has a chance to exploit secondaries like the Bengals, Patriots and Browns. If Cleveland fails to pressure in this game, we should see Flacco post up to 300 yards and three scores as the Ravens make quick work of their division foe.


What Did We Learn From Week Three?

Matthew Stafford failed the test against the Titans. The Lions seem content running a balanced offense early in the season, and Stafford continued to struggle to put the football in the end zone.

Watching the game unfold, I questioned if the Lions were masking an injury to Stafford, and sure enough he came up lame while trying to track down Alterraun Verner on a fumble return. Stafford admitted after the game his leg had been bothering him throughout the week, and for what it’s worth I hope they sit him down this week.

Right now, Shaun Hill would be a better option as he moved the offense with ease on the two drives (not including the Hail Mary pass) late in the game.

Matt Schaub won’t be an option to consider most weeks, but he proved against the Broncos he’s worth trusting as a bye week option. If you have Ben Roethlisberger, Matthew Stafford or Andrew Luck as a regular starter, you might want to consider Schaub off the waiver wire against the Titans.

Peyton Manning is still working his way back from a neck injury, but at the end of the day, his fantasy production should be fine. Perhaps Manning will have to labor for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns each week, but he’s still worth starting, most weeks.


Sean’s Week Four Watch List

Aaron Rodgers finally has a tasty matchup on the young season as the Packers return home to play the Saints. This should be a high-scoring game, so expect Rodgers to lead all quarterbacks in points this week.

Robert Griffin struggled through portions of last week's performance against the Bengals. Offensive line injuries are mounting, and it will be interesting to see how Griffin moves the football against the Buccaneers. I have to question if teams have seen enough film on what the Redskins are doing schematically to slow this passing attack down.

Pierre Garcon may be a few weeks away from returning, but this offense needs him back right now. I will be interested to see if the Redskins lean on the running game early in this one. That said, Griffin’s running ability makes him a worthy starter.

Cam Newton was horrible in his first prime time performance and this will be an important game to see how he responds. Much like Griffin, anticipate the Panthers coming out with the running game early.

Talk of Michael Vick losing his job will be discussed all week. In the wild NFC East, many will watch to see how Vick does. But for some reason, I believe he will knock it out of the park and the Eagles will win. Then again, he may struggle and be pulled by halftime. It should be interesting.

1 Aaron Rodgers Saints
2 Tom Brady @ Bills
3 Matt Ryan Panthers
4 Drew Brees @ Packers
5 Peyton Manning Raiders
6 Robert Griffin III @ Bucs
7 Joe Flacco Browns
8 Andy Dalton @ Jaguars
9 Cam Newton @ Falcons
10 Eli Manning @ Eagles
11 Matthew Stafford (I) Vikings
12 Philip Rivers @ Chiefs
13 Michael Vick Giants
14 Matt Schaub Titans
15 Tony Romo Bears
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick Patriots
17 Christian Ponder @ Lions
18 Carson Palmer @ Broncos
19 Josh Freeman Redskins
20 Jake Locker @ Texans

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