Fantasy Football Week 4: Early Top 15 Quarterback Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The fantasy scoreboard at the quarterback position had a lot of surprising names at the top in Week 3. Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins tied for fourth in the league, but he tied with the Tennessee Titans’ Jake Locker, the Minnesota Vikings’ Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals.

He trailed the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The guys who are usually at the top of the list (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees) were no better than 10th.

But they very well may be in Week 4.

Here are my top 15 quarterbacks for this week.


1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

The Saints have been getting lit up all season. Rodgers put 312 and three touchdowns on them in Week 1 last season.


2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Carolina Panthers)

The last time Matt Ryan saw the Panthers, he greeted them with 320 passing yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t even throw a pick.


3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

He’s still fantasy’s top scorer, and the Bucs’ pass defense has had some problems.


4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at Buffalo Bills)

In two meetings against the Bills in 2011, Brady threw for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions, though.


5. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns)

Flacco only threw for 290 total passing yards in two games against the Browns last season. But that was the Browns with Joe Haden.

Joe Haden won’t be playing in this game. Play Flacco with confidence.


6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons)

Newton will need to make plays with his legs in order to earn this ranking in Week 4. He threw five picks to the Falcons in 2011 (two games).


7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at Green Bay Packers)

That Saints/Packers showdown should be a shootout. Brees threw for 419 and three TDs at Green Bay in Week 1 last year.


8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

Stafford played his first turnover-free game of 2012 in Week 3, but he didn’t finish it. If he plays in Week 4 against the Vikings, I still like him to have success. He threw four touchdowns and no picks last year against the Vikings in two games.


9. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at Philadelphia Eagles)

Here’s yet another divisional clash. Manning gets the edge in this one because the Eagles’ Michael Vick just hasn’t been able to keep away from turning the ball over.

Manning threw five touchdowns and a pick against the Eagles last year, including four in Philadelphia.


10. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (at Detroit Lions)

Ponder has increased his fantasy scoring output dramatically in each of the last two weeks. The Lions haven’t been stopping anybody recently.


11. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. New York Giants)

Vick is going to be chased around like nobody’s business on Sunday. Hopefully, he runs in the direction of the end zone and gets some fantasy points for his owners that way.


12. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

Manning is averaging 291.5 yards per game at home, tossing two touchdowns per start in Denver without turning the ball over.


13. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (at Houston Texans)

If Chris Johnson’s not going to move the football, someone has to. Locker had a huge game last week and the Titans should be playing from behind in this game.


14. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (vs. Tennessee Titans)

Schaub threw four touchdowns last week at Denver. The last time he faced the Titans, he had a 78.3 completion percentage and threw two touchdowns.

But he only threw the ball 23 times. And the Texans figure to remain run-oriented.


15. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at Kansas City Chiefs)

Rivers had an awful outing at home in Week 3, throwing for just 173 yards and two interceptions without getting a ball to the end zone. He also hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass against the Chiefs since 2010.

But he did put up some yards: 635 in two meetings last season.




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