Fantasy Football Projections: Ranking the Top 5 Quarterback Matchups of Week 4
We are now nearly a month into the NFL season, and that means that the first third of your fantasy football season is almost over.
Whether you are still searching for your first win, trying to fight out of the middle of the pack, or trying to keep your undefeated season alive, the quarterback matchups in Week 4 could make all the difference between a win and a loss for you.
Here is a look at the five quarterbacks with the most favorable fantasy matchups for Week 4 of the NFL season.
5) Aaron Rodgers vs. New Orleans Saints
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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers certainly has not had a great start to the 2012 season. Not only does Green Bay have a shocking record of 1-2, but Rodgers has shocked fans across the country with his subpar performances this season.
Rodgers only has three touchdown passes on the season, and the Green Bay passing attack ranks 20th in the league with 226 yards per game.
So why will Rodgers finally breakout this week?
The New Orleans Saints passing defense ranks 25th in the league and their rush defense ranks dead last giving up 215 yards rushing per game. Look for the Packers to get the ball to running back Cedric Benson early in the game and then attack the Saints through the air.
Aaron Rodgers will finally step up big this Sunday in a must win game against New Orleans, and will finally live up to the expectations that were put on him this season.
4) Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England Patriots
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Ryan Fitzpatrick has not really lit it up yet this year, but Sunday could be the day for him.
Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller, who has had back-to-back monster games to lead the Bills to two victories, is doubtful for Sunday's game against New England. That means more of the offensive load will be placed on Fitzpatrick.
While the Bills passing attack is ranked only 26th in the league with 193 yards per game, Fitzpatrick has had no problems finding the end zone.
With the Bills facing the 24th ranked passing defense in the NFL, look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to get a few more passing yards through the air, and once again find the end zone for two or three touchdowns.
3) Matt Ryan vs. Carolina Panthers
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The Atlanta Falcons offense has been a well-oiled machine throughout the first three weeks of the season, and you can expect the success to continue this weekend against Carolina.
Matt Ryan has always played well at home throughout his career, and while the Panthers pass defense is not too awful at 18th in the league, expect a big day from him on Sunday.
Ryan is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes with eight and he has one of the most explosive receiving corps in the NFL to throw the football to.
Whether it be Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez or Harry Douglas, Ryan will find his receivers throughout the game, will be very efficient, and will put up a lot of points at home against the Panthers.
2) Robert Griffin III vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Robert Griffin III has done nothing but put points on the board since he arrived in the NFL this year. Whether it be through the air, or using his dual threat ability to run with the ball, Griffin is continuing to put up fantasy points in bunches each week.
This week may be his best yet though, as the Redskins face the worst-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Tampa Bay has allowed an average of 353.3 yards passing per game this season, and while that number is somewhat inflated after Eli Manning's 500-yard performance against the Bucs two weeks ago, it still shows that their secondary is somewhat of a joke.
Griffin likes to throw the long ball and you can expect him to attempt that a few times against Tampa Bay this weekend. If he can get his passing going early and force the secondary and linebackers back into coverage, then he can take off and use his mobility to pick up some yards on the ground also.
It looks like a big fantasy day is on the horizon for RGIII.
1) Matt Schaub vs. Tennessee Titans
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Many people could definitely argue that Griffin should be No. 1 on this list, but I think Matt Schaub will have the biggest week for quarterbacks in fantasy football.
The Tennessee Titans' defense is the worst in the league, as they are ranked 30th in pass defense and 29th in rush defense. Their best defensive performance was in Week 1, where they allowed 34 points to the Patriots. Since then though, the number of points allowed has gone up to 38 and then 41 last week in a win against Detroit.
Matt Schaub is going to come out Sunday and sling the ball around against the Texans' division rival, in hopes of putting up another massive performance against a weak defense.
With the terrible defense in Tennessee, and the balanced offensive attack that the undefeated Houston Texans feature, it should be a big fantasy day for quarterback Matt Schaub.