Week 4 Fantasy Football Predictions: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players
Three exciting weeks of professional football are behind us, and the fantasy football landscape is really starting to take shape.
Last week was a particularly interesting one, with the trade of Trent Richardson and Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia kicking off a good weekend of football.
We always have to be looking forward in fantasy football, however, so here are stat predictions and rankings for Week 4.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Comp.||Pass Yds||Pass TDs||INTs||Rush Yds|
|1.||Peyton Manning, DEN||PHI||29||395||3||0||0|
|2.||Drew Brees, NO||MIA||25||393||3||0||0|
|3.||Andrew Luck, IND||JAX||27||355||4||1||28|
|4.||Mike Vick, PHI||DEN||24||323||3||1||52|
|5.||Tony Romo, DAL||SD||28||368||2||0||0|
|6.||Matt Ryan, ATL||NE||25||325||3||1||0|
|7.||Tom Brady, NE||ATL||26||320||3||1||0|
|8.||Matthew Stafford, DET||CHI||25||302||2||1||0|
|9.||Alex Smith, KC||NYG||23||285||2||0||19|
|10.||Robert Griffin III, WAS||OAK||27||290||1||1||14|
|11.||Colin Kaepernick, SF||STL||21||256||2||1||22|
|12.||**Terrelle Pryor, OAK||WAS||19||208||2||1||64|
|13.||Russell Wilson, SEA||HOU||23||250||1||0||33|
|14.||Andy Dalton, CIN||CLE||21||238||2||0||8|
|15.||Ryan Tannehill, MIA||NO||23||254||2||1||13|
After three straight very productive fantasy games, Andrew Luck has shown he can contribute through the air and ground. He gets a great matchup against Jacksonville in Week 4, with Trent Richardson likely taking some pressure off as well.
What's up with the Niners and their offense? Colin Kaepernick has looked weak so far. He doesn't have great targets to throw to, and the running game can't get going. But St. Louis has looked porous, so there's a chance Kaepernick gets back in gear.
Ryan Tannehill has the Dolphins at 3-0, and he's put up some quietly big numbers in the process. He's got 827 passing yards already, and Miami could get into a shootout in New Orleans. Tannehill has emerged as an intriguing play in Week 4.
**Pryor is likely not playing this Sunday. Philip Rivers would move in as the 15th quarterback for Week 4.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rush Yds||Rec.||Rec. Yds||Total TDs|
|1.||Adrian Peterson, MIN||PIT||117||2||24||2|
|2.||Matt Forte, CHI||DET||98||4||50||2|
|3.||Jamaal Charles, KC||NYG||109||4||47||1|
|4.||Doug Martin, TB||ARI||83||5||35||2|
|5.||LeSean McCoy, PHI||DEN||102||2||18||1|
|6.||Alfred Morris, WAS||OAK||100||0||0||2|
|7.||DeMarco Murray, DAL||SD||99||4||26||1|
|8.||Bernard Pierce, BAL||BUF||98||2||20||1|
|9.||Trent Richardson, IND||JAX||87||2||14||1|
|10.||Reggie Bush, DET||CHI||55||6||68||0|
|11.||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||HOU||84||0||0||1|
|12.||Darren McFadden, OAK||WAS||67||3||32||0|
|13.||C.J. Spiller, BUF||BAL||58||5||41||0|
|14.||Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX||IND||45||1||10||1|
|15.||Darren Sproles, NO||MIA||18||7||64||0|
|16.||Lamar Miller, MIA||NO||67||3||24||0|
|17.||Chris Johnson, TEN||NYJ||69||2||20||0|
|18.||Knowshon Moreno, DEN||PHI||58||2||21||0|
|19.||Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL||NE||54||1||17||0|
|20.||Arian Foster, HOU||SEA||54||1||10||0|
|21.||Ben Tate, HOU||SEA||45||3||11||0|
|22.||Fred Jackson, BUF||BAL||48||2||14||0|
|23.||Stevan Ridley, NE||ATL||51||0||0||0|
|24.||Frank Gore, SF||STL||44||1||7||0|
|25.||Ryan Mathews, SD||DAL||47||0||0||0|
Matt Forte has really looked great in Chicago's new offense and has been a threat in both the rushing and passing games. The Bears are looking to get Forte the ball a lot, and he should be able to run wild on Detroit's defense in Week 4.
It's hard to gauge how much action Trent Richardson will get in Week 4, but he has a really juicy matchup against a brutal Jacksonville defense.
Bernard Pierce played well as the starter in Week 3, and he has some legitimate potential as a workhorse back. He isn't anywhere near the threat that Ray Rice is in the passing game, but he's a bigger and more physical runner who could gash Buffalo up the middle in Week 4.
In Week 4, Jacquizz Rodgers and the Falcons smashed the ball right through Miami's defensive line, who was depleted by the loss of nose tackle Paul Soliai. He has some explosiveness and is hard to catch in the open field, so if he can get to the second level against New England, expect some big runs.
Stevan Ridley has really been a huge disappointment this season. LeGarrette Blount got 14 touches in Week 4 while Ridley only had 12, which is a major concern. But he is still the most talented back on the Patriots, so he's worth a start in deeper leagues.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1.||Calvin Johnson, DET||CHI||9||123||1|
|2.||Brandon Marshall, CHI||DET||11||101||1|
|3.||Dez Bryant, DAL||SD||7||120||1|
|4.||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||PHI||6||113||1|
|5.||Julio Jones, ATL||NE||6||110||1|
|6.||Wes Welker, DEN||PHI||11||129||0|
|7.||Dwayne Bowe, KC||NYG||6||101||1|
|8.||A.J. Green, CIN||CLE||6||100||1|
|9.||Julian Edelman, NE||ATL||9||89||1|
|10.||DeSean Jackson, PHI||DEN||5||101||1|
|11.||Reggie Wayne, IND||JAX||6||90||1|
|12.||T.Y. Hilton, IND||JAX||4||91||1|
|13.||Larry Fitzgerald, ARI||TB||6||85||1|
|14.||Roddy White, ATL||NE||6||94||0|
|15.||Victor Cruz, NYG||KC||5||91||0|
|16.||Vincent Jackson, TB||ARI||5||61||1|
|17.||Andre Johnson, HOU||SEA||6||70||0|
|18.||Eric Decker, DEN||PHI||6||68||0|
|19.||Josh Gordon, CLE||CIN||5||71||0|
|20.||Antonio Brown, PIT||MIN||6||63||0|
|21.||Kenbrell Thompkins, NE||ATL||4||38||1|
|22.||Torrey Smith, BAL||BUF||7||61||0|
|23.||Anquan Boldin, SF||STL||5||68||0|
|24.||Mike Wallace, MIA||NO||4||70||0|
|25.||Pierre Garcon, WAS||OAK||5||63||0|
|26.||Cecil Shorts, JAX||IND||4||64||0|
|27.||Marques Colston, NO||MIA||5||59||0|
|28.||Stevie Johnson, BUF||BAL||5||55||0|
|29.||Brian Hartline, MIA||NO||6||49||0|
|30.||Emmanuel Sanders, PIT||MIN||5||49||0|
T.Y. Hilton is an up-and-down type of player who lit up the Dolphins in Week 2 and then was nursing a groin injury in Week 3, when he had just two catches. But if he heals up, he could torch the Jaguars for a couple of big gains.
Unluckily for Andre Johnson and his fantasy owners, the Seahawks and Richard Sherman are waiting in Week 4. Sherman has been on fire this year and has blanketed everyone he's faced so far.
How about Josh Gordon's season debut in Week 3? Unfortunately, he still plays for the Browns. Don't expect a repeat after a very good Cincinnati defense has a week to prepare for him.
On a depleted Baltimore offense, Torrey Smith remains the only steady talent who can be relied on each week. He could find some room in Buffalo's secondary and pull in a couple of long grabs.
Brian Hartline has actually been better than Mike Wallace this season so far, although Miami's passing game has really been unpredictable. Ryan Tannehill rides the hot hand, whether that be Wallace, Hartline, Brandon Gibson or even Charles Clay. But Hartline will always get his targets, and he never drops the ball.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1.||Jimmy Graham, NO||MIA||7||134||2|
|2.||Rob Gronkowski, NE||ATL||8||120||2|
|3.||Tony Gonzalez, ATL||NE||6||101||1|
|4.||Jason Witten, DAL||SD||8||99||0|
|5.||Julius Thomas, DEN||PHI||4||64||1|
|6.||Jordan Cameron, CLE||CIN||5||55||1|
|7.||Martellus Bennett, CHI||DET||6||68||0|
|8.||Coby Fleener, IND||JAX||6||65||0|
|9.||Vernon Davis, SF||STL||4||71||0|
|10.||Brandon Myers, NYG||KC||5||66||0|
|11.||Antonio Gates, SD||DAL||5||65||0|
|12.||Owen Daniels, HOU||SEA||4||59||0|
|13.||Jared Cook, STL||SF||5||51||0|
|14.||Charles Clay, MIA||NO||5||50||0|
|15.||Scott Chandler, BUF||BAL||4||48||0|
Jimmy Graham has been on fire as the primary weapon in New Orleans' offense. They get the Dolphins, who haven't been very good at covering tight ends, on Monday night at home.
This should be the week that Rob Gronkowski comes back, which is a great thing for Tom Brady and Gronk's fantasy owners. They have had some cupcake games so far, and they'll need Gronk in full force against Atlanta this Sunday night.
Jordan Cameron was shockingly productive with Brian Hoyer as his quarterback in Week 3, which really says a lot more about Cameron than Hoyer. He may not put up three touchdowns every week, but he's proven he's talented enough to make a consistent impact.
It feels a little like the late 2000s again, as Antonio Gates is proving to be a reliable fantasy option. The Chargers could get into a shootout with the Cowboys, so Gates looks like he has some value again.
|1.||Matt Prater, DEN||PHI||2||1||5|
|2.||Stephen Gostkowski, NE||ATL||3||2||2|
|3.||Matt Bryant, ATL||NE||4||2||2|
|4.||Justin Tucker, BAL||BUF||3||1||3|
|5.||Adam Vinatieri, IND||JAX||2||1||4|
|6.||Dan Bailey, DAL||SD||4||1||3|
|7.||Greg Zuerlein, STL||SF||4||1||1|
|8.||Garrett Hartley, NO||MIA||2||2||3|
|9.||Caleb Sturgis, MIA||NO||3||1||2|
|10.||Steven Hauschka, SEA||HOU||2||1||2|
Matt Prater should benefit from the ridiculous amounts of points that Denver will probably put up on Philadelphia's weak defense. Five extra points may even be six.
Everyone has to take notice of Caleb Sturgis down in Miami. If he's still on your waiver wire, grab him ASAP. He already looks like one of the best kickers in the league, starting the year with six straight makes, two of which were more than 50 yards.
Oh man, Kansas City is going to have a field day this week against the New York Giants' porous offensive line. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston have to be licking their chops.
Tennesse's defense has been quietly effective this season, and while they aren't the type to create a lot of havoc, they also have the potential to mostly squash Geno Smith and the Jets and dominate the field-position battle.