Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Look at Top Plays for Every Position
Fantasy football rankings must be taken with a grain of salt.
Who expected Colin Kaepernick to bomb at home against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3?
Anyone who says they know what's going to happen in the NFL from week to week is lying, but there's nothing wrong with taking some educated guesses.
With that in mind, here's a look at the top fantasy players at each position for Week 4 in the NFL.
|1||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||30|
|2||Tony Romo||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||28|
|3||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||Miami Dolphins||25|
|4||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||24|
|5||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots||24|
|6||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||23|
|7||Michael Vick||Philadelphia Eagles||Denver Broncos||22|
|8||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||21|
|9||Robert Griffin III||Washington Redskins||Oakland Raiders||19|
|10||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||18|
There aren't a lot of tremendously favorable matchups for the top fantasy quarterbacks in Week 4.
Andrew Luck could potentially have a huge game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has shown a desire to establish a strong running game with Ahmad Bradshaw and newly acquired Trent Richardson.
Peyton Manning should be able to take advantage of the Philadelphia Eagles' exploitable secondary. He's clearly the top quarterback this week, and given the pace of play for both teams involved in this contest he could have another monster game like he did in Week 1.
The Miami Dolphins have been phenomenal this year on both sides of the ball. It will be interesting to see if Drew Brees can work his magic and have a big game.
Colin Kaepernick has been atrocious the past two weeks. He will be hard-pressed to revert to his Week 1 form against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday Night Football, but his ability to run could come in handy against a team that allowed 175 yards to DeMarco Murray in Week 3.
|1||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||New York Giants||22|
|2||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||Denver Broncos||21|
|3||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||20|
|4||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||Pittsburgh Steelers||20|
|5||Frank Gore||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||18|
|6||Reggie Bush||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||17|
|7||Trent Richardson||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||16|
|7||Doug Martin||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Arizona Cardinals||16|
|9||DeMarco Murray||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||15|
|10||Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks||Houston Texans||14|
LeSean McCoy has been unstoppable this year, but he'll be tested against a Broncos defense that has allowed just two yards per carry this year—the best in the NFL.
On the other hand, you can be sure Frank Gore will come out red hot against the Rams. He gained 82 yards on 11 carries in the team's Week 3 loss to the Colts and was reportedly hot under the collar about his lack of touches in the second half, as noted by Kevin Lynch.
Adrian Peterson hasn't been as dominant as he was last season, gaining 281 yards in his first three games. Pittsburgh is allowing just 3.3 yards per carry this year, and Peterson could be frustrated once again in Week 4.
New Colts running back Trent Richardson could be in for a monster game against the Jaguars. It won't surprise anyone if Indy jumps out to a huge lead in the first half, meaning Richardson could receive plenty of work.
|1||Wes Welker||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||27|
|2||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||26|
|3||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||Cleveland Browns||25|
|4||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||22|
|5||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||19|
|6||Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||18|
|7||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots||17|
|8||DeSean Jackson||Philadelphia Eagles||Denver Broncos||16|
|9||Reggie Wayne||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||16|
|10||Victor Cruz||New York Giants||Kansas City Chiefs||15|
When looking at the matchups for the top receivers in Week 4, Dez Bryant stands out as a potential fantasy gold mine. He'll be going up against the secondary of the San Diego Chargers and could legitimately go for 200 yards.
Which receiver will have the biggest game in Week 4?
Wes Welker is another guy you'll be thrilled to start. The Eagles haven't been able to stop anyone on offense to this point in the season, and Peyton Manning is going to pick that secondary apart. Welker will work magic underneath coverage.
A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson face difficult opponents this week and could see their production dip.
Green and the Bengals face the Browns. Joe Haden is going to give him all he can handle, and the matchup between these two young stars will be fun to watch.
Johnson will face divisional rivals this weekend against the Bears. Chicago has done a good job keeping him locked up in the past, and Megatron was held to eight catches with zero touchdowns in two games last year.
|1||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Miami Dolphins||18|
|2||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||16|
|3||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||15|
|4||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||15|
|5||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||Dallas Cowboys||13|
|6||Tony Gonzalez||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots||12|
|7||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||11|
|8||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||10|
|9||Coby Fleener||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||9|
|10||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||9|
If Vernon Davis can play without any pain on Thursday night, he will face a tough matchup against the St. Louis Rams. You might consider starting someone else in his stead, but his rapport with Kaepernick could be good for at least one red-zone touchdown.
Rob Gronkowski hasn't played yet this year, but Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver of NFL Network recently reported the Patriots "definitely" expect him to play in Week 4, as noted by Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:
The Falcons are vulnerable to getting burned, and Gronk should have a triumphant return.
Given the success of Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron early this season, it seems safe to say they'll both have big games against the Eagles and Bengals.
As usual, Jimmy Graham will be among the highest scoring tight ends. He faces the Dolphins this week and will likely be heavily targeted by Brees, who will be under pressure often by Miami's impressive pass-rushers.
|1||Cincinnati Bengals||Cleveland Browns||16|
|2||Seattle Seahawks||Houston Texans||15|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||New York Giants||14|
|4||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||13|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||13|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Buffalo Bills||12|
|7||New York Jets||Tennessee Titans||12|
|8||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||11|
|9||Houston Texans||Seattle Seahawks||11|
|10||Minnesota Vikings||Pittsburgh Steelers||9|
The battle between Houston and Seattle on Sunday will be treasured by those who appreciate defensive slugfests.
You've got to love Kansas City's chances of scoring big against the New York Giants, too. Eli Manning has zero protection, and he has no complementary running game behind him. The Chiefs have feasted early this year, and this game could be the cherry on top.
Also, Cincinnati should dominate the line of scrimmage against Cleveland's porous offensive line. The Bengals should force a few turnovers and easily win the game.
|1||Stephen Gostkowski||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||15|
|2||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns||14|
|3||Matt Prater||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||14|
|4||Garrett Hartley||New Orleans Saints||Miami Dolphins||13|
|5||Dan Bailey||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||13|
|6||Steven Hauschka||Seattle Seahawks||Houston Texans||12|
|7||Matt Bryant||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots||12|
|8||Caleb Sturgis||Miami Dolphins||New Orleans Saints||11|
|9||Robbie Gould||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||11|
|10||Adam Vinatieri||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||9|
Tom Brady is slowly but surely working his young receivers into the swing of things for the New England Patriots. By the time the playoffs arrive, this group will likely score more touchdowns than field goals, but right now Stephen Gostkowski is the team's surest offensive weapon.
It's a similar story for Justin Tucker in Baltimore. Joe Flacco is working with a skeleton crew, which has given Tucker plenty of opportunities to convert three points.
Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka should also have a big impact on the game in Houston this weekend. It's likely he'll finish off more than a couple drives with his leg.
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