Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Receivers Who Will Build on Strong Starts

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 25, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gives a stiff arm to Bernard Pollard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field on September 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)
Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images

The 2013 fantasy football campaign has gotten off to a rousing start, as it seems that we've been presented with a season's worth of upsets, injuries and breakout stars only three weeks in. 

As has been the case at both the quarterback and running back positions, there have been a number of surprisingly effective wide receivers thus far, as 18 wideouts have over 240 yards receiving heading into Week 4 of the season. 

Now, with a very intriguing slate of games ahead of us, here's a look at which receivers will continue to shine and build on their impressive starts to the season. 

Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings 

PlayerReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TouchdownsTotal Points
DeSean Jackson, Phi19359247
Jordy Nelson, GB18289346
Julio Jones, Atl27373246
Eddie Royal, SD12148544
Calvin Johnson, Det17268343
Antonio Brown, Pit20324243
Demaryius Thomas, Den20307242
Victor Cruz, NYG16261342
A.J. Green, Cin19249342
Wes Welker, Den19190439
Randall Cobb, GB21290239
Brandon Marshall, Chi20269238
Steve Johnson, Buf17236236
Pierre Garcon, Wsh23280134
Brian Hartline, Mia18238234

*via ESPN.com

Brian Hartline

After posting over 1,000 yards receiving in 2012, Brian Hartline has been very solid for the surging Miami Dolphins thus far this season. 

Heading into Week 4, the former Ohio State target is on pace to shatter his career-high mark, as Hartline's hauled in 18 receptions for 238 yards through Miami's first three games. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Falcons 27-23.  (Photo by Ma
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Despite Mike Wallace's struggles, the Dolphins passing game has managed to remain effective, and that's thanks in large part to Hartline, so going forward, the 26-year-old has to be considered a high-end wideout. 

Even after posting a whopping 114 yards on nine catches in Week 1 against the reeling Browns, Hartline's remained effective, as he's averaged over 60 yards a game in the Dolphins' two subsequent tilts. 

Though he may not burn the house down in Week 4 against New Orleans, Hartline is a safe bet to put up his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving performance in 2013. 

DeSean Jackson

Before Chip Kelly came to town, DeSean Jackson had long since established himself as one of the game's best receivers. 

That being said, Jackson has been on fire in Kelly's fast-paced offense, as the Los Angeles native currently leads all wideouts in fantasy points. 

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by
Rob Carr/Getty Images

During the Eagles' first two games of 2013, Jackson posted a combined 297 yards with two touchdowns, and though he dropped down to 62 yards in Week 3, there's no reason to think that Michael Vick and Jackson will stop putting up huge numbers anytime soon. 

At this stage, Jackson is a virtual lock to register the third 1,000-yard campaign of his career, and with the Eagles set to take on a mediocre Denver pass defense in Week 4, the California product will continue to haul in passes for big yardage. 

Antonio Brown

Given that the Pittsburgh Steelers have virtually nothing going for them other than their 10th-ranked passing offense, it seems logical that No. 1 target Antonio Brown is a safe bet to keep piling up receptions. 

Despite the fact that the Steelers fell to 0-3 after losing at home to Chicago, Brown was on fire, reeling in 196 yards on nine catches and securing two touchdown receptions in the process. 

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a third quarter touchdown catch while playing the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field on September 22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Thus far, Brown has been good for at least 57 yards in each of the three struggling Steelers' tilts, and that's why he sits fourth in the league with 324 receiving yards. 

No, it's not likely that he'll approach 200 yards again this season, but Brown is clearly the Steelers' best scoring threat, so expect Mike Tomlin to continue to look to him to deliver the goods down the stretch. 


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