Fantasy Football Rankings Week 4: Breaking Down the QB Position
To this point in the NFL season, no position has more depth than at quarterback. It's pretty hard to be without a very good fantasy starter—14 players at the position are averaging at least 16 points per game.
Sure, you want a guy who's giving you around 20 points per game—only five players are managing that feat: Peyton Manning, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers—but in general, production isn't hard to come by at quarterback.
Still, with Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton on byes this week, you may find yourself looking for a QB2 to give you QB1 production. With my quarterback rankings for the week, you'll have your guide.
Note: Rankings for standard-scoring leagues.
|1||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||Philadelphia Eagles||28|
|2||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||Miami Dolphins||26|
|3||Tony Romo||Dallas Cowboys||San Diego Chargers||25|
|4||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||22|
|5||Robert Griffin III||Washington Redskins||Oakland Raiders||22|
|6||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots||21|
|7||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||20|
|8||MIchael Vick||Philadelphia Eagles||Denver Broncos||20|
|9||Matt Stafford||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||19|
|10||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||18|
|11||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||Houston Texans||16|
|12||Terrelle Pryor||Oakland Raiders||Washington||15|
|13||Philip Rivers||San Diego Chargers||Dallas Cowboys||15|
|14||EJ Manuel||Buffalo Bills||Baltimore Ravens||14|
|15||Eli Manning||New York Giants||Kansas City Chiefs||14|
|16||Joe Flacco||Baltimore Ravens||Buffalo Bills||14|
|17||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals||Cleveland Browns||13|
|18||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers||Minnesota Vikings||13|
|19||Alex Smith||Kansas City Chiefs||New York Giants||13|
|20||Jay Cutler||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||12|
|21||Carson Palmer||Arizona Cardinals||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12|
|22||Sam Bradford||St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers||11|
|23||Jake Locker||Tennessee Titans||New York Jets||11|
|24||Christian Ponder||Minnesota Vikings||Pittsburgh Steelers||10|
|25||Ryan Tannehill||Miami Dolphins||New Orleans Saints||10|
Tony Romo and Andrew Luck Primed for Huge Weeks
This pair takes a big jump up in the rankings, as each face a very favorable matchup in Week 4. Romo faces a Chargers defense that is allowing 28 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week, while Luck faces a Jaguars team that is giving up 20.7 to opposing quarterbacks each week.
Don't buy the theory that the Colts will only run on the Jaguars' terrible run defense—Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns against Jacksonville last week.
Don't Give Up on Colin Kaepernick Just Yet
I know the wide receiver situation is troubling. I know the Niners play on a short week against a team they lost to and tied last season. And I know the default setting for Kaepernick owners right now is "PANIC!"
But I also know that the Rams are allowing an average of 19.7 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per game. I know the last two weeks are likely the exception and not the rule after Kaepernick posted 30 fantasy points in Week 1. And I think you'll see Kaepernick do more damage with his legs in upcoming weeks.
Terrelle Pryor and EJ Manuel Are Solid Bye-Week Options
Would you rather have Terrelle Pryor or EJ Manuel as your QB2?
Don't look now, but Pryor is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per week, while Manuel is coming in at 16.3. Pryor has a wonderful matchup against Washington (allowing 27 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week), while Manuel has a more difficult matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
Pryor is the player you want for this week if he plays (he sustained a concussion on Monday against the Denver Broncos), but in the long-term, Manuel looks like a very solid QB2. If either of these players are available to you on waivers or as free agents, go out and nab them.
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