Fantasy Football Week 4: 5 Top QB's Who Will Struggle

Josh AronsonCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after an incomplete pass in the second quarter while taking on the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Through three weeks of the NFL season we have seen it all in fantasy football. In Week 1 Peyton Manning threw for seven touchdown passes. In Week 2 Eddie Royal lit it up with three touchdowns, and last week Jordan Cameron broke onto the scene with three touchdown catches of his own. 

However this week, lets focus on quarterbacks and who the top five most likely candidates to struggle with their Week 4 match-ups are.


SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium on September 9, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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5) Philip Rivers 

The Chargers return home to take on the Dallas Cowboys after two straight trips to the East Coast. While a lot of people believe that Rivers is a good replacement for Aaron Rodgers, who is on a bye week, don’t buy into it. 

The Cowboys have a very underrated defense, which can get after the quarterback and press receivers at the line of scrimmage. Rivers will have two touchdown passes, but will be rushed into some poor decisions resulting in interceptions.


4) Matt Ryan 

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan will struggle this week strictly because the Falcons don’t have a legitimate running back without Steven Jackson. Bill Belichick can draw up a game plan against a one-dimensional team with lots of success.

While the Falcons have two highly productive wide-outs in Julio Jones and Roddy White, the Patriots will be able to drop seven guys into coverage and still put pressure on Ryan.


3) Tom Brady

Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (right) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

On the other side of the ball, Brady will be going against the best defense he has seen all year. The Falcons can get a good pass rush and will pressure the young Patriots receiving corp.

If Rob Gronkowski returns for the Pats, that's a huge plus for the passing attack. But if he is still sidelined, look for the Falcons to have Brady's number all night long.


2) Colin Kaepernick

After Week 1 everyone, myself included, was on the Kaepernick bandwagon. But since then he has put up QBR’s of 14.0 and 11.8. The 49ers are on a short week as they travel to St. Louis Thursday night. St. Louis can get after the quarterback with one of the best front seven’s in the NFL.

Kap could struggle again against a division opponent, but will find a way to get the Niners back on track. Don't expect big numbers this week from Kaepernick, but expect an improvement from the last two weeks.  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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1)   Matthew Stafford

Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) slides as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (91) and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) defend during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandato
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The Lions play host to a Bears defense that forced five turnovers last week against the Steelers. On top of that, starting WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car crash Monday night that will keep him out for at least a month.

The Lions still have the best WR in football with Calvin Johnson, but if defenses can key in on him, Stafford forces throws and commits turnovers.