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.
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
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.
3) Tom Brady
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.
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.
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.