2013 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Can you believe that the bye weeks are already here? 

There are only two teams missing from action this week, though it does cost us two of the best quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton

Which options are going to step up in their place this week? Who has been struggling this season, and who can we trust? 

Let’s take a look around the league and discuss our quarterback rankings for Week 4:

  1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – vs. Philadelphia
  2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – vs. Miami
  3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – vs. New England
  4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  5. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – at San Diego
  6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – at Oakland
  7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – at Atlanta
  8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – at Denver
  10. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – at St. Louis
  11. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – vs. Dallas
  12. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders – vs. Washington
  13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – at Minnesota
  14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – at Houston
  15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  17. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
  18. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – at Buffalo
  19. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – at New Orleans
  20. Eli Manning, New York Giants – at Kansas City
  21. Sam Bradford,  St. Louis Rams – vs. San Francisco
  22. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
  23. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Giants
  24. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans – vs. Seattle
  25. Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati


Quick Thoughts

1.  Michael Vick has looked good in Chip Kelly’s offense this season, throwing for 832 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, while adding 187 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

He has taken a beating and has a history of injuries, though, so you have to be concerned about whether he can make it through all 16 games or not.

He also has only had one big passing game this season, with 428 yards against San Diego in Week 2 but under 205 yards passing in his other two contests. His matchup this week is favorable, but it’s still hard to consider him a top option.


2.  While the Patriots have only allowed 188.3 passing yards per game, they’ve also only faced a pair of rookie quarterbacks (Geno Smith and E J Manuel) and a quarterback who is clearly in turmoil (Josh Freeman).

Don’t downgrade Matt Ryan due to this week's matchup.


3.  Sure, the Jaguars are allowing just over 200 passing yards per game, but they have allowed seven touchdowns against just one interception. 

With Trent Richardson now helping to take the defense's focus away from Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, there’s no reason to think that the latter won’t produce against the Jaguars this week.  

Luck has got to be considered a mid-tier QB1. Sure, he has thrown for under 180 yards twice already this season, but the upside is obviously still there.


4.  It’s Terrelle Pryor’s turn to take on the porous Redskins defense. He may not throw for a ton of yards, but we know he can chew them up on the ground. 

He’s worth considering as a borderline QB1 this week, but he is much more of a high-upside QB2, as there is still some risk involved.


5.  Last season against the Bears, Matthew Stafford threw for a combined 535 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions over two games. While the matchup may be difficult for most, Stafford has already thrown for six touchdowns this season and is averaging 340 yards per game, so it’s nearly impossible not to consider him a top option.


6.  Until the Giants’ running game can take the pressure off Eli Manning, can he really be a trusted option? On Sunday, the Panthers just battered him all day long since they did not need to worry about stopping David Wilson or any of the other running backs.  

Sure, he could throw the ball a lot—or at least try tobut right now, his stock is falling quickly.


7.  Philip Rivers’ overall numbers are gaudy, with 798 passing yards, but he has one 419-yard performance and then two games with under 200 yards. He has thrown for eight touchdowns, though, which is important. 

The Cowboys can be thrown against, so he’s worth considering as a high-end QB2 or a borderline QB1 this week.


8.  It has been a struggle for Colin Kaepernick so far in 2013, but fantasy owners should keep the faith.  We’ll actually dig deeper into him later today, so make sure to check back for that.


Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 Rankings: