Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Underrated Backs and Receivers Set to Explode
Week 4 is underway and that means fantasy football owners must add bye weeks to their list of concerns.
The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers are both enjoying a bye in Week 4. And for fantasy owners counting on guys like Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams, it's time to look elsewhere this weekend.
Below, we'll rank the top running backs and wide receivers heading into Week 4 and highlight a trio of underrated options set to explode this weekend.
|Rank||Player||Total Points (Standard League)|
|1||LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, RB||61|
|2||Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, RB||53|
|3||Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB||50|
|4||Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers, WR||44|
|5||DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, WR||47|
|6||Joique Bell, Detroit Lions, RB||45|
|7||Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, WR||46|
|8||Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, WR||46|
|9||Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, RB||44|
|10||Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR||43|
via ESPN Fantasy
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos, WR
Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Key Stat: Eagles allowing 323 passing yards per game (fourth-worst in NFL)
2013 Season Stats: 28 TAR, 19 REC, 252 YDS, 1 TD
After breaking out for 133 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions against Oakland on Monday Night Football in Week 3, Broncos wideout Eric Decker is primed for another big-time outing against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.
Chip Kelly's Birds have been torched through the air to start the season, giving up more than 320 passing yards per game. Philly was burned by Kansas City wide receiver Donnie Avery, who picked up 141 yards on just seven catches. With Peyton Manning looking off defenders and putting the ball right on the money, expect Decker and the rest of Denver's receivers to put up more stellar numbers this weekend.
Decker is being targeted slightly more than nine times per game in 2013 and will have plenty of opportunities to shine for fantasy owners in Week 4.
Bilal Powell, New York Jets, RB
Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Key Stat: Titans allowing 4.4 yards per carry (11th-most in NFL)
2013 Season Stats: 52 CAR, 226 YDS, 1 TD
With Chris Ivory banged up and struggling this season, fantasy owners can put their trust in Jets running back Bilal Powell, who rushed for 149 yards in Week 3 against Buffalo.
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg clearly believes Powell is capable of doing it again, per Newsday's Kimberly A. Martin:
He’s a little deceptive in how he goes about his game. He’s bigger than it appears. He’s stronger than he appears. He's a little quicker, a littler faster. And, really, he is just a real natural football player. Things come easily to him. You teach him something and he gets it very quickly.
In Week 4, Powell and the Jets will be in Nashville to take on the Titans, and that's excellent news for Powell owners. After all, Tennessee is surrendering 137 rushing yards per game over the past two weeks. On top of that, owners should be encouraged by the fact that Powell's rushing attempts have increased every week since Week 1.
He carried the ball 27 times last week against the Bills after earning 25 carries through the first two weeks.
With Rex Ryan and the coaching staff content to hand the ball off to Powell and let him take the pressure off of rookie quarterback Geno Smith, owners won't have to worry about the Jets getting away from the run and limiting Powell's opportunities this weekend.
Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders, WR
Opponent: Washington Redskins
Key Stat: 333 passing yards allowed per game (second-worst in NFL)
2013 Season Stats: 16 TAR, 11 REC, 154 YDS
Terrelle Pryor is unlikely to be playing quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 after suffering a concussion last week against Denver, but that doesn't mean Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater won't have a huge day against the Washington Redskins' dreadful secondary.
Which player will produce the most in Week 4?
Only San Diego has surrendered more passing yards than Washington through three weeks. Plus, the Redskins have allowed eight passing touchdowns since Week 1 while recording just one interception.
Even with Matt Flynn throwing him the ball, Streater should see plenty of opportunities. At 6'3", the former Temple star is a can't-miss target.
Streater has 11 catches for 154 yards this season and is sure to add to those numbers this weekend. He's being targeted slightly more than five times per game and has yet to face a secondary as bad as Washington's.
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