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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks with Best Matchups

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 28, 2013

All of the hype in fantasy football goes to the running backs, but the quarterbacks are capable of putting up huge numbers every single week, and there are a few with ideal matchups in Week 4.

Both quarterbacks on Thursday Night Football weren't the most exciting, combining for just 21 fantasy points, three touchdowns and under 400 yards passing.  However, there are bound to be a number of quarterbacks this week that put up more than 20 points each.

Here are my QB rankings after the first game of Week 3, plus a breakdown of some of the signal-callers with the easiest matchups.

Note: All scoring numbers are based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues

Note: Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick aren't ranked because they have already played.

 

QBs with Best Matchups

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

It's easy to like Peyton Manning on any given day since he's the top fantasy QB through three weeks.  

It's even easier when he's playing a struggling pass defense.

The Philadelphia Eagles have not had the best success against the pass so far.  They've allowed 323 yards passing per game, and opposing QBs have a 96.9 passer rating against them.  Philip Rivers torched the Eagles in Week 2, throwing for 419 yards and three touchdowns, putting up 29 points.

Not only has Peyton already thrown for 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he's also put up at least 20 points in all three games.  He's currently on pace for over 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns, according to SportsCenter.

With weapons like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning is going to keep having monster games.  Against this defense, he's likely going to continue this incredible pace and be on track to break Tom Brady's single-season passing touchdown record.

 

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after scoring in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Ge
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I could just say, "He's playing the Jaguars" and stop there, but Andrew Luck would probably have a big game this week regardless of whom he was playing.

The numbers weren't super exciting for Luck last week against the San Francisco 49ers, throwing for just 159 yards and zero touchdowns, but he still put up 14 points, in large part thanks to his legs.  He's bound to throw the ball around a bit more this week, especially with the recent news surrounding Ahmad Bradshaw.

According to Mike Wells of ESPN.com, Bradshaw is out with a hurt neck.

The Colts will still run the ball, but Trent Richardson is likely still not 100 percent up with the playbook, and that means Luck will be throwing the ball more than usual.  

That won't be a problem, as the Jaguars defense has been very bad so far.  It has allowed seven touchdowns and forced just one interception so far, with opposing quarterbacks having a passer rating of 108.9.  Their offense has also been incredibly bad, putting up just 28 points in three games, meaning that Luck will likely have some short fields to work with this week.

 

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What a difference a year makes.  Actually, what a difference a new head coach and quarterback make.

With Andy Reid and Alex Smith now in Kansas City, the Chiefs have started the season 3-0, and the offense has yet to commit a single turnover.  Smith has also been a pretty solid fantasy QB option as well, putting up 50 points so far through three games.

Smith has a chance to put up even bigger points this week against a struggling New York Giants football team.  The Giants rank 24th in the NFL in total yards given up per game with 382.3, but they also rank dead last in the league in points allowed with 38.3.

If the Carolina Panthers can shut out the Giants 38-0, and Cam Newton can have four total touchdowns, Smith can at least put up solid numbers in a win.  Don't forget that Smith has also put up some points on the ground, rushing for 114 yards so far this season.

Something is really wrong with the Giants right now, and Smith should be able to take advantage of that and have a surprisingly good day from a fantasy perspective.

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