Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Aaron Rodgers and the 3 Biggest QB Studs

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers moves out of the pocket under pressure from Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It has been a fast start for quarterbacks all over the NFL. That is also to say that fantasy teams that are built around a highly-ranked quarterback are off to quick starts.

Defenses seem to have had a tougher time working their way back into game shape coming out of the lockout and it shows on the scoreboard.

The following three quarterbacks will be the head of the class headed into Week 4.

Aaron Rodgers
- Green Bay Packers

Rodgers has been as steady as they come so far this season. He hasn't had huge passing yards games like Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Drew Brees or others have had, but he has continued where he left off last season.

As the season rolls on, there is no reason to believe that Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offense will slow down. Rodgers will only get more comfortable and get a better grasp of what defenses are trying to do to beat him.

In Week 4, the Packers take on the Denver Broncos, a team off to a slow start. Their defense is ahead of their offense at this point of the season, but Rodgers will have no trouble picking them apart.

Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

I will admit that I would have been a little concerned about the Saints offense coming out of the preseason. Brees didn't have a good preseason, and none of his biggest offensive weapons seemed to be in sync.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the game against the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

It appears that any concerns over their offense were overblown. Brees and his offense are fine. Better than fine in fact.

In Week 4, the Saints take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the AFC. The Jags have trouble scoring points and have just as much trouble slowing down the opposition. They just won't have the defensive players to keep up with Brees and his various offensive weapons.

Philip Rivers
- San Diego Chargers

Rivers wasn't as good as expected in Week 3 against the Chiefs. Kansas City had given up 89 points in two weeks, but they only allowed the Chargers 20 in Week 3.

There's no reason to be alarmed, though, if you own Rivers. The Chargers were really beat up in Week 3 and they were completely without star tight end Antonio Gates. As the players around Rivers get healthier, his play will improve.

The Chargers take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, a team that is really struggling at this juncture. Expect Rivers and the entire Chargers offense to give a big rebound performance in Week 4.

Joseph Healy's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings for Week 4

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Drew Brees

3. Philip Rivers

4. Tom Brady

5. Matt Stafford

6. Ryan Fitzpatrick

7. Matt Ryan

8. Ben Roethlisberger

9. Josh Freeman

10. Tony Romo

11. Jay Cutler

12. Cam Newton

13. Kevin Kolb

14. Joe Flacco

15. Rex Grossman


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