Fantasy Football Week Four Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Colts defeated the Cardinals 31-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We’re only three weeks into the NFL season and already seven teams have seen their backup quarterbacks play because of injury or poor performance by their starters.

A couple of those teams, the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, find themselves on byes this week. Meanwhile, others like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to straight up ditch their starter—Byron Leftwich—and go a new course with Josh Johnson, moving the former starter to third on the depth chart. Then, there’s the Cleveland Browns, who are back to square one with the quarterback competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.

So, as you can see, it’s more important than ever to be sure you’re up to date on all things quarterback. To do so, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 4 Quarterback Rankings below.

1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) @ Minnesota

From the outside, it appears that Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had a shaky start to the season. He needed a last-minute drive to beat the Chicago Bears in week one, and lost on a last-minute drive to the Cincinnati Bengals in week two. But, statistically he’s been rock solid, as he’s thrown for 714 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three weeks. Minnesota has been good against the pass so far, but that’s mostly because the Vikings have faced some of the worst passing offenses in the league in the first three weeks.
Point Projection: 21 Points

2. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) vs. Detroit

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After throwing four interceptions in the first game of the regular season, Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler has rebounded nicely with 483 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception in the last two games. It also appears that Cutler is starting to click with his receivers, particularly Johnny Knox. When Cutler was with Denver, it was when he started to click with Brandon Marshall that he started to put up some serious fantasy points. This week, Cutler will face the Detroit Lions, who are ranked 29th against the pass and 28th in the league in points allowed.
Point Projection: 20 Points

3. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Seattle

Of course, Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning is one of the league’s elite players, and it’s no surprise that he’s putting up some good fantasy football
numbers. But considering how good Manning has been in the past, would you believe that right now he’s off to his best season yet? That’s right, Manning is currently on pace to set career highs in completion percentage, passing yards, and average yards per attempt. He also boasts seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. Point Projection: 20 Points

4. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) vs. Oakland

Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub had a dud of a performance in week one but has come on strong the last two weeks with 657 yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception. His completion percentage and average yards per attempt are on par with his career averages, but what Schaub has done a better job of this season is protecting the football. As long as he continues to do that and stay healthy, then perhaps we will finally witness Schaub’s breakout season.
Point Projection: 18 Points

5. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Jets

Statistically speaking, quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints' offense were not themselves in the win over the Buffalo Bills in week three. Brees only threw for 172 yards, no touchdowns, and had one of his passes intercepted. So, it was a bit of an off game for Brees, but you can expect him to bounce back this week at home against the New York Jets. Thus far, the Jets are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but it’s nearly impossible to contain Brees and the Saints' offense in New Orleans.
Point Projection: 18 Points

6. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) @ Pittsburgh

So far this season, the best performance by San Diego Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers came against one of the league’s best defenses in week two, when he threw for 436 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens. This week, Rivers faces another elite defense in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers haven’t been quite themselves lately. The Steelers, who were in the top two in every major defensive category last season, are 15th against the pass so far this year and are still without safety Troy Polamalu. Thus, Rivers will enjoy another solid performance.
Point Projection: 18 points

7. Eli Manning (New York Giants) @ Kansas City

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning has been on point so far this season with five touchdowns and just one interception in the first three weeks. This week, Manning will play on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, who possess one of the league’s worst pass defenses. The Chiefs rank 20th in the league against the pass and 27th in points allowed, which means it will be another good week for the youngest Manning brother.
Point Projection: 17 Points

8. Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Cleveland

Apparently the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Carson Palmer feel like there’s something they have to prove. And so far, they’re doing a good job of proving that they’re not the Bengals of old. After a sub-par performance in week one, Palmer turned it around the last two weeks and led the Bengals to a road win over the Packers and a come-from-behind win over the Steelers. In those games, Palmer had four touchdowns and just two interceptions and played well in the second half on each of those contests despite facing adversity. This week, he gets to face the Browns, who are 31st in the league in points allowed.
Point Projection: 17 Points

9. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) vs. Baltimore

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady assured everybody that the knee injury would not bother him this season and that he was 100 percent healthy. Well, that hasn’t exactly been the case as Brady has just three touchdowns and two interceptions on the season. True, Brady has been without one of his favorite targets, Wes Welker, the last two weeks but that should be no excuse. Look for Brady to get on track this week against a Baltimore defense that’s allowed four passing touchdowns in three games.
Point Projection: 17 Points

10. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. San Diego

The last two weeks have not been kind to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have lost consecutive games on last-minute drives by the Bears and Bengals. The Pittsburgh running game is struggling right now, but the silver lining to all of this is that the Steelers have had to throw the ball a lot, and that’s meant good fantasy points for Roethlisberger. You can expect a similar thing to happen in this game for Roethlisberger, who’s averaged 17.5 points in the last two weeks.
Point Projection: 16 Points

11. Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills) @ Miami

Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards played well in the first two weeks of the season, then struggled a lot last week against a surprisingly good New Orleans defense. Going against the Miami Dolphins this week may just be what the doctor ordered for Edwards. Heading into the season, it was believed Miami had a solid and improved defense, but so far, the Dolphins rank 26th in the league against the pass and 21st in terms of points allowed.
Point Projection: 15 Points

12. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Green Bay

For those that didn’t hear already—or want to hear it for the 1,000 time—Minnesota beat the San Francisco 49ers last week on a last-second touchdown pass by Brett Favre to Greg Lewis, who somehow got both of his feet in the back of the end zone despite the rest of his body being a yard or two outside of it. But, the more interesting storyline here is that Favre is facing his old team, the Packers, in Minnesota. Favre should get his points, but Green Bay certainly won’t make it easy.
Point Projection: 14 Points