Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 4: Quarterbacks

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We break down QB rankings for Week 4 of fantasy football

That was an amazing and crazy weekend of football! On the down side, the elite quarterbacks had a very disappointing week. According to ESPN's standard scoring, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton all finished outside of the top ten quarterbacks for Week 3. I was personally killed in all the leagues that I own Cam Newton. It's still early in the season, so don't start jumping off the elite quarterback wagon just yet. But if there are owners that are naive or are desperate at certain position in your league and own Brady, Rodgers or Stafford (all sit outside the top ten in quarterback scoring for 2012), make them an offer. These quarterbacks are not going to struggle every week and it would be better to have them on your team, than have to face them.

The bye weeks begin this week with the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers getting the week off. That shouldn't cause too much disruption for your fantasy team. A bigger concern is the Matthew Stafford injury. Last season, he was able to start all sixteen games for the first time in his career. His status will not be clear until later in the week and presently that looks like Friday. I really like his matchup against the Vikings at home but if he's not able to go, Shaun Hill will get the start. Hill is a very capable quarterback and in the games that he has started for the Lions, knows that he must target Calvin Johnson.

My predictions for quarterbacks to have a positive Week 4:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills - Fitzpatrick will be facing a Patriots defense that gave up close to 400 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air. CJ Spiller will probably be missing this one and Fred Jackson's status is up in the air, which points to more of a reliance on the passing game.

Christian Ponder, Vikings - Ponder is coming off his best game of the season and gets to face a weak Lions pass defense. He will also have a new target in Jerome Simpson, who should stretch the field.

A couple other quarterbacks that I think could break out this week with decent games are Josh Freeman (Buccaneers) and Kevin Kolb (Cardinals).


Quarterback

1

Drew Brees

2

Aaron Rodgers

3

Robert Griffin III

4

Matt Ryan

5

Matthew Stafford

6

Cam Newton

7

Tom Brady

8

Joe Flacco

9

Michael Vick

10

Philip Rivers

11

Eli Manning

12

Peyton Manning

13

Ryan Fitzpatrick

14

Matt Schaub

15

Tony Romo

16

Andy Dalton

17

Mark Sanchez

18

Alex Smith

19

Carson Palmer

20

Matt Cassel

21

Christian Ponder

22

Jay Cutler

23

Russell Wilson

24

Josh Freeman

25

Jake Locker

26

Blaine Gabbert

27

Kevin Kolb

28

Brandon Weeden

29

Ryan Tannehill

30

Sam Bradford

31

Shaun Hill

32

Tim Tebow

33

Colin Kaepernick

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