Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Week 4 QB Rankings
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Believe it or not, we are about to finish up one-quarter of the 2013 NFL season as we head into Week 4 and begin the stretch of bye weeks.
Here are my quarterback rankings for the rest of Week 4:
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. PHI): Manning leads the NFL in passing yards (1,143) and passing touchdowns (12) and has yet to throw an interception in 122 pass attempts this season. With a quartet of talented pass-catchers in Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, Manning is the top-scoring player in fantasy year-to-date.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. MIA): Going back to last season, Brees has a streak of eight consecutive games with 300-plus passing yards. In his past 16 home games, Brees has thrown 54 touchdowns and run for two more.
3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (at SD): After finishing third in the NFL in passing yards last year, Romo has yet to reach 300 yards in a game this season as he is averaging 257 yards per game. There is an excellent chance that Romo ends his 300-yard drought this week as the Chargers are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. They have allowed at least 23 points to a quarterback in all three games this year.
4. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (at DEN): It could be a long day for the Eagles' defense this week against the league's most explosive offense. In turn, however, Vick and the Eagles should get plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy points. The only QB with more fantasy points than Vick through three weeks is Peyton.
5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NE): Through three games, Ryan is on pace for 4,848 yards, which would be a career high, and 32 touchdowns, which would tie his career high set in 2012.
6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (at OAK): Throwing for 300 yards in his third consecutive game, RG3 failed to score any TDs in Week 3. His lack of rushing stats (20.7 YPG and 4.1 YPC), however, is what is currently holding him back fantasy-wise so far.
7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at ATL): While he has a streak of 51 games with a passing touchdown, Brady also has thrown for less than 300 yards in five consecutive regular-season games. Once again, Brady and the Patriots will be without two of their biggest weapons — tight end Rob Gronkowski and slot receiver Danny Amendola.
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at JAX): Luck has thrown for less than 200 passing yards in two of three games and only three touchdowns, but he has had success running the ball — 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Jags have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. CHI): Stafford is averaging 340.0 passing yards per game, which ranks fifth in the NFL, and has six touchdwons and only two interceptions. The Bears defense excels at creating takeaways and have intercepted five passes through three games.
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at HOU): The Texans have allowed the second-fewest passing yards in the league (157.7 YPG), but they have also allowed six passing TDs with only one interception in three weeks.
11. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. DAL): With a couple of stud quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton — on bye this week and a favorable matchup, Rivers is a top-12 fantasy quarterback for this week. Although Rivers had a down performance last week (184 yards and a TD), he currently ranks fifth in fantasy points among QBs through three weeks. In addition, the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
12. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (vs. WAS): Despite suffering a concussion against the Broncos last week, Pryor has been cleared to play and will start on Sunday against one of the league's fantasy-friendliest of matchups.
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13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at MIN): Big Ben threw for 406 yards, the fourth-highest total of his career, against the Bears on Sunday Night Football. The Vikings have allowed 315.7 passing yards per game, fifth-most in the NFL, and nine passing scores, the most in the league.
14. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. NYG): Smith has the 12th-most fantasy points among QBs through three weeks and the Giants have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Smith has the fourth-most rushing yards (114) among QBs so far.
15. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at DET): Cutler is coming off a season-low 159 passing yards and faces a Lions, who have one of the five stingiest fantasy defenses vs. QBs so far this season.
16. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at KC): After throwing for more than 800 yards in his first two games, Manning threw for only 119 yards as he was sacked seven times by the Panthers in Week 3. The Chiefs have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and their defense leads the league in sacks (15).
17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE): Dalton has five career 300-yard games and two of those came against the Browns last year. In fact, he also had three touchdowns in each of those Battle of Ohio games last year as well.
18. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at NO): Last year, the Saints defense was historically bad. This year, they are much improved and only defenses have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing QBs. Tannehill is averaging 275.7 passing yards per game compared to 205.9 YPG last year and ranks ninth in the league in passer rating (94.3).
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (at BUF): Not the trend you'd like to see if you're a Flacco owner: 362 yards, two TDs and 18 fantasy points in Week 1; 211 yards, one TD and 12 fantasy points in Week 2 and 171 yards, no TDs and six fantasy points in Week 3. Flacco should buck the trend with a better matchup in Week 4.
20. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at TB): Through three games, Palmer has thrown more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three). Considering they have one of the league's worst offensive lines, it could be a long day for Palmer against the Buccaneers, who are tied for the third-most sacks (12) in the league.
21. E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills (vs. BAL): After allowing seven passing TDs, which tied an NFL record, to Peyton Manning in Week 1, the Ravens defense has held quarterbacks to single-digit fantasy points and no passing TDs in back-to-back weeks.
22. Geno Smith, New York Jets (at TEN): Smith has thrown twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdowns (three), but the Jets surprisingly have twice as many wins (two) as losses (one) this season.
23. Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN): Hoyer threw for 321 yards and three TDs in his debut this season although he has a tougher matchup this week vs. the Bengals, who haven't allowed a 300-yard passer in 18 games.
25. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (vs. SEA): The Seahawks have one of the league's elite defenses and their secondary is their strength. Through three games, they have allowed a league-low one passing score while intercepting five passes.
26. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings (vs. PIT): The Steelers have allowed only 182.7 passing yards per game, third-best in NFL, and two passing touchdowns.
27. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (vs. NYJ): Locker had his best fantasy game of the season last week with 299 passing yards and a score plus 68 rushing yards and a score. The Jets currently lead the league in completion percentage allowed (47.3 percent).
28. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND): Gabbert returns from a thumb injury suffered in Week 1, but he should be on your bench (or correction: waiver wire) indefinitely.