Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

We are now three weeks into the NFL season and things are starting to become much clearer (like the emergence of Robert Griffin III and Joe Flacco).  Which hot quarterback should we trust?  Which struggling quarterback should we avoid?  Let’s take a look at how things currently look as we head into Week 4:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  4. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  7. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  10. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
  11. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  12. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  13. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
  14. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  15. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
  16. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
  17. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  19. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  20. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  21. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Diego
  22. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Jets
  23. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
  24. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
  25. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis

Thoughts:

  • Since Week 1 Robert Griffin III has not been throwing for as many yards (206 and 221 yards, respectively), but the Redskins have started allowing him to run a lot more.  Over the past two weeks he’s run the ball 23 times for 167 yards and 3 TD, numbers that many running backs would be happy with.  You couple that with going against a defense that is the worst in the league against the pass (353.3 yards per game) and it is obvious that RG3 is a must use option.
  • Hopefully we find out sooner rather than later if Matthew Stafford is going to be able to play this week or not.  For now we will leave him on the rankings, but be prepared to find an alternative.
  • Matt Ryan has been as impressive as anyone could’ve hoped for through three weeks, with 793 yards, 8 TD and 1 INT.  After seeing Eli Manning and the Giants passing attack pick apart the Carolina Panthers, Ryan has to be considered one of the elite this week.
  • The Cleveland Browns have not done a good job defending the pass (269.0 yards per game, as well as 8 TD).  With Joe Flacco quickly showing that he may have finally arrived in the Ravens new up tempo offense (having thrown for 913 yards, 6 TD and 2 INT) there is no reason to shy away from him at this point.  You probably drafted him as a reserve, but he is worthy of starting in all formats.
  • While I wouldn’t want to trust Josh Freeman as my QB1, with a very favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins he is a must use option as a QB2.
  • It’s hard to recommend benching Cam Newton, given his electric ability both through the air and on the ground, but it is quickly becoming clear that he isn’t the same player as he was during his rookie campaign.  He has already thrown 5 INT and is taking on an Atlanta defense that has 7 INT.  The threat of Newton makes him a low-end QB1, but this is a tough matchup.
  • The Texans may be a run first team, normally at least, but Matt Schaub had a huge Week 3 and now faces a Titans team allowing over 310 passing yards per game (as well as 8 TD vs. 1 INT).  You have to love the matchup as a low-end option.
  • With the revamped Cowboys secondary looking for real, I would be very hesitant to trust Jay Cutler this week.  He’s more of a QB2, at best.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 3 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

22 comments

  1. Double G says:

    Is it too early to consider dropping Tony Romo? I’m 3 and 0 despite Romo’s last couple of duds and have Flacco as a backup. Guys like Ponder, Locker and Freeman are available.

    • Yes, I think it is a bit too early to drop him. After Week 1 we were all singing his praises, so we know the potential is there. Romo still has more upside then those other guys, so I would much rather roll with Flacco and keep Romo stashed away for the bye week for the time being.

  2. Randy says:

    Do you like Dalton more than Luck ROS as a backup to Tom Brady? (Both as a week 9 replacement and as injury insurance?). Thanks!!

  3. Ricky says:

    Rivers and Romo?

    So I have Rivers and Romo. It’s hard to judge which one to play each week and they both are either hit or miss it seems.

    Should I drop one and pickup Flacco (currently available)?

    • Yea, that’s a tough situation. It’s hard to recommend dropping either of them, as they have tremendous upside, but I think Flacco gives you a better opportunity to win right now.

      Do you have someone else you can drop for the time being? How deep of a league is it?

  4. Frank says:

    He Prof,
    Do you like this trade. : Brady/S.Johnson i get Rodgers/ D.Bryant

    6ptTD

  5. Rocky says:

    I have RGIII and Brees….I feel like I gotta trade one of them since my RB situation isn’t amazing (law firm, Morris, forte, D brown and mendenhal) I have graham so I dont want to drop Brees. Should I still consider trading DB? Or should I try and pick up a solid RB1 for RGIII?

  6. Chuck says:

    Debating who to start…

    Romo vs Bears or Fitzpatrick vs Patriots

    Bears have a top ranked pass defense while the Pats have a bottom third ranked pass defense and the game may be a shootout.

    I want to love romo at home, but wanted your opinion. Thanks!

  7. Frank – It really comes down to your opinion on Rodgers vs. Brady. I am on the Rodgers side of the discussion, but it really is a preference.

    Rocky – I would shop them both around and take the biggest value back. You should be fine with either one, so get the best return you can.

    Chuck – I;d go Romo, since I still think he has a significantly higher upside than Fitzpatrick, but monitor the news. The Bills running game is either going to be in high gear (Jackson & Spiller) or could be barren. If neither play, I may change my tune. Given the current news, I’d go Romo.

  8. carlton says:

    Love your insight! Who would you start this week: cam newton against a tough atl d, or flacco against a poor browns d, but they might run the ball all night?

    • Newton is a very frustrating QB, because you know the second you bench him he is going to have a big game. That said, I would still go with Flacco this week. He has a great matchup in an uptempo offense.

      That said, I wouldn’t fault you for sticking with the player you drafted as your QB1 either.

  9. Brainpimp says:

    Different week, same problem on flex position and RB2.

    I Start McFadden.
    Please choose 2

    D Murray
    BJGE
    D Martin
    M Leshoure
    R Gronk – Graham is starting TE.

  10. Bret Mattox says:

    I have 3 QB’s to choose from: Romo, Palmer, and Fitzpatrick. Who do I start?

  11. blchiodo says:

    Who would you start this week in a ppr league. Cam Newton or Andy Dalton at QB? Who would start in a rb/wr/te flex, fred jackson, Jstewart or Finley? Need a win this week!

  12. Sean says:

    Hey, can i have a little advice on my lineup? In a non-ppr league I have romo, welker, demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, lesean McCoy, mikel leshoure, Brandon pettigrew, Jason Hanson, and the giants defence starting. Overall, my only options are switching out romo for josh freeman, leshoure for fred Jackson, or pettigrew for Owen Daniels. Can you advise/ help me a bit? Thanks.

    • The only potential change I would make would be Jackson in for Leshoure, but that really depends on the news and whether Spiller is also playing or not. Leshoure is the “safer” option, however, and is going to be the featured back.

      Jackson, in his first game back, could share time with Spiller or, if he is out, Tashard Choice.

  13. James H says:

    Start RG3 or Matt Staford week4?

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