by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Can you believe that the bye weeks are already here? There are only two teams missing this week, though it does cost us two of the best QB in the league (Aaron Rodgers & Cam Newton). Which options are going to step up in their place? Who has been struggling this season and who can we trust? Let’s take a look around the league and setup our rankings for Week 4:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Philadelphia
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Miami
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New England
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at San Diego
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Oakland
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Atlanta
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Denver
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at St. Louis
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Dallas
- Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – vs. Washington
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Minnesota
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Houston
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Buffalo
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New Orleans
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Kansas City
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. San Francisco
- E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Giants
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Seattle
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
- Michael Vick has looked good in Chip Kelly’s offense, throwing for 832 yards, 5 TD and 2 INT while adding 187 yards and 2 TD on the ground. He has taken a beating and has a history of injuries, though, so you have to be concerned about whether he can make it through all 16 games or not. He also has only had one big passing game, with 428 yards in one game and under 205 yards in the other two. The matchup is favorable, but it’s still hard to consider him a top option.
- While the Patriots have only allowed 188.3 passing yards per game, they’ve also faced a pair of rookie QB (Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel) and a QB who is clearly in turmoil (Josh Freeman). Don’t downgrade Matt Ryan due to the matchup.
- Sure the Jaguars are allowing just over 200 passing yards per game, but they have allowed 7 TD vs. just 1 INT. With Trent Richardson now helping to take the defenses focus away from Andrew Luck and company, there’s no reason to think that he won’t produce. He’s got to be considered a mid-tier QB1, having thrown for under 180 yards twice already this season, but the upside is obviously still there.
- It’s Terrelle Pryor’s turn to take on the porous Redskins’ defense. He may not throw for a ton of yards, but we know he can chew them up on the ground. He’s worth considering as a borderline QB1, but more of a high-upside QB2 as there is still some risk involved.
- Last season against the Bears Matthew Stafford threw for 535 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT in two games. While the matchup may be difficult, he’s already thrown for 6 TD this season and is averaging 340 yards per game. It’s nearly impossible not to consider him a top option.
- Until the Giants’ rushing game can take the pressure off Eli Manning, can he really be a trusted option? We saw it in Week 3, as the Panthers just battered him all day long, since they didn’t need to worry about stopping David Wilson or any of the other running backs. Sure he could throw the ball a lot, at least try to, but right now his stock is falling quickly.
- Philip Rivers’ numbers overall are gaudy, with 798 yards throwing, but he has one 419 yard performance and then two games under 200. He has thrown for 8 TD, though, which is important. The Cowboys can be thrown against, so he’s worth considering a high-end QB2 or borderline QB1.
- It has been a struggle for Colin Kaepernick, but fantasy owners should keep the faith. We’ll actually dig deeper into him later today, so make sure to check back for that.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 Rankings:
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