by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
As we head into Week 4 (a week where six teams get their bye week) there are changes across the NFL. We’ve already discussed the two rookie quarterbacks ready to take the reigns of their organizations (Blake Bortles & Teddy Bridgewater), while Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick could all be on the hot seat. How do those situations fit into this week’s rankings? Let’s take a look:
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Dallas
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New York Jets
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Baltimore
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Kansas City
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Pittsburgh
- Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Detroit
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Carolina
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Oakland
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Diego
- EJ Manuel – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
- Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Miami
- The Chiefs defense has allowed 6 TD vs. 0 INT, but does anyone have faith in Tom Brady at this point? He has just 1 TD in each of the first three weeks and hasn’t thrown for more than 250 yards in a game. Could it really be that he’s on the downside of his career? Is he becoming more of a game manager? You have to think that there’s a big performance coming, but until we see it he’s going to be limited to QB2 duties.
- While Matthew Stafford is not coming off a good week (0 TD, 2 INT), does anyone think that he’s not going to torch the questionable Jets secondary? It’s an extremely favorable matchup and one that all fantasy owners should exploit.
- The Tennessee Titans have been one of the best defenses against the pass over the first three weeks, and that includes shutting down Tony Romo (though that may not say so much right now) and Andy Dalton. Can they slow down Andrew Luck, though? He’s already thrown 9 TD passes and there’s no reason to think that he won’t continue to be able to produce.
- Colin Kaepernick’s ability to make plays with both his legs and his feet (118 rushing yards in the past two weeks) and a favorable matchup turn him into a high upside play this week. After all the Eagles have allowed 8 passing TD over the first three games, while also giving up 280.3 passing yards per game.
- While Kirk Cousins is coming off a monster game, the New York Giants secondary is starting to show up (3 INT against the Texans in Week 3). He’s proving that he’s a viable option, but don’t expect him to put up numbers similar to what he did a week ago (427 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) against the vulnerable Eagles secondary.
- After watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get torched on Thursday night, does that not make us want to play Ben Roethlisberger this week? Despite the poor showing early, it’s hard not to love him as a QB1.
- After Blake Bortles replaced Chad Henne in Week 3, you have to think that there’s a good chance he starts Week 4. There’s upside, but not enough to push him too far up the rankings.
- There’s a chance that Ryan Tannehill gets benched for Week 4, though it seems unlikely. Monitor the news, but his struggles could lead to a quick hook even if he starts. It’s something to keep in mind.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings: