Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

 

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Dallas
  2. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New York Jets
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  7. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  9. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  10. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  11. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Baltimore
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tampa Bay
  13. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  14. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
  15. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Kansas City
  16. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  17. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Pittsburgh
  18. Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Detroit
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Carolina
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Oakland
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
  22. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Diego
  23. EJ Manuel – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
  24. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
  25. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Miami

Thoughts:

  • 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:

Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers
Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

43 comments

  1. shivy says:

    Brees or Kaepernick week 4?

  2. Nate says:

    how about this? 10 team standard scoring

    GIVE: rodgers, foster, smith sr., AP
    GET: kaepernick, l. bell, sanders

    i have cutler at backup qb, figure that he can fill in. meanwhile i get upgrades at RB1 and WR3. what do you think?

    • I wouldn’t make that deal if I were you. At the end of the year, I still believe Rodgers/Foster are better than what you are getting and Sanders could see his value decline with the return of Welker

  3. Gamer says:

    Here’s a tough one. I seem to routinely pick the wrong one 🙂 Cutler or Foles.

  4. roly says:

    Should I start Cam or drop him and pick up big Ben? Wilson is my #1 but he’s on a by.

  5. chris says:

    Stafford or Cousins? And do you like Bradshaw as a flex?

  6. Zach says:

    Cousins or Romo? I am leaning towards cousins at this point.

  7. Bob says:

    I’ve got a roster issue-

    QBs: Romo & Dalton

    Someone just dropped Big Ben

    RBs: A Morris, R Jennings, A Bradshaw, S Jackson, D Brown, R Matthews, and Ben Tate. (obviously I don’t have many receivers)

    Which QB should i drop and which RBs are dispensable at this point (Tate and Matthews hurt) to clear roster space (I’d like to pick up Bishop Sankey)

    • OD says:

      Players you should plug in for week 4 …. Tony Romo is a must start this week …. Start: RB Donald Brown, Alfred Morris, or Rashad Jennings

      Make sure your Wide Recievers have a chance for 1 TD

      • Bob says:

        Awesome, thanks! Moving forward, Donald Browns stock will presumably decrease. Is Ahmad Bradshaw for Matt Ryan a good trade?

        • It’s not a bad deal at all, considering Ryan is a Top 5-6 option. Obviously if Brown declines, it’s Ryan Mathews taking his place so you should have depth and Bradshaw is hardly a pillar of health.

  8. Zach – That’s how I’d go

    Bob – If you are comfortable sitting with two injured backs, I’d drop Jackson. He’s virtually worthless given the committee situation. As for who to drop as the QB, take your pick. I’d say Dalton has a slightly higher upside but any of the three could be the best option in a given week

  9. Andrew says:

    What about Cam Newton or Kirk Cousins for week 4?

  10. wavie says:

    JAY CUTLER OR KIRK COUSINS ?

  11. Sg says:

    Should I play bortles or Brady

  12. Charles Leroy says:

    In a deep 12 team league, I am looking to move either Stafford or Ryan as 1) I always pick the wrong one and 2) I have Big Ben to back them up. Teams are showing interest in both Stafford and Ryan. Which do you think will be better ROS? Also, for what it’s worth, Ryan can be kept at a below market price if he finishes around top 5 at QB based on the historical auction prices. Thanks for your help!

    • I’d prefer Stafford for this season, but if the keeper price is right there’s no reason not to keep Ryan. Both should be good this season, so I’d go with the one you can get the most value for

  13. Billy Bats says:

    Hey roto, Matt Ryan or Matt Stafford this week?

  14. Todd says:

    I have Ryan for my starter…Rothlisberger for my backup…Would you drop Big Ben for Palmer???? Thanks.

  15. ricky says:

    I have big ben and joe flaco as my 2 qbs in a 2 qb league. Qb is my teams major weeks spot. Would you drop either of my qbs in favor of geno smith or Eli manning. Also I have ellington and stacy on a bye week so that leaves me with the decision on whether or not to play gerhart over Charles who might not see a lot of action.

    • I’d go Charles over Gerhart regardless.

      I definitely wouldn’t drop eiter for Geno Smith, but MAnning I would drop Flacco for. Anyone else you could drop to roster all 3? In a 2-QB league, having 3 viable option is key.

      • ricky says:

        My lineup is deep at wr and rb I’ve got:
        WR:julio, d.thomas, cobb,cooks, colston, c.patterson
        RB:jc, andre ellington, zac stacy, cj spiller, and gerhart

        I would assume colston, cooks or gerhart would be the obvious choices to drop it’s just so hard for me to tell who’s going to be the better receiver in NO long term

  16. Claudio F says:

    Who should I start? WR: Roddy White, CelicShorts3, DeAndre Hopkins?? . I already started Victor Cruz so I need two WRs..
    RB: Shane Vereen, D’Angelo Williams, Carlos Hyde, JustinForsett???

  17. Luis says:

    In PPR league do i start Steve Smith, Colston or Golden Tate?

  18. Claudio F:
    WR – I’d go White/Hopkins
    RB – Ugh! No other options? Of these, I’d go Vereen/Williams but it’s kind of ugly.

    Luis – Considering the matchup against the Jets, I’d roll the dice on Tate for this one.

  19. Sean says:

    So I have a choice between Rivers or Stafford this week. Have Stafford in my lineup currently but thinking I should make the change to Rivers. Need some input.

  20. Shane says:

    I have Kaepernick and Romo. Eli Manning is available as a free agent should I pick Manning up? Who should I drop?

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