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Week 4 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 1, 2020, 2:23 pm ET

Updated 9/29 at 11:45 PM ET. Removed Terry McLaurin. Moved Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn up. Added Rashaad Penny.

 

Fifth in overall touches at 65, Marlon Mack is tied for eighth in red zone carries (eight) and has handled 100 percent of the Colts’ goal-line chances. After finishing 40th in pass routes amongst running backs in 2018, he is currently tied for 17th. Last but not least, Mack is third in raw rushing so far in 2019, posting 299 yards through three games. Running at home as a touchdown favorite against the Raiders’ soft defense, Mack is in prime position for a top-eight day.   

 

Week 4 Quarterbacks 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Patrick Mahomes

KC

@DET

2

Lamar Jackson

BAL

CLE

3

Dak Prescott

DAL

@NO

4

Russell Wilson

SEA

@ARI

5

Deshaun Watson

HOU

CAR

6

Aaron Rodgers

GB

PHI

7

Matt Ryan

ATL

TEN

8

Jared Goff

LA

TB

9

Philip Rivers

LAC

@MIA

10

Kyler Murray

ARI

SEA

11

Daniel Jones

NYG

WAS

12

Tom Brady

NE

@BUF

13

Jameis Winston

TB

@LA

14

Josh Allen

BUF

NE

15

Andy Dalton

CIN

@PIT

16

Carson Wentz

PHI

@GB

17

Matthew Stafford

DET

KC

18

Jacoby Brissett

IND

OAK

19

Kyle Allen

CAR

@HOU

20

Baker Mayfield

CLE

@BAL

21

Case Keenum

WAS

@NYG

22

Teddy Bridgewater

NO

DAL

23

Gardner Minshew

JAC

@DEN

24

Mason Rudolph

PIT

CIN

25

Mitchell Trubisky

CHI

MIN

26

Derek Carr

OAK

@IND

27

Kirk Cousins

MIN

@CHI

28

Marcus Mariota

TEN

@ATL

29

Joe Flacco

DEN

JAC

30

Josh Rosen

MIA

LAC

 

QB Notes: Coming off his first ordinary effort of the season — QB12 — Lamar Jackson gets a Browns D permitting the 11th fewest quarterback fantasy points. It’s also a defense that appears poised to be without CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams for the second consecutive game. The Ravens have the blocking to neutralize the Browns’ pass rush. … The Saints have faced high-flying quarterbacks and emerged as a bottom-three pass defense through three weeks. Current QB2 Dak Prescott has a gorgeous setup for Week 4, though Amari Cooper’s (ankle) health is worth monitoring. … With the Seahawks’ run game fumbling and the pass defense struggling, Russell Wilson has been throwing. The Cardinals have been helpless through the air. … Deshaun Watson bookended his scoreless Week 2 performance with a pair of three-touchdown days. He has an imposing matchup in a Panthers D that emerged from a three-game slate against Jared Goff, Jameis Winston and Kyler Murray surrendering the second fewest weekly passing yards (166.3). 

Aaron Rodgers has emerged from a brutal early-season schedule as the QB26. He finally gets a break in the action in the Eagles’ struggling and undermanned secondary. Few groups of defensive backs have been worse. … The Titans are allowing the third fewest passing yards, though they let Gardner Minshew hit some shots down the field in Week 3. Averaging over 40 weekly attempts with at least two scores each time out, Matt Ryan will almost certainly reach his floor. … Jared Goff has been bad. He looked like he was getting his homework signed before every play in Cleveland. His Week 4 case is staked on heading back to Los Angeles in a contest with a 50 over/under. Although the Bucs’ defense has been better than expected, Goff struggling against it at home would be a major red flag. … The QB13, Philip Rivers has a nearly automatic QB1 spot in the laugh-out-loud Dolphins. I’ve been worried about early blowouts harming quarterbacks’ fantasy prospects vs. Miami, but none of Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady or Dak Prescott finished lower than QB8.

Tom Brady looks like he will have Julian Edelman (chest) in Buffalo. The quarterback is going to need his slot man to exploit his winnable matchup vs. CB Kevin Johnson. The Bills are permitting just 5.5 yards per attempt. … After a productive week of down-field passing against the Ravens, Kyler Murray was forced to go horizontal vs. the Panthers as his offensive line failed to block a soul. It made for a painful-to-watch performance but the QB15 result in fantasy. The Seahawks have been middle of the road through the air. … You are forgiven if you find Daniel Jones’ ranking point chase-y. It’s just a really good spot against an imploding Redskins D that has been gutted for nine aerial scores and 7.6 yards per quarterback carry. … The Rams’ defense has been better than the Rams’ offense, allowing one total passing touchdown. Jameis Winston’s past three halves have been worlds better than his first three, but tempered expectations are a must for this trip to Los Angeles. … The Patriots are allowing 5.2 yards per attempt through the air and have yet to surrender a touchdown. Josh Allen, of course, is a tougher test than Ryan Fitzpatrick or Luke Falk. Allen’s usual ceiling will be accompanied by a scarily-low floor. 

@PIT would traditionally send shivers down the spines of potential Andy Dalton streamers, but the Steelers have been Dolphins-esque through the air, coughing up a gaudy 9.1 yards per attempt. Dalton’s new offense is worth betting on in this spot. … It hasn’t really felt like it, but Carson Wentz is the QB11. He’s getting Alshon Jeffery back for a surprisingly tough looking matchup in Green Bay. … Is the Chiefs’ defense turning a corner under new DC Steve Spagnuolo? Holding Lamar Jackson to a QB12 finish was a major victory. Matthew Stafford is better than Derek Carr, but Carr could manage only QB24 vs. his divisional foe. Perhaps @/vs. KC is no longer a free QB1 ticket in fantasy. … Looking just as hilariously bad as last year, the Raiders’ defense offers a springboard to a hot streak for Jacoby Brissett coming off his QB13 Week 3. T.Y. Hilton’s (quad) health is a complicating factor. … I wrote at greater length about Baker Mayfield on Monday. The short of it: Even on the rare occasions his offensive line throws some blocks, he is refusing to let plays develop. The Ravens’ secondary is banged up and struggling, but @BAL hardly has the looks of a get-right spot for the floundering breakout candidate.

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Kyle Allen was extremely impressive in his second career start, taking full advantage of an excellent matchup. He has another one for Week 4 in the Texans, who are getting stung for the sixth-most quarterback fantasy points. … The Giants have been by far the league’s worst pass defense through three games. Case Keenum offers legitimate upside. The downside is a potential benching. … Teddy Bridgewater has rarely ventured down the field in two appearances in place of Drew Brees, with his average intended air yards of 5.1 coming in dead last. That’s unlikely to change against the Cowboys’ excellent pass defense. … Despite giving D.J. Chark and Chris Conley the opportunity to make plays in 1-on-1 coverage, Gardner Minshew is also bottom seven in average intended air yards, something I might not have guessed via the “eye test.” … Mason Rudolph has been mostly terrible and will be missing Vance McDonald. If you’re streaming him, it’s because of an undeniably attackable matchup in the Bengals. … Don’t fall for Mitchell Trubisky’s Week 3 pantsing of the Redskins. He should immediately return to his shell against the Vikings in a game with a 38 over/under. 

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Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter .