Week 4 Fantasy QB Rankings

We’re coming up on Week 4, and we continue to get new status to help us figure out who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s somewhere in between. While there’s still not a complete picture, we have to use all that we have available. Not that we needed any new reasons, but Josh Allen’s huge Week 3 and favorable matchup against Houston has him sitting atop our Week 4 fantasy QB rankings. You’ll see the usual dual-threat studs inside the top 10, but the rest of the list looks a little different than you’d expect. As always, use these rankings as a guide to decide who to start and who to sit at quarterback this week.

Sam Darnold (@ Dallas) has to eventually look like he did in New York, right? Maybe, but we’re not scared to rank him at QB12 this week. We’ve been somewhat hesitant about ranking him that high, but what if he was just a product of Adam Gase with the Jets? What if he’s the next Ryan Tannehill? Based on what we’ve seen this year, he has to start being respected in fantasy. After all, he’s netting about 20 fantasy points per game thus far, and we know Dallas’ defense isn’t good. There is a chance the offense looks pedestrian without Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), but that’s a risk worth taking this week.

Yes, we just wrote an entire paragraph about Darnold, but he’s been one of the major surprises this year. Beyond him, Derek Carr (@ Chargers), Kirk Cousins (vs. Browns), Ryan Tannehill (@ Jets), and Joe Burrow (vs. Jaguars) are ranked inside the top 16. While Tannehill disappointed in Weeks 1 and 2, there’s too much talent in Tennessee for him to continue to be average (assuming his top two WRs are healthy, which we’ll have to monitor this week). We saw a glimpse of what we expected from Tannehill in Week 3 vs. Indianapolis with three passing touchdowns. Carr and Cousins have simply been too good to ignore, even if they both have neutral matchups.

Burrow battles Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars on Thursday, which could turn out to be a high-scoring affair. It’s a battle of the last two No. 1 overall picks, so this could turn into a flexing match between the two sides. That said, Lawrence (vs. Bengals) has a chance to produce a decent fantasy outing, too, but it’s tough to trust anyone in the Jaguars offense. Taylor Heinicke (@ Atlanta) is a wildcard. We’ve seen mixed results from him, but we love the matchup with Atlanta. Baker Mayfield (@ Vikings) looks like a good play on paper, but we’ve seen time and time again the Browns are going to always prioritize running the football.

Rookies Zach Wilson (vs. Tennessee) and Justin Fields (vs. Detroit) have nice matchups on paper and present boom-or-bust profiles this week. After horrible outings in Week 3, though, they both are more likely to be on the bust side of things but can be used in two-QB/superflex leagues.

Tom Brady (@ Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (vs. Steelers) are two interesting players this week. Brady could go nuclear, or Bill Belichick could get the best of him in their grudge match. You have to start him, but be aware of the possible point regression. After all, this should be a low-scoring game and we saw him struggle against the Rams. Rodgers looked better in Week 2, but it was against the Lions. In Week 3 (@ 49ers), he started hot and wound up with solid numbers. The Steelers should still be viewed as a tough matchup, but they’re not super intimidating. Realistically, you’re still starting these guys in most situations, but temper expectations just a little bit. 

After this week, we’ll have a full month of data to evaluate. That feels like a solid benchmark for drawing strong conclusions and projections moving forward. For now, we’re still guessing a bit, but notable trends are certainly emerging.

Note: We’ll be updating these QB rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy QB Rankings Week 4: Who to start at quarterback

Rankings are based on standard, four-point passing TD scoring formats.

Bills vs. Texans

Chiefs @ Eagles

Cardinals @ Rams

Eagles vs. KC

Ravens @ Broncos

Rams vs. Cardinals

Seahawks @ 49ers

Buccaneers @ Patriots

Cowboys vs. Panthers

Packers vs. Steelers

Raiders @ Chargers

Panthers @ Cowboys

Chargers vs. Raiders

Bengals vs. Jaguars

Vikings vs. Browns

Titans @ Jets

Broncos vs. Ravens

Giants @ Saints

Browns @ Vikings

49ers vs. Seahawks

Falcons vs. Washington

Saints vs. Giants

Washington @ Falcons

Jaguars @ Bengals

Lions @ Bears

Jets vs. Titans

Bears vs. Lions

Steelers @ Packers

Colts @ Dolphins

Patriots vs. Buccaneers

Texans @ Bills

Dolphins vs. Colts

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