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Fantasy Football Week 4 Quarterback Rankings: Where did all the good QBs go?

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Fantasy football analysts will tell you every season that you can wait for the quarterback and still get some decent scoring from position, and if you look at the rankings after week 3, it looks like it’s the case again. Late round or undrafted quarterbacks like Tua Tagovailoa, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Trevor Lawrence are in the top 12 in position through Week 3, while players like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and even Joe Flacco , are among the top 16, so far away. QB in the late round doesn’t look too bad right now.

But I think it’s just the opposite conclusion to draw right now. I think QB’s early round strategy is looking better than ever. Tagovailoa has one big game and two others under 17 in TD scoring with six points per assist; Wentz was mostly a compiler, and in the third week he fell on his face in the dirt due to a good defense; Similarly, Goff has only had one game over 20 points so far. Of those four surprises in the top 12, only Trevor Lawrence, entering his second season and with a heavily upgraded host body, looks like he could be legit.

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Meanwhile, Dak Prescott is injured due to an unclear schedule, Joe Barrow can’t stay away from him, Matthew Stafford looked rusty after being restricted in camp with an elbow problem, and Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers were a disaster. so the middle class quarterbacks didn’t do their job either. Trey Lance has finished the season and Justin Fields is leading the offense straight out of Knut Rockne’s script, so even our long-awaited breakout candidates have failed.

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Some of these players have better days ahead of them, but looking at my weekly QB rating, 4, I think one or two levels are coming out of the package right now. It’s Josh Allen at the top, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts at level 2, and then everyone else – at least until Justin Herbert proves his rib injury is over, Kyler Murray brings DeAndre Hopkins back, and Brady’s arms are getting healthy.

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Here is my full QB ranking for week 4.

  1. Josh Allen @BAL
  2. Lamar Jackson vs BUF. There are hints of 2019 in the way Jackson plays early this season, and we’ve seen him maintain elite efficiency throughout the season, so I’m not so quick to write off his strong start. . He won’t last 8.5 yards per try or 11.4% in touchdowns, but he could very well be among the league leaders on both counts. It’s a tough match, but obviously you’re not in any way thinking about sitting on it.
  3. Jalen Hurts vs Jax. The Eagles have led nearly every game so far, with Hurts throwing over 30 passes in each. This is exactly what we wanted to see from Hurts with his upgraded weapons, and now he looks like an absolutely elite Fantasy QB.
  4. Patrick Mahomes @TB — Mahomes didn’t have a good game in Week 3, but it’s worth noting that Travis Kelsey lost what should have been a touchdown late, which would have made his line good. The Buccaneers are a tough matchup and Mahomes won’t have Tyreke Hill to catch some long touchdowns like he did the last time the two teams went head to head, but you’re still starting it.
  5. Kyler Murray @CAR — I don’t want to oversimplify, but it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that Murray is missing out on some of the weapons he lost this offseason. The good news – at least in the medium term – is that DeAndre Hopkins will be back after three more games, but Murray has taken a step back as a passer and has yet to make up for it with a quick production. In fact, he averages 4.0 rush attempts per game. It will be difficult to be an elite Fantasy QB if that doesn’t change.
  6. Joe Burrow vs MIA. Burrow was able to start the game in Week 3, even though he couldn’t get J’Marr Chase to take the field. The Bengals are figuring out how to adjust to a deep-ball grabbing defense and it was good to see they showed signs in week three that they had some answers. I still don’t consider it an elite fantasy option, but Burrow remains a great start, something that’s surprisingly hard to come by these days.
  7. Tom Brady vs KC. Things are sure to get better for Brady at some point, and the return of Mike Evans and (hopefully!) Julio Jones should help things out this week. It’s hard to trust him right now, but I’m not going to give up on Brady if he has a gun. This might be a good time to try and buy it for a low price.
  8. Justin Herbert @HOU — Correlation is not causation, but it’s hard not to see Herbert’s Week 3 struggle against the Jaguars in light of his broken ribs. In theory, things should get easier the further he goes from injury, but you have to admit that there is at least some risk here that Herbert will struggle during recovery. Not enough to say you should put him on the bench, but enough to at least write it.
  9. Matthew Stafford @SF
  10. Kirk Cousins ​​@NO — We expected more from Cousins ​​against the Lions and now he has a very tough matchup against the Saints. The good news is that he averages around 40 pass attempts per game, so the volume helped cover up some inefficiency early on, but it’s still fair to say he disappointed in three games. He’s still a viable starter, but not the slam dunk we thought he might be.
  11. Derek Carr vs Dan. Carr has been fine so far, but admittedly the start of the season has been a little disappointing. He has the worst yards per try since 2017, and while his 5% TD is okay, it’s a little disappointing given the presence of someone like Davante Adams in the red zone. It looked like a potential preseason shootout, but the Broncos just haven’t scored enough to make me think it’s going to happen this week. Karr is fine.
  12. Trevor Lawrence @PHI — It’s going to be hard to trust Lawrence against the Eagles’ tough defense, but he was pretty good against what we thought were tough early game matches. The Jaguars are doing a good job of keeping Lawrence clean, and he’s making the most of a rebuilt – and apparently rather underrated – group of pass catchers. If he has a few touchdowns and 250-plus throws against this Eagles defense, we might just have to consider him as a top 12 option going forward.
  13. Carson Wentz @DAL: “Disappointment usually sets in when you start living up to expectations from Carson Wentz.” That’s how I opened my coverage of Wentz at this location last week, and… well, yeah. He’s had some good moments this season, but he’s been hopeless in the face of an Eagles pass, and the Cowboys have a similarly ferocious front, so things could get ugly here again. Wentz is still actively attacking with good weapons, so I can’t directly say that you shouldn’t use it, but this is definitely a situation where the buyer should be careful. You know what you are getting into at this moment.
  14. Aaron Rodgers vs. NE – Rodgers has bounced back from a bad first week as expected, but we still haven’t seen a really big game from him. It’s a tough matchup, and the Packers game plan looks set to continue to revolve around runners, especially if the New England offense struggles to score, which seems likely. Rodgers remains a fairly minor starter.
  15. Russell Wilson @LV — It was strange to watch Wilson, long one of the most effective quarterbacks in NFL history, gain 7.0 yards per pass and 1.9% touchdowns in three games. It was an awkward start to his Broncos career, and Nathaniel Hackett doesn’t inspire confidence in his ability to lead the team. I’m still ready to buy the Wilson, but it wasn’t a good start.
  16. Tua Tagovailoa @CIN — Tagovailoa is recovering from a back injury for a short week and he didn’t train on Monday so there are some concerns here. This can turn into a firefight, so if he’s active, he’s a good start, but there’s some risk here too.
  17. Marcus Mariota vs. CLE
  18. Jamis Winston vs MIN
  19. Jared Goff vs. SEA – Last week, Goff rose to prominence as a streamer, and he did what he usually does – disappointed. He’s fine because the Lions’ offense is actually quite good, though they’ll certainly lack D’Andre Swift’s playing skills if he gets busted. Goff is QB #2 which can be disappointing if you’re expecting more.
  20. Zach Wilson @PIT — We’ve seen Trevor Lawrence make a nice leap forward early in the game, so we’re hoping Wilson can do the same with what looks like an upgraded array of weapons around him. Wilson was pretty bad last season so you don’t want him to start but keep an eye on how he looks against what should still be a pretty tough match because it’s possible he could be a viable player in starting lineup. some moment.
  21. Daniel Jones vs. CHI
  22. Cooper Rush vs WAS
  23. Mitchell Trubisky vs. NYJ
  24. Jacoby Brisset @ATL
  25. Justin Fields @NYG — Even Lamar Jackson wouldn’t be a starting Fantasy QB with under 20 passes per game — Fields has 15 in three games. A rushed setup is fine, but Fields shouldn’t be used for Fantasy until the Bears start to trust him more as a passer.
  26. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. LAR
  27. Baker Mayfield vs. ARI
  28. Matt Ryan vs TENA. So far, Ryan has been pretty terrible: four interceptions and seven fumbles on three touchdowns. I’m not sure if it’s over, but I don’t see much reason to be interested in it for Fantasy.
  29. Ryan Tannehill @IND
  30. Gene Smith @DET
  31. Davis Mills vs. LAC
  32. Brian Hoyer @GB



Source: www.cbssports.com

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