QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 4 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
A lot has happened at the NFL quarterback position since the Browns celebrated their first win in 635 days, thanks largely to Baker Mayfield. There were some things you would expect (Drew Brees game-winning touchdown in OT) and plenty of things you didn’t (Josh Allen dismantling the vaunted Vikings defense, Sam Bradford putting up more fantasy points than Tom Brady).
On the injury front, Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a devastating ACL tear in the 49ers loss to the Chiefs and the (injured?) Marcus Mariota took over for Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter after he was ruled out with a concussion.
Patrick Mahomes continued to shine, scoring his 13th touchdown of the season and passing Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) for the most passing TDs in a team’s first three games in NFL history. And right alongside him, Mahomes record-breaking companion Ryan Fitzpatrick put up his third consecutive 400-yard passing game — another first in the NFL history books.
With both the Bears and Dolphins entering Week 4 leading their divisions, no NFL prediction is safe. My predictions on Fitzmagic’s streaming potential and Carson Wentz still needing a week or two held up (11 fantasy points), though I did not anticipate that Blake Bortles would get bottled up by the Titans defense.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
We have entered bye week season! With Carolina and Washington taking the week off, and a few quarterback injuries in the air, your weekly rankings are here to help.1
Week 4 Quarterback Rankings
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at Chicago||1|
|Drew Brees||at NY Giants||2|
|Patrick Mahomes||at Denver||3|
|Philip Rivers||vs San Francisco||4|
|Matt Ryan||vs Cincinnati||5|
|Russell Wilson||at Arizona||6|
|Aaron Rodgers||vs Buffalo||7|
|Ben Roethlisberger||vs Baltimore||8|
|Ryan Tannehill||at New England||9|
|Andy Dalton||at Atlanta||10|
|Blake Bortles||vs NY Jets||12|
|Deshaun Watson||at Indianapolis||11|
|Joe Flacco||at Pittsburgh||13|
|Tom Brady||vs Miami||14|
|Matthew Stafford||at Dallas||15|
|Dak Prescott||vs Detroit||16|
|Kirk Cousins||at LA Rams||17|
|Jared Goff||vs Minnesota||18|
|Baker Mayfield||at Oakland||19|
|Andrew Luck||vs Houston||20|
|Case Keenum||vs Kansas City||21|
|Carson Wentz||at Tennessee||22|
|Eli Manning||vs New Orleans||23|
|CJ Beathard||vs LA Chargers||24|
|Derek Carr||vs Cleveland||25|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs Tampa Bay||26|
|Sam Darnold||at Jacksonville||27|
|Marcus Mariota (Q)||vs Philadelphia||28|
|Josh Rosen||vs Seattle||29|
|Josh Allen||at Green Bay||30|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Baker Mayfield vs. Oakland
I don’t want to focus on just last week, but the world turned when Mayfield took the field last Thursday. Every aspect of the Browns team on both sides of the ball looked revitalized. And despite entering the game down two scores, Mayfield was able to throw for 201 yards, leading the Browns to a score in three consecutive drives and rounding it out with a two-point conversion reception to hand the Browns their first win in over 600 days. And that’s when he’s unprepared.
This week, Mayfield will be on the road in Oakland against a Raiders defense that has surrendered multiple touchdown passes to two of the three quarterbacks they’ve faced this season and allowed 8.7 yards per pass attempt. Given that he’s still a rookie, there will be natural struggles, but I believe Mayfield has the best long-term value for those looking for a 2QB replacement given the sample size we’ve seen and the list of offensive weapons he has in Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and David Njoku.
Favorite Streamer – Joe Flacco at Pittsburgh
Joe Flacco is as inconsistent as they come, but has seemingly found some stability with his toolshed of options between John Brown, Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, Buck Allen and Alex Collins. Flacco is averaging 18 FPPG this season, throwing for over 200 yards in each of his three starts.
Meanwhile, the Steelers picked off Fitzpatrick three times on Monday night yet still allowed him to have 400 yards in the air and three touchdowns. In fact, the Steelers defense has allowed the third-most points to quarterbacks while the Ravens have averaged 36 points per game this season. He may not be your season-long savior, but Flacco should provide some reprieve in this Week 4 matchup.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Andy Dalton at Atlanta
Is Andy Dalton a viable quarterback streamer? With a vastly improved offensive line, he can leverage his assets in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert to be a more than suitable streaming option. While he did throw for over 350 yards and two touchdowns last week, he was only QB19 when you paired his passing yards with four interceptions. Given his Week 4 matchup against a banged up Atlanta secondary, and his 18.2 FPPG thus far, I expect Dalton to limit his turnover ratio and put up QB1 numbers against a defense that just allowed Cam Newton and Brees to throw for almost 400 yards and three touchdowns a piece in two consecutive weeks.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models are run three times — looking eight weeks back, six weeks back and three weeks back, and then averaging results. Therefore rookies who are playing well will be somewhat over-projected compared to second-year players who saw limited usage last year and whose results looking back are weighed down by bad games from last season. (back)