NFL 2014 Week 4 Fantasy Rankings: Quarterbacks

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 | 0

Andrew Luck

Week 3 of the 2014 season continued to show us how unpredictable the NFL can be, and none more so than at the quarterback position.

Throughout the opening month, star quarterbacks have largely failed to live up to their gun slinging reputation, causing a shake-up at the position in terms of fantasy football relevance.

While it’s almost certain that the stats will even out and these top-level signal callers will be back to form as the season wears on, many top-flight veterans just aren’t looking like they used to.

In their place have stepped a few young passers, and the first week of bye weeks is making Week 4 even harder to predict. Here are the top-ranked quarterbacks for fantasy in Week 4:

1.) Andrew Luck:

Luck has looked nothing short of spectacular in 2014, and that has translated into big fantasy success.

He has another soft match-up when the Tennessee Titans roll into Indianapolis this weekend.

2.) Drew Brees:

Brees is one of the veteran stars that haven’t quite lived up to expectations, but he’s due for a breakout.

Against the sieve-like Cowboys defense in Week 4, he’ll most likely rack up a ton of points.

3.) Aaron Rodgers:

Rodgers may be higher on this list considering he’s playing the Chicago Bears this weekend, but he’s looked out of sorts this year thanks to terrible offensive line play.

The Packers have a lot of problems to fix before Rodgers re-assumes his role as arguably the top quarterback in the league.

4.) Matt Ryan:

Ryan has had two huge games in 2014, and one bad one against the stalwart Cincinnati defense.

He should have no problem against Minnesota in Week 4.

5.) Philip Rivers:

Rivers has quietly ranked as one of fantasy’s top scorers so far, and he gets a Jacksonville defense that gave up an insane amount of points to Andrew Luck last week.

Rivers has a variety of weapons and two injured running backs. That translates into Week 4 success for him.

6.) Matthew Stafford:

Stafford looked incredible in Week 1, but he came down to earth with two bad games in Weeks 2 and 3.

He’s tasked with the horrific secondary of the Jets this weekend, but he has to prove he can be consistent to be considered a weekly fantasy star.

7.) Nick Foles:

Foles has been compiling good box scores despite several mistakes, mainly due to Chip Kelly’s high-volume system.

He has a tough match-up in Week 4 when the Eagles travel into Philadelphia, but he should be able to put up another good game.

8.) Jay Cutler:

Cutler has looked impressive in the early going this year, and he’ll face off with the Green Bay Packers in Week 4.

An ankle injury to his favorite target Brandon Marshall could slow down the Bears a bit, but Cutler should still be one of the best quarterbacks in Week 4.

9.) Tony Romo:

Although still healing from offseason back surgery, Romo said he felt noticeably stronger in the Cowboys’ come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.

He should be forced to throw a lot when the Cowboys take on New Orleans, making him a good option for fantasy.

10.) Cam Newton:

Newton is struggling with both ankle and rib injuries, and he absorbed a ton of big hits in the Panthers’ blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.

He’ll have to prove he can start running the football again before he’s considered a top option for fantasy. The Panthers travel into Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 4.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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