ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings

So who saw the Jets beating the Dolphins, Buffalo taking down Denver and the absolute beatdown Jacksonville just put on Baltimore across the pond? Sure wasn’t me.

Just as unpredictable as the game itself, week 3 provided quite the list of major performances across the league: Stefon Diggs and Case Keenum dazzled against Tampa Bay, Chris Thompson made the most of his game against Oakland and in his first game of the season, Marcedes Lewis found the endzone three times. If you managed to start all of these players last week, please show me your ways. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what Week 4 has in store for your fantasy matchups.


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Fool me once, fool me twice with Cam Newton this season. After botching a prime matchup with the Saints, it’s safe to say the former NFL MVP is not quarterback he once was. He’s outside of my top 20 this week thanks to his early season performances. Meanwhile on the top half, the top four reign supreme again as they all enter the week with favorable matchups. Rodgers draws the Bears on Thursday night, and while Chicago got the best of the Green and Gold last time they played on a Thursday night, the Packers’ QB has thrown for 3+ touchdowns in four of their last six meetings.

Past the top tier, the resurrection of Andy Dalton should continue this week against a bad Browns defense that just made Jacoby Brissett look like a pro bowler. Jay Cutler has his shot against the Saints. We’ll see if Newton was the outlier in regards to facing New Orleans.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE vs. CAR
2 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. CHI
3 Drew Brees NO at MIA
4 Matt Ryan ATL vs. BUF
5 Russell Wilson SEA vs. IND
6 Marcus Mariota TEN at HOU
7 Kirk Cousins WAS at KC
8 Philip Rivers LAC vs. PHI
9 Matthew Stafford DET at MIN
10 Dak Prescott DAL vs. LAR
11 Jameis Winston TB vs. NYG
12 Andy Dalton CIN at CLE
13 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at BAL
14 Carson Palmer ARI vs. SF
15 Derek Carr OAK at DEN
16 Trevor Siemian DEN vs. OAK
17 Alex Smith KC vs. WAS
18 Jay Cutler MIA vs. NO
19 Carson Wentz PHI at LAC
20 Tyrod Taylor BUF at ATL
21 Cam Newton CAR at NE
22 Deshaun Watson HOU vs. TEN
23 Jared Goff LAR at DAL
24 Eli Manning NYG at TB
25 Blake Bortles JAC at NYJ


Running Back

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I said it last week, I’ll say it again: all aboard the Kareem Hunt bandwagon!

Hunt is well on his way to rookie of the year honors with no end in sight. The two right behind him in Elliott and Gurley are just as worthy of that #1 slot so you can’t go wrong among the top three here.

Jordan Howard is the questionable play in the RB2 tier depending on how well his shoulder will do on short rest. Playing through the pain against Pittsburgh helped Chicago notch the victory, but at what price did it come? Yes, Mark Ingram looks to be the guy in New Orleans but I’m not sold just yet. It wouldn’t surprise me if Alvin Kamara works his way into the gameplan putting Ingram’s chances at fully breaking away from the pack on hold.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Kareem Hunt KC vs. WAS
2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. LAR
3 Todd Gurley LAR at DAL
4 Le’Veon Bell PIT at BAL
5 Jay Ajayi MIA vs. NO
6 LeSean McCoy BUF at ATL
7 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. BUF
8 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. DET
9 Leonard Fournette JAC at NYJ
10 Ty Montgomery GB vs. CHI
11 Carlos Hyde SF at ARI
12 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. PHI
13 Jordan Howard CHI at GB
14 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. OAK
15 Christian McCaffrey CAR at NE
16 Mike Gillislee NE vs. CAR
17 Marshawn Lynch OAK at DEN
18 Chris Carson SEA vs. IND
19 Tarik Cohen CHI at GB
20 DeMarco Murray TEN at HOU
21 Lamar Miller HOU vs. TEN
22 Joe Mixon CIN at CLE
23 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. CIN
24 Jonathan Stewart CAR at NE
25 Chris Thompson WAS at KC
26 Mark Ingram NO at MIA
27 Javorius Allen BAL vs. PIT
28 Ameer Abdullah DET at MIN
29 LeGarrette Blount PHI at LAC
30 Duke Johnson CLE vs. CIN
31 Frank Gore IND at SEA
32 Derrick Henry TEN at HOU
33 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. BUF
34 Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. NYG
35 Wendell Smallwood PHI at LAC
36 Robert Kelley WAS at KC
37 James White NE vs. CAR
38 Theo Riddick DET at MIN
39 Jamaal Charles DEN vs. OAK
40 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. JAC
41 Alvin Kamara NO at MIA
42 Terrance West BAL vs. PIT
43 Matt Forte NYJ vs. JAC
44 Chris Johnson ARI vs. SF
45 Giovani Bernard CIN at CLE
46 Alex Collins BAL vs. PIT
47 Samaje Perine WAS at KC
48 Shane Vereen NYG at TB
49 D’Onta Foreman HOU vs. TEN
50 Orleans Darkwa NYG at TB


Wide Receiver

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The top three for this week got back to their dominant ways in Week 3 and should continue to do so this week. Considering what we mentioned above with the Browns making Jacoby Brissett look like a pro bowler, T.Y. Hilton reaped the benefits as should A.J. Green from Andy Dalton this week.

DeVante Parker may be in for a huge week against the Saints. As the Jay we’ve all come to know and love, Parker’s QB has locked on to the young receiver early on this season providing plenty of opportunities. The 20s in this week’s rankings are chock full of opportunity between Tate, Cooper, Bryant and Hogan among others. It’s safe to say wide receiver is once again pulling away from the pack as the deepest position in the game yet again.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT at BAL
2 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG at TB
3 A.J. Green CIN at CLE
4 Julio Jones ATL vs. BUF
5 Jordy Nelson GB vs. CHI
6 Michael Thomas NO at MIA
7 Mike Evans TB vs. NYG
8 Brandin Cooks NE vs. CAR
9 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. TEN
10 Tyreek Hill KC vs. WAS
11 Keenan Allen LAC vs. PHI
12 Dez Bryant DAL vs. LAR
13 Stefon Diggs MIN vs. DET
14 Doug Baldwin SEA vs. IND
15 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. OAK
16 DeVante Parker MIA vs. NO
17 Davante Adams GB vs. CHI
18 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. SF
19 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. OAK
20 Alshon Jeffery PHI at LAC
21 Golden Tate DET at MIN
22 Amari Cooper OAK at DEN
23 Jarvis Landry MIA vs. NO
24 Michael Crabtree OAK at DEN
25 T.Y. Hilton IND at SEA
26 Sammy Watkins LAR at DAL
27 Chris Hogan NE vs. CAR
28 Martavis Bryant PIT at BAL
29 Adam Thielen MIN vs. DET
30 DeSean Jackson TB vs. NYG
31 Pierre Garcon SF at ARI
32 Terrelle Pryor WAS at KC
33 Kelvin Benjamin CAR at NE
34 Jeremy Maclin BAL vs. PIT
35 Tyrell Williams LAC vs. PHI
36 J.J. Nelson ARI vs. SF
37 Rishard Matthews TEN at HOU
38 Sterling Shepard NYG at TB
39 Jamison Crowder WAS at KC
40 Cooper Kupp LAR at DAL
41 Allen Hurns JAC at NYJ
42 Marqise Lee JAC at NYJ
43 Kenny Stills MIA vs. NO
44 Willie Snead NO at MIA
45 Marvin Jones DET at MIN
46 Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs. JAC
47 Devin Funchess CAR at NE
48 Jordan Matthews BUF at ATL
49 Randall Cobb GB vs. CHI
50 Eric Decker TEN at HOU


Tight End

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Kudos to every fantasy owner out there that avoided the Week 3 minefield at tight end. Gronk produced like we expected and Ertz put up yet another impressive stat line earning them 1-2 in this week’s rankings, but past that was a hot mess. Kelce, Walker, Rudolph, Witten and Bennett did not show as expected, add in the annual injuries to Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert and you have yourself a crapshoot.

Charles Clay is quietly emerging as a top option at the tight end position and should get his fair share of opportunities if Buffalo falls behind in Atlanta. Once again it’s looking like we’ll be playing the mystery game between Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry in Los Angeles. Avoid this situation as much as possible.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. CAR
2 Zach Ertz PHI at LAC
3 Travis Kelce KC vs. WAS
4 Jimmy Graham SEA vs. IND
5 Delanie Walker TEN at HOU
6 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. DET
7 Charles Clay BUF at ATL
8 Jordan Reed WAS at KC
9 Jason Witten DAL vs. LAR
10 Martellus Bennett GB vs. CHI
11 Eric Ebron DET at MIN
12 Evan Engram NYG at TB
13 Coby Fleener NO at MIA
14 Jared Cook OAK at DEN
15 Jack Doyle IND at SEA
16 Benjamin Watson BAL vs. PIT
17 Cameron Brate TB vs. NYG
18 Hunter Henry LAC vs. PHI
19 Austin Hooper ATL vs. BUF
20 Antonio Gates LAC vs. PHI
21 Marcedes Lewis JAC at NYJ
22 Ryan Griffin HOU vs. TEN
23 Julius Thomas MIA vs. NO
24 Vernon Davis WAS at KC
25 David Njoku CLE vs. CIN


Defense/Special Teams

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Seattle returns home to a much needed matchup with the lowly Colts, they should produce accordingly, same goes for Jacksonville getting a matchup with New York fresh off their demolishing of Baltimore (although a jet lag concern does remain).

Cincinnati has been lights out against the Browns in previous seasons and 2017 looks to be no different now that the offense has regained their stature. Looking at options past the top 12 this week, there aren’t too many enticing options. If you’re digging for a streaming D/ST, the Chargers will have the chance to take advantage of the Eagles’ vertical passing game that has been prone to mistakes early on, not to mention they just lost Darren Sproles for the season.

Rank Name Opp
1 Seattle Seahawks vs. IND
2 Jacksonville Jaguars at NYJ
3 Arizona Cardinals vs. SF
4 Denver Broncos vs. OAK
5 Kansas City Chiefs vs. WAS
6 Green Bay Packers vs. CHI
7 Pittsburgh Steelers at BAL
8 Minnesota Vikings vs. DET
9 Atlanta Falcons vs. BUF
10 Cincinnati Bengals at CLE
11 New England Patriots vs. CAR
12 New York Giants at TB
13 Philadelphia Eagles at LAC
14 Houston Texans vs. TEN
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NYG
16 Los Angeles Rams at DAL
17 Tennessee Titans at HOU
18 Oakland Raiders at DEN
19 Detroit Lions at MIN
20 Los Angeles Chargers vs. PHI
21 Dallas Cowboys vs. LAR
22 Washington Redskins at KC
23 Baltimore Ravens vs. PIT
24 New York Jets vs. JAC
25 Chicago Bears at GB

(Rankings based off .5 PPR projections)

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