Jalen Hurts is the fantasy football QB6, Cooper Kupp is the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver, and Derrick Henry is pacing for career-high 68 receptions. Just like all the PFF fantasy football analysts predicted would happen in the pre-draft fantasy football rankings.
All jokes aside, the NFL season has already been an emotional rollercoaster ride of ebbs and flows. The constant change and variance in the NFL have made it critical to continually adjust fantasy football player rankings based on new information and trends.
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Now that the season has reached Week 4, we have enough data to adjust the rankings based on a player’s high-value opportunities, expected fantasy point output and fantasy football utilization. Those key data points — along with PFF player grades, implied team totals, PFF fantasy projections, strength of schedule — are all factored in to create my position-by-position Week 4 fantasy football rankings.
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After two underwhelming weeks — 16th in fantasy points per game — Allen reminded all fantasy managers why he was a consensus top-three quarterback selection in fantasy football drafts. He went absolutely supernova against a Washington Football Team defense that has failed to live up to the offseason hype of being a defensive juggernaut.
The Bills quarterback scored 37.2 fantasy points, which should have been easy to see coming. Allen was second in expected fantasy points per game heading into Week 3, and the Football Team ranked 30th in explosive passing plays allowed.
Dallas, Seattle and Minnesota, join Washington as defenses with the most explosive pass plays allowed this season, setting the stage for the likes of Sam Darnold, Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield to have above-average fantasy outings.
Stay the course and trade for as many Cincinnati Bengals as humanly possible because this offense is heating up. Burrow finished Week 3 as PFF’s No. 1 graded quarterback despite facing a vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense without star wide receiver Tee Higgins.
And he faces the fourth-easiest schedule over the next three weeks — Jacksonville, Green Bay and Detroit — making him a smart backend fantasy QB1 for the foreseeable future.
Expect him to get rolling versus the Jaguars on Thursday night, as they rank 30th in yards per pass attempt allowed (9.1).
The 3-0 Raiders look like the real deal with Carr at the helm. The Raiders signal-caller leads the NFL in passing yards, and it’s not just volume-driven. He’s been efficient, grading out as PFF’s second-best quarterback, behind only Tom Brady. And his real-life play has translated to fantasy football land, where he ranks as the QB9 on the season.
Ryan can’t be trusted in one-quarterback league formats because of how poor he has performed. He ranks 19th in expected fantasy points per game and dead-last in passes of 20-plus air yards. The Falcons quarterback is the last quarterback you want to start in fantasy football.
Ridley’s 19.9 expected fantasy points per game rank fourth among all wide receivers, but he has underperformed by 5.4 fantasy points per game — the second-most among all WRs, which means we can anticipate Ridley's getting positive regression soon.
The Falcons’ Week 4 opponent — the Washington Football Team — has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.