Week 3 showed us that the top-tier quarterbacks continue to bring it at a high level. I’m looking at you, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, and Kirk Cousins. But you don’t need me to tell you to start these guys. I’m here to help with the trickier lineup decisions of the week. My Week 4 quarterback rankings and notes will highlight some underperforming or inconsistent quarterbacks who could make waves in the ranks this week.
On the injury front, Derek Carr is dealing with a shoulder injury but will suit up against Tampa Bay. Jimmy Garoppolo is still in the league’s concussion protocol and won’t play on Sunday. Rookie Aidan O’Connell will suit up in his place. Deshaun Watson won’t play in Week 4 due to a shoulder injury. Dorian Thompson-Robinson will get the start.
- Daniel Jones had a Week 3 (and Week 1) to forget. He finished as the QB30, completing 22 passes for 137 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. He also didn’t do much on the ground, adding only five yards with his legs. However, a favorable Week 4 matchup against the Seahawks could be a get-right game for Jones. Seattle has given up the second-most passing yards to quarterbacks this season, with Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, and Andy Dalton all throwing for 320+ yards. The three signal-callers also combined for five touchdowns and one interception. A Week 4 bounceback is in the cards for Jones as he and the Giants host the Seahawks for Monday Night Football. He’s a back-end QB1 for me this week.
- A calf injury has contributed to a terrible start to the season for Joe Burrow. Like QB30 terrible. But he has a good shot at putting up a strong fantasy line this week. Burrow will be forced to air out the ball against a stiff Titans run defense. Tennessee has given up the third-most passing yards to quarterbacks through three weeks. They’ve also allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wideouts. Burrow hasn’t fully gelled with his receivers yet, but Week 4 presents a prime opportunity. I’m buying the return to the QB1 ranks for Burrow this week.
- Russell Wilson has had a solid start to the season. He’s the QB8 through three weeks, with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also thrown for 300+ yards in each of the last two weeks. Wilson should continue to roll in Week 4 against a hapless Bears defense. Chicago is a bottom-five unit against quarterbacks and has given up the third-most passing touchdowns to the position (7). Wilson is likely reeling from a historic blowout loss in Week 3, and a dominant performance this week should help take the sting out. Wilson is a high-end QB2 who could sneak into QB1 territory in Week 4.
- I wrote about C.J. Stroud last week, but he’s worth another mention. The rookie has been impressive in his previous two games, scoring over 20 fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He’s also had no issues slinging the ball this season — his 121 pass attempts and 906 passing yards rank as fifth-most among the position. Stroud should continue to perform well this week against the Steelers. While Pittsburgh isn’t a cake matchup, they’ve given up the seventh-most pass attempts to quarterbacks and the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Stroud and his emerging young wideouts should be able to take advantage.
Week 4 Quarterback Rankings
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