Heading into week four you’ll note some significant changes as depth charts and available opportunities continue to be in flux throughout the league. Moreover, in our Week 3 Touches and Targets piece we noted a few defenses that have earned the label of must-avoid, or at least, downgrade through three weeks.
Those are reflected in the ranks below, designed to help you with your start / sit questions. A brief discussion follows the rankings widget.
Week 4 NFL Ranks
Week 4 NFL Ranks Discussion
- The Raiders D managed to get the hemorrhaging under control against the Titans last week, but I’m all in on Joe Flacco as a top-12 QB in Week 4. Steve Smith is coming on, Dennis Pitta appears back to form, and Mike Wallace is a great fit for the offense. This won’t be an every week position for Flacco and co. but the Oakland D is a matchup that looks to be worth exploiting through three weeks.
- I don’t want anything to do with Charles Sims (at least as a mid-range RB2) against the Broncos. Denver’s defense has actually given up four TDs to RBs this season and are allowing completions at a 15/17 rate out of the backfield, but Tampa Bay’s hot and cold offense should struggle against them overall. I’m expecting a low scoring contest with limited TD upside for Sims and a front-seven that should keep him in check between the tackles.
- Doug Baldwin and his QB are both playing through pain this week, but we saw a week ago that with Russell Wilson contained to the pocket he relied on Baldwin (11 targets) and Jimmy Graham. I’m expecting more of the same against a Jets D that will either be without Darrelle Revis or remains exploitable over the top by speed.
- The Lions have given up five TDs to TEs through three weeks of the season and Zach Miller was heavily targeted in Brian Hoyer’s Week 3 start. I think he’ll see a lot of use again, and remain a solid red zone option. He’s flush with TE1 upside this week.