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Week 4 DFS Rankings: Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert Due for a Bounce-Back Game

The Broncos, Cardinals, and Chargers quarterbacks have not yet lived up to preseason expectations but DFS players should prepare for a breakout in Week 4.

The early leaders in many fantasy football leagues have Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, and Jalen Hurts at quarterback. Three other quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes – 26.32, Carson Wentz – 25.58, and Tua Tagovailoa – 25.45) are averaging more tahn 25.00 fantasy points per game. One impact game for Mahomes (38.50) and Tagovailoa (45.55) helped their early rankings.

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In 2021, 11 quarterbacks averaged more than 20.00 fantasy points in four-point passing touchdown leagues. Three games into this season, 13 players have achieved that level. Here are the other seven quarterbacks with their fantasy points per game:

· Justin Herbert (23.80)

· Joe Burrow (23.63)

· Kyler Murray (22.90)

· Trevor Lawrence (21.93)

· Jared Goff (21.70)

· Derek Carr (21.70)

· Marcus Mariota (20.40)

Week 4 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $7,100/FanDuel – $8,000)

After playing well in the first two games (279/3 and 334/3), Herbert struggled to find open receivers vs. the Jaguars, which focused on double-teaming Mike Williams. As a result, he completed only 55.6 percent of his 45 passes while averaging a season-low 6.6 yards per pass attempt. His rib issue may have been part of the problem, but the Chargers still had him on the field for all of their snaps. Los Angeles lost LT Rashawn Slater (13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft) for the season with a biceps injury. They also played last week’s game without their starting center (Corey Linsley), who is battling a knee injury. The Chargers hope to have Keenan Allen back this week. In 2021, Herbert passed for 336 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against Houston. After three weeks, the Texans ranked sixth in defending the quarterback position (14.35 FPPG). The bigger issue for Houston’s defense out of the gate has been stopping the run (109/607/3 – 5.6 yards per carry). Herbert can’t have elite success without a longer passing window and he needs his best receivers in the starting lineup. I look for him to play better this week.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $7,600/FanDuel – $7,800)

There are red flags galore in Murray’s stats in 2022. He has not been a significant factor in the run game (12/65/1). Over three contests, Murray only has four touchdowns while averaging fewer than 6.0 yards per pass attempt in all three of his matchups (5.7, 5.7, and 5.4). His floor in passing yards has been saved by 49 and 59 pass attempts over the past two weeks. Murray doesn’t have a completion over 40 yards (33 over his first 46 games in the NFL). The Panthers defended the run well to start the year (74/241/2 – 3.3 yards per rush) while minimizing the damage by quarterbacks (764/3). The Saints’ wide receivers beat Carolina's coverage for 327 yards with 21 catches and one score on 29 targets last week. Murray projects well, but his ranking could be misleading if he doesn’t start making more plays with his legs.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $7,100)

Wilson has a long resume of success in the NFL, with more than 30 touchdown passes in five of his 11 seasons. The switch to the Denver Broncos in the offseason led to a nice payday but emptiness in his play over three games. Wilson is the 25th-ranked quarterback with only two touchdowns and 766 combined yards. His season started with two favorable matchups (Seattle and Houston), but he failed to capitalize. The Broncos have 33 possessions in 2022, leading to only three touchdowns. In comparison, Buffalo’s offense has touched the ball 30 times, leading to 11 scores. Las Vegas allowed more than 20.00 fantasy points to all three quarterbacks (Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray, and Ryan Tannehill) it has faced this season. The Raiders only have two sacks, pointing to Wilson having a longer passing window in this matchup. His stats need a correction and this matchup points to a reasonable floor.