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Fantasy Football 2014 Quarterback Rankings: Week 4

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Week 4 ushers in the start of the byes in the NFL, which means some familiar faces are missing from Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings. No Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson opens up an opportunity for some other signal-callers to shine, at least that’s what a Manning or Wilson owner is hoping for from their backup this week. Even though six teams are taking a break there will still be plenty of QB talent on display, starting with Drew Brees. New Orleans is in Dallas to play the Cowboys, a team the Saints hung 49 points on and racked up an NFL-record 50 first downs against last season. This also could be a good week to put your trust in Kirk Cousins, who showed what he’s capable of in his first start, throwing for a league-high 427 yards and three scores against Philadelphia. Further down the rankings some quarterbacks to keep an eye on include Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. The future is apparently now for these two first-round picks, although don’t be surprised if things get off to a bumpy start.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Seattle

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Drew Brees

NO

at DAL

Put up 392-4-0 on Cowboys last season.

2

Andrew Luck

IND

vs. TEN

Torched Jags for 370 yards and 4 TDs.

3

Philip Rivers

SD

vs. JAC

Jags have been lit up by WAS and IND.

4

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at CHI

Lions' D-line harassed Rodgers last week.

5

Matthew Stafford

DET

at NYJ

Jets' D-line could cause some problems.

6

Matt Ryan

ATL

at MIN

Pulled early in blowout vs. Bucs after 286-3-0.

7

Jay Cutler

CHI

vs. GB

1-8 in career vs. GB w/ 11:17 TD:INT ratio.

8

Colin Kaepernick

SF

vs. PHI

Bounced back w/ no TOs vs. Cardinals.

9

Nick Foles

PHI

at SF

Showed toughness against WAS. SF next.

10

Kirk Cousins

WAS

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

Threw for 427 and 3 scores vs. Eagles.

11

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

vs. TB

Falcons hung 56 on Bucs' banged-up D.

12

Cam Newton

CAR

at BAL

Doesn't look completely healthy.

13

Tony Romo

DAL

vs. NO

Probably in line for more attempts vs. Saints.

14

Tom Brady

NE

at KC (Mon.)

Tom hasn't been so Terrific to start season.

15

Eli Manning

NYG

at WAS (Thurs.)

Breakout coming vs. decimated WAS D?

16

Alex Smith

KC

vs. NE (Mon.)

Patriots allowing fewest fantasy pts. to QBs.

17

Ryan Fitzpatrick

HOU

vs. BUF

 

18

Joe Flacco

BAL

vs. CAR

Panthers' D angry after last week's effort.

19

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

vs. OAK (London)

Already put on notice by head coach.

20

EJ Manuel

BUF

at HOU

Texans' D struggled against Giants last week.

21

Jake Locker

TEN

at IND

Wrist injury could limit or sideline him.

22

Teddy Bridgewater

MIN

vs. ATL

Job is his now with Cassel (foot) on IR.

23

Geno Smith

NYJ

vs. DET

Still prone to making the costly mistakes.

24

Blake Bortles

JAC

at SD

Tough assignment for first career start.

25

Mike Glennon

TB

at PIT

Played well after taking over for injured McCown.

26

Derek Carr

OAK

vs. MIA (London)

 

​Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
OFFENSIVE SCORING

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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(Kirk Cousins photo courtesy of Washington Redskins' Web site, www.redskins.com)