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.
2014 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Seattle
Put up 392-4-0 on Cowboys last season.
Torched Jags for 370 yards and 4 TDs.
Jags have been lit up by WAS and IND.
Lions' D-line harassed Rodgers last week.
Jets' D-line could cause some problems.
Pulled early in blowout vs. Bucs after 286-3-0.
1-8 in career vs. GB w/ 11:17 TD:INT ratio.
Bounced back w/ no TOs vs. Cardinals.
Showed toughness against WAS. SF next.
vs. NYG (Thurs.)
Threw for 427 and 3 scores vs. Eagles.
Falcons hung 56 on Bucs' banged-up D.
Doesn't look completely healthy.
Probably in line for more attempts vs. Saints.
at KC (Mon.)
Tom hasn't been so Terrific to start season.
at WAS (Thurs.)
Breakout coming vs. decimated WAS D?
vs. NE (Mon.)
Patriots allowing fewest fantasy pts. to QBs.
Panthers' D angry after last week's effort.
vs. OAK (London)
Already put on notice by head coach.
Texans' D struggled against Giants last week.
Wrist injury could limit or sideline him.
Job is his now with Cassel (foot) on IR.
Still prone to making the costly mistakes.
Tough assignment for first career start.
Played well after taking over for injured McCown.
vs. MIA (London)
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
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)