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Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 4

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Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Several top targets are on bye this week, which means Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 4 go a little deeper than usual. Wide receivers who have been relegated to the bench early on may be forced into spot duty depending on a team’s roster depth. At least there are still some legitimate starting options to cling to, beginning with Calvin Johnson. A Green Bay vs. Chicago NFC North clash also should be productive for the usual suspects, depending on the condition of Brandon Marshall’s injured ankle. This also could be a week some younger wideouts emerge, such as Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin. One of the lone bright spots for the Panthers in last week’s blowout home loss, Benjamin came through with his first 100-yard game. A tough matchup against Baltimore is on tap, but Benjamin is still a relatively safe WR2 option with WR1 upside, especially this week.

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 — Wide Receivers

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

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

at NYJ

Held in check (6-82) by Packers last week.

2

Julio Jones

ATL

at MIN

Bucs had no answer for Julio (9-161-2) last week.

3

Jordy Nelson

GB

at CHI

Drew plenty of attention from Lions' secondary.

4

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. NO

Back-to-back games with a TD, 68-yarder vs. STL.

5

Antonio Brown

PIT

vs. TB

Big Ben's favorite target gets suspect Bucs D.

6

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

vs. GB

Focus of passing game on MNF (8-105 on 13 targets).

7

Brandon Marshall

CHI

vs. GB

Re-aggravated ankle injury on MNF, had 1 catch.

8

Julian Edelman

NE

at KC (Mon.)

Only Patriot doing their job on O acc. to Brady.

9

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

at SF

Big-play machine (19.3 ypc, TD) vs. WAS.

10

Randall Cobb

GB

at CHI

 

11

Andre Johnson

HOU

vs. BUF

Still in search of first TD this season.

12

Michael Crabtree

SF

vs. PHI

Very busy (10-80-1) vs. Cardinals last week.

13

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

Clicked big time (11-138-1) w/ Cousins vs. PHI.

14

Victor Cruz

NYG

at WAS (Thurs.)

First big game (5-107-1) in new offense.

15

Mike Wallace

MIA

vs. OAK (London)

Reliable and consistent through first 3 games.

16

Vincent Jackson

TB

at PIT

Caught his first TD, but finished w/ just 2 rec.

17

Roddy White

ATL

at MIN

Will hamstring continue to be an issue?

18

DeSean Jackson

WAS

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

DJax got his "revenge" (5-117) vs. PHI, stat-wise.

19

Steve Smith

BAL

vs. CAR

Another 100-yard game from the Sr. Smith.

20

Keenan Allen

SD

vs. JAC

Clearly hampered by groin injury last week.

21

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

vs. ATL

How soon will he and Bridgewater get on same page?

22

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR

at BAL

Rookie coming up big (8-115-1) for struggling O.

23

Marques Colston

NO

at DAL

Did come through with big TD reception.

24

Brandin Cooks

NO

at DAL

Continues to be one of Brees' primary targets.

25

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

vs. BUF

Led Texans with 6 grabs for 116 yards vs. Giants.

26

Golden Tate

DET

at NYJ

 

27

Reggie Wayne

IND

vs. TEN

Titans enter this game No. 2 vs. pass.

28

Sammy Watkins

BUF

at HOU

Followed up Week 2 breakout w/ dud (2-19).

29

Kendall Wright

TEN

at IND

 

30

Eric Decker

NYJ

vs. DET

Re-aggravated hammy injury on MNF, left early.

31

T.Y. Hilton

IND

vs. TEN

 

32

Markus Wheaton

PIT

vs. TB

Had touchdown catch vs. CAR waved off.

33

Greg Jennings

MIN

vs. ATL

 

34

Terrance Williams

DAL

vs. NO

Scored a TD vs. Rams, but still not very active.

35

James Jones

OAK

vs. MIA (London)

Most productive Raider WR so far.

36

Anquan Boldin

SF

vs. PHI

 

37

Cecil Shorts

JAC

at SD

Catches a TD pass in season debut.

38

Torrey Smith

BAL

vs. CAR

How much longer can owners wait on Torrey?

39

Justin Hunter

TEN

at IND

Still waiting on breakout game.

40

Dwayne Bowe

KC

vs. NE (Mon.)

Minimal impact in passing game thus far.

41

Rueben Randle

NYG

at WAS (Thurs.)

10 targets, but just 5 receptions last week.

42

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

vs. DET

Picked up slack in Decker's absence (7-81-1) on MNF.

43

Malcom Floyd

SD

vs. JAC

Averaged 49 yards on 2 catches vs. Bills

44

Mike Evans

TB

at PIT

Still looking for that first big, memorable play.

45

Allen Hurns

JAC

at SD

Lone reception last week went for 63 yards and TD.

46

Hakeem Nicks

IND

vs. TEN

Only Colt WR to catch a TD pass thus far.

47

Jordan Matthews

PHI

at SF

Rookie caught first 2 TDs vs. WAS last week.

48

Riley Cooper

PHI

at SF

 

49

Allen Robinson

JAC

at SD

Tied Shorts for lead in targets last week w/ 10.

50

Brian Hartline

MIA

vs. OAK (London)

Chips in with a TD catch vs. Chiefs last week.

51

Eddie Royal

SD

vs. JAC

Could remain a factor if Allen's groin injury lingers.

52

Stevie Johnson

SF

vs. PHI

Stepped up (9-103) in V. Davis' absence vs. ARI.

53

Harry Douglas

ATL

at MIN

Caught TD vs. Bucs, but also left w/ toe injury.

54

Donnie Avery

KC

vs. NE (Mon.)

 

55

Aaron Dobson

NE

at KC (Mon.)

 

56

Robert Woods

BUF

at HOU

 

57

Devin Hester

ATL

at MIN

Helped by versatility, big-play ability and ATL game plan.

58

Danny Amendola

NE

at KC (Mon.)

 

59

Kenny Stills

NO

at DAL

 

60

Davante Adams

GB

at CHI

 

61

Santonio Holmes

CHI

vs. GB

 

62

Nate Washington

TEN

at IND

 

63

Andre Roberts

WAS

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

 

64

Jarrett Boykin

GB

at CHI

 

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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