Week 4 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 4, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 4 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week .

Week 4 Quarterback Rankings

Week 4 Ranking Player Week 4 Opponent Week 4 Projection
1 Patrick Mahomes @DET 26.9
2 Deshaun Watson CAR 24.3
3 Dak Prescott @NO 23.8
4 Russell Wilson @ARI 22.1
5 Lamar Jackson CLE 21.9
6 Aaron Rodgers PHI 21.5
7 Philip Rivers @MIA 20.9
8 Matt Ryan TEN 20.5
9 Jared Goff TB 20.1
10 Tom Brady @BUF 19.9
11 Carson Wentz @GB 19.7
12 Jacoby Brissett OAK 19.6
13 Matthew Stafford KC 19.2
14 Jameis Winston @LAR 18.9
15 Kyler Murray SEA 18.5
16 Josh Allen NE 18.3
17 Daniel Jones WAS 17.8
18 Kyle Allen @HOU 17.5
19 Baker Mayfield @BAL 17.3
20 Case Keenum @NYG 17.0
21 Andy Dalton @PIT 16.5
22 Teddy Bridgewater DAL 16.2
23 Kirk Cousins @CHI 15.6
24 Mitch Trubisky MIN 15.0
25 Marcus Mariota @ATL 14.5

Dak PrescottIt is a top heavy week as far as projections go, and then a middle ground of quarterbacks that have a wide range of outcomes. Patrick Mahomes heads on the road to Detroit, and there is no slowing him down at the moment. He once again has the highest projection, as he will every week he plays. Deshaun Watson struggled in the first half, but found his groove in the second against the Chargers. Watson has a home matchup against a Panthers defense that isn’t particularly great against the pass. Dak Prescott goes on the road to a New Orleans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They have also allowed a lot of rushing production. Prescott is on a tear to start the year, and the Kellen Moore play-calling is already paying off.

If you have been worried about the Green Bay passing attack, the Eagles secondary is on deck for Thursday. They have allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks so far. Ronald Darby is banged up, and this was already a secondary struggling. Rodgers should fire up a big game at home. Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, and Jared Goff are all in great spots this weekend, going up against defenses in the bottom half in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

Baker Mayfield is already struggling to start the year, and has a road matchup against Baltimore. There are solid streaming options this week like Matthew Stafford, Jacoby Brissett, and even Daniel Jones. Kyle Allen also gets another solid matchup. Houston is allowing the 8th most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season.

Week 4 Running Backs Rankings

Week 4 Ranking Player Week 4 Opponent Projected Week 4 Fantasy Points
1 Christian McCaffrey @HOU 24.5
2 Austin Ekeler @MIA 23.1
3 Ezekiel Elliot @NO 22.7
4 Alvin Kamara DAL 21.6
5 Dalvin Cook @CHI 20.2
6 Marlon Mack OAK 19.7
7 Todd Gurley TB 19.3
8 Mark Ingram CLE 19.1
9 Kerryon Johnson KC 18.7
10 Nick Chubb @BAL 18.3
11 David Johnson SEA 18.1
12 James Conner CIN 17.6
13 Devonta Freeman TEN 17.5
14 Leonard Fournette @DEN 16.5
15 Aaron Jones PHI 15.9
16 Phillip Lindsay JAX 15.6
17 Chris Carson @ARI 15.2
18 Josh Jacobs @IND 14.9
19 Derrick Henry @ATL 13.7
20 LeSean McCoy @DET 13.5
21 Joe Mixon @PIT 12.9
22 James White @BUF 12.6
23 Justin Jackson @MIA 12.5
24 Carlos Hyde CAR 12.2
25 Ronald Jones @LAR 12.1
26 Miles Sanders @GB 11.9
27 Sony Michel @BUF 11.8
28 David Montgomery MIN 11.6
29 Frank Gore NE 11.4
30 Tarik Cohen MIN 11.3
31 Darrel Williams @DET 11.2
32 Duke Johnson CAR 10.8
33 Chris Thompson @NYG 10.6
34 Wayne Gallman WAS 10.3
35 Peyton Barber @LAR 9.8
36 Jordan Howard @GB 9.5
37 Adrian Peterson @NYG 9.2
38 Royce Freeman JAX 8.7
39 Jamaal Williams PHI 8.4
40 Kenyan Drake LAC 8.1
41 Nyheim Hines OAK 7.7
42 Dontrell Hilliard @BAL 7.4
43 CJ Prosise @ARI 7.1
44 Rex Burkhead @BUF 6.7
45 Latavius Murray DAL 6.3
46 Gus Edwards CLE 6.0
47 Dion Lewis @ATL 5.3
48 Alexander Mattison @CHI 4.8
49 Devin Singletary (Q) NE 4.7
50 Rashaad Penny (Q) @ARI 4.5

christian McCaffreyWith the Saquon Barkley injury, we are seeing a shrinking list of high floor backs to deploy each week. This is a pretty tough week for running backs, as most are in less than desirable matchups. Christian McCaffrey ripped off a big game against Arizona, and is the top back this week. His volume is going to make him a top ranked back moving forward with Barkley out. Austin Ekeler is in a prime spot on the road against a Miami team that has allowed six total touchdowns to opposing backs and over 600 yards of offense.

If there is ever a week for James Conner to get it together, it is this week. The Bengals are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They also rank 31st against the run. Both Dallas and New Orleans have ranked bottom ten against the run so far this season. Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliot both check in as top five options as usual. Marlon Mack gets a bump against a pedestrian Oakland defense. Indy is also running the ball at a heavy rate.

The middling range with Devonta Freeman, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Jones, Phillip Lindsay, and Chris Carson is where we have good spots, but also up and down volume or they just haven’t produced this season. Outside of the elite names, we are seeing a lot of middle production start to dry up.

Week 4 Wide Receivers

Week 4 Ranking Player Week 4 Opponent Projected Week 4 Fantasy Points
1 Julio Jones TEN 24.1
2 Keenan Allen @MIA 23.9
3 Davante Adams PHI 20.3
4 DeAndre Hopkins CAR 20.1
5 Amari Cooper @NO 19.8
6 Mike Evans @LAR 19.2
7 Odell Beckham Jr. @BAL 18.9
8 Michael Thomas DAL 18.6
9 Brandin Cooks TB 18.1
10 T.Y. Hilton (Q) OAK 17.4
11 JuJu Smith-Schuster CIN 17.1
12 Cooper Kupp TB 16.8
13 Chris Godwin @LAR 16.1
14 Robert Woods TB 15.8
15 Sammy Watkins @DET 15.6
16 Julian Edelman (Q) @BUF 14.8
17 Kenny Golladay KC 14.6
18 Tyler Lockett @ARI 14.4
19 Sterling Shepard WAS 14.1
20 DJ Moore @HOU 14.0
21 Terry McLaurin NYG 13.9
22 John Ross @PIT 13.6
23 Mike Williams @MIA 13.5
24 Adam Thielen @CHI 13.3
25 Tyrell Williams @IND 13.1
26 Larry Fitzgerald SEA 13.0
27 Mecole Hardman @DET 12.9
28 Demarcus Robinson @DET 12.7
29 Curtis Samuel @HOU 12.5
30 Allen Robinson MIN 12.3
31 Christian Kirk SEA 12.2
32 John Brown NE 12.0
33 Stefon Diggs @CHI 11.9
34 Alshon Jeffery (Q) @GB 11.7
35 Tyler Boyd @PIT 11.6
36 Josh Gordon @BUF 11.4
37 DK Metcalf @ARI 11.2
38 Marquez Valdes-Scantling PHI 11.1
39 Marvin Jones KC 10.8
40 Calvin Ridley TEN 10.4
41 Marquise Brown CLE 10.3
42 Kenny Stills CAR 10.1
43 Courtland Sutton JAX 9.7
44 DJ Chark @DEN 9.4
45 Emmanuel Sanders JAX 9.1
46 Will Fuller CAR 8.8
47 Jarvis Landry @BAL 8.3
48 Dede Westbrook @DEN 7.8
49 Mohamed Sanu TEN 7.6
50 Preston Williams LAC 7.4

Keenan AllenJulio Jones and Keenan Allen have been running the show this season, and they get two matchups this week where they can keep that going. It is a great spot for both, and also for Davante Adams. As mentioned above the Eagles have been torched this season and dating back to last year. Mike Evans got the monkey off his back last week, and this is more of a strong game script for the Bucs who should be playing keep up. I like this entire game as far as wideouts go, as they all sit inside the top 20 for rankings.

With Daniel Jones under center, Sterling Shepard got a massive bump after the big week. He sits around a lot of names from the KC-DET game, which should feature plenty of offense. Names that are on the fall, are both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Not only because of the matchup, but the volume has been dead last to start the year as far as passing attempts go. In addition to the matchup against Chicago, it is tough to trust them, but especially Diggs. Terry McLaurin caught another touchdown, and gets a Giants secondary that is allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts so far this season.

Week 4 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 4 Ranking Player Week 4 Opponent Projected Week 4 Fantasy Points
1 Travis Kelce @DET 18.6
2 Evan Engram WAS 16.7
3 Zach Ertz @GB 15.4
4 Darren Waller @IND 15.3
5 Mark Andrews CLE 14.8
6 Greg Olsen @HOU 14.1
7 Austin Hooper TEN 13.5
8 Delanie Walker @ATL 12.8
9 OJ Howard @LAR 11.4
10 TJ Hockenson KC 11.2
11 Will Dissly @ARI 10.9
12 Vance McDonald (Q) CIN 9.4
13 Eric Ebron OAK 8.2
14 Vernon Davis @NYG 7.8
15 Jimmy Graham PHI 7.7
16 Dawson Knox NE 7.2
17 Jordan Akins CAR 7.0
18 Jared Cook DAL 6.7
19 Jason Witten @NO 6.3
20 Noah Fant JAX 6.0
21 Jack Doyle OAK 5.8
22 Kyle Rudolph @CHI 5.4
23 James O’Shaughnessy @DEN 5.1
24 Demetrius Harris @BAL 4.9
25 Tyler Eifert @PIT 4.7

No real change at the top of the list from last week, we have Travis Kelce going up against the Lions, and Evan Engram went off again against Tampa Bay. He gets a Washington defense that has been bottom ten over the last two seasons in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Darren Waller’s usage is through the roof, and Indy has allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Malik Hooker is also set to miss the game which is a bump to Waller. Austin Hooper is coming off a two touchdown week, and tight ends already have three touchdowns against the Titans. If you are looking for a streamer, Will Dissly gets an Arizona defense that has allowed a 23-348-5 line to opposing tight ends.

Week 4 Kicker Rankings

Week 4 Ranking Player Week 4 Opponent Projected Week 4 Fantasy Points
1 Greg Zuerlein TB 10.2
2 Harrison Butker @DET 9.9
3 Brett Maher @NO 9.7
4 Justin Tucker CLE 9.6
5 Stephen Gostkowski @BUF 9.4
6 Matt Bryant TEN 9.3
7 Ka'imi Fairbairn CAR 9.1
8 Joey Slye @HOU 9.0
9 Wil Lutz DAL 9.0
10 Steve Hauschka NE 8.8
11 Dan Bailey @CHI 8.6
12 Michael Badgley @MIA 8.5
13 Chris Boswell CIN 8.5
14 Adam Vinatieri OAK 8.4
15 Randy Bullock @PIT 8.2
16 Aldrick Rosas WAS 8.1
17 Jason Myers @ARI 7.9
18 Mason Crosby PHI 7.7
19 Matt Prater KC 7.5
20 Cairo Santos @ATL 7.4
21 Jake Elliott @GB 7.3
22 Zane Gonzalez SEA 7.0
23 Brandon McManus JAX 7.0
24 Daniel Carlson @IND 6.7
25 Matt Gay @LAR 6.5

greg zuerleinGreg Zuerlein is the usual top kicker option, but a few names make a jump. We have Joey Slye in a road game against Houston, and didn’t do much last week given the Panthers were able to punch it in the end zone. That game in general projects for some points, and the same goes for Brett Maher in New Orleans against the Saints. Both the Bills and Patriots kickers also rank inside the top ten.

 

Week 4 Defense Rankings

Rank Team Week 4 Opponent Week 4 Fantasy Projection
1 LA Rams TB 11.9
2 New England @BUF 11.4
3 Chicago MIN 10.8
4 Minnesota @CHI 10.5
5 LA Chargers @MIA 10.3
6 Jacksonville @DEN 9.7
7 Houston CAR 9.4
8 Seattle @ARI 9.1
9 Pittsburgh CIN 9.0
10 Baltimore CLE 8.9
11 Indianapolis OAK 8.7
12 Dallas @NO 8.4
13 Tennessee @ATL 8.0
14 Philadelphia @GB 7.8
15 Carolina @HOU 7.7
16 Green Bay PHI 7.5
17 Denver JAX 7.3
18 Atlanta TEN 7.2
19 Kansas City @DET 7.1
20 Buffalo NE 6.8
21 New Orleans DAL 6.6
22 NY Giants WAS 6.3
23 Washington @NYG 6.1
24 Cincinnati @PIT 6.0
25 Arizona SEA 6.0
26 Tampa Bay @LAR 5.9
27 Cleveland @BAL 5.8
28 Detroit KC 5.7
29 Oakland @IND 5.5
30 Miami LAC 5.2

Los Angeles RamsThe Rams welcome a turnover prone Tampa Bay team, and New England travels to Buffalo. Both have been ranked high so far to start the season, and have decent matchups. The game in Chicago is going to set up two underwhelming offenses against two of the best defenses in the league. Your Miami Dolphins alert goes to the Los Angeles Chargers this week, as they can rebound after a pedestrian defensive start to the season. Pittsburgh looked a lot better last week, and get a Bengals team that is allowing a lot of sacks and is having trouble running the ball.

 

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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