NFL Week 4 PPR Rankings: No Signs of Slowing Down for Cooper Kupp, My New WR1

Week 4 is here, and I have you covered with immersive fantasy football rankings for the upcoming slate of games. This is the last week of the season with no bye weeks for a while, so enjoy the full complement of football on the schedule. There are some awesome games to look forward to this week. Kevin Stefanski’s Browns head to Minnesota for the head coach’s first game against his former team. The Rams and Cardinals meet in a highly-anticipated divisional matchup between two 3-0 teams and two MVP candidates in Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray. The other two teams in the NFC West, the 49ers and Seahawks, also play. Of course, Week 4’s most anticipated game is on Sunday Night Football with Tom Brady returning to New England to face Bill Belichick for the first time since leaving his longtime team. Check out my Week 4 lines and predictions for more on this slate of games. Let’s take a look at the best fantasy football options at each position.

NFL Week 4 Quarterback Rankings


My top quarterback this week is Josh Allen against a hapless Texans’ defense. The Bills’ offense broke out of a funk last week, and Allen finished as the QB1 on the week with 37.2 fantasy points. Patrick Mahomes comes in the second against an Eagles’ defense that just got burned by Dak Prescott. Kyler Murray, the QB1 overall so far, faces his toughest test of the season against the Rams’ elite defense. Matthew Stafford should fare pretty well on the other side as he threw four touchdowns last week against a top-tier Tampa Bay offense. I have Tom Brady a bit lower in my rankings than I usually would, as the Patriots have an excellent passing defense. He could struggle given the unique set of circumstances surrounding his return to Foxborough. Justin Herbert and Derek Carr both sneak into my top ten in what should be an electrifying shootout on Monday Night Football between the Chargers and Raiders. Kirk Cousins has been the QB6 on the season and remains a high-level streaming option. This is also a week where I would be confident in starting Jimmy Garoppolo as he has elite supporting receivers and should be able to move the ball against the Seattle defense.

NFL Week 4 Running Back Rankings


While it’s still early in the season, all of the people who called for Derrick Henry’s demise this year look rather silly so far. He is the RB1 by a decent margin with 77.8 PPR points – only one other RB has over 60 PPR points. Henry faces the Jets this week, who have allowed the 6th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and the Titans’ rusher moves into the #1 spot in the rankings with Christian McCaffrey out. For now, I have Dalvin Cook inside my top five, but I do have some lingering concerns about his ability to play this week after missing last week’s game. If he doesn’t play, Alexander Mattison will be a top ten option. Alvin Kamara bounced back smoothly last week and is an excellent play against the Giants. Najee Harris caught a whopping 14 passes last week, the most by a running back in Steelers history. If Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster cannot play this week, he will maintain a high-volume role in the passing offense as the Steelers will be playing from behind against the Packers. D’Andre Swift has also been a crucial part of his team’s passing game, and his elite receiving production keeps him a mainstay in my top ten PPR rankings.

NFL Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings


What a season it’s been so far for Cooper Kupp. He has 25 catches for 367 yards and five touchdowns this season, all of which lead the NFL. He’s shown no signs of slowing down and has developed an incredible connection with new quarterback Matthew Stafford. Congratulations would be in order if you drafted him in your fantasy league, as he often lasted well into the third or even fourth round in drafts. Joining Kupp at the top of the rankings are some of the usual suspects in Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, and Stefon Diggs, while both Seattle receivers should be in for big games against an injured San Francisco secondary. The Chargers join the Seahawks as the only teams with two top-12 receivers in my rankings. Mike Williams is in the midst of a brilliant season, and I see him as basically in the same tier as Keenan Allen for the remainder of the season. D.J. Moore already has 22 catches for 285 yards and a touchdown so far this year and could be in for even more production with an uptick in target share in the wake of Christian McCaffrey’s injury. Brandin Cooks maintains a top-15 PPR spot given how limited Houston’s pass-catching corps is – he will see a ton of targets again this week. Ja’Marr Chase is in for a big game against Jacksonville, especially if Tee Higgins cannot play this week. DeAndre Hopkins is lower in my rankings as he is dealing with a rib injury and will likely see a lot of Jalen Ramsey in this game.

NFL Week 4 Tight End Rankings


The tight end position was bizarre as ever in Week 3 as the top three in fantasy scoring were Dalton Schultz, Tyler Conklin, and Mike Gesicki. I have varying confidence levels in those players, but I think Gesicki is worthy of a start this week given how involved he was in the offense last week – he saw 12 targets against the Raiders. George Kittle bounced back last week to finish as the TE5, which was a welcome sight for anyone who spent an early draft pick on him. T.J. Hockenson had his worst game of the season so far, but I wouldn’t be concerned, and he should be back to being a crucial piece in the Lions’ offense against a beatable Bears’ defense. Rob Gronkowski’s X-Rays came back clean, and something tells me he will be fired up to deliver a memorable performance in his return to Foxborough. Dawson Knox has emerged as a fringe starter through the first three weeks of the season, as have Jared Cook and Tyler Conklin. Kyle Pitts has dropped in my rankings for now, which probably means he will score two touchdowns this week – be warned. Overall, there are a handful of mid-range tight ends you can feel good about every week.

I've been writing about sports for Lineups since the beginning of 2020 and on my own website since 2018. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sport management. I've been playing fantasy football for as long as I can remember and am now in far more leagues than any person should take part in. There are few things that give me as much joy and excitement as fantasy football, and I'm excited to share my input with you in your journey towards a championship.

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