Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 4 - Top 30 Position Rankings (QB / RB / WR)

Looking over the QBs this week, there isn't a whole lot of movement going on.  Despite throwing four intercerptions in the loss to Buffalo, I think Brady has it in him to throw for at least 350 yards and 3TDs at a minimum.  Oakland gave up 290 yards/game to opposing QBs in their first three games, and two of those were against Orton and Sanchez.  The key benefactor to the Brady air assault appears to be Wes Welker, who found himself with 16 catches on 20 targets last week alone.  It also earned him a huge boost in the ratings this week, cracking the top 10 for the first time this year.

At this point it's feeling like a gamble every time I rank Vick within the top five.  It's pretty hard to rack up fantasy points sitting on the sideline or hanging out on the locker room table.  None the less, we all know he's a guy who will run off a five TD game at the blink of an eye.  With all that upside I refuse to bet against him, and neither should you.

Running backs have admittedly been my achilles heel this year, but I know I am not alone.  I mean seriously, Chad Henne currently has more rushing yards than Chris Johnson entering week 4.  No seriously, that's fact not fiction.  Henne has 111 yards on 14 carries (7.1 ypc), good enough to rank him the 33rd in total rushing.  On the flip side, CJ2K has yet to eclipse the century mark and is averaging 2.1ypc on 46 attempts.  Unless he unleashes a handful of monster games, he's likely to be pegged the biggest bust of the year.  

Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert, oh how quickly the tides can turn.  I was that guy who drafted Mathews last year amid all of the the hype of the star rookie.  I was that guy who was tormented all season long waiting for him to overcome injuries and fumblitis.  I was that guy who loved the idea of getting Tolbert in the later rounds of the drafts this year and was pleasantly rewarded with his week 1 three TD performance.  Then Tolbert fumbles against the Patriots and Mathews is handed the reins in week 3 against the Chiefs.  Mathews answers the call to the tune of 149 total yards of offense and two TDs, while Tolbert gets a few carries and a handful of targets.  Now I would never wish an injury on anyone, so here's to Ryan Mathews fumbling every time he touches the ball.

Kenny Britt was on his way to a pretty solid season, to which he could throw it in the haters' faces to prove he can get it done on the field and it shouldn't matter what happens off of it.  Then he tore his ACL/MCL and his world came crashing down just like that.  Enter Nate Washington.  Check out these two sets of numbers:

  • 1) 27 targets, 21 rec, 258 yards, 1 TD    
  • 2) 23 targets, 15 rec, 259 yards, 2 TDs
The first set belongs to Washington, but would you have imagined the second is none other than Larry Fitzgerald?  Without Britt in the offense, the ball will be tossed to Washington early and often, especially since the ground game is non-existent in Tennessee.

Now that we might be seeing Curtis Painter line up behind center for the Colts, I'll hold my reservations on Reggie Wayne and the rest of the Colts receiving corp.  Hopefully there is some sort of chemistry there, otherwise Wayne's stock is going to continue to plummet.  It's crazy to think that the Colts were likely the only team to have four WRs/TEs all drafted in most leagues, but each will likely be on waivers by the end of the year.

Check your team, fix your line up, here are the top 30...

.
QB
RB
WR
.
1
Tom Brady, NE
Adrian Peterson, MIN
Calvin Johnson, DET
.
2
Aaron Rodgers, GB
Ray Rice, BAL
Vincent Jackson, SD
.
3
Philip Rivers, SD
Darren McFadden, OAK
Andre Johnson, HOU
.
4
Michael Vick, PHI
LeSean McCoy, PHI
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
.
5
Drew Brees, NO
Chris Johnson, TEN
Roddy White, ATL
.
6
Matthew Stafford, DET
Michael Turner, ATL
Mike Wallace, PIT
.
7
Tony Romo, DAL
LeGarrette Blount, TB
Hakeem Nicks, NYG
.
8
Eli Manning, NYG
Matt Forte, CHI
Wes Welker, NE
.
9
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
Greg Jennings, GB
.
10
Matt Schaub, HOU
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC
Mike Williams, TB
.
11
Matt Ryan, ATL
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
DeSean Jackson, PHI
.
12
Kevin Kolb, ARI
Arian Foster, HOU
Jeremy Maclin, PHI
.
13
Chad Henne, MIA
Frank Gore, SF
Steve Johnson, BUF
.
14
Josh Freeman, TB
Ryan Mathews, SD
Brandon Marshall, MIA
.
15
Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF
Cedric Benson, CIN
Dez Bryant, DAL
.
16
Joe Flacco, BAL
Felix Jones, DAL
Nate Washington, TEN
.
17
Jay Cutler, CHI
James Starks, GB
Brandon Lloyd, DEN
.
18
Rex Grossman, WAS
Tim Hightower, WAS
Reggie Wayne, IND
.
19
Sam Bradford, STL
Peyton Hillis, CLE
Santonio Holmes, NYJ
.
20
Kyle Orton, DEN
Fred Jackson, BUF
Johnny Knox, CHI
.
21
Jason Campbell, OAK
Brandon Jacobs, NYG
Santana Moss, WAS
.
22
Andy Dalton, CIN
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE
Anquan Boldin, BAL
.
23
Cam Newton, CAR
Beanie Wells, ARI
Sidney Rice, SEA
.
24
Matt Hasselbeck, TEN
Mike Tolbert, SD
Mario Manningham, NYG
.
25
Mark Sanchez, NYJ
Shonn Greene, NYJ
Percy Harvin, MIN
.
26
Colt McCoy, CLE
Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Steve Smith, CAR
.
27
Tarvaris Jackson, SEA
Daniel Thomas, MIA
A.J. Green, CIN
.
28
Donovan McNabb, MIN
Mark Ingram, NO
Lance Moore, NO
.
29
Blaine Gabbert, JAC
DeAngelo Williams, CAR
Marques Colston, NO
.
30
Alex Smith, SF
Jahvid Best, DET
Mike Thomas, JAC

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