For the uninitiated, I thought I’d explain what these “reaction” articles really are. Each week, the “So-Called Fantasy” staff posts their weekly positional rankings on Tuesday.
Then, we go back individually to see which players we rank differently than the others at specific positions.
That’s what this is – I our Week 4 Quarterback Rankings to see which players I liked/disliked more than the other writers.
I share a couple players I liked better (and why), along with two I liked worse.
It’s a scene, man!
Once again, we saw seven games total 50 or more points between the two teams’ combined scores in Week 3, for the second week in a row. (There were three games totaling under 30 points – all weirdly scoring 27 points!)
Seven games over 50 points for the second week in a row – and for the second week in a row, Vegas handicappers predicted there would have been just two high-scoring games.
Entering Week 4, Vegas sees just a pair of games ready to eclipse the 50-point mark, for the third week in a row. Here are the games with the highest over/under totals, which usually means plenty of passing yards and touchdowns:
- New Orleans at San Diego (53.5 o/u)
- Carolina at Atlanta (50.5)
- And the Indianapolis at Jacksonville game isn’t too far behind (49.5)
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Week 4 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction
In this section, I explain why I like or dislike a couple quarterbacks compared to our staff’s Fantasy rankings.
Who I Like More
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City
Let me be the first to say – I was wrong. I had Big Ben too high last week against an Eagles defense I figured was not as good as their numbers indicated.
Well, things don’t look much easier for Roethlisberger, as he continues his Andy Reid Tour, facing Kansas City on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.
The Chiefs are the only defense ranked better against Fantasy quarterbacks than the Eagles so far this year, but let’s look a little deeper. So far this season, Kansas City faced Philip Rivers (in the game Keenan Allen got injured during), Brock Osweiler and Ryan Fitzpatrick (with an injured Brandon Marshall).
The Steelers get RB Le’Veon Bell back, which happens to also be one of his best receiving weapons on the team. Even when Bell runs, he’ll be loosening up the defense for Antonio Brown and Co.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco
Let’s first take stock of the fact that we were one of the first websites touting Prescott’s likelihood of seeing action this season and the fact Fantasy owners will love his ability to run for touchdowns.
The Cowboys are utilizing Prescott in a way that protects his inaccuracy, with a lot of underneath stuff, mixed in with an occasional, “Well, if our guy doesn’t catch it, no one will” deep throws. For a guy notoriously inaccurate before the NFL Draft, Prescott has just 13 missed throws in his past 54 attempts (76 percent completion rate).
They’re also more comfortable with him improvising on the run, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit 50 rushing yards this week.
Most accurate QBs in Week 3?
In order of adjusted completion percentage:
1. Carson Wentz, 86.7
2. Dak Prescott, 82.6
3. Andy Dalton, 82.1 pic.twitter.com/8sIjc4QAqC
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 27, 2016
Who I Like Less
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans
The Saints’ passing offense is a beastly machine, but people often assume their passing defense moves up and down the field the same amount. That’s erroneous!
While the Falcons did beat them up this past Monday night, they gave up just 225 passing yards in that game. Teams would be smart to run against them, which makes us like Melvin Gordon III more than Rivers this week.
And let’s get serious: Rivers’ pass-catching weapons from last year (Allen (knee), Antonio Gates (hamstring), Danny Woodhead (knee)) are all sidelined with injury. Are we assuming Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry are as good?
Overfloating a screen is the essence of Philip Rivers pic.twitter.com/4PUqTFIVEq
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 25, 2016
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland
The Raiders defense ranks among the worst against the pass, allowing more passing yards than any other team. However, it’s important to know that they’ve rebounded from two games against ridiculously good passing teams (New Orleans and Atlanta), to stymie the Titans and Marcus Mariota (212 passing yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs). A big change at the safety position might have helped this team more than anyone realized.
Flacco, meanwhile, is averaging about 40 passes per game – 255 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. That’s about a 12-point Fantasy effort, and that’s not even a score that puts him in the top 20 quarterbacks in any week.
Horrible day for Joe Flacco and Ravens OL and their run game again. 2 straight picks for Joe w/bortles pick in between
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 25, 2016
Don’t forget to check out our other position rankings reactions:
- Running Backs Rankings Reactions
- Wide Receivers Rankings Reactions
- Tight Ends Rankings Reactions
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We expect our Week 4 Fantasy Football rankings to help you to another win this season! Our Fantasy Quarterbacks Week 4 Rankings Reaction article should give you a good read on what’s ahead.
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