Thanks for checking out our Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction! Every Tuesday at SCFE, we put up our “So-Called Fantasy” staff’s Week 4 Rankings, compiling the individual rankings of several of our Fantasy Football writers, including the Fantasy maestro, David Gonos, SCFE Content Manager, Joe Bond and Senior Fantasy Football Writers Michael Tomlin and myself.
We make sure we’re ranking the top players at each position for our SCFE readers. At the wide receiver position we’ll give you our Top 75 Fantasy for Week 4.
We’ve hit the point in the season where we need to consider that what we’re witnessing may be season long rather than simply a breakout or bust type week. Marvin Jones has clearly established himself as the top target in Detroit. Golden Tate has moved into a secondary role. The pair of San Diego wide receivers, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams may enable the offense to continue without the likes of Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates. Perhaps Doug Baldwin wasn’t a fluke after all.
Week 4 is where the fun starts for savvy Fantasy Football owners. Bye weeks are now in effect and decision making can make or break your week, your season, and your life.
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Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction
In this section, I explain why I like or dislike a couple wide receivers compared to our staff’s Fantasy rankings.
Who I Like More
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
I’m not waiting any longer. I can see Jones being ranked within my Top 10-12 WRs on a weekly basis going forward. No more evidence is required. It’s pretty obvious at this point that Matthew Stafford made Calvin Johnson and turned him into Megatron. If not for Stafford, Calvin probably would have had some awful nickname like Hobbes. (No, I don’t really think Stafford made Calvin)
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Landry and the Dolphins are playing on Thursday this week. My perception of the Thursday night games is offensive schemes seem to be a bit more simplistic or at least a bit less diverse than normal, due to the short week. While Miami has a good offensive mind as a head coach, if this holds true, we’ll see a classic double digit target game for Landry.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
As is the case with Marvin Jones, I’m not waiting any longer to play Jamison Crowder. Until Jordan Reed starts performing like a Top 2 TE and until rookie Josh Doctson is healthy, Crowder is the guy getting the underneath targets while DeSean Jackson plays over the top.
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
Sir David Gonos and I debated whether White was worthy of a round 7 draft choice before the season and early returns suggested I was horribly wrong. The insertion of Brian Hoyer at QB, however, gives me confidence in White going forward. Hoyer knows who butters his bread and relies on the talent around him. We’ve seen him do it with Josh Gordon and DeAndre Hopkins. He’s going to pepper Alshon Jeffrey and White with targets.
Who I Like Less
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
I love Julio. I do. The man we saw Monday night was not the Julio I know. This reeks of the days when the Lions would trot out a hampered Calvin Johnson to simply act as a decoy for opposing defenses. There’s no reason to put Julio in as a Top 5 option this week, especially in DFS considering his price tag.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
I could almost copy and paste the section for Julio Jones and use it for my thoughts on Dez Bryant. Dez is as tough as they come, so just because he stayed in the game last week doesn’t mean he isn’t legitimately injured. The way he went down looked worse than reports coming out of Dallas. Let’s see if he practices on Thursday and Friday before locking him in as a top play this week.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
Cooks goes up against one of the best cornerbacks in football this week in Jason Verrett. The Saints offense is somewhat unpredictable in terms of who will reap the benefits of the passing attack. Last week we saw Colby Fleener step into the Willie Snead role and have huge success. If Snead is back this week, there’s no reason to think Cooks will toast Verrett often enough to have a big game.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
I’m normally all over Edelman as a Top 15-17 WR play, especially in PPR leagues but until we know who his QB is this weekend, I’m lowering him in my ranks. Jimmy Garoppolo will have enough freedom to enable Edelman to have a big game but rookie Jacoby Brissett could throw the ball only 15-20 times and it wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t like those odds.
Side Note: Does anyone think Bill Belichick isn’t evil enough to try and get Chris Hogan heavily involved against his former team? Normally this would be a narrative and nothing more but, it’s Belichick.
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