Fantasy Football Week 4 rankings: Top 10 quarterbacks

Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates following a win over the Arizona Cardinals during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Week 4 is almost here, and it’s time to start setting lineups and making sure you’re ready to win your fantasy matchup.

Every week, Fansided will bring you rankings compiled by our duo of fantasy experts. This week, the list was derived from averaging rankings from myself and Zachary Thompson.

Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks and how they rank for Week 4 (Don’t forget that bye weeks start this week!):

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

If you have any question as you whether you should start Peyton Manning or not, you might want to try another hobby.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees and the Saints take on the Miami Dolphins this week. It’s not the best matchup, but Jimmy Graham will have room to get open. That’s good enough for Brees.

3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Here’s where the disagreements between Zach and I begin. I have Luck as the third best quarterback this week thanks to a cozy matchup against the Jaguars, whereas Zach has him seventh. Even with those averaged out, Luck is the third best option this week in our rankings. Goes to show there’s a lot of close calls, but if you have to choose between Luck and…

4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

I would go with Luck, while Zach would favor Brady quite strongly. While watching Tom Brady play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I saw a lack of precision and some blatant missed opportunities. He’s not on his game, and I honestly don’t believe he can blame it all on his receivers. I would shy away from Brady if you have any other top options, but Zach is all in. Take your pick.

5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

This is one guy I would definitely start over Brady, even though he’s had some struggles of his own. Kap’s ability to run, and his matchup with St. Louis, combine to give him a fifth place ranking, although Zach and I are five spots apart on his exact rank.

6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Remember him? He’s a guy who throws footballs really well, and he gets to try to throw them to his teammates against the Raiders this week. If you’ve been on the fence about Griffin, this is the week to hop down onto the “Start him” side.

7. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

Vick and the previous two QBs all tied in our rankings, but Vick is the lowest because he has a fairly tough matchup with the Broncos, and because if you have to choose between Vick and the previous two, you need to start your stud QB and wait for a more obvious opportunity to use Vick, who you likely took as a backup.

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

I didn’t rank Ryan this week. Zach had him fourth. But I see a game against a New England defense that is better than advertised, and a receiving corps that is either old or hurt. I’ll pass unless I have no other option, but Zach says to play with confidence.

9. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders

If he’s healthy, play him. He’s going to run for his life and throw the ball all over the place, and that’s what gets you points. Zach finally moved Pryor into his rankings, joining me in my weekly respect for the 2011 Tim Tebow of 2013 fantasy football.

10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Another player that brought about some disagreement. He’s playing the Bears this week, but Zach says to put him in your lineup. I say don’t, but his opinion got him into the top 10. I would recommend either of the honorable mentions ahead of Stafford, which are…

Honorable Mention: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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  • corners

    Surprised Ryan Tannenhill doesn’t even get a mention. Hes already beat Luck, Wilson and Matt Ryan. Last year he was the best qb under pressure.

    Hes had a pretty good year so far in what is his 3 season EVER starting as a qb.And hes done this while getting pummeled mostly because of bad O-line play

    This guy was a starting wr 4 years ago.

    • Amar S.

      Tired of people saying how a QB beat another QB 1 v 1 as if they really faced each other. By your argument we can say Mark Sanchez or Kevin Kolb is better than Ryan Tannehill.

    • LeoTPP

      I don’t love his matchup, and quarterbacks winning games means very little in fantasy football.

    • LeoTPP

      I don’t love his matchup, and quarterbacks winning games means very little in fantasy football.