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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings Review

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It is time again for our weekly rankings review. But as always, I will give you another look at how I did in week 3. Too Low picks Frank Gore, Chris Carson and Allen Hurns outperformed their rankings. Marquise Lee and Davante Adams did not do as well. My Too High picks all performed fairly well, so we won’t even get into them.

As you take a look at who I tag as Too High and Too Low, be sure to take a look at the Week 4 Staff Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (QB21)

Since being inserted into the starting lineup in week 1, Watson has been a fantasy starter at QB. Each of the last two games that he has played, he has been a viable option at QB. Last week, Watson went into Foxborough, and if not for a late defensive collapse, would have taken down big bad Tom Brady.

This week he gets an easier matchup at home against the Tennessee Titans. While the Titans are respectable against the run, they have allowed over 20 points to fantasy QBs. With his running capabilities providing a safe floor, I expect Watson to near QB1 numbers again this week.

Rank Above: Derek Carr, Jay Cutler, Tyrod Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (RB37)

With Darren Sproles officially out, somebody has to pick up his touches in the Eagles backfield. Last week that was Smallwood, who led the team in touches and yards. While Blount will retain his current role, Smallwood should be the biggest beneficiary here.

This week the Eagles travel to face the Chargers, who have been just average against running backs so far. Though his ceiling may not be very high, Smallwood should get enough work to settle in as an RB3 this week.

Rank Above: Robert Kelley, James White, Duke Johnson

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (WR43)

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So far this year Shepard has been good and fairly consistent. And with the arrival of Odell Beckham last week, Shepard was a WR1 after breaking off a late touchdown run. With Odell back in the fold, this offense should provide some more consistency for everyone in it.

The Buccaneers are no slouches, but they proved last week that they are vulnerable against the pass. If Shepard continues to receive targets like he has, he should provide WR3 numbers again this week.

Rank Above: Eric Decker, Willie Snead, Kelvin Benjamin

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (WR32)

Rishard Matthews has been the most consistent wide receiver thus far for the Titans. Mariota has not been super efficient so far passing, with only 3 touchdowns, but he has been good enough to provide Matthews with opportunity.

The Titans travel to Houston on Sunday to play a defense that has not been too scary. Last week they were torn apart by the Patriots, and the Titans should not have an issue scoring a couple touchdowns here. Matthews is not a lock, but deserves a slight bump here.

Rank Above: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, T.Y. Hilton

Too High

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders (RB21)

As I expected, Lynch has been pretty poor so far this year. Outside of one week where he scored a touchdown, Lynch has scored under 10 points in each game this season. He remains dependent upon game script, as evidenced by his 7 touches last week.

This week the Raiders travel to Denver, who has another chance to shut down this Raider offense. The Raiders are already an average rushing team, and this defense won’t help matters. If they do not reach the goal line, Lynch will be irrelevant again this week.

Rank Below: Tarik Cohen, Mark Ingram, Isaiah Crowell

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers (WR39)

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The Panthers, and Cam Newton have been terrible this year. The passing game has struggled each game, and traveling to New England this week won’t help matters.

Benjamin came up limping last week after rolling up his knee. Coupled with his already lack of efficiency, is leading to a real dud from Benjamin. Even at 39 in the rankings, I want no part of Benjamin or that offense this week.

Rank Below: Tyrell Williams, Sterling Shepard, Willie Snead, Eric Decker

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (QB10)

I know, Stafford has been solid this year. He is a QB1 so far this season, and should remain one as the year goes on. But that doesn’t make me feel too comfortable this week.

The Vikings secondary is tough, so a huge yardage game from Stafford isn’t likely. He has yet to top 300 yards passing, and this week won’t be his first. Leaving his fantasy scoring in the hands of throwing touchdowns. In what could be a low-scoring affair, I prefer some other options here.

Rank Below: Trevor Siemian, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins (WR33)

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We came into the year expecting big things from Pryor. What we’ve gotten so far is nothing near that. Even in a breakout game for the Washington offense last week, Pryor failed to make an impact.

This week Washington travels to Kansas City, where Pryor will likely be matched up against Marcus Peters. This offense could struggle again this week on the road, leaving Pryor with little chance to breakout this week. I would stay away.

Rank Below: J.J. Nelson, Jeremy Maclin, Allen Hurns


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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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