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2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings Review

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Week 3 ran into owners like a freight train. The action that whirled around last Thursday, Sunday and Monday night was enough to knock the wind out of most players. Or, if you’re Chris Conte, enough to bruise the ego for a few weeks.

Week 3 was the first week without a tie, though the Titans and the Jaguars came close. In another shocker, the Vikings were humiliated by the Bills, disappointing thousands of Latavius Murray owners. Arguably the biggest upset was Matt Patricia’s Lions putting the smackdown on his former employer’s struggling offense.

Last week’s post featured a pair of struggling Cardinals with Sam Bradford under center. Josh Rosen, the latest rookie quarterback to see the field, may have the opportunity to change the Cardinals’ fortunes, although a date with the Seahawks this weekend certainly isn’t great timing. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the other players around the league that are ranked too high or too low.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Will Fuller (WR17)

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Fuller was on the Too Low list last week and it looks like he’ll remain in that spot until critics begin to believe the hype or DeShaun Watson is no longer the quarterback for the Texans.

Stating that Fuller finished at WR8 in standard in Week 3 isn’t saying much when Calvin Ridley ended up as the third highest scorer in all of fantasy. Instead, Fuller’s stat line of five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown once again delighted owners and baffled critics.

The chemistry with Watson is undeniable. Teammate DeAndre Hopkins may be the more talented receiver, but just like fellow stud Antonio Brown, he is not having the electric start to the season that drafters thought he would.

This week, the Texans head to Indianapolis to take on division rival Indianapolis, whose defense forced a couple of turnovers and had Wentz constantly on the run last week. While not a great matchup for Fuller, expect him to continue to outshine his low ranking each week.

Baker Mayfield (QB17)

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Last Thursday night easily dropped Hue Jackson’s blood pressure by at least twenty points. Frankly, it’s shocking that Draft Kings hasn’t capitalized on predicting cuff readings for coaches in the hot seat yet. Maybe someday.

Having come so close to winning in the first two games of this season and nearly losing a third, the Browns were relieved to have finally found their quarterback in Baker Mayfield, and subsequently getting their first win in two years.

Mayfield, the revered Fortnite dancer, showed off his cannon of an arm after replacing Tyrod Taylor. During his second-half heroics, Mayfield racked up 200 yards in 23 attempts. His presence was arguably just as important as his accuracy, as the Dawg Pound was filled with an energy unlike anything it has seen in years. Fans screamed for joy as Carlos Hyde bulldozed the Jets’ defensive line for two touchdowns, the streets surrounding the stadium remained packed for hours after the game had ended and of course, lucky fans around the city were treated to free beer.

With just one game under his belt, it’s hard to place Mayfield as a legitimate fantasy starter until a larger sample size is available. However, expect the Browns’ excitement to carry into this week when they face the Oakland Raiders with a few extra days of rest. Look for Mayfield to prove to his team that he’s here to stay.

Rank Above: Blake Bortles, Andrew Luck

Chris Godwin (WR40)

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Godwin draws a tough matchup with the Bears this week, who have been one of the best defenses in football this year. In Monday’s showdown versus the Steelers, Godwin had a couple of important drops, however, he redeemed himself by scoring once and making a few other big plays as well.

Godwin has scored a touchdown in every game this year, which is pleasantly surprising for those that took a flyer on him late in the draft. He’s also been one of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets.

Force-feeding Godwin in the red zone while DeSean Jackson remains the deep threat, Fitzmagic set a record with three consecutive 400-yard games. Even if Jamais Winston were to replace Fitzpatrick, Godwin should still continue to see a significant number of targets.

Rank Above: Quincy Enunwa, Amari Cooper

Too High

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB11)

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Fitzmagic is the biggest story in the NFL alongside Patrick Mahomes. In each case, they’ve proven to be unexpected fantasy leaders, airing out the ball in a big way and setting records along the way. One just happens to be twelve years younger than the other.

Out of the two surprises at quarterback, Fitzpatrick might be the more bigger surprise as a long-established journeyman player. He’s been dominant through the air, securing two big wins against New Orleans and Philadelphia and would’ve had a third if it weren’t for those pesky Steelers.

This week, Fitzpatrick heads to windy Chicago to take on the Khalil Mack-led Bears. Fitzpatrick is likely to be under pressure early and often and may make costly mistakes, considering the Bears lead the league in sacks. Having made three interceptions on Monday, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Fitzpatrick regress against a much stronger defense on Sunday.

Rank Below: Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton

Ezekiel Elliott (RB9)

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The Cowboys look like they’ve been hanging out at the local saloon too much.

Without any stud receivers, the Cowboys have been unable to take the pressure off of Elliott, who is currently RB9 after three weeks in standard scoring.

Even as the lone bright spot of the offense, and possibly the team, Elliot’s involvement in the passing game has been abysmal, averaging only 3.4 yards on 11 receptions. The targets are there, as he currently leads the team with 18, but without reliable Jason Witten or current free agent Dez Bryant on the field, defenses swarm Elliot before he gets to take off.

Elliott should improve as the season continues, just not this week. The Cowboys will face off against Matt Patricia’s defensive unit, who held the Patriots to a mere 10 points last Sunday. Expect the Lions to have a plan to shut down Elliott.


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Rank Below: Melvin Gordon, Saquon Barkley


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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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