Week Four Positional Rankings

Michael Zingone

Whether mass injuries to star players or games getting postponed due to COVID-19, the 2020 NFL season has already seemingly had it all. While many dynasty players with star talent are scrambling to find alternatives, other – perhaps lesser on paper – teams are coming away with the fantasy Ws. Personally, I’ve had many matchups thus far decided by just one start/sit decision; the process we go through in this article each week will set you up to be better than simply a 50/50 guess for those decisions.

In this series, I’ll give you my top 30 quarterbacks, 60 running backs, 60 wide receivers, and 30 tight ends each week to help you with your start/sit decisions in your leagues. To generate this list each and every week, I examine team trends, Vegas over/unders, implied points, pace of play, among various other factors to build a projection for each player and subsequently adjust rankings for upside and more detailed matchup specifics.

Among the rankings, there will surely be some that surprise you or that you may disagree with. At the end of each position section, I’ll give you my thoughts on some players that perhaps are ranked higher/lower than you might expect and insights as to why they are a good/bad play this week. Ultimately, these rankings should help your start/sit dilemmas and ensure you have the requisite resources to make an informed decision.

Without further ado, let’s dive into week four’s positional rankings!


Pos Player Matchup Rank
QB Russell Wilson @MIA 1
QB Dak Prescott CLE 2
QB Patrick Mahomes II NE 3
QB Lamar Jackson @WAS 4
QB Kyler Murray @CAR 5
QB Josh Allen @LV 6
QB Aaron Rodgers ATL 7
QB Cam Newton @KC 8
QB Deshaun Watson MIN 9
QB Joe Burrow JAC 10
QB Matthew Stafford NO 11
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick SEA 12
QB Gardner Minshew II @CIN 13
QB Matt Ryan @GB 14
QB Jared Goff NYG 15
QB Drew Brees @DET 16
QB Kirk Cousins @HOU 17
QB Ben Roethlisberger @TEN 18
QB Tom Brady LAC 19
QB Baker Mayfield @DAL 20
QB Ryan Tannehill PIT 21
QB Daniel Jones @LAR 22
QB Teddy Bridgewater ARI 23
QB Carson Wentz @SF 24
QB Justin Herbert @TB 25
QB Nick Foles IND 26
QB Philip Rivers @CHI 27
QB Derek Carr BUF 28
QB Sam Darnold DEN 29
QB Nick Mullens PHI 30
QB Dwayne Haskins BAL 31
QB Brett Rypien @NYJ 32

Start ‘em: Joe Burrow, QB CIN

Arguably the most hyped rookie quarterback to come into the NFL since Andrew Luck, Burrow has not disappointed fantasy managers during the early part of his career. With the fantasy-cheat-code combination of rushing and passing volume, Burrow has managed to be the QB10 on the season thus far. While he still has a long way to go to plant his flag as a top-tier fantasy quarterback, the number one overall pick is making a strong case to be in your lineup each and every week.

In week four, the Bengals face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who in back-to-back weeks have allowed huge fantasy games to Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Despite Joe not being a “Ryan”, he’s set up for success against this same defense. The Bengals have an implied team total of 26 points as three-point home favorites against the Jags.

Consider the following: the Jaguars have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks while only allowing the second-fewest passing attempts in the NFL. It’s not due to rushing either – the Jags have allowed just 51 yards on the ground and no touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. This Jaguars defense has been letting up incredibly efficient fantasy performances, and Joe Burrow stands to benefit in week four.

Sit ‘em: Nick Foles, QB CHI

It only took until week three for Nick Foles to steal the starting job from disappointing second-overall pick Mitch Trubisky. The former Super Bowl MVP came into Chicago’s week three game down by multiple scores, throwing three touchdowns en route to a comeback victory against Atlanta. While dynasty managers, particularly those in superflex leagues, loved seeing this performance out of Foles, there’s reason to be cautious heading into week four.

The Bears take on the Colts in a game that has one of the lowest over/unders of the week: just 43.5 points. The Colts have been the best team in the league against opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing just 26 fantasy points total on the season. Even in Superflex leagues, look for other options to Foles in what is shaping up to be a tough week.

If you’re desperate: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB MIA

The Fitz-magic has continued into 2020 from a fantasy perspective thus far. Despite a dismal five-point outing in week one, Fitzpatrick still ranks as the QB14 on the season on the back of two 24+ point games in weeks two and three. The Dolphins offense as a whole looks significantly better than they did in 2019, and it’s showing on the fantasy scoreboard. In week four, the Dolphins get the Seattle Seahawks and their incredibly efficient offense lead by Russell Wilson.

While the Seahawks have been one of the best offenses in the league so far, their defense has been suspect at best. They have allowed 1,319 passing yards on the season, the most in the league by over 200 yards. As teams have needed to score early and often against the Seahawks, opposing quarterbacks have put up big fantasy days. This trend will continue into week four, and Fitzpatrick should finish as a top 15 option at worst with upside for more.

Running Back

Pos Player Matchup My Rank
RB Alvin Kamara @DET 1
RB Aaron Jones ATL 2
RB Ezekiel Elliott CLE 3
RB Dalvin Cook @HOU 4
RB Kenyan Drake @CAR 5
RB Austin Ekeler @TB 6
RB Josh Jacobs BUF 7
RB Nick Chubb @DAL 8
RB Jonathan Taylor @CHI 9
RB Derrick Henry PIT 10
RB James Robinson @CIN 11
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire NE 12
RB Darrell Henderson NYG 13
RB Miles Sanders @SF 14
RB James Conner @TEN 15
RB Joe Mixon JAC 16
RB Devin Singletary @LV 17
RB Kareem Hunt @DAL 18
RB David Montgomery IND 19
RB Mike Davis ARI 20
RB Melvin Gordon III @NYJ 21
RB Todd Gurley II @GB 22
RB Jerick McKinnon PHI 23
RB Myles Gaskin SEA 24
RB David Johnson MIN 25
RB Antonio Gibson BAL 26
RB Leonard Fournette LAC 27
RB Joshua Kelley @TB 28
RB Adrian Peterson NO 29
RB James White @KC 30
RB Mark Ingram II @WAS 31
RB Jeff Wilson Jr. PHI 32
RB Ronald Jones II LAC 33
RB Rex Burkhead @KC 34
RB J.K. Dobbins @WAS 35
RB Nyheim Hines @CHI 36
RB Carlos Hyde @MIA 37
RB Chase Edmonds @CAR 38
RB Latavius Murray @DET 39
RB Malcolm Brown NYG 40
RB D’Andre Swift NO 41
RB Giovani Bernard JAC 42
RB Zack Moss @LV 43
RB Frank Gore DEN 44
RB Devonta Freeman @LAR 45
RB Kerryon Johnson NO 46
RB Sony Michel @KC 47
RB Dion Lewis @LAR 48
RB Chris Thompson @CIN 49
RB Alexander Mattison @HOU 50
RB Jordan Howard SEA 51
RB Benny Snell Jr. @TEN 52
RB J.D. McKissic BAL 53
RB Boston Scott @SF 54
RB DeeJay Dallas @MIA 55
RB Darrel Williams NE 56
RB Jamaal Williams ATL 57
RB Reggie Bonnafon ARI 58
RB Gus Edwards @WAS 59
RB Tony Pollard CLE 60

Start ‘em: Darrell Henderson, RB LAR

It’s been two consecutive weeks that Henderson has commanded significant volume in the Rams backfield. Over those weeks, Henderson has scored roughly 20 points per game in PPR leagues. With rookie second-round pick Cam Akers looking likely to continue to miss time, Henderson should be viewed as a top option at the running back position moving forward.

In week four, Henderson and the Rams get the lowly New York Giants who have allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs so far in 2020. The Rams, who have the second-highest implied team total at 30.75 points, will be scoring early and often against this Giants defense. Henderson is a clear plug-and-play option as a top 15 back with upside to be a top-five option this week.

Sit ‘em: Antonio Gibson, RB WAS

Washington’s third-round pick this season certainly hasn’t been a disappointment, but Gibson hasn’t “wow”-ed as a fantasy football running back thus far. While Gibson has been efficient with his rushes – averaging a solid 4.5 yards per carry – he has just 16 yards on six receptions on the season and does not yet have a game with more than 15 total touches. Ultimately, Gibson hasn’t shined as a fantasy option on one of the league’s bottom-tier offenses.

This week, Washington faces a Ravens team looking for redemption from their big Monday night loss. The Ravens have allowed just the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and are one of just two teams that have yet to allow a rushing touchdown to opposing backs. While Gibson should be a fine floor play at running back this week, his lack of matchup upside keeps him outside the top 24.

If you’re desperate: Carlos Hyde, RB SEA

With Chris Carson likely out for week four, one of the Seahawks running backs will have the opportunity to step up against a vulnerable Miami defense. The Seahawks are big favorites – unsurprisingly – and boast the fifth-highest implied team total of the week at 29.5 points. This, combined with Miami having just allowed a massive 30+ fantasy point performance to James Robinson, make this matchup ideal for a desperation play.

If we had more information, Hyde would be higher up the rankings with more confidence. However, it’s unclear at this time what the Seattle backfield will look like without Carson. Hyde is projected for lead duties, but his lack of receiving upside makes him a low-floor play. In the Seattle offense, Hyde has potential for a multi-touchdown day. You’d have to be a risk-taker, but Hyde is one of the better gambles in week four.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Matchup Rank
WR DeAndre Hopkins @CAR 1
WR Calvin Ridley @GB 2
WR Allen Robinson II IND 3
WR Tyreek Hill NE 4
WR Tyler Lockett @MIA 5
WR Davante Adams ATL 6
WR Cooper Kupp NYG 7
WR Robert Woods NYG 8
WR D.K. Metcalf @MIA 9
WR Amari Cooper CLE 10
WR Adam Thielen @HOU 11
WR Keenan Allen @TB 12
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster @TEN 13
WR Terry McLaurin BAL 14
WR Mike Evans LAC 15
WR Stefon Diggs @LV 16
WR D.J. Moore ARI 17
WR Julian Edelman @KC 18
WR Odell Beckham Jr. @DAL 19
WR Kenny Golladay NO 20
WR Tyler Boyd JAC 21
WR DeVante Parker SEA 22
WR CeeDee Lamb CLE 23
WR Robby Anderson ARI 24
WR Marquise Brown @WAS 25
WR D.J. Chark Jr. @CIN 26
WR Allen Lazard ATL 27
WR Marvin Jones Jr. NO 28
WR Preston Williams SEA 29
WR Will Fuller V MIN 30
WR Jarvis Landry @DAL 31
WR Russell Gage @GB 32
WR Justin Jefferson @HOU 33
WR Michael Gallup CLE 34
WR T.Y. Hilton @CHI 35
WR A.J. Green JAC 36
WR Darius Slayton @LAR 37
WR Jerry Jeudy @NYJ 38
WR Corey Davis PIT 39
WR Laviska Shenault Jr. @CIN 40
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling ATL 41
WR Brandon Aiyuk PHI 42
WR Keelan Cole @CIN 43
WR Cole Beasley @LV 44
WR Tee Higgins JAC 45
WR N’Keal Harry @KC 46
WR Golden Tate @LAR 47
WR Brandin Cooks MIN 48
WR Emmanuel Sanders @DET 49
WR Hunter Renfrow BUF 50
WR KJ Hamler @NYJ 51
WR Curtis Samuel ARI 52
WR Sammy Watkins NE 53
WR Mecole Hardman NE 54
WR Kendrick Bourne PHI 55
WR Randall Cobb MIN 56
WR Andy Isabella @CAR 57
WR Scotty Miller LAC 58
WR Anthony Miller IND 59
WR Tre’Quan Smith @DET 60

Start ‘em: CeeDee Lamb, WR DAL

Lamb was without question one of the top rookie wide receivers in the 2020 draft class, and it’s showing on the field already. The star rookie has managed three consecutive games of five or more receptions and 50 or more yards. While Lamb has yet to find the end zone, his usage in the Dallas passing game has earned him a starting spot on your fantasy football team.

In week four, the Cowboys take on the Cleveland Browns in the game with the highest over/under of the week: 56 points. Vegas is expected a shootout, and that means fantasy points for everyone involved. The Browns has been a bottom-third team against opposing wide receivers this season, setting Lamb and the Cowboys up for another successful day. Overall, Lamb settles in as a low-end WR2 this week and should be started in most formats from here on out.

Sit ‘em: Robby Anderson, WR CAR

This week’s sit ‘em isn’t a true sit ‘em, as Anderson ranks as WR24 on the week. It’s hard to ignore what the newly signed Anderson has done for the Panthers. Through three weeks, Anderson is the WR8 overall in PPR formats. Though for the first time all season Anderson failed to eclipse 100 yards, week three was still a fairly productive ten-point fantasy performance for the veteran. If Anderson has a ten-point floor for 2020, he’s going to be a great fantasy asset throughout the year.

In week four, however, the Panthers have a difficult matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. With an implied team total of just 23.5 points, the Panthers are projected to be in the bottom third of team scorers for week four. Combine this with Arizona’s stout defense against wide receivers – having allowed the second-fewest points to the position on the year so far – and you have a difficult matchup in store for the Panthers’ WR2. Temper expectations this week for both Anderson and DJ Moore, but both should find some success as low-end fantasy WR2s.

If you’re desperate: Preston Williams, WR MIA

Going hand-in-hand with this week’s desperation play at quarterback, Williams is a solid option as a WR3/FLEX in fantasy football this week against the Seahawks. For all the aforementioned reasons, Williams should have plenty of highly efficient opportunity as the Dolphins try to keep up with the Seahawks’ top-tier offense.

Seattle has allowed by far the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers on the season. Their 76 receptions allowed is 26 more than the second-most team, and they have allowed 400 more yards than the second-most team. Though Williams has not performed from a fantasy perspective to date – ranking as just the PPR WR77 – this Sunday shapes up to be a solid outing for the 2019 breakout UDFA.

Tight End

Pos Player Matchup Rank
TE Travis Kelce NE 1
TE Mark Andrews @WAS 2
TE Zach Ertz @SF 3
TE Darren Waller BUF 4
TE George Kittle PHI 5
TE Tyler Higbee NYG 6
TE Mike Gesicki SEA 7
TE Noah Fant @NYJ 8
TE Jonnu Smith PIT 9
TE Hunter Henry @TB 10
TE Hayden Hurst @GB 11
TE T.J. Hockenson NO 12
TE Logan Thomas BAL 13
TE Dalton Schultz CLE 14
TE Evan Engram @LAR 15
TE Jimmy Graham IND 16
TE Mo Alie-Cox @CHI 17
TE Greg Olsen @MIA 18
TE Austin Hooper @DAL 19
TE Jared Cook @DET 20
TE Eric Ebron @TEN 21
TE Chris Herndon IV DEN 22
TE Drew Sample JAC 23
TE Jordan Akins MIN 24
TE Robert Tonyan ATL 25
TE Kyle Rudolph @HOU 26
TE Tyler Eifert @CIN 27
TE O.J. Howard LAC 28
TE Rob Gronkowski LAC 29
TE James O’Shaughnessy @CIN 30

Start ‘em: TJ Hockenson, TE DET

There are very few non-obvious plays at tight end this week. However, if one tight end were to emerge as a top-five scorer this week from ranks 12-18, it would be Hockenson. The Lions take on the Saints in what should be one of the higher scoring games of the week with a total over/under of 54 points. The Lions are underdogs in this matchup but still have a solid implied team total of 24.75 points on the day.

The Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends on the season in large part to a big game from Darren Waller, but fantasy managers should expect good gameplan usage from Hockenson against this vulnerable part of the Saints defense. Overall, Hockenson ranks as the last viable TE1 on the week, but start him with confidence if you don’t have a better option.

Sit ‘em: Tyler Eifert, TE JAC

There’s a case to be made for arguably any of the tight ends ranked 13-25 to finish as a top 12 option on the day. The tight end position is once again one of the weakest in fantasy football in 2020. However, there’s little to no upside to be had playing Eifert in week four. While Eifert managed a solid week two performance, he has failed to see more than three targets in either of Jacksonville’s other two games.

The veteran tight end is not going to be a focal point of the Jaguars offense featuring breakout running back James Robinson as well as multiple viable wide receivers in Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault. The Bengals have been beatable thus far both on the ground and passing to wide receivers, so expect Jacksonville to attack those two areas of the defense on Sunday. Overall, there isn’t much reason to play Eifert even in TE premium formats.

If you’re desperate: Greg Olsen, TE SEA

While star wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf have stolen the show from a fantasy perspective, Olsen has quietly put up two good fantasy performances in 2020. The veteran TE has managed ten or more fantasy points in two of three games and has consistently played more than 60% of the team’s snaps. This workload in one of the best offenses in the league makes Olsen an ideal dart throw at tight end every week.

His floor it noticeably low, as seen by his zero-point week-two outing, but overall fantasy managers could certainly do worse at the position. In a great matchup against Miami, plug Olsen in as a desperation, mid TE2 on the week.

That concludes this week’s rankings article! As this series is released before Thursday’s game, be sure to follow any lingering injuries and changing injury status updates for players as Sunday approaches. If you’re wondering about a player I didn’t dive into detail about, feel free to reach out to me @FFzinger on Twitter. Best of luck this week, and I’ll be back next week to give week five’s positional rankings.

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