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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.
Week 4 Notes:
- Normally when you see a quarterback playing the Colts, your first thought is LET’S GOOOO, but not this year. So far this year, the Colts have not given up more than 300 yards to a single quarterback, nor have they given up more than 16.5 fantasy points in standard scoring. And it’s not like they’ve been facing a bunch of nobodies, they’ve seen Andy Dalton, Alex Smith, and Carson Wentz so far this year. As a result, I’m not overly optimistic about Deshaun Watson this week. I still think he’s a QB1, but not a high-end one.
- The Rams secondary has been solid, currently ranked second in the league in pass defense DVOA. They’ve also given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this year. As a result, I’m not very confident in Kirk Cousins this week, especially in a Thursday night game. I get it if you have to start him, but I think there are better options (maybe see if Dalton is available).
- Against a fairly weak Patriots’ secondary, I kind of like Ryan Tannehill as a QB2/streamer this week. He’s been fairly solid so far this year and I could see the Dolphins throwing a lot in this game.
- So far this year, the Broncos’ run defense has been pretty solid, ranked fifth in run defense DVOA. And so far this year, Kareem Hunt has been pretty mediocre, thanks in part to a Chiefs offensive line that hasn’t been great. Mix the two together, and I’m worried about Hunt’s potential this week. I still have him as an RB1, but a low-end one.
- Last week was weird for Phillip Lindsay once he got tossed for throwing a punch. I still think he’ll be the lead back in the Broncos’ offense, and against a porous Chiefs run defense, I like his potential. Royce Freeman isn’t a half-bad flex option either.
- It was great to see Kerryon Johnson do what he did last week, but I’m not ready to throw my trust into him as an RB2, not yet at least.
- My ranking of Jay Ajayi assumes he plays obviously. So far, he’s not practicing so it’s not looking great. Just be sure to monitor that. If he should be out again, Corey Clement will get a slight boost.
- It looks like LeSean McCoy is going to play, but it also looks like he’s going to still be playing with an injury, which is going to limit his upside.
- If A.J. Green plays, he’s definitely got a lot of upside against a poor Falcons’ secondary. However, if he doesn’t play, expect to see Tyler Boyd get a sizeable boost in the rankings.
- I like Jarvis Landry a fair bit this week, and it’s because I expect he’ll get matched up with Leon Hall this week, who’s not a great defender, which should give Landry a solid advantage.
- You’re more than likely still starting Jimmy Graham, but I am slightly worried about him this week. I expect him to see Jordan Poyer mostly in coverage, which I think puts Graham at a slight disadvantage.
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