Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Breaking Down the Wide Receivers

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Week 4 of the 2013 fantasy football season is already upon us and the focus on which wide receivers will be guaranteed studs this week has owners on the edge of their collective seat.

This is how the wide receiver position will shake out in Week 4.

RankNameTeamOpponentProjected Points
Week 4 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

1

Dez Bryant

Dallas CowboysSan Diego Chargers29

2

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears

26

3

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

25

4

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

New England Patriots

25

5

Brandon Marshall

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

24

6

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Philadelphia Eagles

23

7

Wes Welker

Denver Broncos

Philadelphia Eagles

22

8

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals

22

9

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers

Minnesota Vikings

20

10

DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles

Denver Broncos

19

 

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a leaping downfield catch within the ten yard line past Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City
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Biggest Stud: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are facing off with the San Diego Chargers in a game that has the potential to be a shootout, and the biggest beneficiary will be wide receiver Dez Bryant.

After a mediocre showing against the St. Louis Rams (four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown), expect Bryant to be targeted early and often by quarterback Tony Romo against the league’s worst pass defense (allowing 340.7 yards per game).

San Diego QB Philip Rivers will keep the Chargers in this matchup throughout the game and fantasy owners should expect the combination of Romo and Bryant to be just as effective in all four quarters.

That will be reflected with a monster stat line.

Predicted Week 4 Stat Line: 10 catches for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

TAMPA, FL -  AUGUST 29:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabs a warmup pass before play against the Washington Redskins August 29, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Biggest Dud: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy owners depending on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson this week are in serious trouble.

Tampa Bay has made the move to start rookie Mike Glennon in place of Josh Freeman, and that will not bode well for Jackson’s statistics.

Not only is the team facing controversy at quarterback, but Jackson himself is also dealing with an injury. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Jackson missed practice on Wednesday due to a rib issue. That could limit his productivity even further.

Add in a tough matchup with Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals, and this is the perfect storm of bad circumstances for Jackson and his owners.

While it’s never easy to sit one of your top picks, there should be a better option on your bench this week.

Predicted Week 4 Stat Line: 4 catches for 40 yards and 0 touchdowns.

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns carries the football during the first quarter of the game on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hanna
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Surprise Stud: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for the first two weeks of the season, but owners that took this educated risk in the draft were rewarded in Week 3, as the young star hauled in 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

The Browns will square off with the Cincinnati Bengals and the league’s 14th-best pass defense, but with the inexperienced Brian Hoyer under center, expect Cleveland to feed the ball to Gordon deep.

The Bengals are likely to build a healthy lead on the Browns in Week 4, but fantasy owners will reap the reward of Cleveland trying to mount a comeback. That will help Gordon amass a monster statistical day.

Predicted Week 4 Stat Line: 8 catches for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

All projected points based on standard scoring leagues.