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Week 4 Rankings

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Even Peyton Manning wants to improve.

"We're looking for a little more consistency as far as who we are going to be each Sunday as opposed to figuring it out, 'Hey, this week we're going to have to be a throwing team, this week we'll be a running team.' We'd like to be the same team every single Sunday," Manning said.

In that one quote, Manning distills the difference between the Colts and matchup-based teams like the Patriots and Packers. Of course the Colts tailor their gameplan specifically to attack an opponent's weakness, like every team. But essentially the Colts want to perfect what they do best, and make you stop it. What the Patriots do best is morph every week into the offense that suits them best.

That could mean a lot of Aaron Hernandez and BenJarvus Green-Ellis one week, and plenty of Fred Taylor and Brandon Tate the next.

The Colts' approach is the one preferred by fantasy leaguers. The Patriots approach is the one gaining steam throughout the league.

The Packers weren't making some grand statement about Brandon Jackson on Monday night when they played with an empty backfield for much of the night or handed John Kuhn six inside carries. It was just the attack they felt best suited their personnel against the Bears that night.

Jackson will have his 15-20 touch games, but the Packers will inherently be unpredictable. So will either amorphous teams like the Broncos, Chiefs, Eagles, Bills, Saints, and Seahawks.

When in doubt, roll with the offenses that have consistent roles. That's why we rank someone like Legedu Naanee over a matchup-specific threat like Lance Moore.

And now, for the rest of the guys we can't really predict but try to anyway.

Week 4 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Aaron Rodgersvs. DET -
2Peyton Manningat JAC -
3Tom Bradyat MIA -
4Michael Vickvs. WAS -
5Drew Breesvs. CAR -
6Philip Riversvs. ARZ -
7Matt Schaubat OAK -
8Kyle Ortonat TEN -
9Jay Cutlerat NYG -
10Donovan McNabbat PHI Questionable(ankle)
11Matt Ryanvs. SF -
12Chad Hennevs. NE -
13Eli Manningvs. CHI -
14Bruce Gradkowskivs. HOU -
15Carson Palmerat CLE -
16Vince Youngvs. DEN -
17Matt Hasselbeckat STL -
18Joe Flaccoat PIT -
19David Garrardvs. IND Probable(back)
20Sam Bradfordvs. SEA -
21Mark Sanchezat BUF -
22Alex Smithat ATL -
23Derek Andersonat SD -
24Shaun Hillat GB -
25Seneca Wallacevs. CIN -
26Ryan Fitzpatrickvs. NYJ -
27Charlie Batchvs. BAL -
28Jimmy Clausenat NO -

QBs going up: Michael Vick: The Redskins pass defense no longer looks like a tough matchup. Vick has reached every-week must start territory and his schedule stays mostly easy.

Matt Ryan: After watching last week's game, I'm over any early Ryan concerns. And the 49ers are a neutral matchup.

Chad Henne: Sneaky play in what figures to be a shootout.

Kyle Orton: If he can produce big against a solid Titans secondary, he's a true QB1.

Vince Young: Actually played pretty well last week during the rare times he was allowed to pass. Think he'll have to throw more this time.

QBs moving down: Matt Schaub: Still a starter, but shoddy pass protection could lead to a lot of rushing attempts.

Joe Flacco: Despite the excellent performance against Cleveland, you don't want any part of the Steelers defense right now.

Eli Manning: Worried how his struggling tackles will hold up against Julius Peppers.

Chris Johnson: I've been very disappointed by the Titans' run-blocking. This is a week they should be able to get off.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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