Is Matthew Stafford Elite? Quarterback Rankings – Week 4

Matthew Stafford

What a week  it was at the quarterback position in week 3. “Well I didn’t see that coming,”was the collective theme of football enthusiasts said after week 3. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford had a dual in Green Bay. Trevor Siemian topped all quarterbacks, Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, and Brian Hoyer were all top-10 quarterback plays, and Cam Newton finished outside of the top 15. That’s not to mention some of the straight up results of the games. While week 3 was somewhat unpredictable, we will look to make use of the information it provided us and put it to use this week in the week 4 quarterback rankings.

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QB Rankings – Week 4

Rank Player Team Opp.
1 Cam Newton CAR @ ATL
2 Matthew Stafford DET @ CHI
3 Philip Rivers SD vs NO
4 Drew Brees NO @ SD
5 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs KC
6 Andrew Luck IND @ JAC
7 Carson Palmer ARI vs LA
8 Blake Bortles JAC vs IND
9 Kirk Cousins WAS vs CLE
10 Andy Dalton CIN vs MIA
11 Tyrod Taylor BUF @ NE
12 Joe Flacco BAL vs OAK
13 Matt Ryan ATL vs CAR
14 Derek Carr OAK @ BAL
15 Russell Wilson SEA @ NYJ
16 Ryan Tannehill MIA @ CIN
17 Trevor Siemian DEN @ TB
18 Jameis Winston TB vs DEN
19 Alex Smith KC @ PIT
20 Dak Prescott DAL @ SF
21 Eli Manning NYG @ MIN
22 Brock Osweiler HOU vs TEN
23 Sam Bradford MIN vs NYG
24 Brian Hoyer CHI vs DET
25 Marcus Mariota TEN @ HOU

Quarterback Ranking Analysis

1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 2 was one to forget for Cam newton and what better way to get over a poor performance than to play against the woeful Falcons defensive unit. In 10 games against his week 4 foe New ton averaged 2.1 TDs, 222.6 passing yards, and 51.0 rushing yards per game. Newton is still a premier quarterback in the NFL and he will take his Panthers and his Mr. Peanut hat (presumably) to Atlanta in what will be a nice bounce back opportunity.

2. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

Be it a change in offensive coordinator, maturity from Matthew Stafford, or plain ol’ luck. Matthew Stafford is a legit QB1 in 2016 and is looking to continue his reign of dominance in week 4 against the pathetic Bears. Matthew Stafford and his track record against the Bears is great and his last two meetings he averaged 351.5 passing yards, 3.5 passing scores, and 0.5 interceptions. So any negative thoughts you have on Matthew Stafford at this point can go by the wayside as I contemplated Stafford as the No.1 quarterback in week 4.

3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints

The New orleans Saints is holier than the Pope himself at this point in the season. Injuries, injuries everywhere and nobody to stop the bleeding. Rivers will exploit this pitiful excuse for a defense in week 4 as they have allowed David Carr, Eli Manning, and Matt Ryan to all have 300-yard games. Rivers looks to bounce back after a game against Indianapolis where he failed to throw a score. There is no better matchup in all the land.

4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints @ San Diego Chargers

The once Charger now New Orleans Saint Drew Brees facing his old team in week4. His track record against San Diego is a good one indeed as well. While he has historically struggled on the road, his numbers against the Chargers read out as 354.5 yards, 3.5 touchdowns, and 0.5 interceptions in his two career matchups. No worries for me in week 4 for Brees even on the road.

5. Ben Roethlisberger vs Kansas City Chiefs

Big Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a baffling week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He cleared the 250 yard passing mark for a third consecutive game this season, however, he was held scoreless after back to back  three touchdown performances. The Chiefs are riding into Pittsburgh on a high after intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick SIX (yes you read that right), times in week 3. Kansas City may have stymied the Jets  this past week, but the Steelers are a completely different beast. Roethlisberger is another candidate for a bounce back when he get Le’veon Bell back this coming week.

6. Andrew Luck @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Another quarterback who has underperformed compared to their expectations has been Andrew Luck. The good new for uck in week 4 is that he faces the Jaguars who he has torched for 283.7 and 2.0 touchdowns per game in his 6 career matchups. While the Jaguars defense is in the top-7 for passing yards allowed per game so far this year (201.7), they are also a bottom-6 defense in points allowed per game. Luck revitalizes his season in week 4.

7. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams

Woah what a pitiful week it was for Carson Palmer in week 3. Seattle’s backup quarterback Trevone Boykin actually had more fantasy points than Palmer (4 to 3). The weapons are plenty for the Cards and week 4 should provide a solid opportunity for Palmer to get back on track. Even after a week in which he put a doughnut up on the passing scores and 4 interceptions, he still has more touchdown passes than interceptions. So cut the guy a little slack and count on him for a nice week 4 game at home against the division leading Rams.

8. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts

The Jacksonville Jaguars have underwhelmed thus far this season and Blake Bortles has been no different. Bortles may not be a winning quarterback, but he is certainly back to being that garbage time king we all know and love from a season ago. He is a volume play and in a game that should be a shootout (Over/Under 49.5). Look for him to continue to chuck the skin down the field and accumulate stats both good and bad along the way.

9. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns

I was far too low on on Cousins this past week although he finished the week a top-10 option. The Cleveland Browns are the same unfortunate souls we have seen for the longest time now. Kirk’s biggest pitfall is the fact that the Redskins may get out to an early lead and never look back. Cousins has thrown for at least 296 passing yards in each of his three contests so far this season and should have the opportunity to excel again this week.

10. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins

The Thursday Night special this week is the Cincinnati Bengals against the underachieving Miami Dolphins in what may surprise as a better game than people expect. Dalton threw for 366 passing yards in each of his first two games this season and in week 3  the gameplan was clearly to attack the broncos on the ground so he wasn’t needed as much. The Dolphins game should be somewhat closer allowing Dalton to go unhinged and chuck the ball to his heart’s content. Look for the red rifle to shoot off in week 4.

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