Fantasy Football Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings: Julio Jones Leads Group

by abournenesn

September 30, 2015

Shock waves from Ben Roethlisberger’s injury are being felt throughout the NFL, including in this week’s fantasy football rankings. That means someone other than Antonio Brown is the No. 1 wide receiver this week.

Here are the top 10 receivers to target this week:

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Week 4 Opponent:
Houston Texans
2015 Stats:
34 receptions, 440 yards, 4 TDs

The Falcons’ offense has started well, and Jones is a big reason why. He is averaging just under 147 receiving yards a game, and he already has four touchdowns.

2. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Week 4 Opponent: Buffalo Bills
2015 Stats: 19 receptions, 269 yards, 2 TDs

The Bills have the second-worst pass defense in the league, which is music to Odell Beckham Jr.’s ears. After a rough first week, he has put up excellent numbers.

3. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Week 4 Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
2015 Stats: 20 receptions, 245 yards, 4 TDs

Whenever the Packers reached the red zone Monday, Cobb was Aaron Rodgers’ target. That’s OK with fantasy owners, who got some big points from the wide receiver.

4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4 Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
2015 Stats: 18 receptions, 335 yards, 3 TDs

Green is coming off of a 227-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 3. Now the Bengals face the Chiefs and their fifth-worst pass defense in the NFL.

5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Week 4 Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
2015 Stats: 24 receptions, 268 yards, 1 TD

Thomas continues to be one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets, and he is putting up consistent fantasy numbers. The Vikings and their middle-of-the-pack pass defense could be a perfect target for Manning and Thomas.

6. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 4 Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
2015 Stats: 29 receptions, 436 yards, 2 TDs

Brown’s drop has nothing to do with him. Instead, it’s all about the uncertainty at quarterback for the Steelers after Roethlisberger’s injury. Brown could still put up incredible numbers with Michael Vick at quarterback and climb back up the rankings, though.

7. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Week 4 Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
2015 Stats: 22 receptions, 252 yards, 3 TDs

Hopkins went from the injury report to fantasy football stud in Week 3. He is QB Ryan Mallett’s favorite target, and as long as Hopkins stays healthy, he’s a strong fantasy play.

8. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Week 4 Opponent: Chicago Bears
2015 Stats: 20 receptions, 290 yards, 1 TD

On paper, the Bears have a top 10 pass defense. However, they didn’t look like one against the Seahawks. So Cooper has the potential to have another big week.

9. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
Week 4 Opponent: Miami Dolphins
2015 Stats: 23 receptions, 272 yards, 3 TDs

Marshall has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners, despite his new situation in New York. As long as he doesn’t try any more laterals, he is a good choice in fantasy.

10. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Week 4 Opponent: St. Louis Rams
2015 Stats: 23 receptions, 333 yards, 5 TDs

Fitzgerald probably won’t sustain his numbers all season, but you might as well start him until then.

Thumbnail photo via Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Atlanta won 39-28.

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