Week 4 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Rank Player 1 Davante Adams*, GB vs. ATL 2 DeAndre Hopkins, ARZ @ CAR 3 Michael Thomas*, NO @ DET 4 Chris Godwin*, TB vs. LAC 5 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. SEA. Seattle is allowing the most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs this year, at a remarkably-high clip of 42.5. Parker is the No. 1 receiver for the Dolphins and with an extra few days to rest his ailing hamstring, he should be in for a big day. 6 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ MIA 7 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ DAL 8 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ TEN 9 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. CLE 10 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ GB 11 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. IND 12 Julio Jones*, ATL @ GB. Jones missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but the Falcons may need him back with Russell Gage (concussion) questionable. Jones would be in for a date with Jaire Alexander, a great No. 1 corner, but he’s still talented enough to produce a lot of yards — provided that he’s fully healthy. 13 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. NE 14 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. NO 15 Mike Evans, TB vs. LAC 16 Adam Thielen, MIN @ HOU 17 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ LV 18 DK Metcalf, SEA @ MIA 19 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. NYG 20 Keenan Allen, LAC @ TB 21 Will Fuller V, HOU vs. MIN. Fuller has posted point totals of 15.2, 0, and 13.4 to start the season. In a matchup against a Vikings secondary that allows 36.6 FPPG to WRs, he has a ton of upside and should easily be a WR2 because of his great matchup. 22 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. JAX. Because of Joe Burrow’s penchant for targeting the middle of the field, Boyd is the top Bengals receiver to play. He is averaging 8.5 receptions and 98.5 receiving yards per game the past two outings and has a TD. He could score another one against a Jaguars defense that allows 30 FPPG to WRs, the fifth-most in the NFL. 23 Diontae Johnson*, PIT @ TEN 24 Robert Woods, LAR vs. NYG. Woods has double-digit fantasy points in all three games so far for the Rams. He is handling about seven touches per game and should be able to do damage both through the air and on the ground against a porous Giants defense that just allowed Brandon AIyuk, a weapon similar to Woods, to go for over 100 yards. 25 DJ Chark*, JAX @ CIN. Chark nearly was able to suit up for last Thursday’s game against the Dolphins, so he should have a chance to return in Week 4. If he does, he’ll being taking on a Bengals defense that has been good against receivers but hasn’t faced too many talented receivers outside of Odell Beckham Jr.  26 A.J. Brown*, TEN vs. PIT. Brown is dealing with a significant bone bruise and his status moving forward is unknown. If he returns against the Steelers, he should have a chance to do well against a defense that has allowed more points to receivers than expected (25 FPPG, 12th-most in the NFL). 27 Marvin Jones, DET vs. NO. The return of Kenny Golladay in Week 3 helped Jones to get open more often against the Cardinals. He wasn’t targeted as much, but he brought in all three of his targets for 51 yards. He should have a chance to continue on as an efficient WR3 against a Saints defense that has allowed an average of 31.3 points to their opponents through three games.  28 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. BAL. The Ravens could pose a tough challenge for McLaurin, but he has logged the most yards after the catch (YAC) among receivers through three games with a mark of 112. Considering that Washington will likely be playing from behind and McLauring is averaging 8.3 targets per game, he could have a solid week. 29 Marquise Brown, BAL @ WAS 30 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ DAL. Landry is only averaging four catches for 47.7 yards through three games this season, but the Cowboys could be the perfect antidote for that. Dallas has allowed the seventh-most FPPG to WRs (28.8) this season so Landry could be in for a solid performance, especially if the Cowboys focus on Odell Beckham Jr. as the bigger threat. Landry should rack up yards and catches even if he’s not a big-time TD threat. 31 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ARZ. Moore is averaging 17.1 yards per catch this season and has already seen 26 targets through three games. Most weeks, he’ll be a WR2, but the Cardinals have been excellent against WRs this year and have allowed the fifth-fewest yards to the position (365). Moore can still be started, but his ceiling is lower given the matchup. 32 Julian Edelman, NE @ KC. Through three games, Edelman has established himself as Cam Newton’s favorite receiver and has racked up 24 targets. He should be targeted frequently once again when the Patriots take on the Chiefs, as this game could be an offensive battle. However, the Chiefs have been good against WRs and had only allowed 17.8 FPPG to the position before their Monday night battle with the Ravens. 33 Preston Williams, MIA vs. SEA. In three games, the Seahawks have allowed 1,136 yards to WRs. That’s 400 more than the next-worst team, the Atlanta Falcons. As such, Williams should be trusted as a WR3 because the matchup is so good and the Dolphins will, likely, be playing catch up. Williams could post season-best numbers in targets, catches, yards, and he could grab a TD for the second consecutive week. 34 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. CLE. The Browns have allowed five TDs to receivers this year which is tied for the second-most in the NFL with several other teams. Lamb should have a chance to take advantage of that as he has good size and is averaging seven targets per game. The rookie is due to catch his first TD anyway, so feel free to fire him up as a flex. 35 Allen Lazard, GB vs. ATL. With Davante Adams (hamstring) out on Sunday night, Lazard was Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver and he reeled in six catches for 146 yards and a score. Adams may return in Week 4 given that he was close to playing in New Orleans, but that shouldn’t impact Lazard’s ceiling. The Falcons have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and have allowed 736 yards to receivers, good for second-most in the league. 36 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. PHI. Aiyuk emerged as the top target for the 49ers against the Giants and racked up 101 total yards and a score on eight touches. He’s as both a pass-catcher and a runner, and he should have a chance to find success against a Philly defense that has struggled to contain opposing WRs to the tune of 545 yards and two scores on the year. 37 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ DET. Sanders hasn’t done much with the Saints in terms of yardage, but he does have two TDs including one against the Packers last week. If Michael Thomas returns, Sanders may see fewer targets but he may find himself more open against a beat-up Lions secondary. 38 A.J. Green, CIN vs. JAX. Boyd may be the more consistent of the Bengals receivers right now, but Green could get going soon. He has a good matchup and has seen 28 targets from Joe Burrow through three games. It’s only a matter of time before he has a big breakout game and is reminiscent of the Green of old. 39 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. ATL. MVS wasn’t as productive as Lazard against the Saints, but he still has a huge opportunity ahead of him in a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Feel free to fire him up as a high-end flex play with a big-time ceiling against a weak secondary. 40 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ CHI. Hilton hasn’t quite clicked with Philip Rivers yet, and he has seen his target share decrease each game from 9 to 5 to 3. He’s still averaging 13.3 yards per catch and is a big-play threat, but the lack of opportunities will limit him against a Bears offense that hasn’t allowed a WR to score a TD this season. 41 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ HOU. Jefferson, a first-round pick in 2020, broke out for the Vikings in their third game of the season. He caught 7-of-9 targets for 175 yards and a TD and looked like the focal point of the Vikings’ offense. The Texans have been good against WRs but given how much better the Vikings were with Jefferson playing a big role, Kirk Cousins will likely look to get him involved in the offense early and often. 42 John Brown, BUF @ LV 43 Corey Davis, TEN vs. PIT. Davis still is the No. 1 receiver for the Titans right now pending the health of A.J. Brown. If Brown plays, Davis is a good flex. If Brown sits, Davis could leap up from here a bit against a Steelers defense that has allowed 578 receiving yards to WRs this year. 44 Jamison Crowder*, NYJ vs. DEN 45 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ NYJ. Either Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien will quarterback the Broncos on a short week against the Jets. The matchup is a good one for Jeudy but it’s hard to trust him as more than a WR3/flex play because of his team’s unsettled quarterback position. 46 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ SF. Ward became Carson Wentz’s favorite receiver when DeSean Jackson went down with an injury and didn’t return against the Bengals. Sound familiar? That’s because Ward averaged 6.7 targets per game down the stretch of last season with Wentz’s receiving corps banged-up. Ward will have a chance to become fantasy-relevant once again because of this connection along with injuries to Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert. 47 Darius Slayton, NYG @ LAR. Slayton caught two TDs in the Giants’ opener but has since struggled to gain separation. Now, he’ll be taking on the Rams and could get a date with Jalen Ramsey. That’s enough to make owners lean towards sitting him in Week 4. 48 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. MIN. Cooks should have a chance to break a long catch against the Vikings’ poor cornerback group. That said, he is a bit of a boom-or-bust playmaker considering that he has only 10 catches through three games this season. 49 Mike Williams, LAC @ TB 50 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. JAX. Higgins emerged as a viable target for the Bengals in the red-zone, catching two TDs and 5-of-9 targets for 40 yards. Higgins is still behind Boyd and A.J. Green in the pecking order, but he’s a player on the rise. If he scores another TD against a beatable Jacksonville secondary, fantasy owners will feel a lot more comfortable starting him down the line. 51 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. CLE. Gallup led the Cowboys in receiving yards last week with 136 and scored a TD against the Seahawks. The Browns are a tougher matchup, so Gallup may go back to be an inconsistent deep threat in that contest. 52 Russell Gage*, ATL @ GB. Gage is dealing with a concussion. If he plays, he’ll be a flex option against a beatable Packers secondary that will focus on Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones. His status will be worth watching in the coming weeks. 53 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. ARZ. Anderson continues to show good chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater and is a big play waiting to happen. He has a tough matchup against the Cardinals, but he’s always a threat to take one to the house. 54 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ DET 55 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. BUF. Renfrow caught a TD for the Raiders against the Patriots, wats inches away from another score, and was Vegas’ leading receiver with six catches and 84 yards. He may not be as productive if Henry Ruggs returns to action but in PPR formats, Renfrow can be a nice flex option. 56 Cole Beasley, BUF @ LV. Beasley posted six catches for 100 yards last week when John Brown failed to catch a pass while nursing a calf injury that held him out half of the game. If Brown can’t play, Beasley is a nice PPR flex option and is similar to Renfrow in terms of upside. 57 Golden Tate, NYG @ LAR 58 KJ Hamler, DEN @ NYJ. Hamler’s ceiling will be higher when Drew Lock is back. Even in a good matchup, it’s too hard to trust him with either Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien at quarterback. 59 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ CIN. Shenault is averaging 6.3 touches per game and is a threat as a pass catcher and a runner out of the backfield. His upside is high but the volume isn’t quite there yet for him to be a consistent flex play. 60 Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. ARZ. With Christian McCaffrey out, Samuel, a college running back, handled four carries for the Panthers while catching four passes. He could continue to see solid volume in both phases of the game and will be startable in weaker matchups. 61 Christian Kirk*, ARZ @ CAR 62 James Washington, PIT @ TEN 63 Henry Ruggs III*, LV vs. BUF 64 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. NE 65 Scotty Miller, TB vs. LAC 66 Randall Cobb, HOU vs. MIN 67 N’Keal Harry, NE @ KC 68 DeSean Jackson*, PHI @ SF 69 Andy Isabella, ARZ @ CAR 70 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. IND 71 Keelan Cole, JAX @ CIN 72 Chase Claypool, PIT @ TEN 73 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. DEN 74 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. NE 75 Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. BAL 76 Adam Humphries, TEN vs. PIT 77 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. NYG 78 Damiere Byrd, NE @ KC 79 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ CAR 80 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ LV 81 Zach Pascal, IND @ CHI 82 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. PHI 83 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. NE 84 Isaiah Ford, MIA vs. SEA 85 Chris Hogan, NYJ vs. DEN 86 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ TB 87 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. NYG 88 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. BUF 89 Danny Amendola, DET vs. NO 90 Steven Sims, WAS vs. BAL 91 Miles Boykin, BAL @ WAS

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