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Fantasy Football Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings

Mike Williams

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. It has shown fantasy trends that have started to develop and show what could happen the rest of the season. Already some players have proven to be fantasy relevant while some fantasy stars have been alarmingly disappointing to this point. Injuries have started to mount up this season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Week 4 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Key:
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartDavante Adamsvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR1
Must StartCooper Kuppvs Arizona CardinalsWR2
Must StartD.K. Metcalfvs San Francisco 49ersWR3
Must StartKeenan Allenvs Las Vegas RaidersWR4
Starting WR1Stefon Diggsvs Houston TexansWR5
Starting WR1Tyreek Hillvs Philadelphia EaglesWR6
Starting WR1Mike Williamsvs Las Vegas RaidersWR7
Starting WR1Justin Jeffersonvs Cleveland BrownsWR8
Starting WR1DeAndre Hopkins*vs Los Angeles RamsWR9
Starting WR1Terry McLaurinvs Atlanta FalconsWR10
High WR2Calvin Ridleyvs Washington Football TeamWR11
High WR2D.J. Moorevs Dallas CowboysWR12
High WR2Brandin Cooksvs Buffalo BillsWR13
Starting WR2Ja’Marr Chasevs Jacksonville Jaguars13.7 points
Starting WR2Tyler Lockett*vs San Fransisco 49ersWR15
Starting WR2CeeDee Lambvs Carolina PanthersWR16
Starting WR2Adam Theilenvs Cleveland BrownsWR17
Starting WR2Deebo Samuelvs Seattle SeahawksWR18
Low WR2Diontae Johnsonvs Green Bay PackersWR19
Low WR2Julio Jones*vs New York JetsWR20
Low WR2Chris Godwinvs New England PatriotsWR21
Low WR2Amari Coopervs Carolina PanthersWR22
Low WR2Marvin Jones Jr.vs Cincinnati Bengals5.4 points
FlexMike Evansvs New England PatriotsWR24
FlexTyler Boydvs Jacksonville Jaguars20.8 points
FlexOdell Beckham Jr.vs Minnesota VikingsWR26
FlexJakobi Meyersvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR27
FlexCorey Davisvs Tennessee TitansWR28
FlexAllen Robinsonvs Detriot LionsWR29
FlexAntonio Brownvs New England PatriotsWR30
FlexMarquise “Hollywood” Brown*vs Denver BroncosWR31
FlexJaylen Waddlevs Indianapolis ColtsWR32
FlexEmmanuel Sandersvs Houston TexansWR33
FlexChase Claypool*vs Green Bay PackersWR34
FlexD.J. Chark*vs Cincinnati Bengals0.0 points
FlexCole Beasleyvs Houston TexansWR36
FlexMichael Pittman Jr.vs Miami DolphinsWR37
FlexHunter Renfrowvs Los Angeles ChargersWR38
FlexBrandon Aiyukvs Seattle SeahawksWR39
FlexSterling Shepard*vs New Orleans SaintsWR40
Deep League FlexHenry Ruggsvs Los Angeles ChargersWR41
Deep League FlexJuJu Smith-Schuster*vs Green Bay PackersWR42
Deep League FlexRobert Woodsvs Arizona CardinalsWR43
Deep League FlexDeVonta Smithvs Kansas City ChiefsWR44
Deep League FlexKenny Golladay*vs New Orleans SaintsWR45
Deep League FlexTim Patrickvs Baltimore RavensWR46
Deep League FlexRobby Andersonvs Dallas CowboysWR47
Upside PlayJalen Reagorvs Kansas City ChiefsWR48
Upside PlayChristian Kirkvs Los Angeles RamsWR49
Upside Play DeVante Parkervs Indianapolis ColtsWR50
Upside PlayDarnell Mooneyvs Detriot LionsWR51
Upside PlayNelson Agholorvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR52
Upside PlayElijah Moore*vs Tennessee TitansWR53
Upside PlayMarquez Callawayvs New York GiantsWR54
Upside PlayChester Rodgersvs New York JetsWR55
Upside PlayZach Pascalvs Miami DolphinsWR56
Upside PlayKendrick Bournevs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR57
Upside PlayLaviska Shenault Jr. vs Cincinnati BengalsWR58
Upside PlayDyami Brownvs Atlanta FalconsWR59
Upside PlayWill Fuller V*vs Indianapolis ColtsWR60
Upside PlayMarquez Valdes-Scantling*vs Pittsburgh SteelersWR61
Upside PlayAdam Humphriesvs Atlanta FalconsWR62
Upside PlayVan Jeffersonvs Arizona CardinalsWR63
Upside PlayRondale Moorevs Los Angeles RamsWR64
Upside PlayA.J. Greenvs Los Angeles RamsWR65
Upside PlaySammy Watkins*vs Denver BroncosWR66
Upside PlayTerrace Marshall Jr.vs Dallas CowboysWR67
Upside PlayQuintez Cephusvs Chicago BearsWR68
Upside PlayAnthony Millervs Buffalo BillsWR69
Upside PlayNick Westbrook-Ikhinevs New York JetsWR70
Upside PlayMecole Hardmanvs Philadelphia EaglesWR71
Upside PlayRussell Gage*vs Washington Football TeamWR72
Upside PlayBryan Edwardsvs Los Angeles ChargersWR73
Leave on the BenchDarius Slayton*vs New Orleans SaintsWR74
Leave on the BenchK.J. Osbornvs Cleveland BrownsWR75
Leave on the BenchKalif Raymondvs Chicago BearsWR76
Leave on the BenchDeSean Jacksonvs Arizona CardinalsWR77
Leave on the BenchJamison Crowder*vs Tennessee TitansWR78
Leave on the BenchAuden Tatevs Jacksonville Jaguars2.8 points
Leave on the BenchDeonte Harrisvs New York GiantsWR80
Leave on the BenchQuez Watkinsvs Kansas City ChiefsWR81
Leave on the BenchRashod Bateman*vs Denver BroncosWR82
Leave on the BenchCedrick Wilsonvs Carolina PanthersWR83
Leave on the BenchGabriel Davisvs Houston TexansWR84
Leave on the BenchDonovan Peoples-Jonesvs Minnesota VikingsWR85
Leave on the BenchOlamide Zaccheausvs Washington Football TeamWR86
Leave on the BenchKenny Stillsvs New York GiantsWR87
Leave on the BenchParris Campbellvs Miami DolphinsWR88
Leave on the BenchAmon-Ra St. Brownvs Chicago BearsWR89
Leave on the BenchKadarius Toneyvs New Orleans SaintsWR90

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

WR9 DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins is still dealing with the rib injury that he suffered in Week 2. He played last week but showed that he definitely not 100%. It is unlikely that Arizona sits him out in an important divisional game. However, if Hopkins was to miss this week, Christian Kirk would boost up to WR41 between Henry Ruggs and JuJu Smith-Schuster. While A.J. Green leaps up to WR48 between Robby Anderson and Jalen Reagor. Rondale Moore would have the highest upside of the there but would slot in at WR63 between Adam Humphries and Van Jefferson.

WR15 Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett came back to earth with a solid game after an outstanding start to the year. He is dealing with a hip issue. If Lockett was to miss time Freddie Swain would join the list at WR73 between Bryan Edwards and Darius Slayton.

WR20 Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans

Julio Jones missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a leg/hamstring injury. This is brutal for Tennessee because they are already without A.J. Brown for this game against the Jets. If Jones cannot go Ryan Tannehill will likely spread the targets out. Chester Rodgers would get the boost to WR50 between Devante Parker and Darnell Mooney. While Nick Westbrook-Ikhine will become WR62 between Marques Valdes-Scantling and Adam Humphries.

Baltimore Ravens Wide Receivers: WR31 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR66 Sammy Watkins, & WR82 Rashod Bateman

Lamar Jackson is dealing with a back injury after dealing with a hip issue last week. If Jackson was to miss this week against Denver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown would drop down to WR44 between DeVonta Smith and Kenny Golladay. Then Sammy Watkins would drop to WR78 between Jamison Crowder and Auden Tate. Rashod Bateman, the Ravens 2021 first-round pick who can debut this week, would drop to WR89 between Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kadarius Toney.

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receivers: WR34 Chase Claypool & WR42 JuJu Smith-Schuster

After Diontae Johnson missed last week for the Steelers, now Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster are on the injury report. Claypool is dealing with a hamstring issue and Smith-Schuster hurt his ribs last week. If both are inactive James Washington becomes a deep league play and slots in at WR69 between Nicholas Westbrook-Ikhine and Mecole Hardman.

If Claypool is inactive and Smith-Schuster plays then Smith-Schuster would shoot up to WR34 where Claypool is currently. However, if Smith-Schuster is inactive and Claypool plays then Claypool would shoot up to WR30 between Allen Robinson and Antonio Brown.

WR35 D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

During his Week 4 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals D.J. Chark reportedly broke his ankle according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This injury will likely end Chark’s season. Laviska Shenault Jr. will take the Jaguars’ #2 receiver job with Chark out. Jacksonville could try to acquire another receiver via trade. However, his targets will more than likely just be spread between both Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones Jr. There will also be an increase in targets for their running backs and tight ends James Robinson, Carlos Hyde, Dan Arnold, and Jacob Hollister.

New York Giants Wide Receivers: WR40 Sterling Shepard, WR45 Kenny Golladay, & WR74 Darius Slayton

The New York Giants receiving core got beat up last week. All three of their top receivers left with an injury last Sunday. Both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton hurt their hamstrings while Kenny Golladay hurt his hip.

The most likely scenario is that Shepard and Slayton miss this week and Golladay is active. If that is the case Golladay moves up to WR41 between Henry Ruggs and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Kadairus Toney would move up to WR74 where Slayton is valued right now.

If Slayton and Golladay are active and Shepard is not then Slayton would move up to WR52 between Nelson Agholor and Elijah Moore.

In the unlikely scenario if all three are. inactive then Kadrius Toney becomes an intriguing option this week shooting all the way up to WR54 between Zach Pascal and Kenrick Bourne.

Jets Wide Receivers: WR53 Elijah Moore & WR78 Jamison Crowder

Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore is dealing with a concussion. They hope to have him this week in a great matchup against the Tennessee Titans. If Moore is inactive then Jamison Crowder moves up to WR74 between Darius Slayton and K.J. Osborn. Keelan Cole would take Crowder’s slot at WR78.

Jamison Crowder hasn’t made his debut for the Jets yet this season. He is still limited in practice because of this groin injury. If Crowder was to miss another week Braxton Berrios would fill him at WR78.

If both Moore and Crowder are inactive then Keelan Cole would receive some fantasy consideration joining the list at WR70 between Russell Gage and Bryan Edwards.

WR60 Will Fuller V, Miami Dolphins

After making his debut last week Will Fuller V is dealing with a chest and elbow injury. If Fuller is inactive this slightly boosts up the stock of Devante Parker and Jaylen Waddle. But won’t have a huge impact on their value.

WR61 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

According to Packers coach Matt LaFleur, the team will need all week to determine if Marquez Valdes-Scantling will play Sunday against the Steelers because of his hamstring injury. If he doesn’t; play his targets will likely be split between Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard.

WR72 Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

Russell Gage missed last week’s game against the Giants because of an ankle injury. There is a solid chance he returns this week. However, if he doesn’t Olamide Zaccheaus will take his slot at WR72.

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