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Fantasy WR Rankings Week 4: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

It was another strong week for wide receivers, and another reminder of how deep the position is. The studs continue to mostly come through, and the middle-of-the-pack flex options are producing boom weeks regularly. As always, we’re looking for big-play threats more in standard than PPR. Of course, there’s a large category of receivers who are excellent in both formats, but as we move down our Week 4 fantasy WR rankings, plenty of players stand out as better suited for one vs. the other.

We like Josh Allen as our top QB this week, so naturally, Stefon Diggs (vs. Texans) takes the top spot in our WR rankings. We won’t bore you with a bunch of obvious starters, but it’s worth noting the Bills’ offense is looking more like it did last year. Deebo Samuel (vs. Seahawks), Corey Davis (vs. Titans), and Ja’Marr Chase (vs. Jaguars) have juicy matchups and also move up in our rankings. Samuel has looked every part of the No. 1 WR in San Francisco, and Seattle looks like they’re going to be in shootouts regularly. Davis gets his chance at revenge against the Titans, and although their pass defense looked better against Indianapolis, we’re not totally sold on them moving forward, at least against high-volume WRs.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Chase has a good chance at WR1 production in a matchup with the Jags. We also like the other Bengals’ pass-catchers, but we’ll see if Tee Higgins (shoulder) is active on a short week. Tyler Boyd is usually more of a PPR play, so Chase and Higgins (if healthy) take a spot ahead of him in standard.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

On the same token, DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Marvin Jones (@ Bengals) should be attractive flex plays, though it’s unlikely all three will produce. Pick your poison. Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Texans) should have chances to make noise this week, too, but Sanders is slightly more geared toward standard leagues

DeVonta Smith (vs. Chiefs), Jalen Reagor (vs. Chiefs), and Darnell Mooney (vs. Lions) highlight a group of young WRs with favorable matchups this week. The Chiefs’ and Lions’ pass defenses have been highly suspect this year, so any of those receivers could boom. Of course, Smith is ranked the highest among the three, as he has the highest floor and ceiling. In deep leagues, it’s tough to ignore K.J. Osborn (vs. Cleveland) and Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk (@ Rams). With Jalen Ramsey covering DeAndre Hopkins, Moore and/or Kirk should see increased volume. Julio Jones (vs. Jets) has the chance to be a top-10 play if A.J. Brown (hamstring) has to miss time. Chase Claypool (vs. Packers) is easily the No. 1 WR in Pittsburgh if JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and Diontae Johnson (knee) are both out. Big Ben has looked awful, but Claypool has to be heavily targeted in this case. If all three are healthy, expect plenty of dink-and-dunking and high reception totals for Johnson and JuJu.

Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Seahawks), Hunter Renfrow (@ Chargers), and Tim Patrick (vs. Ravens) also have their arrows pointing up thanks to increased usage. On the flip side, Robby Anderson (@ Cowboys), Quintez Cephus (@ Bears), and Nelson Agholor (vs. Buccaneers) are losing some luster after decent starts. Anderson has a great matchup this week, though, so he might still be in play in standard leagues, especially with Christian McCaffrey’s injury possibly freeing up more targets in Carolina.

Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal have been on the sleeper/bust bubble all season, but we don’t like their chances heading into Miami in Week 4. Miami’s defense still has two stellar corners, and Colt’s offense looks stuck in the mud under a hobbled Carson Wentz (ankles). T.Y. Hilton is eligible to return from IR, so we’ll see if he becomes a factor as early as this week.

Rashod Bateman (vs. Broncos), Curtis Samuel (@ Falcons), and Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Giants) are in the same boat as Hilton. We don’t recommend starting them right away, but any of them could be a high-risk, high-reward option in deep leagues if they return in Week 4.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 4: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. HOU
2 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. ARI
3 Tyreek Hill, KC @ PHI
4 Davante Adams, GB vs. PIT
5 D.J. Moore, CAR @ DAL
6 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. WAS
7 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ ATL
8 DK Metcalf, SEA @ SF
9 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. CLE
10 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. LV
11 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. SEA
12 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DET
13 Chris Godwin, TB @ NE
14 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ SF
15 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ BUF
16 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. JAX
17 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ LAR
18 A.J. Brown, TEN @ NYJ
19 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CLE
20 Mike Williams, LAC vs. LV
21 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. CAR
22 Julio Jones, TEN @ NYJ
23 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. TEN
24 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. CAR
25 Mike Evans, TB @ NE
26 Marquise Brown, BAL @ DEN
27 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. BAL
28 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. KC
29 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. JAX
30 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ MIN
31 Robert Woods, LAR vs. ARI
32 Antonio Brown, TB @ NE
33 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ NO
34 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ GB
35 Marvin Jones, JAX @ CIN
36 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. BAL
37 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. HOU
38 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. JAX
39 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. HOU
40 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ GB
41 Chase Claypool, PIT @ GB
42 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. TB
43 Christian Kirk, ARI @ LAR
44 DJ Chark, Jaguars, JAX @ CIN
45 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ NO
46 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. SEA
47 Rondale Moore, ARI @ LAR
48 Curtis Samuel, WFT @ ATL
49 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ CIN
50 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ LAC
51 Robby Anderson, CAR @ DAL
52 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ LAC
53 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. DET
54 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. IND
55 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ MIA
56 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. NYG
57 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. KC
58 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ DEN
59 Quintez Cephus, DET @ CHI
60 Will Fuller V, MIA vs. IND
61 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. TB
62 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. NYG
63 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ MIA
64 Zach Pascal, IND @ MIA
65 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. KC
66 Bryan Edwards, LV @ LAC
67 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. HOU
68 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. CLE
69 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. TB
70 Anthony Miller, HOU @ BUF
71 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. IND
72 Darius Slayton, NYG @ NO
73 Mecole Hardman, KC @ PHI
74 DeSean Jackson, LAR vs. ARI
75 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. TEN
76 Khalif Raymond, DET @ CHI
77 A.J. Green, ARI @ LAR
78 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. ARI
79 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ DAL
80 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ DEN
81 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. TEN
82 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. LAV
83 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. TEN
84 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. BAL
85 Deonte Harris, NO vs. NYG
86 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. PIT
87 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. WAS
88 Randall Cobb, GB vs. PIT
89 Collin Johnson, NYG @ NO
90 Allen Lazard, GB vs. PIT
91 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ NO
92 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ PHI
93 Dyami Brown, WAS @ ATL
94 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. DET
95 Byron Pringle, KC @ PHI
96 Anthony Schwartz, CLE @ MIN