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Wide receivers are not immune from the wrath of 2020. Every time one big name gets healthy, it seems like another one gets hurt. That’s put us in a tough spot putting together our Week 4 fantasy WR rankings. They change time and again throughout the course of the week when practice reports come out and we find ourself removing players that we expected to play and inserting players we expected to be out. So, bear with us as studs, sleepers and busts shift over and over throughout the week. 

Our fun fact of the week that you may not have seen: Stefon Diggs caught touchdowns on consecutive first-quarter plays for the Bills, neither of which counted. The first was a low throw from Josh Allen that unluckily hit the ground as Diggs reached down to catch it. The second came back because of a flag. Diggs continues to be a WR2 while in Buffalo, even if his Week 3 stats don’t show the full impact he had on the game (although his third-quarter score did help the cause).

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Out of nowhere in Week 3, four rookies stood out in the early afternoon window. Kirk Cousins threw to former LSU star Justin Jefferson early and often; Tee Higgins got into the end zone twice; Josh Allen was having a good time throwing the ball to Gabriel Davis out of UCF; and Brandon Aiyuk showed his versatility with over 100 total yards and a touchdown. Jefferson is someone to target as a pickup in leagues where he was previously dropped after his slow start; Higgins and Aiyuk might have some big weeks scattered with inconsistency; and Davis is more of a deep-league add, though he could have short-term value if John Brown (calf) misses time. 

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While injuries have been annoying all season at wide receiver, it was good to see DeVante Parker look healthy on Thursday Night Football against the Jaguars. He caught five passes for 59 yards and should retain his No. 1 WR role for the Dolphins as long as he stays on the field. With how Parker has played in the past year-plus, that puts him in WR1 territory this week against the worst pass defense in the league. One of our favorite sleepers, Preston Williams, caught a touchdown for the Dolphins on TNF and is in play as a starter this week. 

On the other side of things, Julio Jones seemed to get worse all week leading up to Week 3 and missed out with his lingering hamstring injury. We have him in the rankings for right now, but that could change if things don’t seem to get better. Jones and Calvin Ridley are must-starts while healthy, while Russell Gage is a flex play when both are active but moves up to a strong PPR WR3 with one of the others inactive. Gage did leave Sunday with a head injury, however.

We’ll also have to keep an eye on Davante Adams’ hamstring injury this week. His status would have big impacts on Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard. A.J. Brown (knee) also sounds like he could miss additional time, which doesn’t add up to as much a boost to Corey Davis as we’d like to think. Diontae Johnson might have to deal with concussion protocol during the wee. If he’s out, James Washington could have value in deeper PPR leagues.  

One more bright spot before we get to the rankings: It looks like Michael Thomas (ankle) will be back this week. His return makes Emmanuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith both speculative flex plays, at best, going forward, while Thomas should return to a starting spot in all of your lineups.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

Week 4 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

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
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
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
22 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. JAX
23 Diontae Johnson*, PIT @ TEN
24 Robert Woods, LAR vs. NYG
25 DJ Chark*, JAX @ CIN
26 A.J. Brown*, TEN vs. PIT
27 Marvin Jones, DET vs. NO
28 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. BAL
29 Marquise Brown, BAL @ WAS
30 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ DAL
31 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ARZ
32 Julian Edelman, NE @ KC
33 Preston Williams, MIA vs. SEA
34 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. CLE
35 Allen Lazard, GB vs. ATL
36 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. PHI
37 Emmanuel Sanders, NO @ DET
38 A.J. Green, CIN vs. JAX
39 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. ATL
40 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ CHI
41 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ HOU
42 John Brown, BUF @ LV
43 Corey Davis, TEN vs. PIT
44 Jamison Crowder*, NYJ vs. DEN
45 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ NYJ
46 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ SF
47 Darius Slayton, NYG @ LAR
48 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. MIN
49 Mike Williams, LAC @ TB
50 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. JAX
51 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. CLE
52 Russell Gage*, ATL @ GB
53 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. ARZ
54 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ DET
55 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. BUF
56 Cole Beasley, BUF @ LV
57 Golden Tate, NYG @ LAR
58 KJ Hamler, DEN @ NYJ
59 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ CIN
60 Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. ARZ
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 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ CHI
78 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. NYG
79 Damaire Byrd, NE @ KC
80 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ CAR
81 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ LV
82 Zach Pascal, IND @ CHI
83 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. PHI
84 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. NE
85 Isaiah Ford, MIA vs. SEA
86 Chris Hogan, NYJ vs. DEN
87 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ TB
88 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. NYG
89 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. BUF
90 Danny Amendola, DET vs. NO
91 Steven Sims, WAS vs. BAL
92 Miles Boykin, BAL @ WAS

* =  Injury worry this week

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September 28, 2020
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