We have reached the point where bye weeks start to alter your lineups. While only two teams are off in week 4, this is the start of at least two teams a week being having a bye. This week we have Jordy Nelson and Jordan Matthews as the top two guys who are out. At this point in the season we need to start working around the bye weeks and injuries to get to ideal lineups. This may mean going and using a spot on your roster as a streaming spot to fill in whichever need you have for that week.
We can tell which pass defense are bad at this point, and which are tough matchups. That is now being fully weighted into my rankings. Now pure talent sometimes makes up for a lack of a good matchup, see Julio Jones, but those who aren't elite get dropped down past guy's who are just not as good, but they at least have a good matchup. Keep that in mind when seeing where I rank guys, but that is a bigger component now, and will be for the rest of the year. Now to the rankings, and some commentary on a few guys.
Teams on bye: Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles
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DeSean Jackson - Last week we saw what DeSean Jackson can do when he gets that one long score. This is nothing new though to his owners, and makes him sometimes frustrating to start. This week against the Browns secondary that has been bad to start the season, Jackson should have no problem getting a long score this week.
Terrelle Pryor - Well with Pryor pretty much being the only available receiver, he was bound to see an uptick in production, but I don't think anybody foresaw what he did last week. Not only was he targeted 14 times, but he also lined up as the QB on some plays, most importantly, lining up as QB in the redzone for his rushing TD. That kind of production gives you a nice floor to go off of with Pryor for this week. He is the ideal high floor FLEX play, or even a WR2 for this week.
Will Fuller - After a great start to his career through the first two weeks, Fuller struggled on Thursday night in week 3. In his defense though, everyone on the Texans struggled in that Thursday night game. The one thing that hasn't changed is the amount of looks he has been getting each week. Fuller looks to be in a prime position to again see close to 8 targets, which Fuller can turn into a high yardage game.
Jamison Crowder - Tied for the team lead in targets with Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson, Crowder has been successful so far this season in making himself irreplaceable to Kirk Cousins. There were fears that Crowder's role would get smaller this season, but Crowder appears to be doing exactly what he did last year. What this means for owners is that Crowder is a safe play each week to go out and get roughly 5 receptions for 60 yards, and he has a chance at a TD.
Cole Beasley - Similar to Crowder in his role, Beasley is also another safe option to play as a WR3 during this bye week. Dak Prescott has been looking Beasley's way constantly to start the season as a safetly valve, which has led to 20 of his 25 targets turning into receptions. What you get out of Beasley is 6-7 receptions with 70 yards, but his TD upside is not nearly as high as Crowder. That is what leads to Beasley being ranked just below Crowder this week.