Admitting when we’re wrong is a level of self-awareness that is key in life. Remaining stubborn on a certain topic or opinion when we have information that reveals the truth on something is a questionable tactic. So with that being said, I would like to formally admit I was wrong about Ja’Marr Chase. I wasn’t hesitant to take Chase because of his preseason woes, but more so because of him playing in an offense that has a quarterback that is less than a year removed from a serious knee injury. While Joe Burrow hasn’t played particularly great, he and Chase have rekindled the rapport that they had at LSU. Besides the reality of Chase being the WR1 for the Cincinnati Bengals, check out my updated wide receiver rankings entering Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.
WR Rankings Week 4
|NAME||PREVIOUS RANK||NEW RANK|
|NAME||PREVIOUS RANK||NEW RANK|
|Marvin Jones Jr.||36||33|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||43||43|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||47||40|
Notable omissions (Previous Rank):
Donovan Peoples-Jones (75)
Biggest Movers (Increase or Decrease From Previous Rank):
- Emmanuel Sanders (+10)
- Mike Williams (+9)
- Ja’Marr Chase (+8)
- Jamison Crowder (-8)
- Terrace Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. (+7)
- On any given week, a different wide receiver could lead the Buffalo Bills in scoring. Stefon Diggs remains the alpha — despite his quiet outings to begin the season — but Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis are all involved in the passing game. With the Bills having a pass-heavy offense, all four of them have some sort of relevancy in fantasy football. Besides Diggs, Sanders could very well finish as the No. 2 wideout in Buffalo if he can remain healthy. Sanders is coming off of a two-touchdown performance versus the Washington Football Team and gets the Houston Texans in Week 4.
- The time has finally come for Mike Williams to evolve into what a lot of people — myself included — thought he could when he’s healthy. Despite having two fewer targets than Keenan Allen, Williams is outpacing his running mate in receptions (22), receiving yards (295), and receiving touchdowns (4). While Williams’ aDOT is down from previous seasons, he’s being used in a variety of ways, making him a valuable option in fantasy football moving forward. Williams currently sits as WR2 in half-PPR formats.
- I have already spoken about being wrong about Chase in his rookie season, but he’s been fantastic thus far. Chase has caught at least one touchdown in each game this season, hauling in two scores in Week 3 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Burrow is targeting Chase down the field often and the LSU duo is clearly on the same page. I would put Chase higher but there are still 14 games to go for the Bengals, so things could be subject to change in certain weeks, especially when Tee Higgins returns to the field.
- Even though Jamison Crowder hasn’t played this season yet, I’ve been holding out hope that he can be a viable option in fantasy football. The New York Jets desperately need someone to step up at wide receiver outside of Corey Davis. And with Elijah Moore having a quiet start to his rookie season, Crowder still can become a main fixture in New York’s offense. That being said, I have to continue lowering his ranking until we see him make his debut in 2021.
- Both Terrace Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. rounded out my list of biggest movers. Marshall just posted a career-best stat line of four receptions for 48 yards in Week 3 and his role should increase with Dan Arnold being traded. At the same time, Marshall’s ceiling is capped with the presence of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. As for Beckham, he looked decently explosive in his debut in Week 3 as he caught five passes for 77 yards, along with a 10-yard run. With Jarvis Landry sidelined for the Cleveland Browns, Beckham is the clear No. 1 target for Baker Mayfield right now.