Week 4 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

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.

* =  Injury worry this week

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