Week 4 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: QB

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Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

No matter how good, quarterbacks are only as good as the defense they’re facing. We saw that in Week 3 when the Bengals stifled Aaron Rodgers and the Chiefs buried Michael Vick. This week, it’s Eli Manning‘s turn to face the top-rated Chiefs D after being eaten alive by the Panthers in Week 3.

Christian Ponder (Steelers), Matt Schaub (Seahawks), Jay Cutler (Lions), Jake Locker (Jets), and Matt Ryan (Patriots) also figure to have their hands full on Sunday.

On the flip-side, Tony Romo, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Colin Kaepernick should see nothing but smooth sailing.

Watch out for EJ Manuel vs. the Ravens though, most of the QB FPS they’ve allowed came in Week 1 against Peyton. He doesn’t look like a promising start against a defense that hasn’t allowed a passing touchdown since.

Let’s take a look at all of the most and least favorable matchups of the week based on how many fantasy points each defense has allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
QB

QB
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 4 Opponents

1

20.1 Chiefs Eli Manning

2

21.5 Steelers Christian Ponder

3

21.6 Seahawks Matt Schaub

4

22.4 Lions Jay Cutler

5

22.6 Jets Jake Locker

6

23.6 Patriots Matt Ryan

7

27.2 Browns Andy Dalton

8

27.4 Jaguars Andrew Luck

9

28 Saints Ryan Tannehill

10

30.6 Titans Geno Smith

11

30.8 Buccaneers Carson Palmer

12

31.4 Bears Matt Stafford

13

31.6 Panthers BYE

14

31.9 Bengals Brian Hoyer

15

32.2 Dolphins Drew Brees

16

33.8 Bills Joe Flacco

17

35 Broncos Michael Vick

18

36.7 Colts Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert (Q)

19

37.4 Giants Alex Smith

20

37.6 49ers Sam Bradford

21

38.3 Cardinals Mike Glennon

22

39.5 Raiders Robert Griffin III

23

39.5 Texans Russell Wilson

24

41 Rams Colin Kaepernick

25

41.5 Vikings Ben Rothlisberger

26

49 Falcons Tom Brady

27

51.4 Eagles Peyton Manning

28

54.4 Cowboys Philip Rivers

29

54.6 Packers BYE

30

56.3 Ravens EJ Manuel

31

59.2 Chargers Tony Romo

32

60.4 Redskins Terrelle Pryor (Q), Matt Flynn

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

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Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
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