Koerner’s Week 4 Fantasy Football Tiers: WR

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  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 4 wide receiver tiers.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my wide receiver tiers for Week 4 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Koerner’s Wide Receiver Tiers

Based on standard scoring; +/- indicates how many Tiers up/down each player would move in a PPR format.

Tier 1
Michael Thomas (@ NYG)
Antonio Brown (vs. BAL)

Brown finally has to share his Tier with another WR this week. Thomas has certainly earned his spot here after posting 10-plus receptions each of the first three weeks.

Tier 2
Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. NO)
Julio Jones (vs. CIN)
Tyreek Hill (@ DEN)
DeAndre Hopkins (@ IND)

Jones continues to frustrate owners with his lack of TDs. I have a feeling Calvin Ridley’s breakout game might help get Julio more red-zone looks. He is certainly due for an eruption game, and it could come as soon as this week.

Tier 3
Keenan Allen (vs. SF)
Mike Evans (@ CHI)
A.J. Green (@ ATL)
Adam Thielen (@ LA)
Davante Adams (vs. BUF)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. BAL)

Evans has returned to being an every-week WR1. Adams has now scored a TD in each of the first three games this year and will only get better. His yardage totals are sure to go up as Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury continues to heal.

Tier 4
Jarvis Landry (@ OAK)
T.Y. Hilton (vs. HOU)
Brandin Cooks (vs. MIN)
Emmanuel Sanders (vs. KC)
Stefon Diggs (@ LA)
Will Fuller (@ IND)

Landry gets an immediate boost with the Browns deciding to name Baker Mayfield as the team’s starter going forward.

Fuller has been incredibly efficient the past two seasons with Deshaun Watson under center. He is likely due some regression in terms of efficiency, but he has seen target totals of nine and 11 in his first two games this season. This puts him squarely in play as an every-week WR2 until further notice.

Tier 5
Robert Woods (vs. MIN)
Allen Robinson (vs. TB)
Golden Tate (@ DAL)
Kenny Golladay (@ DAL)
Demaryius Thomas (vs. KC)
Sammy Watkins (@ DEN)

The Rams’ and Lions’ passing attacks are potent enough to sustain three fantasy-relevant wide receivers each and every week. Golladay has really impressed so far, and if Tate and/or Marvin Jones were to ever miss time, Golladay just might be able to push WR1 value.

Tier 6
Cooper Kupp (vs. MIN)
Sterling Shepard (vs. NO)
Tyler Lockett (@ ARI)
Calvin Ridley (vs. CIN)
Amari Cooper (vs. CLE)
John Brown (@ PIT)
Marvin Jones (@ DAL)
Keelan Cole (vs. NYJ)
Corey Davis (vs. PHI)
Nelson Agholor (@ TEN)
DeSean Jackson (@ CHI)
Randall Cobb (vs. BUF)
Michael Crabtree (@ PIT)
Antonio Callaway (@ OAK)
Tyler Boyd (@ ATL)
Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SEA)
Quincy Enunwa (@ JAX)
Chris Hogan (vs. MIA)
Kenny Stills (@ NE)
Mike Williams (vs. SF)

This Tier is the very reason I was saying the WR position is as deep as it’s ever been headed into the season. You really can’t go wrong with any of the above as your WR2/3.

We definitely need to start wondering if Fitzgerald’s age is finally catching up to him after a dreadful start to the 2018 season. We could see him turn things around in Week 4 as the Cardinals give rookie QB Josh Rosen the nod. I would imagine he is going to lean on the veteran WR heavily to begin his career.

New Orleans Saints wide receivers Ted Ginn (19) and Michael Thomas (13). Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tier 7
Ted Ginn (@ NYG)
Geronimo Allison (vs. BUF)
Chris Godwin (@ CHI)
Jordy Nelson (vs. CLE)
Brandon Marshall (@ ARI)
Alshon Jeffery (@ TEN)

Jeffery is tentatively expected to make his season debut this week. I’m willing to leave him on my bench just to avoid a scenario where they ease him back in his return.

Nelson erupted for a huge Week 3, when he went for 6/173/1. I’m not falling for it and would only start him if you are in dire need at WR.

Tier 8
Kelvin Benjamin (@ GB)
Dede Westbrook (vs. NYJ)
Mohamed Sanu (vs. CIN)
Marquise Goodwin (@ LAC)
Taylor Gabriel (vs. TB)
Willie Snead (@ PIT)
Ryan Grant (vs. HOU)

Although we see our first BYE weeks this week, it’s only the Panthers and Redskins that get a break, which means there isn’t enough WR firepower missing this week to warrant starting anyone in this Tier unless you are in 14- or 16-team leagues.