QB: Derek Carr
Being on pace for over 4,000 yards passing with 36 touchdowns earns the Raiders’ quarterback the right to be crowned the quarter pole QB Riser. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree split wide, Carr has two of the better receiving options in the league to help pad his stat line. The scary part here is that we’ve likely not seen his best just yet. Remember, this is only his second year in the league. As the maturation process continues, Carr will find himself moving further and further up the rankings. He has the potential to join the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson as one of the best dynasty QB keeper options.
RB1: Melvin Gordon
Many drafters would have been happy with the idea of Gordon bouncing back this season and finishing with 6 rushing touchdowns on the year. Those same drafters would have been head over heels for Gordon if they had know he’d have that total through just four games. At this point, unless the wheels completely fall off here, Gordon will be a lock to score double-digit touchdowns. As more and more Chargers’ options go down for the season, the heavier San Diego will lean on their second-year back. As long as Gordon stays at a pace close to what he’s been on to begin the year, he’ll likely end up being a late first round or early second round draft pick in 2017. That’s how quickly things change in this game.
RB2: Isaiah Crowell
If it hadn’t been for a distasteful and offensive social media post on Crowell’s part, he would have garnered far more fantasy love on draft day. Instead, with the potential of the Browns taking in-house action, drafters flocked to Duke Johnson as a RB2 target. Well, Crowell has not only been genuinely apologetic to the people he offended but he’s also rewarded lucky drafters with over the top production. With just under 400 yards through four games, Crowell finds himself trailing only the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott for the league lead in yardage. Not only is he getting the bulk of the goal line work but he’s busting huge plays for big-time gains. We should have even more to be excited about in the not so distant future as the one of the two starting quarterbacks will eventually be back from injury and so will wide receiver Corey Coleman. If the passing game gets a little bit of teeth, Crowell could see less opposition at the line of scrimmage. He could easily earn even more honors at the RnF Halfway There marker.
WR1: A.J. Green
On average, there were several other wide receivers selected in the first round before people “settled” on Green. Green wasn’t considered to be in the same category as Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. The Bengals’ wide receiver must have felt slighted as he’s done everything humanly possible to keep up with the more sought after receivers. Not only is he keeping pace, but he’s only 20 yards behind Julio Jones who is coming off of a 300-yard domination of the Carolina Panthers. He’s been the most consistent WR1 to this point as he’s making Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins owners shake their heads with regret and disgust. At this point, the realistic options to stay at their current pace and lead the league in receiving yards looks like a three horse race between Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Green. Green gets the nod given his slightly discounted price tag.
WR2: Marvin Jones
Throwing up a 200-yard game with multiple touchdowns while coming in behind only Julio Jones in receiving yards tends to move a receiver to the top of the class. If Green was a value at the end of the first then Jones is flat out highway robbery given his draft position. Jones would benefit from establishing a bit more consistency but a few more weeks finishing as the top fantasy receiver will have owners forgiving his ups and downs. In just his first four games with his new team, he’s already become Matt Stafford’s preferred target and has all but sucked the life out of Golden Tate‘s value. Jones is the most valuable surprise to this point as he edges out the likes of Houston’s Will Fuller and Baltimore’s Mike Wallace.
TE: Jimmy Graham
As each week passes, Graham looks more and more like his former self. As the 100-yard games and touchdowns compile, Graham regains his position as one of the best fantasy tight ends in the game. Given how everyone and their mother counted Graham out, his 1,000 yard pace has the TE Risers honors bestowed upon him. The Seahawks may be one of the luckiest teams in the league too as their bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only does Graham get a chance to put his feet up and soak in the playbook even further but his quarterback is currently dealing with every leg injury humanly possible. There is a lot of optimism for Graham to not only continue on his early season pace but to eclipse it. The fact that Graham was drafted outside the top ten at his position but is 25th overall in receiving yards has him as the biggest TE riser at the quarter marker.