Posted: Wed September 25, 2013 12:39PM; Updated: Fri September 27, 2013 6:05PM
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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 4

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Andrew Luck
After an unimpressive game in San Francisco, Andrew Luck will step it up this week against the Jaguars.
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Last week showed just how vexing this projections gambit can be. Five running backs topped 100 yards. Who were they? DeMarco Murray (not surprising), LeSean McCoy (also not surprising), Bilal Powell (huh?), DeAngelo Williams (he keeps on going, doesn't he?) and Johnathan Franklin (what's the deal with that extra 'h'?).

Meanwhile, five receivers went north of 140 yards, but these won't be quite as large a surprise. I mean we all figured Antonio Brown, Santonio Holmes, Josh Gordon, Cecil Shorts and Donnie Avery would go off last week, right?

We're going to be able to peg plenty of players pretty close from week to week, but there are always going to be the surprises. That's what keeps us coming back for more. With that, let's find out what surprises might be in store with the Week 4 projections.

Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football fast forward, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, composite rankings and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 4

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS409
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    The Broncos play Dallas next week, but get Jacksonville, Indy and Washington the following three weeks. Manning could have 2,500 yards and 25 TDs heading into their Week 9 bye.

    1. 2
    2. Andrew Luck
    3. Andrew
      Luck
      QB
    4. PASS YDS356
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS29
    8. RUSH TD0

    Luck's numbers weren't all that impressive against the Niners last week, but he continued to make plays on the ground. He'll make it up to his owners this week.

    1. 3
    2. Terrelle Pryor
    3. Terrelle
      Pryor
      QB
    4. PASS YDS280
    5. PASS TD1
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS44
    8. RUSH TD1

    Pryor had a productive fantasy day against Denver, but left after suffering a concussion late. Keep an eye on his practice schedule this week.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS102
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS62
    7. REC TD1

    Charles totaled 172 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last week and looms as a huge threat for the Giants.

    1. 2
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS124
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Peterson has turned in strong fantasy games every week, but he has been forced to grind out every single yard. He'll finally find consistent room in London this week.

    1. 3
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS46
    7. REC TD1

    Three weeks, three absolute monster games for McCoy. The trend continues this week.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS134
    5. REC TD2

    Johnson caught seven passes for 115 yards and a TD in Washington last week and has to be licking his chops after seeing what Antonio Brown did to the Bears last week.

    1. 2
    2. Demaryius Thomas
    3. Demaryius
      Thomas
      WR
    4. REC YDS114
    5. REC TD2

    Thomas had 10 catches for 94 yards against the Raiders. It'll be his turn to be the big star among the receivers this week.

    1. 3
    2. Reggie Wayne
    3. Reggie
      Wayne
      WR
    4. REC YDS103
    5. REC TD2

    Wayne will have his biggest day of the season to date, as the Colts should be able to handle the Jaguars with ease.

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Tight Ends

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Kickers

    1. 1
    2. Greg Zuerlein
    3. Greg
      Zuerlein
      K
    4. PAT1
    5. FG4

    Playing at home against a solid defense, Zuerlein could be in for a big night.

    1. 2
    2. Dan Bailey
    3. Dan
      Bailey
      K
    4. PAT3
    5. FG3

    Bailey had a quiet day, making a 19-yard field goal and missing his other attempt from 35 yards. He's still a guy I'd start confidently every week, though.

    1. 3
    2. Steven Hauschka
    3. Steven
      Hauschka
      K
    4. PAT2
    5. FG3

    Houston's defense did a great job limiting the Ravens to field goals last week, something Hauschka's owners are no doubt hoping for on Sunday.

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Defenses

    1. 1
    2. Kansas City Chiefs
    3. PTS ALLOWED14
    4. SACKS5
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    The Chiefs turned in the most impressive defensive performance of the season to date in Week 3, shutting down the previously unstoppable Michael Vick. They look like a D you'll want to start regardless of matchup.

    1. 2
    2. Dallas Cowboys
    3. PTS ALLOWED17
    4. SACKS3
    5. INT3
    6. TD0

    Dallas has been one of the best defenses in the league this year, notching 13 sacks and seven takeaways through three games. I think it's in for another big game this week.

    1. 3
    2. Cincinnati Bengals
    3. PTS ALLOWED10
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT2
    6. TD0

    Cincinnati surrendered 30 points to the Packers, but limited Aaron Rodgers to 5.7 YPA and made enough plays to have a big fantasy day. That will continue in Cleveland.

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