Early Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

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Early Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board

Last season’s MVP, both on the field and in fantasy football, was without a question Peyton Manning. That’s what happens when you break the single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55).  Manning’s 520 fantasy points (Athlon scoring) lapped the field and then some, as he it was nearly 100 points more than No. 2 Drew Brees’ 435.7 points.

 

Despite Manning’s record-setting performance, he barely makes the top 10 of Athlon Sports’ early fantasy football rankings for 2014. As remarkable as Manning’s 2013 season was, there’s no reason to draft the future Hall of Famer based on what he did last year. Instead, our early rankings lean towards the few elite running backs that remain — LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forté. Even though the NFL has become more of a pass-happy league, there’s no substitute for landing one of the few playmakers who are guaranteed to touch the ball (assuming they stay healthy) 300 times a season and are the undisputed focal points of their team’s offense.

 

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Early 2014 Fantasy Football Big Board (Top 280)

 

RankPlayerTeamPosComment
1LeSean McCoyPHIRBIdeal fit for Chip Kelly's offense.
2Jamaal CharlesKCRB3rd in rushing, just 10th in carries.
3Adrian PetersonMINRBMore catches coming in Norv's O?
4Matt FortéCHIRBEnjoyed career year in Trestman's O.
5Calvin JohnsonDETWRYards went down, but TDs up in '13.
6Marshawn LynchSEARBHe's not really going to retire is he?
7Jimmy GrahamNOTEClearly he's a TE in fantasy.
8Demaryius ThomasDENWR 
9Peyton ManningDENQBDon’t bank on another 55 TDs.
10A.J. GreenCINWR 
11Julio JonesATLWRHoping for better health in '14.
12Eddie LacyGBRBCan he enter elite RB conversation?
13Brandon MarshallCHIWR 
14Dez BryantDALWRDez needs a healthy Romo.
15Doug MartinTBRBShoulder should be fully recovered.
16Arian FosterHOURBQB concerns could mean more work.
17DeMarco MurrayDALRBStill has yet to play full season.
18Zac StacySTLRBHow much of a threat is Tre Mason?
19Le'Veon BellPITRBHealthier OL could mean big year.
20Montee BallDENRBNo real competition for carries now.
21Antonio BrownPITWR 
22Jordy NelsonGBWR 
23Alshon JefferyCHIWR 
24Andre JohnsonHOUWRNot a happy Texan right now.
25Vincent JacksonTBWR 
26Randall CobbGBWRBroken leg wiped out promising start.
27Alfred MorrisWASRBHow does he fit Gruden's O?
28Giovani BernardCINRBShould see more touches.
29Reggie BushDETRB 
30Ryan MathewsSDRBSD backfield getting crowded.
31Drew BreesNOQBNo more Sproles, but added new WR.
32Aaron RodgersGBQB 
33Larry FitzgeraldARIWRFloyd ready to supplant him as No. 1?
34Victor CruzNYGWR 
35Pierre GarconWASWRHow will DeSean Jackson impact him?
36Keenan AllenSDWRSophomore slump coming?
37Roddy WhiteATLWRGoal is to start season healthy.
38Wes WelkerDENWRConcussions becoming more of an issue.
39Percy HarvinSEAWRFinally ready to take flight?
40Matthew StaffordDETQBNew coach/OC = new Stafford?
41Julius ThomasDENTE 
42Vernon DavisSFTE49ers added to WR depth.
43DeSean JacksonWASWRReady to silence the critics?
44Michael CrabtreeSFWR 
45T.Y. HiltonINDWR 
46Torrey SmithBALWRSteve Smith should help Torrey.
47Frank GoreSFRBIs Hyde or Lattimore a threat?
48C.J. SpillerBUFRBBreakout season coming?
49Ben TateCLERBFinally gets chance to be No. 1, maybe.
50Ray RiceBALRB2013 a fluke or sign of things to come?
51Julian EdelmanNEWR 
52Rob GronkowskiNETEIs there a bigger risk-reward option?
53Jordan CameronCLETE 
54Michael FloydARIWRCould supplant Fitzgerald as No. 1 target.
55Cordarrelle PattersonMINWRIf QB is settled, he could break out.
56Jeremy MaclinPHIWRChip Kelly has forgotten about him, have you?
57Andre EllingtonARIRBHow many touches will he get?
58Trent RichardsonINDRBRunning out of chances to matter.
59Chris JohnsonNYJRBWhat does he have left for Jets?
60Steven JacksonATLRBWorkhorse days are probably over.
61Rashad JenningsNYGRBCan he carry the load for the Giants?
62Reggie WayneINDWRComing back from ACL injury.
63Marques ColstonNOWR 
64Sammy WatkinsBUFWRAll eyes will be on this rookie.
65Shane VereenNERBVereen could be a PPR monster.
66Knowshon MorenoMIARBDolphins' tenure not off to best start.
67Stevan RidleyNERBWas a 1,200-yard rusher in 2012.
68Joique BellDETRBShould remain a factor in Lions' backfield.
69Andrew LuckINDQBCut his INTs by half (18 to 9).
70Russell WilsonSEAQB26 TD passes in each of first 2 seasons.
71Bishop SankeyTENRBCould be Week 1 starter.
72Toby GerhartJACRBCould surprise as Jags' No. 1 back.
73Maurice Jones-DrewOAKRBBest to keep expectations low.
74Cam NewtonCARQBThrowing to entirely new WR corps.
75Robert Griffin IIIWASQBFresh start with new HC, offense.
76Jason WittenDALTE 
77Greg OlsenCARTE 
78Dennis PittaBALTECould be in for big season.
79Jordan ReedWASTE 
80Darren SprolesPHIRBExpect similar role w/ Eagles.
81Fred JacksonBUFRB 
82Nick FolesPHIQBDon't expect 27:2 TD:INT ratio.
83Colin KaepernickSFQBGot better as season progressed.
84Matt RyanATLQBBetter OL/WR health = better numbers.
85Kendall WrightTENWRGets the catches, but not the yards.
86Mike WallaceMIAWRCan he and Tannehill get on same page?
87Golden TateDETWRMegatron gets his sidekick.
88Eric DeckerNYJWRYou’re not in Denver anymore Eric.
89Tom BradyNEQBTom's terrific days past him?
90DeAngelo WilliamsCARRB 
91Khiry RobinsonNORBWatch out for this young Saint.
92Danny WoodheadSDRB 
93Emmanuel SandersDENWRCould post Decker-like numbers.
94Cecil ShortsJACWRShould finally get some support.
95Riley CooperPHIWRWas last year a fluke?
96Anquan BoldinSFWR 
97Kyle RudolphMINTE 
98Tony RomoDALQBWill his back hold up?
99Philip RiversSDQBCan he do it two years in a row?
100Jay CutlerCHIQBWeapons are in place for huge numbers.
101Ben RoethlisbergerPITQBWR corps could be better this season.
102Charles ClayMIATE 
103Martellus BennettCHITE 
104Delanie WalkerTENTEQuietly posted strong 2013 season.
105Heath MillerPITTE 
106Pierre ThomasNORBMore valuable in PPR leagues.
107David WilsonNYGRBHis neck is definitely a concern.
108Chris IvoryNYJRBShould see carries even w/ CJ on board.
109Bernard PierceBALRBIf Rice falters, Pierce could seize job.
110Josh GordonCLEWRHow many games will he play?
111Terrance WilliamsDALWRNo. 2 now with Miles Austin gone.
112DeAndre HopkinsHOUWRLooking for consistency in 2nd season.
113Brandin CooksNOWRSeems tailor-made for Saints/Brees.
114Antonio GatesSDTETime for Ladarius Green to take over?
115Ladarius GreenSDTECan he supplant the future HOFer?
116SeahawksSEADST 
117Shonn GreeneTENRBMay have already lost starting job to Sankey.
118Tre MasonSTLRBIf Zac Stacy slips, Mason could pounce.
119Darren McFaddenOAKRBMJD + DMC = a backfield to avoid.
120Lamar MillerMIARBMoreno's health history could benefit Miller.
121Danny AmendolaNEWRHoping for better results in Year 2 w/ Pats.
122Dwayne BoweKCWRChiefs need him to bounce back.
123Steve SmithBALWRWhat role does veteran play w/ new team?
124James JonesOAKWRMatt Schaub is NOT Aaron Rodgers.
125Greg JenningsMINWR 
12649ersSFDST 
127Mike EvansTBWRCan the rookie make a splash early?
128Tavon AustinSTLWRLooked better late last season.
129Andy DaltonCINQB 
130Eli ManningNYGQBSurely he can't throw 27 INTs again?
131Carson PalmerARIQB 
132Mark IngramNORBRunning out chances in NO?
133Andre BrownHOURB 
134Donald BrownSDRB 
135Marvin JonesCINWR 
136Kelvin BenjaminCARWRBig target, but still raw as a WR.
137Zach ErtzPHITE 
138Coby FleenerINDTE 
139Tyler EifertCINTE 
140Eric EbronDETTEHow will Lions use him as rookie?
141BengalsCINDST 
142CardinalsARIDST 
143PanthersCARDST 
144BroncosDENDSTPlenty of new faces on D.
145BenJarvus Green-EllisCINRBJeremy Hill may make BJGE irrelevant.
146LeGarrette BlountPITRBHow many carries will he get with Bell around?
147James StarksGBRB 
148Roy HeluWASRBSeems well suited for Gruden's O.
149Miles AustinCLEWRBrowns need help at WR b/c of Gordon's situation.
150Hakeem NicksINDWRNew team = new Nicks?
151Rueben RandleNYGWRNot quite ready to cede No. 2 job to Beckham.
152RamsSTLDSTD-line should be one of league's nastiest.
153ChiefsKCDSTIncredible start, disappointing finish.
154Denarius MooreOAKWR 
155Jarrett BoykinGBWR 
156Aaron DobsonNEWR 
157Dexter McClusterTENWRKen Whisenhunt's new Danny Woodhead?
158Josh McCownTBQBWeapons in CHI better than those in TB.
159Joe FlaccoBALQB 
160Ryan TannehillMIAQBNeeds to cut down on INTs (17).
161Johnny ManzielCLEQBWhen will he start? How much will he run?
162Stevie JohnsonSFWR 
163Kenny StillsNOWREven w/ Cooks, opportunity exists for Stills too.
164Andrew HawkinsCLEWR 
165Brian HartlineMIAWR 
166Justin HunterTENWRReady to break out?
167Markus WheatonPITWRSteelers have been waiting for him.
168Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWRLanded in good situation w/ Giants.
169PatriotsNEDST 
170BillsBUFDST 
171BuccaneersTBDSTHow will the Bucs adapt to Cover-2?
172BrownsCLEDST 
173Jonathan StewartCARRB 
174Knile DavisKCRB 
175Latavius MurrayOAKRBYounger legs could supplant veterans.
176C.J. AndersonDENRB 
177Alex SmithKCQB 
178Sam BradfordSTLQBLots of pressure to stay healthy and produce.
179Jerricho CotcheryCARWR 
180Rod StreaterOAKWR 
181Jordan MatthewsPHIWRIntriguing rookie to keep an eye on.
182Marqise LeeJACWRIf QB play is solid, he could surprise.
183Jeremy HillCINRBCould seize backup job quickly.
184Stepfan TaylorARIRB 
185Terrance WestCLERBBrowns high on this rookie.
186Jordan TodmanJACRB 
187Jared CookSTLTE 
188Garrett GrahamHOUTE 
189Dwayne AllenINDTE 
190Owen DanielsBALTEPlayed for new OC Kubiak in Houston.
191Ryan GriffinHOUTE 
192Matt PraterDENK 
193Stephen GostkowskiNEK 
194EJ ManuelBUFQBWill he and Watkins click right away?
195Ryan FitzpatrickHOUQB 
196Jake LockerTENQBMake or break year for Locker.
197Geno SmithNYJQBNeeds to show improvement in Year 2.
198Matt SchaubOAKQBCan he turn things around in Oakland?
199Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE 
200Jace AmaroNYJTECould be big part of offense right away.
201Doug BaldwinSEAWRGolden Tate no longer in Seattle.
202Robert WoodsBUFWR 
203Jerome SimpsonMINWR 
204Steven HauschkaSEAK 
205Justin TuckerBALK 
206Phil DawsonSFK 
207Mason CrosbyGBK 
208Dan BaileyDALK 
209TexansHOUDSTWatt and Clowney should be fun to watch.
210SaintsNODST 
211Ka'Deem CareyCHIRB 
212Christine MichaelSEARBCould be see bigger workload.
213Carlos HydeSFRBWill Harbaugh trust the rookie right away?
214Kendall HunterSFRB 
215Mike JamesTBRB 
216Nate BurlesonCLEWR 
217Brandon LaFellNEWRTom Brady needs more help from his WRs.
218Mike WilliamsBUFWR 
219Andre RobertsWASWR 
220Mohamed SanuCINWR 
221Chris GivensSTLWR 
222Kenny BrittSTLWRFisher giving his former WR another chance.
223Sidney RiceSEAWR 
224Lance MoorePITWR 
225Ace SandersJACWR 
226Harry DouglasATLWR 
227Marlon BrownBALWRUndrafted rookie caught 7 TDs last season.
228Jermaine KearseSEAWR 
229SteelersPITDST 
230RavensBALDST 
231Chad HenneJACQBJags would rather Blake Bortles watch.
232Brian HoyerCLEQBProbably will open as starter, but for how long?
233Michael VickNYJQBJets needs Geno Smith to seize job.
234Teddy BridgewaterMINQBJust how pro-ready is he?
235Matt CasselMINQB 
236Andrew QuarlessGBTE 
237Scott ChandlerBUFTE 
238Marcedes LewisJACTE 
239BearsCHIDSTBears have beefed up D-line/secondary.
240PackersGBDST 
241Alex HeneryPHIK 
242Nick NovakSDK 
243Adam VinatieriINDK 
244Jason AvantCARWR 
245Jermaine GreshamCINTE 
246Levine ToiloloATLTEPost-Tony Gonzalez era begins for Falcons.
247Andre WilliamsNYGRBKeep eye on him, esp. if Wilson doesn't return.
248Devonta FreemanATLRBSomeone will need to spell SJax.
249Jonathan DwyerARIRB 
250Jacquizz RodgersATLRB 
251Robbie GouldCHIK 
252Shayne GrahamNOK 
253Mike GlennonTBQBDo the Bucs still view him as QB of future?
254Shaun HillSTLQB 
255Kirk CousinsWASQB 
256Chris PolkPHIRB 
257Jerick McKinnonMINRBPeterson needs a new backup.
258Vick BallardINDRBNot like Richardson's a lock for the job.
259Ahmad BradshawINDRBDon't count out this veteran.
260Blair WalshMINK 
261Matt BryantATLK 
262Marcel ReeceOAKRB 
263Mike TolbertCARRB 
264Robert TurbinSEARB 
265Bryce BrownBUFRB 
266DuJuan HarrisGBRB 
267Brandon BoldenNERB 
268Charles SimsTBRB 
269Marcus LattimoreSFRBIs he ready to return to the field?
270Paul RichardsonSEAWRHis speed could result in playing time.
271Devante AdamsGBWRPackers high on this rookie.
272Allen RobinsonJACWRJags need all the weapons they can find.
273Cody LatimerDENWRAnyway Bronco WR is worth monitoring.
274Blake BortlesJACQBOnly a keeper/dynasty league option in 2014.
275Case KeenumHOUQB 
276Brandon PettigrewDETTE 
277Adrien RobinsonNYGTEStarting job is there for the taking.
278Rob HouslerARITE 
279Lance DunbarDALRB 
280Bobby RaineyTBRB 

 

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