Early Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

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A healthy Rob Gronkowski has been a welcome sight in Patriots’ training camp

Early Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board

NFL training camps are in full swing now and even though the games that count are still more than a month away, that doesn’t mean what’s happening on the practice field doesn’t impact fantasy football. For example, injuries have already made their mark, both in a good and bad way, which has resulted in some shuffling on Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Big Board (Top 280).

 

From the “good” standpoint, there has been no more welcome sight in Foxboro, Mass., than a healthy Rob Gronkowski on the field. It’s still early, but Gronk appears to be progressing in his recovery from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered last December. There’s still plenty of risk when it comes to Gronk’s fantasy value, but the potential reward is enough to move him up in our rankings.

 

Unfortunately, the news has not been as optimistic in other camps. Running backs Vick Ballard (Achilles) and Kendall Hunter (ACL) already have seen their 2014 seasons come to an abrupt end due to season-ending injuries, while several others are dealing with other ailments of varying degrees. Regardless of the severity, these injuries and other happening on or off of the field (such as suspensions or retirements) have a twofold effect as it relates to fantasy. Not only do they potentially change the outlook for teammates on their respective teams, but they also necessitate numerous adjustments to our Big Board. And keep in mind that preseason action has yet to begin. More changes are sure to come.

 

Early 2014 Fantasy Football Big Board (Top 280)

(Last updated on 7/29/14)

 

RankPlayerTeamPosComment
1LeSean McCoyPHIRB 
2Jamaal CharlesKCRBShortest training camp holdout ever?
3Adrian PetersonMINRBSays Vikes' O no longer "predictable."
4Matt FortéCHIRB 
5Calvin JohnsonDETWR 
6Marshawn LynchSEARBHow long will Beast Mode hold out?
7Jimmy GrahamNOTETE and contract status no longer in doubt.
8Demaryius ThomasDENWR 
9Peyton ManningDENQB 
10A.J. GreenCINWR 
11Julio JonesATLWRBeing brought along slowly.
12Eddie LacyGBRB 
13Brandon MarshallCHIWR 
14Dez BryantDALWR 
15Arian FosterHOURBIf healthy, he should see plenty of work.
16Doug MartinTBRB 
17DeMarco MurrayDALRB 
18Zac StacySTLRB 
19Le'Veon BellPITRBCould be big beneficiary of improved O-line.
20Montee BallDENRB 
21Antonio BrownPITWR 
22Jordy NelsonGBWRShort-term future secure with 4-year extension.
23Alshon JefferyCHIWR 
24Andre JohnsonHOUWRAppears to be on board w/ team's direction.
25Vincent JacksonTBWR 
26Randall CobbGBWRReady to prove he's worthy of new deal.
27Alfred MorrisWASRB 
28Giovani BernardCINRB 
29Reggie BushDETRB 
30Ryan MathewsSDRB 
31Drew BreesNOQBWants to play 10 more years.
32Aaron RodgersGBQB 
33Larry FitzgeraldARIWR 
34Victor CruzNYGWR 
35Pierre GarconWASWR 
36Keenan AllenSDWR 
37Roddy WhiteATLWR 
38Wes WelkerDENWR 
39Percy HarvinSEAWR 
40Matthew StaffordDETQB 
41Julius ThomasDENTE 
42Rob GronkowskiNETESo far, so good.
43DeSean JacksonWASWR 
44Michael CrabtreeSFWR 
45T.Y. HiltonINDWR 
46Torrey SmithBALWR 
47Frank GoreSFRBTeam already down one back (Hunter, ACL).
48C.J. SpillerBUFRBSays his ankle is 100 percent.
49Ben TateCLERB 
50Julian EdelmanNEWR 
51Vernon DavisSFTEWants new contract, but he's in camp.
52Jordan CameronCLETE 
53Michael FloydARIWR 
54Cordarrelle PattersonMINWRExpanded role in Turner's O coming?
55Jeremy MaclinPHIWR 
56Andre EllingtonARIRBAdded weight in the offseason.
57Trent RichardsonINDRBPlayed hurt last season. Bounce back coming?
58Chris JohnsonNYJRBReportedly looking "explosive" in camp.
59Ray RiceBALRBDon't forget he will miss the first 2 games.
60Toby GerhartJACRBDon't discount him as an every-down back.
61Steven JacksonATLRB 
62Rashad JenningsNYGRB 
63Reggie WayneINDWRLooking good in his return from ACL tear.
64Marques ColstonNOWR 
65Sammy WatkinsBUFWRHas yet to play a game and already on "Hot Seat."
66Shane VereenNERB 
67Stevan RidleyNERB 
68Joique BellDETRB 
69Andrew LuckINDQB 
70Russell WilsonSEAQB 
71Bishop SankeyTENRB 
72Pierre ThomasNORB 
73Cam NewtonCARQB 
74Robert Griffin IIIWASQBRG3 likes what he's seen from Gruden, new O so far.
75Jason WittenDALTE 
76Greg OlsenCARTE 
77Dennis PittaBALTEHealthy Pitta could be difference-maker for Ravens.
78Jordan ReedWASTE 
79Knowshon MorenoMIARBStarting job may not be his to lose in first place.
80Maurice Jones-DrewOAKRB 
81Darren SprolesPHIRB 
82Fred JacksonBUFRB 
83Nick FolesPHIQB 
84Colin KaepernickSFQBNew contract leaves plenty of room for growth still.
85Matt RyanATLQB 
86Kendall WrightTENWR 
87Mike WallaceMIAWRKnows he needs to better this season.
88Golden TateDETWR 
89Eric DeckerNYJWR 
90Tom BradyNEQBHealthy Gronk could mean return to vintage Brady.
91DeAngelo WilliamsCARRB 
92Danny WoodheadSDRB 
93Lamar MillerMIARBReportedly already ahead of Moreno.
94Emmanuel SandersDENWR 
95Cecil ShortsJACWRExpected to miss 2 weeks b/c of hamstring injury.
96Riley CooperPHIWR 
97Anquan BoldinSFWR 
98Kyle RudolphMINTEPending FA no longer after signing 5-year extension.
99Tony RomoDALQB 
100Philip RiversSDQB 
101Jay CutlerCHIQB 
102Ben RoethlisbergerPITQBOL and WRs both could be better this season.
103Charles ClayMIATE 
104Martellus BennettCHITE 
105Delanie WalkerTENTE 
106Zach ErtzPHITE 
107Heath MillerPITTE 
108Bernard PierceBALRBWill have 2 games to make strong impression.
109Khiry RobinsonNORB 
110David WilsonNYGRBGot medical clearance (neck) to return to field.
111Chris IvoryNYJRBInjured hamstring keeping him out of camp.
112Terrance WilliamsDALWR 
113DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR 
114Antonio GatesSDTE 
115Ladarius GreenSDTE 
116SeahawksSEADST 
117Shonn GreeneTENRBWon't give up starting job w/o a fight.
118Tre MasonSTLRB 
119Darren McFaddenOAKRB 
120Danny AmendolaNEWR 
121Dwayne BoweKCWRReported to camp in great shape.
122Hakeem NicksINDWR 
123Greg JenningsMINWR 
124Steve SmithBALWR 
125James JonesOAKWR 
13149ersSFDST 
132Andy DaltonCINQB 
133Eli ManningNYGQB 
126Carson PalmerARIQB 
127Tavon AustinSTLWR 
128Marvin JonesCINWR 
129Rueben RandleNYGWR 
130Justin HunterTENWR 
134Christine MichaelSEARBLynch's holdout increases appeal.
135Mark IngramNORB 
136Jeremy HillCINRBRookie off to good start in camp.
137Andre BrownHOURB 
138Donald BrownSDRB 
139Coby FleenerINDTE 
140BengalsCINDST 
141CardinalsARIDST 
142PanthersCARDST 
143BroncosDENDST 
144Jarrett BoykinGBWR 
145Brandin CooksNOWRLots to like, but still a rookie.
146Eric EbronDETTE 
147Dwayne AllenINDTE 
148BenJarvus Green-EllisCINRB 
149LeGarrette BlountPITRB 
150James StarksGBRB 
151Roy HeluWASRB 
152Mike EvansTBWR 
153Kelvin BenjaminCARWRWill miss some of camp due to a bone bruise.
154Denarius MooreOAKWR 
155Doug BaldwinSEAWR 
156Markus WheatonPITWR 
157RamsSTLDST 
158ChiefsKCDST 
159Kenny StillsNOWR 
160Aaron DobsonNEWRStill recovering from foot surgery.
161Andrew HawkinsCLEWR 
162Rod StreaterOAKWR 
163Marqise LeeJACWRAce Sanders taking leave of absence for personal reasons.
164Josh McCownTBQB 
165Joe FlaccoBALQB 
166Ryan TannehillMIAQB 
167Johnny ManzielCLEQBNo rookie under more scrutiny than Johnny Football.
168PatriotsNEDST 
169BillsBUFDST 
170BuccaneersTBDST 
171BrownsCLEDST 
172Alex SmithKCQB 
173Sam BradfordSTLQBMay not play in first preseason game as precaution.
174Tyler EifertCINTE 
175Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWROff to sluggish start due to hamstring injury.
176Brian HartlineMIAWR 
177Knile DavisKCRB 
178Latavius MurrayOAKRB 
179C.J. AndersonDENRB 
180Jonathan StewartCARRBCan't seem to shake injury bug.
181Carlos HydeSFRBHunter's (ACL) loss could be Hyde's gain.
182Terrance WestCLERB 
183Jonathan DwyerARIRB 
184Ahmad BradshawINDRBVick Ballard (Achilles) out for season.
185Miles AustinCLEWR 
186Stevie JohnsonSFWR 
187Jerricho CotcheryCARWR 
188Owen DanielsBALTE 
189Jared CookSTLTE 
190Matt PraterDENK 
191Stephen GostkowskiNEK 
192EJ ManuelBUFQB 
193Jake LockerTENQBSays his foot (Lisfranc injury) is completely healed.
194Geno SmithNYJQBThinks he'll be a top 5 QB in 2 years.
195Matt SchaubOAKQB 
196Jordan TodmanJACRB 
197Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE 
198Jace AmaroNYJTESustained minor knee injury early in camp.
199Robert WoodsBUFWR 
200Marlon BrownBALWR 
201Jerome SimpsonMINWR 
202Jermichael FinleyFATEIf he signs, he could shoot up rankings.
203Ryan GriffinHOUTE 
204Steven HauschkaSEAK 
205Justin TuckerBALK 
206Phil DawsonSFK 
207Mason CrosbyGBK 
208Dan BaileyDALK 
209TexansHOUDST 
210SaintsNODST 
211Ka'Deem CareyCHIRB 
212Devonta FreemanATLRB 
213Jerick McKinnonMINRB 
214Chris PolkPHIRB 
215Brandon LaFellNEWR 
216Kenny BrittSTLWR 
217Nate BurlesonCLEWR 
218Harry DouglasATLWR 
219Mike WilliamsBUFWR 
220Jermaine KearseSEAWRSidney Rice's retirement creates opportunity.
221Jordan MatthewsPHIWR 
222Andre RobertsWASWR 
223Dexter McClusterTENWR 
224Mohamed SanuCINWR 
225Chris GivensSTLWR 
226Lance MoorePITWR 
227SteelersPITDST 
228RavensBALDST 
229Ryan FitzpatrickHOUQB 
230Chad HenneJACQB 
231Brian HoyerCLEQBHas reportedly taken early lead over Manziel in camp.
232Michael VickNYJQB 
233Teddy BridgewaterMINQB 
234Matt CasselMINQB 
235Garrett GrahamHOUTE 
236Andrew QuarlessGBTE 
237Scott ChandlerBUFTE 
238Marcedes LewisJACTE 
239BearsCHIDST 
240PackersGBDST 
241Alex HeneryPHIK 
242Nick NovakSDK 
243Adam VinatieriINDK 
244Jermaine GreshamCINTE 
245Levine ToiloloATLTE 
246Stepfan TaylorARIRB 
247Mike JamesTBRB 
248Andre WilliamsNYGRB 
249Jacquizz RodgersATLRB 
250Robbie GouldCHIK 
251Shayne GrahamNOK 
252Mike GlennonTBQB 
253Shaun HillSTLQB 
254Kirk CousinsWASQB 
255Blair WalshMINK 
256Matt BryantATLK 
257Marcel ReeceOAKRB 
258Robert TurbinSEARB 
259Bryce BrownBUFRB 
260Mike TolbertCARRB 
261DuJuan HarrisGBRB 
262Brandon BoldenNERB 
263Charles SimsTBRB 
264Marcus LattimoreSFRB49ers taking their time w/ Lattimore.
265Joseph RandleDALRB 
266Jason AvantCARWR 
267Paul RichardsonSEAWR 
268Davante AdamsGBWR 
269Allen RobinsonJACWRMissed parts of OTAs b/c of hamstring injury.
270Cody LatimerDENWR 
271Jarvis LandryMIAWR 
272Kenbrell ThompkinsNEWR 
273Blake BortlesJACQB 
274Brandon PettigrewDETTE 
275Rob HouslerARITE 
276Travis KeceKCTE 
277Mark SanchezPHIQB 
278Lance DunbarDALRB 
279Bobby RaineyTBRBHe and Mike James could battle for roster spot.
280Brandon WeedenDALQB 

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