Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

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Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board

With the start of the 2014 NFL season quickly approaching, what better time to present the “final” version of Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Big Board (Top 280), right? If anything, the goal in the preseason as far as established superstars go is to emerge healthy. Unfortunately that has not been the case, and is a reason why there’s a new No. 1 atop our list.

 

Adrian Peterson, the last man to rush for 2,000 yards in a season and the league’s best running back, has fittingly claimed the top spot. Everyone is eager to see how new Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner will utilize Peterson, especially in the passing game, but it’s more the fact that both LeSean McCoy (bruised thumb) and Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) were unable to make it out of the preseason unscathed. Honestly, there’s not much separation between these three backs, or even Matt Forté for that matter, but someone has to be No. 1 and we decided to go with the guy who appears to be the healthiest at this point.

 

Others around the league have not been as fortunate, however. Sam Bradford tore his ACL again, presenting an opportunity for Shaun Hill to start in St. Louis, while Cam Newton (fractured rib) and Wes Welker (concussion) are among those whose conditions should be monitored closely, whether your league has held its draft already or not. Injuries aren’t the only factor at play here either, as suspensions and pending suspensions could impact draft- and roster-related decisions. For example, while everyone is eagerly waiting to hear what ends up happening with Josh Gordon’s appeal, don’t look past the news that Denver kicker Matt Prater has been suspended the first four games of the season. After all, that’s why you won’t see Gordon or Prater’s name listed below. Kickers count too!

 

2014 Fantasy Football Big Board (Top 280)

 

RankPlayerTeamPosComment
1Adrian PetersonMINRBPotential in new O puts him on top for now.
2LeSean McCoyPHIRBWill bruised thumb be an issue?
3Jamaal CharlesKCRBHopefully he won't be moving again soon.
4Matt FortéCHIRB 
5Marshawn LynchSEARB 
6Eddie LacyGBRB 
7Calvin JohnsonDETWR 
8Peyton ManningDENQBAlready getting chippy with opposing defenses.
9Jimmy GrahamNOTE 
10DeMarco MurrayDALRB 
11Doug MartinTBRBCharles Sims' injury could mean more work.
12Arian FosterHOURB 
13Drew BreesNOQBLooked pretty good in preseason debut vs. Colts.
14Aaron RodgersGBQB 
15Demaryius ThomasDENWR 
16Le'Veon BellPITRBSuspension coming?
17A.J. GreenCINWR 
18Dez BryantDALWR 
19Brandon MarshallCHIWR 
20Zac StacySTLRB 
21Julio JonesATLWRFoot looks healed so far.
22Antonio BrownPITWR 
23Jordy NelsonGBWR 
24Montee BallDENRBBack to practice after appendectomy.
25Alshon JefferyCHIWR 
26Andre JohnsonHOUWR 
27Randall CobbGBWR 
28Vincent JacksonTBWR 
29Alfred MorrisWASRB 
30Giovani BernardCINRB 
31Julius ThomasDENTE 
32Reggie BushDETRBBroke off 86-yard TD run vs. Jags on Friday.
33Larry FitzgeraldARIWR 
34Victor CruzNYGWR 
35Rob GronkowskiNETEWeek 1 status still uncertain. Be wary.
36Pierre GarconWASWR 
37Ben TateCLERB 
38Ryan MathewsSDRB 
39Keenan AllenSDWR 
40Matthew StaffordDETQB 
41Roddy WhiteATLWR 
42Frank GoreSFRBToo soon to write "old" man off?
43C.J. SpillerBUFRB 
44Andrew LuckINDQB 
45Percy HarvinSEAWR 
46Andre EllingtonARIRBHis potential is tied to the touches he gets.
47DeSean JacksonWASWR 
48Michael CrabtreeSFWR 
49Torrey SmithBALWRExpecting more versatile role on offense.
50Cordarrelle PattersonMINWR 
51Vernon DavisSFTE 
52Toby GerhartJACRB 
53T.Y. HiltonINDWR 
54Julian EdelmanNEWR 
55Trent RichardsonINDRBColts continue to show patience w/ T-Rich.
56Ray RiceBALRBBruised shoulder be OK after suspension.
57Rashad JenningsNYGRBIf anything he should get plenty of touches.
58Nick FolesPHIQBHas more INTs (3) this preseason than all of '13 (2).
59Cam NewtonCARQBFractured rib cause for concern?
60Robert Griffin IIIWASQBHas not looked good in new offense.
61Michael FloydARIWR 
62Jeremy MaclinPHIWRAppears to have survived injury scare Thursday.
63Chris JohnsonNYJRB 
64Steven JacksonATLRB 
65Joique BellDETRB 
66Shane VereenNERBMost active Patriot back in last preseason game.
67Reggie WayneINDWRLooking good in return from ACL injury.
68Marques ColstonNOWR 
69Kendall WrightTENWRExpect Titans to stretch field more this season.
70Wes WelkerDENWRPreseason concussion not a good start.
71Jason WittenDALTE 
72Stevan RidleyNERBBall security already an issue once more.
73Bishop SankeyTENRBRookie off to somewhat of a slow start.
74Pierre ThomasNORBCould lead RBs in receptions.
75Colin KaepernickSFQB 
76Maurice Jones-DrewOAKRB 
77Golden TateDETWR 
78Sammy WatkinsBUFWRBruised ribs kept him out of last preseason game.
79Emmanuel SandersDENWRRole could increase depending on Welker's status.
80Mike WallaceMIAWRSeems to be better fit for new offense.
81Eric DeckerNYJWRSettling in as Jets' new No. 1 WR.
82Darren SprolesPHIRB 
83Fred JacksonBUFRB 
84DeAngelo WilliamsCARRB 
85Lamar MillerMIARB 
86Khiry RobinsonNORBCompeting more with Ingram than Thomas.
87Danny WoodheadSDRB 
88Cecil ShortsJACWR 
89Riley CooperPHIWR 
90Terrance WilliamsDALWR 
91Anquan BoldinSFWR 
92DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR 
93Knowshon MorenoMIARB 
94Bernard PierceBALRBSuffered concussion, but should be good to go Week 1.
95Shonn GreeneTENRB 
96Jordan CameronCLETE 
97Russell WilsonSEAQB 
98Matt RyanATLQBFalcons' offense has looked good in preseason.
99Tom BradyNEQB 
100Greg OlsenCARTE 
101Dennis PittaBALTE 
102Kyle RudolphMINTE 
103SeahawksSEADST 
104Danny AmendolaNEWR 
105Justin HunterTENWREveryone is expecting a breakout from tall, athletic target.
106Dwayne BoweKCWRSuspended for Week 1.
107Greg JenningsMINWR 
108Darren McFaddenOAKRB 
109Chris IvoryNYJRB 
110Mark IngramNORBCould be interesting sleeper if he's effective early on.
111Christine MichaelSEARB 
112Jeremy HillCINRB 
113Donald BrownSDRB 
114Hakeem NicksINDWR 
115Steve SmithBALWR 
116Tavon AustinSTLWRWill QB change help or hinder Austin?
117Rueben RandleNYGWRCould be Eli's favorite target in red zone.
118Tony RomoDALQBEarly hits not welcome sign for recovering Romo.
119Jay CutlerCHIQB 
120Philip RiversSDQB 
121Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB 
122LeGarrette BlountPITRBSuspension coming?
123Carlos HydeSFRBShould be factor even if Gore remains starter.
124Jarrett BoykinGBWR 
125Brandin CooksNOWRSeems to be only a matter of "when" and not "if."
126Andy DaltonCINQB 
127Carson PalmerARIQB 
128Knile DavisKCRB 
129Roy HeluWASRB 
130Mike EvansTBWR 
131Markus WheatonPITWR 
132James JonesOAKWR 
133Doug BaldwinSEAWR 
134Andrew HawkinsCLEWRJosh Gordon's status still up in the air.
135Kelvin BenjaminCARWRCould emerge as Newton's No. 1 target quickly.
136PanthersCARDST 
137Terrance WestCLERB 
138James StarksGBRB 
139C.J. AndersonDENRB 
14049ersSFDSTWill injuries lead to issues early on?
141BroncosDENDST 
142BengalsCINDST 
143Eli ManningNYGQBSlowly getting comfortable in new offense.
144RamsSTLDST 
145ChiefsKCDST 
146CardinalsARIDST 
147Jordan ReedWASTE 
148Martellus BennettCHITE 
149Delanie WalkerTENTE 
150Zach ErtzPHITEPopular breakout candidate this season.
151Stephen GostkowskiNEK 
152Steven HauschkaSEAK 
153Justin TuckerBALK 
154Mason CrosbyGBK 
155Phil DawsonSFK 
156PatriotsNEDST 
157BillsBUFDST 
158Josh McCownTBQB 
159Joe FlaccoBALQB 
160Ryan TannehillMIAQBAccuracy has not been an issue during preseason.
161Nick NovakSDK 
162Dan BaileyDALK 
163Adam VinatieriINDK 
164BuccaneersTBDST 
165SaintsNODST 
166Alex SmithKCQB 
167Johnny ManzielCLEQBHoyer the starter, for now.
168Jonathan StewartCARRB 
169Andre WilliamsNYGRB 
170Devonta FreemanATLRB 
171Ahmad BradshawINDRB 
172Jordan TodmanJACRB 
173EJ ManuelBUFQB 
174Jake LockerTENQBEarly signs in new offense are promising.
175Geno SmithNYJQB 
176Tre MasonSTLRB 
177Matt SchaubOAKQB 
178Blair WalshMINK 
179Nick FolkNYJK 
180Robbie GouldCHIK 
181Shayne GrahamNOK 
182Matt BryantATLK 
183Alex HeneryPHIK 
184TexansHOUDST 
185Charles ClayMIATE 
186Antonio GatesSDTEEnough targets for two relevant TEs in SD?
187Ladarius GreenSDTE 
188Heath MillerPITTE 
189Denarius MooreOAKWR 
190Kenny StillsNOWR 
191Brandon LaFellNEWR 
192Rod StreaterOAKWR 
193Marqise LeeJACWR 
194BrownsCLEDST 
195Ryan FitzpatrickHOUQB 
196Chad HenneJACQB 
197Matt CasselMINQB

Did enough to hold off Bridgewater, but for how long?

198Coby FleenerINDTE 
199Eric EbronDETTE 
200Dwayne AllenINDTE 
201Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWRHow far behind is he b/c of hamstring issue?
202Brian HartlineMIAWR 
203Tyler EifertCINTE 
204Brian HoyerCLEQBHe gets the starting nod, but for how long?
205Teddy BridgewaterMINQBHas lived up to his "pro-ready" label thus far.
206Michael VickNYJQB 
207Kenny BrittSTLWR 
208Aaron DobsonNEWR 
209Jerricho CotcheryCARWR 
210Shaun HillSTLQBBradford's injury opens door for Hill to shine.
211Mike WilliamsBUFWR 
212Andre RobertsWASWR 
213Latavius MurrayOAKRB 
214BenJarvus Green-EllisCINRB 
215Bryce BrownBUFRB 
216Dexter McClusterTENRBCould end up being a PPR sleeper.
217Lance DunbarDALRB 
218Owen DanielsBALTE 
219Jared CookSTLTE 
220Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE 
221Jace AmaroNYJTE 
222Robert WoodsBUFWR 
223Jerome SimpsonMINWR 
224Kirk CousinsWASQBHas outperformed RG3 in preseason, but does it matter?
225Blake BortlesJACQBJags' future appears in good hands w/ Bortles.
226Ryan GriffinHOUTE 
227Travis KeceKCTECould end up being Chiefs' No. 1 target by season's end.
228Jordan MatthewsPHIWR 
229Jonathan GrimesHOURBHe or Alfred Blue could be a factor this season.
230Jonathan DwyerARIRB 
231Marcel ReeceOAKRB 
232Harry DouglasATLWR 
233Malcom FloydSDWR 
234Marlon BrownBALWR 
235Kenbrell ThompkinsNEWR 
236Robert TurbinSEARB 
237Chris PolkPHIRB 
238Mike TolbertCARRB 
239Ka'Deem CareyCHIRB 
240Brandon BoldenNERB 
241Andre HolmesOAKWR 
242Lance MoorePITWR 
243Nate WashingtonTENWR 
244Jermaine KearseSEAWR 
245Marvin JonesCINWRBroken foot will keep him out until at least Week 5.
246SteelersPITDST 
247Andrew QuarlessGBTE 
248Garrett GrahamHOUTE 
249Scott ChandlerBUFTE 
250Marcedes LewisJACTE 
251BearsCHIDST 
252GiantsNYGDST 
253PackersGBDST 
254Mohamed SanuCINWRWill get his chance while Jones (foot) is sidelined.
255Santonio HolmesCHIWRLate addition could emerge as reliable No. 3 WR.
256Paul RichardsonSEAWR 
257Davante AdamsGBWR 
258Cody LatimerDENWR 
259Bobby RaineyTBRBSims' injury presents opportunity for Rainey and James.
260Stepfan TaylorARIRB 
261Jacquizz RodgersATLRB 
262Ronnie HillmanDENRBIf Ball falters, Hillman or Anderson could emerge.
263Levine ToiloloATLTE 
264Mychal RiveraOAKTE 
265Jerick McKinnonMINRB 
266Benny CunninghamSTLRB 
267James WhiteNERBRookie looking to overtake Ridley in pecking order.
268Alfred BlueHOURB 
269Joseph RandleDALRB 
270Mike JamesTBRB 
271DuJuan HarrisGBRB 
272Mike GlennonTBQB 
273Mark SanchezPHIQBHas looked very comfortable in Chip Kelly's system.
274Miles AustinCLEWR 
275Stevie JohnsonSFWR 
276Nate BurlesonCLEWR 
277Chris GivensSTLWR 
278Jason AvantCARWR 
279Charles SimsTBRBOut 12-14 weeks (ankle). Stash for later?
280Marcus LattimoreSFRBWill he see the field this season?

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