Early Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

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

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)

 

Rank Player Team Pos Comment
1 LeSean McCoy PHI RB  
2 Jamaal Charles KC RB Shortest training camp holdout ever?
3 Adrian Peterson MIN RB Says Vikes' O no longer "predictable."
4 Matt Forté CHI RB  
5 Calvin Johnson DET WR  
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB How long will Beast Mode hold out?
7 Jimmy Graham NO TE TE and contract status no longer in doubt.
8 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR  
9 Peyton Manning DEN QB  
10 A.J. Green CIN WR  
11 Julio Jones ATL WR Being brought along slowly.
12 Eddie Lacy GB RB  
13 Brandon Marshall CHI WR  
14 Dez Bryant DAL WR  
15 Arian Foster HOU RB If healthy, he should see plenty of work.
16 Doug Martin TB RB  
17 DeMarco Murray DAL RB  
18 Zac Stacy STL RB  
19 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB Could be big beneficiary of improved O-line.
20 Montee Ball DEN RB  
21 Antonio Brown PIT WR  
22 Jordy Nelson GB WR Short-term future secure with 4-year extension.
23 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR  
24 Andre Johnson HOU WR Appears to be on board w/ team's direction.
25 Vincent Jackson TB WR  
26 Randall Cobb GB WR Ready to prove he's worthy of new deal.
27 Alfred Morris WAS RB  
28 Giovani Bernard CIN RB  
29 Reggie Bush DET RB  
30 Ryan Mathews SD RB  
31 Drew Brees NO QB Wants to play 10 more years.
32 Aaron Rodgers GB QB  
33 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR  
34 Victor Cruz NYG WR  
35 Pierre Garcon WAS WR  
36 Keenan Allen SD WR  
37 Roddy White ATL WR  
38 Wes Welker DEN WR  
39 Percy Harvin SEA WR  
40 Matthew Stafford DET QB  
41 Julius Thomas DEN TE  
42 Rob Gronkowski NE TE So far, so good.
43 DeSean Jackson WAS WR  
44 Michael Crabtree SF WR  
45 T.Y. Hilton IND WR  
46 Torrey Smith BAL WR  
47 Frank Gore SF RB Team already down one back (Hunter, ACL).
48 C.J. Spiller BUF RB Says his ankle is 100 percent.
49 Ben Tate CLE RB  
50 Julian Edelman NE WR  
51 Vernon Davis SF TE Wants new contract, but he's in camp.
52 Jordan Cameron CLE TE  
53 Michael Floyd ARI WR  
54 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR Expanded role in Turner's O coming?
55 Jeremy Maclin PHI WR  
56 Andre Ellington ARI RB Added weight in the offseason.
57 Trent Richardson IND RB Played hurt last season. Bounce back coming?
58 Chris Johnson NYJ RB Reportedly looking "explosive" in camp.
59 Ray Rice BAL RB Don't forget he will miss the first 2 games.
60 Toby Gerhart JAC RB Don't discount him as an every-down back.
61 Steven Jackson ATL RB  
62 Rashad Jennings NYG RB  
63 Reggie Wayne IND WR Looking good in his return from ACL tear.
64 Marques Colston NO WR  
65 Sammy Watkins BUF WR Has yet to play a game and already on "Hot Seat."
66 Shane Vereen NE RB  
67 Stevan Ridley NE RB  
68 Joique Bell DET RB  
69 Andrew Luck IND QB  
70 Russell Wilson SEA QB  
71 Bishop Sankey TEN RB  
72 Pierre Thomas NO RB  
73 Cam Newton CAR QB  
74 Robert Griffin III WAS QB RG3 likes what he's seen from Gruden, new O so far.
75 Jason Witten DAL TE  
76 Greg Olsen CAR TE  
77 Dennis Pitta BAL TE Healthy Pitta could be difference-maker for Ravens.
78 Jordan Reed WAS TE  
79 Knowshon Moreno MIA RB Starting job may not be his to lose in first place.
80 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK RB  
81 Darren Sproles PHI RB  
82 Fred Jackson BUF RB  
83 Nick Foles PHI QB  
84 Colin Kaepernick SF QB New contract leaves plenty of room for growth still.
85 Matt Ryan ATL QB  
86 Kendall Wright TEN WR  
87 Mike Wallace MIA WR Knows he needs to better this season.
88 Golden Tate DET WR  
89 Eric Decker NYJ WR  
90 Tom Brady NE QB Healthy Gronk could mean return to vintage Brady.
91 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB  
92 Danny Woodhead SD RB  
93 Lamar Miller MIA RB Reportedly already ahead of Moreno.
94 Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR  
95 Cecil Shorts JAC WR Expected to miss 2 weeks b/c of hamstring injury.
96 Riley Cooper PHI WR  
97 Anquan Boldin SF WR  
98 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE Pending FA no longer after signing 5-year extension.
99 Tony Romo DAL QB  
100 Philip Rivers SD QB  
101 Jay Cutler CHI QB  
102 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB OL and WRs both could be better this season.
103 Charles Clay MIA TE  
104 Martellus Bennett CHI TE  
105 Delanie Walker TEN TE  
106 Zach Ertz PHI TE  
107 Heath Miller PIT TE  
108 Bernard Pierce BAL RB Will have 2 games to make strong impression.
109 Khiry Robinson NO RB  
110 David Wilson NYG RB Got medical clearance (neck) to return to field.
111 Chris Ivory NYJ RB Injured hamstring keeping him out of camp.
112 Terrance Williams DAL WR  
113 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR  
114 Antonio Gates SD TE  
115 Ladarius Green SD TE  
116 Seahawks SEA DST  
117 Shonn Greene TEN RB Won't give up starting job w/o a fight.
118 Tre Mason STL RB  
119 Darren McFadden OAK RB  
120 Danny Amendola NE WR  
121 Dwayne Bowe KC WR Reported to camp in great shape.
122 Hakeem Nicks IND WR  
123 Greg Jennings MIN WR  
124 Steve Smith BAL WR  
125 James Jones OAK WR  
131 49ers SF DST  
132 Andy Dalton CIN QB  
133 Eli Manning NYG QB  
126 Carson Palmer ARI QB  
127 Tavon Austin STL WR  
128 Marvin Jones CIN WR  
129 Rueben Randle NYG WR  
130 Justin Hunter TEN WR  
134 Christine Michael SEA RB Lynch's holdout increases appeal.
135 Mark Ingram NO RB  
136 Jeremy Hill CIN RB Rookie off to good start in camp.
137 Andre Brown HOU RB  
138 Donald Brown SD RB  
139 Coby Fleener IND TE  
140 Bengals CIN DST  
141 Cardinals ARI DST  
142 Panthers CAR DST  
143 Broncos DEN DST  
144 Jarrett Boykin GB WR  
145 Brandin Cooks NO WR Lots to like, but still a rookie.
146 Eric Ebron DET TE  
147 Dwayne Allen IND TE  
148 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB  
149 LeGarrette Blount PIT RB  
150 James Starks GB RB  
151 Roy Helu WAS RB  
152 Mike Evans TB WR  
153 Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR Will miss some of camp due to a bone bruise.
154 Denarius Moore OAK WR  
155 Doug Baldwin SEA WR  
156 Markus Wheaton PIT WR  
157 Rams STL DST  
158 Chiefs KC DST  
159 Kenny Stills NO WR  
160 Aaron Dobson NE WR Still recovering from foot surgery.
161 Andrew Hawkins CLE WR  
162 Rod Streater OAK WR  
163 Marqise Lee JAC WR Ace Sanders taking leave of absence for personal reasons.
164 Josh McCown TB QB  
165 Joe Flacco BAL QB  
166 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB  
167 Johnny Manziel CLE QB No rookie under more scrutiny than Johnny Football.
168 Patriots NE DST  
169 Bills BUF DST  
170 Buccaneers TB DST  
171 Browns CLE DST  
172 Alex Smith KC QB  
173 Sam Bradford STL QB May not play in first preseason game as precaution.
174 Tyler Eifert CIN TE  
175 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG WR Off to sluggish start due to hamstring injury.
176 Brian Hartline MIA WR  
177 Knile Davis KC RB  
178 Latavius Murray OAK RB  
179 C.J. Anderson DEN RB  
180 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB Can't seem to shake injury bug.
181 Carlos Hyde SF RB Hunter's (ACL) loss could be Hyde's gain.
182 Terrance West CLE RB  
183 Jonathan Dwyer ARI RB  
184 Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB Vick Ballard (Achilles) out for season.
185 Miles Austin CLE WR  
186 Stevie Johnson SF WR  
187 Jerricho Cotchery CAR WR  
188 Owen Daniels BAL TE  
189 Jared Cook STL TE  
190 Matt Prater DEN K  
191 Stephen Gostkowski NE K  
192 EJ Manuel BUF QB  
193 Jake Locker TEN QB Says his foot (Lisfranc injury) is completely healed.
194 Geno Smith NYJ QB Thinks he'll be a top 5 QB in 2 years.
195 Matt Schaub OAK QB  
196 Jordan Todman JAC RB  
197 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB TE  
198 Jace Amaro NYJ TE Sustained minor knee injury early in camp.
199 Robert Woods BUF WR  
200 Marlon Brown BAL WR  
201 Jerome Simpson MIN WR  
202 Jermichael Finley FA TE If he signs, he could shoot up rankings.
203 Ryan Griffin HOU TE  
204 Steven Hauschka SEA K  
205 Justin Tucker BAL K  
206 Phil Dawson SF K  
207 Mason Crosby GB K  
208 Dan Bailey DAL K  
209 Texans HOU DST  
210 Saints NO DST  
211 Ka'Deem Carey CHI RB  
212 Devonta Freeman ATL RB  
213 Jerick McKinnon MIN RB  
214 Chris Polk PHI RB  
215 Brandon LaFell NE WR  
216 Kenny Britt STL WR  
217 Nate Burleson CLE WR  
218 Harry Douglas ATL WR  
219 Mike Williams BUF WR  
220 Jermaine Kearse SEA WR Sidney Rice's retirement creates opportunity.
221 Jordan Matthews PHI WR  
222 Andre Roberts WAS WR  
223 Dexter McCluster TEN WR  
224 Mohamed Sanu CIN WR  
225 Chris Givens STL WR  
226 Lance Moore PIT WR  
227 Steelers PIT DST  
228 Ravens BAL DST  
229 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU QB  
230 Chad Henne JAC QB  
231 Brian Hoyer CLE QB Has reportedly taken early lead over Manziel in camp.
232 Michael Vick NYJ QB  
233 Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB  
234 Matt Cassel MIN QB  
235 Garrett Graham HOU TE  
236 Andrew Quarless GB TE  
237 Scott Chandler BUF TE  
238 Marcedes Lewis JAC TE  
239 Bears CHI DST  
240 Packers GB DST  
241 Alex Henery PHI K  
242 Nick Novak SD K  
243 Adam Vinatieri IND K  
244 Jermaine Gresham CIN TE  
245 Levine Toilolo ATL TE  
246 Stepfan Taylor ARI RB  
247 Mike James TB RB  
248 Andre Williams NYG RB  
249 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB  
250 Robbie Gould CHI K  
251 Shayne Graham NO K  
252 Mike Glennon TB QB  
253 Shaun Hill STL QB  
254 Kirk Cousins WAS QB  
255 Blair Walsh MIN K  
256 Matt Bryant ATL K  
257 Marcel Reece OAK RB  
258 Robert Turbin SEA RB  
259 Bryce Brown BUF RB  
260 Mike Tolbert CAR RB  
261 DuJuan Harris GB RB  
262 Brandon Bolden NE RB  
263 Charles Sims TB RB  
264 Marcus Lattimore SF RB 49ers taking their time w/ Lattimore.
265 Joseph Randle DAL RB  
266 Jason Avant CAR WR  
267 Paul Richardson SEA WR  
268 Davante Adams GB WR  
269 Allen Robinson JAC WR Missed parts of OTAs b/c of hamstring injury.
270 Cody Latimer DEN WR  
271 Jarvis Landry MIA WR  
272 Kenbrell Thompkins NE WR  
273 Blake Bortles JAC QB  
274 Brandon Pettigrew DET TE  
275 Rob Housler ARI TE  
276 Travis Kece KC TE  
277 Mark Sanchez PHI QB  
278 Lance Dunbar DAL RB  
279 Bobby Rainey TB RB He and Mike James could battle for roster spot.
280 Brandon Weeden DAL QB  

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