Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

Adrian Peterson is Athlon Sports' new No. 1 headed into the season

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)


Rank Player Team Pos Comment
1 Adrian Peterson MIN RB Potential in new O puts him on top for now.
2 LeSean McCoy PHI RB Will bruised thumb be an issue?
3 Jamaal Charles KC RB Hopefully he won't be moving again soon.
4 Matt Forté CHI RB  
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB  
6 Eddie Lacy GB RB  
7 Calvin Johnson DET WR  
8 Peyton Manning DEN QB Already getting chippy with opposing defenses.
9 Jimmy Graham NO TE  
10 DeMarco Murray DAL RB  
11 Doug Martin TB RB Charles Sims' injury could mean more work.
12 Arian Foster HOU RB  
13 Drew Brees NO QB Looked pretty good in preseason debut vs. Colts.
14 Aaron Rodgers GB QB  
15 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR  
16 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB Suspension coming?
17 A.J. Green CIN WR  
18 Dez Bryant DAL WR  
19 Brandon Marshall CHI WR  
20 Zac Stacy STL RB  
21 Julio Jones ATL WR Foot looks healed so far.
22 Antonio Brown PIT WR  
23 Jordy Nelson GB WR  
24 Montee Ball DEN RB Back to practice after appendectomy.
25 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR  
26 Andre Johnson HOU WR  
27 Randall Cobb GB WR  
28 Vincent Jackson TB WR  
29 Alfred Morris WAS RB  
30 Giovani Bernard CIN RB  
31 Julius Thomas DEN TE  
32 Reggie Bush DET RB Broke off 86-yard TD run vs. Jags on Friday.
33 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR  
34 Victor Cruz NYG WR  
35 Rob Gronkowski NE TE Week 1 status still uncertain. Be wary.
36 Pierre Garcon WAS WR  
37 Ben Tate CLE RB  
38 Ryan Mathews SD RB  
39 Keenan Allen SD WR  
40 Matthew Stafford DET QB  
41 Roddy White ATL WR  
42 Frank Gore SF RB Too soon to write "old" man off?
43 C.J. Spiller BUF RB  
44 Andrew Luck IND QB  
45 Percy Harvin SEA WR  
46 Andre Ellington ARI RB His potential is tied to the touches he gets.
47 DeSean Jackson WAS WR  
48 Michael Crabtree SF WR  
49 Torrey Smith BAL WR Expecting more versatile role on offense.
50 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR  
51 Vernon Davis SF TE  
52 Toby Gerhart JAC RB  
53 T.Y. Hilton IND WR  
54 Julian Edelman NE WR  
55 Trent Richardson IND RB Colts continue to show patience w/ T-Rich.
56 Ray Rice BAL RB Bruised shoulder be OK after suspension.
57 Rashad Jennings NYG RB If anything he should get plenty of touches.
58 Nick Foles PHI QB Has more INTs (3) this preseason than all of '13 (2).
59 Cam Newton CAR QB Fractured rib cause for concern?
60 Robert Griffin III WAS QB Has not looked good in new offense.
61 Michael Floyd ARI WR  
62 Jeremy Maclin PHI WR Appears to have survived injury scare Thursday.
63 Chris Johnson NYJ RB  
64 Steven Jackson ATL RB  
65 Joique Bell DET RB  
66 Shane Vereen NE RB Most active Patriot back in last preseason game.
67 Reggie Wayne IND WR Looking good in return from ACL injury.
68 Marques Colston NO WR  
69 Kendall Wright TEN WR Expect Titans to stretch field more this season.
70 Wes Welker DEN WR Preseason concussion not a good start.
71 Jason Witten DAL TE  
72 Stevan Ridley NE RB Ball security already an issue once more.
73 Bishop Sankey TEN RB Rookie off to somewhat of a slow start.
74 Pierre Thomas NO RB Could lead RBs in receptions.
75 Colin Kaepernick SF QB  
76 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK RB  
77 Golden Tate DET WR  
78 Sammy Watkins BUF WR Bruised ribs kept him out of last preseason game.
79 Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR Role could increase depending on Welker's status.
80 Mike Wallace MIA WR Seems to be better fit for new offense.
81 Eric Decker NYJ WR Settling in as Jets' new No. 1 WR.
82 Darren Sproles PHI RB  
83 Fred Jackson BUF RB  
84 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB  
85 Lamar Miller MIA RB  
86 Khiry Robinson NO RB Competing more with Ingram than Thomas.
87 Danny Woodhead SD RB  
88 Cecil Shorts JAC WR  
89 Riley Cooper PHI WR  
90 Terrance Williams DAL WR  
91 Anquan Boldin SF WR  
92 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR  
93 Knowshon Moreno MIA RB  
94 Bernard Pierce BAL RB Suffered concussion, but should be good to go Week 1.
95 Shonn Greene TEN RB  
96 Jordan Cameron CLE TE  
97 Russell Wilson SEA QB  
98 Matt Ryan ATL QB Falcons' offense has looked good in preseason.
99 Tom Brady NE QB  
100 Greg Olsen CAR TE  
101 Dennis Pitta BAL TE  
102 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE  
103 Seahawks SEA DST  
104 Danny Amendola NE WR  
105 Justin Hunter TEN WR Everyone is expecting a breakout from tall, athletic target.
106 Dwayne Bowe KC WR Suspended for Week 1.
107 Greg Jennings MIN WR  
108 Darren McFadden OAK RB  
109 Chris Ivory NYJ RB  
110 Mark Ingram NO RB Could be interesting sleeper if he's effective early on.
111 Christine Michael SEA RB  
112 Jeremy Hill CIN RB  
113 Donald Brown SD RB  
114 Hakeem Nicks IND WR  
115 Steve Smith BAL WR  
116 Tavon Austin STL WR Will QB change help or hinder Austin?
117 Rueben Randle NYG WR Could be Eli's favorite target in red zone.
118 Tony Romo DAL QB Early hits not welcome sign for recovering Romo.
119 Jay Cutler CHI QB  
120 Philip Rivers SD QB  
121 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB  
122 LeGarrette Blount PIT RB Suspension coming?
123 Carlos Hyde SF RB Should be factor even if Gore remains starter.
124 Jarrett Boykin GB WR  
125 Brandin Cooks NO WR Seems to be only a matter of "when" and not "if."
126 Andy Dalton CIN QB  
127 Carson Palmer ARI QB  
128 Knile Davis KC RB  
129 Roy Helu WAS RB  
130 Mike Evans TB WR  
131 Markus Wheaton PIT WR  
132 James Jones OAK WR  
133 Doug Baldwin SEA WR  
134 Andrew Hawkins CLE WR Josh Gordon's status still up in the air.
135 Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR Could emerge as Newton's No. 1 target quickly.
136 Panthers CAR DST  
137 Terrance West CLE RB  
138 James Starks GB RB  
139 C.J. Anderson DEN RB  
140 49ers SF DST Will injuries lead to issues early on?
141 Broncos DEN DST  
142 Bengals CIN DST  
143 Eli Manning NYG QB Slowly getting comfortable in new offense.
144 Rams STL DST  
145 Chiefs KC DST  
146 Cardinals ARI DST  
147 Jordan Reed WAS TE  
148 Martellus Bennett CHI TE  
149 Delanie Walker TEN TE  
150 Zach Ertz PHI TE Popular breakout candidate this season.
151 Stephen Gostkowski NE K  
152 Steven Hauschka SEA K  
153 Justin Tucker BAL K  
154 Mason Crosby GB K  
155 Phil Dawson SF K  
156 Patriots NE DST  
157 Bills BUF DST  
158 Josh McCown TB QB  
159 Joe Flacco BAL QB  
160 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB Accuracy has not been an issue during preseason.
161 Nick Novak SD K  
162 Dan Bailey DAL K  
163 Adam Vinatieri IND K  
164 Buccaneers TB DST  
165 Saints NO DST  
166 Alex Smith KC QB  
167 Johnny Manziel CLE QB Hoyer the starter, for now.
168 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB  
169 Andre Williams NYG RB  
170 Devonta Freeman ATL RB  
171 Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB  
172 Jordan Todman JAC RB  
173 EJ Manuel BUF QB  
174 Jake Locker TEN QB Early signs in new offense are promising.
175 Geno Smith NYJ QB  
176 Tre Mason STL RB  
177 Matt Schaub OAK QB  
178 Blair Walsh MIN K  
179 Nick Folk NYJ K  
180 Robbie Gould CHI K  
181 Shayne Graham NO K  
182 Matt Bryant ATL K  
183 Alex Henery PHI K  
184 Texans HOU DST  
185 Charles Clay MIA TE  
186 Antonio Gates SD TE Enough targets for two relevant TEs in SD?
187 Ladarius Green SD TE  
188 Heath Miller PIT TE  
189 Denarius Moore OAK WR  
190 Kenny Stills NO WR  
191 Brandon LaFell NE WR  
192 Rod Streater OAK WR  
193 Marqise Lee JAC WR  
194 Browns CLE DST  
195 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU QB  
196 Chad Henne JAC QB  
197 Matt Cassel MIN QB

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

198 Coby Fleener IND TE  
199 Eric Ebron DET TE  
200 Dwayne Allen IND TE  
201 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG WR How far behind is he b/c of hamstring issue?
202 Brian Hartline MIA WR  
203 Tyler Eifert CIN TE  
204 Brian Hoyer CLE QB He gets the starting nod, but for how long?
205 Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB Has lived up to his "pro-ready" label thus far.
206 Michael Vick NYJ QB  
207 Kenny Britt STL WR  
208 Aaron Dobson NE WR  
209 Jerricho Cotchery CAR WR  
210 Shaun Hill STL QB Bradford's injury opens door for Hill to shine.
211 Mike Williams BUF WR  
212 Andre Roberts WAS WR  
213 Latavius Murray OAK RB  
214 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB  
215 Bryce Brown BUF RB  
216 Dexter McCluster TEN RB Could end up being a PPR sleeper.
217 Lance Dunbar DAL RB  
218 Owen Daniels BAL TE  
219 Jared Cook STL TE  
220 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB TE  
221 Jace Amaro NYJ TE  
222 Robert Woods BUF WR  
223 Jerome Simpson MIN WR  
224 Kirk Cousins WAS QB Has outperformed RG3 in preseason, but does it matter?
225 Blake Bortles JAC QB Jags' future appears in good hands w/ Bortles.
226 Ryan Griffin HOU TE  
227 Travis Kece KC TE Could end up being Chiefs' No. 1 target by season's end.
228 Jordan Matthews PHI WR  
229 Jonathan Grimes HOU RB He or Alfred Blue could be a factor this season.
230 Jonathan Dwyer ARI RB  
231 Marcel Reece OAK RB  
232 Harry Douglas ATL WR  
233 Malcom Floyd SD WR  
234 Marlon Brown BAL WR  
235 Kenbrell Thompkins NE WR  
236 Robert Turbin SEA RB  
237 Chris Polk PHI RB  
238 Mike Tolbert CAR RB  
239 Ka'Deem Carey CHI RB  
240 Brandon Bolden NE RB  
241 Andre Holmes OAK WR  
242 Lance Moore PIT WR  
243 Nate Washington TEN WR  
244 Jermaine Kearse SEA WR  
245 Marvin Jones CIN WR Broken foot will keep him out until at least Week 5.
246 Steelers PIT DST  
247 Andrew Quarless GB TE  
248 Garrett Graham HOU TE  
249 Scott Chandler BUF TE  
250 Marcedes Lewis JAC TE  
251 Bears CHI DST  
252 Giants NYG DST  
253 Packers GB DST  
254 Mohamed Sanu CIN WR Will get his chance while Jones (foot) is sidelined.
255 Santonio Holmes CHI WR Late addition could emerge as reliable No. 3 WR.
256 Paul Richardson SEA WR  
257 Davante Adams GB WR  
258 Cody Latimer DEN WR  
259 Bobby Rainey TB RB Sims' injury presents opportunity for Rainey and James.
260 Stepfan Taylor ARI RB  
261 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB  
262 Ronnie Hillman DEN RB If Ball falters, Hillman or Anderson could emerge.
263 Levine Toilolo ATL TE  
264 Mychal Rivera OAK TE  
265 Jerick McKinnon MIN RB  
266 Benny Cunningham STL RB  
267 James White NE RB Rookie looking to overtake Ridley in pecking order.
268 Alfred Blue HOU RB  
269 Joseph Randle DAL RB  
270 Mike James TB RB  
271 DuJuan Harris GB RB  
272 Mike Glennon TB QB  
273 Mark Sanchez PHI QB Has looked very comfortable in Chip Kelly's system.
274 Miles Austin CLE WR  
275 Stevie Johnson SF WR  
276 Nate Burleson CLE WR  
277 Chris Givens STL WR  
278 Jason Avant CAR WR  
279 Charles Sims TB RB Out 12-14 weeks (ankle). Stash for later?
280 Marcus Lattimore SF RB Will he see the field this season?

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