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Fantasy Football 2014 Big Board (Top 280)

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Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

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!

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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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