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Fantasy Football 2014 Quarterback Rankings: Week 1

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Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Week 1 of the 2014 fantasy football season is here and is there any surprise who leads the first installment of Athlon Sports' weekly Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings? Peyton Manning was far and away fantasy's No. 1 scorer last season and as long as he stays healthy, he should post big passing numbers once again in 2014. While seven touchdown passes like he did in the 2013 season-opener against Baltimore will be hard to match, Manning should enjoy plenty of success throwing against an Indianapolis defense that has issues in the secondary and will be without its best pass-rusher.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Peyton Manning

DEN

vs. IND

Had 7 TDs in Week 1 last season. Encore?

2

Drew Brees

NO

at ATL

Brees ready to test Falcons' young CBs.

3

Colin Kaepernick

SF

at DAL

CK could be in for big day in Big D.

4

Nick Foles

PHI

vs. JAC

Ready to pick up where he left off?

5

Andrew Luck

IND

at DEN

Luck gets first look at retooled Denver D.

6

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at SEA (Thurs.)

Tough opening assignment for Packers' O.

7

Matthew Stafford

DET

vs. NYG (Mon.)

What will Lions' new O look like?

8

Jay Cutler

CHI

vs. BUF

 

9

Russell Wilson

SEA

vs. GB (Thurs.)

 

10

Tom Brady

NE

at MIA

Brady ready to silence doubters.

11

Tony Romo

DAL

vs. SF

49ers' D not at full strength.

12

Matt Ryan

ATL

vs. NO

 

13

Cam Newton

CAR

at TB

Will cracked rib be an issue?

14

Philip Rivers

SD

at ARI

Cardinals' D missing key pieces.

15

Robert Griffin III

WAS

at HOU

RG3 ready to break out in Gruden's O?

16

Carson Palmer

ARI

vs. SD (Mon.)

Improved O-line should only help Palmer.

17

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

vs. CLE

 

18

Alex Smith

KC

vs. TEN

Needs reliable targets to emerge.

19

Jake Locker

TEN

at KC

Looked sharp in preseason.

20

Shaun Hill

STL

vs. MIN

It's his offense for now.

21

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

vs. NE

 

22

Andy Dalton

CIN

at BAL

Career 6:11 TD:INT ratio in 6 G vs. BAL.

23

Geno Smith

NYJ

vs. OAK

New weapons = more success in Year 2?

24

Joe Flacco

BAL

vs. CIN

Can Flacco take next step under Kubiak?

25

Eli Manning

NYG

at DET

New O still a work in progress for G-Men.

26

Ryan Fitzpatrick

HOU

vs. WAS

 

27

Josh McCown

TB

vs. CAR

Panther pass rush could be an issue for Bucs.

28

Matt Cassel

MIN

at STL

Could thrive under Turner.

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Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points