2014 Fantasy Football: Top 10 QB Rankings
NFL training camps are starting up, which means we’ll all be able to throw down wagers on our favorite teams beating the odds to win the Super Bowl in just over a month. That, or we’ll be aiming to knock heads and take names in fantasy football.
For the latter, it may be time to take a look at the top end options at each main offensive position. Most of these guys are household names by now, but some may be rising or slipping in the ranks.
To get the ball rolling, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 quarterbacks to use in fantasy football in 2014:
1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Rodgers was on pace for his first 5,000+ yard passing season before getting knocked out of most of 2013 with a broken collarbone. Green Bay is running more than they have in the past, but it should only make Rodgers more efficient. Thanks to his elite play in the pocket and dual threat ability as a runner, he stands a pretty good chance at getting back to the top of the fantasy scene.
2. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
Manning is fantasy’s #1 holdover at the quarterback position, but he needed 55 touchdowns and over 5,400 passing yards to lock up that spot. With such a competitive (and deep) field, he’ll need another season close to record-breaking numbers to keep the crown atop his head. He’ll come close, but a slight drop-off should be expected.
3. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
Brees may be getting older, but some could make an argument that he’s only getting better. Still technically in his prime, Brees remains a threat to put up 5,000+ passing yards and well over 30 touchdowns. If he’s not in the top two spots, it’s fairly safe to say he’ll occupy the third.
4. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
Luck somehow finished 2013 as the #4 quarterback, despite throwing less passes than he did as a rookie. Indy got him more help via Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) makes his return, giving the talented third-year passer a legit chance at improving in 2014.
5. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
Newton did lose Steve Smith and recently recovered from ankle surgery, but he’s still the same guy that has finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in each season he’s been in the league. Even with a regression in his supporting cast, he should once again come close to doing the same.
6. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
Stafford has been lights out in two of the past three years and still has the game’s best receiver at his disposal in Calvin Johnson. Offensive guru Jim Caldwell takes over as the new head coach and Detroit added more weapons, giving Stafford a shot at his most efficient season to date.
7. Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
RG3 wore a knee brace and rushed back far too soon last year, making him look probably about as bad as he felt at times. He looks to be a new man now that he’s a full year removed from his injury, while the Redskins also added explosive deep threat DeSean Jackson to the offense. RG3 could soar in 2014.
8. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
Ryan was fantasy football’s #6 passer early in 2013, and then got hit by a laundry list of injuries around him. Those injuries took away weapons in the running and passing game, and also ended up negatively impacting Ryan’s pass protection. With the Falcons back at full strength, Ryan should ascend back into the top-10 conversation.
9. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
Brady finished as a top-15 fantasy passer a year ago despite losing Aaron Hernandez, Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker for all of 2013 and Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen for parts of it. With his weapons fully healthy come week one, we could see a revived Brady.
10. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
You could make a case for a number of guys (Nick Foles and Colin Kaepernick to name to) that could be taken in fantasy drafts over Romo. However, Romo is more proven than Foles (a potential one-year wonder) and is a better pocket passer than Kaepernick. Romo is healthy after a back issue kept him out of last season’s season finale and he goes to work in new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s offense. That’s a good thing.
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