Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Top 10 Quarterback (QB) Rankings
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Quarterbacks in the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft
August 5, 2014
The 2014 fantasy football draft season is upon us (finally), so that means it’s time to start getting our strategies ready for the upcoming year. With that in mind, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the top names at each position this week to help get you better acquainted with your higher-end targets.
Today we’re visiting the quarterback position, and the feeling here seems to be a little less optimistic than in years past. There’s a handful of top-shelf talent in the highest ranks, then the question marks begin as we get deeper into the draft. Let’s take a look at each of the top 10 names and see what we can come up with at QB.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: There’s little doubt that Manning will be the top QB pickup in your draft, likely coming off the board in the second--or even first--round. There’s also little doubt as to why: He’s coming off a monster 55-TD season with a whopping 5,477 yards to his credit. He’ll do it again in 2014.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: You’ll see Drew Brees occupying this spot in many drafts, but we like Rodgers just a little better. He started just nine games in 2013 due to a freak injury, but managed to log 17 touchdowns anyway, which is more than some QBs do with a full slate. We expect big things from the Rodgers-Nelson-Cobb connection this season.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: You could pick up Brees in the No. 2 QB slot and no one would bat an eyelash. There’s not much difference between him and Rodgers; He still posted 39 touchdowns last season. We’re more concerned than most people about the departure of uber-RB Darren Sproles and its effect on the offense, but we’re probably just overreacting there.
4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers: We like Kaepernick more than most people out there do, and admittedly it’s due in large part to what he’s able to accomplish on the ground. We imagine he’ll have another 500-plus-yard season rushing in 2014, which will help bolster those weekly numbers. Those without a fantasy premium on rushing touchdowns can downgrade him slightly.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: We also like Luck a little better than most people out there, but that’s because we’ve got him pegged for a breakout season. All the tools are there: a great receiving corps; a (hopefully) solid rushing game featuring a revitalized Trent Richardson; another year in the system. He’s a bit of a reach here, but should pay off.
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: You’ll see Stafford ranked as high as No. 4 on most lists, but we’ve just got some trouble trusting him. Every year, he’s slated for a monster statistical season, and every year he fails to live up to the immense hype. We’re not saying he’ll be bad--with that talented cast around him, he’s got a great shot at a stellar season. Just temper your expectations in case things don’t pan out.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: You can consider 2013 a lost year for Ryan and the Falcons as a whole. With all of those injuries to key players, it was a miracle they even finished the schedule out. Things will look rosier this year, and now that Ryan’s top two weapons are healthy he should bounce back.
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: You’ll normally see Romo ranked in the 6-8 range, so he could go a little higher than this. He does have some injury concerns coming into the year (back surgery), but should adjust fine. The real hidden upside here is that he’ll be playing catch-up behind a crummy Dallas defense for most of the year. That means lots of throwing.
9. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Each year, the once-elite Brady falls a little further in the fantasy standings, but we think he’s a bargain at No. 9. Even in his “down years,” he pulls out respectable stats, it’s just that these days he’s relying on his ground attack a little more than he once did. Still a solid play.
10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: Speaking of once-elite, Griffin has fallen hard and fast in the past couple of seasons. The good news is that he seems to be back to his old self following a sketchy year recovering from his knee injury and should play much better in 2014. We like the upgraded receiving corps as well. Nice low-end No. 1 QB here.
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