Fantasy Football Draft 2014 Rankings: Power Ranking The Top Fantasy Quarterbacks
The 2014 NFL season will be here before you know it, which means you have to start preparing yourself for your fantasy draft. No position is more important than the quarterback, as he can carry your team to the playoffs.
Here are the top fantasy quarterbacks for your 2014 draft.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – Forget begin 38 years old, Manning is playing some of the best football of his career and is coming off a season where he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. Simply video game numbers, Manning had at least three touchdown passes in 11 of his 16 regular season games. Manning does lose Eric Decker, but he still has Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas on his team. Manning should be the first quarterback taken in your draft and is worth a top five selection.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Brees consistency can fog your memory a little bit due to the up-and-down season the Saints had last year, however, he has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in three straight seasons. Brees has also thrown for at least 34 touchdowns in five of his last six seasons. There are minor concerns with no Darren Sproles or Lance Moore this season, but Brees is a quarterback who has never really needed elite weapons around him. Besides, a healthy Jimmy Graham doesn’t exactly hurt. Brees consistency makes him a no risk selection early in your draft.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers may slip a bit in your draft due to a handful of owners who are concerned that he missed playing time last season with a shoulder injury. Don’t be that guy, as it was the first time in six seasons Rodgers sat with an injury. Take away last season’s disappointment, and Rodgers has topped 4,000 yards in four of his last five years and only has two seasons with double-digit interceptions. Rodgers now has a healthy Randall Cobb and a running game with Eddie Lacy leading the way. It’s safe to say Rodgers is going to have a bounce back season.
4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford may be a quarterback you could get a little later, as he has yet to show consistency as a fantasy player. However, the upgrades the Lions made makes Stafford a top five option at quarterback. We know about Calvin Johnson, but the Lions also added Golden Tate and drafted tight end Eric Ebron. The Lions are loaded offensively and should put up monster numbers each and every week. Don’t be surprised if Stafford has a fantasy season like 2011 when he threw for more than 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – Sure, Luck hasn’t had a monster fantasy season in his first two years, but do you really trust anybody 100 percent after the first four guys? Luck has more than 8,000 passing yards and 46 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Now, the Colts upgraded their offense with the addition of Hakeem Nicks, and that doesn’t include the return of Reggie Wayne. As was the case during much of the Manning era, the Colts don’t have a running game. That’s going to force Luck to make even more plays with his arm. You may have to deal with a few picks here and there, but it’s so worth it if Luck throws for 30-plus touchdowns.
6. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – Kaepernick got his big boy contract, now it’s time for him to start playing like a fantasy superstar. Last season, Kaepernick threw for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns. Keep in mind that it was Kaepernick’s first full season as a starting quarterback and he didn’t have a healthy Michael Crabtree for much of the season. Kaepernick gets you points with both his legs and arm and is only going to improve his numbers as he gets more comfortable. The only reason he isn’t a little higher is the fact he faces tough defenses in the NFC West.
7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – Some folks aren’t even going to have Brady in their top 10, but I think that’s absolutely insane. If you don’t get a sure fire top five quarterback, your starter needs to be reliable and somebody who won’t turn the ball over a ton. Brady has played in all 16 games for five straight seasons and has topped 30 touchdowns in three of his last four years. Sure, he doesn’t have great options to throw to, but when has that ever stopped Brady from having a great season? Brady is still a top quarterback and can still be your fantasy starter.
8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – Let’s forget about Ryan’s season last year, as it was a failure for the entire Falcons organization. Ryan has still thrown for more than 4,000 yards in three straight seasons and has two of the best receivers on his team. With a healthy Julio Jones and Rody White by his side, there’s no quarterback who has more upside than Ryan. The only reason Ryan is this low is because he’s averaging just 25.5 touchdowns over his six-year career, however, this may be the season where he puts up better numbers, as he has a point to prove.
9. Jay Culter, Chicago Bears – I know, I know, Cutler has been an interception machine for much of his career. But Cutler’s completion percentage last season of 63.1 was the highest since his second year in the league. Cutler also has by far the best wide receiver duo in the league with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Cuter hasn’t thrown for more than 20 touchdowns in three straight seasons and he does have 112 career interceptions, but if there’s any year that he finally plays like an elite quarterback, it would be this one. I’d be willing to take a risk on him as early as the late third round.
10. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Did you see the Eagles play last season? Their offense is absolutely insane and a fantasy owners dream. Despite not playing in a full season, Foles completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,891 yards and scored 30 total touchdowns. Now that the offense is his and he’s surrounded with nothing but weapons, Foles will give you several great weeks that can really carry your team. Yes, LeSean McCoy is going to take away touchdowns and no DeSean Jackson does hurt a bit, but Foles is in big play offense that will allow him to put up monster fantasy points. He’s less of a risk than some of the bigger names out there.