Top Ten NFL Off-Season Fantasy Football Prospects
Find Out Which Fantasy Football Prospects to Watch This Off-Season
2014 NFL Off-Season
As I sit here with snow swirling outside, it definitely feels like football season, which has put me in the mood to cozy up and talk a little fantasy. It’ll be time to draft before we know it, so I thought we’d take a look at the players who should be at the top of your personal draft board as of this point in the off-season. Bear in mind that this could all change as quickly as the weather we’ve had this year, but its a starting point, y’all.
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1. Jamaal Charles (RB1-Chiefs) - With a 2013 average of 18.4 PPG and a personal TD record, Charles looks to be a solid play once again in 2014.
2. Peyton Manning (QB1-Broncos) - Manning is almost always fantasy gold and I don’t see 2014 being any different. Elway and Co. have added even more players to his dream team, so his 2013 25.4 PPG average shouldn’t fall much (if any).
3. Adrian Peterson (RB2-Vikings) - Peterson tends to be a fantasy lock year in and year out. Peterson had a bit of down year in 2013 (by his standards, not by anyone else’s) and I’m interested to see what exactly Mike Zimmer meant when he said he wanted AD to “take fewer hits.” For fantasy players, hopefully this doesn’t indicate fewer carries.
4. LeSean McCoy (RB3-Eagles) - McCoy averaged 16.4 PPG in 2013 and had 9 TDs over the course of the season. I like him to stay steady, or even improve, in 2014.
5. Drew Brees (QB2-Saints) - Brees has some of the best weapons in the league (Jimmy Graham, anyone?) on his receiving corps, which makes him a fairly sure bet in fantasy year after year. 2014 shouldn’t be any different for New Orleans’s golden boy.
6. Jimmy Graham (TE1-Saints) - Keeping with our theme, Brees’s favorite target, Graham, is another excellent prospect. The duo make each other better, so as long as they’re both healthy (and playing for the same team), they’re a dangerous tandem from a fantasy perspective.
7. Calvin Johnson (WR1-Lions) - There isn’t much to not like about Megatron from a fantasy standpoint; in 2013, he had 9 games with double-digit points and 12 TDs. Draft this man. No more explanation required.
8. Demaryius Thomas (WR2-Broncos) - Especially with Decker gone, I like Thomas to have a significant number of catches in 2014. Manning likes throwing to him and Thomas has solid hands. I wouldn’t even be surprised if his 13.8 PPG average is boosted.
9. Matt Forte (RB4-Bears) - With 9 TDs and over 1,300 yards, there’s no reason Forte shouldn’t get just as many touches in 2014 as he did in 2013.
10. Aaron Rodgers (QB3-Packers) - Rodgers is a bit of a wild card, given the fact that he was out nursing his broken clavicle for half the season. However, historically he’s a great fantasy bet and I’d wager he’ll be ready and rarin’ to go by Week 1.