The 2014 season is drawing near and many crazy enthusiasts (mainly just me) are already mock drafting. Here’s my early ranking of the top fantasy football quarterbacks in 2014. While you’re at it, check out my early tight end rankings for the 2014 fantasy season.
1. Peyton Manning, Broncos
2. Drew Brees, Saints
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
4. Andrew Luck, Colts
5. Tony Romo, Cowboys*
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions
7. Tom Brady, Patriots
8. Nick Foles, Eagles
9. Russell Wilson, Seahawks*
10. Jay Cutler, Bears
11. Cam Newton, Panthers
12. Robert Griffin III, Redskins*
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers*
14. Colin Kaepernick, Niners
15. Matt Ryan, Falcons
*Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is by far my boldest move up on the quarterback ranking list as his ADP nets him the spot of 12th quarterback overall. I’ve pushed him all the way up to spot #5 because, although I hate the Cowboys as much as the next guy, Romo has been an excellent fantasy contributor for several seasons. His yards dropped considerably last season (4903 in 2012 to 3828 in 2013) but he managed a very respectable 31 TDs to just 10 interceptions. Also, the Cowboys’ defensive issues were barely addressed once again meaning Romo will need to air the ball out every single game in an attempt to keep up with opposing teams. There is also talk of Dallas’ running back DeMarco Murray regressing from last season’s successes; this means even more opportunities for Romo to toss the pig skin. What’s best is that you can snag him in the bottom of the 8th round.
*Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is in a case quite opposite of Romo’s; he has an incredibly solid defense that keeps games close. However, like Romo, Wilson has been a great fantasy contributor for the last two seasons and has netted his owners incredibly consistent points week-to-week. Despite finishing last year as the 9th highest quarterback, Wilson is being taken as the 15th overall. With running back issues settling in for Seattle, expect Wilson to take on an even more favoured role in the offense. He already had over 500 rushing yards last season while maintaining over 3000 throwing yards, 27 Tds (one rushing), and just 9 interceptions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson managed over 4,000 combined yards this season and once again snagged the 4 rushing touchdowns he had during his rookie campaign. He’s going in the middle of the 10th round right now – ridiculous.
*Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Here’s a quarterback’s name that finished ahead of RG3 last season: Ryan Tannehill. Yeah. Though former Washington coach Mike Shanahan did clearly misuse Griffin and cause him several avoidable injuries, I can’t foresee the young quarterback prospering in any kind of different system. Washington has spent the offseason stocking up on small, fast, deep-threat receivers without giving their quarterback any big and reliable short yardage options. A lot of the fantasy community has grown excited by this team’s attempt to create “the fastest offense ever.” What scares me is that Washington does not have the O-line to support the deep balls that Griffin will need to throw on every play. He’ll likely be used as a pocket passer exclusively this season (which I don’t trust) but will be getting pummelled as often as he did last season. He’s being drafted 7th overall right now. I don’t get it.
*Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Good ol’ reliable Big Ben was paired up with one of the youngest, most inexperienced squads in the NFL last season while suffering through strained relationships with his new quarterback coach. Despite all of this, once he accepted the team’s new offensive system, Ben had one of his best fantasy seasons ever! The oversized thrower finished 11th overall among quarterbacks and really excelled in the second half of the season. In fact, after week 8 he threw 20 touchdowns on just 7 interceptions with a team full of rookies. With a year under their belts, the rebuilt Steelers are planning a more complicated offense that favours no-huddle series paired with play-action passes. Expect Ben’s stats to improve fairly well over last season’s as he leads this fresh team to a better season. He’s currently a steal in the 11th round.
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