You are here

2014 NFL Fantasy Football, Rankings, Sleepers, and more!

7:30 pm ET September 4, 2014

Here are my Top 10 Best Players at each skill position for Fantasy Football purposes this season. I have also included some potential "sleepers", my Top 5 Defenses / Special Teams & Kickers, and my Super Bowl pick.

NOTE: My rankings are for standard points leagues. Some players would be higher or lower based upon specific league settings (I.E. Head-to-Head, Points Per Reception, etc., etc.).


1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Other QB Expectations:

- New York Jets Geno Smith to be a Top 12 QB in Fantasy Football through the first five weeks of the season.
- Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III to miss two to six games in 2014.
- Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo to miss one to four games in 2014.

Potential QB Sleepers:

Geno Smith, New York Jets - Geno's fast start this season (Top 12 QB through the first five weeks) instantly makes him a great "sleeper". Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Chris Johnson will help the whole Jets Offense to be much better in 2014. Thus, making Geno Smith a legitimate Fantasy Football option.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders - Why? I think Carr is the best rookie QB from the 2014 Draft Class, his Preseason Week 4 performance, his weapons (Jones, Moore, Streater, Rivera, McFadden, Jones-Drew), and the fact I expect them to be playing from behind.

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins - I simply do not see Robert Griffin III making it through the season healthy, Cousins should put up stellar numbers in his absence. Let's not ignore the fact he's looked better than RGIII pretty much all off season.

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns - Rushing QB's matter a great deal in Fantasy Football. Manziel will start at some point this season and he will run often when he does. As I stated a couple of months ago, I expect Johnny Football to start for the Browns from Week 5 on.

Running Backs:

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
5. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
9. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
10. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Potential RB Sleepers:

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints - As I discussed on SportsChat on 103.7 The Fan (8/14), I expect Ingram to lead the Saints in carries this season. I can see Ingram getting 1000 to 1400 total yards and 7 to 12 touchdowns this season.

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals - I know Giovani Bernard was my pick for OROY before the preseason began last year but I'm very down on Gio year two. Hill and Gio should end up in a full-blown RBBC before the season ends and Hill should get the bulk of the goal line carries from about mid-season on. It would not surprise me in the least if Hill ends up with 8+ TD's and rushes for close to 1000 yards this season.

Jonathan Grimes, Houston Texans - Who is the biggest Fantasy Football RB SuperStar that is the most likely to miss time? Arian Foster. Regardless, Texans primary backup RB's have averaged a total of 866 rushing yards and 3 to 4 TD's per year since 2011. So, it's safe to say Grimes will have 600+ rushing yards and 3+ TD's IF Arian Foster doesn't miss any time and decides to play all four quarters in all 16 games. Very unlikely. I see Grimes getting close to 1000 total yards and 5-8 TD's this season.

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers - In dynasty leagues this guy would be way up there on my RB list. He's clearly the future RB1 for the 49ers. This season, Hyde will get his fair share of touches and TD's and if Frank Gore were to miss time Hyde would fill in nicely. Assuming Gore stays healthy, I could see Hyde get 450 to 700 total yards and 4 to 8 touchdowns this season. If Gore were to miss two or more games, I'd expect more from Hyde.

Andre Williams, New York Giants - I love this rookie. He should get plenty of opportunities this season with the oft injured Rashad Jennings in front of him and the Giants employing a bit of their old "Thunder & Lightning" backfield. Assuming Jennings doesn't get hurt I could see Williams having 400 to 800 total yards and 6 to 9 touchdowns this season.

Wide Receivers:

1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
7. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
8. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
10. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

Potential WR Sleepers:

Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers - It is shocking to me how late this guy is getting drafted, shocking. I see KB being the #1 WR for the Panthers this season. I could see KB getting 900 to 1200 receiving yards and 7 to 11 touchdowns this season.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks - It's hard to believe that Baldwin is so overlooked in Fantasy Football Drafts. I could easily see him having his career year this season with 900 to 1200 receiving yards and 5 to 8 touchdowns this season.

Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers - Wheaton starts and should remain the starter the entire season. With Antonio Brown receiving the majority of the defensive attention Wheaton should produce nicely considering his talent, Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball, and his opportunity. I could see Wheaton getting 800 to 1100 total yards (expect some rushing) and 5 to 8 touchdowns this season.

Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers - I expect Boykin to fill the James Jones role (now with the Oakland Raiders) and could see him have 700 to 1100 receiving yards and 5 to 9 touchdowns this season.

Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks - Kearse is in this third season in the NFL, the boom year for NFL WR's. I don't expect Kearse to have at least 700 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.

John Brown, Arizona Cardinals - I've been talking about this guy for awhile. He's quick, fast, and always open at the NFL level when only one defender is on him. I don't have season expectations for Brown but he should definitely make some big plays for the Cardinals Offense considering he'll be an after thought thanks to Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and Andre Ellington.

Tight Ends:

1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
2. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
6. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
7. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
8. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Potential TE Sleepers:

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars - It's hard to believe this guy was once a Pro Bowl TE, it's true he was a Pro Bowler in 2010. Lewis has been clicking all off season and I for one think he's looking to get a new contract after this season, is under contract for 2014 and 2015 but would be a Free Agent in 2016. So, I think he's playing for a new contract this season. After all, he is 30-years old now and his next contract would likely be his last. I don't know if anyone noticed but Justin Blackmon is gone and Lewis did average 14.4 yards per catch last season, very high for a TE. Anyway, I could see Lewis having 550 to 850 receiving yards and 6 to 10 touchdowns this season.

Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders - How this guy is going undrafted is very intriguing to me. Last season as a rookie he had 407 yards and 4 touchdowns with the Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, and Matt Flynn throwing to him. I think it's safe to say that Matt Schaub and Derek Carr are much better passers than any of those guys. I could see Rivera have 450 to 850 receiving yards and 5 to 9 touchdowns this season.

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers - This is a simply one, whomever ends up being the primary receiving TE for the Packers should make a Fantasy Football impact. I like Brandon Bostick and did an article about him earlier this month before training camp really got going but he got injured and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason as well as his chance to start early in the season. Both Rodgers and Bostick are in the perfect situation and very talented. As of right now, I'd give the edge to Rodgers throwing to Rodgers more so than to Bostick this season. I could see Rodgers have 400 to 800 receiving yards and 4 to 8 touchdowns this season.

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs - This guy is super talented and should be the receiving TE for the Chiefs this season. He is still a bit raw and his usage is undefined at this point but he's very athletic and could be a valuable Fantasy Football commodity this season.


1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
3. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
4. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
5. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

Potential K Sleepers:

Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals - Catz not only beat out Veteran K Jay Feely (scored 127 points last year kicking for the Cards, 10th most points scored in the NFL in 2013) for the job but he kicked over 92% in each of his last two seasons in college. Don't be surprised if Catz ends up being a Top 10 Kicker in Fantasy Football this season.

Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles - Parkey should be a mild upgrade over Alex Henery. Parkey is on a high powered offense, beat out veteran Alex Henery, and has a solid Bye Week (only one other team with Week 7 Bye). So, Parkey should be a decent sneaky fantasy option this season.

Defense / Special Teams:

1. New England Patriots
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Houston Texans
4. Denver Broncos
5. St. Louis Rams

Potential DEF/ST Sleepers:

Now, it's hard to call any NFL Team's Defense / Special Teams a "Sleeper" but based upon current percentage owned in Yahoo! and ESPN Leagues, the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns are two very underrated defenses.

Super Bowl Pick:

I pick the New England Patriots to beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLIX. I see the the Packers beating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game and the Patriots beating the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.

So, those are my ranks for NFL Fantasy Football purposes for the 2014 NFL Regular Season and my Super Bowl Pick, I hope they all work out for us!

Thank you for reading this and I look forward to interacting with you on social media, please see my links below to connect with me.

Austin D. Jordan
Founder of NFLVR
@AustinDJordan on Twitter
IMDb Page