2014′s Number One Overall Pick (h/t to DynastyLeagueFootball for the graphic)
I realize the season just ended and we haven’t even gotten to Super Bowl XLIX yet, but I wanted to take a moment to look forward to next year while this season was still fresh in our minds. In some ways, these are an exercise in futility (check out last year’s way too early rankings to see why…ahem…Aaron Hernandez), but I figured it’d be fun to keep the tradition alive and do my Second Annual WAAAAY Too Early Rankings for 2014. There’s a LOT that can happen before next August/September (and coaches are literally getting fired as I type this), but it’s never too early for all of us addicts to start thinking about next year, right?!
I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t given more than a few hours thought to any of these rankings, but here are some quick lists (overall top 10 and then position-by-position) of where I’d rank guys for next year as of December 30, 2013. As always…I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
Overall Top 10 for 2014
- Jamaal Charles – I’d be happy to entertain arguments for LeSean McCoy here
- LeSean McCoy – The 1B to Charles’ 1A
- Calvin Johson - I hate taking WRs so early, but he’s as consistent as they come (assuming health)
- Matt Forte - Team Trestman does a body good
- Adrian Peterson - I’m a little worried he’ll be 2014′s Arian Foster, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt
- Eddie Lacy - A young workhorse in a league that’s becoming devoid of workshorses
- Marshawn Lynch – The wheels will fall off at some point, but he just keeps proving us all wrong
- DeMarco Murray - Murray finished the season strong and leapfrogged his way onto my list
- Josh Gordon – This is probably too high, but 2013 was an amazing season for Gordon
- Doug Martin - Risky, but he could be an absolute STEAL at this spot
Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Le’Veon Bell, Gio Bernard, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush
Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2014
If you like playing it REALLY safe with your first or second round pick (I don’t)…this list is for you.
- Drew Brees – Peyton deserves this spot, but Brees is as consistent as they come
- Peyton Manning - I hope he proves me wrong, but I don’t think he can keep this up
- Cam Newton - A very quiet Top 4 fantasy QB in each of his three seasons in the league
- Aaron Rodgers – Could go as high as first, but it’s hard to knock those Top 3 guys down
- Tony Romo – Call him whatever you want…he’s a great fantasy QB
- Andrew Luck – Coming off a very underrated 2013 (QB4 on the year)
- Russell Wilson – Can we please give him some healthy playmakers?
- Matthew Stafford – Proof that a mediocre real-life QB can be a great fantasy QB
- Nick Foles - I don’t know what to do with Foles, so 9 sounds about right
- Colin Kaepernick - For as much flack as he got in 2013, he still finished as QB9.
Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler
Top 10 Running Backs for 2014
This is basically a re-hash of my top 10 list so scroll up if you want explanations on any of these guys.
- Jamaal Charles
- LeSean McCoy
- Matt Forte
- Adrian Peterson
- Eddie Lacy
- Marshawn Lynch
- DeMarco Murray
- Doug Martin
- Le’Veon Bell
- Gio Bernard
Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, Arian Foster, Knowshon Moreno, Frank Gore, Zac Stacy, Alfred Morris
Top 10 Wide Receivers for 2014
This list is probably going to the most fluid over the offseason, but there are plenty of great options at fantasy football’s deepest position for next year.
- Calvin Johnson – If he’s not healthy, all bets are off
- Josh Gordon - Please stay away from the sticky icky, Josh
- Demaryius Thomas - Things get bunched in the next few spots, but I’ll give DT the nod
- A.J. Green - Really consistent with really high upside is a nice combo
- Brandon Marshall – I’d probably drop him a spot or two if his BFF Cutler doesn’t return
- Dez Bryant - The upside is just too hard to pass up
- Julio Jones – His injury burned us all this year, but I’ll bang my head against the wall again
- Antonio Brown – Hard to argue against him (especially in a PPR)
- Alshon Jeffery - I could argue him higher than Marshall depending on the QB situation
- Keenan Allen - Gotta throw a wildcard in here somewhere, right?
Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Andre Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Michael Crabtree, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb
Top 10 Tight Ends for 2014
Outside of Graham, there is no reason to reach for a tight end
- Jimmy Graham – There’s really no other argument for the top spot
- Rob Gronkowski – He’ll theoretically be ready for the season. I’d drop him a lot lower if he’s not
- Vernon Davis – He’s a little inconsistent from week to week, but he produces
- Julius Thomas – Everyone loved themselves some Orange Julius this year
- Jordan Cameron - Can we please give the man a good QB?
- Jason Witten - Old faithful
- Charles Clay – I might like him even more if the coaching staff in Miami gets the ax
- Jordan Reed – I’m hoping people forget about him going into drafts (yea, right)
- Martellus Bennett - Some love for Team Trestman
- Dennis Pitta – Probably should be Greg Olsen, but I’ll switch it up just because
Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker, Jermichael Finley, Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, Tyler Eifert (just go away, Jermaine Gresham!)
So what do you think? Anyone I missed? Anyone you think I have rated too high? Too low? Let me know what you think in the comments section below…I’m “looking forward” to debating this for the next 9 months! hahah