Fantasy Football 2014 Top 200: Lacy Cracks The Top Five
Feb 28, 2014 8:08 AM EST
The NFL combine is over, which means our NFL focus is all over the place like a squirrel on crack. What better time to break out the never-too-early 2014 fantasy Top 200? Before you scream at your screen or slowly nod in agreement as you the ranks, make sure to read through the breakdown below. Rk Player Tm Pos Rk Player Tm Pos 1 Jamaal Charles KC RB1 101 Darren McFadden OAK RB39 2 LeSean McCoy PHI RB2 102 Hakeem Nicks NYG WR39 3 Adrian Peterson MIN RB3 103 Marvin Jones CIN WR40 4 Matt Forte CHI RB4 104 LeGarrette Blount NE RB40 5 Eddie Lacy GB RB5 105 Darren Sproles NO RB41 6 Montee Ball DEN RB6 106 Steve Johnson BUF WR41 7 Calvin Johnson DET WR1 107 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR42 8 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB7 108 Jeremy Maclin PHI WR43 9 Jimmy Graham NO TE1 109 James Jones GB WR44 10 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB8 110 Zach Ertz PHI TE10 11 Zac Stacy STL RB9 111 Andy Dalton CIN QB16 12 DeMarco Murray DAL RB10 112 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE11 13 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR2 113 Mike Williams TB WR45 14 Doug Martin TB RB11 114 Anquan Boldin SF WR46 15 A.J. Green CIN WR3 115 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB17 16 Josh Gordon CLE WR4 116 Steve Smith CAR WR47 17 Arian Foster HOU RB12 117 Martellus Bennett CHI TE12 18 Alfred Morris WAS RB13 118 Bernard Pierce BAL RB42 19 Giovani Bernard CIN RB14 119 Jarrett Boykin GB WR48 20 Dez Bryant DAL WR5 120 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB43 21 Brandon Marshall CHI WR6 121 Greg Jennings MIN WR49 22 Julio Jones ATL WR7 122 Riley Cooper PHI WR50 23 Peyton Manning DEN QB1 123 Danny Amendola NE WR51 24 Jordy Nelson GB WR8 124 Brian Hartline MIA WR52 25 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR9 125 Seattle Seahawks DST1 26 Pierre Garcon WAS WR10 126 David Wilson NYG RB44 27 Reggie Bush DET RB15 127 Rashad Jennings OAK RB45 28 Drew Brees NO QB2 128 Golden Tate SEA WR53 29 Ryan Mathews SD RB16 129 Shonn Greene TEN RB46 30 Aaron Rodgers GB QB3 130 Marcus Lattimore SF RB47 31 Antonio Brown PIT WR11 131 Eli Manning NYG QB18 32 Randall Cobb GB WR12 132 Tyler Eifert CIN TE13 33 C.J. Spiller BUF RB17 133 Kenny Stills NO WR54 34 Keenan Allen SD WR13 134 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB48 35 Ray Rice BAL RB18 135 Aaron Dobson NE WR55 36 Frank Gore SF RB19 136 Knile Davis KC RB49 37 Chris Johnson TEN RB20 137 Charles Clay MIA TE14 38 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR14 138 Robert Woods BUF WR56 39 Julius Thomas DEN TE2 139 Christine Michael SEA RB50 40 Andre Johnson HOU WR15 140 Alex Smith KC QB19 41 Victor Cruz NYG WR16 141 Mark Ingram NO RB51 42 Vincent Jackson TB WR17 142 Emmanuel Sanders PIT WR57 43 Andre Ellington ARI RB21 143 Coby Fleener IND TE15 44 Michael Crabtree SF WR18 144 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB20 45 Rob Gronkowski NE TE3 145 Rashard Mendenhall ARI RB52 46 Vernon Davis SF TE4 146 San Francisco 49ers DST2 47 Ben Tate HOU RB22 147 Rod Streater OAK WR58 48 Matthew Stafford DET QB4 148 Delanie Walker TEN TE16 49 Percy Harvin SEA WR19 149 Carolina Panthers DST3 50 Cam Newton CAR QB5 150 James Starks GB RB53 51 Tom Brady NE QB6 151 Sam Bradford STL QB21 52 Wes Welker DEN WR20 152 Khiry Robinson NO RB54 53 Reggie Wayne IND WR21 153 Joe Flacco BAL QB22 54 Shane Vereen NE RB23 154 Justin Hunter TEN WR59 55 Torrey Smith BAL WR22 155 Harry Douglas ATL WR60 56 Steven Jackson ATL RB24 156 Bilal Powell NYJ RB55 57 Knowshon Moreno DEN RB25 157 Bryce Brown PHI RB56 58 Stevan Ridley NE RB26 158 Ladarius Green SD TE17 59 Nick Foles PHI QB7 159 Jordan Todman JAC RB57 60 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR23 160 Tim Wright TB TE18 61 Andrew Luck IND QB8 161 Marlon Brown BAL WR61 62 Roddy White ATL WR24 162 Markus Wheaton PIT WR62 63 DeSean Jackson PHI WR25 163 Antonio Gates SD TE19 64 Tony Romo DAL QB9 164 Owen Daniels HOU TE20 65 Eric Decker DEN WR26 165 Mike Glennon TB QB23 66 Kendall Wright TEN WR27 166 Carson Palmer ARI QB24 67 Michael Floyd ARI WR28 167 Daniel Thomas MIA RB58 68 Matt Ryan ATL QB10 168 E.J. Manuel BUF QB25 69 Colin Kaepernick SF QB11 169 Kansas City Chiefs DST4 70 Jason Witten DAL TE5 170 Denarius Moore OAK WR63 71 Jordan Reed WAS TE6 171 Mike Tolbert CAR RB59 72 Andre Brown NYG RB27 172 Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB60 73 T.Y. Hilton IND WR29 173 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB61 74 Mike Wallace MIA WR30 174 Da'Rick Rogers IND WR64 75 Fred Jackson BUF RB28 175 Jake Locker TEN QB26 76 Marques Colston NO WR31 176 Cincinnati Bengals DST5 77 Lamar Miller MIA RB29 177 Bobby Rainey TB RB62 78 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC RB30 178 Arizona Cardinals DST6 79 Trent Richardson IND RB31 179 Roy Helu WAS RB63 80 Christopher Ivory NYJ RB32 180 Jermichael Finley GB TE21 81 Dwayne Bowe KC WR32 181 Joseph Fauria DET TE22 82 Jordan Cameron CLE TE7 182 Heath Miller PIT TE23 83 Justin Blackmon JAC WR33 183 Marquise Goodwin BUF WR65 84 Dennis Pitta BAL TE8 184 Brandon LaFell CAR WR66 85 Joique Bell DET RB33 185 Geno Smith NYJ QB27 86 Robert Griffin III WAS QB12 186 Vick Ballard IND RB64 87 Jay Cutler CHI QB13 187 Johnathan Franklin GB RB65 88 Donald Brown IND RB34 188 Jeremy Kerley NYJ WR67 89 Cecil Shorts JAC WR34 189 Dennis Johnson HOU RB66 90 Julian Edelman NE WR35 190 Marcel Reece OAK RB67 91 Philip Rivers SD QB14 191 Kendall Hunter SF RB68 92 Rueben Randle NYG WR36 192 Dwayne Allen IND TE24 93 Terrance Williams DAL WR37 193 Stephen Hill NYJ WR68 94 Greg Olsen CAR TE9 194 Toby Gerhart MIN RB69 95 Danny Woodhead SD RB35 195 St. Louis Rams DST7 96 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB36 196 Dion Lewis CLE RB70 97 Russell Wilson SEA QB15 197 Jerrel Jernigan NYG WR69 98 Pierre Thomas NO RB37 198 Stepfan Taylor ARI RB71 99 Tavon Austin STL WR38 199 Robert Turbin SEA RB72 100 Latavius Murray OAK RB38 200 Jared Cook STL TE25 Quarterbacks Yes, you read correct, I have Matthew Stafford fourth. That shouldn’t be too surprising after Stafford finished the 2013 season (yup) fourth overall in PPG. Back in 2011, Stafford finished fifth and in his 2012 “off year” was 10th. Stafford still has Reggie Bush, or even Joique Bell, out of the backfield to catch plenty of short passes. Plus, he also has some guy named Calvin Johnson. Supposedly, he's good and stuff. Joe Lombardi, the new offensive coordinator, should help Stafford iron out his kinks (see: sidearm sickness). After all, he did some nice work in New Orleans with Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. Tom Brady easily had his worst season since 2006, but even with numerous questions throughout that offense, I expect a bounceback year after never finishing lower than seventh since that 2006 season (outside of his 2008 injury year). Nick Foles is an enigma. We certainly can't expect that touchdown to interception ratio to continue, but how much of a drop-off are we talking about? Given Chip Kelly’s offensive success, I don't expect much, meaning if you have Foles as a keeper, you have every right to go all Nintendo 64 Christmas kid on your league. Tony Romo? He narrowly missed the Top 10 while playing only 15 games. The only thing keeping Robert Griffin out of the Top 10 is health concerns, but I'd still take the gamble over Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, who bring a different type of risk. Andy Dalton saw an 11 percent jump in his attempts and had his point total skewed by five big games. Dalton also put up five games with 11 points or less. If the Giants can piece together some semblance of an offensive line and if Rueben Randle steps forward (or they bring in a replacement for Hakeem Nicks), Eli Manning should bounce back. That is a lot of "ifs" though. Running Backs Eddie Lacy finished sixth overall, which included shared carries in Week 1 and two games missed (basically) due to a concussion. In fact, if you take Lacy’s games after the Packers bye, Lacy would have finished fifth in PPG in between Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson. Aaron Rodgers under center for a full season won’t hurt Lacy, as seen with his 21 carries and a touchdown in Week 17. Lacy is a good bet for double-digit touchdowns again in 2014. I was also high on Montee Ball, even though I caught plenty of heat as the season wore on. The late-season flashes and likely departure of Knowshon Moreno are enough to move him into RB1 territory. I expect Le'Veon Bell to take that next step too. After all, like Lacy, Bell missed time and still finished in the Top 15. Bell averaged 13.2 PPG, ranking him 10th… for those of us not including PPG numbers for Jonathan Grimes or Matt Asiata. Even if Doug Martin is 100 percent, there is uncertainty with his workload and even production after last year. Bell is the Steelers Bell-cow RB (yes, he gets the capital "B" for a terrible pun) and could easily near Top Five status. As long as the Rams don't mess with success, Zac Stacy is locked into being a RB1. I was a fan coming out of Vanderbilt, as to quote myself, "Any time you can run for 1,000-plus in back to back seasons at Vandy, you're doing something right." I would have ranked Ray Rice higher, but we now have concerns over his playing status. Andre Ellington, if getting the majority share in Arizona, will crack the Top 25… at least. Lamar Miller is the Dolphins leader for carry potential, for now. Latavius Murray is nice overlooked running back to keep your eyes on. If Darren McFadden walks – or should I say limps – this offseason, Murray has more potential than Rashad Jennings as the Raiders main option. Wide Receivers Let's see. Eric Decker likely out of town, less options for Manning, more targets for Demaryius Thomas… yep, No. 2 overall sounds about right. I waffled quite a bit on Josh Gordon. On one hand, his numbers appear unrepeatable in that offense. Then again, even with a drop-off, his two missed games could make it a wash. Although, his quarterback situation is still a mess. But to be fair, it was last year. Bah, Gordon cracks my Top Five. How can he not? As you can see, I fully expect returns to greatness for Julio Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. I don't expect an enormous season for Eli Manning, especially if they don't fix that offensive line, but I do believe he'll bounce back, and that points to Victor Cruz doing the same. Finding a better running mate than Hakeem Nicks, even if it's Rueben Randle stepping up, will also help Cruz. Percy Harvin proved – once he finally played a full game – that he is still as explosive and dangerous as they come. However, how can you rank him any higher with an injury history that makes Grant Hill look like an iron man? I still might move DeSean Jackson lower. I'm simply not enamored with his low target total after Nick Foles returned in Week 9. From then on, Jackson only saw more than six targets once (his monster game versus the Vikings), and averaged just 6.4 per, even with that game – 5.3 without. Jeremy Maclin returning (likely) hurts DJax's stock even more, as Maclin should develop a nice chemistry with Foles. Is there any receiver duo with a higher collection of talent and level of uncertainty than Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts? Terrance Williams joins Randle as young receivers with plenty of opportunity in 2014. DeAndre Hopkins, James Jones, Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate could all rise or fall depending on offseason moves. Tight End Forget Harvin, it's Rob Gronkowski that takes the injury cake. Yet, tell me how you can rank him any lower than third? It's impossible. Jordan Reed and Jordan Cameron will continue to show they're two of the best young tight ends in the league. And no, I'm not just saying that because I'm a Bulls fan or that my niece's first name is the same. You want a third young budding star? Look no further than Zach Ertz. Tyler Eifert could easily make this a four-way, but until the Bengals stop involving Jermaine Gresham in the passing game, Eifert's upside is limited. Jermichael Finley could vault up the list with good health reports and a favorable landing spot. Hey look, there's Jared Cook. I've blasted the guy yearly, but there will still be someone who wants to talk about his upside… sigh.