Jake Ciely

Fantasy Football 2014 Top 200: Lacy Cracks The Top Five

Created on Feb. 28, 2014 6:05 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


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.

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