2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: The top 150

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: The top 150
August 5, 2014, 7:00 am
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Now that training camps are in full swing and preseason games are set to kick off league-wide this week, it's time for our latest look at the overall 2014 fantasy football rankings. This version expands the list to 150 players, from Jamaal Charles to Roy Helu Jr. with the Tony Romo's, DeSean Jackson's and Dennis Pitta's in between. 

  • Peyton Manning (21) is the only quarterback ranked among the top 25. Only three crack the top 50 (Aaron Rodgers, 30; Drew Brees, 36). If we're talking best fantasy players, that trio of passing studs and several behind them should be higher on the board. They are where they are based on draft strategy. While I'm not one of those fantasy players who tells you it's a sin against mankind to draft a quarterback in the first three rounds, I won't take one early this year barring tremendous value like Manning at 21 or Rodgers at 30. Taking a QB early can throw an entire draft out of whack because of the need to reach for backs and receivers in subsequent rounds. With a deep and frankly a comparable group from 5-13, waiting on a QB even to the point of selecting the 11th (Tony Romo), 12th (Nick Foles) or 13th (Colin Kaepernick) option won't put an owner at a significant disadvantage. It better not cause that's my plan of attack.
  • Zac Stacy (Rams) and Doug Martin (Buccaneers) are moving in opposite directions among running backs. Both St. Louis (Tre Mason) and Tampa Bay (Charles Sims) selected an RB in the third round of the NFL Draft, leading to speculation about potential timeshares or reduced workloads for the incumbents. In the case of inside running Stacy that's not taking shape yet. Though the shifty Mason remains an intriguing long-term sleeper, he's yet to pull ahead of Benny Cunningham as Stacy's backup, let alone challenge for a sizable role. Factor in St. Louis' desire to run and Stacy is a borderline RB1. Meanwhile, all indications have the Bucs planning on giving Sims and Bobby Rainey work along with Martin, who remains the lead back, but is unlikely to touch the ball 22-25 times per game as he often did during his first two years in the league.
  • Browns rookie Johnny Manziel practiced with the Cleveland's first team on Monday. Don't assume this means Johnny Football will be Johnny starter in Week 1. The Browns would love to let the ticket and merchandize buying world just that, but Brian Hoyer remains the leader in the clubhouse. It's an experience thing, not to mention we still need to see if all of Manziel's improvisation skills we work on the NFL level. Just remember that a QB can have fantasy success without much in the NFL. That's why Manziel remains worth selecting as an upside QB2 play even if he's nothing more than trade bait. Owners in your league won't take your calls about a deal for Josh McCown or Sam Bradford. Let them see Johnny Football shimmying past would-be tacklers toward the end zone and they'll be calling you. Just don't get caught up in the hype yourself on draft day.
  • Deep sleeper watch: There is a running back situation in RIchmond this week fantasy owners should monitor and it has nothing to do with Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr.  Rookie James White, selected out of Wisconsin in the fourth round by the Patriots, has become a training camp darling. That type of buzz pops up in nearly every training camp, but what makes this worth mentioning is that the Patriots have a history of shaking up their RB depth chart and turning an unknown into a fantasy force. One prominent Patriots beat writer stated he's now wondering whether White will cut into Stevan Ridley's work on early downs based on how many reps the rookie has received in camp, including around the goal line. Shane Vereen remains the back to own in New England, especially in PPR formats.

(UPDATED: August 6)

1 Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
2 LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
3 Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
4 Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
5 Matt Forte, RB, Bears
6 Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
7 DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
9 Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
10 A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
11 Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
12 Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
13 Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears
14 Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
15 Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
16 Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
17 Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
18 Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
19 Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
20 Arian Foster, RB, Texans
21 Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
22 Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
23 Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
24 Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
25 Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars
26 Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
27 Doug Martin, RB, Bucs
28 Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
29 Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
30 Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
31 C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
32 Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
33 Vincent Jackson, WR, Bucs
34 Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
35 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
36 Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
37 Drew Brees, QB, Saints
38 Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
39 Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
40 Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
41 Roddy White, WR, Falcons
42 Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
43 Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks
44 Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
45 Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
46 Chris Johnson, RB, Jets
47 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
48 Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
49 DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
50 Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
51 Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
52 Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
53 Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
54 Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
55 Joique Bell, RB, Lions
56 Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
57 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
58 Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
59 Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
60 Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
61 Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
62 Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
63 Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
64 Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
65 Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
66 Ty Hilton, WR, Colts
67 Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
68 Marques Colston, WR, Saints
69 Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
70 Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
71 Ben Tate, RB, Browns
72 Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
73 Eric Decker, WR, Jets
74 Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
75 Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys
76 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
77 Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
78 Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
79 Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
80 Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
81 Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
82 Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
83 Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
84 Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
85 Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
86 Nick Foles, QB, Eagles
87 Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
88 Terrence West, RB, Browns
89 Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
90 Andre Williams, RB, Giants
91 Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
92 Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
93 Golden Tate, WR, Lions
94 Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
95 Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
96 Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
97 Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
98 Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
99 Dennis Pitta, TE. Ravens
100 Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
101 Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
102 Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
103 Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
104 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
105 Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
106 Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
107 Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
108 Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
109 Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
110 Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
111 Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
112 DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
113 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
114 Mike Evans, WR, Bucs
115 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
116 Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
117 Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
118 Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
119 Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
120 Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins
121 Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles
122 Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
123 Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers
124 Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
125 Kenny Stills, WR, Saints
126 Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
127 Tavon Austin, WR, Rams
128 Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
129 Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
130 Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
131 Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers
132 Seattle Seahawks, DST
133 Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
134 Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
135 Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys
136 Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
137 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers
138 Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints
139 Hakeem Nicks, WR, Colts
140 Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
141 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
142 Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
143 Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals
144 Eli Manning, QB, Giants
145 Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
146 San Francisco 49ers, DST
147 Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
148 Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins
149 James White, RB, Patriots
150 Roy Helu, RB, Redskins

(In addition to 20-plus years of playing fantasy football, Ben Standig covered fantasy football for the past several years at FFToolbox.com and helped direct the site to generating the industry's most accurate preseason rankings in 2012. Ben is also a noted NFL Draft reporter.)

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