Fantasy Football: Top 100 preseason rankings revealed!

Fantasy Football: Top 100 preseason rankings revealed!
July 22, 2014, 11:00 am
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Welcome to the kickoff of CSNwashington.com's fantasy football coverage for the 2014 season. Over the next few weeks and throughout the preseason, we'll provide rankings plus articles on sleepers and busts, must watch training camp battles, top rookies and much more.

First up, a look at the top 100 players in standard scoring leagues this year with a focus on those fantasy world darlings otherwise known as running backs.

  • The best of the best among running backs last season, Jamaal Charles retains that distinction heading into 2014. The dual threat led all backs in targets, finished fifth in receptions in addition to 19 total touchdowns and 1,288 rushing yards. Also, Kansas City doesn't exactly have a ton of other weapons with which to lean on so coach Andy Reid will call on Charles early and often.

  • LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson lovers will no doubt promote their guy for the No. 1 slot. That's cool, because they both rock though in different ways. McCoy set career-highs in rushing yards (1,607) and yards from scrimmage in season one under Philly coach Chip Kelly. The addition of Darren Sproles threatens McCoy's reception totals, but not enough to knock him out of the top 3 picks in virtually all fantasy formats. The loss of DeSean Jackson just might have the Eagles giving their backs even more work. 

  • As for Peterson, there was no way "All Day" could match his phenomenal 2012 performance last year. He didn't, though Peterson still ranked among the 10 best fantasy runners despite missing two games and dealing with the Christian Ponder QB experience. Now Peterson gets to play for offensive cooridnator Norv Turner and behind quarterback Matt Cassel (Cassel's not a Pro Bowler, but he's not a Ponder either). Many an RB has thrived under Turner's schemes and Peterson will be no different.
  • Everyone loves Eddie Lacy, but from what I can tell I might have the Packers' second-year back a tad higher than most fantasy rankers. The power back finished among the top 10 fantasy runners last season even though Green Bay's offense struggled at times. Imagine what the rookie runner could have accomplished with Aaron Rodgers healthy the entire season. Perhaps we'll find out in 2014. Now Lacy will receive less attention with Rodgers back. Good luck to defenses having to contend with that running-passing combo.
  • Like with most of Chicago's skill players, Matt Forte thrived in coach Marc Trestman's system, setting or matching career high's in all major categories. The 28-year-old still has plenty of tread on his tires and there is no threat on the roster to steal touches. Move Forte ahead of Lacy in PPR formats and possibly over Peterson depending on whether one dares pass on AP. 
  • DeMarco Murray's injury risk remains sincere, but so does the talent, which the Cowboys' lead runner put on display during a personal-best 14 games in 2013. Murray racked up 1,471 total yards and hauled in 53 passes last season. Dallas will certainly lean on Murray as long as he remains in one piece.
  • Nobody could imagine Montee Ball ranking among the top 10 backs at the start of this season after a fumbling start to his rookie season. Though buried behind Knowshon Moreno, the inside runner began to standout among Denver's young backfield options. More importantly, the Broncos let Moreno walk this offseason. More importantly for fantasy owners, Peyton Manning remains. So should the production, assuming Ball grabs hold of the opportunity. Two hands, Montee, two hands.
  • As for Alfred Morris, Rotoworld's Evan Silva previously expressed some concern about his production under new head coach Jay Gruden. That's based on how Gruden used the inside-outside tandem of  BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard and last season with the Bengals. Morris is the BJGE in this equation, though a far, far better option. Roy Helu is the Bernard, though not nearly as explosive. Morris is the clear leader when it comes to compiling yards and scores. He's also not much of a passing game threat, which is where Helu comes in. On the assumption Helu won't come in excessively, Morris remains a top 20 option overall and a borderline RB1.
  • Tennessee's Bishop Sankey was the first rookie running back selected in the NFL Draft and will receive that honor in most fantasy leagues as well. The dual threat has good hands and speed, two traits lacking with Shonn Greene, Sankey's primary threat for work now that Chris Johnson is with the Jets. For a deeper fantasy rookie to watch, former Towson star Terrance West is intriguing on the Browns playing behind the shaky Ben Tate.

TOP 100 FANTASY PLAYERS  (Updated 7-27)

1)  Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

2)  LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

3)  Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

4)  Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

5)  Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

6)  Matt Forte, RB, Bears

7)  DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

8)  Montee Ball, RB, Broncos

9)  Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

10)  Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

11)  Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

12)  Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

13)  Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

14)  A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

15)  Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

16)  Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

17)  Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

18)  Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

19)  Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

20)  Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

21)  Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

22)  Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

23)  Arian Foster, RB, Texans

24)  Drew Brees, QB, Saints

25)  Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

26)  Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars

27)  Doug Martin, RB, Bucs

28)  Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals

29)  Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

30)  Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

31)  Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

32)  Zac Stacy, RB, Rams

33)  C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills

34)  Vincent Jackson, WR, Bucs

35)  Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

36)  Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants

37)  Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

38)  Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

39)  Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

40)  Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos

41)  Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings

42)  Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

43)  Chris Johnson, RB, Jets

44)  Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

45)  Reggie Bush, RB, Lions

46)  Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks

47)  Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

48)  Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

49)  Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

50)  Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans

51)  Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

52)  Roddy White, WR, Falcons

53)  Nick Foles, QB, Eagles

54)  Ben Tate, RB, Browns

55)  Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

56)  Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns

57)  DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins

58)  Wes Welker, WR, Broncos

59)  Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

60)  Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

61)  Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

62)  Joique Bell, RB, Lions

63)  Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

64)  Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

65)  Marques Colston, WR, Saints

66)  Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

67)  Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

68)  Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

69)  Eric Decker, WR, Jets

70)  Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

71)  Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

72)  Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

73)  Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

74)  Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

75)  Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

76)  TY Hilton, WR, Colts

77)  Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

78)  Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

79)  Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

80)  Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

81)  Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

82)  Jay Cutler, QB, Bears

83)  Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

84)  Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

85)  Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

86)  Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles

87)  Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

88)  Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

89)  Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

90)  Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders

91)  Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

92)  Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins

93)  Golden Tate, WR, Lions

94)  DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

95)  Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

96)  Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens

97)  Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints

98)  Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

99)  Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

100)  Terrance West, RB, Browns

(Note on Ben Standig: In addition to 20-plus years of playing fantasy football, Standig has 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. Standig is also a noted NFL Draft reporter.)