2014 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Developing accurate fantasy football player rankings is a key component of creating reliable fantasy football cheat sheets, and as we know your cheat sheet could make or break your fantasy football draft. In modern fantasy football leagues, almost any football position can be added to your fantasy league scoring configuration (even defensive players). Regardless of your league’s configuration, you’ll need to be sure to have accurate NFL player rankings for each position that is required to complete your fantasy roster. Here are some factors we consider when developing our fantasy football player rankings:

  • Statistics- Obviously the stats from the previous season are most critical but as the season progresses current statistics become more relevant.
  • Fantasy Point Output- Understand how each player’s statistics translate to point output based on your fantasy league configuration. Just as statistic/point-values vary from league to league, a player's ranking will likewise rise or fall based on league settings.
  • Games Played- The number of games a player actually played in during the previous season is an oft-forgotten statistic. Would you rather draft a player that put up 80 fantasy points in 16 games, or a player who put up 60 fantasy points in 8 games? This is why FPPG output is a key statistic to follow (and also why it is integrated into all of our sheets by default).
  • Team- The team a player plays for should definitely factor into their ranking, especially if the player has changed teams. Those teams with high-powered offenses will have players who put up more fantasy points, so remember to factor in the team when you configure your rankings.
  • Experience- The factor that experience plays in your NFL player rankings is heavily dependent on the position being analyzed; a productive kicker will have a much longer career than a productive running back. Compare each player’s stats to their experience to ensure they are not on the downside of their career.
  • Position on Depth Chart- As training camp battles progress, a clearer picture of each team’s depth chart should arise. Know which players have cemented a starting job and which players are still battling to move up the depth chart.
  • Injury Concerns– Football players are constantly battling injuries, but some injuries are worse than others. Those players with injury concerns should slide down your player rankings; how far they slide will depend on the severity (and sometimes the frequency) of their injury.

There are many different factors to consider when configuring your 2014 NFL player rankings. The key to success is examining the relevant factors and properly applying them to the position and player being analyzed. We hope that the rankings provided will help you create reliable and accurate fantasy football cheat sheets in preparation for your 2014 fantasy football draft. Below are our top 5 players at each position named in the standard fantasy football scoring system. To view all rankings for a particular position please click the links above.


Top 5 Quarterbacks

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Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is ranked 1 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Peyton Manning #18
DEN Broncos, 16 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=2, PAYD=511, PATD=6, RUCA=5, RUYD=-4, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=28, TFP=56
2
Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears is ranked 2 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Jay Cutler #6
CHI Bears, 8 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, PAYD=525, PATD=6, RUCA=5, RUYD=25, RUTD=0, INT=2, FUM=0, FPPG=27.8, TFP=56
3
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 3 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=2, PAYD=542, PATD=5, RUCA=9, RUYD=39, RUTD=1, INT=3, FUM=0, FPPG=27.8, TFP=56
4
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 4 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, PAYD=679, PATD=4, RUCA=6, RUYD=43, RUTD=0, INT=3, FUM=0, FPPG=24.7, TFP=49
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 5 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, PAYD=637, PATD=3, RUCA=5, RUYD=10, RUTD=1, INT=1, FUM=0, FPPG=24.2, TFP=48

Top 5 Running Backs

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DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 6 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
DeMarco Murray #29
DAL Cowboys, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=2, RUCA=51, RUYD=285, RUTD=2, RETR=6, RECP=4, REYD=31, RETD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=19.8, TFP=40
7
Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 7 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Darren Sproles #43
PHI Eagles, 9 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=2, RUCA=15, RUYD=97, RUTD=2, RETR=13, RECP=11, REYD=166, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=19.2, TFP=38
8
Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 8 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Marshawn Lynch #24
SEA Seahawks, 7 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=2, RUCA=26, RUYD=146, RUTD=2, RETR=5, RECP=5, REYD=41, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=18.4, TFP=37
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Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 9 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=2, RUCA=32, RUYD=168, RUTD=1, RETR=12, RECP=11, REYD=136, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=18.2, TFP=36
10
Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 10 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Giovani Bernard #25
CIN Bengals, 1 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=2, RUCA=41, RUYD=138, RUTD=1, RETR=16, RECP=11, REYD=141, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17, TFP=34

Top 5 Wide Receivers

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Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions is ranked 11 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Calvin Johnson #81
DET Lions, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=24, RECP=13, REYD=247, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=18.4, TFP=37
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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 12 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=30, RECP=18, REYD=292, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17.6, TFP=35
13
Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears is ranked 13 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandon Marshall #15
CHI Bears, 8 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=20, RECP=13, REYD=119, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=17, TFP=34
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Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 14 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 4 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=2, RETR=18, RECP=12, REYD=206, RETD=1, RUYD=10, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.8, TFP=28
15
Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 15 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Randall Cobb #18
GB Packers, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=15, RECP=11, REYD=97, RETD=3, RUYD=6, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.2, TFP=28

Top 5 Tight Ends

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Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos is ranked 16 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Julius Thomas #80
DEN Broncos, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=2, RETR=13, RECP=11, REYD=143, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=19.2, TFP=38
17
Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 17 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Antonio Gates #85
SD Chargers, 11 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=2, RETR=17, RECP=13, REYD=177, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17.8, TFP=36
18
Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 18 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #80
NO Saints, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=2, RETR=23, RECP=18, REYD=200, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=16, TFP=32
19
Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 19 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 8 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=18, RECP=13, REYD=179, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15, TFP=30
20
Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears is ranked 20 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Martellus Bennett #83
CHI Bears, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, RETR=18, RECP=15, REYD=107, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.4, TFP=23

Top 5 Kickers

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Dan Carpenter of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 21 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Dan Carpenter #2
BUF Bills, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=2, MAFG=8, MIFG=1, MAXP=4, MIXP=0, FPPG=12.5, TFP=25
22
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 22 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=2, MAFG=5, MIFG=0, MAXP=5, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=20
23
Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 23 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=2, MAFG=5, MIFG=0, MAXP=4, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.5, TFP=19
24
Caleb Sturgis of the Miami Dolphins is ranked 24 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Caleb Sturgis #9
MIA Dolphins, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=2, MAFG=5, MIFG=0, MAXP=4, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.5, TFP=19
25
Chandler Catanzaro of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 25 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Chandler Catanzaro #7
ARI Cardinals, Rookie , Bye 4
GAM=2, MAFG=6, MIFG=0, MAXP=1, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.5, TFP=19

Top 5 Defenses/Special Teams

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New England Patriots of the New England Patriots is ranked 26 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
New England Patriots
Bye 10
GAM=2, FREC=2, INT=5, SACK=7, DTD=0, PA=40, FPPG=10.5, TFP=21
27
Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 27 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 12
GAM=2, FREC=3, INT=3, SACK=7, DTD=0, PA=21, FPPG=9.5, TFP=19
28
San Francisco 49ers of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 28 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
San Francisco 49ers
Bye 8
GAM=2, FREC=1, INT=3, SACK=4, DTD=1, PA=45, FPPG=9, TFP=18
29
Cleveland Browns of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 29 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Cleveland Browns
Bye 4
GAM=2, FREC=1, INT=2, SACK=5, DTD=1, PA=54, FPPG=8.5, TFP=17
30
Tennessee Titans of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 30 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Tennessee Titans
Bye 9
GAM=2, FREC=1, INT=3, SACK=8, DTD=0, PA=36, FPPG=8, TFP=16

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