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

1
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=16, PAYD=5477, PATD=55, RUCA=32, RUYD=-31, RUTD=1, INT=10, FUM=6, FPPG=32.5, TFP=520
2
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 2 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 9 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=9, PAYD=2536, PATD=17, RUCA=30, RUYD=120, RUTD=0, INT=6, FUM=0, FPPG=22.6, TFP=203
3
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 3 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 13 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, PAYD=5162, PATD=39, RUCA=35, RUYD=52, RUTD=3, INT=12, FUM=2, FPPG=27.2, TFP=436
4
Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 4 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4650, PATD=29, RUCA=37, RUYD=69, RUTD=2, INT=19, FUM=4, FPPG=20.8, TFP=333
5
Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 5 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Nick Foles #9
PHI Eagles, 2 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=13, PAYD=2891, PATD=27, RUCA=56, RUYD=225, RUTD=3, INT=2, FUM=2, FPPG=23.9, TFP=310

Top 5 Running Backs

1
Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 1 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Jamaal Charles #25
KC Chiefs, 6 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RUCA=259, RUYD=1287, RUTD=12, RETR=104, RECP=70, REYD=693, RETD=7, FUM=2, FPPG=20.5, TFP=308
2
Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears is ranked 2 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Matt Forte #22
CHI Bears, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=289, RUYD=1339, RUTD=9, RETR=94, RECP=74, REYD=594, RETD=3, FUM=2, FPPG=16.3, TFP=261
3
LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 3 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
LeSean McCoy #25
PHI Eagles, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RUCA=314, RUYD=1607, RUTD=9, RETR=64, RECP=52, REYD=540, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=17.4, TFP=279
4
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 4 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Adrian Peterson #28
MIN Vikings, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=14, RUCA=279, RUYD=1266, RUTD=10, RETR=40, RECP=29, REYD=171, RETD=1, FUM=3, FPPG=14.6, TFP=204
5
Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 5 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Giovani Bernard #25
CIN Bengals, 1 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RUCA=170, RUYD=695, RUTD=5, RETR=71, RECP=56, REYD=514, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=10.4, TFP=167

Top 5 Wide Receivers

1
Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions is ranked 1 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Calvin Johnson #81
DET Lions, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, RETR=156, RECP=84, REYD=1492, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=15.7, TFP=219
2
Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos is ranked 2 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Demaryius Thomas #88
DEN Broncos, 4 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RETR=142, RECP=92, REYD=1430, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.2, TFP=227
3
A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 3 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RETR=178, RECP=98, REYD=1426, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13, TFP=209
4
Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 4 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Dez Bryant #88
DAL Cowboys, 4 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=159, RECP=93, REYD=1249, RETD=13, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.6, TFP=201
5
Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears is ranked 5 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandon Marshall #19
CHI Bears, 8 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=164, RECP=100, REYD=1295, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.6, TFP=202

Top 5 Tight Ends

1
Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 1 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #80
NO Saints, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=142, RECP=86, REYD=1215, RETD=16, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.6, TFP=218
2
Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 2 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=66, RECP=39, REYD=592, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.9, TFP=83
3
Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos is ranked 3 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Julius Thomas #80
DEN Broncos, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=14, RETR=90, RECP=65, REYD=788, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.8, TFP=151
4
Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 4 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Vernon Davis #85
SF 49ers, 8 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RETR=84, RECP=52, REYD=850, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=10.7, TFP=161
5
Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 5 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Cameron #84
CLE Browns, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=15, RETR=118, RECP=80, REYD=917, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.9, TFP=134

Top 5 Kickers

1
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 1 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=38, MIFG=3, MAXP=44, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.3, TFP=149
2
Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos is ranked 2 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Matt Prater #5
DEN Broncos, 7 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, MAFG=25, MIFG=1, MAXP=75, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.2, TFP=147
3
Steven Hauschka of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 3 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Steven Hauschka #4
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=2, MAXP=44, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.6, TFP=137
4
Nick Novak of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 4 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Nick Novak #9
SD Chargers, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=3, MAXP=42, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.4, TFP=135
5
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 5 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=38, MIFG=3, MAXP=26, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.2, TFP=131

Top 5 Defenses/Special Teams

1
Seattle Seahawks of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 1 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Seattle Seahawks
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=28, SACK=44, DTD=4, PA=231, FPPG=9.6, TFP=154
2
St. Louis Rams of the Saint Louis Rams is ranked 2 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
St. Louis Rams
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=15, INT=14, SACK=53, DTD=5, PA=364, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
3
Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 3 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=20, SACK=47, DTD=5, PA=324, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
4
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 4 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=17, SACK=41, DTD=2, PA=399, FPPG=6.6, TFP=105
5
Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 5 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 12
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=20, SACK=60, DTD=4, PA=241, FPPG=9, TFP=144

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