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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Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 1 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, PAYD=2331, PATD=19, RUCA=30, RUYD=99, RUTD=2, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=30.2, TFP=211
2
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is ranked 2 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Peyton Manning #18
DEN Broncos, 16 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=6, PAYD=1848, PATD=19, RUCA=10, RUYD=-8, RUTD=0, INT=3, FUM=0, FPPG=30.2, TFP=181
3
Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 3 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Philip Rivers #17
SD Chargers, 10 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, PAYD=1961, PATD=17, RUCA=22, RUYD=52, RUTD=0, INT=3, FUM=0, FPPG=25.7, TFP=180
4
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 4 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 9 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, PAYD=1674, PATD=18, RUCA=17, RUYD=91, RUTD=0, INT=1, FUM=1, FPPG=25.7, TFP=180
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Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 5 in our 2014 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 2 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=6, PAYD=1291, PATD=10, RUCA=38, RUYD=327, RUTD=3, INT=2, FUM=0, FPPG=26.4, TFP=158

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=7, RUCA=187, RUYD=913, RUTD=7, RETR=26, RECP=22, REYD=159, RETD=0, FUM=4, FPPG=20.2, TFP=141
7
Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears is ranked 7 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Matt Forte #22
CHI Bears, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RUCA=111, RUYD=448, RUTD=3, RETR=62, RECP=52, REYD=436, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=16.6, TFP=116
8
Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is ranked 8 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Arian Foster #23
HOU Texans, 5 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=6, RUCA=126, RUYD=615, RUTD=5, RETR=30, RECP=20, REYD=144, RETD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=18, TFP=108
9
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=7, RUCA=117, RUYD=599, RUTD=1, RETR=43, RECP=36, REYD=339, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=15.1, TFP=106
10
Ahmad Bradshaw of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 10 in our 2014 Running Back rankings.
Ahmad Bradshaw #44
IND Colts, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RUCA=70, RUYD=336, RUTD=1, RETR=30, RECP=24, REYD=212, RETD=6, FUM=2, FPPG=13.3, TFP=93

Top 5 Wide Receivers

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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 11 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=73, RECP=47, REYD=712, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.3, TFP=107
12
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 12 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 4 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RETR=74, RECP=50, REYD=719, RETD=5, RUYD=8, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.7, TFP=103
13
Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos is ranked 13 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Demaryius Thomas #88
DEN Broncos, 4 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=6, RETR=64, RECP=39, REYD=662, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17, TFP=102
14
Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 14 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Randall Cobb #18
GB Packers, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=47, RECP=35, REYD=452, RETD=8, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.4, TFP=94
15
Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 15 in our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings.
Steve Smith #89
BAL Ravens, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, RETR=60, RECP=38, REYD=640, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.3, TFP=86

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=6, RETR=36, RECP=28, REYD=304, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.1, TFP=84
17
Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 17 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 7 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RETR=59, RECP=41, REYD=493, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.3, TFP=79
18
Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 18 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Antonio Gates #85
SD Chargers, 11 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=42, RECP=27, REYD=363, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.2, TFP=78
19
Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears is ranked 19 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Martellus Bennett #83
CHI Bears, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=58, RECP=41, REYD=422, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.5, TFP=66
20
Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 20 in our 2014 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=56, RECP=31, REYD=409, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.3, TFP=65

Top 5 Kickers

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Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 21 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=18, MIFG=1, MAXP=19, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=70
22
Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 22 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Adam Vinatieri #4
IND Colts, 18 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=14, MIFG=0, MAXP=24, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.4, TFP=66
23
Nick Novak of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 23 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Nick Novak #9
SD Chargers, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=14, MIFG=0, MAXP=20, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.9, TFP=62
24
Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 24 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, MAFG=14, MIFG=1, MAXP=22, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.7, TFP=61
25
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 25 in our 2014 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, MAFG=15, MIFG=3, MAXP=20, MIXP=0, FPPG=8, TFP=56

Top 5 Defenses/Special Teams

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Detroit Lions of the Detroit Lions is ranked 26 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Detroit Lions
Bye 9
GAM=7, FREC=3, INT=8, SACK=22, DTD=2, PA=105, FPPG=8.6, TFP=60
27
Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 27 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=9, INT=6, SACK=13, DTD=2, PA=150, FPPG=7.9, TFP=55
28
Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 28 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 7
GAM=6, FREC=6, INT=3, SACK=19, DTD=3, PA=132, FPPG=9.2, TFP=55
29
New England Patriots of the New England Patriots is ranked 29 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
New England Patriots
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=7, INT=7, SACK=18, DTD=1, PA=154, FPPG=7.4, TFP=52
30
Indianapolis Colts of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 30 in our 2014 Defense rankings.
Indianapolis Colts
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=6, INT=6, SACK=21, DTD=1, PA=136, FPPG=7.3, TFP=51

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