Instant Analysis: Atlanta Falcons 55- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

No, that isn’t a typo, the Atlanta Falcons really dropped a 55-point hammer down on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

The Falcons, coming off of one of the worst offensive performance’s of Matt Ryan’s career came out fast and furious on offense, scoring 35 first half points and cruised from there on out to move to 2-1 on the season, and the Falcons did all of this without Roddy White who was a late scratch.

Now, if any of you follow me on Twitter you will know that I am a hardcore, and extremely passionate fan of the team, and I apologize in advance for any homerism that comes through in this piece but it doesn’t take a Falcons fan to see just how explosive the Falcons offense can be when Matt Ryan, the NFL’s leading passer through three games…. Technically, has pass protection and with the return of rookie left tackle Jake Matthews and the absence of Gerald McCoy along the Bucs defensive front the seventh-year pro absolutely shredded the defense to the tune of 286 yards and three touchdowns in a little less than three quarters of action, and he could have potentially had a fourth had Devin Hester not taken a Jet Sweep the distance for a touchdown.

Matty Ice shredded the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football

Matty Ice shredded the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football

Now it is almost impossible for the Falcons to repeat this performance again this season but in two of three games this season– both of which at home coincidentally so, Matty Ice showed both fantasy owners and NFL fans just how great he can be as a fantasy quarterback and has quickly thrown himself back into the top-10 fantasy quarterback territory that he once was a staple in before the wheels fell off of the Falcons last year and with Julio Jones back healthy he has also picked up right where he left off before suffering a season ending foot injury in week five last year. Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns against the porous Buccaneer defense and has now crossed the century mark in receiving yardage and scored a touchdown in each game this season and is an early candidate for fantasy MVP this season, and the frontrunner for fantasy comeback player of the year.

Along with Jones and Ryan, Devin Hester also had a game for the ages. Not only did he score a rushing score on a 20 yard end around but he also broke his record for punt return touchdowns with Deion Sanders, who was in attendance on Thursday as part of the Thursday Night Football crew with the NFL Network. Although in most formats the punt return touchdown didn’t help you out had you started him, which before Roddy White was ruled out seemed crazy but after it was a possibility for some owners.

Devin Hester now stands alone as the NFL's all-time leader in punt return touchdowns.

Devin Hester now stands alone as the NFL’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns.

Along with Hester’s rushing touchdown, Steven Jackson and Antone Smith also scored rushing touchdowns and with all four Falcons running backs getting touches, the backfield still looks to be a full fledged running back by committee which makes all of the running backs very dicey fantasy options but Steven Jackson led the team in carried again with 14 carries and yards with 54, and added an impressive one yard rushing touchdown to turn a so-so fantasy day into a solid one.

Antone Smith also scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to put the Falcons up 56-0. Smith is an explosive playmaker and has shown the ability to take any touch to the house but he is far to inconsistent to be a viable fantasy option and is currently the fourth back on the depth chart behind Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman (who may be seeing even fewer touches after a second half fumble). All four backs are talented and combined give the Falcons a great running game in real life, but in fantasy it is very much akin to the Saints and Patriots backfields. Of the four backs Jackson is the only one worth owning to be totally honest with you, but with three other backs getting touches it is very hard to ever feel comfortable starting him with any confidence.

Rainey

Despite two fumbles, Bobby Rainey ended up with a nice final stat-line on Thursday.

In a game that saw the Falcons drop 55 points on the Buccaneers defense that looked downright lost at times that must have meant there was a huge opportunity for Tampa Bay garbage points, right?

That isn’t entirely wrong, the Bucs scored both of their touchdowns well after the game was in hand– with the first coming off a very controversial non-call on a pushoff by Vincent Jackson, who had done nothing up to that point, and the second coming off of a pick six thrown by Falcons backup quarterback TJ Yates after Matt Ryan was pulled from the game because well, the Falcons had embarrassed the Bucs defense enough, I suppose.

With Doug Martin out, Bobby Rainey was in line for a huge fantasy game after the Falcons had been absolutely destroyed on the ground during the first two weeks of the season but after two fumbled relatively early in the game he found himself riding the pine in favor of Mike James but after four yards on four carries it appeared as if Tampa Bay realized that fumbles by their most explosive playmaker are forgivable. Or they just didn’t care anymore, being down by five touchdowns and all…

Rainey ended up having a decent fantasy day with over 100 all purpose yards (41 rushing, 64 receiving) which ended up being a decent start in a standard league, and was a downright great result in PPR leagues, but the two fumbles hurt his production, and possibly his value going forward. When Doug Martin is healthy I would imagine that he would take back his spot as the lead back in the offense, despite him not really being deserving of so, and no matter how much I want to say Rainey deserves at least a shot at the starting job or at least some touches even if Martin is healthy and Tampa should just chalk this up as a case of “everything that can go wrong, did” I am just not confident that it will necessarily happen.

FantasyFB Corner Week Three Rankings

Quarterback:

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

3) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

4) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Facing Washington in week three, Nick Foles is in line for a huge fantasy week.

Facing Washington in week three, Nick Foles is in line for a huge fantasy week.

5) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

6) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

7) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

8) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

10) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

11) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

12) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

13) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

14) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

15) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

16) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

17) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

18) Geno Smith, New York Jets

19) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

20) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

21) EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills

22) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

23) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

24) Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

DeMarco Murray's hot start should continue in week three.

DeMarco Murray’s hot start should continue in week three.

Running back:

1) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

2) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

3) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

4) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

5) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

6) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

7) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

8) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

9) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

10) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

11) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

12) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

13) C.J Spiller, Buffalo Bills

14) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

15) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

16) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

17) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

19) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

20) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

21) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

23) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

24) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

25) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

26) Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

27) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

If he can stay healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw can be a waiver wire addition to pay huge dividends for fantasy owners.

If he can stay healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw can be a waiver wire addition to pay huge dividends for fantasy owners.

28) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

29) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

30) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

31) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

32) Johnathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

33) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

34) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

35) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

36) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

37) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

38) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

39) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

40) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

41) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

42) Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

43) Isiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

44) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland Raiders

45) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

46) Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

47) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

48) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

49) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

50) Johnathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver:

1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

3) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

4) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

5) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

6) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

7) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

Julian Edleman has become the new Wes Welker in the Patriots offense.

Julian Edleman has become the new Wes Welker in the Patriots offense.

8) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

9) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

10) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

12) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

13) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

14) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

15) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

16) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

17) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

19) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

19) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

20) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

21) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

22) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

23) Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

24) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

25) DeSeaon Jackson, Washington Redskins

26) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

27) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

28) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

29) Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens

30) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

31) Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

32) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

33) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Sainrs

34) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

35) Muhammad Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals

36) Eric Decker, New York Jets

37) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

38) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

39) James Jones, Oakland Raiders

40) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

41) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

42) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

43) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

44) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

45) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

46) Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

47) Miles Austin, Cleveland Browns

48) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

49) Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

50) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Greg Olsen is undoubtedly the top option in the Panthers passing game

Greg Olsen is undoubtedly the top option in the Panthers passing game

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

3) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

4) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

5) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

6) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

7) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

8) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

9) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

10) Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

11) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

12) Niles Paul, Washington Redskins

13) Dwayne Allen, Indianapoli Colts

14) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

15) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

16) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

17) Larry Donnell, New York Giants

18) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

19) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

20) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

21) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks

24) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

25) Brandon Myers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST:

1) Cincinnati Bengals

2) New England Patriots

3) Carolina Panthers

4) Houston Texans

5) Seattle Seahawks

6) Baltimore Ravens

7) Arizona Cardinals

8) Buffalo Bills

9) San Francisco 49ers

10) St. Louis Rams

11) New Orleans Saints

12) Denver Broncos

13) Tennessee Titans

14) Cleveland Browns

15) Philadelphia Eagles

16) San Diego Chargers

17) Tampa Bay  Buccaneers

18) Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Washington Redskins

20) Dallas Cowboys

Kickers:

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

3) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

4) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

5) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

6) Cody Parkay, Philadelphia Eagles

7) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

8) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

9) Nick Folk, New York Jets

10) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

11) Greg Zurlein, St. Louis Rams

12) Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints

13) Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins

14) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

15) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

16) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

17) Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

18) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

19) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

20) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

Instant Analysis: Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles

To finish off week two of the NFL season Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in a thriller on Monday Night 30-27.

Led by an eye-popping performance by running back Darren Sproles and his 178 yards of total offense, including a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter the Eagles rallied back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for their second consecutive multiple touchdown second half comeback to start the season.

Darren Sproles had a fantasy performance for the ages on Monday Night Football in week two.

Darren Sproles had a fantasy performance for the ages on Monday Night Football in week two.

Sproles led the team in receiving with 152 yards, second-year Tight End Zach Ertz was second on the team with 86 yards on six grabs and continues to be a solid TE1 in fantasy. No other pass catcher did anything of consequence for the Eagles.

Although Sproles had a Monday night performance for the ages, and one that likely swung many fantasy match-ups this week, it did not come at the expense of LeSean McCoy who had 79 yards on the ground and added another 23 in the passing game which isn’t a great total but he also added a one yard rushing touchdown that sparked the comeback for Philadelphia and made a decent performance a good one for fantasy owners.

Unfortunately in a game that had the Eagles put up 30 points it did not translate into Nick Foles’ numbers. He had a nice passing total with 331 yards but he only had one touchdown pass (to Jeremy Maclin to bring the Eagles within three late in the fourth quarter) but need not worry. In games that Sproles and McCoy both produce as they did it is bound to have an adverse affect on Foles, and he will have a few games this year where his gaudy numbers cut into the McCoy and Sproles production. He is still a borderline top-10 QB week in, week out in fantasy.

On the Indianapolis side of things, Andrew Luck had a nice game at the end of the day as he threw three touchdown passes but was held to only 172 yards passing. But I believe that had more to do with the Colts jumping out to a 20-6 lead through three quarters and they simply looked to be attempting to play keep away as the Eagles were making their comeback, that was made whole via a Luck interception late in the fourth quarter.

Trent Richardson led the Colts in carries in week two but managed a mere 3.8 YPC

Trent Richardson led the Colts in carries in week two but managed a mere 3.8 yards per carry.

As the Colts attempted to play keep away they actually looked to establish some semblance of a running game as Trent Richardson, who led the team in carries and yards, and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 149 yards on 34 carries (21 of which were given to Richardson).Bradshaw however had a significantly better fantasy day as he caught two of Luck’s three touchdown passes and was second on the team in catches with five. T.Y. Hilton led the team with six catches for 65 yards (on 11 targets).

The recipient of Luck’s third touchdown was Jack Doyle. Don’t ask me who that was, I have no idea. I don’t think anyone besides the Colts do (and even that could be debated). Had that pass gone to Hilton, or even Reggie Wayne (who had a pedestrian three catches for 27 yards (on seven targets) either of them could have had a much better day, and could have swung a few more match-ups.

This game from a game plan standpoint seemed to fit right into what the Colts want to do on offense. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has repeatedly said that he wants to be a power running offense and when it is clicking like this it could potentially affect Luck’s fantasy value, but I don’t expect them to be able to run the ball with any level of success on a consistent enough basis for it to matter.

This however does show that Bradshaw is the Colts RB you want to own though, he was a significantly more effective runner than Richardson, averaging over 1.5 yards per carry more than Richardson (5.4 to Richardson’s 3.8) and caught five passes to Richardson’s one, despite the rhetoric that he would be the ‘running downs’ back with T-Rich taking the third down work. I do not see this as an aberration either. As long as Bradshaw stays healthy I see him being the only Colts running back worth starting, or even considering starting in fantasy and it is only a matter of time that the Colts realize that Richardson is just, well… Not very good.

FantasyFB Corner Week Two Rankings

Quarterback:

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

3) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

4) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

5) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

After a career day in week one, Matt Ryan is a firm top-10 QB in week two.

After a career day in week one, Matt Ryan is a firm top-10 QB in week two.

6) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

7) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

8) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

9) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

10) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

11) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

12) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

13) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

14) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

15) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

16) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

17) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

18) Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

19) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

20) Geno Smith, New York Jets

21) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

22) Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

23) EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills

24) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

25) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

With the Falcons at home in week two, Giovanni Bernard is poised for a huge game.

With the Falcons at home in week two, Giovanni Bernard is poised for a huge game.

Running back:

1) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

2) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

3) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

4) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

5) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

6) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

7) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

8) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

9) Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

10) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

11) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

12) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

13) CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

14) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

15) Frank Gore, San Fransico 49ers

16) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

17) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

18) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

19) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

20) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

21) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

22) Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers

23) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

24) Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins

25) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

26) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

28) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

29) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

30) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

31) Mark Ingram, New Orleans Sainst

32) Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

33) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

34) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

35) Steven Jackson,Atlanta Falcons

36) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

37) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

38) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

39) Isiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

40) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

41) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

42) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland Raiders

43) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

44) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

45) Johnathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals

46) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

47) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

48) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

49) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

50) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

After a disappointing season opener, expect Peyton Manning to feature Demariyus Thomas heavily in week two.

After a disappointing season opener, expect Peyton Manning to feature Demariyus Thomas heavily in week two.

Wide Receiver:

1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2) AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

3) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

4) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

5) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

6) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

7) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

8) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

9) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

10) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

11) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

12) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

13) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

14) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

15) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

16) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

17) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

18) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

20) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

21) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

22) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

23) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

24) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

25) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

26) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

27) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

28) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

29) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

30) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

31) Eric Decker, New York Jets

32) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

33) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

34) DeAnde Hopkins, Houston Texans

35) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

36) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

37) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

38) Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens

39) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

40) Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

41) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

42) Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

43) Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

44) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

45) Marquis Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

46) Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

47) Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars

48) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

49) Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers

50) Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

3) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

4) Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

With a lack of weapons on the outside, Greg Olsen should be a target machine.

With a lack of weapons on the outside, Greg Olsen should be a target machine.

5) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

6) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

7) Vernon Davis, San Franciso 49ers

8) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

9) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

10) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

11) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

12) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

13) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

14) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

15) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

17) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

18) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

19) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

20) Levine Toiololo, Atlanta Falcons

21) Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

22) Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

23) Marcedez Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars

24) Tim Wright, New England Patriots

25) Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

D/ST:

1) Seattle Seahawks

2) Arizona Cardinals

3) Carolina Panthers

4) St. Louis Rams

5) Cincinnati Bengals

6) Houston Texans

7) Denver Broncos

8) Baltimore Ravens

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10) San Francisco 49ers

11) Tennessee Titans

12) New England Patriots

13) Green Bay Packers

14) Buffalo Bills

15) Miami Dolphins

16) New Orleans Saints

17) Chicago Bears

18) Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Detroit Lions

20) Atlanta Falcons

Kickers:

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

3) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcon

4) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

5) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

6) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

7) Nick Novak, San Diegi Chargers

8) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

9) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

10) Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints

11) Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans

12) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

13) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

14) Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

15) Nick Folk, New York Jets

16) Nate Freese, Detroit Lions

17) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

18) Seabastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

19) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

20) Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles

FantasyFB Corner Pre-Season Week 2 Rankings

Quarterback

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers has done nothing to lose his spot as the top fantasy QB this pre-season.

Aaron Rodgers has done nothing to lose his spot as the top fantasy QB this pre-season.

2) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

3) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

4) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

5) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

6) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

7) Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

8) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

9) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

10) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

11) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

12) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

13) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

14) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

15) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

16) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

17) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

18) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

19) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

20) Josh McCown. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

22) Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

23) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

24) Eli Manning, New York Giants

25) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

26) Geno Smith, New York Jets

27) EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills

28) Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

29) Michael Vick, New York Jets

30) Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders

31) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

32) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

33) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

34) Matt Cassell, Minnesota Vikings

35) Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

After a promising rookie season, Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard is poised for a huge 2014.

After a promising rookie season, Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard is poised for a huge 2014.

Runningback:

1) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

2) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

3) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

4) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

5) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

6) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

7) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

8) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

9) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

10) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

12) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

13) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

14) Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers

15) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

16) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

17) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

18) CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

19) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

20) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

21) Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns

22) Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

23) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

24) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

25) Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

26) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

27) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

28) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

29) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

30) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

31) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

32) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

33) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

34) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

35) Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

36) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

35) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

36) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

37) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

38) Andre Williams, New York Giants

39) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

40) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

41) Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins

42) Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

43) Shonn Green, Tennessee Titans

44) Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

45) Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

46) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

47) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

48) LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers

49) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

50) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

51) Carlos Hyde, San Francsico 49ers

52) James Starks, Green Bay Packers

53) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

54) Johnathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

55) Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks

56) Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks

57) Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

58) Kadeem Carey, Chicago Bears

59) Johnathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals

60) Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

If he can stay healthy, Falcons WR Julio Jones has top 5 upside.

If he can stay healthy, Falcons WR Julio Jones has top 5 upside.

Wide Receiver:

1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

3) AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

4) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

5) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

6) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

7) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

8) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

9) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

10) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

11) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

12) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

13) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

15) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

16) Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

17) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

18) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

19) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

20) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

21) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

22) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

23) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

24) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

25) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

26) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

27) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

28) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

29) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

30) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

31) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

32) Eric Decker, New York Jets

33) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

34) Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaquars

35) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

36) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

37) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

38) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

39) Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

40) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

41) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

42) Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts

43) Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

44) James Jones, Oakland Raiders

45) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

46) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

47) Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens

48) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

49) Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

50) Rueben Randle, New York Giants

51) Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

52) Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

53) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

54) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

55) Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

56) Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots

57) Marquis Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

58) Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

59) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

60) Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

3) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

4) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

5) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

6) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

7) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

8) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

9) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

10) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

11) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

12) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

13) Zack Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

14) Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

15) Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

Jason Witten has been a model of consistency at the tight end position for most of his career.

Jason Witten has been a model of consistency at the tight end position for most of his career.

16) Jace Amaro, New York Jets

17) Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

18) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

19) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

20) Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

21) Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

22) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

23) Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

25) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

26) Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

27) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

28) Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers

29) Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans

30) Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Coming off of a Super Bowl victory, the Seahawks D/ST is in a class of their own in fantasy.

Coming off of a Super Bowl victory, the Seahawks D/ST is in a class of their own in fantasy.

D/ST:

1) Seattle Seahawks

2) Carolina Panthers

3) Cincinnati Bengals

4) Arizona Cardinals

5) Buffalo Bills

6) San Francisco 49ers

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8) St. Louis Rams

9) Denver Broncos

10) Kansas City Chiefs

11) New England Patriots

12) Houston Texans

13) Baltimore Ravens

14) New Orleans Saints

15) Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Detroit Lions

17) Philadelphia Eagles

18) Tennessee Titans

19) Chicago Bears

20) New York Jets

21) Indianapolis Colts

22) Cleveland Browns

23) Jacksonville Jaguars

24) Green Bay Packers

25) Atlanta Falcons

26) Chicago Bears

27) Oakland Raiders

28) Minnesota Vikings

29) San Diego Chargers

30) Miami Dolphins

31) Dallas Cowboys

32) Washington Redskins

Kickers:

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

3) Matt Prater, Denver Broncos

4) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

5) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

6) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

7) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

8) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

9) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

10) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

11) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

12) Nick Folk, New York Jets

13) Shayne Graham, Houston Texans

14) Alex Henrey, Philadelphia Eagles

15) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

16) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

17) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

18) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

20) Jay Feeley, Arizona Cardinals

21) Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins

22) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills

24) Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

25) Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars

26) Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

28) Dustin Hopkins, Buffalo Bills

29) Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins

30) Josh Brown, New York Giants

FantasyFB Corner Pre-Training Camp Position Rankings

Quarterback:

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Going in to training camp, Aaron Rodgers is still the top ranked passer in the rankings.

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

3) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

4) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

5) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

6) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

7) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

8) Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

9) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

10) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

11) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

13) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

14) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

15) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

16) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

17) Eli Manning, New York Giants

18) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

19) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

20) Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21) Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

22) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

23) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

24) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

25) Geno Smith, New York Jets

26) Michael Vick, New York Jets

27) Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders

28) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

29) Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

30) Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

31) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

32) Matt Cassell, Minnesota Vikings

33) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Bucaneers

34) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

35) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Adrian Peterson is the top rated RB going into camp, and an early favorite to be the first off the board later this summer.

Runningback:
1) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

2) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

3) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

4) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

5) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

6) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

7) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

8) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

9) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

10) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

11) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

12) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

14) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

15) Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers

16) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

17) Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns

18) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

19) CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

20) Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

21) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

22) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

23) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

24) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

25) Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

26) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

27) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

28) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

29) Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins

30) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

31) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

32) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

33) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland Raiders

34) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

35) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

36) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

37) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

38) Darren Sprolles, Philadelphia Eagles

39) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

40) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans SaInts

41) Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

42) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

43) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

44) Lamarr Miller, Miami Dolphins

45) David Wilson, New York Giants

46) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

47) Andre Brown, Houston Texans

48) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

49) LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers

50) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

51) James Starks, Green Bay Packers

52) CJ Anderson, Denver Broncos

53) Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks

54) Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks

55) Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

56) JacQuizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

57) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

58) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

59) BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

6) Ka’Deem Carey, Chicago Bears

Unless otherwise proven, Megatron is the #1 fantasy wideout.

Megatron will likely be the first non-RB off the board in drafts this summer.

Wide Receiver:

1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

3) AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

4) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

5) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

6) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

7) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

8) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

9) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

10) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

11) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

12) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

13) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

15) Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

16) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

17) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

18) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

19) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

20) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

21) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

22) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

23) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

24) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

25) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

26) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

27) Eric Decker, New York Jets

28) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

29) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

30) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

31) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

32) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Brocos

33) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

34) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

35) Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

36) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

37) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

38) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

39) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

40) Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts

41) Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

42) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

43) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

44) James Jones, Oakland Raiders

45) Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

46) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

47) Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

48) Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

49) Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens

50) Rueben Randle, New York Giants

51) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

52) Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

53) Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

54) Marquis Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

55) Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots

56) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

57) Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

58) Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons

59) Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

60) Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Despite his franchise tag gripes, Jimmy Graham is still classified as a tight end, and will be ranked as such.

Despite his franchise tag gripes, Jimmy Graham is still classified as a tight end, and will be ranked as such.

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

3) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

4) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

5) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

6) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

7) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

8) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

9) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

10) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

11) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

12) Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

13) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

14) Zack Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

15) Dwyane Allen, Indianapolis Colts

16) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

17) Jace Amaro, New York Jets

18) Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

19) Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

20) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

21) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

22) Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

24) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

25) Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

26) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

27) Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

28) Leavine Toiololo, Atlanta Falcons

29) Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans

30) Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers

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Led by the “Legion of Boom” in the secondary, the Seahawks are the top defense in fantasy football going into training camp.

D/ST:

1) Seattle Seahawks

2) Carolina Panthers

3) Cincinnati Bengals

4) Arizona Cardinals

5) San Francisco 49ers

6) Buffalo Bills

7) St. Louis Rams

8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9) Houston Texans

10) New England Patriots

11) Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Kansas City Chiefs

13) New Orleans Saints

14) Denver Broncos

15) Cleveland Browns

16) Baltimore Ravens

17) New York Jets

18) Detroit Lions

19) Philadelphia Eagles

20) Chicago Bears

21) Green Bay Packers

22) New York Giants

23) Oakland Raiders

24) Minnesota Vikings

25) Atlanta Falcons

26) Miami Dolphins

27) Tennessee Titans

28) San Diego Chargers

29) Indianapolis Colts

30) Jacksonville Jaguars

31) Washington Redskins

32) Dallas Cowboys

Kickers:

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

3) Matt Prater, Denver Broncos

4) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

5) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

6) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

7) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

8) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

9) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

10) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

11) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

12) Nick Folk, New York Jets

13) Shayne Graham, Houston Texans

14) Alex Henrey, Philadelphia Eagles

15) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

16) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

17) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

18) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

20) Jay Feeley, Arizona Cardinals

21) Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins

22) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills

24) Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

25) Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars

26) Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

28) Dustin Hopkins, Buffalo Bills

29) Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins

30) Josh Brown, New York Giants

Five Players Poised for Fantast Breakouts In 2014

Now in my last post I discussed five players that I would not be drafting this summer. This post, as the title may indicate, is the exact opposite. These five players are all players that either because of free agency, the draft, a coaching change or other means have been put into the position to become fantasy superstars in 2014. These players are all guys who may have had mixed results in fantasy over the last few years or in some cases have had little to no value in fantasy circles but I expect that all to change this fall and these are all guys that I will make a substantial effort to have on as many fantasy rosters as possible in 2014.

5) Kyle Rudolph Tight End, Minnesota Vikings

Now I know what you are thinking, Kyle Rudolph has become a staple in these off-season breakout lists over the last few years but unlike past years there is a legitimate cause for this hype. Under Norv Turner, either as a coordinator or a head coach tight ends have flourished. Just look no further than his previous team the Cleveland Browns and 2013 breakout player Jordan Cameron. In Cameron’s first two years in the NFL he caught a pedestrian 26 passes for 259 yards. But when Norv Turner took over as OC under former coach Rib Chudinski he caught 80 passes for 917 yards and scored 7 touchdowns, after not splashing paydirt once during his first two seasons in the NFL, and this is no isolated incident. When he was the head coach of the Chargers Antonio Gates went from relative unknown to a potential Hall of Fame candidate and historically his offenses have featured the tight end extensively and Rudolph is a very similar type of player to Cameron in not only stature but skills as well. Although Rudolph has yet to have a huge year in the NFL he has flashed greatness at times and I think under Turner he could help the former Golden Domer become the player many people thought he could be when he was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft.

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Under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Kyle Rudolph should have a huge 2014.

I expect Turner to use Rudolph in the middle of the field, and with an underrated group of players on the outside and not to mention Adrian freaking Peterson in the backfield he should see a ton of linebackers in coverage which the 6’6 260 pound tight end should be able to abuse and with the potential of a rookie starting under center from day one, he should be viewed as a security blanket and a middle of t he field target which can pay huge dividends in the box score. I fully expect him to approach the neighborhood of 750 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2014 which is more than adequate for a guy that likely will go in the middle rounds of many drafts.

4) Jeremy Maclin

After Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL early last off-season the football world saw Chip Kelly flip the script on everything that we once thought a fast paced offense was going to be, and he did this for the most part without a big body on the outside– which many people forget being a staple of his offenses at Oregon, and with the questionable release of DeSean Jackson, who had a huge year in 2013 catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns– all career highs as he became Nick Foles’ go to receiver and with him now catching passes from Robert Griffin III in Washington that leaves a huge hole on the outside.

Although Maclin has never been the go-to guy in his career, he cuts the figure of what a no. 1 receiver can be in the NFL and with no real proven pass catchers in the offense, outside of Riley Cooper who, although a solid receiver, was far to inconsistent from a fantasy perspective in 2013 for my liking, with the majority of his total production coming in three games (and one of which was a game against the Raiders that saw Nick Foles tie an NFL record with 7 TD passes, and I am pretty sure I caught a TD in that game) and had Maclin not torn his ACL so ridiculously early  last off season there was a legitimate shot of him being cut after an incident at a country concert that may have been the first, and possibly only, time he was a trending topic.

With Maclin healthy I fully expect him to take on the role as the no. 1 wide out in the Eagles offense and with him being on a 1 year, prove it deal he is likely motivated to prove to Chip Kelly or possibly the rest of the NFL that he is in fact worth a big contract next year and with the mad scientist that is Chip Kelly at the helm I fully expect him to have his first 1,000 yard season and although he isn’t nearly the playmaker that DJax is, I think he will be getting a lot of the balls that went his way last year. I predict the Mizzou product will catch 75 passes for 1,100 yards and score 10 times this year, which would put him in WR2 territory.

3) Toby Gerhart RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

I don’t think there’s ever been a player as highly touted as Gerhart coming out of college to be forgotten so quickly by most NFL fans, but I guess playing behind a human Transformer will do that. However Gerhart isn’t your typical backup tailback. When at Stanford Gerhart was a legitimate workhorse (and I still say he has a legitimate Heisman snub story) and was being touted as a potential first rounder in the 2010 NFL draft. However he slid to the second round (like many highly touted backs have over the last few years) and ended up in Minnesota, behind Adrian Peterson who I honestly feel may go down as the best runner of all time and with AD (NOT AP!!) a true workhorse over his career Gerhart hasn’t gotten too many opportunities, but in his limited touches over the last 4 years he has averaged over 4 yards per carry and has looked like a true lead back.

However with the aforementioned Transformer ahead of him the only way for him to be anything more than a Peterson handcuff in fantasy he was going to have to leave Minnesota. Which he did this spring as he signed a three year, $10.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he is in the perfect situation for a downhill runner like himself. Not only is he the clear cut lead back but he also will likely be the focal point of the offense with either Chad Henne or Blake Bortles under center and perennial knucklehead Justin Blackmon out of the picture, perhaps indefinitely and an underrated defense head coach Gus Bradley may want to take a Seahawks approach to the offense, with Gerhart being his Marshawn Lynch (who has done alright for himself in fantasy over the last few years).

Although expecting Marshawn Lynch numbers out of Gerhart is a bit of a stretch I think Gerhart will have a great season down south in his first season as a true lead back, I see his 2014 numbers looking much like his career average (albeit a limited sample size), with the former Cardinal rushing for 1,200 yards and with his downhill brusing style I see him approaching the 10 TD mark and he may add another 175 yards in the passing game as well. Of all the players on this list however he may be the one that is the least likely to end up on any of my rosters this year, I fully expect him to end up being drafted in the 5th or 6th round this summer which is a bit rich for my liking, all things considered.

In his second season under Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler has almost limitless fantasy potential.

In his second season under Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler has almost limitless fantasy potential.

2) Jay Cutler QB, Chicago Bears

Admittedly, this player is likely the most established player on this list but given his up and down fantasy resume he more than qualifies, and if you look at his numbers in 2013 under Marc Trestman he was on the fast track to fantasy stardom before being sidelined by injury, and as we all know Josh McCown went from total obscurity to fantasy superstar and although one could argue that McCown was the better QB in Chicago last year it wasn’t like the former Vanderbilt Commodore wasn’t chopped liver either. Cutler threw for 2,621 yards and 19 TDs in 11 games and if you throw in the 1,829 yards and 13 TDs that McCown had the Bears quarterback was a top 5 fantasy quarterback and with the two power forwards on the outside in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, along with Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett who are both fine pass catchers in their own right, there is no reason to not expect Cutler to pick up right where he left off in 2013.

Although Cutler has has a history of injuries in his career at this stage you have to assume health and if you project Cutler for 16 games it is very hard to imagine him throwing for less than 4,500 yards and 30+ touchdowns (and 12+ picks, knowing Cutler’s Favrian mentality). Which would put him right up there with the Drew Brees’ and Peyton Manning’s of the fantasy world– which is more than anyone could ask for out of a guy likely being drafted 8th or 9th among quarterbacks.

With a new, wide open offense, the former first round pick should explode in 2014.

With a new, wide open offense, the former first round pick should explode in 2014.

1) Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Minnesota Vikings

Like I mentioned before, Norv Turner has a knack for opening up the playbook and much like Kyle Rudolph I am expecting big things out of Cordarrelle Patterson. After being a glorified return man to start the 2013 season he really seemed to hit his stride late in the season and I fully expect that to continue in 2014 and Norv Turner, for all his head coaching faults, has been able to find the playmakers in his offense and use them to their full potenial, especially at the receiver position (see Gordon, Josh). I expect Patterson to be the big play threat in Turner’s wide open offense, which is almost the polar opposite of what the Vikings were in 2013 and Patterson should finally show everyone why the Vikings gave up so much to move up for him in the 2013 draft.

In the Vikings offense he won’t be asked to be a Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant type of player, and I don’t expect him to see much double coverage, after all that no. 28, he’s pretty good right? And his speed– which is one of his biggest advantages– should allow him to beat many cornerbacks on post and fly routes (and Turner sure does love that deep ball) which should prove to be where he makes his money in fantasy. I see him having an early career DeSean Jackson type of season. He won’t catch a ton of passes  but he will have more than his fair share of big plays which is too intriguing to pass up. For a final stat line I see something along the lines of 55-1,150-6 final stat line for him.