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2014 Fantasy Football Keeper Rankings – Quarterbacks

The top quarterbacks to draft for the 2014 fantasy football season in keeper/dynasty leagues.

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1. Aaron Rodgers (GB)   Age: 30

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2014 Projections View Aaron Rodgers's 2014 projected stats.

With a little luck in the durability department, Rodgers should reestablish himself as one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in 2014. He threw for 84 combined touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 and was on pace for a similar touchdown rate last season before suffering a broken collarbone in Week 9. With an average of 8.4 yards per pass over the last five years, Rodgers is arguably the best downfield passer in the league, regularly ranking among the NFL's passing leaders despite never throwing more than 552 passes in a season. He has what might be the league's deepest group of receivers on his side, as the trio of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin returns, and they're joined by rookie second-round pick Davante Adams, who was one of the nation's best receivers at Fresno State. Adams should provide Rodgers with an upgrade in the red zone, in particular, as he caught 38 touchdowns in two collegiate seasons. Although Rodgers is a good bet to match or exceed the per-game production of almost any quarterback in the league, he probably has more health concerns than most of the other top-tier passers. Rodgers' game involves a lot of downfield passing and a fair amount of improvisation, which gives pass rushers time to close in, whereas players like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, etc. tend to release the ball quickly.

2. Drew Brees (NO)   Age: 35

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2014 Projections View Drew Brees's 2014 projected stats.

Brees' spot this high in the rankings is dependent on the availability of Jimmy Graham, who was in a contract-related dispute with the Saints over his positional designation as of press time. As long as Graham plays 16 games for the Saints, though, Brees will be a strong bet to be among the league's leaders in passing yards, as he has three straight seasons with 5,000 or more. The Saints called for 650 or more pass attempts in each of the last four years and, with the exception of a 2010 aberration, Brees has seen his YPA hover in the 7.7-to-8.5 range going back to 2008. Brees' efficiency might even improve over the 7.9 YPA and 6.0 percent touchdown rate he posted last year, as the Saints added Biletnikoff Award-winning wideout Brandin Cooks in the first round of the draft. Although he's only 5-10, 189 pounds, Cooks has 4.3 speed, excellent ball skills and big hands. Plus, he's coming off a season in which he caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns at Oregon State. Cooks might be the best after-the-catch receiver Brees has ever played with, and he should single-handedly make the Saints offense more efficient between the 20s. Brees' numbers should also benefit from the progress of second-year pro Kenny Stills, who was very impressive in 2013, averaging 12.8 yards per target in a part-time role.

3. Andrew Luck (IND)   Age: 25

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2014 Projections View Andrew Luck's 2014 projected stats.

Despite dealing with a poor group of pass catchers and an even worse running game, Luck once again managed to almost single-handedly carry the Colts into the playoffs in 2013, making an impact far greater than his modest numbers would imply. Reggie Wayne's Week 7 ACL tear left Luck with T.Y. Hilton as his only vaguely competent receiver, yet he managed to cut his 2012 interception total in half while upping his completion percentage from 54.1 to 60.2. With Wayne and Hilton back this year, plus the additions of big wideouts Hakeem Nicks (free agency) and Donte Moncrief (draft, third round), Luck should have what's easily his finest group of pass-catching threats to this point, and the addition of second-round guard Jack Mewhort ought to help stabilize the otherwise weak interior of Indianapolis' offensive line. The fact that Luck has produced at a high level despite his problematic environment is a testament to how high his upside will be when he finally has some legitimate playmakers, and he could be in for a breakout 2014 season. Even if he doesn't make much progress on his rather weak passing efficiency numbers from last year (6.7 YPA, 4.0 touchdown percentage), Luck should once again provide strong numbers as a runner. He's a legitimate red-zone rushing threat at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, and it looks like Trent Richardson isn't much of a threat to lay claim to Indianapolis' rushing touchdowns this year.

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