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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: 31

  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. 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.

3. Russell Wilson (SEA)   Age: 26

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

Wilson plays in the league's most run-heavy offense and doesn't have any elite receivers, yet he continues to produce with extreme efficiency to the point that he's safely on the QB1 radar in all formats. His numbers from 2012 to 2013 were almost identical, throwing 26 touchdowns in each season while running for around 500 yards. There's a chance that Wilson's already sterling 2013 numbers will improve with a full season of Percy Harvin at receiver, as Harvin would be the best after-the-catch runner Wilson has ever thrown to, by far. Considering Wilson has played in the most run-heavy offense in the best defensive division, it'd be reasonable to posit that his numbers over the last two years have been his floor. His pass attempt volume is unlikely to decrease, and the NFC West defenses are unlikely to improve. In other words, Wilson might have nowhere to go but up. Still, he's unlikely to throw more than 450 or so passes, so Wilson will likely struggle a bit to take his fantasy value to the elite level.

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