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2014 Fantasy Football Rankings – Quarterbacks

A list of the top quarterbacks to draft for the 2014 fantasy football season.

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1. Peyton Manning (DEN)

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

Considering he was in his age-37 season, it was rather odd timing for Manning to have the best year of his career in 2013. In his second season with the Broncos, Manning upped his touchdown rate from 6.4 percent to 8.4 percent, and the most important supporting parts from that offense will return in 2014. Leading receiver Demaryius Thomas is one of the league's elite downfield threats, Wes Welker is a high-grade chain-moving threat in the slot and 2013 breakout tight end Julius Thomas has rare big-play ability at the position. The loss of free agent wideout Eric Decker (1,288 yards, 11 touchdowns in 2013) is a concern, but the Broncos accounted for Decker's departure by adding Emmanuel Sanders (free agency) and Cody Latimer (draft). Manning should also benefit from the return of left tackle Ryan Clady (foot), making an already solid offensive line even better. The neck injury concerns that ended Manning's time with the Colts appear to be a thing of the past, and his remarkably dominant 2013 season has his stock at an all-time high. He threw for at least 400 yards or three touchdowns in all but five games last year, making him the sort of week-to-week force that can carry a fantasy squad.

2. Aaron Rodgers (GB)

  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.

3. Drew Brees (NO)

  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.

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