The worldwide leader in sports, ESPN, has released its first iteration of the 2014 fantasy football player rankings. High-five your friends accordingly.
The list is extensive, ordering the overall top 200, regardless of position, as well as listing each position individually. They even ranked 30 kickers for some reason.
Here is the overall top ten for this season:
- Adrian Peterson
- LeSean McCoy
- Jamaal Charles
- Matt Forte
- Marshawn Lynch
- Eddie Lacy
- Calvin Johnson
- Peyton Manning
- Doug Martin
- Jimmy Graham
The top ten is running back heavy as usual. There are seven backs, one wide receiver, one quarterback and one “tight end” in the group. Adrian Peterson has once again regained his title as the best fantasy player, regardless of what LeSean McCoy may think. Of course, this has more to do with touches and opportunity than talent. Peterson is a workhorse with not much of anything else on the Vikings to take away from his production. Meanwhile, McCoy has other weapons all over his roster to contend with.
The surprises start a bit further down the list though as running back gets awfully shallow awfully quickly this season. Zac Stacy and DeMarco Murray, both okay players who are not stars, are ranked inside the overall top 15. This is rather alarming for the crop of RBs.
In a basic, 10-team league, where each owner starts at least two backs, possibly more with flex positions, about 25 running backs will be started at all times. The 26th back on ESPN’s list is New England’s Shane Vereen, a slot-receiving threat who hardly rushes the ball at all.
Quarterback is as deep as ever though as Tom Brady and Matt Ryan can’t even squeak into the top ten rankings at the position.
Oh, and if you’re curious, the top fantasy kicker for the 2014 season is…oh, who am I kidding. You are not curious.