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Week 1 – 2014 Best Kick/Punt Returner Rankings

It’s the time of year that we’ve all been waiting for.  The first game of the season starts this Thursday and people are trying to prepare their line-up to dominate their leagues. For the readers who have already drafted, I hope you got to check out my preseason rankings(part 1 and part 2) ahead of time.  Be […]

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It’s the time of year that we’ve all been waiting for.  The first game of the season starts this Thursday and people are trying to prepare their line-up to dominate their leagues. For the readers who have already drafted, I hope you got to check out my preseason rankings(part 1 and part 2) ahead of time.  Be warned though that a lot has happened since then so there are a lot of changes in my rankings.

I want to clarify that my rankings was based on a player’s ability to put up the most points not just as a returner.  Some players will only get maybe 1 or 2 returns per game, but still be in the top 5 because they can put up points in other aspects of the game.

Here are my rankings:

Rank         PlayerTeamOpponent

1

Antonio Brown

PIT

CLE

2

Randall Cobb

GB

SEA

3

Percy Harvin

SEA

SD

4

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

STL

5

Keenan Allen

SD

SEA

6

DeSean Jackson

WAS

HOU

7

T.Y. Hilton

IND

DEN

8

Julian Edelman

NE

MIA

9

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

IND

10

Golden Tate

DET

NYG

11

Terrance Williams

DAL

SF

12

Brandin Cooks

NO

ATL

13

Rueben Randle

NYG

DET

14

Tavon Austin

STL

MIN

15

Darren Sproles

PHI

JAC

16

Dexter McCluster

TEN

KC

17

Doug Baldwin

SEA

SD

18

Andrew Hawkins

CLE

PIT

19

Darren McFadden

OAK

NYJ

20

Jordan Todman

JAC

PHI

Analysis:

 

  1. Antonio Brown – A top receiver even without return yards, he’ll be regularly a top ten wide receiver. Week one, he’ll be facing off against Joe Haden so to be in top 5, he’ll have to do well in punt returns. He won’t be contributing a whole lot on returns because he only handles kickoffs. However, his upside as a wide receiver is too high to pass up.

  2. Randall Cobb – Although he’s facing off against the top defense in the nation, Cobb has oen of the best quarterbacks throwing to him. In addition he won’t be seeing much coverage from Richard Sherman.  He’ll also be fielding punt returns for the Packers.

  3. Percy Harvin – The explosive machine that can get it done in any condition as long as he has the ball in his hands. I would have him ranked even higher if it wasn’t that the Seahawks will be limiting his touches as they want to keep him healthy for the whole season. There is good news that we haven’t heard anything bad about his health this offseason.

  4. Cordarrelle Patterson – He’s just like Percy Harvin in the sense that they are both so dangerous with the ball in their hands. He has the threat to score anytime he touches whether it be a 2 yard slant or even a running play. He’s an all purpose weapon that excels anywhere on the field. This week, he’s up against a St. Louis defense that shouldn’t give him too much trouble with their secondary. However, they do have an amazing front 7 which could give the Minnesota QB some trouble.

  5. Keenan Allen – In his season opener, he’s lining up again Patrick Peterson. Even despite the fact that he’s lining up against Peterson, he should see at least WR2 numbers in addition to his punt return touches.

  6. DeSean Jackson – RG3 will need to show that he hasn’t regressed and DeSean needs to show that he can do what he did last year without Chip Kelly. However, it doesn’t hurt that he is a punt returner.

  7. T.Y. Hilton – I was much higher on T.Y. Hilton before I heard that the Colts wanted to spread the ball around more. There’s a lot of targets in Indiannapolis. He has seen diminishing touches on punt returns as he got more involved in the offense, but any touch is a bonus.

  8. Julian Edelman – Last year, he established that he was Tom Brady’s go-to guy. However, Rob Gronkowski will be back, Amendola is healthy, Aaron Dobson looked pretty decent, and there’s a healthy Shane Vereen as well. He’ll have to share a lot of targets. He was heavily used in punt returns last year and is one of the better punt returners in the NFL.

  9. Emmanuel Sanders – He acts as the #2 WR in a Peyton Manning offense and also returns kickoffs. He’ll be facing a horrid Colts defense in which Peyton could just devour.

  10. Golden Tate – If he plays as well as he did in the preseason against the Giants, he’ll be on my “acquire” radar. He was one of the best punt returners last year and would’ve been higher on my list if he still stayed with the Seahawks. However, the Lions have accomplished returner Jeremy Ross and he could see his touches on the return game reduced.

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Week 1 – Quarterback Rankings – 2014 fantasy football

Welcome back for another glorious NFL season. As a team manager who often uses a “by committee” approach and is in a league that starts two QBs, these rankings are something I live by each week. While there is a short list of quarterbacks that can throw for hundreds of yards and bunches of touchdowns […]

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Week 1 – Quarterback Rankings – 2014 fantasy football

Welcome back for another glorious NFL season. As a team manager who often uses a “by committee” approach and is in a league that starts two QBs, these rankings are something I live by each week.

While there is a short list of quarterbacks that can throw for hundreds of yards and bunches of touchdowns every single week, just about all of these players are capable of doing so on any given Sunday. You might not agree with where a player falls on these rankings, but it is important to note that opponents, among other things, are taken into consideration when rankings players every week.

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RankPlayerTeamWeek 1
1Peyton ManningDENIND
2Drew BreesNO@ATL
3Colin KaepernickSF@DAL
4Andrew LuckIND@DEN
5Nick FolesPHIJAC
6Aaron RodgersGB@SEA
7Matthew StaffordDETNYG
8Cam NewtonCAR@TB
9Matt RyanATLNO
10Russell WilsonSEAGB
11Tom BradyNE@MIA
12Philip RiversSD@ARI
13Jay CutlerCHIBUF
14Andy DaltonCIN@BAL
15Tony RomoDALSF
16Ben RoethlisbergerPITCLE
17Ryan TannehillMIANE
18Carson PalmerARISD
19Robert Griffin IIIWAS@HOU
20Shaun HillSTLMIN

 

Analysis:

  1. Peyton Manning, DEN – It would be ridiculous to not have Manning ranked atop this list. He put up historic numbers in 2013 and faces an Indianapolis team that he shredded last season for just shy of 400 yards and three touchdowns.
  2. Drew Brees, NO – New Orleans opens up against Atlanta for the second consecutive season. Last year he had over 350 yards and two touchdowns. Jimmy Graham returns and they added rookie speedster Brandin Cooks. Brees won’t disappoint.
  3. Colin Kaepernick, SF – You might be surprised to see this name so high.  Dallas allowed the second most fantasy most per game to QBs last season and I expect more of the same in week 1.
  4. Andrew Luck, IND – Peyton Manning isn’t the only QB capable of lighting it up in that game. Luck had four totals touchdowns against Denver last season and he’s more than capable of having another big game against a Denver defense that will have a tough first test.
  5. Nick Foles, PHI – Chip Kelly had a successful first season as he turned Nick Foles and the Eagles into a playoff team. They open the season against a Jaguars team that loved losing last season and giving up big points in the process. Philadelphia’s high-tempo offense should translate into a big game for Foles against the lowly Jaguars.
  6. Aaron Rodgers, GB – The Pack opens the season in a “Fail Mary” rematch against the defending Super Bowl champs. Rodgers’ low ranking is just out of respect to Seattle’s defense and we’ll see if they can keep it up.
  7. Matthew Stafford, DET – The Lions face a New York Giants football team that doesn’t look to be ready for the 2014 season. The Giants added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this offseason but I don’t think that will be enough to stop Stafford and the high-flying Detroit offense.
  8. Cam Newton, CAR – Many people have already bailed on Newton this season because of the lack of receivers and his minor injury. For those of you who don’t know, Newton had the third most fantasy points among all QBs last season. He’s talented and will figure it out with the group he’s got.
  9. Matt Ryan, ATL – Matty Ice looks to rebound from an awful 2013. He is my favorite QB to bounce back this season and could finish as a top 5 QB is his offensive line can keep him on his feet. He fared well against New Orleans last season.
  10. Russell Wilson, SEA – Wilson doesn’t care to put up the numbers fantasy players dream about and he doesn’t have to with Seattle’s defense and run game. However, I expect him to put up solid numbers against a Green Bay defense that will struggle with the loss of BJ Raji.

11 – 20

The shockers (or so you might think) in this group are likely Robert Griffin III and Shaun Hill. RG3 had an awful preseason and even Joe Theismann said that backup Kirk Cousins should be starting. Who knows if Griffin is ever healthy and Houston has a respectable defense. Hill is now starting in St. Louis and he is quietly a very solid quarterback. The Rams will likely rely on the run game, but Hill is accurate and a good decision. He will be put in situations to succeed and he has a great start as Minnesota allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2013 than any other team.

Find me in the forums before games on Sundays and randomly throughout the week. For a more immediate response on these rankings or any other questions you have, comment below or find me on Twitter: @dhrodgers52

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One word describes this moment, and that word is finally. Finally, the football season is upon us. The countless Sundays with no football, the slow summer weeks with no trade offers or waiver wire pick ups, the countless waiting, the.. well you get it. Football, is finally back. Here we go, week 1. The week […]

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Week 1 – Defense and Special Teams Rankings – 2014 fantasy football

One word describes this moment, and that word is finally. Finally, the football season is upon us. The countless Sundays with no football, the slow summer weeks with no trade offers or waiver wire pick ups, the countless waiting, the.. well you get it. Football, is finally back.

Here we go, week 1. The week where we want to start or fantasy season of with a bang. Get that first W under our belts and hope for many more all season. Just want to thank the owner and creator of FTA, KJ, for letting me back this season to provide you with my wonderful stories and smiles. Plus you know, some fantasy advice.

If this is anyones first time to our glorious slice of football wonderland, I handle the Defense and Special Teams rankings, or DSTs as I will from now on refer them to. I rank em, sort em, change them 1000 times, you know, do what’s necessary. The one problem with DST rankings (Defense and Special Teams in case you forgot) is the total, complete lack of consistency. Sure we all want the Seahawks defense, because they are about 1 of 4 who might actually be good week in week out, but only 1 team in our leagues get them, and to draft them in the 8th or 9th round?! Or sometimes even the 5th round!! No thanks, please, don’t do that, that is insane. I know I just said they’re all so inconsistent, but to pass up stud WR or Rbs for a DST is insane. If you haven’t drafted yet, and are reading this before your draft, there’s a last bit of help. DSTs are still a starting position in our glorious game, but they are more easily replaceable, than your number 2 wide receiver or running back. Who you’d be passing up taking the Seahawks in round 5.

Oh boy does is feel good to be writing these again, I missed it even more than I thought. So here we go…

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you your week 1 defense and special teams rankings.

Feels good, feels real good.

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RankDefense / Special TeamsTeamWeek 1
1Cincinnati BenglasCIN@BAL
2New England PatriotsNE@MIA
3Carolina PanthersCAR@TB
4Kansas City ChiefsKCTEN
5Seattle SeahawksSEAGB
6St. Louis RamsSTLMIN
7Cleveland BrownsCLE@PIT
8New York JetsNYJOAK
9Arizona CardinalsARISD
10Pittsburgh SteelersPITCLE
11Denver BroncosDENIND
12Baltimore RavensBALCIN
13Chicago BearsCHIBUF
14San Francisco 49ersSF@DAL
15Buffalo BillsBUF@CHI
16Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBCAR
17Green Bay PackersGB@SEA
18Houston TexansHOUWAS
19New Orleans SaintsNO@ATL
20Minnesota VikingsMIN@STL
21Detroit LionsDETNYG
22Tennessee TitansTEN@KC
23Miami DolphinsMIANE
24Oakland RaidersOAK@NYJ
25Philadelphia EaglesPHIJAC
26San Diego ChargersSD@ARI
27Jacksonville JaguarsJAC@PHI
28Indianapolis ColtsIND@DEN
29New York GiantsNYG@DET
30Atlanta FalconsATLNO
31Washington RedskinsWAS@HOU
32Dallas CowboysDALSF

Analysis:

Cincinnati Bengals: Playing a Ray Rice-less, Joe Flacco throwing Baltimore Ravens team is good to make the Bengals a top DST this week. They have an insane pass rush, look at last year minus Geno Atkins. Now the guy is back and the Bengals D should be a solid start all season.

New England Patriots: You heard of that guy Darrelle Revis right? Well if you haven’t heard yet, the Patriots acquired this offseason. That seemed to be the final piece of the puzzle for this defense. They have a fantastic secondary and their run defense should be stellar with the likes of Chandler Jones and Jerod Mayo. Especially against a poor offensive line in Miami.

New York Jets: Well, this is easy, if you like streaming I have found your best option for week 1. It really wasn’t that hard. See, you just take the Oakland Raiders, and whoever is playing them, becomes an instant option for a top streaming DST.

Carolina Panthers: Their front seven is the best in the league, in my opinion anyway. Although the Bucs have some elite passing options, which could cause some issues for the Panthers’ secondary, their front 7 is just too good. They will get to McCown all game with a below average O-line in Tampa Bay.

Seattle Seahawks: What?!? They’re not ranked number 1?! At Home?! Yeah, yeah I know. That Packer offense is scary, could be the best in the NFL this season, but you’re still going to start the Seahawks DST at home, I know, and I bet they do fine, just not going to be number 1.

Cleveland Browns: Could be a sneaky DST all season. They are very underrated and with the offense being somewhat of a mess, this defense is going to have to step up. With the addition of guys like Donte Whitner and first round Corner Justin Gilbert, and Karlos Dansby, this Cleveland’s defense, look out. Plus they have that guy Joe Haden, he’s pretty good.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Another streaming option this week. Brian Hoyer gave us nothing to cheer about this preseason and with Josh Gordon suspended. Anyone playing Cleveland should be a great option for your quest to glory.


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