It has been awhile since we got down to brass tax this offseason and figured out how all of the changes affect the fantasy value of players. Now that some of the dust has settled on retirements, free agency, failed drug tests and the NFL Draft we can finally make some sense of how things might play out in 2014.
I am not going too deep in these rankings just yet as I really wouldn't be doing you guys any favors until I see the upcoming minicamps and read the OTA notes for myself. But this will be a good starting point for launching our 2014 fantasy football research.
By now everybody knows that Josh Gordon is facing yet another suspension from the NFL for failing his third drug test. This will likely force him to miss the entire season and thus he will not appear on my rankings. For more of my thoughts on the Josh Gordon story you can read my piece on him entitled "Smoking It All Away: The Josh Gordon Story."
You will however see a few new names gracing our rankings for the first time. Titans RB Bishop Sankey, Bills WR Sammy Watkins and Lions TE Eric Ebron (among others) jump toward the leaderboard immediately after being drafted. One notable name you will not see is Johnny Manziel. I have many thoughts on "Johnny Football" but in a nutshell he will not ever be a high quality NFL QB. He's too small, plays too recklessly and worst of all is a complete flake. If you're looking for a dynasty league QB for 2015 and beyond I would strongly suggest Blake Bortles of the Jaguars. If you wanted to go deep on the subject I would tell you to take a look at Titans QB Zach Mettenberger.
Alright, enough of the foreplay. Let's get down to it. Here are my updated fantasy football early rankings for 2014: