The fantasy football season won’t be in full swing for another three months but there are already many experts who have come out with the top 150 or 200 lists for the 2014 season. There are some interesting trends along the way that fantasy owners must pay close attention to. It could be something worth noting even at this early date before even the NFL draft arrives.
- The quarterback position is very hotly-disputed especially one QB. Peyton Manning is being ranked anywhere from fifth to 23rd overall. How is that even possible? While Manning did lose Eric Decker in the offseason, the Denver offense is still going to be explosive and especially for players who get a point per completion, Manning is someone that must be selected in the first round or very early in the second. The idea of waiting until the 23rd pick is completely absurd. Manning is going to put up huge numbers again and the owners who pass on him are going to feel sorry about missing out on that chance. Here is a look at each of his 55 touchdown passes from 2013.
- Running backs are the name of the game even with the way the game has gone to the pass. Many experts have running backs taken in the first four or five slots in the first round. The usual subjects are there with Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte. The name that seems to be getting a ton of attention is Eddie Lacy. He will be in his second season with Green Bay and will probably be better with Aaron Rodgers around all season but the sixth or seventh overall pick may be a bit high. He is someone who is more like the ninth or tenth pick instead of pick No. 4, 5 or 6 now. Here is how Lacy looked in 2013.
- There is Jimmy Graham to think about as well. How high is too high to take a tight end? He has first round talent but will his contract situation be something that is on his mind so much that he doesn’t perform to the level that fantasy owners need him to be. He is someone that should be taken in the first round with one of the final picks of that round especially for an owner who won’t have another pick for a long time. He is being ranked anywhere from third to seventh now. Who wouldn’t want him on their team when he can make plays like this?
These three things are definitely worth looking at even right now. The trends keep changing and experts will think they have a handle of what is going on. Here is how I had the first five rounds looking a couple weeks ago. Some of these trends are evident there but there will be changes made between now and the middle of July when it is time to begin thinking more about the 2014 fantasy football season.