2014 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings (Re-Draft)

May 17, 2014

There will be many more 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings and features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I’ll also have an extensive 2014 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.

2014 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Re-Draft

  1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
    Bishop Sankey has the most present and future potential of all the rookie running backs. His main competition for now is Shonn Greene, who just underwent knee surgery and will miss all of the OTAs. Remember that Tennessee has a brand-new coaching staff, so it’s not like Ken Whisenhunt has any allegiance to Greene. Sankey should be able to win the job and keep it.

  2. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
    I’d recommend staying away from all rookie receivers, but if I had to choose one of Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins, I’d opt for the former. Evans has a competent quarterback throwing the ball to him, as Josh McCown has enjoyed recent success with monstrous receivers.

  3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
    Sammy Watkins is a great talent. Unfortunately, he’ll be paired with E.J. Manuel in the near future, so his upside will be severely limited. Rookie receivers tend to be overrated anyway, so you’ll probably want to stay away from the Clemson product until 2015 when everyone forgets about him and focuses on Amari Cooper instead.

  4. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
    Brandin Cooks is in the best situation of any rookie receiver. Not only is he paired with Drew Brees; he’ll be asked to contribute sooner rather than later, given the departures of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles.

  5. Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
    Odell Beckham is in a better current situation than both Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, considering that Eli Manning is his quarterback. However, Beckham’s talent level is a big notch below Watkins and Evans’, so I would not draft him before the two superior wideouts.

  6. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
    Carlos Hyde may get some goal-line plunges this year, but he won’t see much action unless Frank Gore gets injured. His outlook is much better for the future, given that Marcus Lattimore admitted that he’s struggling to come back from his brutal knee injury.

  7. Terrance West, RB, Browns
    The Browns like Terrance West a lot, and he may have a chance to start this year. Ben Tate has an extensive injury history, so he could easily go down again. If that happens, West may take over and never look back.

  8. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
    Devonta Freeman has a legitimate shot to become Atlanta’s feature back in the near future. He’ll be given an opportunity to hold the job once Steven Jackson moves on. Just keep in mind that there’s a reason he fell to the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

  9. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
    Kelvin Benjamin has major flaws, as one team even had a mid-round grade on him in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, he’s the projected No. 1 wideout in Carolina, so he’ll have his opportunities.

  10. Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
    Johnny Manziel is the top rookie quarterback in both standard and dynasty formats. He has no receiving corps, but Manziel will make up for it by picking up tons of rushing yardage on the ground. He projects as a decent QB2 this year.

  11. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
    Rookie tight ends are even worse than rookie receivers, so I wouldn’t want anything to do with Eric Ebron in his first season. Besides, it’s no given that he’ll start over Brandon Pettigrew or Joseph Fauria.

  12. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
    Injury concerns dropped Marqise Lee into the second round of the draft, but he has a good chance of emerging as Jacksonville’s eventual No. 1 receiver. It’s hard to like him this year though, considering that he’ll be paired with a rookie quarterback.

  13. Jace Amaro, TE, Jets
    Jace Amaro has a chance to produce sooner rather than later, considering that his team is starved for play-makers. The problem is that there won’t be many scoring opportunities for him in such a crummy offense. His long-term prospects are much better.

  14. Dri Archer, RB, Steelers
    Dri Archer has a chance to be Pittsburgh’s version of Darren Sproles. Bump him up if you’re in a PPR format.

  15. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
    Some have predicted Jordan Matthews to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but I just don’t see it. As it stands now, Matthews is fifth in the pecking order for targets behind Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, LeSean McCoy and Zach Ertz.

  16. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
    Jerick McKinnon is Adrian Peterson’s new handcuff. Treat him as if he were Toby Gerhart.

  17. Andre Williams, RB, Giants
    Andre Williams can’t catch or do anything except run hard, so maybe he can be the next Brandon Jacobs. He’ll have to fight for playing time this year with Rashad Jennings and in the future with David Wilson.

  18. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens
    Considering Ray Rice’s legal issues and Bernard Pierce’s struggles last year, Lorenzo Taliaferro will have a (slim) shot to start at some point this season.

  19. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    Blake Bortles is a big quarterback who can move around and pick up rushing yards. He won’t be completely useless in dynasty leagues, but there’s no reason to own him in a standard format. He’s not a bad QB3 in 2-QB leagues.

  20. Troy Niklas, TE, Cardinals
    The last time Carson Palmer had a legitimate starting tight end, he turned Brandon Myers into a PPR machine. Troy Niklas is much more talented than Myers, but he may not win the job right away.

  21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers
    Austin Seferian-Jenkins will have to battle Brandon Myers and Tim Wright for snaps and targets. He’s not an ideal player to own in fantasy this year.

  22. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
    Jeremy Hill won’t see much action this year as the third running back on the depth chart. He’ll need either BenJarvus Green-Ellis or especially Giovani Bernard to go down.

  23. Tre Mason, RB, Rams
    Tre Mason will be stuck behind Zac Stacy for the long term. He may not even beat out Benny Cunningham this year, so there’s no reason to draft him.

  24. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears
    Matt Forte’s new handcuff. Ka’Deem Carey has great pass-catching ability, so he’ll be more useful in PPR formats.

  25. James White, RB, Patriots
    Bill Belichick doesn’t trust any of his running backs to carry the load, so it’s possible that James White could be the main guy in New England. Those chances are slim though.

  26. Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos
    Cody Latimer is the fourth receiver on Denver’s depth chart, so barring injury, it’s difficult to see him doing much this year.

  27. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
    Martavis Bryant has a chance to start this year, but given that he’s raw, he has way more value in dynasty formats than in this year’s re-draft.

  28. Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks
    The Seahawks usually draft well, so Paul Richardson has a good chance of panning out. The problem is that Seattle is a run-based team that spreads out its targets.

  29. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
    You have to love Davante Adams’ long-term potential with Aaron Rodgers, but as for now, he’s stuck behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin on the depth chart. He’ll also have to compete with Jared Abbrederis for playing time. Adams isn’t worth drafting in standard leagues this year.

  30. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
    Allen Robinson is just a third wideout on the Jaguars’ roster this year, so don’t expect much.

  31. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
    Jarvis Landry is going to be Miami’s slot receiver. He’ll probably be one of those players who is better in real life than in fantasy.

  32. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
    Contrary to popular belief, Teddy Bridgewater is not a rusher. Thus, even if he becomes the starter, he’s not much of a fantasy option in the near future.

  33. Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
    There’s a chance – albeit a small one – that Richard Rodgers becomes Green Bay’s starting tight end this year. I still wouldn’t use a draft pick on him, but he’s someone worth monitoring.

  34. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Texans
    There’s no reason to draft a rookie tight end, so let someone else take C.J. Fiedorowicz.

  35. Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars
    It’s a long shot, but there’s a chance that Storm Johnson could end up starting for the Jaguars. Toby Gerhart is a marginal talent, so Johnson will have an opportunity.

  36. De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Chiefs
    De’Anthony Thomas will be used on some trick plays, and he’ll catch some passes, but he’s not a viable fantasy option for this season or the long haul.

  37. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    Derek Carr probably won’t start many games this year, so he’s only an option in dynasty formats.

  38. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
  39. Alfred Blue, RB, Texans
  40. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Redskins
  41. Jalen Saunders, WR, Jets
  42. Shaq Evans, WR, Jets
  43. Marion Grice, RB, Chargers
  44. Tyler Gaffney, RB, Panthers
  45. Devin Street, WR, Cowboys
  46. Arthur Lynch, TE, Dolphins
  47. Robert Herron, WR, Buccaneers
  48. T.J. Jones, WR, Lions
  49. Tajh Boyd, QB, Jets
  50. Tom Savage, QB, Texans
  51. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts
  52. Bruce Ellington, WR, 49ers
  53. Josh Huff, WR, Eagles
  54. Kevin Norwood, WR, Seahawks
  55. Zach Mettenberger, QB, Titans
  56. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
  57. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Packers
  58. Michael Campanaro, WR, Ravens
  59. Tevin Reese, WR, Chargers
  60. Chandler Jones, WR, Browns
  61. Willie Snead, WR, Browns
  62. Ryan Grant, WR, Redskins
  63. Jeff Janis, WR, Packers
  64. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Patriots
  65. Crockett Gilmore, TE, Ravens
  66. Rob Blanchflower, TE, Steelers
  67. Kiero Small, RB, Seahawks
  68. Jeremy Gallon, WR, Patriots
  69. Matt Hazel, WR, Dolphins
  70. Mike Davis, WR, Raiders
  71. Philly Brown, WR, Panthers
  72. Walt Powell, WR, Cardinals
  73. Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets
  74. James Wright, WR, Bengals
  75. Ted Bolser, TE, Redskins
  76. Logan Thomas, QB, Cardinals
  77. Aaron Murray, QB, Chiefs
  78. David Fales, QB, Bears
  79. A.J. McCarron, QB, Bengals
  80. Keith Wenning, QB, Ravens
  81. Garrett Gilbert, QB, Rams

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