Originally published: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Each draft is different. Different owners, different perspectives – different players selected in different positions. But that doesn’t stop people predicting who will go where. A lot could still change between now and the beginning of fantasy football drafts. Teams will sign and draft players, and injuries could always happen, but it is always exciting to guess what is going to happen. Here is my projected fantasy draft top 10.
It was a toss-up between A.J. Green and Demariyaus Thomas for the last spot on this list – but I chose to go with green. Even with the emergence of Jermaine Gresham, Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert and Geovani Bernard, A.J. Green is still quarterback Andy Dalton’s go-to guy. Green amassed over 1,400 yards last season, and grabbed 11 touchdowns in his third campaign. The receiver will be entering his fourth year, and has showed no signs of slowing down.
Eddie Lacy may be a surprise inclusion on this list, but with the Packers wanting to increase his workload in 2014, he could be a very profitable fantasy draft pick in his sophomore season. He also has no real competition in the backfield, so that should only work in Lacy’s favour. He was impressive last season, though was helped out by injuries to Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley. With Rodgers and Cobb more than likely returning to the Packers’ lineup, Eddie Lacy may also be relied upon in the passing game.
Last season was more than a breakout year for Josh Gordon, who managed to accumulate over 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2013, despite inconsistent quarterback play. Gordon, who has been known for his off-the-field troubles, will likely be playing with a rookie quarterback next season, after the Browns cut both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. As the leading receiver for Cleveland, he will most likely be used as a safety blanket, which could benefit his fantasy numbers.
With the loss of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, Drew Brees will have less offensive firepower surrounding him in 2014. However, this does not alter his status as an elite quarterback, and Brees is helped by still having Marques Colston, and his number-one target Jimmy Graham to throw to, as well as dual-threat running back Pierre Thomas, who recently re-signed with the Saints. He should still be a top-drawer starter.
Much like with Drew Brees, the departures of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles will have an effect on the Saints’ Jimmy Graham – though it is more likely to be positive for his fantasy owners as Graham should see an increased workload in 2014. He is among the most dominant players in the league, and is expected to continue that dominance into the new season – even in spite of the recent franchise tag controversy.
A.J. Green image by emeybee, via Creative Commons; Eddie Lacy by Sgt. Kyle Richardson, public copyright authorised by the US federal government; Josh Gordon by Erik Drost via Creative Commons; Drew Brees by dbking via Creative Commons; and Jimmy Graham by Jeffrey Beall via Creative Commons.