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Rankings Ramblings: The Top 10 at Each Position

March Madness is in full swing and I (along with every other entrant) am not going to win a billion dollars with a perfect bracket. OK, for the sake of full disclosure I was out of the running after the first game of the tournament (thanks Dayton!).

Oh well, that just frees up more time for doing what I really love and brings my attention back to football full time. More precisely, it brings me back to fantasy football full time and that’s not a bad place to be at all.

I’m not going to lie, folks, it does still sting a little because I had big plans for that billion dollar payday. Let’s just say it involved a highly expensive group of specially trained monkey butlers to tend to my every whim.

So, it looks like I’ll still be attending to my own whims…and driving my 1998 Ford Escort. Sigh.

There is only one way to bounce back from such a disappointment and that is with…wait for it…rankings! Yes, that age-old remedy for all that ails you and fun for kids of all ages.

My initial 2014 offensive skill position fantasy football rankings are now up and running here at Fantasy Sharks. They can be found under the ‘Projections’ tab under the Season Rankings.

With the rankings up for all to see (and complain about if history tells me anything), I decided to give a quick-hitting explanation for the top 10 players ranked at each position.

No, there will not be a comprehensive breakdown of the kicker position and shame on you for even wondering about that. Without further ado…

QUARTERBACKS

1. Peyton Manning, Denver:
One last hurrah for Peyton. Lost wide receiver
Eric Decker

but gained speedster
Emmanuel Sanders
.
Still plenty of weapons for Manning to utilize. Look for another big season but not quite as big as last year.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay:
A healthy
Randall Cobb

and the emergence of
Jarrett Boykin

along with
Jordy Nelson

will see Rodgers return to excellence after an injury-marred 2013.

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans:
Brees will have tight end
Jimmy Graham

to play catch with again once they get the franchise tag ordeal sorted out. Concerns about the rest of his aging (
Marques Colston

) and inexperienced (
Kenny Stills

,
Nick Toon

and
Josh Morgan

) receiving options see him land here.

4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit:
New head coach Jim Caldwell worked for years with
Peyton Manning

in Indianapolis. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi worked with
Drew Brees

for years in New Orleans. Picking up a pattern yet? Oh yeah, the Lions also added another receiving threat in wide receiver
Golden Tate

.

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis:
Remember when we were wondering who would be better between Luck and Robert Griffin III? Not anymore. Adding wide receiver
Hakeem Nicks

and the return of
Reggie Wayne

increase Luck’s value even more.

6. Nick Foles, Philadelphia:
Philadelphia kept the band together by re-signing wide receiver
Riley Cooper

and added an instrument by trading for pass-catching running back extraordinaire Darren Sproles. Another receiving option returns in
Jeremy Maclin
,
, and I don’t see
DeSean Jackson
‘s
possible departure as enough to drop Foles from sixth.

7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta:
Things can’t go as bad as they did last year for the Falcons. The healthy return of wide receiver options
Julio Jones

and
Roddy White

will offset the loss of tight end
Tony Gonzalez
.
Ryan is never spectacular but he carries solid fantasy value.

8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco:
The re-signing of wide receiver
Anquan Boldin

and the healthy return of
Michael Crabtree

at wide receiver for a whole season boosts Kaepernick’s potential. Still wish the 49ers would take the reins off and let the kid run more.

9. Tom Brady, New England:
If I thought that tight end
Rob Gronkowski

would be available for the entire season, Brady would be higher. Thank goodness the Patriots re-signed wide receiver
Julian Edelman

or Brady may have fallen out of the top 10.

10. Tony Romo, Dallas:
Romo puts up nice totals when he is healthy but isn’t healthy consistently enough to warrant a higher ranking. Before shutting down his season due to the back problem last season Romo had passed for 31 touchdowns against only 11 turnovers.

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