Washington Post Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheet

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The draft timer is ticking. The pressure is on. Are you going to snag a fantasy star or choke like a chump? Find what you need fast with the Washington Post’s Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet, a one-click resource for player rankings, top targets, expert advice and much more. Check back often as we’ll be adding more to the sheet each week. (Last update: Aug. 22)

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Positional Rankings: Top 30 QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | Ks | DEF

Draft Talent Tiers: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs

Fancy Stats Value Players: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs

Positional Rankings

Note: Underlined players denote the last in a tier of players with comparable projected fantasy production. There are no tiers for kickers or defenses. Click on positions to get more detailed breakdowns on each player.

Top 30 QBs


Peyton Manning. (AP Photo)

1. Peyton Manning, Broncos
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Drew Brees, Saints
4. Matthew Stafford, Lions
5. Andrew Luck, Colts
6. Jay Cutler,  Bears
7. Cam Newton, Panthers
8. Robert Griffin III, Redskins
9. Nick Foles, Eagles
10. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
11. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
12. Tom Brady, Patriots
13. Matt Ryan, Falcons
14. Tony Romo, Cowboys
15. Philip Rivers, Chargers
16. Andy Dalton, Bengals
17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
18. Eli Manning, Giants
19. Carson Palmer, Cardinals
20. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
21. Joe Flacco, Ravens
22. Alex Smith, Chiefs
23. Sam Bradford, Rams
24. EJ Manuel, Bills
25. Jake Locker, Titans
26. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans
27. Matt Schaub, Raiders
28. Geno Smith, Jets
29. Chad Henne, Jaguars
30. Blake Bortles, Jaguars

Top 30 RBs


Jamaal Charles. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

1. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
4. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
5. Matt Forte, Bears
6. Alfred Morris, Redskins
7. Eddie Lacy, Packers
8. Frank Gore, 49ers
9. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
10. Zac Stacy, Rams
11. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
12. Montee Ball, Broncos
13. Reggie Bush, Lions
14. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
15. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
16. Arian Foster, Texans
17. Giovani Bernard, Bengals
18. C.J. Spiller, Bills
19. Ben Tate, Browns
20. Toby Gerhart, Jaguars
21. Andre Ellington, Cardinals
22. Trent Richardson, Colts
23. Steven Jackson, Falcons
24. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
25. Ray Rice, Ravens
26. Chris Johnson, Jets
27. Bishop Sankey, Titans
28. Rashad Jennings, Giants
29. Shane Vereen, Patriots
30. Maurice Jones-Drew, Raiders

Top 30 WRs


Calvin Johnson. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
2. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
3. A.J. Green, Bengals
4. Brandon Marshall, Bears
5. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
6. Julio Jones, Falcons
7. Jordy Nelson, Packers
8. Antonio Brown, Steelers
9. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
10. Randall Cobb, Packers
11. DeSean Jackson, Redskins
12. Andre Johnson, Texans
13. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
14. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
15. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
16. Victor Cruz, Giants
17. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
18. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
19. Roddy White, Falcons
20. Julian Edelman, Patriots
21. Keenan Allen, Chargers
22. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
23. Marques Colston, Saints
24. Wes Welker, Broncos
25. Percy Harvin, Seahawks
26. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
27. Kendall Wright, Titans
28. Golden Tate, Lions
29. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
30. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings

Top 30 TEs


Jimmy Graham. (Marco Garcia/ AP Images for NFL)

1. Jimmy Graham, Saints
2. Julius Thomas, Broncos
3. Vernon Davis, 49ers
4. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
5. Jordan Cameron, Browns
6. Jason Witten, Cowboys
7. Greg Olsen, Panthers
8. Jordan Reed, Redskins
9. Dennis Pitta, Ravens
10. Charles Clay, Dolphins
11. Martellus Bennett, Bears
12. Antonio Gates, Chargers
13. Zach Ertz, Eagles
14. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
15. Delanie Walker, Titans
16. Eric Ebron, Lions
17. Garrett Graham, Texans
18. Coby Fleener, Colts
19. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
20. Ladarius Green, Chargers
21. Jared Cook, Rams
22. Brent Celek, Eagles
23. Levine Toilolo, Falcons
24. Heath Miller, Steelers
25. Richard Rodgers, Packers
26. Dwayne Allen, Colts
27. Scott Chandler, Bills
28. Luke Wilson, Seahawks
29. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
30. Joseph Fauria, Lions

Top 20 Ks


Matt Prater. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

1. Matt Prater, Broncos
2. Mason Crosby, Packers
3. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
4. Justin Tucker, Ravens
5. Phil Dawson, 49ers
6. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
7. Nick Novak, Chargers
8. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
9. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
10. Nick Folk, Jets
11. Robbie Gould, Bears
12. Shayne Graham, Saints
13. Matt Bryant, Falcons
14. Blair Walsh, Vikings
15. Dan Carpenter, Bills
16. Ryan Succop, Chiefs
17. Graham Gano, Panthers
18. Greg Zuerlein, Rams
19. Alex Henery, Eagles
20. Nate Freese, Lions

Top 20 DEFs


Richard Sherman. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. Denver Broncos
6. St. Louis Rams
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Houston Texans
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. New England Patriots
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Baltimore Ravens
13. Detroit Lions
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Buffalo Bills
17. Green Bay Packers
18. Philadelphia Eagles
19. New York Giants
20. Cleveland Browns

Top 10 Rookies

A top NFL draft pick doesn’t equate to a top fantasy pick. Here are the first-year players who figure to have the biggest early fantasy impact. For more detailed breakdowns on each player, click here. — Gene Wang


Bishop Sankey. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
2. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
3. Andre Williams, RB, Giants
4. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
5. Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
6. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
7. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
8. Terrance West, RB, Browns
9. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

Best/Worst Fantasy Values

Players you should keep an eye on if they start sliding down the draft board … or stay away from early. Click on any player to get a more in-depth breakdown. — Neil Greenberg

Value targets

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers
Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Zach Miller, TE, Seahawks
Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers

Steer clear

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Eli Manning, QB, Giants
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
Ben Tate, RB, Browns
Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons
DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
Marques Colston, WR, Saints
Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
Joseph Fauria, TE, Lions
Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

 Poison Players (Do Not Draft List)

If you want to avoid fantasy disappointment, it’s probably best to stay away from these 10 players. Avoid them at all costs, and read why, here. — Wang

1. Eric Decker, WR, Jets
2. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
3. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
4. Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
5. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
6. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
7. Jaguars WRs (seriously, all of them)
8. Miles Austin, WR, Browns
9. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
10. David Wilson, RB, Giants

Injury Watch

Which banged-up players are worth the risk of an early pick? Who should you pass on entirely? Julio Jones clearly fits among the former group, here’s a breakdown of those who will (and won’t) reward your injury risk. — Wang

Target

1. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
2. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
3. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
4. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
5. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

Avoid

1. Arian Foster, RB, Texans
2. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
3. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
4. Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens
5. Jermichael Finley, TE, Free Agent

 

Positional Strength of Schedule

The road to fantasy glory is never smooth, but some players face easier paths than others. The Post takes a look at the easiest and hardest schedules for 2014 at each fantasy position.

Easiest Schedules

QBs: 1. Titans, 2. Colts, 3. Dolphins, 4. Bills, 5. Giants

RBs: 1. Giants, 2. Colts, 3. Eagles, 4. Jets, 5. Texans

WRs: 1. Dolphins, 2. Patriots, 3. Jets, 4. Bears, 5. Bills

TEs: 1. Lions, 2. Eagles, 3. Rams, 4. 49ers, 5. Colts

 

Hardest Schedules

QBs: 1. Broncos, 2. Raiders, 3. Cowboys, 4. Chiefs, 5. Ravens

RBs: 1. Falcons, 2. Broncos, 3. Steelers, 4. Raiders, 5. Panthers

WRs: 1. Ravens, 2. Eagles, 3. Cowboys, 4. Browns, 5. Bengals

TEs: 1. Cardinals, 2. Broncos, 3. Panthers, 4. Browns, 5. Seahawks

 

More Fantasy Football

2014 Fantasy Draft Home | Cheat Sheet | Mock Draft Analysis

Positional Strength of Schedule | Mock Draft Tool

Positional Rankings: Top 30 QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | Ks | DEF

Draft Talent Tiers: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs

Fancy Stats Value Players: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs

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