Fantasy football season is among us, so it’s time to start taking a look at where we should be drafting our favorite players en route to dominating and humiliating our fellow league members. Here’s a look at how a draft might unfold in a 12-team league with rosters as follows: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 K, 1 DST, 5 BN
1. Jamaal Charles RB Kansas City Chiefs- Truly the only legitimate weapon on the Chiefs, Charles is a do-it-all back who’s only getting better.
2. Lesean McCoy RB Philadelphia Eagles- Honestly, McCoy could easily be the draft’s top pick as he is just as heavily featured in his offenses as Charles is in his.
3. Adrian Peterson RB Minnesota Vikings- Future Hall-of-Famer. Next.
4. Matt Forte RB Chicago Bears- Forte flourished under Marc Trestman, and should continue to do so in both the running and passing game.
5. Eddie Lacy RB Green Bay Packers- A lot of people may like Marshawn Lynch here, but I rather go with the high-upside player in Lacy.
6. Marshawn Lynch RB Seattle Seahawks- Every fantasy team could use a guy with a nickname as awesome as Beast Mode.
7. Alfred Morris RB Washington Redskins- Morris has done extensive damage on the ground in his career, and should only get better as a runner and a receiver under new head coach Jay Gruden.
8. Calvin Johnson WR Detroit Lions- Megatron should still receive a healthy number of targets this season, and will continue to be the best receiver in football.
9. Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Saints- Your brain may tell you a tight end shouldn’t be drafted in the first round of a fantasy draft, but follow your heart on this one. Jimmy Graham’s fantasy value would be that of a stud at any position, and is worthy of a first round selection.
10. Montee Ball RB Denver Broncos- This pick is pretty risky but you have to chase upside in a fantasy draft, and Ball presents plenty of it. Just look at what Knowshon Moreno did in Denver last season.
11. Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos- The most delusional of Broncos’ fans should know that Manning won’t replicate his 2013 season. Nevertheless, Manning should post huge fantasy numbers once more in 2014. And while QB’s shouldn’t be drafted in round 1 of a fantasy draft, someone will undoubtedly jump on Manning.
12. Le’Veon Bell RB Pittsburgh Steelers- Bell’s impressive rookie season indicates even better days ahead.
1. Arian Foster RB Houston Texans- Foster was once the best back in fantasy, and could make strides towards regaining such prestige in a Houston offense that will rely on him heavily.
2. Giovani Bernard RB Cincinnati Bengals- Keep chasing that upside. Bernard may lose some goal-line carries to Jeremy Hill, but will still have the chance to put up big numbers.
3. A.J. Green WR Cincinnati Bengals- A.J. Green is incredibly reliable, and should be selected early in round 2.
4. Josh Gordon WR Cleveland Browns- Until a suspension is officially handed out, Josh Gordon deserves to be picked in the second round.
5. Doug Martin RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Martin’s season was cut short by injuries last year, but could have a year close to his rookie campaign under Lovie Smith.
6. DeMarco Murray RB Dallas Cowboys- If Murray can avoid any injuries, he has the ability to give fantasy owners first-round value.
7. Demaryius Thomas WR Denver Broncos- Peyton Manning’s favorite target. Simple as that.
8. Dez Bryant WR Dallas Cowboys- I hate the Cowboys, but I sure wouldn’t mind having Dez Bryant on my fantasy team.
9. Aaron Rodgers QB Green Bay Packers- Believe it or not, I expect Rodgers, not Manning, to have the most prolific season at QB this season.
10. Brandon Marshall WR Chicago Bears- There are enough targets to go around in Chicago to make every weapon there a fantasy star.
11. Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints- Drew Brees has a ridiculous array of weapons at his disposal, and should be able to make good use of all of them.
12. Zac Stacy RB St. Louis Rams- Zac Stacy is a yet another back that presents whomever drafts him with tremendous upside.
1. Julio Jones WR Atlanta Falcons- Forget the injury, enjoy the production.
2. Andre Ellington RB Arizona Cardinals- It’s a bit questionable as to how much he’ll be featured in the Cards’ offense, but could pay big dividends if he’s used regularly.
3. Jordy Nelson WR Green Bay Packers- If he can stay healthy, he’s a reliable WR1.
4. Reggie Bush RB Detroit Lions- Will split carries with Joique Bell, but is explosive enough to remain productive.
5. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers- Coming off a career year, Antonio Brown should only get better in 2014.
6. Alshon Jeffery WR Chicago Bears- Alshon Jeffery will receive enough targets to be a fantasy star opposite Brandon Marshall.
7. Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis Colts- Luck is getting better each season, and could heavily outplay his draft position.
8. Pierre Garcon WR Washington Redskins- Desean Jackson should chew into his targets slightly, but Garcon will remain RGIII’s favorite target.
9. Cam Newton QB Carolina Panthers- The rushing ability provides a floor, but the lack of quality weapons may provide a ceiling.
8. Larry Fitzgerald WR Arizona Cardinals- Doesn’t matter who throws him the ball, Fitzgerald always gets the job done.
11. Bishop Sankey RB Tennessee Titans- The first rookie off the board, Bishop Sankey has an opportunity to be a feature back for the Titans and fantasy owners alike.
12. Julius Thomas TE Denver Broncos- Not many tight ends are deserving of an early selection, but Julius Thomas sure is.
1. Randall Cobb WR Green Bay Packers
2. Ben Tate RB Cleveland Browns
3. Ryan Matthews RB San Diego Chargers
4. Andre Johnson WR Houston Texans
5. Ray Rice RB Baltimore Ravens
6. Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Rob Gronkowski TE New England Patriots
8. Wes Welker WR Denver Broncos
9. Victor Cruz WR New York Giants
10. C.J. Spiller RB Buffalo Bills
11. Michael Crabtree WR San Francisco 49ers
12. Keenan Allen WR San Diego Chargers
1. Tom Brady QB New England Patriots
2. Cordarelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings
3. Nick Foles QB Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ben Tate RB Cleveland Browns
5. Robert Griffin III QB Washington Redskins
6. Rashad Jennings RB New York Giants
7. Chris Johnson RB New York Jets
8. Matthew Stafford QB Detroit Lions
9. Frank Gore RB San Francisco 49ers
10. Colin Kaepernick QB San Francisco 49ers
11. Roddy White WR Atlanta Falcons
12. Desean Jackson WR Washington Redskins
1. Torrey Smith WR Baltimore Ravens
2. Greg Olsen TE Carolina Panthers
3. Vernon Davis TE San Francisco 49ers
4. Shane Vereen RB New England Patriots
5. Dennis Pitta TE Baltimore Ravens
6. Percy Harvin WR Seattle Seahawks
7. Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Titans
8. Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys
9. Julian Edelman WR New England Patriots
10. Jordan Cameron TE Cleveland Browns
11. Emmanuel Sanders WR Denver Broncos
12. Charles Clay TE Miami Dolphins
1. Reggie Wayne WR Indianapolis Colts
2. Jordan Reed TE Washington Redskins
3. Frank Gore RB San Francisco 49ers
4. Kyle Rudolph TE Minnesota Vikings
5. Toby Gerhart RB Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Matt Ryan QB Atlanta Falcons
7. Martellus Bennett TE Chicago Bears
8. Trent Richardson RB Indianapolis Colts
9. Steven Jackson RB Atlanta Falcons
10. Eric Decker WR New York Jets
11. Marques Colston WR New Orleans Saints
12. Tony Romo QB Dallas Cowboys
1. Maurice Jones-Drew RB Oakland Raiders
2. Darren Sproles RB Philadelphia Eagles
3. Danny Woodhead RB San Diego Chargers
4. Mike Wallace WR Miami Dolphins
5. T.Y. Hilton WR Indianapolis Colts
6. Zach Ertz TE Philadelphia Eagles
7. Darren McFadden RB Oakland Raiders
8. Philip Rivers QB San Diego Chargers
9. Jeremy Maclin WR Philadelphia Eagles
10. Russell Wilson QB Seattle Seahawks
11. Pierre Thomas RB New Orleans Saints
12. Joique Bell RB Detroit Lions
1. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Eric Ebron TE Detroit Lions
3. Michael Floyd WR Arizona Cardinals
4. Johnny Manziel QB Cleveland Browns
5. Jared Cook TE St. Louis Rams
6. Dwayne Allen TE Indianapolis Colts
7. Sammy Watkins WR Buffalo Bills
8. Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers
9. Joe Flacco QB Baltimore Ravens
10. Delanie Walker TE Tennessee Titans
11. Golden Tate WR Detroit Lions
12. Andy Dalton QB Cincinnati Bengals
1. Cecil Shorts WR Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Jay Cutler QB Chicago Bears
3. DeAndre Hopkins WR Houston Texans
4. Dwayne Bowe WR Kansas City Chiefs
5. Terrance Williams WR Dallas Cowboys
6. Fred Jackson RB Buffalo Bills
7. Alex Smith QB Kansas City Chiefs
8. Khiry Robinson RB New Orleans Saints
9. Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers
10. Levine Toilolo TE Atlanta Falcons
11. DeAngelo Williams RB Carolina Panthers
12. Riley Cooper WR Philadelphia Eagles
1. Mark Ingram RB New Orleans Saints
2. Josh McCown QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Devonta Freeman RB Atlanta Falcons
4. Brandin Cooks WR New Orleans Saints
5. Stevan Ridley RB New England Patriots
6. Mike Evans WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Kelvin Benjamin WR Carolina Panthers
8. Ryan Tannehill QB Miami Dolphins
9. Garrett Graham TE Houston Texans
10. Carson Palmer QB Arizona Cardinals
11. Tyler Eifert TE Cincinnati Bengals
12. Heath Miller TE Pittsburgh Steelers
1. Steve Smith WR Baltimore Ravens
2. Terrance West RB Cleveland Browns
3. Shonn Greene RB Tennessee Titans
4. Bernard Pierce RB Baltimore Ravens
5. Lamar Miller RB Miami Dolphins
6. Sam Bradford QB St. Louis Rams
7. LeGarrette Blount RB Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Anquan Boldin WR San Francisco 49ers
9. David Wilson RB New York Giants
10. Marcus Lattimore RB San Francisco 49ers
11. Latavius Murray RB Oakland Raiders
12. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1. Seattle Seahawks DST
2. San Francisco 49ers DST
3. Kansas City Chiefs DST
4. Arizona Cardinals DST
5. Cincinnati Bengals DST
6. New England Patriots DST
7. St. Louis Rams DST
8. Denver Broncos DST
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST
10. Houston Texans DST
11. Baltimore Ravens DST
12. Buffalo Bills DST
1. Stephen Gostkowski K New England Patriots
2. Matt Prater K Denver Broncos
3. Steven Hauschka K Seattle Seahawks
4. Justin Tucker K Baltimore Ravens
5. Matt Bryant K Atlanta Falcons
6. Phil Dawson K San Francisco 49ers
7. Dan Bailey K Dallas Cowboys
8. Nick Novak K San Diego Chargers
9. Robbie Gould K Chicago Bears
10. Blair Walsh K Minnesota Vikings
11. Graham Gano K Carolina Panthers
12. Mason Crosby K Green Bay Packers