The Ultimate Top 5 NFL Fantasy Football Position Rankings

By Matt Cullen

August 19, 2013

You guessed it. It’s NFL Fantasy Football season!

With NFL football less than three weeks away, Fantasy Football season is upon us and league drafting is in full swing.

So, to help you in your fantasy efforts, our bloggers Jaclyn, Niala, and I compiled our top five Fantasy Football position rankings for the 2013-14 NFL season. Enjoy!

Top 5 NFL Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Quarterback

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Cam Newton
  5. Colin Kaepernick

Honorable Mentions: Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck

Brees will be reunited with Coach Sean Payton for the first time since 2011-12. That season, Brees threw for an NFL record 5,476 yards making him a Fantasy Football God! We think he will have a similar result in 2013, which makes him our number one QB in 2013.


Kaepernick rounds out our top five list over Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Andrew Luck. We all agree that Kaepernick’s run/pass combination will generate points both on the ground and through the air. His dual threat ability will likely generate extra fantasy points, which makes him number five on our list.

Running Back

  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Doug Martin
  4. Marshawn Lynch
  5. C.J. Spiller

Honorable Mentions: Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice

AP… enough said!


That being said, one of our dark horse picks for 2013 is Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller. The Bills have a rookie quarterback in E.J. Manuel, who defenses will look to put a ton of pressure on. This could give Spiller the opportunity to prove himself as Fred Jackson attempts to come back from injury. If Spiller can repeat some of his efforts of 2012, he could be a valuable asset to any fantasy team.

Wide Receiver

  1. Calvin Johnson
  2. Dez Bryant
  3. A.J. Green
  4. Brandon Marshall
  5. Julio Jones

Honorable Mentions: Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz, Andre Johnson

Wide Receiver is one of the toughest positions to predict in NFL Fantasy Football. The NFL is a passing league, which equates to many opportunities for WR’s to prove themselves. We expect Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, and A.J. Green to be the top yardage producers in 2013, but after that, it’s anyone’s guess who will perform at the WR position.


Keep an eye out for a sleeper WR on your league’s waiver wire. Players will start to distance themselves after a few weeks, so value can be found at this position after your league’s draft.

Tight End

  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Rob Gronkowski
  3. Tony Gonzalez
  4. Vernon Davis
  5. Jason Witten

Honorable Mentions: Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph, Jared Cook

With Drew Brees and Sean Payton together again, it could prove to be a huge year for Jimmy Graham. Heading into this season, Graham has developed into one of the best TE in the NFL. With 2013 being a contract year for the 3-year pro, Graham will have something to prove in hopes of cashing in on a lucrative contract.


All of these contributing factors will make Graham the most sought after TE in Fantasy Football. If you can get him early, we suggest you take him!

Kicker

  1. Stephen Gostkowski
  2. Blair Walsh
  3. Matt Bryant
  4. Justin Tucker
  5. Matt Prater

Honorable Mentions: Sebastian Janikowski, David Akers, Randy Bullock

To be honest, any kicker in our top five will make a great addition to a NFL Fantasy Football roster. Gostkowski is projected by many fantasy sites to generate the highest number of fantasy points. He’s missed three field goals during the preseason, however, so you might want to take our rankings with a grain of salt.


Defense/Special Teams

  1. Seattle Seahawks
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Chicago Bears
  4. Houston Texans
  5. Denver Broncos

Honorable Mentions: New York Giants, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens

A position that is greatly overlooked by many Fantasy Football players, Defenses could actually make or break your fantasy season. That is why it’s important to analyze how defenses performed year-after-year and make an educated decision on who to draft.


In 2013, we project the Seattle Seahawks to be the best Fantasy Football defense. They performed well in 2012 leading the league in fewest touchdowns allowed (25) and fewest points allowed per game (15.3). They added depth to their defensive line in the offseason making them a formidable defense in 2013.

 

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