2014 Fantasy Football Studs
Stud: A NFL player who has proved himself to be a top scoring player at his position. These players should be started each week regardless of match-up and should only be benched during bye weeks and significant injuries. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary
Our writers have classified the following players as studs for 2014. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
|Keenan Allen enters his second season with much hype and lofty expectations. His 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and eight TDs is close to one of the best rookie receiver seasons ever. Philip Rivers will be sending many passes Allen's direction, but now that defenses know of him, how will they adjust in order to shut him down? This season he will be targeted by more ... Read More|
|Antonio Brown was a dominant force last season. He finished second in both receptions (110) and receiving yards (1,499). Brown is locked in as a Top 5 fantasy receiver, particularly in PPR formats. Believe it or not, Brown may be even more of a focal point for the Steelers' passing game due to the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Aside from tigh... Read More|
|UNSTOPPABLE: Dez Bryant comes into his fifth season as one of the premier receivers in the league. His receptions (93), targets (160) and touchdowns (13) have increased in each of his first four seasons, yet it is widely assumed that the best is yet to come. While Bryant's overall body of work is outstanding, he is still susceptible to disappeari... Read More|
|PPR STUD: In 2012, Cobb burst onto the scene and finished with 80 catches for 954 yards and ten touchdowns. This past season, he had just 30 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns over six games. He missed much of the season due to a fractured leg. The 23-year-old should be primed for a bounce-back season in a contract year, especially with more... Read More|
|Pierre Garcon shook off an injury-riddled first year with the Redskins to post career-highs in targets, receptions, and yards in 2013. In fact, Garcon led the entire league with a staggering 182 targets; even more impressive, he had ten or more targets in each of the last ten games. While those stats are as much a product of RG3 having no other trustworthy weapons... Read More|
|A.J. Green is a superstar, plain and simple. He can do it all: great hands, route-running and athleticism. Green can go across the middle, beat defenses deep, take a screen to the house or pull down a TD in a crowd. After his breakout rookie year, Green has followed up with back-to-back monster seasons averaging 97.5 receptions, 11 TDs and just under 1,400 yards. H... Read More|
|BEAST: Alshon Jeffery's sophomore season was one for the ages as he finished with 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns (major improvement over his rookie year: 24-367-3). Jeffery fell to the 13th pick of the second round in 2012 amid injury and work ethic concerns. He is currently going one spot ahead of his teammate Brandon Marshall wit... Read More|
|Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the game. In 2013, Megatron caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. All that production came in just 14 games. He is 6-foot-5 and 236 pounds, yet he can run faster than most receivers and cornerbacks. The question is whether any of the other tremendous receivers in the league can compare. Given his dominant product... Read More|
|COMEBACK PLAYER CANDIDATE: Jones was on his way to a monster season last year, averaging eight catches for 116 yards through the Falcons first five games. Then, he broke his foot and never saw the field agaiN. Jones is one of the elite talents at the wide receiver position and all reports are communicating he will be back to 100-percent by the st... Read More|
|Brandon Marshall signed a four-year $39 million extension in May. Over the past two seasons, the 30-year-old has amassed 23 touchdowns while averaging close to 1,400 yards (topped 1,000 yards seven straight years). Marshall has topped 100 catches in five of the last seven seasons and is locked in as a WR1 (should be selected before the end of Round 2).
|Stud: That's simply the best way to describe Thomas. The Broncos led wideout caught 92 balls for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. The scary thing is with running mate Eric Decker chasing the coin to New York, Thomas could actually improve on those numbers in 2014. He's playing in an offense that put up historic numbers last year with one o... Read More|