Top 10 Overvalued Players Heading Into the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

Top 10 Overvalued Players Heading Into the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

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It happens each and every year. Players who have fantastic seasons, or even career years, become completely over-hyped for the following fantasy football season. This list is based on ESPN rankings, however, the other major sites are pretty comparable. Here are the top 10 overvalued NFL fantasy players heading into 2014.

10. Peyton Manning, Quarterback: Broncos

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10. Peyton Manning, Quarterback: Broncos

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It is not easy putting Peyton Manning on this list. However, it will be extremely tough to repeat his 55-touchdown performance from 2013. That combined with the fact Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees could easily outdo him, makes Manning slightly overvalued this year.

9. Rashad Jennings, Running Back: Giants

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9. Rashad Jennings, Running Back: Giants

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Jennings is listed as the starter now. However, David Wilson was recently cleared by doctors, and while he may not push for much time early on, Jennings better be watching his back by midseason.

8. Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver: Cardinals

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8. Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver: Cardinals

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Another class act, which makes it tough to add him to this list. Still, Fitzgerald’s numbers are not what they were during his prime, and with Michael Floyd emerging as a top threat, being ranked as the 13th overall receiver is too high.

7. Vernon Davis, Tight End: 49ers

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7. Vernon Davis, Tight End: 49ers

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Davis makes this list because of the negative publicity he has been getting regarding his contract situation. Yes, he is in camp, but when players are unhappy, it sometimes affects their play on the field. Still expect good numbers in 2014, but his fourth overall rating at tight end may be a little too high.

6. Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver: Chargers

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6. Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver: Chargers

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He came out of nowhere during his rookie year, and became a borderline WR1 last season. However, with Rivers’ favorite target in Malcolm Floyd returning this season, combined with Allen being rated as the 16th overall wide receiver, it will be difficult for him to repeat 2013.

5. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback: Redskins

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5. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback: Redskins

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He is the seventh-ranked quarterback, and while he may live up to that ranking, there are way too many question marks to take Griffin that high. Even with all the weapons, the fact that Jay Gruden said he does not want RG III to run as much will completely affect his fantasy numbers.

4. C.J. Spiller, Running Back: Bills

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4. C.J. Spiller, Running Back: Bills

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ESPN actually gave Spiller a more appropriate ranking than others, but he is still rated high. There are way too many questions in regards to the Bills’ running back plans. Fred Jackson is guaranteed snaps, and reports have indicated that Bryce Brown could see the ball as well. All of this simply takes Spiller off the field.

3. Knowshon Moreno, Running Back: Dolphins

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3. Knowshon Moreno, Running Back: Dolphins

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This guy should not be touched in drafts until you start filling your bench. Moreno is coming off an offseason injury, and there is no guarantee he will even compete for snaps come Week 1.

2. DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver: Redskins

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2. DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver: Redskins

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Jackson should still be a valuable fantasy player. However, do not expect 82 catches, over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns again. Washington does not run nearly the same amount of plays as Philadelphia does, and with Pierre Garcon on the other side, those numbers will almost definitely come down.

1. Marshawn Lynch, Running Back: Seahawks

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1. Marshawn Lynch, Running Back: Seahawks

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ESPN has Lynch as their fifth overall player. With him holding out, and the hype surrounding Christine Michael, Lynch should drop in drafts.


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