While many of you are preparing for your 2014 fantasy baseball drafts, it is never too early to also remember that the 2014 fantasy football season will be here in a few months. Ok, maybe not a few, it is more like several months, but none-the-less it never hurts to keep yourself ready and ahead of your competition, and that is exactly what FFLockerRoom is here to do.
In the up-and-coming months, free agency, the NFL Draft and training camp injuries will all come into play, causing a shift in balance as far as the quarterback rankings are concerned. When that happens, I will personally be here to guide you, inform you and personally answer any questions that you may have concerning the quarterback position and fantasy football as a whole. Now let’s check out the 2014 Fantasy Football Early IDP Rankings.
Fantasy Football Preseason Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | TOP 200 | IDP
Top 15 Defensive Line
1. J.J. Watt- He had a “down year” with only 10.5 sacks and over 80 tackles. Watt is the safest pick at his position.
2. Robert Quinn- Exploded for 19 sacks last year. Quinn should be good for another double digit season.
3. Chandler Jones- Plays against horrible offenses in his division and should be near 11.5 sacks again.
4. Greg Hardy- He is the best pass rusher on a loaded Panther’s defense.
5. Muhammad Wilkerson- He has improved every year and is entering his prime.
6. Cameron Wake- He has had double-digit sacks every other year. This is a double digit sack year.
7. Cameron Jordan- Won’t get you a ton of tackles, but he has increased his sack total every year.
8. Olivier Vernon- He will have to prove last year wasn’t a fluke. Vernon is helped by Cameron Wake getting extra attention.
9. Jurrell Casey- One of the best young defensive tackles in the NFL. He should continue to put up solid stats for the Titans.
10. Mario Williams- He is getting up there in age, but still puts together a dominant performance a few times each year.
11. Rob Ninkovich- Had the most tackles by a defensive lineman in the league in 2013. Ninkovich also chipped in 8 sacks for the Patriots last year.
12. Chris Long- Won’t put up explosive stats, but he has been very consistent the past 4 years.
13. DeMarcus Ware- It will be interesting to see how Ware does in Denver with Von Miller on the other side. Ware would be very productive if he can stay healthy.
14. Lamarr Houston- Takes the place of Julius Peppers in Chicago. He will get plenty of opportunities to rush the quarterback in the pass happy NFC North.
15. Kyle Williams- With Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams on the line with him, Williams wins a lot of one-on-one matchups. He has a great chance to repeat is 10 sack total from last year.
Top 15 Linebackers
1. Luke Kuechly- Reigning DPOY should be a dominant force again for the Panthers.
2. Lavonte David- He does it all for the Buccaneers. He is a good source of tackles, sacks, and interceptions.
3. Vontaze Burfict- He is a tackle machine for the Bengals. Led the league in tackles last year and should be towards the top again this year.
4. Sean Lee- He was a difference maker for the Cowboys before going down with injury. If Lee can stay healthy, he should put up monster numbers.
5. Paul Posluszny- The Jaguars defense is becoming the east coast version of the Seahawks. Posluszny will benefit from an improved defensive line in front of him.
6. James Laurinaitis- Last year he had a dip in overall production after two straight years of over 140 tackles. Look for him to get an increase of tackles this year with his usual 3 sacks and 2 interceptions.
7. Kiko Alonso- Over 150 tackles last year, but don’t expect a repeat of the 4 interceptions. He will be a playmaker on a talented Bills defense.
8. Derrick Johnson- Had a career-high in sacks last year and for the improved Chiefs. He should get his tackle total back to around 120 this year after a drop last year.
9. Bobby Wagner- The world champs are still loaded on defense and Wagner will be a good source of tackles and sacks.
10. D’Qwell Jackson- Shouldn’t see much of a change in production now that he is with the Colts.
11. Patrick Willis- With Bowman trying to come back from a major knee injury. Willis will be relied upon even more by the 49ers. His name is sometimes bigger than his worth in fantasy football.
12. Donald Butler- Played well for the Chargers last year. He has the ability to be a top linebacker if he can stay healthy.
13. Daryl Smith- He led the Ravens in tackles last year with 123 and just resigned a new contract. Smith has the ability to also get a few interceptions each year.
14. Curtis Lofton- He is an every down linebacker for the Saints. You know that he will get you well over 100 tackles and mix-in a few sacks.
15. Danny Trevathan- He had a strong finish to the season and played well when Woodyard was injured. Now that Woodyard has left Denver, Trevathan should play an even larger role for the Broncos.
Top 15 Defensive Backs
1. T.J. Ward- Playing with the Broncos against teams constantly throwing the ball to keep up will create a ton of opportunity for Ward.
2. Earl Thomas- Big playmaker on the best defense in football. Thomas should be able to get near last year’s totals.
3. Barry Church- Lead all defensive backs in tackles last year.
4. Eric Weddle- Dependable player that gives consistent stats each year.
5. Morgan Burnett
6. Reshad Jones
7. Eric Berry- Expect a nice mix of tackles, sacks, and interceptions from Berry.
8. Jonathan Cyprien- Should benefit from a revamped Jacksonville front seven.
9. LaRon Landry- As long as he can stay healthy, Landry should make plenty of big plays for the Colts.
10. Kenny Vaccaro- He will combine with Jarius Byrd to form a dynamic safety combo for the Saints.
11. Antrel Rolle- He is very dependable as a tackler from the safety position, usually finishing around 100 tackles. I wouldn’t expect another 6 interception season from Rolle.
12. Antoine Bethea- He has recorded over 10o tackles in 5 of the last 6 years for the Colts. He won’t be depended on as much with the 49ers to stop the running game, but he could have an increase in interceptions he year.
13. Bernard Pollard- Won’t get you a ton of interceptions, but plays like a linebacker for the Titans.
14. Kam Chancellor- Could be overvalued this year after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. He is a big hitter, but doesn’t put up huge stats for his position.
15. James Ihedigbo- He had a great year for the Ravens with 100 tackles and 3 interceptions. Ihedigbo had career year in 2013 and could struggle to put up similar stats with the the Lions.