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2014 Fantasy Draft Top 20 Quarterbacks: No Surprise! Peyton Manning is No. 1

It is business as usual as Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos retains his position as the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL fantasy football draft.

No. 2 - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers.  Though he missed part of the 2013 season, Rodgers has the longest and most productive history in fantasy football
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Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is looking forward to posting big numbers in 2014.  He is unquestionally the best quarterback available for the fantasy football draft.
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Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have locked down the top three spots for the last two years. According to a survey of popular fantasy football sites , they are the only quarterbacks guaranteed to be selected in the first two rounds of the fantasy football draft.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has moved up to the No. 4 slot, is considered a 4th round draft selection. Despite a NFL winning percentage in the 30-35% range, Stafford has consistently compiled big fantasy football numbers since the Lions’ 2011 appearance in the NFC playoffs.

The biggest tumble between seasons is Cam Newton falling from No. 4 in 2013 to No. 8 this year. Fantasy football sites point to the loss of his top two pass receivers – Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell – as the reason for Newton not being rated higher among quarterbacks.

No. 5 Andrew Luck may pass Stafford this year if the Lions quarterback fails to master the new offense brought in by new head coach Jim Caldwell. Injuries in 2013 have pushed Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and Bears QB Jay Cutler out of the top 10.

Here are the 20 best quarterbacks available for the 2014 fantasy football draft.

  1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
  3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
  4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
  5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
  6. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
  7. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
  9. Robert Griffin III, Washington
  10. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
  11. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
  13. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
  14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
  15. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
  16. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
  17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
  18. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
  19. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
  20. Eli Manning, New York Giants

SLEEPER PICK: Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears

IF Cutler can avoid injuries this year, then he will be a top 10 quarterback in 2014 and the Bears will be a playoff contender. He has two outstanding wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alston Jefferies. He has the No. 4-ranked running back in Matt Forte and a reliable tight end in Martellus Bennett. When Cutler is healthy, he directs the most potent offense in the NFC North Division