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Fantasy Football 2014: 5-Minute Fantasy Guide 0

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  • August 21, 2014, 11:05 AM


One one-sheet to rule them all!


fantasy football five minute guide broncos

3 CATCH-ALL OFFENSES
Pretty much anyone on these teams is worth the investment

BRONCOS
Peyton Manning set single-season TD and yardage records last year; Knowshon Moreno was among the most productive fantasy backs; and the offense scored 37.9 points per game, easily the NFL’s best. Montee Ball will replace Moreno; Emmanuel Sanders should slide in fluidly for Eric Decker. Spend heavily here.

PACKERS
Even with Aaron Rodgers missing seven games, Green Bay was eighth in the NFL in points scored. With arguably the best player in the NFL healthy, this O has plenty of fantasy lovin’ to spread around to the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy.

BEARS
Chicago scored the second-most points in the league last year (27.8) and has potentially the best group of skill players with RB Matt Forte lining up alongside WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. That leaves it all up to Jay Cutler — and despite what you might think, that’s a good thing.


fantasy football five minute guide tony romo3 INDISPENSABLE INSIDE MEN
Favor the QBs who throw the most often near the goal line

Peyton Manning, Broncos: He attempted 7.9% of his passes last year inside the 10-yard line, leading the league with 52 such tosses.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers: Rodgers has long been one of the most efficient red zone passers, and don’t forget: He’s a threat to run it in, too.

Tony Romo, Cowboys: Given his propensity to throw near the goal line (36 attempts inside the 10) and his Stickum-handed targets, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, Romo is almost always a bargain.



4 BOUNCE-BACK GUYS
Bums in 2013, ballers in ’14

fantasy football five minute guide doug martinDoug Martin
RB, Buccaneers

Tampa retooled its NFL-worst offense in the draft, which should help the Muscle Hamster get back on the productive course he set during a big rookie season in 2012.


fantasy football five minute guide tom bradyTom Brady
QB, Patriots

That Brady was so -successful last year, with so many new weapons, is proof that he’s still got it, even at 36.



fantasy football five minute guide steve smithSteve Smith
WR, Ravens

The 35-year-old now pairs with Joe Flacco, who has always thrown a nice deep ball. This seems like a perfect fit for both players.



fantasy football five minute guide hakeem nicksHakeem Nicks
WR, Colts

Nicks is just a few years removed from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and should find a happy new home with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.



fantasy football five minute guide deandre hopkins

5 BREAKOUT WIDEOUTS
Latch on: They’ll catch on quick

Markus Wheaton, Steelers: With Emmanuel Sanders off to Denver, Wheaton, who showed stat-busting potential at Oregon State, will be the No. 2 opposite Antonio Brown. 

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans: Andre Johnson is unhappy, leaving a window this preseason for the second-year man out of Clemson to make the splash that many expected in 2013. 

Jarrett Boykin, Packers: Undrafted in 2012, Boykin could flourish as the No. 3 receiving option for a healthy Aaron Rodgers.

Brandin Cooks, Saints: In fantasy football, it always makes sense to target a New Orleans target, and the team needs some new blood at receiver after losing Lance Moore in free agency. 

Cody Latimer, Broncos: He may not get starter’s reps right away, but he’s bound to get plenty of work.


Photos: Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images (Hopkins, Romo); David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated (Ball); Chris O’Meara/AP (Martin); Scott Halleran/Getty Images (Brady); Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports (Smith); Christopher Szagola/CSM (Nicks)

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