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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year, Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Graham will terrorize the Atlanta Falcons this week. He had 145 yards and two touchdowns against them last year.
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2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. He faces the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas had five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown against them last year.
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3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. He’s going to play against the Miami Dolphins so he should be in your lineup.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. He should get off to a strong start against the Dallas Cowboys. They Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game last year through the air.
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5. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns. With Josh Gordon suspended Cameron will be the primary target against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns in his sixth straight season with at least five scores. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Olsen had 106 yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Bucs last year.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score in four games last year. In 2012, he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. He just get off to a good start against the Cincinnati Bengals
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8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Last year Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s a solid choice against the San Francisco 49ers.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph appears ready to break out in Norv Turner’s offense. He will one of Matt Cassel’s primary targets against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yards and three touchdown last year despite being limited to nine games because of concussions. He draws the Houston Texans in the Redskins’ opener.
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The Next Batch
11. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
14. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
15. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
16. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
17. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
18. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
19. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings
20. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
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Megatron
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. He should have his way with the New York Giants’ secondary.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. He starts his quest for a third straight monster season against the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas had 82 yards and a score against them last year.
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3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones was averaging 116 yards per game before a foot injury derailed his 2013 season. He averaged 1,078.5 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons. He had 76 yards and a touchdown in last year’s meeting with the New Orleans Saints.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns the past two years and 1,388 yards and 11 scores over the past two seasons. He faces the rival Baltimore Ravens.
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5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue against the Buffalo Bills.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Dallas will be forced to throw often by the San Francisco 49ers, which should lead to a big day for Dez.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Cutler should have no problem getting Jeffery heavily involved as well.
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8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. He seemingly gets an upgrade at the quarterback position with Josh McCown. V-Jax averaged 77 yards in two games against the Carolina Panthers last year.
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9.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. He should get off to a fast start against the Cowboys. The Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns through the air last year.
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10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was limited to six games last year, but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. I anticipate Jordy Nelson having to deal with Richard Sherman, which should make Cobb the more productive option.
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11. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz had a down year like the rest of the Giants, but moving to the slot should mean a heavy volume of targets. We know what Cruz can do when he gets the ball in his hands. Look for a nice start against the Lions.
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12. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. Unfortunately that trend should continue with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Johnson remains a WR1 option against the Washington Redskins.
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13. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year, but Garcon finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.
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14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Facing the Seahawks makes Nelson a borderline WR1.
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15. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. Look for Floyd to establish himself as Arizona’s primary option against the San Diego Chargers.
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16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. I’m a little skeptical because he’ll be locking horns with Joe Haden.
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17. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen had an impressive rookie season with 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In his final 13 games, he averaged 78.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He’ll have to contend with Patrick Peterson.
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18. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
Patterson was treated with kid gloves last year, but finished with 469 receiving yards, 158 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns (four receiving, three rushing, two returns). He should do well in Norv Turner’s offense. He faces the St. Louis Rams in the opener.
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19. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for plenty of action against the Broncos.
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20. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is going to be heavily involved as well.
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The Next Batch
21. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers
22. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
23. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
24. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
26. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins @ Houston Texans
27. Eric Decker, New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
28. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
30. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
31. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
32. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
33. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
34. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
35. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
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LeSean McCoy snow
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns last year. He should get off to a fast start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags ranked 29th last year in run defense with 131.8 yards allowed per game. They were also one of four teams to allow 20 touchdowns.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, who combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season, starts off against the Tennessee Titans. He had 145 total yards and a touchdown against them last year. The Titans were also one of the four teams to allow 20 rushing scores.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year with Marc Trestman. He should get off to a strong start against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills ranked 28th last year against the run with 128.9 yards allowed per game.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day’s down year consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. Norv Turner should make the offense more explosive. The St. Louis Rams should prevent Peterson from recording a monster day, but he should still be rock solid. The Rams ranked ninth last year against the run with 102.9 yards allowed per game.
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5.  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’ll kick the NFL season off against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack ranked 25th last year against the run allowing 125 yards per game.
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6. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. He faces the Indianapolis Colts as the starter. The Colts were ranked 26th last year with 125.1 rushing yards allowed.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy rumbled for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last year with another  257 receiving yards. He has a tough first draw against the Seahawks, but Lacy remains a quality RB1 option.
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8. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but averaged 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. He’s a good option against the Washington Redskins. The Skins allowed a league-high 23 rushing touchdowns last year.
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9. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. He starts off against the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard had 168 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens last year.
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10. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He kicks things off against the Minnesota Vikings.
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11. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He begins his role as the feature back against the San Diego Chargers.
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12. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He has a tough first draw against the San Francisco 49ers.
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13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore will share the load with Carlos Hyde, but he should start the 2014 season off with a solid effort against the Cowboys. Gore had 1,269 total yards and nine touchdowns last year.
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14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. He has a tough first draw against the Carolina Panthers, but his ability to catch the football adds to his value.
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15. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount could eat into his workload and scoring opportunities.
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16. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart gets a chance to be the feature back against the Philadelphia Eagles. In nine career games with double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 yards per carry, 77.4 yards per game).
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17. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had a disappointing 2013 season, but still has averaged 5.1 career yards per carry and 34.8 receptions per season. He’s an explosive player facing last year’s worst run defense. The Bears allowed 161.4 yards per game and 22 rushing touchdowns. The Bears should be better in 2014 while the Bills could struggle to move the ball.
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18.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans ranked 23rd last year in run defense with 122.4 yards allowed per game. He does very little in the passing game, which hurts his value.
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19. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
The Patriots are hard to predict, but Vereen figures to be heavily involved in the running game against the Miami Dolphins. He’s also one of Tom Brady’s preferred targets in the passing game. Last year he opened the season with 159 total yards against the Buffalo Bills.
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20.  Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Oakland Raiders last year, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He’s a solid RB2 against the Detroit Lions
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The Next Batch
21. Chris Johnson, New York Jets vs.Oakland Raiders
22. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
23. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
24. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
27. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
28. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
29. Steven Jackson vs. New Orleans Saints
30. Lamar Miller vs. New England Patriots
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 
Peyton Manning shattered NFL records last year en route to turning in the finest fantasy football season ever. He threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. Last year he threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. Manning threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns last year in the season opener.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns last year. He’ll begin his quest for a fourth straight year with 5,000 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He averaged 317.5 yards against them last year and has averaged 318.8 yards in his past 12 meetings against them.
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3.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice and the Falcons will try to put 2013 behind him in what should be a shootout with the Saints. Ryan has averaged 4,279 yards 28.8 touchdowns over the past four seasons. Matty Ice averaged 298 against the Saints last year and 284 yards with 16 touchdowns in 11 career meetings with them.
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4.  Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns last year, bringing his three-year average to 4,885 yards and 30 touchdowns per season. The addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron should make Stafford even more dangerous. Look for Stafford to get off to a fast start against the New York Giants.
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5.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Equipped with the best wide receiver duo in the league (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), one of the best pass-catching running backs (Matt Forte) and a solid tight end (Martellus Bennett), Cutler is poised to deliver big numbers in 2014. He’ll get started against the Buffalo Bills.
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6.  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 377 yards and four touchdowns with his feet. He threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos last year, with another 29 yards and a score on the ground.
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7.  Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions last year. Chip Kelly’s offense could be even more impressive in his second year. While the Eagles will miss DeSean Jackson, look for Jeremy Maclin, Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz to pick up the slack.
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8.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers was limited to nine games last year, but he finished with 2,536 yards and 17 touchdown passes. He remains an elite option, but has a tough opening draw against the Seattle Seahawks.
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9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick gets Michael Crabtree back, which should help his development as a passer, especially when paired with Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson. Kaepernick faces the Dallas Cowboys. They Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game through the air.
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10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady doesn’t have quality outside weapons, but he should still be quite productive against the Miami Dolphins throwing to Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
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The Next Batch
11. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
15. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins @ Houston Texans
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers
17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
18. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
19. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
20. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ Detroit Lions
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Here is a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year, Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. With Darren Sproles being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles, Graham will take on even more meaning for the potent Saints offense. Graham is further ahead of his peers than anybody in any other position.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. When he’s healthy, he’s as good as anybody in the league. There are healthy doses of risks and rewards associated with Gronk.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas figures to be more of a focal point in the offense. Having Peyton Manning’s confidence, particularly in the red zone, puts him a notch ahead of Vernon Davis in my book.
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4. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns after catching 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons. No longer in Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner’s system, Cameron will likely regress. Still, he’s too good of a talent not to peg him in the top half of the fantasy tight end landscape.
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5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in his most impressive season since 2009. Michael Crabtree, who was limited to five games because of an Achilles injury, figures to eat into some of Davis’ production. Still, Davis has a combination of size and speed that is difficult to match. He’s too fast for most linebackers and too strong for most defensive backs.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns in his sixth straight season with at least five scores. With a shortage of reliable options for Cam Newton in the passing game, Olsen should play a huge role for Carolina in 2014.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta appeared poised for a breakout season before a hip injury limited him to four game last year. Despite being sapped of his explosiveness, Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score. In 2012, Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. Don’t let the Owen Daniels signing scare you off. Pitta is primed to deliver.
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8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s topped 750 yards for 10 straight years. Witten is as consistent as they come. He had his fewest receptions (73) since 2006, but he finished with eight touchdowns.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph (foot) was limited to eight games last year and subjected to five games with Christian Ponder at the helm. With Matt Cassel at quarterback and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the mix, look for much better things from Rudolph.
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10. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns, which extrapolates to 80 receptions, 887 yards and five scores in a full season. Unfortunately Reed was limited to nine games because of concussions. Reed could finish much higher, but risk of further concussions hurts his value.
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11. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns last year as a rookie. All four of his touchdowns came in the second half of the season. Look for a step forward in Ertz’s second year, particularly with DeSean Jackson’s 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns up for grabs.
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12. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Bennett caught 65 passes last year for 759 yards and five touchdowns, giving him averages of 60 receptions for 692.5 yards and five scores over the past two seasons.
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13. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins
Clay caught 69 passes last year for 759 yards and six touchdowns as one of last year’s biggest surprises. His status as a TE2 is an indication of how deep the position has become.
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14. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker caught 60 passes for 571 yards and six touchdowns in his first year as the primary tight end option. He’s a quality second tight end option.
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15. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Green caught 17 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns in his first season of extended use. The 6’6″, 240 pound physical marvel is a big-time breakout candidate.
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Jamaal Charles running
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Here is a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends running back rankings for points-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid knew how to get the very best of LeSean McCoy when he coached him in Philadelphia, which made him a perfect fit to coach Jamaal Charles once he arrived in Kansas City. Charles combined for 1,980 total yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Another stellar season should be in store for this electric back. Charles could easily be the first overall pick in any draft, especially in PPR leagues.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy finished with 2,146 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. He was a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense and put the concussion concerns to bed en route to earning the league’s rushing title. McCoy could also be the first overall pick, particularly in PPR leagues.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte has a lot in common with Charles and McCoy. All are dual-threat backs that thrived under a new coach in 2013. Forte finished with 1,933 total yards and 12 touchdowns under the vision of Marc Trestman. He should continue to put up impressive numbers.
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4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
A down year for Adrian Peterson consisted of 1,437 total yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ll take that kind of production all day (pun intended). New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had a great history of success with running backs of a similar ilk (Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for big things from A.D. next season.
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5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy put any weight issues to bed by rolling for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013, even as Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games. Lacy added 257 receiving yards as well, proving that he’s not one-dimensional. As long as there isn’t a sophomore slump, Lacy should be a strong RB1 in 2014.
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6. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball averaged 4.7 yards per carry as he ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He caught 20 passes for another 145 yards. Now that he’s the feature back, look for him to shine as defenses key in on Peyton Manning and the passing game.
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7. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was limited to 14 games last season, but he finished with 1,474 total yards and 10 touchdowns. His talent and explosiveness cannot be questioned; durability is another issue. If he can stay healthy big numbers should follow.
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8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch showed everybody that he’s “’bout that action, boss,” as Beast Mode compiled 1,573 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He then averaged 96 yards per game while scoring four touchdowns during the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. He’s a power back, but he takes a hit in PPR leagues.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy, at 5’8″ and 224 pounds, is a wrecking ball. Over his final 12 games as a rookie, he averaged 92.5 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He comes with some risk, but he also brings plenty of reward potential.
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10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard combined for 1,209 total yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie on 226 touches. Look for more touches in his sophomore year.
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11. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster was limited to eight games last year, but 1,896.3 total yards and 15.7 touchdowns the previous three seasons. Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, is a bit of a risk, but he has a lot of potential.
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12. Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’veon Bell was limited to 13 games as a rookie last year, but he still managed to accumulate 1,259 total yards (96.8 yards per game) and eight touchdowns. He’s a big back at 6′ 1″ and 244 pounds with soft hands (45 receptions) making him a solid RB1 option. His blunt (aka LeGarrette Blount) brother will take some of his stash.
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13. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller did not get fed the ball until he puked last year, which lead to a disappointing season. Injuries played a role. Still, Spiller has  a 5.1 career yards per carry average and has averaged 34.8 receptions per season. He remains explosive. If he can stay durable, Spiller has the potential to be a steal in fantasy drafts.
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14. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin was limited to six games in 2013, which netted him 522 total yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay was dysfunctional at the time of his season-ending injury. The Bucs made strides throughout the year, and Bobby Rainey and Mike James had some solid moments as replacements. Newly hired head coach Lovie Smith will want a run-first offense, which bodes well for Martin. He should also be very active in the passing game, a la Matt Forte
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15. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry while compiling 1,023 yards on just 157 touches. He scored just four touchdowns last year, but figures to be more involved in the offense this year, which will lead to greater production and more scoring opportunities.
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16. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen only played in eight games last year, but caught 47 passes and finished with 635 total yards and four touchdowns. He could easily double the yards and touchdowns if he stays healthy.
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17.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has averaged 1,442.5 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two years in the league. The Redskins will likely be more pass-oriented under Jay Gruden, but Morris still figures to be the bell cow. He doesn’t offer much in the passing game, but remains a high-end RB2.
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18. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews had a surprising season with 1,444 total yards and seven scores. More importantly, he stayed healthy and had 311 touches. As long as his body can hold up and fumbling doesn’t become an issue, Mathews will be a rock solid RB2.
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19. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Bush caught 54 passes last year and finished with 1,512 total yard and seven touchdowns. Joique Bell finished with 53 catches,  1,197 total yards and eight touchdowns last year and could continue to eat into Bush’s production.
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20. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings was brilliant at times for the Raiders, averaging 116.5 total yards in Weeks 9-15. He will lose some goal line work to Andre Williams, but still figures to be highly active for the G-Men.
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21. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
Sankey averaged 1,931 total yards and 18.5 touchdowns the past two seasons at the University of Washington. He stands the best chance of all rookies to make an immediate impact. He should have no problem holding off Shonn Greene. Plus, Sankey should be active in the passing game.
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22. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart has not had a lot of opportunities running behind Adrian Peterson, but when given the chance he has succeeded. In the nine games that he received double-digit carries Toby has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg). He can catch the ball out of the backfield and should get the goal line looks.
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Richard Sherman
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Here is look at the LestersLegends 2014 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks lead the NFL last year in both total defense (273.6 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (14.4 points allowed per game). They also lead the league in takeaways (39) and tied for eight with 44 sacks.
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2. San Francisco 49ers
The Niners finished fifth in total defense (316.9 ypg) and third in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) with 38 sacks and 29 takeaways.
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3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers finished second in the league in both total defense (301.3 ypg) and scoring defense (15.1 ppg). They lead the league with 60 sacks and had 30 takeaways. Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson and Luke Kuechly give the Panthers a trio of superior defenders in their front seven.
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4. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals finished sixth in total defense (317.4 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (20.3 ppg) last year. They had 47 sacks and 30 takeaways. Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie form one of the top cornerback duos in the league.
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5. Cleveland Browns
The Browns finished last year ninth in total defense (332.4 ypg) with 40 sacks and 21 takeaways. Donte Whitner and Justin Gilbert join Joe Haden to form one of the league’s best secondaries.
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6. St. Louis Rams
The Rams finished 15th in total defense (345.0 ypg) and 13th in scoring defense (22.8 ppg). They ranked third in sacks (53) and had 29 takeaways. Chris Long and Robert Quinn give them a pair of quality edge rushers while Alec Ogletree and James Laurinaitis give them a pair of high-end linebackers.
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7. Denver Broncos
The Broncos finished 19th in total defense (356.0 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (24.9 ppg).They had 41 sacks and 26 takeaways. The Broncos beefed up their defense with the addition of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib.
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8. New England Patriots
The Patriots gave up a ton of yards (373.1 ypg), but finished 10th in scoring defense (21.1 ppg). The return of Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, along with the addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner should produce a solid defensive unit. The Pats had 48 sacks and 29 takeaways.
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9. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals finished third in total defense (305.5 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (19.1 ppg). They will miss Mike Zimmer, but they should still have a solid defense led by Geno Atkins.
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10. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs gave up 367.8 yards per game, but ranked fifth in scoring defense (19.1 ppg). They had 47 sacks and 36 takeaways.
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