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Look for Nick Foles to make the leap in 2014

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Does Nick Foles have a chance to be a top-eight fantasy quarterback next season? -- @Ethan10183 (via Twitter)

Michael Fabiano: I don't think there's any question about it. He's shown a great understanding of coach Chip Kelly's offense, which helped him throw for 27 touchdowns and a mere two interceptions in 2013. I'm not ready to put him on the elite level of quarterbacks with the likes of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, and it's obvious that an increase in turnovers is imminent. However, Foles should also see rises in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2014. Fantasy owners should also keep in mind that he's not afraid to tuck the football and run with it, as he recorded 221 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. In a best-case scenario, I can see Foles finish not only in the top eight, but in the top five among signal-callers based on fantasy points.

Will Jimmy Graham be eligible at wide receiver in fantasy football if he gets paid like one? -- @duddog1234 (via Twitter)

M.F.: NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Graham will likely file a grievance if the New Orleans Saints attempt to franchise him as a tight end. That's because he's often lined up as a wide receiver in the offense. Also, the projected tag amount for a wideout ($11.6 million) is about $5 million more than a tight end ($6.8 million). In the world of fantasy football, though, Graham would continue to be strictly a tight end unless the Saints officially move him to wide receiver. Anything is possible, but I would be surprised if Graham were listed as anything other than a tight end for fantasy purposes in 2014.

Who are your top five fantasy wide receivers for next season? -- @LazyGrandeur (via Twitter)

M.F.: The list begins, of course, with Calvin Johnson. Josh Gordon is second, followed by Demaryius Thomas at No. 3, A.J. Green at four and Dez Bryant fifth. Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones just missed out, but neither of them will make it out of the second round in most 2014 drafts.

Which quarterback do you like more in a keeper league, Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson? -- @bdrews88 (via Twitter)

M.F.: Wilson beat Luck to winning a Super Bowl championship, but the Colts quarterback has more value in the world of fantasy football. He ranked fifth in fantasy points at the position this past season, and that was despite the fact that he lost his top target in the pass attack in Reggie Wayne. So while Wilson is a viable top-10 option at quarterback, Luck has all the tools to become an elite signal-caller both on the field and in fantasy land for the next decade.

Will Cordarrelle Patterson emerge into a top-10 fantasy wide receiver? -- @Hjalmar02 (via Twitter)

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M.F.: If you checked out my early fantasy man crush list for 2014, you know Patterson is already one of my favorites. Believe it or not, he scored more fantasy points than any other wide receiver in the NFL over the final four weeks of the 2013 campaign. He's going to benefit from the presence of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who helped Gordon emerge into a superstar in Cleveland. Does this mean Patterson is a lock to become a top-10 fantasy wideout? No, but the potential for such a finish is present. The wideout spot is going to be very deep, though, so Patterson could end up being drafted as a borderline No. 2 or 3 option in most leagues.

Will Doug Martin have a bounce back season in 2014? -- @JWhite_Falcon14 (via Twitter)

M.F.: Martin will enter training camp at 100 percent and will be part of an offense that will focus on running the football under new coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. That means he shouldn't lack for touches. Tedford does like to use multiple backs, though, so Mike James and Bobby Rainey could see at least part of the workload. Here's the bottom line -- Martin is young and in a position to succeed, making him worth a second-round pick as a high-end No. 2 fantasy runner.

I'm strongly considering waiting on a running back until the sixth round next season. Am I insane? -- @Jeffm8r (via Twitter)

M.F.: You're playing with fire, my friend. Sure you could load up on an elite quarterback, a stud tight end like Graham and some top-notch wideouts, but good running backs will be tough to find after Round 5. At that point, you'll be looking at players like Darren McFadden or Andre Brown in a best-case situation. Sure, you can hit on a sleeper or two like Joique Bell or Zac Stacy in 2013, but I wouldn't want to bank on that to build a consistent and reliable backfield.

Do leagues that reward six points for passing touchdowns make quarterbacks a lot more valuable? -- @CTonyRow (via Twitter)

M.F.: I participate in a league that rewards six points for passing touchdowns, and my draft strategy doesn't change one bit. I still go after running backs and wide receivers in the earlier rounds and wait on a signal-caller. Remember, the additional points accrued for touchdown passes are rewarded to Matt Ryan and Robert Griffin III the same as to Manning and Brees. Furthermore, those points don't change the fact that the quarterback position is still deep and getting even deeper with a talented 2014 NFL Draft class entering the league.

Do you think Eli Manning will improve fantasy-wise next season? -- @BrykMatt (via Twitter)

M.F.: Manning can't do worse, can he? The Giants hired new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who worked with the Green Bay Packers the past two seasons and wants to bring an up-tempo offensive attack to the Big Apple. That's good news for Manning and Victor Cruz, who both figure to see an increase in statistical success in 2014. With that said, I still don't see Peyton's little brother as more than a late-round, No. 2 fantasy quarterback.

Will Ray Rice finish as a top-15 fantasy running back? -- @DanOnofrio (via Twitter)

M.F.: Rice, 27, will be in a good position to rebound next season under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. He's had more than his share of big-time runners in his offenses during his time in Denver and Houston, so Rice will no doubt see his share of opportunities. He'll also be 100 percent healthy from the hip ailment that dogged him throughout most of the 2013 campaign. I wouldn't be comfortable drafting him as a No. 1 (top 10) runner, but grabbing Rice in the second or third round as a No. 2 makes a lot of sense.


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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