What do you think about Johnny Manziel? -- @ZShobin (via Twitter)
Michael Fabiano: When I see a quarterback who can run with the football, that's enough to get my attention. That's why I've been a fan of the likes of Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor in the past. Manziel fits that mold, as he rushed for over 2,100 yards in his two seasons at Texas A&M. We have also seen rookie quarterbacks come in and make an instant impact more often in recent years, so Manziel will be a virtual lock to be picked in the late rounds of re-drafts.
M.F.: If Vick is able to land a starting role during training camp, he'll definitely be on the fantasy radar. There's been talk that the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders could have interest, and I'd be surprised if he went to a team that didn't offer him a shot to start. However, I also don't have any illusions about what Vick can do at this point. His running skills have always been a positive in fantasy land, but he has been prone to injuries. At 33, Vick has also already seen his best statistical days. In a best-case scenario, he'll be drafted as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
M.F.: Stacy sure looked the part of a No. 1 fantasy runner once he was featured in St. Louis' offense, but I would still be targeting him as a high-end No. 2 back in most 2014 drafts. It's hard to see a scenario where Stacy will remain on the board after the second round in most re-drafts.
M.F.: Despite the fact that he missed the first two games of last season, Gordon still led the league with 1,645 receiving yards and scored at least one touchdown in five straight games (Weeks 11-15). He also averaged 24.7 fantasy points in that time and finished as the top-scoring player at his position. Despite his high level of success, it's tough to promote any wide receiver including Gordon or Megatron, as a top-10 overall selection. While he could come off the board at the end of the first round in PPR formats, I see this talented youngster as more of a second-rounder.
M.F.: Bell and Bernard both have oodles of upside, but the former is in a better situation to score fantasy points on a consistent basis. A featured back in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, Bell is a breakout candidate and a fantasy first-rounder. Bernard should see more work in the offense of new OC Hue Jackson, but he's more likely to lose time to BenJarvus Green-Ellis or another runner. The Cincinnati Bengals might also decide to part ways with the Law Firm and sign pending free agent Darren McFadden, who had some of his best success under Jackson in Oakland.
M.F.: I'm on the fence about Richardson. While he's still the favorite to open next season as the No. 1 running back in Indianapolis, Richardson needs to make an impression in the offseason for fantasy owners to get excited about him again. Because Richardson is young and talented, he's worth a roll of the dice. I would just try to eliminate some of the risk and avoid picking him as more than a high-end No. 3 fantasy runner or flex starter. As for being a top-10 runner, well, I wouldn't project him at that level yet.
Of the rookies coming out in 2014, who would be the safest fantasy pick? -- D. Lyons (via Facebook)
M.F.: Running backs have been the safest rookies to draft in the past, and I don't see that changing in 2014. In fact, I wrote a column earlier this week that proves the value of first-year backs. The 2014 draft class at the position might not have one first-rounder according to NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock, but fantasy owners need to keep tabs on names like Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill, Bishop Sankey, Andre Williams and Tre Mason. Ka'Deem Carey, who led the nation in rushing in 2012 and was second in 2013, should also be on the radar. Opportunity is everything in the fantasy world, so much depends on who lands where this May.
M.F.: New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has already said that he wants to spread the field for Peterson and get him the football in space, and part of making that happen is to get him more involved as a pass catcher. A.D. has shown that he can be a strong receiver in the past, posting a career-best 43 catches in 2009. That means more touches for one of the NFL's best backs. While owners need to keep in mind that Peterson will turn 29 this year and has endured three surgeries in the last three seasons, he's going to be a top-three overall pick in most drafts.
M.F.: Last season, Mathews finally started to reach some of the potential I saw in him coming out of Fresno State. He ranked 12th in points at his position, while also setting a new career high in rushing yards. Mathews also showed that he's the best goal-line back in San Diego, and entering a contract year there's additional motivation for Mathews in 2014. I'm not going to predict that he'll become an elite fantasy back, but he's a surefire No. 2 runner across the board.
M.F.: As good as Brown was last season, I have to side with Jones. This kid has what it takes to be a top-five fantasy wide receiver for years to come in an offense that will continue to lean on Matt Ryan and the pass attack. Barring any setbacks in his return from an injured foot, Jones will be a second-round pick in re-drafts and an attractive keeper in all formats.