Super Bowl XLVIII Fantasy Football Rankings

Super Bowl XLVIII is a classic strength-on-strength matchup featuring the league's top-ranked offense going against the league's top-ranked defense.

Not only did the Broncos set the record for most points scored, but they have scored 30-plus points 13 times and 40-plus points six times.

Without question, Peyton Manning will win his fifth MVP award this season as he broke multiple single-season passing records including most yards (5,477) and most touchdowns (55). With only one game of less than two passing touchdowns, Manning threw four-plus touchdowns in nine games this season and 400-plus yards five times counting the AFC Championship Game.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the Broncos had five players score double-digit touchdowns: Demaryius Thomas (14), Knowshon Moreno (13), Julius Thomas (12), Eric Decker (11) and Wes Welker (10).

As explosive as the Broncos have been on offense this year, the Seahawks have been just as stingy on defense. Seattle allowed only 273.6 yards of offense and 14.4 points per game this season. In addition, they have allowed more than 20 points only three times this season.

While Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom may get most of the attention, the defense is stellar at all three levels.

With the exception of Marshawn Lynch, it's wise to start all Broncos players over Seahawks.

Like they have over the past three weeks, the Seahawks will likely rely heavily on Lynch on Sunday. In his past three games, Lynch has carried the ball 73 times for 346 yards and four touchdowns.

As a comparison, Lynch has more carries (73) over the past three games than Russell Wilson has pass attempts (66). In his past six games, Wilson has thrown for 215 yards or less in every game and less than 200 yards in four of those games.

Here are my fantasy rankings for Super Bowl XLVIII:

Quarterbacks:
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

[Poll: Will Peyton throw for more or less than 288.5 yards on Sunday?]

Running Backs:
1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
3. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
4. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks

Wide Receivers:
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
3. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
4. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
5. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
6. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
7. Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos
8. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks

Tight Ends:
1. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
3. Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks
4. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos

My early 2014 fantasy rankings: QBs - RBs - WRs

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