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Time to start the debate for fantasy #1 in 2014

Brad Evans
Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute

So your season didn't go as planned. Tortured by Ray Rice's constant ineptitude and battered by injuries, your franchise bombed, finishing just 2-11. Since you earned the No. 1 overall pick, it's time to start strategizing a worst-to-first comeback. What assets should you weigh with the top pick next year? Here are three viable candidates:

LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB – The NFL rushing title winner was nothing short of spectacular in 2013. A perfect fit in Chip Kelly's run-often system, he accumulated over 2,000 combined yards, registered double-digit touchdowns and averaged over 5.1 yards per carry. With a full season of Nick Foles under center, he could be even better. In the prime of his career, he's a more than deserving option.

Jamaal Charles, KC, RB – The JC of KC turned water into points this season. He was practically the sole reason why owners hoisted the hardware. His torrid run through the fantasy playoffs was the stuff of legend. In standard Yahoo leagues he scored 27.9 fantasy points (Week 14), 51.5 fantasy points (Week 15) and 20.4 fantasy points (Week 16). A fixture in Andy Reid's West Coast offense, the soon-to-be 26-year-old will no doubt challenge for fantasy MVP honors in 2014.

Peyton Manning, Den, QB – Old Man River raged in the Mile High City. His 5,000-plus passing yards and 50-plus touchdowns established new NFL benchmarks. More remarkable, he averaged 4.1 fantasy points per game more than No. 2 Drew Brees. He'll be 38 next year, but with a bevy of nuclear weapons around him, it's highly unlikely his numbers will slip dramatically. In six-point per passing touchdown leagues, he is hands down the best pick at No. 1.

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