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2014 Special Teams Rankings

By Andy Collier 11:09pm EDT 6/22/14

Many fantasy football leagues award points for return TDs.  Some even score for return yards and scores by individual players.  If that's your league, check out our 2014 Special Teams Rankings.

1. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have shown some promise in recent years in the return game, but now they are the most electric unit in the league. WR Cordarrelle Patterson was huge last year on kick returns, including a pair of TD dashes. CB Marcus Sherels ranked 3rd in the league with a 15.2-yard punt-return average and added a TD of his own.

2. Baltimore Ravens

WR Jacoby Jones has been a kick-return threat since his rookie year in 2007. His 8 career return TDs show that he’s capable of taking it to the house at any opportunity. Jones has returned a TD every year except 2010, so it's fair to expect him to take at least 1 to the house this year.

3. St. Louis Rams

The Rams have some exciting young talent in the return game. RB Tavon Austin is a fun guy to watch and ran 98 yards for a TD on a punt return as a rookie. He appears set to hold down punt-return duties again, with RB Benny Cunningham in line to join Austin on kick returns. Cunningham actually averaged 0.9 more yards per return (23.0 on 13 returns vs. Austin's 22.1 on 18) last year. Neither returned a kick for more than 32 yards, though, which could leave Isaiah Pead 1 last opportunity to prove he's not totally worthless. A stud return man in college, Pead averaged 27.6 yards on just 7 kick returns over 10 games last year.

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