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2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 25, 2009

This thorough analysis and statistical evaluation of every player and team in the NFL is part of a broader endeavor with FOXSports.com's Fantasy Football. Each regular season game is simulated 10,000 times, with the sum of the averages of those games being our final predicted outcome. This allows us to account for every player and statistical interaction in an NFL game. Rosters and depth charts are up-to-date and as accurate as possible as of August 25, 2009. Information on scoring and injury analysis appears at the bottom of this article.

To view a pop-up with positional rankings, please click on one of the links below. Good luck this season!


Quarterback Running Back Wide Receiver Tight End
Kicker Team Defense Individual Defense


 NamePosTeamGPPoints
1.Drew BreesQBSaints16317.8
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16302.5
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16296.7
4.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15289.1
5.Philip RiversQBChargers16285.8
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15263.5
7.Brett FavreQBVikings16254.2
8.Jay CutlerQBBears16253.1
9.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16250.3
10.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals13248.1
11.Tony RomoQBCowboys15246.5
12.Steve SlatonRBTexans15240.9
13.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15240.3
14.Steven JacksonRBRams13239.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Frank GoreRB49ers14238.3
16.Matt RyanQBFalcons16237.2
17.Matt CasselQBChiefs16236.9
18.Matt ForteRBBears15233.3
19.Donovan McNabbQBEagles14230.0
20.Trent EdwardsQBBills14226.8
21.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15226.2
22.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16226.0
23.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14225.0
24.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14224.8
25.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16223.3
26.SteelersDEF16223.0
27.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15220.8
28.David GarrardQBJaguars13219.6
29.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16217.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Carson PalmerQBBengals14214.2
31.Kevin SmithRBLions15208.2
32.Matt SchaubQBTexans11207.1
33.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14203.8
34.Eli ManningQBGiants16201.7
35.Randy MossWRPatriots16201.0
36.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16200.2
37.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13199.2
38.Shaun HillQB49ers13198.8
39.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15195.6
40.Ray RiceRBRavens16194.1
41.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16192.7
42.Ryan GrantRBPackers16192.6
43.Marion BarberRBCowboys15191.1
44.Kerry CollinsQBTitans13185.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Matthew StaffordQBLions14185.3
46.Mark SanchezQBJets15180.6
47.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14178.7
48.EaglesDEF16178.1
49.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15176.2
50.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15176.1
51.RavensDEF16174.4
52.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14174.3
53.Greg JenningsWRPackers16173.9
54.Reggie WayneWRColts16173.4
55.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16172.7
56.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16170.8
57.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16170.0
58.Steve SmithWRPanthers14168.4
59.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos10167.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.TitansDEF16164.9
61.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13162.1
62.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13158.8
63.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16157.9
64.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11157.8
65.Donald BrownRBColts16156.5
66.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13153.7
67.Leon WashingtonRBJets14153.4
68.Thomas JonesRBJets15153.3
69.Cedric BensonRBBengals15153.1
70.Marc BulgerQBRams13151.5
71.Marques ColstonWRSaints13151.1
72.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16150.9
73.GiantsDEF16150.8
74.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16147.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12147.4
76.Marshawn LynchRBBills13147.1
77.Percy HarvinWRVikings14146.7
78.Terrell OwensWRBills14145.7
79.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16145.6
80.Darren SprolesRBChargers15145.6
81.Rob BironasKTitans16144.0
82.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13143.5
83.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15143.3
84.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14142.8
85.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders11142.1
86.Nate KaedingKChargers16141.4
87.Bernard BerrianWRVikings13140.7
88.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16140.3
89.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16140.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15140.1
91.DeSean JacksonWREagles14139.9
92.Jason WittenTECowboys15139.6
93.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15137.2
94.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12137.1
95.Reggie BushRBSaints11136.2
96.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16135.6
97.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14135.4
98.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16135.0
99.Hines WardWRSteelers16135.0
100.Torry HoltWRJaguars16133.9
101.Jeff ReedKSteelers16133.0
102.John KasayKPanthers16132.7
103.Adam VinatieriKColts16132.4
104.Nick FolkKCowboys16132.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16131.8
106.Ryan LongwellKVikings16131.7
107.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos12131.6
108.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16131.3
109.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13131.0
110.PatriotsDEF16131.0
111.Kris BrownKTexans16131.0
112.Devin HesterWRBears16130.9
113.Neil RackersKCardinals16130.4
114.Fred JacksonRBBills16130.4
115.Mason CrosbyKPackers16128.6
116.John CarneyKSaints16128.5
117.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16128.2
118.Shayne GrahamKBengals16128.1
119.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14127.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Jason WrightRBCardinals16127.8
121.RedskinsDEF16127.6
122.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13126.4
123.Derrick MasonWRRavens15126.4
124.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16126.0
125.Robbie GouldKBears16125.7
126.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14125.6
127.David AkersKEagles16124.9
128.Lee EvansWRBills16123.8
129.CowboysDEF16123.6
130.Jay FeelyKJets16122.2
131.Josh MorganWR49ers16121.6
132.DolphinsDEF16121.0
133.JetsDEF16120.1
134.Santana MossWRRedskins15119.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.Jason HansonKLions16119.1
136.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16118.4
137.Justin FargasRBRaiders14118.1
138.Jason ElamKFalcons16117.5
139.CardinalsDEF16117.2
140.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15117.1
141.Rian LindellKBills16116.1
142.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16115.6
143.Joe NedneyK49ers16115.4
144.Matt PraterKBroncos16114.6
145.Antonio GatesTEChargers15114.5
146.Kevin WalterWRTexans16114.3
147.Olindo MareKSeahawks16113.8
148.Lawrence TynesKGiants16113.3
149.Greg OlsenTEBears15113.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11112.4
151.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14111.8
152.Ladell BettsRBRedskins14111.2
153.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16111.0
154.Josh BrownKRams16110.9
155.Chris SimmsQBBroncos12110.5
156.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons16110.4
157.VikingsDEF16109.3
158.James DavisRBBrowns16109.1
159.Joseph AddaiRBColts13108.1
160.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16107.7
161.Danny WareRBGiants16107.0
162.ColtsDEF16106.8
163.ChargersDEF16106.7
164.Steven HauschkaKRavens16106.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Dallas ClarkTEColts14106.3
166.Justin GageWRTitans16105.9
167.Donnie AveryWRRams14105.8
168.Felix JonesRBCowboys14105.1
169.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14105.1
170.Domenik HixonWRGiants14105.0
171.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12104.9
172.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers12103.5
173.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots12103.1
174.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers8102.6
175.Lance MooreWRSaints14102.3
176.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16101.8
177.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16101.3
178.TexansDEF16100.4
179.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16100.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Phil DawsonKBrowns1699.8
181.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons1699.7
182.Julius JonesRBSeahawks1599.2
183.Zach MillerTERaiders1499.2
184.Donald DriverWRPackers1696.3
185.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1296.2
186.Owen DanielsTETexans1596.2
187.Chris HenryWRBengals1394.5
188.Vernon DavisTE49ers1594.3
189.Dustin KellerTEJets1693.1
190.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1592.8
191.PanthersDEF1692.8
192.Shonn GreeneRBJets1692.6
193.BearsDEF1692.2
194.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1690.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1689.2
196.PackersDEF1689.1
197.Bernard ScottRBBengals1388.1
198.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1387.8
199.Earl BennettWRBears1687.2
200.49ersDEF1685.9
201.FalconsDEF1685.5
202.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1685.4
203.Davone BessWRDolphins1684.6
204.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1684.3
205.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1584.2
206.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1483.1
207.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1682.3
208.John CarlsonTESeahawks1681.5
209.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1480.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1679.2
211.Steve SmithWRGiants1478.4
212.Isaac BruceWR49ers1677.5
213.Chester TaylorRBVikings1677.3
214.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1476.7
215.SeahawksDEF1675.2
216.BuccaneersDEF1673.6
217.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1573.3
218.SaintsDEF1673.2
219.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1372.9
220.Martellus BennettTECowboys1372.8
221.Amani ToomerWRChiefs1672.4
222.BillsDEF1671.8
223.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots1371.7
224.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1671.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers970.7
226.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1468.9
227.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1268.5
228.Chris CooleyTERedskins1568.4
229.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1668.0
230.Sidney RiceWRVikings1367.5
231.Chris ChambersWRChargers1367.3
232.Bobby WadeWRVikings1666.9
233.Michael BushRBRaiders1466.8
234.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1566.7
235.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1066.5
236.Maurice MorrisRBLions1366.1
237.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1366.0
238.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1065.8
239.Brian LeonardRBBengals1664.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1664.8
241.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1163.9
242.Todd HeapTERavens1363.9
243.Brent CelekTEEagles1663.7
244.Kenny BrittWRTitans1463.5
245.Dominic RhodesRBBills1663.3
246.Devery HendersonWRSaints1363.0
247.Joshua CribbsWRBrowns1562.2
248.JaguarsDEF1662.1
249.Jerheme UrbanWRCardinals1462.0
250.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1661.7
251.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1361.1
252.Desmond ClarkTEBears1560.6
253.BengalsDEF1660.2
254.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1159.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Donald LeeTEPackers1559.5
256.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1459.4
257.Heath MillerTESteelers1459.4
258.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1459.3
259.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1657.7
260.Pierre GarconWRColts1657.4
261.Austin CollieWRColts1656.9
262.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1356.4
263.RaidersDEF1656.2
264.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1656.2
265.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1656.0
266.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1655.8
267.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1455.1
268.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1255.0
269.Bo ScaifeTETitans1654.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Justin HarperWRRavens1654.5
271.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders1053.5
272.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1353.5
273.Mike FurreyWRBrowns1653.1
274.Brian St. PierreQBCardinals352.9
275.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1252.4
276.Javarris WilliamsRBChiefs1651.5
277.Legedu NaaneeWRChargers1651.4
278.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1650.5
279.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1049.9
280.Kevin CurtisWREagles1249.4
281.Mike HartRBColts1249.2
282.Brian HartlineWRDolphins1649.0
283.David ClowneyWRJets1348.9
284.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1348.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers948.7
286.Samkon GadoRBRams1648.0
287.Randy McMichaelTERams1247.8
288.Derek AndersonQBBrowns446.3
289.BroncosDEF1644.8
290.BrownsDEF1644.6
291.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1644.4
292.Robert MeachemWRSaints943.8
293.Billy MillerTESaints1643.5
294.Kevin BossTEGiants1643.4
295.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1542.9
296.Javon RingerRBTitans1642.8
297.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1342.6
298.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1642.6
299.Alex SmithQB49ers642.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1642.0
301.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneers1641.6
302.Brandon PettigrewTELions1341.3
303.Ramses BardenWRGiants1640.7
304.Jason AvantWREagles1640.7
305.Josh McCownQBPanthers340.5
306.Sammie StroughterWRBuccaneers1540.5
307.DeShawn WynnRBPackers940.4
308.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1440.0
309.James JonesWRPackers1040.0
310.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1339.8
311.Josh FreemanQBBuccaneers639.6
312.Vince YoungQBTitans839.4
313.Keenan BurtonWRRams1039.0
314.Aaron BrownRBLions1638.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Jackie BattleRBChiefs1638.5
316.Shawn NelsonTEBills1638.3
317.Troy WilliamsonWRJaguars1638.3
318.Michael VickQBEagles1638.2
319.ChiefsDEF1638.1
320.Jabar GaffneyWRBroncos1637.4
321.Chad HenneQBDolphins337.2
322.Chris BrownRBTexans936.8
323.Derek SchoumanTEBills1336.3
324.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1635.6
325.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1635.3
326.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1634.6
327.Mike BellRBSaints1634.6
328.Johnnie Lee HigginsWRRaiders1634.4
329.Jason HillWR49ers1433.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.James CaseyTETexans1632.8
331.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1632.3
332.Brad SmithWRJets1431.7
333.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1630.9
334.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1330.7
335.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1630.6
336.Limas SweedWRSteelers1230.4
337.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1630.0
338.Greg JonesRBJaguars1229.3
339.Mike WallaceWRSteelers1629.2
340.Kyle BollerQBRams1129.1
341.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1628.7
342.Jared CookTETitans1628.6
343.Marko MitchellWRRedskins1628.0
344.Travis BeckumTEGiants1127.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1627.7
346.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks727.6
347.Chris BakerTEPatriots1627.3
348.Martin RuckerTEBrowns1627.0
349.Jason SnellingRBFalcons1626.8
350.Tim CarterWRRams1626.5

* The individual players and defensive teams are ranked based entirely on projected full-season fantasy points using the FOX Fantasy Football default scoring where for QBs, RBs, WRs and TE, all TDs are 6 points, each 25 yards passing are 1 point, interceptions are -2 points, fumbles lost are -2 points, each ten yards receiving are 1 point and two-point conversions are 2 points. For kickers, all extra points are 1 point and all field goals are at least 3 points with an extra bonus point for field goals made over 40 yards and another bonus point for field goals made over 50 yards. Individual defensive players (linked to below, but not inlcuded in overall rankings) earn 1 point for each solo tackle, 1 point for each sack, 2 points for each interception and six points for each touchdown. Team defenses include special teams and are treated similarly for sacks, interceptions and touchdown returns, while a more complex system, based on the outcome of each individual game, is utilized for points allowed per game.

Please note: These overall fantasy rankings are based on total points earned for the season. They do not account for position scarcity, number of owners drafting and their drafting styles, roster restrictions, custom league scoring rules or other items that should be considered while drafting. Injuries are accounted for based on a player's past history and the likelihood of missing games due to injury. This is reflected in his games played (GP) value. However, unless the injury is already known and takes place at the beginning of the season, the players are arbitrarily injured throughout the season (as opposed to just at the end or beginning of the year). Players with less than 16 GP will likely vary the most from their projected numbers because they are injury-prone or have depth chart and playing time concerns.

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Paul Bessire is the Product Manager of Content and Quantitative Analysis for WhatIfSports.com, a division of FOX Sports Interactive specializing in fantasy football simulation analysis and football sim games. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

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