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2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
June 23rd 2009
NFL

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 June 22, 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 BreesQBSaints16324.1
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16291.9
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16289.3
4.Philip RiversQBChargers16287.0
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15267.9
6.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals14266.4
7.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15258.4
8.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16250.3
9.Tony RomoQBCowboys15249.5
10.Matt ForteRBBears15246.4
11.Donovan McNabbQBEagles15245.7
12.Steve SlatonRBTexans15242.8
13.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14236.0
14.Frank GoreRB49ers14235.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15235.4
16.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15231.8
17.Matt RyanQBFalcons16231.6
18.Trent EdwardsQBBills14228.7
19.Matt CasselQBChiefs16228.4
20.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16224.8
21.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14224.5
22.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14219.5
23.Steven JacksonRBRams13219.0
24.David GarrardQBJaguars13218.9
25.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13218.7
26.Jay CutlerQBBears16218.3
27.SteelersDEF16216.3
28.Carson PalmerQBBengals15215.7
29.Kerry CollinsQBTitans15213.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16211.0
31.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14210.4
32.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16209.5
33.Matt SchaubQBTexans11206.8
34.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16205.1
35.Kevin SmithRBLions15202.8
36.Ryan GrantRBPackers16201.8
37.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15200.8
38.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15199.3
39.EaglesDEF16198.3
40.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16197.2
41.Reggie BushRBSaints13194.9
42.Shaun HillQB49ers13193.7
43.Eli ManningQBGiants16188.1
44.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16185.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Randy MossWRPatriots16180.7
46.Thomas JonesRBJets15179.1
47.Matthew StaffordQBLions14178.0
48.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14176.7
49.Ray RiceRBRavens16175.7
50.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15174.3
51.Mark SanchezQBJets15174.2
52.Reggie WayneWRColts16173.2
53.RavensDEF16170.8
54.Marion BarberRBCowboys15170.1
55.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos13168.8
56.Cedric BensonRBBengals15167.8
57.Steve SmithWRPanthers14166.9
58.Greg JenningsWRPackers16165.7
59.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers12165.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16161.7
61.Marc BulgerQBRams12160.8
62.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15160.7
63.TitansDEF16159.3
64.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16159.1
65.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13155.9
66.Donald BrownRBColts16155.3
67.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks12152.1
68.Terrell OwensWRBills15151.9
69.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13150.8
70.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16150.5
71.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16150.3
72.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12148.9
73.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16148.5
74.Chris WellsRBCardinals13148.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15147.7
76.Rob BironasKTitans16146.6
77.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16144.4
78.Marshawn LynchRBBills13143.4
79.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders14142.8
80.Nate KaedingKChargers16142.6
81.Jason WittenTECowboys15142.5
82.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers14142.0
83.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16141.3
84.Marques ColstonWRSaints13141.0
85.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13140.3
86.GiantsDEF16140.1
87.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13139.4
88.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12138.6
89.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14137.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Neil RackersKCardinals16137.7
91.Bernard BerrianWRVikings14137.6
92.Percy HarvinWRVikings14136.8
93.Darren SprolesRBChargers15135.5
94.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15134.9
95.Nick FolkKCowboys16134.9
96.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14134.1
97.Garrett HartleyKSaints16134.0
98.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14133.5
99.John KasayKPanthers16133.3
100.Adam VinatieriKColts16133.3
101.Justin FargasRBRaiders14132.7
102.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16131.5
103.Hines WardWRSteelers16131.3
104.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14130.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16130.6
106.David AkersKEagles16130.3
107.Jeff ReedKSteelers16129.6
108.Ryan LongwellKVikings16129.4
109.Kris BrownKTexans16128.4
110.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13128.2
111.Robbie GouldKBears16128.1
112.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16128.1
113.Donnie AveryWRRams15127.8
114.Lee EvansWRBills16127.8
115.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11127.8
116.Torry HoltWRJaguars16127.6
117.Joseph AddaiRBColts13125.2
118.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers14125.1
119.Julius JonesRBSeahawks15125.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Mason CrosbyKPackers16124.9
121.Santana MossWRRedskins15124.7
122.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16124.4
123.Fred JacksonRBBills16123.7
124.PatriotsDEF16123.1
125.Rian LindellKBills16122.9
126.JetsDEF16122.7
127.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16122.5
128.Jason HansonKLions16121.3
129.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16121.2
130.Shayne GrahamKBengals16120.7
131.Olindo MareKSeahawks16119.8
132.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos14119.4
133.Jay FeelyKJets16119.1
134.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16119.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.CowboysDEF16118.3
136.Leon WashingtonRBJets13118.3
137.DeSean JacksonWREagles14117.8
138.Kevin WalterWRTexans16117.0
139.RedskinsDEF16116.6
140.Jason ElamKFalcons16116.5
141.Sage RosenfelsQBVikings8116.2
142.Derrick MasonWRRavens15115.8
143.CardinalsDEF16115.5
144.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16115.5
145.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos12115.4
146.Devin HesterWRBears16114.1
147.Joe NedneyK49ers16113.9
148.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16112.8
149.DolphinsDEF16112.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings9111.8
151.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12111.2
152.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons16111.2
153.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15111.1
154.Felix JonesRBCowboys14111.0
155.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15111.0
156.Steven HauschkaKRavens16110.9
157.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16110.6
158.Matt PraterKBroncos16110.5
159.Willis McGaheeRBRavens11110.5
160.Josh BrownKRams16110.3
161.ColtsDEF16110.2
162.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16110.0
163.Antonio GatesTEChargers15109.7
164.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11109.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Lance MooreWRSaints15108.2
166.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16107.4
167.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16107.0
168.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14106.9
169.Lawrence TynesKGiants16106.0
170.Dallas ClarkTEColts15104.3
171.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns16102.6
172.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16102.5
173.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers14102.0
174.ChargersDEF16101.5
175.Greg OlsenTEBears15100.8
176.VikingsDEF16100.4
177.PanthersDEF1699.1
178.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1698.1
179.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots1297.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Chester TaylorRBVikings1697.2
181.Phil DawsonKBrowns1696.8
182.Vernon DavisTE49ers1495.6
183.Zach MillerTERaiders1495.6
184.Peyton HillisRBBroncos1495.4
185.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1694.6
186.BearsDEF1694.0
187.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1694.0
188.Donald DriverWRPackers1693.7
189.Owen DanielsTETexans1592.9
190.Dustin KellerTEJets1692.7
191.Maurice MorrisRBLions1392.0
192.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1691.9
193.Domenik HixonWRGiants1491.8
194.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1491.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Shonn GreeneRBJets1690.4
196.Justin GageWRTitans1689.9
197.Kenny BrittWRTitans1689.5
198.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders788.0
199.TexansDEF1687.0
200.Chris HenryWRBengals1386.6
201.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1585.1
202.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1584.1
203.FalconsDEF1683.7
204.Chris CooleyTERedskins1582.7
205.49ersDEF1681.9
206.Devery HendersonWRSaints1380.7
207.Bernard ScottRBBengals1380.6
208.John CarlsonTESeahawks1678.9
209.PackersDEF1677.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1476.9
211.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons1675.9
212.Kevin CurtisWREagles1275.3
213.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1474.3
214.SaintsDEF1673.4
215.Chris ChambersWRChargers1373.1
216.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1672.8
217.SeahawksDEF1671.5
218.BillsDEF1671.1
219.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1371.1
220.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1670.7
221.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1669.9
222.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1469.9
223.Bobby WadeWRVikings1669.7
224.BuccaneersDEF1669.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1368.7
226.Brian RobiskieWRBrowns1668.5
227.Steve SmithWRGiants1467.7
228.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1267.5
229.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1667.3
230.Isaac BruceWR49ers1567.1
231.Andre BrownRBGiants1666.9
232.Dominic RhodesRBBills1666.5
233.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1265.3
234.RaidersDEF1665.3
235.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1265.0
236.Davone BessWRDolphins1664.6
237.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1664.6
238.Randy McMichaelTERams1264.5
239.Javon WalkerWRRaiders1064.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1463.9
241.JaguarsDEF1663.2
242.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1462.4
243.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1662.4
244.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1461.7
245.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1661.0
246.Jarett DillardWRJaguars1661.0
247.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1360.4
248.Austin CollieWRColts1660.3
249.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1660.1
250.Todd HeapTERavens1359.3
251.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1658.7
252.BengalsDEF1658.0
253.Brent CelekTEEagles1457.8
254.James CaseyTETexans1657.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Heath MillerTESteelers1457.5
256.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1457.4
257.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1457.3
258.Desmond ClarkTEBears1556.8
259.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1655.4
260.Josh MorganWR49ers1655.0
261.Michael BushRBRaiders1054.3
262.Donald LeeTEPackers1553.9
263.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1653.8
264.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1053.6
265.David ClowneyWRJets1353.6
266.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1653.1
267.Ronald CurryWRLions1653.0
268.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1652.8
269.Bo ScaifeTETitans1652.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Kolby SmithRBChiefs1451.7
271.Derek AndersonQBBrowns751.5
272.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots1351.5
273.Pierre GarconWRColts1651.3
274.Kyle BollerQBRams1650.9
275.Malcom FloydWRChargers1650.7
276.James DavisRBBrowns1650.4
277.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1350.2
278.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1650.2
279.Jason WrightRBCardinals1649.4
280.Garrett WolfeRBBears1647.3
281.Early DoucetWRCardinals1346.8
282.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1646.8
283.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers946.6
284.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1646.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Steve HeidenTEBrowns1346.2
286.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1646.2
287.Greg CamarilloWRDolphins1144.6
288.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1344.5
289.Harry DouglasWRFalcons1644.2
290.Alex SmithQB49ers444.1
291.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1343.9
292.Earl BennettWRBears1643.2
293.Kevin BossTEGiants1643.1
294.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1542.5
295.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1642.2
296.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks1042.1
297.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1242.0
298.Chris SimmsQBBroncos941.8
299.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1541.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Keenan BurtonWRRams1040.7
301.Sidney RiceWRVikings1340.5
302.Martellus BennettTECowboys1340.4
303.Brian LeonardRBBengals1240.3
304.Billy MillerTESaints1640.0
305.Josh McCownQBPanthers339.6
306.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1639.4
307.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1639.1
308.Shawn NelsonTEBills1639.0
309.BroncosDEF1638.6
310.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1638.5
311.Matt LeinartQBCardinals1538.3
312.Chad HenneQBDolphins338.2
313.Javon RingerRBTitans1638.1
314.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1638.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Derek SchoumanTEBills1338.0
316.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1337.0
317.Kenny WatsonRBBengals1536.7
318.Miles AustinWRCowboys1336.5
319.Mike HartRBColts1336.5
320.Antonio PittmanRBRams1436.1
321.Andre CaldwellWRBengals1635.9
322.Derek StanleyWRRams1335.3
323.Kevin JonesRBBears1335.2
324.Brandon PettigrewTELions1635.1
325.Greg JonesRBJaguars1233.2
326.Danny WareRBGiants1633.0
327.Robert RoyalTEBrowns1632.7
328.ChiefsDEF1632.4
329.Ben UtechtTEBengals1432.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1631.8
331.Jason AvantWREagles1631.7
332.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1631.6
333.Brandon StokleyWRBroncos1631.3
334.Dexter JacksonWRBuccaneers1330.3
335.Clifton SmithRBBuccaneers1630.0
336.Sammie StroughterWRBuccaneers1529.6
337.Juaquin IglesiasWRBears1629.1
338.BrownsDEF1628.4
339.Travis BeckumTEGiants1128.3
340.Brad SmithWRJets1427.8
341.Mike SellersRBRedskins1627.7
342.Owen SchmittRBSeahawks1627.2
343.Carey DavisRBSteelers1227.1
344.Chris BrownRBTexans926.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Chris BakerTEPatriots1626.5
346.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1625.9
347.Daunte CulpepperQBLions225.8
348.Alex SmithTEPatriots1625.7
349.Jeff KingTEPanthers1625.3
350.Mike TolbertRBChargers1624.7

* 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 strictly 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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