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Fantasy Football Rankings

Fantasy football projections and cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 1, 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 September 1, 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 BreesQBSaints16317.7
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16312.0
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16299.8
4.Philip RiversQBChargers16286.0
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15285.7
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15276.5
7.Brett FavreQBVikings16254.4
8.Jay CutlerQBBears16254.4
9.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals13253.5
10.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16252.8
11.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15248.0
12.Tony RomoQBCowboys15247.9
13.Steven JacksonRBRams13241.9
14.Steve SlatonRBTexans15240.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Matt RyanQBFalcons16237.6
16.Donovan McNabbQBEagles14233.7
17.Matt ForteRBBears15232.1
18.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15231.9
19.Trent EdwardsQBBills14230.2
20.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16229.7
21.Frank GoreRB49ers14229.1
22.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14222.7
23.SteelersDEF16222.5
24.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16219.5
25.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14218.6
26.David GarrardQBJaguars13217.1
27.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15216.6
28.Carson PalmerQBBengals14212.6
29.Matt SchaubQBTexans11212.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Pierre ThomasRBSaints15209.8
31.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16208.4
32.Kevin SmithRBLions15207.0
33.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14205.2
34.Shaun HillQB49ers14204.3
35.Eli ManningQBGiants16200.6
36.Ryan GrantRBPackers16197.7
37.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13197.2
38.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15195.5
39.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16193.6
40.Randy MossWRPatriots16192.9
41.Mark SanchezQBJets16192.5
42.Ray RiceRBRavens16189.3
43.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos12188.5
44.Marion BarberRBCowboys15186.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Matthew StaffordQBLions14184.6
46.Kerry CollinsQBTitans13182.4
47.EaglesDEF16180.3
48.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14180.0
49.Greg JenningsWRPackers16175.3
50.RavensDEF16175.0
51.Steve SmithWRPanthers14171.6
52.Reggie WayneWRColts16169.9
53.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15169.7
54.Matt CasselQBChiefs13169.3
55.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14167.5
56.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13166.1
57.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16165.4
58.TitansDEF16165.0
59.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15164.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16164.8
61.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11161.7
62.Marc BulgerQBRams13159.1
63.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13157.8
64.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16155.0
65.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16154.9
66.Thomas JonesRBJets15154.0
67.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16153.7
68.Cedric BensonRBBengals15153.3
69.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16152.3
70.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers12151.4
71.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13151.3
72.Marques ColstonWRSaints13150.8
73.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12150.4
74.GiantsDEF16150.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13150.2
76.Leon WashingtonRBJets14149.0
77.Donald BrownRBColts16148.6
78.Marshawn LynchRBBills13148.0
79.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders11147.0
80.Reggie BushRBSaints11146.5
81.Darren SprolesRBChargers15146.2
82.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14146.1
83.Jason WittenTECowboys15145.7
84.James DavisRBBrowns16145.6
85.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16145.6
86.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16145.4
87.Rob BironasKTitans16144.8
88.Percy HarvinWRVikings14143.2
89.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14142.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Hines WardWRSteelers16141.5
91.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14141.3
92.Nate KaedingKChargers16140.1
93.Nick FolkKCowboys16139.4
94.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals15139.4
95.Lee EvansWRBills16139.3
96.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16139.0
97.Bernard BerrianWRVikings13138.2
98.Jeff ReedKSteelers16137.7
99.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15136.9
100.Neil RackersKCardinals16136.9
101.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16136.0
102.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16135.3
103.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16133.5
104.Fred JacksonRBBills16131.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Ryan LongwellKVikings16131.0
106.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15130.9
107.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12130.8
108.Adam VinatieriKColts16130.8
109.John CarneyKSaints16130.1
110.John KasayKPanthers16130.0
111.Mason CrosbyKPackers16129.7
112.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11129.5
113.Kris BrownKTexans16129.5
114.PatriotsDEF16129.5
115.Torry HoltWRJaguars16129.0
116.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13128.4
117.Robbie GouldKBears16127.7
118.RedskinsDEF16127.4
119.Santana MossWRRedskins15127.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Terrell OwensWRBills14127.1
121.Josh MorganWR49ers16126.5
122.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13126.4
123.David AkersKEagles16126.2
124.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16126.1
125.Shayne GrahamKBengals16124.9
126.CowboysDEF16124.5
127.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16123.6
128.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys13123.6
129.Jason HansonKLions16122.2
130.JetsDEF16121.7
131.Derrick MasonWRRavens14121.5
132.Jay FeelyKJets16120.2
133.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16119.9
134.DeSean JacksonWREagles14119.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.Jason ElamKFalcons16117.4
136.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15117.2
137.Felix JonesRBCowboys14117.2
138.Olindo MareKSeahawks16116.8
139.Justin GageWRTitans16116.7
140.Josh BrownKRams16115.8
141.Rian LindellKBills16115.5
142.DolphinsDEF16115.5
143.Lawrence TynesKGiants16115.3
144.Joe NedneyK49ers16115.2
145.CardinalsDEF16114.6
146.Justin FargasRBRaiders14113.9
147.Antonio GatesTEChargers15113.5
148.Greg OlsenTEBears15113.1
149.Devin HesterWRBears16112.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Matt PraterKBroncos16112.5
151.Kevin WalterWRTexans16112.2
152.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16111.3
153.Steven HauschkaKRavens16111.2
154.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14110.4
155.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14110.3
156.ChargersDEF16110.0
157.Donnie AveryWRRams15109.2
158.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons16108.4
159.Earl BennettWRBears16107.2
160.Donald DriverWRPackers16106.6
161.Ladell BettsRBRedskins14106.6
162.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16105.9
163.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12105.5
164.Joseph AddaiRBColts13105.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Phil DawsonKBrowns16104.7
166.Dallas ClarkTEColts14104.4
167.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16103.7
168.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos12103.5
169.VikingsDEF16103.3
170.Lance MooreWRSaints13103.3
171.ColtsDEF16103.2
172.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers12103.0
173.Zach MillerTERaiders14102.6
174.Edgerrin JamesRBSeahawks16102.0
175.Shonn GreeneRBJets16102.0
176.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16101.3
177.Julius JonesRBSeahawks15101.2
178.Domenik HixonWRGiants14101.0
179.Beanie WellsRBCardinals11100.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots12100.1
181.Jason AvantWREagles1698.6
182.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons1697.9
183.Matt BryantKBuccaneers1697.4
184.Owen DanielsTETexans1596.3
185.Danny WareRBGiants1696.0
186.Nate WashingtonWRTitans1295.8
187.Vernon DavisTE49ers1594.6
188.Chris HenryWRBengals1394.6
189.PanthersDEF1694.6
190.TexansDEF1694.4
191.Brian LeonardRBBengals1694.2
192.Dustin KellerTEJets1694.2
193.BearsDEF1690.0
194.PackersDEF1689.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Isaac BruceWR49ers1688.8
196.Jamal LewisRBBrowns1686.9
197.FalconsDEF1685.5
198.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1585.1
199.John CarlsonTESeahawks1684.6
200.49ersDEF1683.9
201.Amani ToomerWRChiefs1683.0
202.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1581.5
203.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1681.3
204.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1681.2
205.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1580.6
206.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1679.7
207.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1278.9
208.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1478.8
209.Brian HartlineWRDolphins1678.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1478.3
211.Martellus BennettTECowboys1377.8
212.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1176.6
213.Chris ChambersWRChargers1376.5
214.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1675.7
215.Steve SmithWRGiants1475.5
216.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1375.4
217.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1175.4
218.BuccaneersDEF1673.7
219.Chris SimmsQBBroncos873.7
220.Kenny BrittWRTitans1573.6
221.SaintsDEF1673.4
222.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1473.2
223.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1573.1
224.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1673.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Chester TaylorRBVikings1672.4
226.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1672.4
227.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1472.3
228.SeahawksDEF1671.9
229.Chris CooleyTERedskins1571.7
230.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1671.0
231.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1470.8
232.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1670.8
233.Maurice MorrisRBLions1370.5
234.Brent CelekTEEagles1670.5
235.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1070.3
236.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots1369.5
237.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1169.0
238.Todd HeapTERavens1368.3
239.BillsDEF1668.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Jason WrightRBCardinals1668.1
241.Davone BessWRDolphins1667.5
242.Sidney RiceWRVikings1367.5
243.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1466.9
244.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1565.3
245.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1465.1
246.Heath MillerTESteelers1464.9
247.Bobby WadeWRVikings1664.9
248.Joshua CribbsWRBrowns1564.7
249.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneers1664.4
250.Jerheme UrbanWRCardinals1464.3
251.Dominic RhodesRBBills1664.1
252.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1664.0
253.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1363.3
254.Bernard ScottRBBengals1362.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Desmond ClarkTEBears1562.7
256.JaguarsDEF1662.5
257.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1362.4
258.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1262.1
259.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1461.4
260.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1661.3
261.BengalsDEF1660.8
262.Jackie BattleRBChiefs1660.4
263.Mike Sims-WalkerWRJaguars1260.3
264.Michael BushRBRaiders1460.2
265.Austin CollieWRColts1660.2
266.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1658.0
267.Devery HendersonWRSaints1357.4
268.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1657.4
269.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1657.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1657.1
271.Donald LeeTEPackers1556.3
272.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1556.3
273.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders656.2
274.Pierre GarconWRColts1656.1
275.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1655.7
276.RaidersDEF1655.1
277.Brian St. PierreQBCardinals353.4
278.David ClowneyWRJets1352.8
279.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1352.0
280.Derek AndersonQBBrowns651.0
281.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1650.9
282.Legedu NaaneeWRChargers1650.5
283.Bo ScaifeTETitans1650.2
284.Mike FurreyWRBrowns1649.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Robert MeachemWRSaints1149.3
286.Randy McMichaelTERams1248.4
287.Aaron BrownRBLions1648.0
288.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1647.2
289.Troy WilliamsonWRJaguars1646.2
290.BroncosDEF1646.0
291.Kenneth MooreWRPanthers1645.8
292.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1345.0
293.James CaseyTETexans1644.9
294.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1644.2
295.Mike HartRBColts1243.7
296.Kevin BossTEGiants1643.7
297.Roscoe ParrishWRBills1643.4
298.Billy MillerTESaints1642.9
299.BrownsDEF1642.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1441.5
301.Vince YoungQBTitans1041.0
302.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefs640.7
303.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1040.5
304.Chad HenneQBDolphins339.7
305.Ramses BardenWRGiants1639.4
306.Kelley WashingtonWRRavens1639.2
307.Josh McCownQBPanthers439.0
308.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1638.6
309.Michael VickQBEagles1337.5
310.Tim CarterWRRams1637.4
311.Keenan BurtonWRRams1036.3
312.Justin VincentRBSteelers1636.0
313.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers935.6
314.ChiefsDEF1635.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Derek SchoumanTEBills1335.3
316.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1235.3
317.Javon RingerRBTitans1634.9
318.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1634.5
319.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1634.3
320.Maurice StovallWRBuccaneers1634.0
321.Mike BellRBSaints1633.2
322.Brian RobiskieWRBrowns1633.2
323.Greg JonesRBJaguars1233.2
324.Alex SmithQB49ers932.6
325.Jabar GaffneyWRBroncos1132.3
326.Johnnie Lee HigginsWRRaiders1632.1
327.Kyle BollerQBRams1331.9
328.Limas SweedWRSteelers1231.5
329.Jacob HesterRBChargers1331.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1631.4
331.Javarris WilliamsRBChiefs1631.0
332.Mike WallaceWRSteelers1630.6
333.Shawn NelsonTEBills1630.0
334.Jerramy StevensTEBuccaneers1328.4
335.Samkon GadoRBRams1627.9
336.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks627.7
337.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers327.3
338.Daunte CulpepperQBLions1027.1
339.Jason SnellingRBFalcons1626.9
340.DeShawn WynnRBPackers1226.5
341.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1326.4
342.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1226.3
343.RamsDEF1625.9
344.Travis BeckumTEGiants1125.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Brad SmithWRJets1425.3
346.Andre BrownRBGiants1325.2
347.Kevin JonesRBBears1325.2
348.Lorenzo BookerRBEagles1424.8
349.Mike SellersRBRedskins1624.3
350.Chris BakerTEPatriots1624.2

* 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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