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Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

Fantasy football projections and cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
UPDATED: September 9, 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 10,001 times. 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 Tuesday each week. Information on scoring 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

1.Drew BreesQBSaintsLions22.9
2.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsBrowns21.9
3.Tom BradyQBPatriotsBills21.5
4.Peyton ManningQBColtsJaguars21.1
5.Philip RiversQBChargersRaiders20.3
6.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals49ers19.4
7.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsFalcons19.0
8.Brett FavreQBVikingsBrowns19.0
9.Fred JacksonRBBillsPatriots18.9
10.Steven JacksonRBRamsSeahawks18.7
11.Tony RomoQBCowboysBuccaneers18.7
12.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesPanthers18.0
13.Aaron RodgersQBPackersBears18.0
14.Carson PalmerQBBengalsBroncos17.9
15.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersRaiders17.8
16.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesPanthers17.6
17.David GarrardQBJaguarsColts17.6
18.Kyle OrtonQBBroncosBengals17.6
19.Matt SchaubQBTexansJets16.9
20.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsFalcons16.7
21.Trent EdwardsQBBillsPatriots16.1
22.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsColts15.5
23.Matt ForteRBBearsPackers15.4
24.Joe FlaccoQBRavensChiefs15.4
25.Reggie BushRBSaintsLions15.2
26.Frank GoreRB49ersCardinals15.1
27.Kevin SmithRBLionsSaints14.9
28.Jay CutlerQBBearsPackers14.7
29.Matthew StaffordQBLionsSaints14.4
30.Marion BarberRBCowboysBuccaneers14.4
31.Michael TurnerRBFalconsDolphins14.4
32.Shaun HillQB49ersCardinals14.3
33.Steve SlatonRBTexansJets14.1
34.Matt RyanQBFalconsDolphins14.1
35.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersChargers14.0
36.Brady QuinnQBBrownsVikings13.5
37.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals49ers13.5
38.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneersCowboys13.5
39.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksRams13.3
40.Randy MossWRPatriotsBills13.1
41.Marques ColstonWRSaintsLions12.9
42.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsGiants12.8
43.Marc BulgerQBRamsSeahawks12.8
44.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsSaints12.8
45.Chris JohnsonRBTitansSteelers12.8
46.Mark SanchezQBJetsTexans12.7
47.Andre JohnsonWRTexansJets12.5
48.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersTitans12.2
49.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersChargers12.2
50.Ray RiceRBRavensChiefs12.1
51.Vincent JacksonWRChargersRaiders12.1
52.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersEagles11.8
53.Percy HarvinWRVikingsBrowns11.7
54.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsRavens11.7
55.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsVikings11.6
56.Ryan GrantRBPackersBears11.6
57.Cedric BensonRBBengalsBroncos11.6
58.Kevin FaulkRBPatriotsBills11.4
59.Matt CasselQBChiefsRavens11.3
60.Greg JenningsWRPackersBears11.2
61.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsBrowns11.1
62.Steve SmithWRPanthersEagles10.9
63.Reggie WayneWRColtsJaguars10.9
64.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsBills10.8
65.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelersTitans10.7
66.Chad OchocincoWRBengalsBroncos10.7
67.Donald BrownRBColtsJaguars10.6
68.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncosBengals10.5
69.Jason WittenTECowboysBuccaneers10.1
70.DeSean JacksonWREaglesPanthers10.0
71.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersEagles10.0
72.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsGiants9.9
73.Roy WilliamsWRCowboysBuccaneers9.9
74.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsDolphins9.8
75.Jeff ReedKSteelersTitans9.8
76.Beanie WellsRBCardinals49ers9.7
77.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals49ers9.7
78.Thomas JonesRBJetsTexans9.6
79.Leon WashingtonRBJetsTexans9.6
80.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawksRams9.6
81.Joseph AddaiRBColtsJaguars9.6
82.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsFalcons9.6
83.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsRedskins9.4
84.Kerry CollinsQBTitansSteelers9.3
85.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosBengals9.2
86.Terrell OwensWRBillsPatriots9.2
87.John CarneyKSaintsLions9.2
88.Nate KaedingKChargersRaiders9.2
89.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsJaguars9.1
90.Eli ManningQBGiantsRedskins9.0
91.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersCowboys9.0
92.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersTitans8.9
94.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsBills8.9
95.Felix JonesRBCowboysBuccaneers8.9
96.Willie ParkerRBSteelersTitans8.8
97.Mike BellRBSaintsLions8.8
98.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsRavens8.8
99.Derrick WardRBBuccaneersCowboys8.8
100.Robbie GouldKBearsPackers8.8
101.Adam VinatieriKColtsJaguars8.8
102.Laveranues ColesWRBengalsBroncos8.7
103.Fred TaylorRBPatriotsBills8.7
104.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsFalcons8.7
105.Lee EvansWRBillsPatriots8.7
106.David AkersKEaglesPanthers8.7
107.Derrick MasonWRRavensChiefs8.6
108.Mason CrosbyKPackersBears8.6
109.Shayne GrahamKBengalsBroncos8.5
110.Lance MooreWRSaintsLions8.5
111.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosBengals8.4
112.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsRavens8.3
113.Neil RackersKCardinals49ers8.3
114.Chris HenryWRBengalsBroncos8.2
115.Dallas ClarkTEColtsJaguars8.2
116.James DavisRBBrownsVikings8.2
117.Antonio GatesTEChargersRaiders8.2
118.Bernard ScottRBBengalsBroncos8.1
119.LeSean McCoyRBEaglesPanthers8.1
120.Tim HightowerRBCardinals49ers8.1
121.Julius JonesRBSeahawksRams8.1
122.Darren SprolesRBChargersRaiders8.0
123.Torry HoltWRJaguarsColts8.0
124.John KasayKPanthersEagles7.9
125.Rian LindellKBillsPatriots7.9
126.Michael BushRBRaidersChargers7.8
127.Ryan LongwellKVikingsBrowns7.8
128.Kris BrownKTexansJets7.8
129.Hines WardWRSteelersTitans7.8
130.Justin GageWRTitansSteelers7.7
131.Edgerrin JamesRBSeahawksRams7.7
133.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersChargers7.6
134.Nick FolkKCowboysBuccaneers7.6
135.Steven HauschkaKRavensChiefs7.6
136.Rob BironasKTitansSteelers7.6
137.Peyton HillisRBBroncosBengals7.6
138.Santana MossWRRedskinsGiants7.5
139.Jay FeelyKJetsTexans7.5
140.Josh MorganWR49ersCardinals7.5
141.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsTexans7.4
142.Zach MillerTERaidersChargers7.4
143.Billy CundiffKLionsSaints7.3
144.Greg OlsenTEBearsPackers7.3
145.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsDolphins7.2
146.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriotsBills7.2
147.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsColts7.1
148.Donnie AveryWRRamsSeahawks7.0
149.Kevin WalterWRTexansJets6.9
150.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsRedskins6.9
151.Joe NedneyK49ersCardinals6.9
152.Willis McGaheeRBRavensChiefs6.9
153.Matt PraterKBroncosBengals6.8
154.Jason AvantWREaglesPanthers6.8
155.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersCowboys6.8
156.Donald DriverWRPackersBears6.8
157.Jason ElamKFalconsDolphins6.7
159.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncosBengals6.6
160.Steve BreastonWRCardinals49ers6.6
162.Devin HesterWRBearsPackers6.6
163.Ryan SuccopKChiefsRavens6.5
164.Chris ChambersWRChargersRaiders6.5
165.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsDolphins6.5
166.Mark ClaytonWRRavensChiefs6.4
168.Domenik HixonWRGiantsRedskins6.4
169.Olindo MareKSeahawksRams6.3
170.Owen DanielsTETexansJets6.3
171.Davone BessWRDolphinsFalcons6.2
172.Earl BennettWRBearsPackers6.2
175.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersCowboys6.1
179.Vernon DavisTE49ersCardinals6.0
181.Phil DawsonKBrownsVikings6.0
182.Maurice MorrisRBLionsSaints6.0
183.Ladell BettsRBRedskinsGiants5.9
184.Kenny BrittWRTitansSteelers5.9
185.Tony GonzalezTEFalconsDolphins5.8
186.John CarlsonTESeahawksRams5.8
187.Lawrence TynesKGiantsRedskins5.7
188.Josh BrownKRamsSeahawks5.7
189.Dustin KellerTEJetsTexans5.7
190.Sidney RiceWRVikingsBrowns5.6
191.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsGiants5.5
192.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersEagles5.5
194.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsFalcons5.5
195.Isaac BruceWR49ersCardinals5.5
199.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaidersChargers5.4

* 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.

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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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