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2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 4, 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 4, 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 BreesQBSaints16321.6
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16300.6
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16287.8
4.Philip RiversQBChargers16285.7
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15281.5
6.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals14265.1
7.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15261.7
8.Jay CutlerQBBears16255.4
9.Tony RomoQBCowboys15255.2
10.Donovan McNabbQBEagles15251.2
11.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16250.0
12.Steve SlatonRBTexans15239.7
13.Matt ForteRBBears15239.3
14.Matt RyanQBFalcons16237.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15235.7
16.Steven JacksonRBRams13233.9
17.Frank GoreRB49ers14232.6
18.Matt CasselQBChiefs16228.6
19.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16227.9
20.Trent EdwardsQBBills14225.9
21.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14225.3
22.SteelersDEF16224.2
23.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos13223.1
24.Carson PalmerQBBengals15222.1
25.David GarrardQBJaguars13221.7
26.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14221.6
27.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16216.9
28.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15212.8
29.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16212.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Kerry CollinsQBTitans15211.8
31.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13211.3
32.Matt SchaubQBTexans11203.8
33.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14203.8
34.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16202.1
35.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15197.8
36.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14197.7
37.Kevin SmithRBLions15193.8
38.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16192.8
39.Eli ManningQBGiants16192.6
40.Shaun HillQB49ers13192.4
41.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15190.3
42.Ryan GrantRBPackers16189.9
43.Randy MossWRPatriots16189.2
44.Marion BarberRBCowboys15187.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Matthew StaffordQBLions14186.6
46.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16185.7
47.Reggie WayneWRColts16179.1
48.Mark SanchezQBJets15178.5
49.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14176.2
50.Greg JenningsWRPackers16175.0
51.RavensDEF16174.7
52.Ray RiceRBRavens16173.2
53.EaglesDEF16173.1
54.Reggie BushRBSaints13171.4
55.Steve SmithWRPanthers14171.2
56.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16170.0
57.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16168.7
58.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13165.6
59.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15163.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Thomas JonesRBJets15163.2
61.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers12162.9
62.TitansDEF16160.3
63.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15159.2
64.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11156.8
65.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16156.8
66.Terrell OwensWRBills15156.0
67.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13154.1
68.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16154.0
69.Cedric BensonRBBengals15151.7
70.Jason WittenTECowboys15151.7
71.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15151.1
72.Darren SprolesRBChargers15150.7
73.Marques ColstonWRSaints13150.6
74.GiantsDEF16149.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Devin HesterWRBears16149.1
76.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12147.2
77.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13146.5
78.Rob BironasKTitans16145.9
79.Donald BrownRBColts16142.2
80.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14141.6
81.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders13141.1
82.Bernard BerrianWRVikings14141.0
83.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13140.5
84.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16139.6
85.Marc BulgerQBRams12139.5
86.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15139.5
87.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos13139.4
88.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14137.9
89.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16137.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Nate KaedingKChargers16137.5
91.Leon WashingtonRBJets14137.2
92.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13136.6
93.Hines WardWRSteelers16136.4
94.Nick FolkKCowboys16136.3
95.Garrett HartleyKSaints16135.2
96.Neil RackersKCardinals16135.1
97.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16135.0
98.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14134.7
99.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16134.3
100.Fred JacksonRBBills16134.1
101.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16134.0
102.Adam VinatieriKColts16133.2
103.John KasayKPanthers16133.2
104.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12133.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16132.5
106.Jeff ReedKSteelers16132.4
107.Kris BrownKTexans16131.8
108.Marshawn LynchRBBills13130.9
109.David AkersKEagles16130.1
110.Ryan LongwellKVikings16129.8
111.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13128.7
112.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16128.5
113.Robbie GouldKBears16128.5
114.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16128.2
115.Torry HoltWRJaguars16127.8
116.Justin FargasRBRaiders14127.5
117.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers14127.4
118.PatriotsDEF16127.2
119.Santana MossWRRedskins15127.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14127.0
121.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings8126.5
122.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots13125.2
123.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16125.2
124.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14124.8
125.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16124.7
126.Shayne GrahamKBengals16124.1
127.DeSean JacksonWREagles14123.1
128.Lee EvansWRBills16122.9
129.Jason HansonKLions16122.7
130.RedskinsDEF16122.7
131.Mason CrosbyKPackers16122.7
132.Jay FeelyKJets16121.7
133.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16121.3
134.CowboysDEF16120.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.Jason ElamKFalcons16120.5
136.DolphinsDEF16118.8
137.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15118.8
138.Derrick MasonWRRavens15118.6
139.Kevin WalterWRTexans16118.4
140.Olindo MareKSeahawks16118.0
141.JetsDEF16117.9
142.Percy HarvinWRVikings14117.5
143.Matt PraterKBroncos16117.5
144.Lance MooreWRSaints15116.7
145.Sage RosenfelsQBVikings11116.6
146.Joe NedneyK49ers16116.5
147.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons16116.2
148.CardinalsDEF16116.0
149.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15116.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Donnie AveryWRRams15115.6
151.Lawrence TynesKGiants16114.9
152.Danny WareRBGiants16114.7
153.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11114.6
154.Antonio GatesTEChargers15114.0
155.Greg OlsenTEBears15113.8
156.ColtsDEF16113.5
157.Rian LindellKBills16112.8
158.Felix JonesRBCowboys14112.3
159.Justin GageWRTitans16111.3
160.Josh BrownKRams16110.6
161.Joseph AddaiRBColts13110.5
162.Julius JonesRBSeahawks15110.5
163.Steven HauschkaKRavens16110.2
164.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16109.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14109.5
166.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16109.2
167.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16108.6
168.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16107.9
169.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers14105.5
170.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16105.2
171.VikingsDEF16105.0
172.ChargersDEF16103.7
173.Dallas ClarkTEColts15103.6
174.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12103.6
175.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16102.6
176.Zach MillerTERaiders1499.3
177.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1198.9
178.Donald DriverWRPackers1697.5
179.Domenik HixonWRGiants1497.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.TexansDEF1696.9
181.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1696.9
182.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1296.6
183.Owen DanielsTETexans1596.4
184.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1496.1
185.Josh MorganWR49ers1695.7
186.PanthersDEF1695.2
187.Phil DawsonKBrowns1694.0
188.Dustin KellerTEJets1693.9
189.BearsDEF1692.8
190.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1692.3
191.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1692.2
192.Chris HenryWRBengals1392.1
193.Vernon DavisTE49ers1489.9
194.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1589.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders789.1
196.Chris CooleyTERedskins1588.3
197.Chris WellsRBCardinals1088.2
198.Shonn GreeneRBJets1686.9
199.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1686.8
200.Maurice MorrisRBLions1386.5
201.PackersDEF1685.4
202.Chester TaylorRBVikings1685.0
203.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1483.8
204.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1483.8
205.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1683.5
206.FalconsDEF1683.0
207.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1582.5
208.49ersDEF1682.3
209.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1681.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.John CarlsonTESeahawks1680.3
211.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1479.5
212.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1379.2
213.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1478.9
214.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons1677.8
215.Devery HendersonWRSaints1377.6
216.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1477.3
217.Kevin CurtisWREagles1276.9
218.Jason WrightRBCardinals1676.5
219.Bobby WadeWRVikings1675.4
220.Davone BessWRDolphins1674.8
221.Chris ChambersWRChargers1374.3
222.SaintsDEF1674.3
223.Bernard ScottRBBengals1373.8
224.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1673.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1672.3
226.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1672.3
227.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1672.2
228.BuccaneersDEF1671.7
229.SeahawksDEF1671.2
230.Steve SmithWRGiants1470.8
231.RaidersDEF1670.5
232.Brian RobiskieWRBrowns1669.4
233.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1268.6
234.BillsDEF1668.2
235.James DavisRBBrowns1667.2
236.Kenny BrittWRTitans1466.5
237.Miles AustinWRCowboys1366.3
238.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1366.2
239.Earl BennettWRBears1665.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1665.9
241.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1665.9
242.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1465.8
243.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1265.8
244.Pierre GarconWRColts1665.4
245.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1664.7
246.Michael BushRBRaiders1064.4
247.Dominic RhodesRBBills1664.4
248.Martellus BennettTECowboys1363.4
249.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1263.1
250.Kenny WatsonRBBengals1563.0
251.JaguarsDEF1660.9
252.Heath MillerTESteelers1460.8
253.Bo ScaifeTETitans1660.4
254.Javon WalkerWRRaiders1060.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1459.3
256.BengalsDEF1658.9
257.Todd HeapTERavens1358.7
258.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1357.7
259.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1657.4
260.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1657.3
261.Brent CelekTEEagles1457.1
262.Kolby SmithRBChiefs1457.0
263.Chris SimmsQBBroncos1656.7
264.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1656.7
265.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1055.9
266.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1655.7
267.David ClowneyWRJets1354.8
268.Jarett DillardWRJaguars1654.3
269.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1454.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Donald LeeTEPackers1554.0
271.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1653.6
272.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1253.4
273.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1652.2
274.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1652.1
275.Isaac BruceWR49ers1550.9
276.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1350.9
277.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1650.8
278.Brandon PettigrewTELions1650.8
279.Derek AndersonQBBrowns650.2
280.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1650.0
281.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1649.6
282.Austin CollieWRColts1648.6
283.Randy McMichaelTERams1248.4
284.Greg CamarilloWRDolphins1147.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1647.6
286.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1647.4
287.Sidney RiceWRVikings1347.1
288.Malcom FloydWRChargers1646.1
289.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers1145.9
290.Early DoucetWRCardinals1345.9
291.Keenan BurtonWRRams1045.2
292.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots1245.1
293.Mike HartRBColts1344.2
294.Alex SmithQB49ers544.2
295.Johnny KnoxWRBears1643.9
296.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1343.1
297.Harry DouglasWRFalcons1643.1
298.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1542.9
299.Kevin BossTEGiants1642.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Kyle BollerQBRams1441.8
301.Javon RingerRBTitans1641.6
302.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1641.2
303.Billy MillerTESaints1641.0
304.BroncosDEF1640.9
305.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1539.6
306.Sammie StroughterWRBuccaneers1539.2
307.Josh McCownQBPanthers438.9
308.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1438.6
309.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1638.5
310.Matt LeinartQBCardinals1638.2
311.Chad HenneQBDolphins337.9
312.Shawn NelsonTEBills1637.5
313.Chris BrownRBTexans937.3
314.ChiefsDEF1637.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1336.5
316.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1335.2
317.Derek SchoumanTEBills1335.1
318.Ben UtechtTEBengals1434.5
319.BrownsDEF1633.6
320.James CaseyTETexans1633.5
321.Ronald CurryWRRams1632.3
322.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1632.2
323.Clifton SmithRBBuccaneers1631.3
324.Greg JonesRBJaguars1229.8
325.Mike WallaceWRSteelers1629.8
326.Jerome SimpsonWRBengals1629.7
327.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1629.7
328.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1629.0
329.Robert RoyalTEBrowns1628.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Jason AvantWREagles1628.8
331.Travis BeckumTEGiants1128.2
332.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks827.9
333.Zach MillerTEJaguars1627.6
334.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1427.5
335.Carey DavisRBSteelers1227.1
336.Daunte CulpepperQBLions827.0
337.Brad SmithWRJets1425.8
338.Aaron BrownRBLions1625.2
339.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1625.1
340.Owen SchmittRBSeahawks1624.5
341.Cornelius IngramTEEagles724.5
342.Brandon StokleyWRBroncos1624.3
343.Kevin JonesRBBears1324.1
344.Rock CartwrightRBRedskins1624.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Jeff KingTEPanthers1624.0
346.Mike SellersRBRedskins1623.5
347.Josh ReedWRBills1623.4
348.Jason SnellingRBFalcons1623.4
349.Alex SmithTEPatriots1623.1
350.Chris BakerTEPatriots1622.8

* 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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