2009 Fantasy Football Projections From WhatIfSports.com image

2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
July 7, 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 July 7, 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 BreesQBSaints16322.3
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16295.3
3.Philip RiversQBChargers16289.2
4.Peyton ManningQBColts16287.8
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15279.7
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15263.2
7.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals14262.8
8.Jay CutlerQBBears16257.0
9.Tony RomoQBCowboys15253.1
10.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16251.4
11.Donovan McNabbQBEagles15243.9
12.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15240.7
13.Matt ForteRBBears15240.0
14.Steve SlatonRBTexans15239.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Matt RyanQBFalcons16234.2
16.Matt CasselQBChiefs16233.8
17.Frank GoreRB49ers14231.8
18.Trent EdwardsQBBills14230.5
19.Steven JacksonRBRams13227.5
20.SteelersDEF16226.7
21.Carson PalmerQBBengals15225.0
22.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16224.7
23.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14223.0
24.David GarrardQBJaguars13222.5
25.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14216.5
26.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16215.2
27.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15214.6
28.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos13212.7
29.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13212.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16210.7
31.Kerry CollinsQBTitans15209.1
32.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14206.4
33.Matt SchaubQBTexans11205.8
34.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16201.8
35.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14201.7
36.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15197.5
37.EaglesDEF16197.2
38.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16195.9
39.Kevin SmithRBLions15193.1
40.Ryan GrantRBPackers16192.4
41.Shaun HillQB49ers13192.2
42.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15190.9
43.Eli ManningQBGiants16190.6
44.Randy MossWRPatriots16189.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Marion BarberRBCowboys15186.3
46.Matthew StaffordQBLions14185.7
47.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16185.7
48.Reggie WayneWRColts16178.9
49.Mark SanchezQBJets15176.8
50.RavensDEF16175.8
51.Greg JenningsWRPackers16174.8
52.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14174.1
53.Ray RiceRBRavens16172.2
54.Reggie BushRBSaints13170.8
55.Steve SmithWRPanthers14169.9
56.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16167.6
57.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16166.7
58.Thomas JonesRBJets15166.2
59.TitansDEF16166.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13165.8
61.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15165.0
62.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers12162.8
63.Marc BulgerQBRams12159.2
64.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16157.1
65.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15157.1
66.Terrell OwensWRBills15156.1
67.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16155.7
68.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11153.2
69.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12153.0
70.GiantsDEF16152.5
71.Cedric BensonRBBengals15152.4
72.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13151.4
73.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15150.8
74.Darren SprolesRBChargers15150.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Marques ColstonWRSaints13150.2
76.Devin HesterWRBears16149.8
77.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13147.1
78.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14144.8
79.Jason WittenTECowboys15144.6
80.Rob BironasKTitans16143.3
81.Bernard BerrianWRVikings14143.0
82.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos14143.0
83.Donald BrownRBColts16142.9
84.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders14141.1
85.Nate KaedingKChargers16140.3
86.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13139.7
87.Hines WardWRSteelers16139.1
88.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13138.4
89.Nick FolkKCowboys16138.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Chris WellsRBCardinals13137.0
91.Adam VinatieriKColts16136.7
92.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14136.3
93.Garrett HartleyKSaints16136.3
94.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15135.8
95.Neil RackersKCardinals16135.5
96.Fred JacksonRBBills16135.3
97.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14135.0
98.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers14134.1
99.Jeff ReedKSteelers16133.7
100.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12133.7
101.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16133.4
102.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16133.2
103.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16133.2
104.PatriotsDEF16133.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.John KasayKPanthers16132.6
106.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16132.0
107.Donnie AveryWRRams15132.0
108.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16132.0
109.Kris BrownKTexans16131.9
110.Marshawn LynchRBBills13131.3
111.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14131.2
112.Ryan LongwellKVikings16130.7
113.David AkersKEagles16130.5
114.Lee EvansWRBills16130.4
115.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16130.4
116.Robbie GouldKBears16129.7
117.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13129.3
118.Mason CrosbyKPackers16128.3
119.Torry HoltWRJaguars16128.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Santana MossWRRedskins15127.1
121.Sage RosenfelsQBVikings8127.1
122.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16126.9
123.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16126.1
124.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16125.6
125.Shayne GrahamKBengals16125.4
126.Greg OlsenTEBears15124.3
127.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers14124.2
128.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16124.0
129.RedskinsDEF16124.0
130.Jason HansonKLions16123.8
131.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16123.3
132.DeSean JacksonWREagles14122.3
133.Justin FargasRBRaiders14122.2
134.Jay FeelyKJets16121.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.CowboysDEF16121.0
136.Derrick MasonWRRavens15119.7
137.CardinalsDEF16119.7
138.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14119.7
139.Kevin WalterWRTexans16119.3
140.DolphinsDEF16119.3
141.Percy HarvinWRVikings14119.3
142.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings12118.7
143.Jason ElamKFalcons16118.4
144.Rian LindellKBills16118.0
145.Olindo MareKSeahawks16117.9
146.JetsDEF16116.9
147.Lance MooreWRSaints15116.5
148.Joe NedneyK49ers16115.9
149.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons16115.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11115.0
151.Antonio GatesTEChargers15114.3
152.ColtsDEF16114.1
153.Leon WashingtonRBJets13112.9
154.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15112.7
155.Danny WareRBGiants16112.5
156.Lawrence TynesKGiants16112.0
157.Felix JonesRBCowboys14112.0
158.Julius JonesRBSeahawks15111.8
159.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16111.5
160.Matt PraterKBroncos16110.7
161.Josh BrownKRams16110.6
162.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16110.6
163.Joseph AddaiRBColts13110.2
164.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16109.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16109.1
166.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14108.5
167.Steven HauschkaKRavens16108.1
168.VikingsDEF16107.6
169.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16105.3
170.ChargersDEF16105.1
171.Dallas ClarkTEColts15104.2
172.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16102.4
173.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12102.2
174.TexansDEF1699.4
175.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1199.3
176.PanthersDEF1698.7
177.Tim HightowerRBCardinals1598.5
178.Phil DawsonKBrowns1697.5
179.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1697.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Donald DriverWRPackers1697.3
181.Zach MillerTERaiders1497.3
182.Owen DanielsTETexans1597.0
183.Domenik HixonWRGiants1496.4
184.Shonn GreeneRBJets1695.5
185.Dustin KellerTEJets1695.3
186.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1694.9
187.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1294.6
188.BearsDEF1693.7
189.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1493.1
190.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1692.4
191.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1691.6
192.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1590.6
193.Vernon DavisTE49ers1490.3
194.Justin GageWRTitans1690.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Chris HenryWRBengals1389.7
196.Chris CooleyTERedskins1587.5
197.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders786.5
198.Maurice MorrisRBLions1386.0
199.Chester TaylorRBVikings1684.8
200.PackersDEF1684.4
201.49ersDEF1684.2
202.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1484.0
203.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots1283.8
204.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1483.4
205.FalconsDEF1682.9
206.John CarlsonTESeahawks1680.9
207.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1580.3
208.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1680.2
209.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1378.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1478.9
211.Kenny BrittWRTitans1478.4
212.Kevin CurtisWREagles1277.8
213.Devery HendersonWRSaints1377.5
214.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons1677.1
215.Bobby WadeWRVikings1675.8
216.Chris ChambersWRChargers1375.8
217.SaintsDEF1674.9
218.Davone BessWRDolphins1674.7
219.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1674.4
220.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1474.4
221.SeahawksDEF1674.0
222.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1673.4
223.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1672.4
224.BuccaneersDEF1672.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1671.4
226.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1271.0
227.Steve SmithWRGiants1470.7
228.BillsDEF1670.6
229.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1670.6
230.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1470.4
231.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1470.1
232.Brian RobiskieWRBrowns1669.2
233.Brian LeonardRBBengals1268.5
234.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots1368.5
235.RaidersDEF1668.4
236.James DavisRBBrowns1667.5
237.Javon WalkerWRRaiders1066.7
238.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1266.6
239.Randy McMichaelTERams1265.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1665.5
241.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1664.7
242.Earl BennettWRBears1664.7
243.Dominic RhodesRBBills1664.6
244.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1364.2
245.JaguarsDEF1664.0
246.Pierre GarconWRColts1663.8
247.Bernard ScottRBBengals1363.6
248.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1263.1
249.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1462.7
250.Heath MillerTESteelers1462.3
251.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1661.9
252.Michael BushRBRaiders1061.8
253.Isaac BruceWR49ers1561.3
254.Bo ScaifeTETitans1660.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Jason WrightRBCardinals1660.1
256.Todd HeapTERavens1359.5
257.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1659.5
258.Kolby SmithRBChiefs1458.9
259.BengalsDEF1658.7
260.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1358.6
261.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1658.1
262.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1658.1
263.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1657.7
264.Brent CelekTEEagles1457.5
265.Josh MorganWR49ers1657.2
266.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1055.9
267.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1654.7
268.Donald LeeTEPackers1554.7
269.David ClowneyWRJets1354.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1454.0
271.Jarett DillardWRJaguars1653.8
272.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1253.4
273.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1653.2
274.Martellus BennettTECowboys1352.9
275.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1652.8
276.Chris SimmsQBBroncos1652.8
277.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1351.7
278.Kyle BollerQBRams1651.2
279.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1651.2
280.Derek AndersonQBBrowns450.7
281.Austin CollieWRColts1648.7
282.Brandon PettigrewTELions1648.5
283.Steve HeidenTEBrowns1348.2
284.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1647.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Malcom FloydWRChargers1647.4
286.Early DoucetWRCardinals1347.3
287.Greg CamarilloWRDolphins1147.2
288.Sidney RiceWRVikings1346.5
289.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1646.1
290.Mike HartRBColts1345.3
291.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers1044.8
292.Alex SmithQB49ers744.5
293.Harry DouglasWRFalcons1643.4
294.BroncosDEF1643.4
295.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1342.9
296.Ronald CurryWRLions1642.5
297.Kevin BossTEGiants1642.2
298.Javon RingerRBTitans1641.7
299.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1541.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1641.5
301.Billy MillerTESaints1641.1
302.Miles AustinWRCowboys1340.8
303.Juaquin IglesiasWRBears1640.7
304.Keenan BurtonWRRams1040.7
305.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1540.4
306.Chad HenneQBDolphins338.4
307.Matt LeinartQBCardinals1638.2
308.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1438.2
309.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1638.2
310.Shawn NelsonTEBills1638.2
311.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1638.0
312.Josh McCownQBPanthers337.7
313.Chris BrownRBTexans936.8
314.Derek SchoumanTEBills1336.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1336.1
316.Derek StanleyWRRams1335.2
317.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1335.1
318.ChiefsDEF1635.0
319.Andre CaldwellWRBengals1634.9
320.James CaseyTETexans1633.4
321.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1633.2
322.Robert RoyalTEBrowns1632.7
323.Antonio PittmanRBRams1432.4
324.Ben UtechtTEBengals1432.2
325.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1432.1
326.Clifton SmithRBBuccaneers1631.5
327.Kenny WatsonRBBengals1531.5
328.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1630.9
329.Jason AvantWREagles1630.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Sammie StroughterWRBuccaneers1529.9
331.Greg JonesRBJaguars1229.8
332.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1629.7
333.Dexter JacksonWRBuccaneers1329.4
334.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1629.2
335.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks1028.5
336.BrownsDEF1628.1
337.Zach MillerTEJaguars1627.8
338.Travis BeckumTEGiants1127.7
339.Carey DavisRBSteelers1227.6
340.Brad SmithWRJets1426.5
341.Daunte CulpepperQBLions826.5
342.Kevin JonesRBBears1325.6
343.Aaron BrownRBLions1625.4
344.Owen SchmittRBSeahawks1625.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1624.6
346.Alex SmithTEPatriots1624.2
347.Garrett WolfeRBBears1624.0
348.Lorenzo BookerRBEagles1423.9
349.Rock CartwrightRBRedskins1623.4
350.Jeff KingTEPanthers1623.3

* 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.

Want to know how the best players of today would do against the greats of all-time? Find out using SimMatchup or build a team of the best ever and compete gainst others in the SimLeagues.

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!

SimLeague Football

Compete in a full season with your dream team from NFL past and present. Depth charts, game plans, prizes and more.

Try It For Free


SimMatchup

Create or re-play any fantasy matchup from sports history. One click yields a free box score and play-by-play.

Try It For Free


Hardball Dynasty

Run your own baseball franchise in this in-depth, multi-player baseball game.

Try It at a Discount

What is WhatIfSports?

WhatIfSports.com is a sports simulation and online gaming site providing free content and unique games for the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA sports and more.

Join WhatIfSports.com today to get these members only benefits:

  • Create your own Dream Team
  • Save your favorite SimMatchup results
  • Play a FREE SimLeague trial season
  • Start playing a Dynasty game
  • Manage baseball games LIVE
  • Access to SiteMail
  • Post in our Forums
  • Build a Buddy list to easily invite friends
  • Use our online Customer Service
  • Earn game credits by using our Referral & Affiliate program

Terms of Use Customer Support Privacy Statement Advertising Choices

Popular on WhatIfSports site: Baseball Simulation | College Basketball Game | College Football Game | Online Baseball Game | Hockey Simulation | NFL Picks | College Football Picks | Sports Games

© 1999-2014 WhatIfSports.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Use of this website (including any and all parts and components) constitutes your acceptance of these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. WhatIfSports is a trademark of WhatIfSports.com, Inc. SimLeague, SimMatchup and iSimNow are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts, Inc. Used under license. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.