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2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 11, 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 11, 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 BreesQBSaints16324.4
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16297.5
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16291.9
4.Philip RiversQBChargers16285.2
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15280.6
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15264.4
7.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals14263.0
8.Jay CutlerQBBears16252.7
9.Tony RomoQBCowboys15251.5
10.Donovan McNabbQBEagles15249.2
11.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16244.2
12.Matt ForteRBBears15241.8
13.Steve SlatonRBTexans15239.8
14.Frank GoreRB49ers14238.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Steven JacksonRBRams13234.9
16.Matt CasselQBChiefs16234.8
17.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15234.3
18.Matt RyanQBFalcons16232.7
19.Carson PalmerQBBengals15230.4
20.Trent EdwardsQBBills14229.3
21.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16226.6
22.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14225.6
23.SteelersDEF16224.4
24.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos13221.9
25.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15221.4
26.David GarrardQBJaguars13220.7
27.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14219.9
28.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16215.2
29.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16215.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13210.6
31.Kerry CollinsQBTitans15209.3
32.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15204.1
33.Matt SchaubQBTexans11203.5
34.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14202.2
35.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16201.1
36.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15197.2
37.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16194.3
38.Eli ManningQBGiants16194.1
39.Ray RiceRBRavens16191.2
40.Ryan GrantRBPackers16191.1
41.Kevin SmithRBLions15190.7
42.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14189.4
43.Randy MossWRPatriots16189.0
44.Matthew StaffordQBLions14185.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Marion BarberRBCowboys15185.1
46.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings12182.8
47.EaglesDEF16181.3
48.Mark SanchezQBJets15176.8
49.Reggie WayneWRColts16174.8
50.RavensDEF16174.5
51.Greg JenningsWRPackers16174.4
52.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14173.5
53.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16172.4
54.Reggie BushRBSaints13172.3
55.Steve SmithWRPanthers14169.9
56.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16168.0
57.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16166.2
58.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13165.0
59.TitansDEF16164.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15163.6
61.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15157.3
62.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16157.1
63.Terrell OwensWRBills15156.0
64.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13154.1
65.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16153.6
66.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12153.1
67.Thomas JonesRBJets15152.7
68.GiantsDEF16152.1
69.Cedric BensonRBBengals15150.8
70.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13150.6
71.Marques ColstonWRSaints13149.5
72.Jason WittenTECowboys15149.4
73.Darren SprolesRBChargers15148.0
74.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13146.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Leon WashingtonRBJets14144.4
76.Devin HesterWRBears16144.0
77.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11143.4
78.Donald BrownRBColts16141.9
79.DeSean JacksonWREagles14141.8
80.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16140.9
81.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14140.2
82.Rob BironasKTitans16140.1
83.Bernard BerrianWRVikings14140.1
84.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders13139.9
85.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16139.8
86.Marc BulgerQBRams12139.5
87.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16138.7
88.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12138.4
89.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14137.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos13137.8
91.Nate KaedingKChargers16137.7
92.Garrett HartleyKSaints16137.2
93.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15136.9
94.Hines WardWRSteelers16136.4
95.Fred JacksonRBBills16136.3
96.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16135.2
97.Adam VinatieriKColts16135.1
98.Alex SmithQB49ers12134.3
99.Neil RackersKCardinals16134.2
100.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16134.2
101.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14134.1
102.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13134.0
103.Nick FolkKCowboys16133.8
104.Marshawn LynchRBBills13132.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16132.8
106.John KasayKPanthers16132.7
107.Jeff ReedKSteelers16131.3
108.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16130.3
109.Ryan LongwellKVikings16129.7
110.Shayne GrahamKBengals16129.3
111.David AkersKEagles16128.7
112.PatriotsDEF16128.6
113.Kris BrownKTexans16128.3
114.Percy HarvinWRVikings14127.5
115.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15126.8
116.Santana MossWRRedskins15126.3
117.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13126.1
118.Robbie GouldKBears16126.0
119.CowboysDEF16126.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16126.0
121.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16125.3
122.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14125.1
123.Torry HoltWRJaguars16124.6
124.Justin FargasRBRaiders14124.0
125.Lee EvansWRBills16123.4
126.Mason CrosbyKPackers16123.3
127.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers13122.8
128.Derrick MasonWRRavens15122.6
129.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots13122.6
130.Jason HansonKLions16122.6
131.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16121.6
132.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14121.4
133.Rian LindellKBills16121.2
134.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16121.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.RedskinsDEF16120.8
136.DolphinsDEF16120.3
137.Jay FeelyKJets16119.9
138.JetsDEF16118.4
139.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15118.0
140.Kevin WalterWRTexans16118.0
141.Matt PraterKBroncos16117.1
142.Dallas ClarkTEColts15117.0
143.Jason ElamKFalcons16116.6
144.Lawrence TynesKGiants16116.4
145.Greg OlsenTEBears15116.2
146.CardinalsDEF16116.0
147.Olindo MareKSeahawks16114.6
148.Danny WareRBGiants16114.3
149.Antonio GatesTEChargers15113.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Felix JonesRBCowboys14113.5
151.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11113.0
152.Joe NedneyK49ers16113.0
153.ColtsDEF16112.9
154.Justin GageWRTitans16112.3
155.Josh BrownKRams16111.4
156.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16111.1
157.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers9110.0
158.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers13109.8
159.Steven HauschkaKRavens16109.4
160.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16109.0
161.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14108.9
162.Joseph AddaiRBColts13108.9
163.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons16108.8
164.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16108.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.VikingsDEF16108.3
166.Brian LeonardRBBengals16107.9
167.ChargersDEF16106.3
168.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16105.8
169.Josh MorganWR49ers16105.4
170.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons16105.1
171.Lance MooreWRSaints14104.9
172.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16102.2
173.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12101.5
174.Phil DawsonKBrowns16100.8
175.Josh ScobeeKJaguars1699.9
176.Zach MillerTERaiders1498.9
177.Julius JonesRBSeahawks1598.1
178.Domenik HixonWRGiants1497.4
179.Owen DanielsTETexans1596.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Donald DriverWRPackers1696.2
181.BearsDEF1696.2
182.Shaun HillQB49ers696.1
183.Shonn GreeneRBJets1696.0
184.TexansDEF1696.0
185.PanthersDEF1695.5
186.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1295.5
187.Vernon DavisTE49ers1594.8
188.Dustin KellerTEJets1693.2
189.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1692.7
190.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1592.0
191.James DavisRBBrowns1691.8
192.Earl BennettWRBears1691.8
193.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders791.0
194.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1390.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1690.1
196.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1689.1
197.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders1688.7
198.PackersDEF1687.5
199.Maurice MorrisRBLions1387.2
200.Donnie AveryWRRams1187.1
201.Chris CooleyTERedskins1586.7
202.Chris WellsRBCardinals1085.9
203.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1683.6
204.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers1383.5
205.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1483.4
206.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1483.4
207.FalconsDEF1682.4
208.49ersDEF1682.1
209.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1681.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1480.8
211.Davone BessWRDolphins1680.3
212.John CarlsonTESeahawks1678.9
213.Devery HendersonWRSaints1377.9
214.Chester TaylorRBVikings1677.0
215.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1577.0
216.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1476.8
217.SaintsDEF1676.5
218.Jason WrightRBCardinals1676.5
219.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers1275.5
220.Chris ChambersWRChargers1374.6
221.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1474.4
222.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1673.2
223.Bobby WadeWRVikings1672.7
224.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1672.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1672.1
226.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1671.6
227.BuccaneersDEF1671.5
228.SeahawksDEF1671.3
229.BillsDEF1671.2
230.Pierre GarconWRColts1670.7
231.Steve SmithWRGiants1470.5
232.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1270.4
233.Martellus BennettTECowboys1370.1
234.RaidersDEF1669.9
235.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1369.7
236.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1669.6
237.Andre CaldwellWRBengals1667.9
238.Kenny BrittWRTitans1467.6
239.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1666.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1665.7
241.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1665.1
242.Michael BushRBRaiders1064.7
243.Dominic RhodesRBBills1664.7
244.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1364.5
245.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1163.3
246.Todd HeapTERavens1362.5
247.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1262.2
248.Kevin CurtisWREagles1262.1
249.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1461.4
250.Jackie BattleRBChiefs1661.3
251.Heath MillerTESteelers1460.8
252.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1660.6
253.JaguarsDEF1659.4
254.BengalsDEF1659.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1658.6
256.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1658.6
257.Brent CelekTEEagles1458.4
258.Sage RosenfelsQBVikings958.2
259.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1458.0
260.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1557.9
261.Miles AustinWRCowboys1357.7
262.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1357.7
263.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1657.6
264.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1356.7
265.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1056.5
266.Donald LeeTEPackers1555.4
267.Jason AvantWREagles1655.0
268.Brian RobiskieWRBrowns1654.9
269.Chris SimmsQBBroncos1654.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1654.7
271.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1253.8
272.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1252.9
273.Isaac BruceWR49ers1652.7
274.Javon WalkerWRRaiders1052.5
275.Jarett DillardWRJaguars1652.0
276.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1651.8
277.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1351.6
278.Justin HarperWRRavens1651.2
279.Derek AndersonQBBrowns651.1
280.Randy McMichaelTERams1251.0
281.Brandon PettigrewTELions1650.7
282.Greg CamarilloWRDolphins1349.6
283.Bo ScaifeTETitans1649.1
284.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1347.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Malcom FloydWRChargers1646.3
286.Austin CollieWRColts1646.2
287.David ClowneyWRJets1345.6
288.Mike HartRBColts1345.2
289.Early DoucetWRCardinals1345.0
290.Keenan BurtonWRRams1044.9
291.Sidney RiceWRVikings1344.8
292.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1644.5
293.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1644.2
294.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots1244.1
295.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1643.8
296.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1343.2
297.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1642.8
298.Sammie StroughterWRBuccaneers1542.6
299.Kevin BossTEGiants1642.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1541.7
301.BroncosDEF1641.2
302.Chris HenryWRBengals1341.1
303.Billy MillerTESaints1641.0
304.Javon RingerRBTitans1640.7
305.DeShawn WynnRBPackers940.5
306.Kyle BollerQBRams1240.4
307.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1340.2
308.Josh McCownQBPanthers339.4
309.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1439.3
310.Ronald CurryWRRams1639.2
311.Shawn NelsonTEBills1638.2
312.Bernard ScottRBBengals1338.1
313.Chad HenneQBDolphins337.6
314.Matt LeinartQBCardinals1637.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneers1637.3
316.Chris BrownRBTexans937.0
317.Chase CoffmanTEBengals1636.9
318.Derek SchoumanTEBills1336.4
319.BrownsDEF1636.3
320.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1336.1
321.ChiefsDEF1635.5
322.Steve HeidenTEBrowns1334.5
323.James CaseyTETexans1633.3
324.Jabar GaffneyWRBroncos1632.8
325.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1631.9
326.Javarris WilliamsRBChiefs1631.7
327.Mike WallaceWRSteelers1630.2
328.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1630.1
329.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1630.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Greg JonesRBJaguars1229.1
331.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1628.6
332.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1628.5
333.Lorenzo BookerRBEagles1428.4
334.Travis BeckumTEGiants1128.0
335.Jason HillWR49ers1427.8
336.Robert MeachemWRSaints927.4
337.Zach MillerTEJaguars1627.3
338.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks1127.3
339.Jerramy StevensTEBuccaneers1326.2
340.Chris OgbonnayaRBRams1626.1
341.Daunte CulpepperQBLions825.8
342.Brad SmithWRJets1425.7
343.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1425.7
344.Brandon RideauWRBears1625.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Carey DavisRBSteelers1225.1
346.Kevin JonesRBBears1325.1
347.Josh FreemanQBBuccaneers525.1
348.Deon ButlerWRSeahawks1624.6
349.Aaron BrownRBLions1624.5
350.Mike SellersRBRedskins1623.8

* 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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