2009 Fantasy Football Projections From WhatIfSports.com image

2009 Fantasy Football Rankings

Position-by-position fantasy football cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 18, 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 18, 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 BreesQBSaints16319.5
2.Tom BradyQBPatriots16299.7
3.Peyton ManningQBColts16297.1
4.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15284.7
5.Philip RiversQBChargers16280.3
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackers15261.8
7.Tony RomoQBCowboys15249.1
8.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals13248.2
9.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16247.1
10.Jay CutlerQBBears16246.3
11.Matt CasselQBChiefs16243.7
12.Steve SlatonRBTexans15242.4
13.Steven JacksonRBRams13242.0
14.Matt RyanQBFalcons16240.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Matt ForteRBBears15239.9
16.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15238.8
17.Frank GoreRB49ers14236.9
18.SteelersDEF16236.8
19.Joe FlaccoQBRavens16229.0
20.Donovan McNabbQBEagles14228.5
21.Trent EdwardsQBBills14227.1
22.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers14224.5
23.Chris JohnsonRBTitans15223.3
24.Pierre ThomasRBSaints16221.3
25.David GarrardQBJaguars13221.3
26.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins14218.6
27.Carson PalmerQBBengals14217.0
28.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16216.4
29.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers15214.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Kevin SmithRBLions15209.2
31.Matt SchaubQBTexans11208.7
32.Clinton PortisRBRedskins14202.1
33.Randy MossWRPatriots16201.5
34.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16201.4
35.Eli ManningQBGiants16197.5
36.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15195.8
37.Brian WestbrookRBEagles13194.9
38.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16192.7
39.Ryan GrantRBPackers16192.6
40.Ray RiceRBRavens16192.5
41.Marion BarberRBCowboys15188.8
42.Shaun HillQB49ers12188.7
43.Matthew StaffordQBLions14187.9
44.Kerry CollinsQBTitans13184.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.EaglesDEF16180.4
46.Mark SanchezQBJets15177.7
47.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders14177.3
48.Greg JenningsWRPackers16174.4
49.RavensDEF16174.1
50.Brandon JacobsRBGiants15173.7
51.Jason CampbellQBRedskins14173.1
52.Kyle OrtonQBBroncos10171.3
53.Reggie WayneWRColts16171.1
54.Derrick WardRBBuccaneers16170.7
55.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16169.3
56.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16168.7
57.Steve SmithWRPanthers14165.6
58.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks13165.6
59.TitansDEF16164.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Vincent JacksonWRChargers15164.0
61.Reggie BushRBSaints13163.1
62.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs13161.9
63.GiantsDEF16157.7
64.Terrell OwensWRBills15156.2
65.Sage RosenfelsQBVikings10154.8
66.Cedric BensonRBBengals15154.0
67.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawks16153.8
68.Leon WashingtonRBJets14152.9
69.Brady QuinnQBBrowns12152.6
70.Thomas JonesRBJets15151.2
71.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13151.1
72.Marques ColstonWRSaints13150.4
73.Donald BrownRBColts16149.0
74.Marshawn LynchRBBills13147.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Darren SprolesRBChargers15147.0
76.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders11146.9
77.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins11145.9
78.Chad OchocincoWRBengals16145.8
79.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16145.3
80.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns13144.3
81.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons16143.8
82.Rob BironasKTitans16143.6
83.Jason WittenTECowboys15143.2
84.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneers15142.6
85.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncos14141.9
86.LeSean McCoyRBEagles16141.1
87.Roy WilliamsWRCowboys15140.4
88.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos13139.5
89.Nate KaedingKChargers16138.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.DeSean JacksonWREagles14138.6
91.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16136.9
92.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16136.8
93.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers12135.4
94.Devin HesterWRBears16135.4
95.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers14134.8
96.Nick FolkKCowboys16134.5
97.Hines WardWRSteelers16134.0
98.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16133.9
99.Fred JacksonRBBills16132.3
100.Bernard BerrianWRVikings13132.2
101.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs13132.0
102.Adam VinatieriKColts16132.0
103.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots14131.8
104.Neil RackersKCardinals16131.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Dan CarpenterKDolphins16131.4
106.John KasayKPanthers16131.0
107.PatriotsDEF16130.7
108.Percy HarvinWRVikings14130.2
109.Kris BrownKTexans16129.8
110.John CarneyKSaints16129.7
111.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals14128.0
112.Shayne GrahamKBengals16127.8
113.Marc BulgerQBRams11127.7
114.David AkersKEagles16127.2
115.Tim HightowerRBCardinals15126.8
116.Mason CrosbyKPackers16126.7
117.Anthony GonzalezWRColts16126.6
118.Willie ParkerRBSteelers13126.6
119.RedskinsDEF16126.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Ryan LongwellKVikings16126.3
121.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16126.1
122.Santana MossWRRedskins15125.8
123.Jeff ReedKSteelers16125.5
124.Torry HoltWRJaguars16125.5
125.Derrick MasonWRRavens15125.4
126.Jason HansonKLions16124.6
127.Robbie GouldKBears16124.5
128.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16123.9
129.CowboysDEF16123.5
130.Laveranues ColesWRBengals15122.9
131.Jay FeelyKJets16120.9
132.DolphinsDEF16120.7
133.Lee EvansWRBills16119.9
134.Peyton HillisRBBroncos14119.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.Jason ElamKFalcons16119.8
136.JetsDEF16119.7
137.Justin FargasRBRaiders14119.6
138.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16118.9
139.Olindo MareKSeahawks16118.7
140.CardinalsDEF16118.6
141.Felix JonesRBCowboys14117.6
142.Nate WashingtonWRTitans16116.8
143.Greg OlsenTEBears15116.5
144.Josh MorganWR49ers16116.1
145.Kevin WalterWRTexans16115.6
146.Matt PraterKBroncos16115.1
147.Joe NedneyK49ers16114.4
148.Antonio GatesTEChargers15113.9
149.Rian LindellKBills16113.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Dallas ClarkTEColts15113.0
151.Josh BrownKRams16112.9
152.Lawrence TynesKGiants16112.3
153.James DavisRBBrowns16111.9
154.VikingsDEF16111.5
155.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers11111.3
156.Ryan SuccopKChiefs16109.3
157.Chris SimmsQBBroncos12109.1
158.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons16109.1
159.Steven HauschkaKRavens16108.9
160.Tony GonzalezTEFalcons16108.0
161.ColtsDEF16107.6
162.Joseph AddaiRBColts13105.6
163.Lance MooreWRSaints14105.6
164.Chaz SchilensWRRaiders16105.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16105.2
166.ChargersDEF16105.1
167.Danny WareRBGiants16105.1
168.Justin GageWRTitans16105.0
169.Domenik HixonWRGiants14104.3
170.Fred TaylorRBPatriots12104.2
171.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins14103.7
172.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers12102.7
173.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneers8102.6
174.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16101.4
175.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16100.8
176.Steve BreastonWRCardinals16100.8
177.Julius JonesRBSeahawks1598.3
178.Zach MillerTERaiders1498.2
179.Vernon DavisTE49ers1598.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.Owen DanielsTETexans1597.6
181.PanthersDEF1697.3
182.Donald DriverWRPackers1696.4
183.TexansDEF1695.9
184.Phil DawsonKBrowns1695.5
185.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncos1295.3
186.Dustin KellerTEJets1692.6
187.Le'Ron McClainRBRavens1592.4
188.Earl BennettWRBears1691.6
189.BearsDEF1691.5
190.Chris WellsRBCardinals1191.1
191.T.J. DuckettRBSeahawks1691.0
192.Shonn GreeneRBJets1689.9
193.Bernard ScottRBBengals1388.4
194.Kellen WinslowTEBuccaneers1387.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Chris CooleyTERedskins1587.3
196.Donnie AveryWRRams1186.4
197.Justin ForsettRBSeahawks1686.1
198.PackersDEF1686.1
199.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots1285.7
200.FalconsDEF1684.3
201.Patrick CobbsRBDolphins1684.0
202.Mike GoodsonRBPanthers1583.7
203.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1483.6
204.49ersDEF1683.4
205.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1683.1
206.Chris HenryWRBengals1380.9
207.John CarlsonTESeahawks1680.7
208.Mewelde MooreRBSteelers1480.5
209.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1479.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Chester TaylorRBVikings1678.8
211.Steve SmithWRGiants1478.8
212.Davone BessWRDolphins1678.2
213.Jermichael FinleyTEPackers1677.8
214.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1676.2
215.Bryant JohnsonWRLions1475.8
216.Chris ChambersWRChargers1374.9
217.SeahawksDEF1674.3
218.Dan OrlovskyQBTexans1374.2
219.Amani ToomerWRChiefs1674.2
220.SaintsDEF1673.7
221.Glen CoffeeRB49ers1573.6
222.Michael CrabtreeWR49ers1373.5
223.Martellus BennettTECowboys1373.1
224.Mike WalkerWRJaguars1272.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.BuccaneersDEF1671.7
226.BillsDEF1671.2
227.Mark ClaytonWRRavens1370.5
228.Mark BradleyWRChiefs1269.8
229.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots1369.4
230.Isaac BruceWR49ers1668.9
231.Pierre GarconWRColts1668.5
232.Darrius Heyward-BeyWRRaiders1468.4
233.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers1068.3
234.Jason WrightRBCardinals1667.6
235.Michael BushRBRaiders1467.1
236.Mohamed MassaquoiWRBrowns1667.1
237.Maurice MorrisRBLions1366.9
238.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1666.2
239.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1665.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Willis McGaheeRBRavens1165.1
241.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1564.4
242.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings1064.3
243.Dominic RhodesRBBills1664.0
244.LenDale WhiteRBTitans1364.0
245.Todd HeapTERavens1363.5
246.Brian LeonardRBBengals1663.4
247.Kenny BrittWRTitans1462.8
248.Jerheme UrbanWRCardinals1462.6
249.Brent CelekTEEagles1662.1
250.Sidney RiceWRVikings1362.1
251.BengalsDEF1661.9
252.Bobby WadeWRVikings1661.5
253.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1661.4
254.JaguarsDEF1660.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Heath MillerTESteelers1460.0
256.Devery HendersonWRSaints1359.4
257.Hakeem NicksWRGiants1459.1
258.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboys1658.6
259.Laurent RobinsonWRRams1658.6
260.Donald LeeTEPackers1558.4
261.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1357.4
262.Dennis NorthcuttWRLions1457.3
263.Dwayne JarrettWRPanthers1356.2
264.Rashad JenningsRBJaguars1656.1
265.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1655.9
266.Alex SmithQB49ers654.4
267.Jeff GarciaQBRaiders1154.4
268.Kyle BollerQBRams1554.2
269.Ryan MoatsRBTexans1254.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Bo ScaifeTETitans1653.6
271.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1253.5
272.RaidersDEF1653.3
273.Andre CaldwellWRBengals1652.9
274.Justin HarperWRRavens1652.8
275.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys1452.2
276.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints1351.9
277.Javarris WilliamsRBChiefs1651.9
278.Brandon PettigrewTELions1651.2
279.Bobby EngramWRChiefs1050.8
280.Randy McMichaelTERams1250.3
281.Kevin CurtisWREagles1250.3
282.Samkon GadoRBRams1649.6
283.David ClowneyWRJets1348.3
284.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1348.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Malcom FloydWRChargers1648.1
286.Greg CamarilloWRDolphins1347.8
287.Louis MurphyWRRaiders1647.8
288.Jerome HarrisonRBBrowns1647.6
289.Derek AndersonQBBrowns447.2
290.James JonesWRPackers1246.3
291.Austin CollieWRColts1645.8
292.Jarett DillardWRJaguars1645.8
293.Brian St. PierreQBCardinals345.2
294.BroncosDEF1644.8
295.Michael RobinsonRB49ers1644.7
296.Mike HartRBColts1344.5
297.Pat WhiteQBDolphins1343.6
298.Robert MeachemWRSaints942.9
299.Kenneth DarbyRBRams1642.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Kevin BossTEGiants1642.6
301.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1642.5
302.BrownsDEF1642.5
303.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1542.3
304.Keenan BurtonWRRams1042.0
305.Jason AvantWREagles1641.3
306.Billy MillerTESaints1641.0
307.Todd BoumanQBJaguars1140.5
308.LaMont JordanRBBroncos1439.9
309.DeShawn WynnRBPackers939.7
310.Josh McCownQBPanthers639.5
311.Josh FreemanQBBuccaneers339.2
312.Jackie BattleRBChiefs1638.8
313.Michael VickQBEagles1638.3
314.Javon RingerRBTitans1638.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Ramses BardenWRGiants1638.1
316.ChiefsDEF1637.8
317.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1337.5
318.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneers1637.4
319.Chris BrownRBTexans937.4
320.Shawn NelsonTEBills1637.3
321.Vince YoungQBTitans1036.5
322.Mike FurreyWRBrowns1636.2
323.Chad HenneQBDolphins336.2
324.Aaron BrownRBLions1636.0
325.Jeremy MaclinWREagles1635.9
326.Derek SchoumanTEBills1335.6
327.Joshua CribbsWRBrowns1535.4
328.Leonard WeaverRBEagles1635.1
329.Brian ClarkWRBuccaneers1634.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Jabar GaffneyWRBroncos1633.7
331.Javon WalkerWRRaiders833.3
332.James CaseyTETexans1632.2
333.Brad SmithWRJets1431.8
334.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBills1630.9
335.Tim CarterWRRams1630.6
336.Limas SweedWRSteelers1229.9
337.Greg JonesRBJaguars1229.5
338.Daniel GrahamTEBroncos1629.5
339.Ronald CurryWRRams1129.4
340.Mike WallaceWRSteelers1628.9
341.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1628.9
342.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1628.9
343.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1628.7
344.Travis BeckumTEGiants1128.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Jason HillWR49ers1427.9
346.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks727.6
347.Martin RuckerTEBrowns1627.4
348.Zach MillerTEJaguars1627.2
349.RamsDEF1627.2
350.Daunte CulpepperQBLions826.4

* 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. 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. 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.