Tag:Larry Fitzgerald
Posted on: September 11, 2009 9:26 pm

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

With getting out my 2009 overall fantasy football rankings on here and amongst other places, I'm a little late admittedly on these. I'm omitting players from last night's Steelers-Titans defensive battle. It was a tough blow overall for Steelers fans and owners of their defense losing Troy Polamalu for 3-6 weeks. The guy was everywhere on the field last night, covering Bo Scaife or making plays in the secondary. Willie Parker looked downright awful as well, and I might have been overrating him in moving him up in my rankings at the last minute upon word that he would get the majority of carries. Maybe it's just the hamstring still recovering, we'll see next week.


  1. Drew Brees vs. DET
  2. Tom Brady vs. BUF
  3. Payton Manning vs. JAC
  4. Aaron Rodgers vs. CHI
  5. Kurt Warner vs. SF
  6. Donovan McNabb @CAR
  7. Matt Schaub vs. NYJ
  8. Tony Romo @TB
  9. Matt Hasselback vs. STL
  10. Philip Rivers @OAK
  11. Carson Palmer vs. DEN
  12. Matt Ryan vs. MIA
  13. Jay Cutler @GB
  14. Joe Flacco vs. KC
  15. Kyle Orton @CIN
  16. David Garrard @ IND
  17. Chad Pennington @ATL
  18. Shaun Hill @ARI
  19. Jake Delhomme vs. PHI
  20. Brett Favre @ CLE
  • One discrepency between my rankings and a lot of others you'll see is having Rivers barely in the top 10; I've seen him as high as No. 4 some places. The Raiders actually finished 10th in YPGa, but allowed hoards of points. I think those points come on the ground, not in the air. San Diego will try to pound the rock with Tomlinson and Sproles more than the pass, so I wouldn't expect much more than 200 yards from Rivers.
  • I'm sure the Dolphins will see a heavy dose of Michael Turner Sunday, but I'm betting that the playbook opens up and Matt Ryan will "do work" against the Dolphins secondary, in which two of their top three corners are rookies.
  • Don't overrate Brett Favre in his return, especially against an underrated Browns secondary. The Vikings would be smart to play conservative all day, no pun intended, with a Cleveland team that is good at mixing up coverages and creating turnovers. However many touchdowns Favre throws, I say he throws that many INTs as well.

Running Backs

  1. Adrian Peterson @ CLE
  2. LaDanian Tomlinson @OAK
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew @IND
  4. Matt Forte vs. @GB
  5. Steven Jackson @SEA
  6. DeAngelo Williams vs. PHI
  7. Michael Turner vs. MIA
  8. Frank Gore @ARI
  9. DeAngelo Williams vs. PHI
  10. Brian Westbrook @CAR
  11. Steve Slaton vs. NYJ
  12. Brandon Jacobs vs. WAS
  13. Ray Rice vs. KC
  14. Marion Barber vs. @TB
  15. Cedric Benson vs. DEN
  16. Kevin Smith vs. NO
  17. Ryan Grant vs. CHI
  18. Clinton Portis @NYG
  19. Ronnie Brown @ATL
  20. Thomas Jones @HOU
  21. Julius Jones vs. STL
  22. Fred Jackson @NE
  23. Darren McFadden vs. SD
  24. Knowshon Moreno @CIN
  25. Mike Bell @DET
  26. Joseph Addai vs. JAC
  27. Reggie Bush @DET
  28. Chris Wells vs. SF
  29. Donald Brown vs. JAC
  30. Derrick Ward vs. DAL
  31. Cadillac Williams vs. DAL
  32. Leon Washington @HOU
  33. Felix Jones @TB
  34. Peyton Hillis @CIN
  35. Le'Ron McClain vs. KC
  36. Tim Hightower vs. SF
  • Sticking with my overall 2009 rankings, appropriately the top four running backs in those are at the top of this list. Jones-Drew draws possibly the toughest matchup, but history has shown he's had big games against the Colts, so don't be scared away. 
  • I'm weary of some of the time-shares that guys like Slaton and Barber will face. News that Chris Brown will steal carries in Houston tempers by enthusiasm for Slaton slightly. I like Felix Jones to get involved as well, but the Bucs defensive tackles(see: Ryan Sims, failure in Kansas City) and even linebackers are no match for a wrecking machine like MBIII. After we see what kind of splits occur in Week 1, going forward with these running back situations will be much easier for owners.
  • I've seen Thomas Jones higher and lower, and not saying that the Texans are stalwarts against the Run, but Leon Washington will steal his fire and be a safety valve for Sanchez in the passing game. Does he break 100 yards, maybe, I'm not conviced of a score though. I feel like Jones and the next three or four guys below him are fairly interchangable in value this week.
  • For a guy that went undrafted in nearly all leagues, Mike Bell is a great sleeper value for Week 1, and I'm buying in him having more value than Reggie Bush in leagues that don't factor returns. How does 15-20 carries, including goal line chances, along with one or two TD upside sound? I'm starting him over Brandon Marshall, Josh Morgan and Derrick Ward for reference in one league.
  • Speaking of Ward, I'm still buying him as the best bet at running back for the Bucs this week, and the rest of the year. He led the league last year in YPC-average, and can catch passes. Not only that, but he fits the zone-blocking scheme in Tampa. Maybe because I invested so much in him myself I'm getting behind him, but the guy had over 1,400 total yards last year. OK, I'm done.

Wide Receivers

  1. Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF
  2. Calvin Johnson @NO
  3. Randy Moss vs. BUF
  4. Marques Colston vs. DET
  5. Andre Johnson vs. NYJ
  6. Roddie White vs. MIA
  7. Reggie Wayne vs. JAC
  8. Greg Jennings vs. CHI
  9. Steve Smith vs. PHI
  10. Anquan Boldin vs. SF (if playing)
  11. Chad OchoCinco vs. DEN
  12. Wes Welker vs. BUF
  13. Eddie Royal @CIN
  14. T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs. STL
  15. Vincent Jackson @OAK
  16. Anthony Gonzalez vs. JAC
  17. Dwayne Bowe @BAL
  18. Terrell Owens @NE
  19. DeSean Jackson @CAR
  20. Antonio Bryant vs. DAL
  21. Jerricho Cotchery @HOU
  22. Roy Williams @TB
  23. Derrick Mason vs. KC
  24. Braylon Edwards vs. MIN
  25. Lance Moore vs. DET
  26. Kevin Walter (if playing)
  27. Donald Driver vs. CHI
  28. Brandon Marshall @CIN
  29. Devin Hester @GB
  30. Santana Moss @NYG
  31. Lee Evans @NE
  32. Josh Morgan @ARI
  33. Donnie Avery @SEA
  34. Ted Ginn Jr. @ATL
  35. Laveraneus Coles vs. DEN
  36. Chris Henry vs. DEN
  • Johnson is going to see an astronomical amount of targets against the Saints. I ranked Fitzgerald and Johnson No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the year, but Johnson is all he's been advertised and better. I had a chance to see him in two-a-days, and this guy plays with DBs like you played with G.I. Joes as a kid. On the other side of the ball, Colston is ahead of Johnson. Why? Against the Lions last year, 99 yards, and two touchdowns. Why not again is the better question.
  • I like the top 13 this week all as strong bets to either top 100 yards, or score multiple times. And yes, by reflection of my rankings, you should see that I'm predicting a bounce-back year by Chad "don't call me Johnson" OchoCinco. If you think otherwise, child please.
  • What's the concern about Matt Cassel playing or not for Bowe owners? Bowe put up roughly 1,000 yards and five TDs in 2007 when Brodie Croyle played a majority of games. He's going to see plenty of looks no matter who's under center. 
  • If Walter plays, he draws a good matchup. Other questionables? Bernard Berrian has been dealing with a hamstring issue as well, but I'm more skeptical there. That's tough for owners who drafted him as a low No. 2 or high No. 3, but he's better left out of lineups this week either way, so I'd make other plans.

Tight Ends

  1. Antonio Gates @OAK
  2. Jason Witten @TB
  3. Dallas Clark vs. JAC
  4. Greg Olsen @GB
  5. Tony Gonzalez vs. MIA
  6. Owen Daniels vs. NYJ
  7. Chris Cooley @NYG
  8. Zach Miller vs. SD
  9. Dustin Keller @HOU
  10. John Carlson vs. STL
  11. Jeremy Shockey vs. DET
  12. Kellen Winslow vs. DAL
  • Maybe not every week, but based on the matchups, I wouldn't have a problem starting any of these guys this week. Of their particular assignments they draw on defense, I like Witten, Olsen, Miller and Carlson best. Clark had great numbers against the Jaguars last year, as well.


  1. Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
  2. Minnesota Vikings @CLE
  3. New York Giants vs. WAS
  4. Dallas Cowboys @TB
  5. San Diego Chargers @OAK
  6. Philadelphia Eagles @CAR
  7. New Orleans Saints vs. DET
  8. New England Patriots vs. BUF
  9. Green Bay Packers vs. CHI
  10. Seattle Seahawks vs. STL
  11. New York Jets @HOU
  12. Indianapolis Colts vs. JAC
  • The Ravens, Vikings, Giants and Cowboys will all feast with sacks on their opposing offenses, and the Eagles, even without the late Jim Johnson, will throw blitzes at Jake Delhomme.
  • The Saints are a great sleeper defense this week, especially with DE's Charles Grant and Will Smith not being suspended. They'll be like Jaws when they close in on Matt Stafford and a typically mediocre Lions offensive line.
  • I'd like to be starting one of the top 10 listed above this week. The Jets and the Colts face teams that will give them problems, even.
Whether I rank kickers or not in the future is TBA, but I'll be attending the Notre Dame/Michigan game in Ann Arbor tomorrow afternoon, so they're getting cut this time. Enjoy, and discussion is always welcome.
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