Tag:Tom Brady
Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:18 am
Edited on: September 8, 2009 4:21 am

2009 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback

After a journalistic hiatus of sorts, I've returned for some fantasy goodness.

Part of the reason for that hiatus was hours and hours of pouring into preparation for fantasy football. I'll be covering one of my teams as an example of what to do, and not to do in the future, but I want to share the good of what got me there: these rankings. There are no complete projections for them, but they are the combination of reading numerous publications, constant updates of training camp and preseason situations, listening to hours upon hours of podcasts, and absorbing anything else I could into a meticulous ranking system.

Keep in the mind these are for a standard settings league (4 pts. for passing touchdowns, no PPR, etc.). You'll notice players that I prefer to own, or tend to be players with good value this year, are indidcated by a + sign. And with no further ado, the QB rankings:


  1. Drew Brees (+)
  2. Tom Brady (+)
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Aaron Rodgers (+)
  5. Tony Romo
  6. Donovan McNabb
  7. Kurt Warner
  8. Matt Schaub (+)
  9. Philip Rivers
  10. Matt Ryan (+)
  11. Carson Palmer
  12. David Garrard (+)
  13. Ben Roethlisberger
  14. Jay Cutler
  15. Joe Flacco
  16. Matt Hasselback
  17. Matt Cassel
  18. Trent Edwards
  19. Brett Favre
  20. Shaun Hill
  21. Jason Campbell


  • Why 21? Well first of all I'm assuming a size of 12 owners in a league (and have always felt 10 is too few). Personally, I feel like Trent Edwards is the end of the last tier of backup quarterbacks I would prefer to own, but anything after these 21 certainly I won't own on any team of that many owners or fewer.
  • You're not going to find me taking Drew Brees or Tom Brady until about 18-20 players go off the board, and I don't think you should either. The "Fantastic Four" at wide receiver this year and a group of about a dozen running backs should go first before you reach for either of the gunslingers. I landed Brady with the 25th overall pick, or the first pick of the third round in one of my leagues, and if you get him there it's great value.
  • I'd say the top nine on my rankings, and throw in Cutler or maybe Palmer, are going in the early-to-mid rounds, and then there's a pretty steep drop off while teams establish depth. Pairing a couple of the guys that come after Rivers, who I believe to be overrated by some rankings this year, isn't a bad idea either.

I'll be back with some draft results of a league tomorrow, as well as the next part of some rankings.
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