With the 2009 fantasy football season about to get under way, here are my top 60 overall quarterback QB rankings to begin the 2009 season. Rankings are based on a normal mixed NFC/AFC one-year redraft fantasy football league, with scoring categories including: passing yards, passing touchdowns, interceptions, rushing/receiving yards, rushing/receiving touchdowns. Each players age for the 2009 season is listed after their name.
BUST = player will register far below last seasons stat totals
BREAKOUT = player has the potential to have a career year in 2009
SLEEPER = player will be a late round pick or go undrafted and has the potential to produce solid fantasy stats in 2009
BOUNCEBACK = player is either returning from injury or is coming off of a down season and has the potential to rebound in 2009
Rankings Updated: June 29, 2009
Quarterback (QB) Rankings – 2009
1. Drew Brees – New Orleans (29)
Entering the prime of his career at age 29, Brees has been one of the most consistent fantasy football quarterbacks over the past five seasons. With a solid offensive core surrounding him, Brees is a clear-cut top 3 fantasy football quarterback option entering the 2009 season.
2008 Stats: 5,069 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions
2009 Projections: 4,800 passing yards, 30-35 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions
2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (33)
Even after a so-so 2008 campaign, Manning is still a definite top 5 overall fantasy football quarterback option entering the 2009 season. With healthy offensive pieces surrounding him including Reggie Wayne, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, and rookie running back Donald Brown entering the mix this year, Manning should once again have a stellar season for fantasy football teams in 2009.
2008 Stats: 4,002 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions
2009 Projections: 4,000 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, 10-15 interceptions
3. Tom Brady – New England (32)
As long as Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and a plethora of NFL capable running backs surround Brady, there is no reason why he shouldn’t return to his pre-injury fantasy football status in 2009. Expecting an excellent but not record breaking year seems realistic from Brady during the 2009 season.
2008 Stats: 76 passing yards, 0 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions
2009 Projections: 3,800 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions
4. Kurt Warner – Arizona (38)
Warner is back in the Arizona desert and he will have an opportunity to once again be a top fantasy football quarterback in 2009. With Pro-Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, up-and-comer Steve Breaston, and rookie Chris Beanie Wells in the offensive mix for the Cardinals, Warner should once again put up Pro-Bowl caliber stats during the 2009 season. And if Anquan Boldin remains with the team for the 2009 season, Warner could be an MVP candidate even at age 38 this season.
2008 Stats: 4,583 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, 14 interceptions
2009 Projections: 4,400 passing yards, 30-35 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions
5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (26)
After just one full season as a starting quarterback in the NFL, Rodgers has the makings of being a Pro-Bowl quarterback. Expecting Rodgers to exceed his 2008 stat totals for the 2009 season is very realistic.
2008 Stats: 4,038 passing yards, 28 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions, 207 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
2009 Projections: 4,000 passing yards, 25-30 touchdown passes, 10-15 interceptions, 200 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
6. Tony Romo – Dallas (28)
At age 28 to begin the 2009 season, Romo is entering the prime of his career. And the best news for Romo this season, may actually be that he no longer has to worry about forcing the ball to Terrell Owens. With playmakers like Jason Witten, Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Roy Williams surrounding him, Romo should enjoy plenty of success during the 2009 season.
2008 Stats: 3,448 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes, 14 interceptions
2009 Projections: 3,800 passing yards, 25-30 touchdown passes, 12-16 interceptions
7. Donovan McNabb – Philadelphia (32)
After a rough start but extremely strong finish to the 2008 season, everyone is seemingly once again hopping on the McNabb band wagon to begin the 2009 season. Luckily for McNabb and his fantasy football owners alike, the Eagles made it a priority to upgrade the offense as they brought in potential game breaking rookies LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. McNabb could easily be headed for another Pro-Bowl season in 2009.
2008 Stats: 3,916 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions, 147 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
2009 Projections: 3,800 passing yards, 20-25 touchdown passes, 10-15 interceptions, 200 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
8. Philip Rivers – San Diego (27)
Entering the 2009 season, Rivers appears to have taken over the Chargers franchise star role from LaDainian Tomlinson. With an increase in stats across the board last season that led Rivers to have the best fantasy football season of his career in 2008, he is definitely worthy of a top 10 overall fantasy football quarterback ranking entering the 2009 season.
2008 Stats: 4,009 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions
2009 Projections: 3,800 passing yards, 25 touchdown passes, 10-15 interceptions
9. Jay Cutler – Chicago (26)
Before the trade to the Bears, Cutler would have been worth a top 5 overall fantasy football quarterback ranking. Yet the Bears offense does have a decent amount of offensive playmakers, and it only seems appropriate that Cutler makes them that much better. And let’s not forget that a quarterback’s best friend is the running game, and we all know the Bears can run the ball with Matt Forte. Overall, Cutler should still have a very solid fantasy football year in 2009.
2008 Stats: 4,526 passing yards, 25 touchdown passes, 18 interceptions, 200 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
2009 Projections: 3,700 passing yards, 18-22 touchdown passes, 14-18 interceptions, 150 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
10. Matt Schaub – Houston (28) BREAKOUT
If Schaub can put together a full season without getting injured, he clearly has the potential to post Pro-Bowl numbers during the 2009 season. With star playmakers including Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, Owen Daniels and even the emerging Kevin Walter, Schaub could finally have a breakout and career year in 2009. So don’t sleep on him during your draft.
2008 Stats: 3,043 passing yards, 15 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions, 68 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
2009 Projections: 4,000 passing yards, 20-30 touchdown passes, 10-15 interceptions
11. Matt Ryan – Atlanta (24) BREAKOUT
12. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati (28) BOUNCEBACK
13. Eli Manning – New York Giants (28)
14. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (27)
15. Matt Cassel – Kansas City (27)
16. Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle (34) BOUNCEBACK
17. Kyle Orton – Denver (26)
18. Jake Delhomme – Carolina (34)
19. Jason Campbell – Washington (27)
20. David Garrard – Jacksonville (31)
21. Joe Flacco – Baltimore (24) SLEEPER
22. Trent Edwards – Buffalo (26)
23. Chad Pennington – Miami (33)
24. Brady Quinn – Cleveland (25) SLEEPER
25. Marc Bulger – St. Louis (32)
26. Sage Rosenfels – Minnesota (31) SLEEPER
27. Derek Anderson – Cleveland (26)
28. Shaun Hill – San Francisco (29)
29. JaMarcus Russell – Oakland (24)
30. Kerry Collins – Tennessee (36)
31. Matthew Stafford – Detroit (21) SLEEPER
32. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets (22)
33. Brett Favre – Free Agent (40) BUST
34. Pat White – Miami (23)
35. Byron Leftwich – Tampa Bay (29) SLEEPER
36. Daunte Culpepper – Detroit (32)
37. Vince Young – Tennessee (26)
38. Chris Simms – Denver (29)
39. Kellen Clemens – New York Jets (26) SLEEPER
40. Alex Smith – San Francisco (25) SLEEPER
41. Luke McCown – Tampa Bay (28)
42. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay (21) SLEEPER
43. Matt Leinart – Arizona (26)
44. Kyle Boller – St. Louis (28)
45. Jeff Garcia – Oakland (39)
46. Tarvaris Jackson – Minnesota (26)
47. Brodie Croyle – Kansas City (26)
48. Brett Ratliff – Cleveland (24) SLEEPER
49. Chad Henne – Miami (24)
50. John David Booty – Minnesota (24)
51. Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia (25)
52. Troy Smith – Baltimore (25)
53. Tyler Thigpen – Kansas City (25)
54. JP Losman – Free Agent (28)
55. David Carr – New York Giants (30)
56. Jon Kitna – Dallas (37)
57. Colt Brennan – Washington (26)
58. Stephen McGee – Dallas (23)
59. Nate Davis – San Francisco (22)
60. Drew Stanton – Detroit (25)
Not sure about my rankings, sleeper, breakout or bust picks for this upcoming season? Check out my 2008 QB rankings, sleepers, breakouts and busts from last year to see how I did.
Complete Look Back at my 2008 QB Rankings & Predictions.
Quick Preview Look Back at my 2008 Predictions:
My worst prediction by far from last season was ranking Carson Palmer at #4. However since it was an injury that did him in, and not just because he played bad, you can’t fault my prediction all that much.
#4 = Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals BREAKOUT
This time last year Palmer was often rated as the second best quarterback behind Peyton Manning. Yet with an explosive team in Cincinnati (both on and off the field), Palmer suffered through most of the 2007 season. However if some of that explosiveness (on the field that is) can return, with the likes of Rudi Johnson, TJ Houshmandzadeh and possibly even the best player of the bunch Chad Johnson, Palmer could once again return to fantasy greatness in 2008.
My best overall predictions included five right-on-the-money calls. Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers both were breakout players as predicted, Chad Pennington was a great late round sleeper pick, Ben Roethlisberger had a down year as suspected, and David Garrard was indeed a one year wonder.
#13 = Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers BREAKOUT
Coming back from a torn ACL isn’t easy, but Rivers has definitely shown the fire and drive to succeed at anything. A breakout year may just be in the works.
#17 = Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers BREAKOUT
No Favre, No Problem. Right? Let’s hope so, because Green Bay’s supporting cast should definitely be able to ease the transition for Rodgers. And if not, then Green Bay’s other fantasy stars (Donald Driver, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Donald Lee, and even Mason Crosby) will all see a negative effect on their stats as well.
#35 = Chad Pennington – New York Jets SLEEPER
#6 = Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers BUST
#16 = David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars BUST
Just simply not sure what to think of Garrard yet. He could continue on last years ride or he may just fall apart and be a one year wonder.
Complete Look Back at my 2008 QB Rankings & Predictions.