Revised Top Ten Fantasy Football Quarterbacks for 2009
1. Drew Brees
Brees is still top dog. Although Tom Brady has answered some early questions, he still is more of a risk than Brees as the top gunslinger.
Previous Ranking: #1
2. Tom Brady
Brady has answered some questions like I stated. I moved him up a slot because now Manning has questions. Brady and Bill will want to prove they are the reason for the explosive offense.
Previous Ranking: #3
3. Peyton Manning
You have been able to pencil Manning for a solid 4000 yard, 25-28 TD season for forever, but without Dungy and Harrison, Manning doesn’t seem to be the lock he once was.
Previous Ranking: #2
4. Kurt Warner
Boldin is still in town. Warner’s fantasy football playoff schedule of San Francisco, Detroit, and St. Louis in Weeks 14-16 solidify his high ranking.
Previous Ranking: #4
5. Aaron Rodgers
It’s been a quiet offseason for Rodgers and the Packers. After last year’s fiasco, it must be very welcoming. Rodgers can concentrate on playing football, something he did quite well last year despite the distractions. I expect him to be even better in 2009.
Previous Ranking: #5
6. Philip Rivers
They won’t throw as much, but Rivers has so many weapons (Gates, LT, Chambers, Vincent Jackson, Floyd, Sproles, etc.) that he’ll be just fine.
Previous Ranking: #6
7. Tony Romo
Romo is another one who has to be enjoying the relative quiet the departure of T.O. has created. If Roy Williams can step up, Romo could be better by subtraction.
Previous Ranking: #7
8. Donovan McNabb
The addition of Jeremy Maclin, even if he’s similar to DeSean Jackson, is enough for me to move him up a couple of slots.
Previous Ranking: #10
9. Matt Ryan
Ryan wasn’t in the first top ten group, but Atlanta has added Tony Gonzalez, the best pass-catching Tight End in NFL history. With Gonzo, Roddy White, and Michael Jenkins, Ryan will have plenty of options.
Previous Ranking: Unranked
10. Carson Palmer
Palmer is still in my top ten, but he’s fading fast. It appears that Ocho Cinco is going to be a problem again in 2009.
Previous Ranking: #9
*Jay Cutler was previous #8, but his move to Chicago and the lack of weapons moved him out of my top ten.
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