Top Ten Quarterbacks for 2009

Mar 12, 2009
This is my preseason top ten.Click here for my Midseason revised rankings.

Click here for my Second Half rankings.

1. Drew Brees
All he did was pass for 5069 yards and 34 TDs last year despite having his top wideout, Marques Colston, miss five games.  In his three years with New Orleans Drew is averaging 4637 yards and 29 TDs.  To put it into perspective, Peyton Manning has never thrown for 4600 yards in a season.
2. Peyton Manning
Old reliable.  He has never thrown less that 26 TD passes in a season.  Only twice has his passing yardage dipped below the 4000 yard mark.  You can pretty much pencil him in for 4200 yards and 28 TDs.  Others may finish ahead of him, but the come at a higher risk.  For example, in 2006 the top five QBs were Manning, Brees, Bulger, Palmer, and Kitna.  In 2007 it was Brady, Romo, Manning, Big Ben, and Brees.  Last year it was Brees, Rodgers, Rivers, Culter, and Warner (Manning was sixth).  The two constants are Brees and Manning, who happen to be my top two fantasy QBs for 2009,

3. Tom Brady
I know he’s coming off a major injury, but he’s had far more time than Carson Palmer had to rehab when he tore his knee.  Brady had 4806 yards and 50 TDs in 2007.  50 TDs.  Randy Moss and Wes Welker are still there.  Plus, don’t you get the feeling Bill Belichick wants Brady to put up huge numbers to discredit Josh McDaniels’ influence?  Matt Cassel was seventh in QB scoring last year, and with all due respect to Mr. Cassel, he is no Tom Brady.

4.  Kurt Warner
QB is the one position where players can maintain their excellence well into their thirties.  As long as Anquan Boldin is with the Cardinals, Warner remains one of the top QBs.  Even if he holds out or forces a trade, Warner has great weapons in Fitz, Steve Breaston, and Jerheme Urban.

5.  Aaron Rodgers
Rogers impressed me last year.  He was the second highest scoring QB despite having to deal with the Brett Favre circus and expectations.  With a year under his belt and a training camp in which he can just focus on football, I expect Rodgers to be the top young QB next year.  He has plenty of weapons and his ability to add points with his feet are a huge help.
6.  Philip Rivers
I would rank Rivers higher, but I think he’ll have a couple of factors working against him next year.  First and foremost, I believe the Chargers Defense will be better in 2009.  They won’t be in as many shootouts next year.  Second, as their D improves, their reliance on the ground game will increase.  LT should be healthy and Sproles will get more carries.  Rivers’ yardage will remain around 4000, but the TD number (34) will take a hit.
7.  Tony Romo
Romo will miss T.O. on the field.  It’s had to replace a double-digit TD guy.  Roy Williams is solid, but he’s not T.O.  Defenses will be able to key in on Jason Witten more, meaning is go-to-guy could have more difficulty getting open.  Plus, with a trio of backs in MB3, Felix Jones, and Choice, the Cowboys could get back to more smashmouth football.
8.  Jay Cutler
In a perfect world Jay Cutler would probably be the third guy on my list.  Unfortunately there are several strikes against him.  Namely the ongoing drama with his new Coach and the potential four-game suspension of his top target Brandon Marshall.  He has the ability to climb this list, but as of now I’m a little leery of his situation.
9.  Carson Palmer
A healthy Palmer should easily be able to crack the Top 10.  Laveranues Coles is no T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but he’s a solid wideout.  As long as Chad Ocho Cinco doesn’t force his way out of Cincinnati, Palmer should be able to throw for 4000 and 25 TDs.
10.  Donovan McNabb
Even if his team won’t give him the tools he needs to do his job, McNabb will find a way to make it work.  He always does.  Kevin Curtis should be healthy and DeSean Jackson has a year of experience.

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30 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Azeem Sherwani
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    I’m a big Packers fan and I hope to see Rodgers to do well again next season and I hope for the defense to hold their own in games. The Packers D cost us many games and even a playoff spot.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    They had a lot of injuries on D last year. I think they’ll be fine. Should challenge for the division.

  3. awesome
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    dammit what’s marshall getting suspended for now!?!?

  4. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    He got arrested for fighting, but the chargers were dropped. The NFL doesn’t care though. You don’t need a conviction to get a suspension.

  5. CK0712
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    grass hopper, what happened to your page? it’s all stretched out & funky looking :( or is it just me?

    I like the picks, especially Kurt, Mr. Hottness himself :) ya such a chick thang to say!

    LOVE the way ya worded it out for Donovan too Lester’s!!

  6. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Not sure. I knew you’d like the Hotness pick, lol. McNabb’s my guy and that’s pretty much what he’s done is whole career. Borderline HOFer that had to work with James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Freddy “4th and 26th” Mitchell, and a bunch of other stiffs.

  7. CK0712
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    k, it’s back to normal now, odd!

    HA! i love your analogy

    that had to work with James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Freddy “4th and 26th” Mitchell, and a bunch of other stiffs.

    SOOOOO true :(

  8. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    He had one solid wr and a super talented RB that fell into their lap. Can you imagine what the Eagles would be like if Westy didn’t blow everyone’s expectations out of the water like he has?

  9. CK0712
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    i know *sigh* i know! since lurie made forbes billionaire list, maybe he can put a chunk of change into the team *insert sarcasm here*

  10. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Yeah, right after he pays off his debt.

  11. CK0712
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:34 am #


    i almost spit water all over my keyboard when i read your reply!

  12. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    we will see if Tom is really 100%

    I’m skeptical

    his type of injury usually takes at least 18 months to heal from

    and that’s without the complications that he has had

    O’Connell may see snaps

  13. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:36 am #


  14. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    I think TB will be fine 3rd. Optimist in me. Hard to say because the Pats give you nothing.

  15. Frank
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    OH my how Carson has fallen .. then again, his a Bengal.

  16. LestersLegends
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    He came back well from injury last time. We’ll see if he can do it again.

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  18. Vince
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    This is a really great top ten list, Brees basically carried my fantasy team last season. You can post this to our site and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  19. LestersLegends
    March 14th, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    Thanks Vince.

  20. chris
    May 20th, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Heres how it should go…
    1. Tom Brady, 50 tds and only 7 ints amazing and the best ever when he has weapons and isn’t hurt, also he did win 3 out of 4 superbowls
    2. Peyton Manning, unlike brees, peyton won a superbowl. Peyton Manning also is always over the 4000 mark and 26 tds
    3. Drew Brees every year is NOW a big year, but he will never win a superbowl
    4. Kurt Warner, best weapons in the game, he threw for 4,500 and more last year and always is over 300 for a game
    5. Phillip River, my opinion he did the best completion passing last year, he has the highest qb rating at 107 thats amazing and threw for over 30 tds
    6. Donovan McNabb, reason for being this high and higher than big ben is, he has no weapons and still gets the job done,One year he will get a superbowl, This could be the year, he always is in the conference championship too. AMAZING!!!
    7. Ben Roethisberger, realy shouldn’t be this high but he is caus of his d, he won 2 superbowls, always is in the playoffs with the rest of these guys, and in his best year he threw for over 30 tds and 4000 yards, more than McNabb
    8. Jay Cutler, usually you wont get qbs to throw for over 4,500 yards, maybe once out of two years you will get some, but last year alot did and ppl forgot that jay cutler did, he put up some good friken numbers
    9. Eli Manning, he doesn’t put up good numbers, but he won a supberbowl, is a town and cities favorite, and lives in big apple city new york, he also happens to drop his int’s a year to like 20 to 10 thats good. he is now reliable to get the job done, i hate to say it cause im a huge eagles fan but when i watch the giants game i no that eli is going to get the job done also im some times scared when the score is 27 21 eagles when the eagles vs them and Eli and Jacobs has the ball at their twenty with 50 seconds left, their probably going to win
    10. Tony Romo I hate to put him in here but he has had seasons with good numbers, but every year for the last three years(onnly three years he acctualy played) he chokes at the end and i am not going to say what they are. Also with out T.O he is doomed. he is going to be the new trent edwards and trent is going to be the new tony romo. watch out jessica simpson. also i realy hate tony romo and T.O

  21. LestersLegends
    May 20th, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    I guess I should have specified fantasy QBs.

  22. Brendan Fox
    July 31st, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    #1 Tom Brady #2 EliManning then Old QBs #1 Joe Montana #2 Troy Aikman #3 John Elway WR #1 Randy Moss #2 T.O #3 Jerry Rice

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  24. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    What !!! how can you not include Favre and Rothlisberger. You will change your mind when the Steelers chalk up #7

  25. LestersLegends
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    I did not see Favre having the year he’s having. Big Ben really has become a top tier fantasy QB. You are right

  26. josnell (ny giants fan)
    December 3rd, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    Wasuppp! Big blue is havin trouble dis year , he has no g00g wrs bt steve smith and mario are maning up

  27. josnell (ny giants fan)
    December 3rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Wasuppp! Big blue is havin trouble dis year , he has no g00d wrs bt steve smith and mario are maning up

  28. Packerfan
    January 7th, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    favre should be #2 and not Peyton Manning. I am a Packer’s fan and i still want to say that brett favre is a great quarterback and has had a better year than manning.

  29. Jeffrey
    February 11th, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    ahhh.. what you all know about AARON RODGERS!? Tore it up all year… and…. The Pro Bowl! Watch out… Rodgers has better numbers than ROMO so… Chris… You got it all wrong son!

  30. LestersLegends
    February 11th, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Jeffrey, you’d be happy to know I have Rodgers ranked #1 for 2010.

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