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Top 100 Player Rankings – Fantasy Football

Dave’s Top 100 Fantasy Football Players For 2009

Fantasy Football Draft Guide – Top 100 Player Rankings

Are you in the market for fantasy football draft info? Or Player Rankings + Top 100 player cheat sheets for your 2009 fantasy draft?

Pre-season is nearly upon us, so for the next few weeks we encourage you to be checking out our fantasy football draft guide for all your rankings and analysis for the upcoming league drafts that you’re going to be participating in.

A quick look at MY preseason top 100 fantasy football rankings & picks if a draft were to be held today.

My NFL Fantasy football player rankings big board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 100 fantasy football players.

Rank | Player | Pos | Team | Bye Week

1. Adrian Peterson RB MIN 9

No surprise here. Good for a TD per game. The only downfall is in PPR leagues.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 7

No Fragile Fred to steal some of the 439 touches that Jacksonville gave to the RBs last year. This is a run first team and with the addition of Tory Holt, there is a true #1 receiver to keep the D honest.

3. LaDainian Tomlinson RB SD 5

I know that LT is the dreaded 30 yrs. old, but a healthy LT promises to pile up the yards and receptions this year. Keep in mind that SD will be looking to finally reach the plateau that has eluded them in years past. A solidified D, a maturing Philip Rivers, and 2 games each against Oak, Den, and KC doesn’t hurt either

4. Matt Forte RB CHI 5

Every sign points to Matt having a stellar sophomore year. Overall touches ranked near the top of the league last year and there is no reason to think that Kevin Jones will steal many of them. Add Jay Cutler to the mix and you have the recipe for an outstanding Fantasy year.

5. Steven Jackson RB STL 9

Ranked high because he is the quintessential dual-threat back. As possibly the ONLY Ram with any value, Jackson, barring injury, could conceivably have 1000 yards rushing AND receiving this year. Injury is ALWAYS a concern however

6. Michael Turner RB ATL 4

2nd year in an offense that surprised everyone last year, and there is no reason for the Falcons to slow down. Plagued by a more difficult schedule this year, it would be easy to think that Turner could take a step back. Matt Ryan and Roddy White only serve to bolster Turner’s value. Draft Mike and expect ate least a couple of 200 yd. games

7. DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 4

A lot of happy Williams owners rode him to FF titles last year. This year could be the same. Although he doesn’t possess the pass catching I would like to see, he is able to rip off a 60 yd. td almost at will.

8. Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 4

Ahhh Larry! He will be a monster this year- good for 15 TD’s. Hands, size and trust make him a sure-fire 1st rounder!

9. Randy Moss WR NE 8

The best weapon in the best offense in the league. The only question is if he will reach 20 TD’s again. 100 catches and 15-20 TD’s. is guaranteed.

10. Chris Johnson RB TEN 7

When Jeff Fisher says that you are in line for more work, and you are in one of the most prolific running schemes, chances are that you will do well. Johnson’s only real challenge is Lendale “Oprah Diets” White. His potential to catch the ball bumps him up a notch into the 2nd tier of RB’s.

11. Drew Brees QB NO 5

Difficult to argue drafting the top QB in the 1st round. One only has to look at the projected 35-40 TD’s and realize that Drew Brees is a Fantasy goldmine. A healthy Colston and Bush make Brees as sure a thing as there is.

12. Frank Gore RB SF 6

You can depend on a heavy workload in a RB friendly offense. SF is going to HAVE to run the ball to win. The passing game ain’t gonna get it done!

13. Clinton Portis RB WAS 8

Solid and consistent. Not a very sexy pick, but Clinton has the potential and WILL to be more than a serviceable #1 RB. He’s only 28 and will have to be a focal point on a team that has a lot to prove.

14. Andre Johnson WR HOU 10

Love the Andre!!! Only thing that scares me is the fact that Dan Orlovsky WILL take over when Schaub gets hurt. Now, if someone would tell Owen Daniels to simmer down on the td catches, Andre could be this year’s #1 wideout.

15. Brandon Jacobs RB NYG 10

Increased touches due to the departure of quality backups puts Jacobs in the borderline round 1-2 range. Guaranteed touchdowns makes Brandon an extremely intriguing option. The absence of a true #1 WR could hurt or help Jacob’s value. We are betting the latter.

16. Steve Slaton RB HOU 10

Showed great improvement toward the end of last year. As the primary ball carrier in a potential potent offence, Slaton could surprise with double digit TD’s and 5 or so catches per game. You could do far worse at this position

17. Peyton Manning QB IND 6

Lots of uncertainty with the new coaches. One thing remains true – Peyton’s ability to manage a game and find Wayne Clark and Gonzales. Optimism surrounding the running game is unfounded. Peyton is going to have to win a lot of games with his arm.

18. Tom Brady QB NE 8

A little bit low? Maybe, but consider the injury and the fact that Brady hasn’t played a game in nearly a year. Still, with his weapons, Brady could slip this low and turn out to be steal of the draft. The injury scares me, but not enough to not take him with my 2nd pick.

19. Reggie Wayne WR IND 6

No Marvin – No problem! One thing is for certain – the Colts will throw. Who better to grab than the BEST receiver on a predominantly throwing team? Good for 1300 yards and 10 TD’s.

20. Steve Smith WR CAR 4

Still an elite WR and he hasn’t punched a teammate yet – things are looking up for Steve! Anything less than 1500 yards and 9 TD’s. would be a disappointment. Too bad he has to rely on Delhomme!

21. Brian Westbrook RB PHI 4

Injury is a BIG issue here. Training camp injuries could be a blessing though. He will be the feature back in a great offense. He catches the ball and shows up every game. What’s not to like? Oh yak – that durability issue.

22. Greg Jennings WR GB 5

A true beast and a favorite target of one of the up and coming QB’s in the league. 1 year under their belts together should spell fantasy success. Double-digit TD’s is very realistic and 1300 yards is very attainable.

23. Roddy White WR ATL 4

Great last year – now watch him flourish as Tony Gonzales takes some of the pressure off. With a more comfortable Matt Ryan, count on Roddy to light it up this year

24. Terrell Owens WR BUF 9

Wow, how the self professed might have fallen. No on will doubt his ability, but if he can’t make it work with a top tier QB (Romo & McNabb), how is he gonna do with Trent Edwards – ugh!

25. Calvin Johnson WR DET 7

Many have him higher based on his immense talent. I tend to think that the uncertainty at QB will result in a frustrating year in Detroit (what else is new). We all know what happens when you mix a wideout with feelings of frustration!

26. Marques Colston WR NO 5

The run of WR’s continues. Colston is another player you have to love. With a top ranked QB to get him the ball, watch Marq eclipse double digit TD’s.

27. Marion Barber RB DAL 6

A team with lofty expectations HAS to use its best players – MB is it. Although there is plenty of snakes to steal touches, MB will still get his! Look for double digit TD’s and don’t forget about his pass catching ability.

28. Ronnie Brown RB MIA 6

Not shy about his own abilities, Ronnie should prove his worth. With Rasta finally burning out, Brown should get a lot of touches – a recipe for fantasy success.

29. Kurt Warner QB ARI 4

The old man has the best receiving tandem at his disposal, has the love of a marginally attractive wife, and has God personally watching over him. 3rd round is about right – you could do FAR worse.

30. Ryan Grant RB GB 5

A full training camp?? Should do wonders for Ryan.  Fantasy Football: Top 50 Player RankingsAlthough he has quality backups, Grant should receive the bulk of the carries and score close to double digit TD’s.

31. Anquan Boldin WR ARI 4

Can we all just BE HAPPY? Another TRUE talent in a great offense without a great running game should result in plenty of work for Boldin. Play ball AB and all will be fine!

32. Dwayne Bowe WR KC 8

You think he’s happy to have Matt Cassell in town? Bowe is a legitimate #1. Heavily targeted, Bowe should be more-so since the departure of Gonzo. No shame in having Bowe as you 1/2 WR!

33. Aaron Rodgers QB GB 5

One year removed from the Favre shadow, Aaron is ready to emerge as an elite QB. Steady, talented WR’s only bolster his value, and it would not be surprising to see Rogers finish the season as a top 10 fantasy producer.

34. Donovan McNabb QB PHI 4

No more uncertainty for Donovan. Phili has finally made a commitment to McNabb, and he should be able to pay back the fans with a stellar season. With a healthy Curtis and a more experienced Jackson, Don will not be afraid to air it out. Bump him up a few places if Westbrook is healthy.

35. Reggie Bush RB NO 5

No reason why Reggie shouldn’t be able to rule in NO. A rebuilt knee, a fairly easy schedule and oh ya, Drew Brees makes Bush as easy pick at this position. Pierre Thomas could be a concern, but a team that will score 35 per game should be able to get this stud the ball.

36. Marshawn Lynch RB BUF 9

Would be higher if his suspension wasn’t an issue. With TO keeping the D honest, Lynch could benefit, and have a career year. Risky, but the risk might pay off

37. Thomas Jones RB NYJ 9

A gifted runner has found a home in NY. Should get 15-20 touches per game, and that alone puts him in this position.

38. Wes Welker WR NE 8PPR god! As steady a WR as there is. You know what you are gonna get with this guy. The absence of risk and the fact that he WILL get the ball no matter what makes Wes a good (possibly great) ff pickup.

39. Brandon Marshall WR DEN 7

Consensus 1st rounder in February has fallen greatly because of his mouth and his unfortunate situation. Typical WR griping and the fact that he is gonna have to depend on Kyle Orton make BM a risk. However, one still has to love his talent and his desire to go and get the ball.

40. T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR SEA 7

Could become a fantasy darling this year. Seattle loves its possession receivers, and “Bobby Engram on Steroids” is a lock for 100 grabs and his share of TD’s. TJ is gonna love the comraderie that was lacking in Cinci, and could enjoy his best season to date.

41. Philip Rivers QB SD 5

Gotta think he’s gonna be big this year. Tomlinson and Gates were banged up quite a bit of last year and Rivers still threw for 34 TD’s. Healthy team with something to prove in a weak division – you do the math!

42. Pierre Thomas RB NO 5

If this offense does what it should, EVERY Saint can have monster numbers. 12-15 TD’s. is not unreasonable. Believe me people – the Saints are gonna score points!

43. Kevin Smith RB DE 7

Definitely the best player on that team. He will get his touches. Expect 80-100 combined and a td with some great games against the right matchup. Good value at the end of the 4th round.

44. Antonio Bryant WR TB 8

Has all the tools to become an elite talent – QB situation – not good. If you are a Bucs fan – grab him here, play the matchup and GOOD LUCK!!!

45. Jason Witten TE DAL 6

The fact the he will bet better #’s than most #1 Wideouts puts Witten solidly in the 4th round. 900 yards. and maybe 10 TD’s. Is attainable now that TO is out of the equation. The dude is a FOOTBALL PLAYER and a pleasure to own!

45. Roy Williams WR DA 6

No idea why he’s here. Remember when he was drafted in round 2 or 3 on a terrible team – why is he round 4 or 5 on a better team?

46. Antonio Gates TE SD 5

Another 900 yards. and probably 10 TD’s? Thank you very much. If healthy, Gates is a beauty. When you see your opponent getting 40yds from his TE and your getting 80 and a TD, you will be happy you drafted him here.

47. Tony Gonzalez TE ATL 4

Poised to be a solidifying presence in an up and coming offense, Gonzo brings talent rarely seen at the TE position to Atlanta. Could be a monster year – might be fun to watch.

48. Tony Romo QB DA 6

Still a good bet to have a good season. Surprising he fell so far. Still has some potent weapons and the Cowboys will not settle for losing games. Romo is a gamer and 25 TD’s should be a lock.

49. Joseph Addai RB IN 6

Starting RB in a good offence! Enough said!

50. Larry Johnson RB KC 8

Could go either way. Has the potential to rush for 1500 yards and 15 TD’s but he also has the potential go be another Shaun Alexander! I think Cassell gives that team a swagger and LJ will be getting his.

51Derrick Ward RB  TB   8 — Ward flourished in a Committee role.  Although he is gonna be in a similar role with Earnest Graham this year, he will be more of a feature back.  TB ranked 4th in rushing attempts last year – he will get his!!

52Chad Ochocino WR  CIN  8 — OK, OK – Take it easy!!!  I don’t like him either.  But we are not drafting babysitters!!!  80-100 catches and up to 10 TD’s. – no argument with that.  For the love of God Chad, prove me right!

53Darren McFadden RB  OA   9 — Coming off a Turf-toe season, McFadden is ready to take center stage in Oakland.  By all accounts, he is having a good camp and is even seeing time as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.  Talent, will, and a tad more stability at QB makes Darren a good 2nd or 3rd rb.

54Willie Parker RB  PIT  8 — An easy rushing schedule on a great team, in a contract year – what’s not to like?  Willie definitely has the trust of his team, and there should be an effort to hand the ball off to keep Big Ben from getting killed!   The only issue is Mendenhall – but Mike Tomlin knows that Parker gives Pitt, and that’s the best chance to win.

55Jonathan Stewart RB  CAR  4 — Ranked this high because he is a pure talent in a run heavy offense.  You think it’s gonna be Delhomme winning games this year.  Didn’t think so!

56. Knowshon Moreno RB  DEN  7 — Has a real opportunity to thrive in Denver.  With Shanahan gone and McDaniels stepping win, there is a risk of a more RB by committee approach, similar to the one in New England.  Kyle Orton, however, made Matt Forte look pretty good.  He should Be RB 1 in Denver which is good enough for me.

57Chris Wells RB  ARI  4 — A bit of a risk here, but a team that is gonna blow a lot of teams out (weak division), will run the ball a lot.  Tim Hightower is NOT the answer and it is a good bet that Mr. Wells will emerge the feature back in an extremely high-powered offense.

58Carson Palmer QB  CIN  8 — Undervalued by many, Palmer is reportedly 100%.  3 straight pro-bowls before the injury were no fluke and any player that has 25-30 TD. potential will rank highly!  Injury is definitely an issue, but Palmer’s talent and will to win make him a steal in the 6th round.

59Braylon Edwards WR  CLE  9 — Bit of a gamble I guess.  I Braylon could CATCH THE BALL, he should have a great season.  With Winslow gone, Stallworth in legal trouble, someone in Cleveland has to CATCH THE BALL!  80 caches, 1100 yds and 10 TD’s. is not unreasonable if Edwards can finally put it all together.

60Matt Ryan QB  ATL  4 — 20 TD’s. at least.  Balanced offense with a superstar receiver and an elite TE – nuff said!

61Jay Cutler QB  DEN  7 — Should do well.  When you have the talent and “football IQ”, you will find a way to use ultra-talented Matt Forte, an upper-end TE, and one of the most dynamic players in the NFL (Devin Hester).  Cutler will get a few rushing TD. too.

62DeSean Jackson WR  PHI  4 — When you are the #1 option in an offense that Donovan is running, you are always a threat.  With rookie Jeremy Maclin opposite Deshawn, he SHOULD be a force.

63Laveranues Coles WR  CIN  8 — Remember what TJ did in this talented offense?  Coles is not much of a step down – the production will be there.  He is a shoe-in for 1000 yds. and 8 TD’s. is not  a stretch.

64Bernard Berrian WR  MIN  9 — Was gonna have a good year with Sage, but the possibility of Favre bumps him up a few notches.

65Matt Schaub QB  HOU  10 — Could have a monster year or could get injured again.  Your guess is as good as mine.  What you can’t ignore is the potential for 25 TD’s. 4000 yds.

66Santonio Holmes WR  PIT  8 — Should really step up this year.  Super Bowl MVP showed what he could do.  Now if he could keep it going, there is no reason to think he couldn’t be your weekly starter in the future.

67Julius Jones RB  SEA  7 — Offense should be MUCH better this year, and with only TJ “only good for 1 yd. TD’s” Duckett behind him, Julius should get the bulk of the touches in an offense that should surprise!

68Cedric Benson RB  CIN  8 — Ditto for Benson.   The unquestioned feature back in a potentially explosive offense is a good recipe for fantasy success.

69LenDale White RB  TEN  7 — TD machine.  Same offense as last year – no reason not to expect a repeat performance.

70Felix Jones RB  DAL  6 — Total “Upside Ranking”.  Gotta love this guy.  Could be huge.  At worst Felix is gonna have a good, not outstanding year.

71Santana Moss WR  WAS  8 — Known for HUGE games and a few stinkers.  Santana is a match-up start in fantasy and he has the potential to give your team the win from week to week.

72Willis McGahee RB  BAL  7 — Plays on a good overall team.  The D is gonna keep you in a lot of games and guarantee you a few extra possessions per game.  Close, grind em out games tend to favor the rushers and that’s what I see for Baltimore this year.  Problem – the coaches don’t seem sold on him.

73Ray Rice RB  BAL  7 — Ray is the reason why McGahee could suffer.  The coaches seem to be lovin this guy right now.  Flip a coin, pick one and you should be OK to draft either in the 7th round.

74Jamal Lewis RB  CLE  9 — Only here because he is an unquestioned RB 1.

75Lee Evans WR  BUF  9 — No longer in the 2nd or 3rd tier of receivers, Evans has a good chance to thrive without the offensive spotlight on him.  Although TO is a pain in the ass, he does seem to make the team he plays for better.  Evans is still a talent and with the team’s 2nd best on him, he could have a great season.

76Kevin Walter WR  HOU  10 — Houston’s Wes Welker.  If Houston achieves what it’s capable of this season, everybody will be fantasy gold.

77Devin Hester WR  CHI  5 — You think he wasn’t excited when Cutler came to town?  Just throw the ball up with your booming arm – Devin will run under it!  This should be fun to watch!

78Vincent Jackson WR  SD   5 — You’d think in that offense WR 1 would be higher ranked.  The stats prove that  SD doesn’t use their WR’s as much as you’d like.  If Philip discovers Jackson, look out!

79Hines Ward WR  PIT  8 — Gotta love a guy that loves what he’s doing.  Ward will do anything to win.  If Ben has to throw the ball, Hines will do anything to catch it.  If he can show up in Fantasy Football Land, he could be a nice pickup.

80Donald Driver WR  GB   5 — Same type of guy as Hines.  Good season for sure – great season maybe.

81Matt Cassel QB  KC   8 — Scared?  Don’t be.  This guy is a quality player and has not only learned from the best in the business, but also has proven he can win.  Dwayne Bowe will make anyone look good.  Matt will be in a familiar system and will be looking to impress on what is finally “His Team”.

82Kellen Winslow TE  TB   8 — Healthy – must not be the real Kellen.  Look – this guy is a stud.  Armed with a new contract with lots of incentive dough, Kellen will look to reestablish himself as a top tier TE.

83Dallas Clark TE  IND  6 — He has the trust of the most reliable QB in the game.  Potential for 10 TD’s and 800-900 yds. gives him more overall pts than WR’s drafted  before him.

84Chris Cooley TE  WAS  8 — 4-6 grabs and close to 1000 yds.  With that amount of work, odds are that the touchdowns (unlike last year) will come.  In a PPR league, he will be valuable

85Greg Olsen TE  CHI  5 — Solid with Kyle Orton – now Jay Cutler comes to town.  With few weapons in a gunslinger’s arsenal, Olsen will, and by all accounts, already has, become a favorite of an elite-ish QB.

86Owen Daniels TE  HOU  10 — Steady development has vaulted Daniels to the 2nd tier of TEs.  Reliable and hard working, Owen will make you not regret you waited on a Tight End.

87Eddie Royal WR  DEN  7 — Who knows what is gonna happen with Brandon “becoming TO” Marshall.  One thing is constant – Royal being at camp, ready to prove himself and vault into the 3rd tier of WR’s.  He’s not gonna start for you right away, but when Brandon gets himself in trouble or gets traded, you will be happy.

88Matt Hasselbeck QB  SEA  7 — Bounce back fer sher.  Could be Top 5 by the end of the year.  Housh, Branch, Burleson, Carlson – all difference makers.  Seattle is a healthy team in a weak division.  You can bet that Matt is excited to get back on the field after almost a full year off.

89Torry Holt WR  JAC  7 — Torry is definitely happy he’s out of “The Mess” – St. Louis, but Jacksonville.  Nice player indeed, but his move to Jax is like banging the ugly sister of your ugly girlfriend.

90Jerricho Cotchery WR  NYJ  9 — New York beast.  Another one of those guys that will catch anything thrown them.  Jets’ philosophy of ball control plays right into his hands.  Oh ya, he can break a long one too.

91Ben Roethlisberger QB  PIT  8 — If his offensive line will help him this year, Ben could vault to elite status.  The defending champs have that “swagger”, and its plethora of weapons make Ben an intriguing 8th or 9th pick.

92Darren Sproles RB  SD   5 — Gotta think that even if Tomlinson has a good year, Sproles is the heir apparent and will get his share in an offense that will score a lot of points.  If LT gets hurt again, Sproles is gold.

93. Anthony Gonzales WR  IND  6 — Fantasy Depth guy.  He has the trust of Peyton and with the departure of Marvin Harrison, Gonzales is no longer in the Sleeper category.  He will be at very least solid.

94. Mark Clayton WR  BAL  7 — With Derick Mason retiring and Todd Heap a shadow of his former self, it’s simply a case of someone having to catch the ball.  WR 1 by a mile makes the top 100 because of potential workload.

95. Lance Moore WR  NO   5 — Off season shoulder surgery might scare a few.  One can’t doubt the production.  With Brees throwing foe 300 yds/game, Moore stands to get his share of yardage and TD’s.  Mark my words folks -THE SAINTS WILL SCORE A TON!

96. Donnie Avery WR  STL  9 — Similar situation as Mark Clayton except he is on a bad team that is gonna have to throw ALOT!!!  He is the only receiver in STL I can think of.  Someone has to catch the ball!

97. Pittsburgh Defense / Special Teams.                    8 — Gonna get you a lot of points.  Wait too long and they will be gone.

98. Baltimore Defense / Special Teams.                    7 — Anyone on Ray Lewis’s team better play hard – or else.  They will once again be leaned on to hold the Ravens in games.

99. Philadelphia Defense / Special Teams.                   4 — D coordinator is an attacker.  Look out QBs – THEY ARE COMING!  This creates sacks and turnovers which creates fantasy success.  Jeremy Macklin returning kicks could be special as well!

100. Ted Ginn, Jr. WR  MIA  6 — A wealth of talent and a veteran QB, Ginn should give owners a quality backup.  Upside to say the least.  Draft Ginn and hope that a year’s experience is what he needs to emerge as a favorite target in Miami.

NOTE: Essentially, my Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today.

Basic Fantasy league points are factored into my rankings..enjoy!!

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  1. Great review that will come in handy for any fantansy draft. It will be interesting to see what kind of year both LT has with San Diego and Drew Brees with New Orleans as I expect some big thing from these players.

  2. Very solid analysis… looks like you’re a little higher on LT and lower on Turner than most. I’ve gone back and forth on how much to pay for LT in my auction league (after spending too much to nab him last year and paying the price).

    One thing to consider is that these kind of rankings can change drastically depending on the league scoring system, starting positions, etc.

  3. Pete Crossley says:

    Now I truly know why they call it fantasy football!! Look, not trying to be negative here but how many years now are we gonna list Maurice Jones-Drew as a top tier running back? The good news for me is somebody at my draft will listen, only to give me a better pick and have him on the bench again after week 4. I really can’t believe that– number 2? Fred Taylor was not the reason he did not do well last year, he’s just not that good. I would also say your about 10 to 12 spots too high on LT as well. Other than that some pretty good insight throughout the rest of the list. Now if we can just get the players to do exactly what we expect of them this year everything will be okay.

  4. Thanks for the comments Pete. Good luck with your draft this year. Dave B