Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks for 2009
With the month of June already upon us, it means that fantasy football drafts are less than two months away and many fantasy owners are starting their research for yet another exciting season.
With that in mind, I (Bruno Boys Cavigs) bring to you my top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks as of June 1st, 2009. Remember these rankings are based on my personal opinion and are not the Bruno Boys official rankings.
Stay tuned for the consensus rankings list compiled by nine Bruno Boys staff members, but for now take a look at my 2009 fantasy football top 10 quarterbacks list. And remember, our 2009 consensus position-by-position rankings will be released on July 1st.
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
Brees is the clear cut choice to be the first quarterback drafted this year. He scored at least 10 fantasy points in all but two games and had 20+ points in eight games last year.
If he is on the board towards the end of the 2nd round snag him, but I don't believe in wasting a 1st round fantasy football pick on a quarterback.
2. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
He might not grade out as the No. 1 quarterback these days, but Manning is still one of the most consistent in the business. He gets the nod over Tom Brady because of his ability to stay healthy.
He hasn't missed a game in his 11-year NFL career, and I like his chances to get back to 30+ touchdowns in 2009.
3. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
In my opinion Brady is 2B to Manning's 2A, with the difference being Brady is coming off an injury and Manning is challenging Brett Favre's consecutive game streak.
Brady might not have another 50 touchdown season in him, but his primary weapons on offense are still in Foxboro and he should be as good as advertised.
4. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
In his first season as a starter, Rodgers finished second at the quarterback position with 278 fantasy football points. Some think he struggled at times this past season, but he returns all of his receivers and the Packers rushing attack should improve in 2009.
Don't be surprised if Rodgers surpasses his output of last season and gives Brady and Manning a running for 2nd overall at the position.
5. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
Rivers was a true breakout candidate as he tied Brees for the most touchdown passes (34) in the NFL and scored double-digit fantasy points in 14 of 16 contests. Many like him ahead of Rodgers, but I have a feeling that the Chargers rushing attack gets back on track and Rivers hovers around 28-30 TD passes rather than 34.
Still a solid showing, but not as good as last year.
6. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals)
Warner was snagged in the majority of leagues off the waiver wire because he didn't win the starting gig in Arizona until after many leagues have drafted. However, his owners benefited greatly because he finished with 255 fantasy points and had 11 or more fantasy points in all but one game.
To say the least Warner led many fantasy football teams to the playoffs and the same can be said for him this season. Especially if Anquan Boldin stays in Arizona.
7. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles)
Every year fantasy football owners forget about Donovan McNabb and the Eagles franchise threatens to throw him to the curve. Yet, year in and year out the savvy veteran continues to get the job done and produce like a low-end QB1.
McNabb finished the 2008 season with 85 fantasy points over the seasons final four games. The Eagles shored up their offensive line and drafted wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to give them another play-maker on the outside.
McNabb might be streaky at times, but I'd rather draft McNabb in the 6th or 7th than reach on Rivers or Warner in the 4th or 5th.
8. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
Despite missing three games due to a pinkie injury, Romo had 26 touchdown passed in 2008. Things will be different this year without star wide receiver Terrell Owens. You can expect his favorite target to be tight end Jason Witten.
However, if Romo doesn't build a rapport with WR Roy Williams he might not crack the top 10 at the quarterback position. Only time will tell.
9. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)
If Cutler was still a member of the Denver Broncos he'd be a top 5 fantasy quarterback, but with his move to the Windy City the jury is still out on the 4th-year quarterback.
His best receiver is a running back in Matt Forte and his biggest deep threat is a converted defensive back in Devin Hester. I think it's safe to expect Cutler to be quite Jekyll and Hyde throughout the 2009 fantasy football season, but I still feel his good weeks will outweigh his bad ones.
10. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans)
This could be the biggest reach in the top 10, but the talent is there, the supporting cast is there and now all Schaub has to do is stay healthy. Schaub missed five games for the second straight year last season but when he played he produced as a QB1.
His 276.6 passing yards per game ranked 4th in the NFL and with the Texans having two of the games best playmakers in Andre Johnsonand Steve Slaton you can expect Schaub to be just as good in 2009. Plus, he can be had for a 8th or 9th rounder.
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