It’s time to take a look at the top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks for 2009.
Let’s look at what criteria are analyzed to determine who makes the top 10. First we have to remember in fantasy football, it's all about the numbers. Passing yards, touchdowns, and turnovers; that is what drives the scoring of your fantasy quarterback.
There are no points for wins or how efficient the quarterback is in managing the game. In other words if you are a “Bill Parcells” type quarterback you probably will not be a top ranked fantasy quarterback.
That’s why you won’t see Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Pennington, Eli Manning, or Joe Flacco on this list. All four led their teams to the playoffs last season, but they don't put up the numbers in the fantasy football world.
In putting together this list, several factors came into play when deciding who was on the list and where they ranked.
Probably the most important factor is what kind of arsenal of weapons does the quarterback have at his disposal to score. Does his supporting cast have the kind of playmakers that can increase his passing yardage with the highly coveted “YAC”—yards after the catch?
The offensive system also is a factor. It obviously helps if the quarterback plays in a pass heavy offensive system. The more balanced or run oriented the offense, the less chances the quarterback has to put up the numbers.
A strong offensive line is also important, since it does no good to have a quarterback who gets sacked all the time or is running for his life. That often leads to fumbles or interceptions and turnovers can kill a quarterback’s fantasy numbers.