Fantasy Football Week One Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 9, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the game against the Carolina Panthers on December 28, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It’s finally that time of the year when we get to stop talking and start watching. Fantasy football season is upon us in just a few short days, and nobody’s happier than us here around the Bruno Boys.

The thing is, you’ve spent all summer poring over cheat sheets and depth charts, analyzing sleepers and busts, developing strategies, mock drafting, and watching preseason football like it mattered. The work does not stop there.

It’s important to keep tabs on each of your teams throughout the season to make sure you’re maximizing your win potential.

That’s where we come in.

We’re here every week bringing you rankings for each player at every position based off their matchups and how well we think they might do that week. This will help you determine who to start and who to sit on a weekly basis.

There has been a lot of change at the Quarterback position since the end of the 2008 season.

We’ve got new faces in new places like Matt Cassel in Kansas City, Jay Cutler in Chicago, Kyle Orton in Denver, and Brett Favre in Minnesota.

Other key players are coming off of injury-riddled seasons like Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Matt Hasselbeck of the Seattle Seahawks.

And rookies are starting like Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets. 

As you can see, it’s the year of change at the Quarterback position. But, as you’ll see when you read on for the full set of Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week One Quarterback Rankings, one thing hasn’t changed—the Bruno Boys' dedication to providing you with the best weekly rankings out there.


1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) vs. Detroit

It’s no coincidence that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the top-rated quarterback for week one. It just so happens he’s not just our top-rated QB from the preseason, but he’s also going against one of the league’s worst defenses in the Detroit Lions, and that only adds to his value.

The New Orleans offense has been firing on all cylinders since last season, and Brees looked on point during the preseason. To make things worse for Detroit, the Lions traded away veteran safety Ko Simpson after the final preseason game and then placed fellow safety Daniel Bullocks on injured reserve. The Lions are thin in the secondary, and Brees will be able to exploit that.

Point Projection: 25 Points


2. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) @ Oakland

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had a breakout season in 2008 and is expected to continue that success this season. That will start when the Chargers meet the Oakland Raiders for the second game of a doubleheader on Monday Night Football.

In his last game against the Raiders, Rivers went for 214 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Oakland did little to upgrade its secondary in the offseason, and its best player, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, will play with a cast on his left wrist. This game will appear for Rivers to be nothing more than an extra preseason warm up.

Point Projection: 23 Points


3. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars have always had a pretty solid defense under head coach Jack Del Rio, but this preseason, the pass defense was among the worst in the league.

For Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, there has been a lot of change in the offseason, including a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, and a new offensive line coach. Yet from watching the Colts play in the preseason, it appears as if they haven’t skipped a beat.

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez has transitioned smoothly into the second receiver role, and Dallas Clark looked real dangerous at tight end and slot receiver.

Translation: Expect another big game from Manning.

Point Projection: 22 Points


4. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) vs. Buffalo

As expected, Brady hasn’t played since Albert Haynesworth flattened him and injured his shoulder in the third week of the preseason. He has practiced and all signs indicate he is good to go, so we’re not expecting anything less.

Brady only played in two games in the preseason, but he looked great in both, displaying the same form he had in 2007 when he set the single-season passing touchdown record. He also did not show any signs that the ACL injury he sustained at the beginning of last season will hinder him.

Brady’s got command of perhaps the best, and most talented, offense, so even though the Buffalo Bills have a solid secondary, he will excel in this game.

Point Projection: 21 Points


5. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Chicago

In his first year as a starter Aaron Rodgers made Packer fans quickly forget former starter and legend Brett Favre as he threw for 4,038 yards with 28 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. Since then, Rodgers has only gotten better. He was incredible in the preseason as he completed 77.4 percent of his passes and generally looked unstoppable.

At the same time the Chicago Bears defense is suspect against the pass and cornerback Charles Tillman is coming off back surgery. Tillman insists he’s good to go against the Packers, but he’s not going to be 100 percent. That’s a bonus for Rodgers and the Packers offense.

Point Projection: 20 Points


6. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers played well during the preseason, but their success was not because of their defense. The 49ers were almost equally bad against the run and the pass in the preseason as they couldn’t stop either.

That bodes well for quarterback Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals as they feature one of the league’s most prolific passing offenses with receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, as well as a revived running game with rookie Chris Wells and Tim Hightower.

Warner will need to display better form in this game after he threw three interceptions and no touchdowns in the preseason.

Point Projection: 19 Points


7. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) @ Tampa Bay

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his top target in receiver Terrell Owens, who is now a member of the Buffalo Bills, but that shouldn’t affect him at all in this game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have endured some massive changes since changing head coaches from Jon Gruden to Raheem Morris. One of the most notable changes is that the Buccaneers are abandoning their popular Tampa-cover-two scheme and making a transition that can be difficult in the first year for a defense.

Not surprisingly, the Tampa Bay pass defense was bad in the preseason, and it will continue that trend this week against Romo and the Cowboys.

Point Projection: 18 Points


8. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) vs. St. Louis

If you can name more than three starters for the St. Louis Rams defense, then congratulations, you’ve won two free Apple iPod Nanos.

Just kidding about the Nanos, but seriously, this may be the most underwhelming collection of defensive talent assembled on one team in the last decade. The defense ranked 26th in the preseason in total yards allowed, and this struggle should continue into the regular season.

At the same time, Hasselbeck showed his Pro-Bowl form in the preseason with complete disregard to the back injury that plagued him last season. With a deep and talented wide receiver corps, Hasselbeck appears set for a big season, and his easy schedule should help.

Point Projection: 17 Points


9. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) @ Green Bay

Cutler will make his regular-season debut as a Chicago Bear against an improved Green Bay defense that looked stout in the preseason. However, the Packers were good against the run and not so good against the pass, as Green Bay ranked 31st in pass defense in the preseason.

Cutler was shaky in the beginning of the preseason but then rebounded well as he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the second and third weeks of the preseason. Even though the Green Bay defense is improved, you can still expect a Sunday Night Football shootout and a good game out of Cutler in week one.

Point Projection: 17 Points


10. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Carolina

It will be interesting to see how well Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles offense will play this season with the additions of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, and quarterback Michael Vick.

The signing of Vick will add a nice dynamic to an already explosive offense, but make no mistake, this is still McNabb’s team.

The Carolina defense was pretty good against the pass in the preseason except for their third-week loss to the Baltimore Ravens, where Joe Flacco completed 23-of-28 passes. The third week is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season, so expect a solid game from McNabb in this one.

Point Projection: 16 Points





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