By Derek of The Sportmeisters
With the 2009 NFL Fantasy Season over and the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to announce my picks for the 2009 Fantasy Football All-Pro Team.
Selections were made based on overall performance, using a standard fantasy lineup: one QB, two RB, three WR, one TE, one K, and one D/ST.
Here are this year’s choices for my All-Pro Fantasy Team.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4,434 yards Passing, 30 TD, 7 INT, 10 FUM (4 Lost), 316 yards rushing, 5 TD, 3 Two-Point Conversions
Rodgers definitely lived up to his Average Draft Position this year. He was either the fourth or fifth QB taken in most drafts and was drafted anywhere between the second and fourth rounds. He had just one week under 10 fantasy points and had five games of 300-plus yards and six games with three touchdowns. He finished way ahead of all other QBs and should be one of the first drafted next year.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Aaron Rodgers.
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
2,006 yards rushing, 14 TD, 3 FUM (3 Lost), 50 receptions, 503 yards, 2 TD, 1 Two-Point Conversion
This one was a no-brainer. Johnson was the top scoring fantasy player overall in most leagues and was way ahead of all other RBs. He had 2,006 yards rushing, 503 yards receiving, and 16 total touchdowns. He was drafted late in the first round or early in the second round in most leagues this year, but you can better believe he will be taken very early in the first round next year.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Chris Johnson.
RB: Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
1,339 yards rushing, 7 TD, 3 FUM (3 Lost), 78 receptions, 702 yards, 1 TD
Most people will be surprised by this pick, but I am basing this on overall performance. Rice had more receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns than Adrian Peterson, and even though AP had 18 touchdowns to Rice’s eight, Rice had more total yards from scrimmage.
He came out of nowhere this year to be a stud RB. He was drafted anywhere between the sixth and eighth rounds in most leagues and was expected to lose carries and touchdowns to Willis McGahee. However, by the fourth week, you could tell that Rice was the featured back. While McGahee had seven touchdowns, Rice was getting more carries and had two 100-yard rushing games.
Rice really exploded in week five against Cincinnati, with 69 yards rushing and seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Then, in week six, he went off with 77 yards rushing with two touchdowns and 10 receptions for 117 yards. He finished the year with eight total touchdowns and 2,041 total yards from scrimmage, making him a sure-fire first or second round pick next year.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Ray Rice.
WR: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
101 receptions, 1,569 yards, 9 TD, 1 FUM, 1 Two-Point Conversion
Johnson was drafted in the second round in most drafts and didn’t disappoint. He started a little slow with just four receptions for 35 yards in week one. However, he torched Tennessee in week two for 10 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Then he almost disappeared in weeks three and four with just a combined six receptions for 152 yards. He also had just eight receptions for 125 yards combined in weeks seven and eight.
However, if you drafted him, you knew that he would eventually turn it around, and he did with a 10-reception, 103-yard game in week nine. He would go on to post five touchdowns in the second half and wound up with 101 receptions for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns, making him a sure-fire bet for another second round pick next year, maybe even a first rounder in PPR leagues.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Andre Johnson.
WR: Randy Moss, New England Patriots
83 receptions, 1,264 yards, 13 TD, 2 FUM (1 Lost), 1 Two-Point Conversion
This wasn’t the Randy Moss that you expected when you drafted him in the second round. He was extremely inconsistent this year, with seven games with less than 10 fantasy points, including his one-catch, 16-yard, fumble performance against Carolina in week 14 that left him with a negative-one fantasy point day.
However, he had his red-hot days too. He had two games with three touchdowns, including one in week 16, which is a playoff week. He also finished the year with 83 receptions for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. Not dominant, but good enough to still warrant a second round pick next year and maybe a first rounder in PPR leagues (depending on the health of QB Tom Brady and WR Wes Welker).
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Randy Moss.
WR: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
62 receptions, 1,156 yards, 9 TD, 137 yards rushing, 1 TD, 3 FUM (1 Lost), 2 Return TD
You sure got great production from a guy who wasn’t drafted until the sixth or seventh rounds. Jackson made a ton of big plays this year, with seven touchdowns of 40 or more yards and two return touchdowns, not to mention he wound up with 1,156 yards receiving on just 62 receptions.
He did have seven games of less than 10 fantasy points and missed the week 13 game with a concussion, but he made up for it with six games with 15 or more fantasy points. He wound up with more fantasy points than both Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne, and that is saying something. He will likely go higher next year but still won’t be drafted until the fourth or fifth rounds.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. DeSean Jackson.
TE: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
78 receptions, 965 yards, 13 TD
Talk about a guy that came out of nowhere! Davis had been a bust for his first three seasons in the NFL and was called soft by his head coach. However, he made everybody pay for not even drafting him as a backup.
He started slow with just seven receptions for 72 yards in the first two games combined but then exploded in week three for seven receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He scored again in week four and had a career game in week seven with seven catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns. After that, he was fairly consistent, scoring touchdowns in seven out of 10 games.
He finished as the top-scoring TE in most leagues and had 78 receptions for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will surely be drafted next year and probably will be one of the first TEs off the board.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Vernon Davis.
K: Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers
50 Extra Points, 32-of-35 FG
A kicker is a kicker, and I am only putting this in because they are a fantasy position. Kaeding led most fantasy leagues in points, so he gets the nod. He kicked three 50-plus-yard FGs, and he tied for the league lead in field goals made. He also kicked 50 extra points.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, Mr. Nate Kaeding.
D/ST: New Orleans Saints
35 Sacks, 26 INT, 15 Forced FUM, 13 FUM REC, 8 TD, 1 Return TD
The Saints really surprised people with their defense this year. After the first four weeks, they had 10 interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 10 sacks. Plus, they had three defensive touchdowns. They had seven games with 10 or more fantasy points.
The only problem with them was that they disappeared during the last few weeks of the season and the playoffs. They allowed 20 or more points in all five of their last games and had just four interceptions and no defensive touchdowns. However, their overall performance and their nine overall touchdowns are what give them the nod here.
Welcome to the All-Pro Team, New Orleans Saints Defense/Special Teams.
QB: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts—4,500 yards Passing, 33 TD, 16 INT, 2 FUM
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints—4,388 yards Passing, 34 TD, 11 INT, 10 FUM (6 Lost), 33 yards rushing, 2 TD
RB: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings—1,383 yards rushing, 18 TD, 7 FUM (6 Lost), 43 receptions, 436 yards
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars—1,391 yards rushing, 15 TD, 2 FUM (1 Lost), 53 receptions, 374 yards, 1 TD
RB: Thomas Jones, New York Jets—1,402 yards rushing, 14 TD, 2 FUM, 10 receptions, 58 yards
WR: Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys—81 receptions, 1,320 yards, 11 TD, 1 FUM
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals—97 receptions, 1,092 yards, 13 TD
WR: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts—100 receptions, 1,264 yards, 10 TD
TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts—100 receptions, 1,106 yards, 10 TD, 1 FUM
TE: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers—79 receptions, 1,157 yards, 8 TD, 1 FUM
K: David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles—43 Extra Points, 32-of-37 FG
K: Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings—54 Extra Points, 26-of-28 FG
D/ST: San Francisco 49ers—44 Sacks, 18 INT, 23 Forced FUM, 15 FUM REC, 4 TD
D/ST: New York Jets—32 Sacks, 17 INT, 15 Forced FUM, 14 FUM REC, 3 TD, 1 Return TD
There is my All-Pro Team for 2009. I think most will agree with my choices, but if you don’t, feel free to email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com to discuss.