2009 All-Fantasy Team: Quarterbacks

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2009 All-Fantasy Team: Quarterbacks
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I’m starting my series on my selections for my 2009 All-Fantasy team. Unlike most that quickly toss their list together based on total numbers, I’m going to try to look at other factors, specifically, how did they do come playoff time? It doesn’t matter if a player is All-World if they get you to the dance and fail to produce. You hear me Tony Romo! I’ve tried to break it down a little deeper than most. My criteria:

  • Statistical Data: Weeks 1-16 as most championship games take place in Week 16 which equates to 15 games of data.
  • Playoff Statistical Data: Weeks 13-16 is a general playoff schedule though others may vary depending on the size of your league.
  • Average Draft Position (ADP): I will also take a look at a player’s ADP just to see who proved to be the best value.

Overall, the quarterback position came down to two tiers in the top 10. The first one consists of Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans Saints Drew Bees and Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning. The second group: Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, New England Patriots Tom Brady, Houston Texans Matt Schaub, San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers and Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo. Right outside that group, one could argue Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre and Arizona
Cardinals
Kurt Warner should have consideration.

Quarterbacks Considered:

No. 8: Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 66.6
  • Passing Yards: 293
  • Interceptions: 0.9
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.7
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 4

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 60.7
  • Passing Yards: 310
  • Interceptions: 0.5
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.5
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 7

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 63
  • Passing Yards: 503
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 3
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 2

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 51.5
  • Passing Yards: 259
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 17

Comments: Average Draft Position of 93, Round 8 in 12-team leagues. Big Ben posted top-10 yardage numbers with enough touchdowns to catapult him from a backup on most squads to a starter. Eventually he inherited the “I’ll determine my starter based on the matchup” role, yet his Week 16 collapse sealed the fate of many fantasy owners, including mine in a high-stakes league! While impressive, and sure to increase his value in 2010 drafts, many will not realize how good Big Ben was this year. He is a legitimate darkhorse in considering your All-Fantasy team.

No. 7: Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 68.5
  • Passing Yards: 294
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 3

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 62.3
  • Passing Yards: 248
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.3
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 10

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 76.7
  • Passing Yards: 308
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 4
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 3

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 66.7
  • Passing Yards: 192
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 0
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 25

Comments: Average Draft Position of 27, Round 3 in 12-team leagues. Manning, through no fault of his own, tanked it for fantasy owners in championship week, including mine! Every owner knew this could happen and should have prepared for it. Sadly, I had Big Ben Roethlisberger, who didn’t perform much better. In the end, what is the saying? “The best laid plans of mice and men”? In other words, no matter how well we plan for something, the unexpected will happen and we have to deal with it. Manning seems to do this every year to fantasy owners, and if you plan to take him, you’re going to have to sacrifice an early midround pick to grab a quality backup. Like years past, holding him out of the final week or two keeps him from All-Fantasy first-team contention.

No. 6: New England Patriots Tom Brady

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 65.7
  • Passing Yards: 281
  • Interceptions: 0.8
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.0
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 5

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 65.5
  • Passing Yards: 232
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 15

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 47.8
  • Passing Yards: 115
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 28

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 88.5
  • Passing Yards: 267
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 4
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 1

Comments: Average Draft Position of 19, Round 2 in 12-team leagues. The main knock on Brady will be his Week 15 performance, which amounted to about 10 fantasy points. That rated him the No. 28 fantasy quarterback for the Week. The fact it was the Buffalo Bills merely added to the shock and disappointment! This performance was about 11 points below his average, but despite that, if you made it to the championship game, his four touchdowns probably helped you capture the fantasy crown!

No. 5: Houston Texans Matt Schaub

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 68.4
  • Passing Yards: 298
  • Interceptions: 0.9
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.8
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 6

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 70.1
  • Passing Yards: 306
  • Interceptions: 0.8
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.5
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 8

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 70
  • Passing Yards: 367
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 10

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 64.5
  • Passing Yards: 286
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 10

Comments: Average Draft Position of 77, Round 7 in 12-team leagues. In the end, Schaub had a “nice” season but nowhere near elite status. That stated, he shook off the injury-prone label (at least for one year) and proved KFFL Editor Cory J. Bonini correct as one of his sleepers. Schaub has proven himself and will not be ignored in fantasy drafts next season.

No. 4: Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 62.6
  • Passing Yards: 278
  • Interceptions: 0.5
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.7
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 8

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 68.2
  • Passing Yards: 310
  • Interceptions: 0.3
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.8
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 2

Weeks 15-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 64.7
  • Passing Yards: 312
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 13

Week 16 Statistical Total

  • Completion Percentage: 65.8
  • Passing Yards: 286
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 14

Comments: Average Draft Position of 46, Round 4 in 12-team leagues. Romo was playing damn good football entering December before fantasy mediocrity took over in Weeks 15 and 16. It’s a shame, because Romo was beginning to disprove his critics and this collapse may hurt his value next year. Good news for us who do our research. Grabbing a quality quarterback like Romo in the middle rounds allows us greater value with our selections in early rounds.

No. 3: New Orleans Saints Drew Brees

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 70.6
  • Passing Yards: 293
  • Interceptions: 0.7
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.3
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 2

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 74.3
  • Passing Yards: 318
  • Interceptions: 0.5
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.75
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 5

Weeks 15 Totals

  • Completion Percentage: 64.4
  • Passing Yards: 298
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 16

Week 16 Totals

  • Completion Percentage: 86.5
  • Passing Yards: 258
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 12

Comments: Average draft position of 15, Round 2 in 12-team leagues. Brees was worth every penny, as a first-round pick, in getting your team to the playoffs. Like Romo, he tanked it in Weeks 15 and 16. It doesn’t matter how or why, it happened! Those mediocre performances knocked many owners out of championship contention. If he could have squeezed out one more touchdown in Week 16, he would have squeezed into the top 10 for the week. This would have strengthened his claim as not only the top quarterback, but the top fantasy player overall.

No. 2: San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 65.4
  • Passing Yards: 277
  • Interceptions: 0.6
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1.9
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 7

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 68.9
  • Passing Yards: 304
  • Interceptions: 0.8
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 6

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 63.2
  • Passing Yards: 308
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 3
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 9

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 77.8
  • Passing Yards: 264
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 7

Comments: Average Draft Position of 39, which is Round 4 in 12-team leagues. Rivers was solid all season long (arguably the steadiest quarterback) especially when the team righted its ship and went on an 11-game win streak. Many will argue whether he belongs this high on any first-team All-Fantasy squad selection process. However, there’s no denying he’s not an elite quarterback. His best years are still ahead of him.

William Del Pilar’s All-Fantasy 2009 Quarterback!

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers:

Weeks 1-16 Statistical Average:

  • Completion Percentage: 63.9
  • Passing Yards: 280
  • Interceptions: 0.5
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.2
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 1

Weeks 13-16 Statistical Average

  • Completion Percentage: 59.3
  • Passing Yards: 266
  • Interceptions: 0.5
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 2.1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 3

Weeks 15 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 54.2
  • Passing Yards: 383
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 3
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 1

Week 16 Total

  • Completion Percentage: 52.2
  • Passing Yards: 237
  • Interceptions: 0
  • Touchdowns (offensive): 1
  • QB Fantasy Ranking: 13

Comments: Average Draft Position of 37, which is Round 4 in 12-team leagues. Rodgers came one game away from arguably being fantasy’s MVP player of 2009. So far, yet so short; and like Brees, if he could have had one more touchdown, he would have been a top-10 quarterback in Week 16. He would have helped, instead of hurt, fantasy owners during championship week. While he did not perform like everyone wanted, he did not tank like Manning in Week 16, Brady in Week 15 and Brees’ combined mediocrity in Weeks 15 and 16. I will say (and many won’t argue) that Rodgers is deserving of being on my first-team All-Fantasy squad.

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