You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Tom Brady’s return impacts fantasy football everywhere. With Wes Welker and Randy Moss at his disposal, Brady once again returns to the top of the fantasy football charts in 2009. Here is a breakdown of the top ten fantasy football quarterbacks for 2009.
1. Tom Brady-If he’s healthy and we assume he will be, Brady will be the most coveted fantasy football quarterback this season. That’s despite the fact that Kurt Warner and Drew Brees both had amazing breakout fantasy football campaigns in 2008. Brady knows how to get to it done and he won’t let you down with big numbers of interceptions.
2. Peyton Manning-If you look at how he’s performed consistently for the past 10 years, then you’ll realize why Peyton is a fantasy stud quarterback. There’s no if’s and big question marks ever surrounding this name. You know what you are getting when you draft the Colts signal caller. Around 4000 yards and 30 TD’s every season.
3. Drew Brees-Brees was amazing last season with the Saints. The only quarterback with over 5,000 yards passing. His interceptions were a bit high at 17 but fantasy football owners really don’t care when he’s tossing 34 TD passes. He’ll be almost as good in 2009.
4. Kurt Warner-If you drafted Warner for your fantasy football team last year then you are a genius. If you draft him in 2009, you are just well prepared. Warner was an unexpected fantasy star in 2008 with 30 touchdowns and 4,583 yards passing. His 2009 season might not mirror those numbers but with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald roaming the field it will be close.
5. Aaron Rodgers-This Packer quarterback is maturing quickly. Maybe not quickly enough for Green Bay fans to ever say “Brett who?”. But it’s happening quick. Rodgers passed for over 4000 yards and 28 TD’s in 2008. With Greg Jennings returning and another year under his belt, Rodgers could sky rocket to the top of Fantasy Football by the end of the season.
6. Tony Romo-So what if he no longer can toss the ball to Terrell Owens? Perhaps that was a distraction and now Romo can truly call the Dallas Cowboys his team. He dumped Jessica Simpson so that’s another distraction out the window. Even with distractions, Romo was steady with over 3400 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2008. The only problem is 11 of those were to TO. In 2009, we’ll find out what Romo is all about in terms of fantasy production.
7. Jay Cutler-Life in Chicago might turn out a bit sweeter for Jay Cutler. Especially if the Bears decide to finally pass more than they run. Cutler put up huge numbers in Denver despite lacking a running game. His 4500 yard plus season was third best in the entire NFL in 2008. Cutler should thrive in the midwest and the NFC in 2009. Even if the Bears haven’t gone out of their way to pick up some big time receivers.
8. Philip Rivers-Rivers was the only quarterback with a passer rating over 100 last season. His was an outstanding 105.5 for 2008. 4009 yards passing and 34 touchdowns can make any fantasy football owner a happy person. Rivers could be a top five guy when it’s all said and done in 2009.
9. Matt Ryan-Will a sophomore jinx hurt Ryan? Nah! The Atlanta rookie in 2008 set the world on fire with 3,440 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s got Roddy White to throw to and the Falcons should be getting better. Fantasy football players won’t probably scoop Ryan up in the first round but he’s a good 2nd or 3rd rounder.
10. Donovan McNabb-McNabb is completely capable of carrying a team. Or ripping them apart. When he is playing well he is still one of the best fantasy football quarterbacks out there. But he’ll be hardpressed to throw for nearly 4000 yards again in 2009. He’ll still be a steady top ten quarterback and well worth a late 2nd round or early 3rd round pick.