Gary Gramling

Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks

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1. Tom Brady,
New England Patriots

He's ba-aaack! Brady's knee probably won't be quite 100 percent this season, but he has the smarts, the golden arm, and the incredible receivers to make up for it. Maybe Brady doesn't match his record-shattering 2007 stats, but he will top all other QBs in 2009.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Speaking of shattering records, Brees nearly broke the single-season mark for passing yards last year. He pile up the yardage in the Saints' pass-happy offense, but I don't think he can match Brady in TD passes.

3. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
I think Manning will manage just fine without Marvin Harrison. He still has plenty of weapons in Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, and Dallas Clark. Plus, this season, Manning won't be slowed by knee surgery like he was early last season.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Even though he was dealing with all the Brett Favre silliness last season, Rodgers was great in hsi first year as a starter. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 28 TDs, and showed the ability to make plays with his legs, too (207 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs). The 25 year old should be even better this year.

5. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals
Sure, the 38-year-old Warner is no spring chicken. But he still has a super accurate arm and the best receiving duo in the NFL to catch his passes (Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin).

6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers emerged as a star last season, tying for the NFL lead in touchdown passes (34). But I'm a little worried about a schedule full of tough pass defenses this year.

7. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles
With star running back Brian Westbrook coming off of ankle surgery, the Eagles will continue to rely heavily on McNabb's arm. If healthy, he could throw for 4,000 yards and 25 TDs.

8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo has plenty of talent, but he's coming off an up-and-down year. And even though Terrell Owens was a distraction, he is super-talented. It will be interesting to see how Romo fares without his best receiver, especially in the red zone.

9. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
In two years as a starter, Schaub hasn't been able to stay healthy. But if he ever does, look out. Schaub is a smart, accurate passer who has one of the game's elite receivers, Andre Johnson, catching his passes. Plus, the Texans don't have a true goal line back. That means they will throw more often than most teams when they get down near the end zone.

10. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Yes, we all know Cutler has a cannon for an arm (not literally, but you get the point). But in Denver, he had an offensive genius for a coach (Mike Shanahan) and a top-notch receiver (Brandon Marshall). He has neither of those things in Chicago.

11. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
Cassel put up great numbers for the Patriots last season, and the Chiefs will run a pass-heavy offense. Of course, Cassel won't have weapons like Randy Moss and Wes Welker to throw to.

12. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals
Palmer should be all the way back from his elbow injury. He has good targets to throw to in Chad Johnson and Laveranues Coles, but there's no guarantee that he'll get good enough protection from the offensive line.

13. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks
Hasselbeck is another star coming off a major injury. He should be healthy entering the season and the Seahawks brought in T.J. Houshmandzadeh to upgrade his receiving corps.

14. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan was great as a rookie, and things should only get better in his second season. Atlanta added star tight end Tony Gonzalez to give Ryan another great target along with Roddy White. However, Ryan will have to deal with a tougher schedule.

15. Trent Edwards,
Buffalo Bills

Edwards has shown flashes of stardom over his first two seasons, but hasn't been able to put it all together. The addition of Terrell Owens could help push him over the top.

16. Ben Roethlisberger,
Pittsburgh Steelers

There's no doubt that Roethlisberger is a superstar, but he's never one to put up great numbers. And fantasy football is all about great individual numbers.

17. Eli Manning,
New York Giants

Like Roethlisberger, Manning is a great quarterback who never puts up great stats. Even worse, the Giants receiving corps looks awfully weak since their top two receivers (Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer) have moved on.

18. Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins
He's a solid passer, but between his below average arm strength and the Dolphins lack of great receivers, Pennington is only a so-so fantasy option.

19. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers
Delhomme is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks out there. Fortunately, he has superstar receiver Steve Smith to make him look better.

20. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins
Campbell should be more comfortable this season, his second in head coach Jim Zorn's offense.

21. Sage Rosenfels, Minnesota Vikings
If Rosenfels can beat out Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job, he could have some big games as opposing defenses focus in on stopping Adrian Peterson.

22. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos
Orton started to come on for the Bears last season. Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels runs a quarterback-friendly offense, but the Broncos will face a lot of strong pass defenses this season. Orton will be in trouble if star receiver Brandon Marshall gets his trade demand fulfilled.

23. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
After a disappointing 2008 season, Garrard could bounce back. He has a good arm and is very athletic, but must get more help from his receivers. That could be where newly acquired veteran Torry Holt comes in.

24. Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns
Quinn might be in for a long year, but he could surprise if star receiver Braylon Edwards bounces back with a big season.

25. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
It won't be long before Stafford, the Number 1 overall pick of the draft, is starting for the Lions. It's never easy for a rookie quarterback, but it helps to have an amazing receiver like Calvin Johnson.

26. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
After a strong rookie season, Flacco is ready to take the next step forward. But he could suffer if top receiver Derrick Mason stay retired.

27. Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams
Bulger will have to work with a young, unproven receiving corps in a new West Coast offense, which isn't a great fit for him.

28. Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans
Collins is a good game manager, but not someone who's going to put up great stats.

29. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Sanchez will have to beat out Kellen Clemens for the starting job. He is a poised rookie and the Jets have a good offensive line, though the rookie doesn't have great receivers to throw to.

30. Luke McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
McCown will compete with Byron Leftwich and QB of the future Josh Freeman for the starting job in Tampa. He's the favorite to win the spot, and the Bucs have some nice targets in Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow.

31. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
The Number 1 overall pick of the 2007 draft is still trying to figure out the NFL. He reportedly came to training camp out of shape, a bad sign for a struggling young QB.

32. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
The Niners coaching staff would love to see Smith, the Number 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft, win the starting job in San Fran. But unfortunately, the Niners will use a run-heavy offense, hurting the fantasy value of anyone playing QB for them.

33. Jeff Garcia, Oakland Raiders
Garcia is poised to steal the starting job in Oakland if JaMarcus Russell continues to disappoint.

34. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
Kerry Collins is a good game manager, but the Titans offense isn't explosive with the veteran under center. If the team gets off to a slow start, they could turn to Young. VY has always been able to make plays with his legs, but whether he can be a good passer is still up in the air.

35. Shaun Hill, San Francisco 49ers
Hill will battle Alex Smith for the starting job in San Fran, but don't expect much fantasy value from and Niner QBs.

36. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings
Jackson still has a lot of promise, but he'll have a tough time beating out Sage Rosenfels for the starting job.

37. Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leftwich had some great moments filling in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh last season. He could be a decent fantasy quarterback if he beats out Luke McCown and rookie Josh Freeman for the starting job in Tampa.

38. Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals
He's not going to beat out Kurt Warner for the starting job. But if the aging Warner gets hurt, Leinart could have a breakout season throwing to superstars like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

39. Daunte Culpepper, Detroit Lions
Culpepper might enter 2009 as the starter in Detroit, but it won't be long before Number 1 overall draft pick Matthew Stafford takes that job.

40. Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
Kitna still has some good football left in him, though he won't see any action unless Tony Romo gets hurt.

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