Although it’s only July, the NFL season is right around the corner and Fantasy Football season has already been buzzing for a few weeks. There are rankings everywhere of who will land you the most points with their every move in the fall. That got me thinking about who is REALLY the man in the league. So I took every position, broke down the the top 15 to 20 guys in the league at that spot. Then shook that up and blew it apart and produced this listing. From a mixture of impact, numbers and raw talent (and pure opinion), I bring you the CHEAP SEATS Top 50: NFL edition.

50. Brett Favre-Quarterback-Minnesota Vikings: (2009: 4,202 pass yards, 33 TD, 68.4% completions)

The ageless wonder continued his magic in 2009 with one his finest overall seasons, which is saying a lot for a guy that will pass 70,000 passing yards and 500 touchdowns for his career in 2010 (whenever he chooses to make it official). He pushed the Vikings to the NFC Championship game and started his 285th consecutive game. Pretty good for a real-life grandfather.

The ageless wonder, Favre put up his best quarterback rating of his career at age 40 last season.

49. James Harrison-Linebacker-Pittsburgh Steelers: (2009: 79 tackles, 60 solo tackles, 10 sacks)

The most known unknown from 2008 continued his dominance on Steelers defense that took many steps backwards, mostly due to injuries. While he didn’t repeat as Defensive Player of the Year, he did start his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

48. Brandon Marshall-Wide Receiver-Miami Dolphins (2009: 101 receptions, 1120 yards, 10 TD)

After two controversial seasons with Denver management/coaching, he moved to Miami for 2010, but not before leaving with a bang. He set the single game record for receptions with 21 versus the Colts and is one of five players to ever have 100 catches in three consecutive seasons.

47. Brian Urlacher-Linebacker-Chicago Bears (2009: 3 Tackles, 3 solo tackles)

A week 1 dislocated wrist ended his 2009 campaign, but he is still the franchise player for the Bears and can easily become the player who average 119 tackles for the three previous years again in 2010.

A full season of a healthy Urlacher could change the fortunes of the Bears and the order of the NFC North.

46. Tony Romo-Quarterback-Dallas Cowboys: (2009: 4483 pass yards, 26 TD, 63% completions)

Despite taking much controversy, which follows the throne of the Cowboys quarterback position, Romo continues to be a premier quarterback. He led the Cowboys to their first playoff win in 13 years and set personal records in every statistical area as well. His 95.6 quarterback rating is the third best in NFL history.

45. Haloti Ngata-Nose Tackle-Baltimore Ravens (2009: 35 tackles, 25 solo, 1.5 sacks)

He is the key to opening up field for the Ravens linebacker corps to make many of their gamebreaking plays. He makes a much bigger impact than his numbers indicate. He dominates multiple parts of the offensive line with his mixture of speed and raw power. His 2009 performance landed his his first Pro Bowl trip.

44. Jahri Evans-Guard-New Orleans Saints:

The key member of a dominant Saints offensive line, Evans allowed one sack in his 2009 season. His worked also help add a running game to the Saints high powered passing game. He was rewarded with his first Pro Bowl and a seven year, $56 million contract which made him the highest paid guard in history.

43. Michael Turner-Running Back-Atlanta Falcons: (2009: 871 rush yards, 10 TD)

Injuries prevented Turner and the Falcons from duplicating their 2008 success, but he still performed well in his limited output, averaging 4.9 yards per carry he reached the endzone 10 times in 11 games. A healthy Turner and Matt Ryan could easily make the Falcons reach the playoffs again in 2010.

42. DeSean Jackson-Wide Receiver-Philadelphia Eagles: (2009: 62 receptions, 1156 yards, 9 TD)

Took strides forward from his rookie season to become one the most dangerous threats in the NFL, who can potential reach the endzone from anywhere on the field. He scored eight touchdowns from 50 yards or further and added 2 punt return touchdowns and average 15.2 yards per return as an All-Pro returner as well.

Jackson has made a habit of leaving defenders behind him in first two years in Philly.

41. Brian Dawkins-Safety-Denver Broncos: (2009: 115 tackles, 95 solo, 2 interceptions)

Another ageless wonder, the 36 year old Dawkins didn’t miss a beat after coming over from the Eagles in the offseason and helped turn the Denver defense into one of the best in the league. The punishing safety gained his 8th Pro Bowl nod and is a sure fire future Hall of Famer.

  1. email blast says:

    Brett Favre is too old to come back. He is making the right choice by retiring. He needs to just give it up.

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