With football season almost upon us there is only a little time left to prepare for your fantasy football draft. For a keeper, or dynasty, fantasy football league it takes even more preparation because you have to plan not only for the 2009 season but also for future seasons as well. To help out with your planning here is a breakdown of top offensive fantasy football keepers for 2009.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
He is young and he runs hard. You can’t ask for much more than that. He puts up a lot of yards and touchdowns and he still has some room for improvement. If he can stay healthy and keep his fumbles in check he has the potential to be the single best fantasy football keeper.
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
He showed last season that he has the ability to be the lead running back in the NFL and with the an improving quarterback to keep the defense ready for the pass he should have great numbers for many more seasons. If he can work in his receiving ability it would really up his value.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
He takes over as the lead running back on Jacksonville this season and he was already putting up great numbers while sharing carries. He is great both in the back field and as a receiver so he would make a great pick for a fantasy football keeper in 2009.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
He is one of the few quarterbacks who loves to throw long ever week. The Saints have become an offensive powerhouse and with healthy receives and running backs this does not look to be changing.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
He had a great season last year as a rookie showing he has the potential to be a long term, stand-out quarterback. With Gonzalez joining the Falcons this season he has even more targets to boost his numbers. It may be a season to early for some people pick him as an offensive fantasy football keeper in 2009 but better to take the small risk now and reap a huge potential reward.
Aaron Rogers, Green Bay Packers
As the starter last year for the first time Rogers shows he has what it takes to be a premier quarterback. He’s still a young quarterback with a lot of great season ahead of him. The Packers did not get as many wins as expected but that did not keep Rogers from having great stats and value as a keeper in a 2009 fantasy football league.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
He is one of the youngest high performing wide receives in the NFL. He’s been fairly injury free and he plays with an offense that looks to keep putting up a lot of points. Even with the “Madden Curse” this year there is no other wide receiver with a better value as a keeper in a fantasy football league in 2009.
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
He had career high numbers last season and with a returning solid quarterback this season looks to be even better. However, Johnson has shown over his career that no matter who is throwing him the ball he can consistently make plays. This kind of reliable play is prefect for a fantasy football keeper.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Even with a weak offense working with him last year he still had the most reception over 40 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. In seasons to come he will likely prove himself a top 5 receiver in the NFL year after year.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Throughout his career his numbers have been consistently great. With a solid quarterback and running game returning this season he looks to have many more great seasons as a stand out tight end. If your 2009 keeper fantasy football league has a slot for tight ends it would be hard to find one consistently better than Gates.
“Keeper and Dynasty League Rankings”, FF Toolbox
“2009 Fantasy Football Projections” ESPN