Writing at Fox Sports.com, Peter Schrager ranked his top 99 players in the NFL on Thursday, a list that includes five Falcons and 42 players on teams who appear on the Falcons’ 2009 schedule.
Schrager said that in compiling his list he didn’t take a “fantasy football” approach, in other words it isn’t statistic-heavy, but instead asked three questions: 1) which player would I rather have on my team; 2) which player would make the most impact on my team?; and 3) which player will be the best player in 2009, specifically?
Also on the list are two former local stars — Champ Bailey of Georgia and the Denver Broncos at No. 32 and Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech and the Detroit Lions at No. 83.
The top-rated player is quarterback Peyton Manning of Indianapolis.
The five Falcons are running back Michael Turner (No. 38), quarterback Matt Ryan (43), tight end Tony Gonzalez (47), wide receiver Roddy White (56) and defensive end John Abraham (92).
Turner ranks fourth among running backs